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Watching 'Scandal' Is Like Riding a Runaway Train -- Hang on Tight!

In its ridiculously entertaining second season, Scandal comes into its own as one of television’s great thrill rides, a runaway train of twisty, soapy plotting that never stops.

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The 2013 Primetime Emmy Nominations Prove the Future is Now

Even while it mostly stands pat, Emmy’s surprise acknowledgment of Netflix original programming heralds mainstream success for a new broadcasting model.

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Once More Unto the Beach: The Final Season of Jersey Shore

Post-Hurricane Sandy, the questions the final season of Jersey Shore raise are disturbing: Can we ever go back to the shore? Can we ever rebuild what was broken?

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God Save The B----!

Why you – and ABC – should trust The B---- in Apt. 23.

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Matthew McConaughey Gives Viewers a Strong Jolt of Reckoning in 'Killer Joe'

Killer Joe is a nasty piece of work, a bleak, sadistic but oddly funny noir boasting a startlingly dark turn by Matthew McConaughey as the titular hitman, and a breakout performance by Juno Temple.

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Beware the Seriously Pissed-Off Bride: 'REC 3: Genesis'

The third film in this heretofore exceptional Spanish horror series strikes off in a bold and unexpected new direction... before falling flat on its face in a puddle of gory nonsense.

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The Truly Impenetrable 'Sleeping Beauty'

Provocative and sophomoric in about equal measure, Sleeping Beauty is, like the best fairy tales, thrumming with nightmarish, subterranean dread—and is, like the worst, heavy-handed and damningly dull.

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'The Descendants' Is Compulsively Watchable

The story deals with precisely the sort of messy, depressing ordeals in life we go to the movies to get away from, but the languid pace and occasional shots of off kilter wry humor allow it to never become such an overwhelming plunge into despair as to be unwatchable.

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'Melancholia': The Stasis of Despair and the Allure of Rapture

Lars von Trier's stunning, occasionally beautiful, slow-motion apocalypse, Melancholia, reaches for a moment of cathartic ecstasy amongst the crippling stasis of despair.

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'Tiny Furniture' Is a Tiny Miracle

Never overrun by the self-conscious quirk or straining obnoxious affectation of some of her peers' work, Lena Dunham’s film is a modest, honest confessional that finds joy and poignancy in the tiny, awkward, stupid moments in life.

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'Monte Carlo': Is a Slam Dunk of Tweener Wish Fulfillment

Monte Carlo is a bright, innocuous bit of cinematic fluff that indulges in all the well worn, wish fulfillment tropes of the "mistaken for a rich girl/princess" genre.

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The Crows Come Home to Roost: The Death of Lisa Kimmel Fisher

Six Feet Under concludes its third season with a bold suite of emotionally devastating episodes that go straight for the jugular, nearly drowning the Fishers -- and the viewers -- under a tidal wave of fear, guilt and despair.

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'Sucker Punch': Sound and Fury Signifying Nothing -- a Furious Sounding Nothing

Though visually striking and stylistically ambitious, this bombastic, juvenile genre mashup is a mostly discordant, occasionally incoherent, but always compulsively watchable, mess. Just check your brain at the door...

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'13 Assassins': A Slow Burn with a Huge Payoff

Japanese provocateur Takashi Miike takes on the samurai genre, with spectacular (and very bloody) results.

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'Red Riding Hood:' Overheated and Half-Baked

Red Riding Hood doesn’t have the teeth to bite into the thrumming subterranean eroticism lurking just beneath its overripe surface; but neither does it have the self-awareness (or self-confidence) to cross over the line into full blown kitsch.

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'Something Wild' Is a Film You Will Feel Was Made Just for You

Jonathan Demme’s unclassifiable oddball masterpiece finally gets the recognition it deserves from Criterion.

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'Made in Dagenham's Message Is Served With a Dollop of Sugar and Zest

The film is so big-hearted and amiable its simplifications and liberties become almost welcome, a sort of idealized world where injustices are resolved easily with optimistic pluck.

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'Life as We Know It' Is Shockingly Not Terrible

The latest romantic comedy from Katherine Heigl is somehow not as terrible as her recent track record would lead you to believe -- in fact, it's actually quite good. I know -- I'm just as shocked as you are.

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Andrea Arnold's 'Fish Tank' Is Rich with Stark Beauty

Jarvis’ performance as Mia – at turns aggressively belligerent and coyly vulnerable, but always raw – is so achingly genuine that you wonder how much of it is actually acting, and how much is just her.

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'Let Me In' Is a Refreshingly Bloody Coming of Age Love Story/Revenge Fantasy

Let Me In, the inevitable American remake of the 2008 Swedish vampire arthouse hit Let the Right One In, more than holds its own against the nearly perfect original.

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