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    Review: 'Granito: How To Nail A Dictator' A Remarkable Tale About The Quest For Justice

    We're living in something of a golden era of documentary filmmaking. Whether on the big screen, and more frequently on cable -- where a plethora of specialty channels offer a variety of outlets -- documentaries can more easily reach an audience than ever before. But are they making an impact? It see...

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    'Louie' and the Pursuit of Happiness in the New Season of Louis C.K.'s Series

    "Louie" continues to grow in strange and wonderful ways its third season (starting tonight, June 28th, on FX at 10:30pm) -- both the title character and the show itself. When it began in 2010, the series felt like a collection of strikingly realized scenes lifted right out of Louis C.K....

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    LONGMIRE RECAP 3: THE CANCER

    Longmire’s specific focus on its main character can yield some tense results, as last week’s episode demonstrated effectively. But this approach also leads to difficulties when the scope of the episode is wider.

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    'The Newsroom' Premiere Review and Recap: Less Talk as This Story Develops

    Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" might be a consistently good show if it cuts the blather and gets to the news.

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    THE NEWSROOM RECAP 1: WE JUST DECIDED TO

    HBO’s been trying to sell "The Newsroom" to audiences on the strength of its opening scene, when Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels), a bland and personable cable news anchor trapped in his own private hell somewhere between a shout-y liberal and a conservative, snaps and delivers a rant about American great...

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    Review: While Hopelessly Drunk On The Ideals Of Bygone Journalism, ‘The Newsroom’ Is Still An Engaging Broadcast

    The longer Aaron Sorkin’s deeply-nostalgic-for-the-golden-age-of-news show “The Newsroom” goes on for, the more improbable the workplace drama (and dramedy), set at a fictional cable-news show, becomes. A complacent and apathetic news anchor known as the MOR Jay Leno of news anchor suddenly explodes...

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    TRUE BLOOD RECAP 3: WHATEVER I AM, YOU MADE ME

    This week’s "True Blood" suffered a bit from "Game of Thrones" syndrome—too many people, parts and ideas for all of them to properly register—but boy howdy were they mostly fine, fun and full of portent of freaky things to com

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    FALLING SKIES RECAP 2: COMPASS

    "He is now defined by those of us who owe him our lives."

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    'The Newsroom' is Prime Aaron Sorkin, Which is a Good and Bad Thing

    Aaron Sorkin hasn't changed -- TV has changed. Watching the first few episodes of "The Newsroom," which premieres on HBO this Sunday, June 24th at 10pm, it's striking how consistent the series is with what Sorkin's done before on "Sports Night," "The West Wing&qu...

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    'Girls' and the Question of Likability

    No one could ever hate me as much as I hate myself, okay? So any mean thing someone is going to think of to say about me, I’ve already said to me, about me, probably in the last half hour.                             ...

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