Reviews from the Small Screen (Dec. 3, 2013)

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Published on: December 3, 2013

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An Adventure in Space and Time

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: Mark Gatiss treats the legends of Doctor Who’s creation as only a longtime fan can, in a lovely tribute full of the exasperated acceptance that rose-tinted hindsight brings.

Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant

  • Excerpt: An engaging docudrama for ‘Doctor Who’ fans and non-fans alike.

Doctor Who: “The Day of the Doctor”

Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog

  • Excerpt: Considering that the special is billed as a spectacular commemoration of the series, it is interesting just how prepared Moffat et al. are to let it be melancholic. Each post-revival version of The Doctor has been grappling with grief and trauma over what he has done, with some being more pronounced (Eccleston) than others (Smith), but this is one of the few instances in which the show has tackled this aspect of the character head on.

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: I’ve been hard on Steven Moffat during his tenure as showrunner. But he got it right here. He got it really, really right.

Reviews from the Small Screen (Nov. 26, 2013)

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Dexter: The Final Season

Sean Axmaker @ Cinephiled

  • Excerpt: Showtime’s black-humored series about a serial killer with a code (he only kills killers) was never as nuanced as Breaking Bad, as flamboyant as True Blood, or developed as dark and elaborate a mythology as such network shows as Hannibal or The Following, but for eight seasons it did what it did just fine.

Doctor Who: Series 1-7 Limited Edition Gift Set

Sean Axmaker @ Cinephiled

  • Excerpt: [Russell T.] Davies created a colorful, stylish show filled with humor and action, with more self-contained episodes than the serial format of the old low-fi show and a new slant on the Time Lord mythology, and he passed the TARDIS off to the prolific and creative Steven Moffat to carry on the tradition in the fifth season with a brand new Doctor in Matt Smith.

Naked City: The Complete Collection

Sean Axmaker @ Cinephiled

  • Excerpt: The acclaimed cop show set and shot on the streets of New York City is ostensibly inspired by the influential 1948 film of the same name, a film noir with documentary immediacy, but it plays more like a Playhouse 90 anthology wrapped around a criminal investigation than a traditional crime drama, thanks in large part to meaty stories by Stirling Silliphant, who set the tone with his scripts and stayed on as executive story consultant.

Sharknado

Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies

  • Excerpt: There have been high concept movies before, but “Sharknado” has streamlined the process by inventing a title that’s so high concept it makes the rest of the movie superfluous.

Reviews from the Small Screen (Nov. 19, 2013)

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Published on: November 19, 2013

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Is Arrow the best superhero show ever?

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda.gr [Greek]

  • Excerpt: One of the less talked-about TV shows on American TV, is easily one of its best right now

Reality Check

Frank Ochieng @ Yahoo! Voices Movies

  • Excerpt: The ubiquitous realm of reality television has entertained audiences worldwide.

Reviews from the Small Screen (Nov. 5, 2013)

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Anno 1790

MaryAnn Johanson @ FlickFilosopher.com

  • Excerpt: So awesome that I almost can’t bear it. And so relevant to today: Are the battles between rich and poor, science and superstition, freedom and repression actually endless?

Reviews from the Small Screen, Oct. 29, 2013

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Recordando “Terra Nova”

Nuno Reis @ SciFiWorld Portugal [Portuguese]

Untold History of the United States

M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def Digest.com

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The Hollow Crown: The Complete Series

Nick Hartel @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: Wholly entertaining in every way, “The Hollow Crown” is on the short list for must-see releases for 2013; it is the rare adaptation of Shakespeare that bridges the gap between the learned aficionado and the curious novice.

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Published on: October 15, 2013

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Behind the Candelabra

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Breaking Bad- Finale

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: To go out properly, the final Breaking Bad would have to equal those moments. Breaking Bad went out properly.

Burning Bush

Jose Solis @ StageBuddy

Elementary: Step Nine

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Gideon’s Army

Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies

  • Excerpt: Two young public defenders reveal the secret hell in our criminal justice system.

Glee – Season 4

Nuno Reis @ Antestreia [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: O problema desta série é que haverá sempre uma música que me obrigará a ver o episódio e para isso vou acabar por ver tudo o que ficou para trás. Maldito Glee, basta fazerem um bom último episódio e vou ver a série completa…

Golden Boy: The Complete Series

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: He Shoots, He Scores, He Bombs!

Homeland- Season 3 Episode 1

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: With the psychological complexity of Brody’s character and the startling intensity of Damien Lewis’s acting removed from that mix, Homeland may be in for a wobbly third year.

Is Sleepy Hollow the beginning of the end for TV’s golden era?

