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  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

    The Hunger Games returns -- and so does Dumb and Dumber.

  • television

    Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

    Here are 10 shows with some amount of promise, plus two old ones to keep watching.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

    Unlike its subject, who performed feats that people remembered their whole lives, the History Channel program is entirely forgettable.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

    The Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz directed flick is a ramshackle travelogue about two senior citizens taking a vacation to Iceland.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

    Brosnan isn't James Bond, but the comparisons are unavoidable.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

    A stoner comedy is the last thing you would expect from the creator of Mad Men.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

    The man who gave us Twelve Monkeys now gives us ... this.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

    Comas. Check. Flashbacks. Check. Cheesiness. Check.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

    The talent is there, but not the laughs.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

    Too many one-dimensional characters. Not good.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

    We're beginning to sense a trend with Allen's recent 'comedies.'

  • Film

    Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

    It's still a great book, though.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014

    For a superstorm, this tornado underwhelms.

  • Film

    Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014

    Mike Cahill's second effort is plagued with hollow solemnity.

  • Film

    Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014

    It's on Cinemax, but it belongs on HBO.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014

    There’s still room for improvement at next year’s event, but for the first time, it’ll have an established high standard to live up to.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014

    Its characters may cook up dishes that are vibrant and daring, but this food flick is strictly bland comfort food.

  • Entertainment

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    Gregory Popovich's movie is near the top of our list.

  • Film

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Not interested in saying or doing anything contentious, the flick is purely celebratory.

  • Film

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Bradley Cooper demonstrates the greatest range of his career ... as a genetically modified raccoon.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    A desperate tone, disingenuous life lessons and recycled, outdated jokes. Sounds about right.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    The Honorable Woman is a more effective spy thriller than a political drama.

  • Entertainment

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    It also features Philip Seymour Hoffman's final starring role.

  • Entertainment

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    At least you get to see Scarlett Johansson kick some ass.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Every so often we get a glimpse at the foreign equivalent of a dumb mainstream comedy.

  • Music

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

    Although the two bands played for almost the same amount of time, NIN came off like the main attraction.

  • television

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

    The twentysomething hipsters of 'Worst' provide more fun, if not more laughs, than the irritating 'Married' couple.

  • Film

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    The movie’s main characters spend the majority of the time running from various gangs that are out to kill them, with very little variation in the peril.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    Planes: Fire & Rescue is dull, predictable and flat, with decent animation but lifeless characters.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    If any reviewer ever deserved to have a documentary made about his life, it’s Roger Ebert.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    And its vampire apocalypse is never really convincing.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    Two different programs are coming to town, including the resurrected Classic Festival.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    Even when Haggis seems to acknowledge that he actually has nothing to say, he does so in the most obnoxious, smug way he can.

  • Film

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    Impressive ape-versus-human action.

  • Music

    Monday, July 7, 2014

    Filling in for the irreplaceable Freddie Mercury, the American Idol alum sounded best on the band's more bombastic tunes.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    With Halle Berry and Steven Spielberg, this is the TV equivalent of a summer blockbuster.

  • Film

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    Korean director Bong Joon-ho fought to have his uncut film shown in this country, and his weird, haunting vision remains intact.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    It's an odd mix of humor and drama, and doesn't really work.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    They did this kind of thing way better 30 years ago.

  • Film

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    Josef Mengele hides from Naci-hunters in 1960s Argentina in this slow-burning thriller.

  • Film

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof returns to TV with this similar HBO series.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    Political intrigue grounded in family dynamics.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    At least the sequel doesn't reference Steve Harvey's relationship-advice book.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    Clint Eastwood’s movie version turns into something mundane.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    Still, it could generate some excitement before foundering.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    It's like TGIF all over again -- only worse.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

    Too many plot threads, not enough screen time.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

    It's a rehash of something that was tired to begin with.

  • Film

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

    Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche are both strong actors, but they can’t salvage this bran muffin of a movie.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

    Sludgy guitars, British heavy metal and dark stoner-rock.