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    President Obama's Favorite TV Shows, And The Movie We Know He Loves: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

    Ever wonder which TV shows the Obamas have on their DVR? Well, President Obama tells TV Guide that his favorite shows are "Homeland," "Boardwalk Empire," "The Wire" ("one of the greatest shows of all time") and "SportsCenter"...

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    Now and Then: After the Storm, Portraits of Tenacity in Recovery

    As a resident of a city whose history of storms — and their concomitant unnatural disasters — is troubled at best, I watched Sandy warily but distantly. Thing always look different outside the "cone of uncertainty." The images coming in from the Northeast this morning put me in a more solemn frame o...

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    'Treme' Season 3, Ep. 6: Davis' Good Women and Magnum Opus

    Davis (Steve Zahn) is a fool, more profane than holy, not without talent, but a fool nonetheless. He loses good women the way others misplace good umbrellas – thoughtlessly if with the best of intentions of not doing so this time again...

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    Is The Issue Doc Dead? How 'Gasland' and 'Hillary' Show Things Aren't Looking Great

    It has been almost three years since Josh Fox debuted his anti-fracking documentary "Gasland" at the Sundance Film Festival.  There, it caused spirited conversation amongst audiences and won a Special Jury Prize at the festival. 

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    'Treme' Season 3, Ep. 5: Race, Death & David Simon

    For better or worse, episodic television is about expectations. Zombies are going to make an appearance in "Walking Dead" as surely as every episode of "Law and Order" will be split into two halves. Each series teaches us how to watch it, how to take it on its own terms...

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    Review: Rory Kennedy's 'Ethel' -- A Tribute to a Mother and Survivor

    Documentarian Rory Kennedy is the youngest of Senator Robert Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy's 11 children, born seven months after her father's assassination in 1968. Never having known her father, except via the scratchy footage of history, home movies and stories from family members, yet also in...

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    'Treme' Season 3, Ep. 4: The Talent Passport

    The culture that may be the saving grace for the characters of "Treme" can sometimes be impenetrable. That’s the thing about tight systems – they are as resistant to strangers as they are to change. In "Treme"’s artistic worlds, the necessary passport is talent.

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    Early Reviews: HBO's 'The Girl' Premieres at the Hampton Film Festival

    HBO premiered their Hitchcock vs. Hedren flick, "The Girl" at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Early reviews hint that while the film entertains, it doesn't quite satisfy in terms of character development. Toby Jones' portrayal of Alfred Hitchcock is praised across the board, while critic...

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    'Treme' Season 3, Ep. 2: A Deep Specificity of Culture

    Decades ago, I'd heard that Eric Overmeyer and the wonderful actress Ellen McElduff had begun living part-time in her native Louisiana. This is obviously well before Katrina, but even then, New Orleans was in need of support. Cajun culture was having its brief moment in the sun, but the city and sta...

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    'Treme' Returns; How It's Not Just 'The Wire' with Music

    Now that "Treme" is starting its third season, you would think people would realize this is not "The Wire" with music. Yes, there are a lot of black people in this show, just like in "The Wire." And, as in the earlier show, some of those black people have rich and rewarding friendships with whites.....

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