Joseph Proimakis @ Popaganda [Greek]

  • Excerpt: ? aµe???a???? t??e??as? ????se, ?ta? p??asa? st? µ???? ????? ?sa ?a?? de ?????sa? st? ????????t. ???a, a????????? ?a? ta ?????a t??.

Parker Lewis Can’t Lose

Nuno Reis @ Antestreia [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Se me quiserem imitar e cometer o erro de rever esta série, sigam este precioso conselho. Vejam apenas a segunda temporada.

Parks and Recreation- Season 6 Episode 2

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

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Published on: October 8, 2013

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Sam Turner @ Film Intel

  • Excerpt: Convincing Robert Downey Jr to do his shtick on TV would perhaps prove difficult but if HTC managed it, maybe Marvel can too.

Da Vinci’s Demons: The Complete First Season

Nick Hartel @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: An entertaining, but intellectually light piece of pseudo-history.

Magic City (Season 2, 2013)

Dragan Antulov @ Draxblog Film Reviews

  • Excerpt: This could be explained with apparent loss of creative energy by showrunner Mitch Glazer. In first season he used fascinating setting and fascinating character; in second season he didn’t know what to do with them.

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Arrow: Season 1

James Plath @ Family Home Theater

  • Excerpt: If your family consists of parents and a teenage boy and you’re looking to bond, Arrow can be a good alternative to video games.

Bates Motel: Ocean View

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Ocean View is still another brilliant episode in a fascinating series which keeps building to something big.

Bates Motel: Trust Me

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Trust Me has so much in it that even having Norman Bates deflowered (by the prettiest girl in school no less) isn’t the weirdest thing in the episode.

Breaking Bad

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: If last week’s episode was a slow and steady build to a furious climax, this week’s confounded that expectation by coming to its emotional and visceral head before the penultimate act break.

Breaking Bad

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: Before the show’s ending leaves a gaping hole in our hearts forever, we look back at what made the show so unforgettable to watch and what we will miss the most about it.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: Little on Braugher’s résumé would indicate a hidden comic genius. But as Captain Holt on the new Andy Samberg cop sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, he proves what countless dramatic actors have discovered before him: that the key to being funny is to play it absolutely straight.

Doctor Who: Classic Season Seven Vs. Revived Season Seven

Rick Aragon @ Gallifrey Exile

  • Excerpt: Classic Doctor Who Season Seven averaged a score of 9.75 per story. NuWho averaged a score of 2.8. Why?

Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons

Rick Aragon @ Gallifrey Exile

  • Excerpt: The debut story for both one of the Great Doctor Who villain and Who Companion makes this a legendary story.

Doctor Who: The Idiot’s Lantern

Rick Aragon @ Gallifrey Exile

  • Excerpt: The Idiot’s Lantern is a fast-moving, well-crafted story brought down only by stabs at kitchen-sink drama.

Golden Boy: McKenzie on Fire

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: What I liked about McKenzie on Fire was Bonnie Sumerville’s McKenzie. Everything else I found weak and a little clichéd.

Golden Boy: Scapegoat

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Scapegoat has some solid acting and those twists and turns corruption cases hinge on, and on the whole is a welcome return to form for the struggling (and eventually dead) series.

Hannibal

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Mortal Kombat: Legacy – Season 2

Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant

  • Excerpt: Mortal Kombat: Legacy is a fun and proficient way to explore the franchise world and its unique kombatants.

Sharknado

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix

Reviews from the Small Screen

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Published on: September 24, 2013

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Bates Motel: Season One

Patrick Bromley @ DVD Verdict

Behind the Candelabra

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: One suspects and hopes that Behind the Candelabra is not the last we’ve seen of Steven Soderbergh the director. This HBO movie is a decent outlet for his talents and proves to be a relatively compelling and entertaining look at Liberace’s messy, secret off-stage excesses.

For Mature Audiences Only (Part 1)

Frank Ochieng @ Yahoo! Voices Movies

  • Excerpt: In “For Mature Audiences Only”, let’s take a look at some of the more mature characterizations that had an impact on our daily doses of entertainment on the glorious boob tube.

For Mature Audiences Only (Part 2)

Frank Ochieng @ Yahoo! Voices Movies

  • Excerpt: In “For Mature Audiences Only”, let’s take a look at some of the more mature characterizations that had an impact on our daily doses of entertainment on the glorious boob tube.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Complete Season 8

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: You can tell this group isn’t trying too hard to make their names or win new fans, but their comfort zone and unfakable chemistry is simply enough to fuel regular laughs.

