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'About a Boy' Gives Us Man-Children by the Episode

Will and Marcus “grow up” together in bite-sized portions, learning to put away their respective childish things in the course of each episode. Then they regress.

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'Mad Men: Season Six': Steps Back and Forward

In this uneven but revelatory season of Mad Men, Don Draper’s mask of identity slipped and his performance became more difficult to maintain.

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'Under the Dome': Stephen King's Latest Mini-Series

Though sensationalist intrigues hold sway over the initial plot of Under the Dome, the gradual revelation of mysteries could well provide several seasons’ worth of dramatic interest.

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Personal Vendettas Are Made Public in 'The East'

Insomuch as firm principles drive the activities of the central figures of the East, those principles are undergirded (and undermined) by wounded resentment and personal vendettas.

Music

Fossil Collective: Tell Where I Lie

This acoustic-tinged debut is certainly no knockout, but it's also too pleasant and skilled to be dismissed as mere fashionable radio-friendly fancy, either.

Television

'Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan' Takes the Actor Far Afield

The quasi-reality-show vibe of Wild Things draws Dominic Monaghan's natural, laddish Mancunian charms out better than his fictional forays in film and TV have done.

Ross Langager
Music

The Tragically Hip: Now For Plan A

The band is looking for a place to happen, and this is a stop along the way.

Music

K'naan: Country, God or the Girl

It’s his fierce intelligence as a lyrical predator that redeems his stylish poses. It’s precisely when the listener lets his guard down that K’naan pounces.

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'Curiosity': Documenting a Planned Plane Crash

One of the most complex, audacious, and undoubtedly expensive experiments in aviation history is the focus of the second season premiere of Curiosity.

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Television

'Monsters Inside Me': An Odd, Icky Mediocrity

Though not an uninteresting topic for a television show, the wide spectrum of parasites and infections that can afflict the human body carries a strong element of the grotesque with it.

Film

'The Other Dream Team' Remembers the 1992 Lithuanians

The film constructs the team’s triumph as the culmination of efforts of a gutsy little nation to forge its own place in a suddenly changed world.

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A Tale of Two Brothers: 'The Do-Deca-Pentathlon'

For every feint in the direction of low-budget comic silliness, this film makes a more committed turn towards poignant honesty.

Television

'United States of Food': First Up: Bacon

Even if you like bacon, this series doesn’t present it in a terribly appetizing way.

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Television

Wipeout's Wackiness Remains Infectious

The show is never better than when it scores the sophomoric visual poetry of corkscrewing human bodies with the music of sly verbal cleverness.

Ross Langager
Television

'Inside Men' Premieres on BBCA

Inside Men slots nicely into the rich British television tradition of intriguing one-off drama serials.

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Music

Cadence Weapon: Hope in Dirt City

His style is a running dialogue with stylistic annotations, and it combines with fantastic wordplay to make for a compelling musical product.

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Upper Class

Music

Silversun Pickups: Neck of the Woods

Characterized by a ruthless alternation of tension and release, the album stays marvelously consistent while also incorporating varied sonic textures.

Television

'No Kitchen Required' Pits Chefs Against Nature

Take the chefs out of the kitchen, No Kitchen Required argues, and they feel even more heat.

Ross Langager
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