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Your Virtual Fall TV Preview: Thursdays

Part four of a primetime look at what the major networks will be offering us, with predictions on what will stick and what will flop.

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Towelhead

As viewers of Towelhead must know (and Jasira, eternally ripe and optimistic, will never know), the future has only become more constricted.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: September 2008

From wars both past and present to a number of nail-biting thrillers, September is sizing up as a potentially profitable one.

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Permanent Midnight

Essentially a collection of wild anecdotes from real-life television writer Jerry Stahl, this is designed to impress rather than express.

B. J. Carter
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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

Amid all the poorly edited, atrociously written tumult, the silly CGI and the tragic misuse of Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh, Rick remains an appealing throwback hero.

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: August 2008

Talk about a crowded schedule. There are more offerings scheduled this month than in the previous two combined.

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Shattered

Come for the Brash Young Ad Exec getting his come-uppance from Mysterious Sinister Stranger, but stay for the extras.

Jake Meaney
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The Jane Austen Book Club

The movie abandons any aspiration to Austen's wit or social critique, and lapses instead into total triteness.

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Flicka (2006)

The movie takes Katy's view of the world, soliciting your sympathy for even her not-so-smart decisions.

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World Trade Center

While the survivors lie within this well of shadows and shards, the film shows tv viewers around the world, briefly united in horror and incredulity, watching iconic CNN footage.

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The Sisters (2005)

Hope, delayed. A painful, poignant adaptation of everyday life.

Courtney Young
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A History of Violence (2005)

This slippage between myth and realism, or maybe expectation and consummation, is precisely the genius of A History of Violence.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Coyote Ugly: The Unrated Extended Cut (2000)

Melanie Lynskey, despite being underused in the film, says more with a couple of gestures and expressions than anyone else does with dialogue.

Will Harris
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Sam the Man (2000)

If Sam the Man didn't tackle some difficult relationship questions so perceptively, its horrible lead and crappy lighting would have sunk it.

Nikki Tranter
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Silver City (2004)

Dickie Pilager embodies U.S. political-corporate mythology, the 'shining city on a hill' reduced to basic elements.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)

What still works is the edgy distrust-into-respect that develops between the killer and the cop.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Silver City (2004)

It's easy to make assumptions about a political candidate named Dickie Pilager.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Secret Window (2004)

'Johnny's look,' says director David Koepp, 'mostly came from Johnny'.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Secret Window (2004)

The foremost asset of this Stephen King adaptation is the wondrous Johnny Depp.

Cynthia Fuchs
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The Cooler (2003)

The Cooler is interested in the nature of luck, be it a product of destiny or psychology.

Jesse Hassenger
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Auto Focus (2002)

'Auto Focus' is, as its title suggests, about self-interest and -obsession.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Auto Focus (2002)

Paul Schrader's 'Auto Focus' is, as its title suggests, about self-interest and -obsession.

Cynthia Fuchs
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