Tales of the City: 20th Anniversary Edition

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: It’s kind of tough to believe that “Tales of the City” passed for bold and cutting edge television just twenty years ago. This drama series seems dated today, not merely because it’s set in the past or sports woeful picture quality here.

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Falcón

Nick Hartel @ DVD Talk

Spartacus: War of the Damned

Brent McKnight @ Beyond Hollywood

The Wire: Straight and True

Michael Pattison @ idFilm

  • Excerpt: The Wire is angry. As a critique of a system, it is damning; as an examination of what is happening at the bottom rungs of the social ladder, it is a convincing and devastating work of journalism.

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Mike and Molly: The Complete Third Season

Nick Hartel Hartel @ DVD Talk

The Mindy Project: Season One

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: It’s Kaling herself who really shines. The actress shows an exceptional level of self-awareness, playing on both her strong points and her insecurities in a way that makes for a central character likable enough that you are rooting for her even as she does some extremely stupid things.

Sharknado

Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer

  • Excerpt: Give me a movie that tries but fails over a movie that tries to fail any day.

Submersos – Season 1

Tiago Ramos @ Split Screen [Portuguese]

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Animal Magnetism

Frank Ochieng @ SFcrowsnest

  • Excerpt: Okay TV watchers…your fellow human beings are not the only ones that can bring some drama and comedy to a science fiction/fantasy television show.

Beyond the Junior-Sized Jupiter: A Nostalgic Sci-Fi Sampling for Kids of Yesteryear

Frank Ochieng @ SFcrowsnest

  • Excerpt: As a child coming of age in the decade of the 1970’s, children’s programming was crucial for me and other adventurous tykes looking for futuristic escapism particularly if you had science fiction leanings or harbored the appreciation for fantasy that removed you from the world of other silly-minded kiddie fare that did not cater to your particular tastes.

Da Vinci’s Demons: The Complete First Season

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: Da Vinci’s Demons is historical fiction, with the emphasis on the “fiction.” David S. Goyer and his collaborators have done research, not to enlighten us, but to fuel, in typical Starz fashion, a pulp alternative to stately costume dramas.

Frank(ly) Speaking: TV Trivia Try Me…If You Dare!

Frank Ochieng @ SFcrowsnest

  • Excerpt: Who hasn’t wondered about the most arcane facts regarding their favorite fantasy and/or science fiction television show at one point? The stigma for knowing unimportant material about your choice of entertainment can be either quite empowering or embarrassing depending on your thought process.

A Friendly “Hi” to Sci-Fi TV: Commoners are Welcome!

Frank Ochieng @ SFcrowsnest

  • Excerpt: Now the question remains: which so-called science fiction TV shows are for the true and blue sci-fi sycophants and which ones are friendlier to the average (or not so average) television viewer of this preferred genre?

Motherly Instinct: A Sci-Fi Lullaby

Frank Ochieng @ SFcrowsnest

  • Excerpt: In ‘Motherly Instinct: A Sci-Fi Lullaby’ we will examine some of television’s notable matriarchs within the realm of old-time sci-fi/fantasy entertainment on the small screen. These extraordinary mothers, for the most part, are steady as a rock and hold their own in the face of adversity and adventure.

Orange Is The New Black

Candice Frederick @ Reel Talk

  • Excerpt: Lets expand the discussion to a series that flashes a similarly uncompromising light on its female characters– Orange Is The New Black.

Rectify – Season 1

Tiago Ramos @ Split Screen [Portuguese]

The Robotic Dance: A Great Way to Doing the Sci-Fi Shuffle!

Frank Ochieng @ SFcrowsnest

  • Excerpt: Ah, there is nothing like the companionship of a mechanical mate to get one through the hard times, right? Well, television has certainly provided its share of a walking bucket of bolts throughout the decades on the boob tube. Whether these particular television robots were decorated or despised it did not matter in the least because they were still fascinating on many levels.

Seattle Superstorm

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: Devoid of personality and chock-full of exposition, “Seattle Superstorm” is a movie that’s tough to imagine being genuinely enjoyed by anyone.

Take Me to Your Leader!

Frank Ochieng @ SFcrowsnest

  • Excerpt: Throughout the history of television, our beloved (and overlooked) science fiction, horror and fantasy adventure characters answered to a higher power than themselves—their leaders! So in the TV column Take Me to Your Leader, we will take a look at some of the boob tube’s most cherished (or despised) leaders/bosses/supervisors/commanders and determine their worth and purpose in the world of small screen entertainment.

Try My Hero Sandwich: An Unlikely Taste, Huh?

Frank Ochieng @ SFcrowsnest

  • Excerpt: In the world of TV science fiction and fantasy, we all pretty much know what defines a hero. The traits of reassurance, confidence, strength, ability, instincts and courage are among the main ingredients requiring a hero to act accordingly when he/she is out to save the world from evil forces.

