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  • Film

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    The movie ends with a dedication to all the soldiers whose bodies were never recovered after the war, but the story doesn’t carry the same historical weight.

  • Film

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    "It’s affecting to see Salgado talk about the emotional toll of witnessing so much suffering, and how it triggered his shift in focus to the beauty of nature."

  • television

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    Showtime decided to revive and recast the show with Steve Coogan in the lead role.

  • television

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    There’s nothing fantastical about the quaint but grim small town of Pagford—Harry Potter this is not.

  • Film

    Friday, April 17, 2015

    The sequel suffers from indifferent plotting and apathetic jokes that often don’t appear to have punchlines.

  • Film

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015

    Robert Kenner's documentary rehashes talking points about scientists who put corporations above public health issues.

  • Film

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015

    True Story could have been an examination of the slippery nature of truth ... but it's not.

  • Music

    Monday, April 13, 2015

    Having Christine McVie back after a 16-year hiatus seems to have reinvigorated the group.

  • Film

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015

    Woman in Gold has all the hallmarks of prime Oscar bait.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015

    Clearly influenced by Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies, Daredevil is dark both thematically and visually.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    It features six segments that start with mundane events before building to violence, betrayal and (sometimes) death.

  • Film

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015

    It's like watching paint dry on an exquisite masterpiece.

  • Film

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    The HBO documentary is effective as an overview of the history and main criticisms of Scientology.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    Aliens invade Earth and forcibly relocate the entire human population ... but in a fun way.

  • television

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    TV Land’s original sitcoms have been resolutely old-fashioned, but Younger is looking to change that.

  • Film

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    Is it full of ill-advised humor about race and sexuality? Sure. But it's less offensive than it is misguided.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    Some parts of the thriller might be a hard to follow, but the director and writer succeed at creating a sense of visceral danger.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    Netflix’s new drama has such a great cast and such impressive production values, it’s easy to give it a pass for being so dramatically inert.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    Two words: Zombeavers. Wait, that's one word.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    Tris spends most of the movie on the run, which isn't a bad thing.

  • Film

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    Because real pandas are pretty bad at kung fu.

  • Film

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    Without any twists or stylistic innovations, here's hoping the forthcoming live-action versions of Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book will be a bit livelier.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    A generic story isn't improved by adding a small twist.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    A fascinating look at the world's most successful hockey team.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    In iZombie, an undead undead star uses her brain.

  • Music

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    It's Madge's worst since 2003's American Life.

  • Film

    Friday, March 6, 2015

    The flick fails at both social commentary and basic storytelling.

  • Film

    Thursday, March 5, 2015

    Avengers and Star Wars? Of course. But are you up on your Crimson Peak and Hateful Eight?

  • Film

    Thursday, March 5, 2015

    Alongside Night is an unabashedly political sci-fi thriller, a libertarian manifesto that recalls Atlas Shrugged.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    Let's just say it's anything but exotic.

  • Film

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    This show was initially produced for NBC but it's odder and darker than typical network fare.

  • Film

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    Have you ever wondered what Jemaine and Bret from Flight of the Conchords would be like if they were vampires?

  • Film

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    Satirizing show business is one of the easiest ways to score points with an audience and director David Cronenberg goes for the jugular with this one.

  • Music

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    It's her most impersonal work yet.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

    Can a show's success be judged by its moshpit?

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

    The movie’s first half is playful and sly, ending with a small but satisfying twist.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

    Hugh Grant and Marc Lawrence team up for something that's actually enjoyable.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

    If you like your comedy on the darker side, this one's for you.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

    Vince Gilligan is involved, but don't expect a 'Breaking Bad'-type phenomenon.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

    Kevin Costner’s weary, lived-in performance is the best thing about this predictable flick.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

    And yes, Neil Patrick Harris is definitely one of them.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

    Three local theaters are screening the live-action and animated shorts this weekend.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

    Timothy Spall gives depth and feeling to J.M.W. Turner at the most unexpected moments.

  • television

    Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

    The former Friends star is looking for the third time to be the charm in his attempted return to sitcoms.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

    Colin Firth ... the action star?

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

    A miniseries remake starring Peter Sarsgaard, Uma Thurman

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

    Supporting local filmmakers is one thing that the DSFF does best.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

    From car-crash fetishists to another BDSM romance.

  • television

    Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

    It burns through so much plot in the first three episodes that it seems to be exhausting its premise almost immediately.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

    The deadpan cartoon girl. The goodhearted vampire. The thing that made us love Heather Locklear.