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'Backtrack' and Adrian Brody's Suffering Visage

Peter (Brody) is beset by Gothic clichés: he walks empty city streets, rarely sees daylight, cues lashing rain, and attracts an entire practice of ghosts who really don’t like him very much at all.

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'Northern Soul': Rebellion at 45rpm

In the dance halls, we can see the transformation of lost individuals into a glorious tribe of dressed up, sweaty acolytes, flashing their baggy trousers and swirling their flared skirts.

Television

The Women of 'Rizzoli & Isles' Are Complex, but the Cases Are Simple

If just some of the subtlety found in Rizzoli and Isles themselves could enter the crime-fighting in the show, TNT might find on its hands not only an audience favorite, but also a critical ground-breaker.

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John Boorman Revisits the British Empire With 'Queen and Country'

While John Boorman doesn't transform the genre here as he did in Hope and Glory, he does give Queen and Country more bite than the usual soft-focus waltz down memory lane.

Lesley Smith
Television

'Major Crimes': Watching People Watching People

The sheer frustration of watching the nearly immobile Major Crimes is compounded by the glimmers it offers of alternative roles for women in primetime television.

Lesley Smith
Film

'The Two Faces of January' Tells the Tale of Compatriots in a Foreign Country

Aided by Marcel Syskind's gorgeous cinemaphotography, the audience sees that these characters are often hidden beneath only the lightest of masks.

Lesley Smith
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Jonathan Demme Takes on Henrik Ibsen in 'A Master Builder'

The crux of the plot lies in Solness’ state of mind, bothered by a material abundance he fears is unearned, and thus infinitely fragile, liable to be withdrawn as arbitrarily as it was given.

Lesley Smith
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David Tennant Is a Brilliant Barrister in 'The Escape Artist'

Will (David Tennant) may be his chambers' most promising barrister, but he's flamboyant and ruthless only in the courtroom.

Lesley Smith
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'Breathe In' Considers Inspiration

At first it’s not clear whether the high school music teacher Keith is falling in love with Sophie or with his own, newly rejuvenated capacity to create music.

Lesley Smith
Television

'Resurrection' Is In the Zeitgeist, Baby

The ever-expanding TV population of zombies, the disappeared, and assorted cyborgs is joined by the citizens of Arcadia, Missouri, who just can’t seem to stay in the graves where their loving relatives have interred them.

Lesley Smith
Television

'Intelligence' Begins with a Promising Conundrum

The smartest parts of Intelligence concern debates over Gabriel's malfunctions as a machine, even as they feel emotional bonds with him.

Lesley Smith
Television

'Mob City': An Homage to the Seamy Streets of Films Noirs and the Pulp Novels That Inspired Them

The premiere suggests exactly why this period isn't more often plundered by television, namely, the extraordinary difficulty of shaking off the popular culture clichés of the period.

Lesley Smith
Television

Separate Unequal, and 'Almost Human'

Where Almost Human differs from many of its predecessors and peers is the way it seems to revel in unreflexive prejudice.

Lesley Smith
Television

Blair Underwood Is the Angry Black Man in 'Ironside'

In practice, Ironside is intense, sexually active, and 40-something -- his anger a compelling reaction to a dazzling career cut short.

Lesley Smith
Television

'Parenthood', or, Beating One's Head Against the Wall

For its last four seasons, Parenthood has owned the territory of manufactured middle-class angst.

Lesley Smith
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'Foyle's War': After the War, What Next?

If these are, as writer Anthony Horowitz claims, the last episodes of Foyle's War he writes, both he and his longtime actor-collaborators are bowing out on a very high note indeed.

Lesley Smith
Television

'Luther': Idris Elba is Stellar, Again

When the crimes here are standard TV fare -- the copycat killer and the middle class vigilante -- the dramatic filler of the series, Luther’s personal life, bears undue weight.

Lesley Smith
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Zombies in High School: 'Detention of the Dead'

Trailing intestines look like links of undercooked butchers’ sausages, while the zombies’ bloodied faces recall the survivors of a State Fair pie-eating contest rather than monsters' raging lust for human flesh.

Lesley Smith
Television

TV Is Put to Good Use With 'Sex: How It Works'

The research is delivered by individuals willing to talk about sex frankly but intelligently, whether they are academic scholars or “ordinary people” on the street.

Lesley Smith
Television

'Major Crimes' Season 2 Is More of the Same Old Faces, Same Old Plots

Somehow, Los Angeles is so bereft of crime that one captain, two senior lieutenants, and three detectives can all work one murder case.

Lesley Smith
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