Unsung Zeroes

Frank Ochieng @ SFcrowsnest

  • Excerpt: Let’s face it, people…we like our heroes in sci-fi/fantasy that challenge the conventions of courageousness and leadership. However, the thought of being a hero is no way the zany fun than being a ‘zero’…a villainous viper whose cowardice, calculating brilliance and evil-minded ways somehow steals the show.

Welcome to My Opening Act

Frank Ochieng @ SFcrowsnest

  • Excerpt: The one main selling point for an individual to gravitate to a particular television show is probably the inviting opening credits and the accompanying theme music.

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The Bridge: Pilot

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: The Bridge sets off its tale of crime between borders brilliantly, showing how much is going on within both the crime being investigated and the investigators themselves.

Doctor Who: Inferno

Rick Aragon @ Gallifrey Exile

  • Excerpt: Inferno is a brilliant close to what has to be the best Classic Doctor Who season so far.

Doctor Who: Rise of the Cybermen Parts 1 & 2

Rick Aragon @ Gallifrey Exile

  • Excerpt: Visually splendid but frantic and rushed, Rise of the Cybermen Parts 1 & 2 simply could have been better.

Golden Boy: Just Say No

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Golden Boy still does what it shouldn’t: showcases the supporting actors rather than the lead.

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Breaking Bad: Blood Money

Daniel Carlson @ Pajiba

Casting By

Jonathan Richards @ jonrichardsplace.com

  • Excerpt: Tom Donahue has come up with an angle that will surprise, delight, and inform even the most dedicated movie maven. Welcome to the world of the casting director, a world that flourished at its peak from the middle to the end of the last century.

Clear History

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: While the ‘Curb’ structure of familiar character, running jokes, and carefully established (and paid off) story strands is adhered to, ‘Clear History’ is a “real movie,” and Mottola sneaks in some aesthetic flourishes that the likably slipshod ‘Curb’ usually doesn’t stop for.

Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog

  • Excerpt: An inadvertent side effect of David’s Rick Rubin look is that it acts as a metaphor for the film itself. Even underneath all the makeup, Norman’s mannerisms and standoffish approach to social situations can’t hide the fact that he is played by Larry David; and even though Clear History disguises itself with the trappings of a new location and new character names, it can’t hide that it is basically a feature-length episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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Sharknado

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

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Published on: August 6, 2013

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Elementary: The Complete First Season

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: There were more hits than misses in Elementary’s debut season.

Franklin & Bash: By the Numbers

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: By The Numbers I think might have made for a good episode, but somewhere along the way it got sidetracked by how fun and cute and clever it was all suppose to be…

Franklin & Bash: Captain Johnny

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Maybe by now we should not expect logic to enter in a Franklin & Bash episode. Still, since when has logic ever stopped Franklin & Bash or Franklin & Bash?

Star Trek: The Next Generation Season Four

Patrick Bromley @ DVD Verdict

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Published on: July 30, 2013

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Gideon’s Army

Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast

Mayerling (1957)

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: No known Kinetoscope existed for the 1957 Mayerling. The idea that there might be some kind of recording of it out there somewhere has always been a sort of Holy Grail for Audrey Hepburn fans, being the one major onscreen performance for the actress that had been lost to the ages.

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Behind the Candelabra

jason Pirodsky @ Expats.cz

  • Excerpt: Behind the Candelabra presents a fascinating behind-the-scenes look into the pianist’s later years and his relationship with Thorson, and Soderbergh is content to let LaGravenese’s script and the performances speak for themselves with little behind-the-camera influence.

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Franklin & Bash: Coffee & Cream

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Coffee and Cream is a boring episode, and at times nonsensical.

Franklin & Bash: Dead And Alive

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Will Jared Franklin finally come out and tell his best friend that he is actually in love with him?

Franklin & Bash: Good Lovin’

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: If there were any justice, Reed Diamond would have an Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama or Comedy Emmy nomination for playing the straight man to the hijinks of Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar.

Hemingway & Gellhorn

Marcio Sallem @ Em Cartaz [Portuguese]

Portlandia: Season Three

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: Portlandia is, seemingly effortlessly, a highbrow sketch show, whose impressive production values, satiric qualities, and lack of a laugh track give it a refinement befitting of the IFC brand and of the creators’ sensibilities. It’s a show fueled by silliness, but not the pop culture and impression-based kinds that quickly date “SNL” episodes.

