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    Recap: Christopher Guest's 'Family Tree' Gets Off To A Promising Start & Shows He Hasn't Lost His Touch

    It's been seven far-too-long years since the last feature effort from Christopher Guest, and besides a failed pilot for the U.S. adaptation of the U.K. hit "The Thick Of It" and appearing alongside his regular roster players in a sketch for the 2012 Oscars, not much as been heard from him. But the w...

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    Christopher Guest Applies His Faux Documentary Formula to TV With the Perfectly Pleasant 'Family Tree'

    Fundamental to any Christopher Guest film is the deep dedication its characters have to their subculture of choice, be it purebred dogs ("Best in Show"), heavy metal ("This is Spinal Tap"), community theater ("Waiting for Guffman") or folk music ("A Mighty Wind"). The scenarios can get ridiculous --...

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    'Mad Men' Reminds Us What Don is Like at His Irresistible, Self-Concerned Best

    Our recap and analysis of "For Immediate Release," the May 5, 2013 episode of "Mad Men."

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    'Game of Thrones' 3.6 - 'The Climb' Recap and Review

    The newsflash of this episode is that "Game of Thrones" now has a governing metaphor. "Chaos is a ladder," says Lord Petyr Baelish. "The climb is all there is." Caveat emptor, and all that, but still.

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    Review & Recap: The Scheming Continues In 'Game Of Thrones' Season 3, Episode 6 'The Climb'

    Welcome back Throne Gamers, whether you want to be or not! This week's episode, "The Climb," directed by Alik Sakharov, continues to dwell on the scheming and interpersonal machinations of those who happen to have a bit of power in Westeros, who are all desperately trying to pull one over on the per...

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    Recap: Memes & A Paul Simon Parody Does In The 'Veep'

    The second season of "Veep" is finally on the upswing after stumbling out of the gate, with last week's episode showing what the writers can do with just a little bit of focus. And this week's "The Vic Allen Dinner" mostly takes the same tack, finding comedic potential in a simple premise and then d...

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    How Larry Fessenden's Chiller-Produced Shocker 'Beneath' Wrestles With the Made-For-TV Formula

    Larry Fessenden is best known for directing a series of spooky, atmospheric horror movies with a lot on their minds. "No Telling" was an environmentalist missive in Frankenstein's monster clothing. His masterful "Habit" toyed with the vampirism-as-disease metaphor while also incorporating themes inv...

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    Review: 'Manhunt' A Decent Companion To 'Zero Dark Thirty,' But Doesn't Stand On Its Own

    For a classified mission, executed in secret, and monumentally changing the face of the war of terror, there is an awful lot of public knowledge about the the hunt for and killing of Osama Bin Laden. Books, magazine articles and more have proliferated at a steady pace, and then of course there's Kat...

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    'Game of Thrones' 3.5 - 'Kissed By Fire' Recap and Review

    Our heads are spinning this week, as we found ourselves empathizing with the Kingslayer, of all people, and, in a pummeling trial-by-combat sequence, rooting against Arya Stark.

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    'Mad Men' Uses the MLK Assassination to Look at How Its Characters React in the Face of a National Tragedy

    Indiewire's recap for "The Flood," the fifth episode of season six of "Mad Men."

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