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'Loving Vincent' Is the "Sincerest Form of Flattery"

Seldom does a biopic about Vincent Van Gogh illustrate the depth of emotion many had for the artist.

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The Journey to Paul Gauguin’s Other World Is Well Worth Taking

Graphic novel Gauguin: The Other World traverses the tropical landscapes and surreal mindscape of self-titled “savage” artist Paul Gauguin.

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'Sherlock' Season Four: The Russian Roulette of Relationships

Sherlock Holmes is tempted, tortured, and tested -- all in the name of love.

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The Surprisingly Entertaining, Eccentric 'Florence Foster Jenkins'

Screeching her way to another successful performance, Meryl Streep makes Florence Foster Jenkins much more than the traditional historic biopic.

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What Is 'Star Trek Beyond' Trying to Accomplish?

Can the rebooted film franchise keep what is special about Star Trek, but boldly go where no director has gone before?

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'Young Frankenstein' and Gene Wilder's Neighing Legacy

Young Frankenstein is a key film in Wilder’s cinematic legacy, and we are part of Wilder’s legacy every time we quote (even "neigh") Young Frankenstein.

Television

Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Time-bending Gothic Murder Mystery

Although some may emphasize the “abominable” in the controversial Sherlock special, “The Abominable Bride”, the marriage of the Victorian and the modern is a match made in heaven.

Lynnette Porter
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PBS and BBC

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Insider Out: 'Black Mass' Depicts the Shifting Fortunes in Whitey Bulger’s Criminal Life

In Black Mass, Johnny Depp stunningly inhabits South Boston’s notorious Whitey Bulger, the man who aided and eluded the F.B.I. for decades.

Television

Sherlock Special: 'The Abominable Bride'

The cinematic screening of "The Abominable Bride" illustrates the audience within an audience for whom this episode was made.

Lynnette Porter
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PBS (US) and BBC (UK)

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Ian McKellen Unravels the Mystery of the Literary Icon in 'Mr. Holmes'

In Mr. Holmes, Ian McKellen presents three different Sherlocks: the brilliant detective he once was, the 93-year-old man in mental decline, and the inescapable character created by John Watson.

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Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Canon-era Adaptation

No matter how many adaptations have come and gone since, William Gillette’s interpretation of Sherlock Holmes provides the inspiration, good or bad, for those that follow.

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Rock’s Bad Boy Mick Jagger Is Not Bad Enough for 'Ned Kelly'

Tony Richardson’s 1970 Down Under biopic Ned Kelly provides lovingly filmed scenery--including the Rolling Stone’s Mick Jagger--but, in this version of the folk legend, bad boy Ned seldom seems to be the “wild colonial boy”.

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Acting Connects Us All, Which Is 'Why Acting Matters'

Through memorable, entertaining stories about actors and a brief history of acting in Britain and the United States, David Thomson reveals why acting matters so much to us all.

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Those Talented, Tempestuous Van Goghs: 'Vincent and Theo'

Robert Altman’s beautiful film reminds us of Van Gogh's genius and provides an intimate portrait of two brothers bound by their love of art.

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'To the Ends of the Earth' Is a Metaphor for Benedict Cumberbatch's Career

The timeless adventure of Edmund Talbot, who undertakes a journey from England to Australia to find a new life is also part of the career adventure of the Benedict Cumberbatch.

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Celebrating a Remarkable 50-Year 'Adventure in Space and Time'

Long-time fan and Doctor Who scriptwriter Mark Gatiss guides us through the first episode of what would become television’s longest running sci-fi show.

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The Pressure Cooker of 'August: Osage County' Explodes with Talent

During a brittle August, the battle for familial control flares when Barbara confronts her iron-willed mother in the aftermath of a family crisis. If only they didn’t have to be so loud about it.

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It May Be Titled 'The Hobbit', But It's All About the Dragon

A shapeshifter, gigantic spiders, and a barrel-battle escape create exhilarating suspense in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, but best of all is a deliciously devious incendiary beast.

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New Line Cinema and MGM

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Like Its Senior Sleuth Namesake, 'Hetty Wainthropp Investigates' Ages Gracefully

Just why Acorn Media recently released Hetty Wainthropp Investigates: The Complete Collection nearly 20 years after its initial broadcast is hardly a mystery.

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