Rectify: Season 1

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: his is TV drama done right, intriguing with characters, story, and atmosphere instead of gimmicky, drawn-out mysteries. There is plenty of room for this series to grow, but this short debut season is a compelling and satisfying opening act you are sure to breeze through, hungry for more.

Robot Chicken: DC Comics Special

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: In short, it feels like a reasonably diverting half-hour of television, given barely more thought and time than an ordinary, less thematically unified “Robot Chicken” episode.

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Published on: July 2, 2013

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Hannibal

Peter Gutierrez @ School Library Journal

Jack Taylor: Set 1

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: The hero is relatively unremarkable and his cases aren’t too gripping. It’s passable, but familiar entertainment that likely requires an appreciation for either Ken Bruen’s books or Irish culture to enjoy with any passion.

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Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: …makes both for a great narrative and also an education. In much the same way cinema is still indebted to the early pioneers, so too is 21st-Century Broadway still in thrall to its formative successes.

The Great Gatsby: Midnight in Manhattan

Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk

  • Excerpt: A slim program, clocking not even 50 minutes, it’s an entertaining warm-up, perhaps best viewed as a refresher for lapsed fans or an introduction for new believers. The Great Gatsby: Midnight in Manhattan is far from an in-depth dissection of the famous novel and its effects on the culture at large, though both surfaces are skimmed.

The Newsroom

Sean Axmaker @ Videodrone

  • Excerpt: I don’t know if there has been a recent series as frustrating as … Aaron Sorkin’s HBO original series set at a cable news channel that is remarkably idealistic and full of brilliant people who have sharp political instincts and poor impulse control.

Rectify

Sean Axmaker @ Videodrone

  • Excerpt: [T]he series doesn’t provide with the comfort of certainty of his guilt or innocence. It’s a character drama built around the shell-shock of a man who seems to be stuck at the age at which his life was suspended.

Workaholics: Season Three

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: Workaholics is fairly easy to watch and has its funny moments, but it leaves you feeling stupid and dirty.

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Behind the Candelabra

Simon Miraudo @ Quickflix
Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog

  • Excerpt: Sweet music…

Doctor Who: Thoughts on Matt Smith’s Departure

Rick Aragon @ Gallifrey Exile

  • Excerpt: I for my part am so glad he’s going (and wish he could take Steven Moffat with him). Good-bye, Smithy-boy. And may the next regeneration be better than the insufferable one you turned out to be.

Elementary: Risk Management

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Miller’s performance at the end was brilliant, the mix of heartbreak and joy, agony and ecstasy as he sees the woman he loved and thought dead now brought to life.

Elementary: The Woman/Heroine

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: (The two-part story) also has the most daring take on the Moriarty legend I’ve ever seen.

Liz & Dick

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: Liz & Dick could have worked, but aside from the notorious nature of the actress playing Elizabeth Taylor the film has other aspects that make it flounder.

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Behind the Candelabra

Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy

  • Excerpt: Douglas and Damon perfectly navigate the entire lifespan of a relationship from giddy freshness to screaming fights.

Falling Skies: Season 2

James Plath @ Family Home Theater

  • Excerpt: The family drama, the relationship side plots, and other character-related scenes are well integrated with “creature shots” and moments of action or suspense.

The Newsroom: The Complete First Season

Luke Bonanno @ DVDizzy.com

  • Excerpt: The Newsroom doesn’t always maintain the high quality of its first episode, but it remains the smart and florid workplace drama you expect of Aaron Sorkin.

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Behind the Candelabra

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: The legend of Liberace makes for a touching love story, but where’s the music?

Dexter: Season Seven

Sean Axmaker @ Videodrone

Doctor Who Season 7 Part 2

Peter Gutierrez @ School Library Journal

  • Excerpt: Obviously if we follow this conceit to its conclusion, and the TARDIS is more than a single book but rather a signifier of All Books and thus a library, then that would, potentially, make the Doctor the universe’s greatest librarian.

Elementary: Dead Man’s Switch

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

Longmire: Season One

Sean Axmaker @ Videodrone

  • Excerpt: TV is always looking for a new twist on the familiar genre and this take on the mystery procedural is distinctive and effective.

Never Forget to Lie

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

Perception: Season One

Sean Axmaker @ Videodrone

Teen Wolf: Season Two

Sean Axmaker @ Videodrone

  • Excerpt: Where the first season was all about exploring powers and learning to control the werewolf within, the second is about independence, defining your own path, and forming your own pack. In other words, classic teenage concerns in a supernatural frame.

True Blood: Season 5

Sean Axmaker @ Videodrone

  • Excerpt: It’s all pretty silly and feels rudderless, like a supernatural soap opera tossing everything into the mix for shock value and exploitation spectacle (blood and sex: the pay-cable formula!).
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