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Thursdays This Fall: Your 2013 TV Preview

It’s not too late to get all the information you need on all the new fall shows.

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Southland Tales

The very incoherence of Southland Tales is something like an argument, its many pieces and pronouncements a deconstructive challenge to world order.

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Part 3 - The New Networks

It would never work... no one challenged the reigning broadcast junta and survived. No surprise then that the upstarts snuck in and changed the face of TV forever.

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Cowabunga! 'TMNT' rules

David Hinckley
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TMNT (2007)

The CGI allows the Turtles to have facial expressions, though here these mostly range from angsty to angstier.

Daynah Burnett
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The Grudge 2 (2006)

Shimizu pulls off the “this ghost is scary just because it’s looking at you” trick so effectively that it stays embedded in your mind.

Matthew Stern
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The Return (2006)

Joanna's restlessness is pathological and symptomatic. "Sometimes," she says, "I think that if I keep moving forward, nothing bad will happen to me."

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The Grudge 2 (2006)

Rethinking the very concepts of remake, sequel, and translation, The Grudge 2 is not a regular horror movie, or even a regular J-horror movie.

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The Grudge: Special Edition (2004)

Precisely composed frames of urban and ancient architecture give way to Karen's face, deftly shadowed and shot from low angles, as Karen struggles to decipher the symbols that set her course.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Seventh Season

Joss Whedon says, 'We sort of worship at the same altar. Me and my staff are the biggest Buffy nerds alive.'

Mary Colgan
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The Grudge (2004)

Karen's quintessential 'American' identity -- blond, do-gooding, intrepid -- makes her sense of dislocation especially acute.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)

In the sequel no one needs to see, the Scooby Gang grapples with the stress of stardom.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Fourth Season

That is, the season that many fans have called out as disjointed and erratic, maddening and disappointing. To a point, the complaint is justified, as Joss Whedon and company tend to concede. But only to a point.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Lord of the Nerds

Buffy is often mentioned specifically as a "female empowerment" show, but one of its most inviting aspects is the way its cast has always been uncommonly split between guys and girls.

Jesse Hassenger
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Harvard Man (2001)

Harvard Man's refusal to pass judgment on characters' drug use is troubling.

Leah Hochbaum
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

As to the rejection of my understanding of the connection between lesbianism and witchcraft on 'Buffy', I have never said that BVS's creator or writers made a conscious (and consciously homophobic) decision to directly cast lesbianism as social pathology and physical addiction.

Todd R. Ramlow
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Scooby Doo (2002)

The main problem here is the script, or the lack thereof.

Todd R. Ramlow
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

To think of Willow and Tara only in terms of their lesbianism is to do a disservice to lovers who were fully realized, regardless of their gender or orientation.

Andrew Gilstrap
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

This was a tragic ending to one of prime-time television's most engaging love stories. More disturbing, as well as more socially and politically troublesome, however, is that Tara's death completes what has become a rather homophobic and pathological representation of lesbian desires and relationships over the course of the past season.

Todd R. Ramlow
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