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'The Mysteries of Laura' Is Too Many Shows in One

Trapped in the hour-long drama structure, the half-hour sitcom that The Mysteries of Laura might long to be never finds its footing.

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'Selfie' Is Like 'Pygmalion' with Cell Phones

One of Selfie’s biggest sins is how tone-deaf it is about social media and those who use it successfully.

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'Forever': Ioan Gruffudd Born Again and Again

In this show the doctor, Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), is immortal. However, t's not what you think: he doesn’t sleep in a coffin, drink blood, or have sparkly skin.

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'Madam Secretary': Téa Leoni Goes Global

Madam Secretary has more on its mind than entertainment, taking on intercultural conflicts and ethical dilemmas without obvious solutions.

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Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel Act Out for 'Sex Tape'

Sex Tape demonstrates that it's very hard to do a funny movie about the difficulty of maintaining a successful marriage.

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'The Grand Budapest Hotel': It's Time for Wes Anderson to Make Another Kind of Wes Anderson Movie

The story in The Grand Budapest Hotel repeatedly takes a backseat to the style. Wes Anderson is meticulous with his details and creates a candy-colored world within which to situate his whimsy.

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'About Time' Transcends Generic Constraints

About Time takes up themes beyond the typical boy-meets-girl story, looking also at father-son relations and the sense of loss that is mandated by passing time.

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'Super Fun Night' Surpasses Insecurities

As in Pitch Perfect and Pain & Gain, Rebel Wilson uses her size to comic effect, such as when she engages in full-on battle with her Spanx on.

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James Spader Runs the World in 'The Blacklist'

“Everything about me is a lie.” Funny thing is, when Red says this, we are inclined to believe it.

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'We're the Millers' Is PG-13 Dressed Up as R

With the fake family assembled and a monster RV provided out of thin air, David heads off to Mexico for an encounter with some real drug dealers.

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The Teen Sex Comedy Comes of Age in 'The To Do List'

The To Do List is mostly a straight-up teenage sex comedy, with the requisite crude language and bawdy acts.

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More Mayhem and Eccentricity in 'Red 2'

Everyone looks to be having fun in Red 2, an action film that doesn’t feel the need to brood.

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'This is the End': Cruel Honesty

For fans of the stars, the fun of the opening scenes is watching them riff on the trappings of fame and particularly the personae that have been created for them in their movies and in the press.

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Christopher Guest Does TV with HBO's 'Family Tree'

If the plot is thin, the show does offer other pleasures, including the actors’ improv skills, revealed in subtle and hilarious flashes of genius.

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'42': The Mythology of Jackie Robinson, Done Right

42, like Lincoln, reminds us that one person, at a pivotal moment, can overcome popular prejudices and help change rules and expectations.

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Diagnosis Schmiagnosis: 'Do No Harm'

Cole's reckless selfishness is a real problem for Do No Harm. He's a brain surgeon putting his patients in danger every day because he refuses to address his own illness.

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'This Is 40' Is a Believable Portrait of a Marriage

As Pete and Debbie confront intimacy issues, financial difficulties, and unresolved childhood baggage, they aren't necessarily people with whom you want to spend two hours.

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