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    'Low Winter Sun' Has the Grit and the Great Cast, But Is It Something You'll Actually Want to Watch?

    "Low Winter Sun" begins with a murder. It's the murder of a cop, by a cop -- or rather, two of them. Frank Agnew (Mark Strong) and Joe Geddes (Lennie James), a pair of Detroit detectives, have decided to kill their corrupt, drug- and booze-addicted colleague Brendan McCann (Michael McGrady).

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    'Clear History' Provides a Welcome Dose of Larry David, But Doesn't Feel Like Much of a Movie

    Larry David refuses to be tied down about when or even if he'll make more "Curb Your Enthusiasm," but until the day he decides to serve up another round of the critically adored HBO series, there's "Clear History," a new movie co-written by and starring the irascible comedian, set to premiere on the...

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    TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: Crime Pays (VIDEO)

    Look at almost anybody's list of TV's best and most durable recent dramas and, a large percentage of them, from "The Wire" to "Breaking Bad, are likely to be crime dramas. That means different things on different shows: "The Killing" plays by the rules of a procedural whodunit, while "Breaking Bad" ...

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    How BBC America's New Drama 'Broadchurch' Outdoes 'The Killing' In Its Portrayal of the Impact a Child's Murder Can Have on a Community

    Murder is the narrative engine that powers half the shows on television, in which killings are a routine and regularly solved aspect of procedural life. On everything from "Bones" to "Unforgettable," cops and the various types (psychics, doctors, cannibals, etc) with which they're often paired dutif...

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    Will 'Breaking Bad' Give Walter White the Ending He Deserves?

    Because the lifespan of a television series can be so uncertain, small screen endings tend to be tricky, elusive things. As reassuring as it can be to hear that a creator has a plan for one in mind, they also have to be held to the horizon, hopefully hinted at while kept in the distance, ready to be...

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    Recap: 'The Newsroom,' Season 2, Episode 4 'Unintended Consequences'

    If last week's "Willie Pete" was a narrative pit stop in an already shortened nine-episode season, "The Newsroom" kicked back into full gear on Sunday with "Unintended Consequences." Lawyer Rebecca Halliday (Marcia Gay Harden) returns to continue her deposition of the staff, with Maggie Jordan's (Al...

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    'Our Nixon' Offers a Fresh Take on a Political Downfall Via Home Movie Footage Shot By the President's Closest Advisors

    Culled from 500 reels of Super 8 film and news footage, and masterfully edited into a story of hope and disillusionment, Penny Lane and Brian L. Frye's documentary "Our Nixon" is a look at Richard Nixon's presidency from the point of view of three of his closest advisors and conspirators -- Dwight C...

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    TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: The Mikkelsen Brothers and the New Global Face(s) of Television

    American TV has imported so many storylines and so many performers in recent years that the trend has become almost a running gag among observers of the medium -- and for observers of movies, too, now that both Superman and Batman are both Brits. An explanation occasionally offered is that manly men...

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    Netflix Streaming Pick Review - 'Night Catches Us' Educates And Entertains

    The past haunts two former members of the Black Panther Party, in this soulful drama by writer/director Tanya Hamilton, in which the burden lies in the decision to either continue fighting the old fight, or just simply live and survive.

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