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HBO's 'True Detective' and the Gentle Apocalypse of the Louisiana Landscape

Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) encounter a rogues' gallery of supporting characters, including the bad men we need to keep other bad men from the door.

Matthew Wollin
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'New York Film Festival 2013': A Dizzying Panorama

The Wind Rises was the first film that I saw at the Festival and a lovely note on which to close, creating the sense of wonder and excitement you want from movies.

Matthew Wollin
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'The Mindy Project': James Franco as a Sex Therapist

Again, Mindy and Danny appear in a few moments of camaraderie-and-maybe-more, communicated with engagingly subtle looks and gestures.

Matthew Wollin
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'Adore' Looks Like Porn Produced by Architectural Digest

Adore doses out a disturbing premise with a sugary gloss that makes it go down almost too easily and makes you wonder whose fantasy you might be watching.

Matthew Wollin
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'Orange is the New Black' Is Imprisoned Between Comedy and Drama

As its characters remain thinly rendered types and the situations predictable, Orange is the New Black veers from melodrama to slapstick.

Matthew Wollin
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'Anna Nicole's Story of Sheer Shamelessness

This made for TV movie walks a line between camp and earnestness, much as Anna Nicole herself blurred the distinction between tackiness and glamour.

Matthew Wollin
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'Twixt' Is Francis Ford Coppola's Story of Artistic Reinvention

Some directors mellow in their late careers while others amp up their eccentricities; Francis Ford Coppola seems to have done both. Twixt is a bizarre assemblage of techniques that’s at once amateurish and brilliant, lackadaisical and carefully controlled.

Matthew Wollin
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It's Like Two Crazy China Dolls Are Brought to Life in 'Violet & Daisy'

Violet & Daisy might be a parable, but the lessons to be learned are both trite and impenetrable, something about family or friendship or maybe the importance of bringing extra ammo to a hit.

Matthew Wollin
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'Becoming Traviata' Is a Journey to Transcendence

Becoming Traviata renders the opera’s production operatic without succumbing to the overwhelming artifice that can make opera feel anachronistic in the age of reality entertainment.

Matthew Wollin
Television

'Treehouse Masters': Reality TV Fantasies

Combining a roughhewn, DIY fortitude with a camera-ready smile, Pete Nelson consults with his clients, helps them make a plan, and then does what he likes to do best: he builds a treehouse.

Matthew Wollin

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