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'Louie' Is Still Excellent

Louie knows it's wrong, but again and again, he finds himself attracted to dynamic women who say they desire honesty but who can't be truthful with him.

Marisa Carroll
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'Quill: Bring Your Tissues

For a jaunty family film with a series of adorable dogs at its center, Quill creates surprising suspense.

Marisa Carroll
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'Girls' is a Knockout

In Girls, Lena Dunham captures the messy textures and rhythms of everyday life. She also reminds us of her terrific ear for dialogue.

Marisa Carroll
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'Bored to Death' Is a Remarkably Gentle Show

Bored to Death regularly strips Jonathan of his tough-guy illusions, and the two-part season premiere offers an especially economical and poignant example.

Marisa Carroll
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Shady Skies, Shady Dealings in 'Boardwalk Empire'

Nucky's talent for assessing the angles more quickly than everyone else makes him an exceedingly clever man, but also an impatient one.

Marisa Carroll
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'Love Etc.': But Separate Too

A feather-light, engaging documentary, Love Etc. charts the evolution of five romantic relationships in New York over the course of a year.

Marisa Carroll
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'Puzzle' Will Transport You

Puzzle is about the pieces of ourselves that we choose to keep from others, even the people who love and know us best.

Marisa Carroll
Film

'Bridesmaids' Has a Mature Streak

Once the wedding preparations begin, Annie finds herself in a kind of freefall, her loss of self-control at once agonizing, touching, and surprising.

Marisa Carroll
Film

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Apichatpong Weerasethakul fashions a world that is at once outlandishly imaginative and down-to-earth, asking the viewer to make a leap of faith.

Marisa Carroll
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Cracks

In Cracks, the obsessions of a group of boarding school students demonstrate a fierce focus and, however twisted, remarkable imagination.

Marisa Carroll
Film

Poetry (Shi)

Director Lee Chang-dong favors suggestion over explanation: his camera “sees” instead of tells, letting viewers draw their own conclusions.

Marisa Carroll
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'Tiny Furniture': Permeable Boundaries

Tiny Furniture is a study of lost -- and at times willingly sacrificed -- momentum.

Marisa Carroll
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'In Treatment' Season Three Premiere

As the third season of HBO’s In Treatment begins, Brooklyn-based psychoanalyst Paul Weston (Gabriel Byrne) appears more unhappy than any of his three new patients.

Marisa Carroll
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'Machete': Ugly Beauty

Viewers know going in that as Machete escapes one ambush after another, there will be blood, lots of it, splattered on walls, people, animals, vegetables, hell, even minerals.

Marisa Carroll
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'Knight and Day' Is All About Cameron Diaz

If Knight and Day is about anything -- and that will be up for debate -- it might just be the crystal-clear blueness of Cameron Diaz’s eyes.

Marisa Carroll
Television

'Dancing With the Stars' Is So Sweaty and So Right

The best parts of Dancing with the Stars remain: the beads, the mesh, the spray tans -- not to mention flamboyant judge Bruno Tonioli and crackerjack host Tom Bergeron.

Marisa Carroll
Television

'Modern Family': Maintaining the Fantasy

Modern Family regularly wraps up its major storylines on a warm-hearted note, but it tweaks the formula by ending with a barbed coda that undercuts the sentiment.

Marisa Carroll
Film

Everyone Else (Alle Anderen)

Rather than making a statement about gender dynamics, the film shows with pinpoint accuracy the moment when intimates can become strangers to each other.

Marisa Carroll
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Glee: Season One, Part Two

The first three episodes of Glee's return demonstrate that the show maintains its sense of humor and play, while characters grow deeper and more complicated.

Marisa Carroll
Television

Big Love: Season Four Premiere

Even in the face of all the men's realm intrigue, the most compelling aspect of Big Love remains the women.

Marisa Carroll
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The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

Clumsy moments in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee are at least partially offset by some nuanced performances.

Marisa Carroll
Television

Hoarders

Hoarders vividly illustrates the psychological effects of hoarding, the feelings of shame, worthlessness, and despair caused by living in an uncontrollable mess.

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