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'Me Him Her' Is a Romantic Comedy With an Appealingly Soft Center

Me Him Her's insistently daft, self-involved representations of Los Angeles and those who live there include clichés played mostly for laughs.

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Thriller 'Reversion' Has Some Hard Edges

Reversion is hardly subtle in its critique of our tech-dependent lives, and the idea that we might seek comfort, inspiration, and fulfillment of emotional needs from our devices.

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Fluency

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Another Lesson in Letting Go with 'A Brilliant Young Mind'

Even as A Beautiful Young Mind’s protagonist learns to cope with uncertainty, its viewers aren't credited with the maturity to do so.

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Sexism Just Won't Die in 'Burying the Ex'

Playing like a "Rom-Zom-Com" helmed by Judd Apatow, Burying the Ex suffers from a repository of sexist tropes, a somewhat redeeming ending notwithstanding.

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'Gemma Bovery' Is Just a Woman Trying to Be Happy

To viewers, the eponymous Gemma Bovery is an object to feel something about, rather than a being capable of feeling in her own right.

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'Wayward Pines' Tinkers With Familiar Strangeness

Mixing together the perfection of Wisteria Lane, the damp environs of Twilight, and Twin Peaks, Wayward Pines is an intriguing collection of the familiar.

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'Lilting' Is About the Ways We Assimilate

Lilting challenges what it means to assimilate into a culture, suggesting that blending in isn't necessary for shared experience.

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Word Play, Opera, 'Endeavour'

Both Endeavour, and its parent series Inspector Morse make a point of juxtaposing a lovely illusion of Oxford with the city's uglier realities.

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'Coherence', Confined Spaces and Multiple Selves

Coherence generates fear and mistrust with very little in the way of effects, gore or outright scares.

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'Doll & Em' Have a Complicated Friendship

A clever, often painful study of a corrosive friendship,'Doll & Em' features Emily Mortimer and Dolly Wells, who play fictionalized versions of themselves.

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'The Paradise': The Pleasures and Pains of Shopping

Denise isn’t entirely dazzled by Moray’s charm. She’s more taken with his business acumen than his wearying, constant flirting.

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'Jewtopia': Stereotypes With Affection

Christian makes it his mission to seek out another Jewish girlfriend, since, as he states more than once, "I never want to make another decision" for the rest of his life.

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'It's Not You, It's Me': Romantic Cliches

It’s Not You, It’s Me is fitfully entertaining, but it’s a little disappointing that the guys get the so-called best lines throughout.

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'The Fosters' Are an Earnest, Sort of New, Normal Family

In a couple of subplots, The Fosters broaches, superficially at least, the complications of striving for color- and culture-blindness in cross-racial adoptions.

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'Vikings' Is Rather Cheerfully Brutal

Vikings evokes the harsh world the Vikings inhabit and the tensions they embody -- between men and women, earth and sea, wealth and knowledge.

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'Downton Abbey Revisited': Too Many Recaps

Cast interviews in Downton Abbey Revisited feature an appealing awareness of the occasional improbability of their characters and storylines, a point made clear by a slightly bemused Hugh Bonneville, who plays Robert Crawley.

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'The Mentalist''s 100th Episode: Jane Is Born

We see Patrick Jane here before he joined the CBI team, looking disheveled and lost in grief and guilt a year after the murders of his family.

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'666 Park Avenue': Demons and Damsels

As Jane makes her disturbing discoveries, 666 Park Avenue drags out a number of horror movie tropes.

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