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    The 9/11 Pretender at the Center of 'The Woman Who Wasn't There'

    What kind of person would lie about being a World Trade Center survivor? Tania Head, real name Alicia Esteve Head and the focus of documentary "The Woman Who Wasn't There" (airing on the Investigation Discovery channel tonight at 8pm and currently playing at the Quad Cinema), did just ...

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    'Mad Men': Pete Campbell Takes One to the Chin and Another to His Pride

    As Joan so astutely observed while patching up a bruised post-fight Lane, "Everyone in this office has wanted to do that to Pete Campbell." And in "Signal 30," last night's episode of "Mad Men" (named for a 1959 driving safety film that was a precursor to the "...

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    Sex & the Gritty: Lena Dunham's 'Girls' Pilot is Coarse, Sensitive, and Promising

    The most compelling aspect of Lena Dunham's HBO series "Girls" is a tone and spirit that balances sincerity and satire. When the goofy protagonist Hannah (Dunham) proclaims in the first scene that she is "busy trying to become who I am," the series arrives with a strong, clear voice.

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    'Mad Men' Episode 5 Review and Recap: In 'Signal 30,' Pete and Lane Throw Feeble Punches at Despair

    In Sunday's all-new "Mad Men" episode, death and despair continue to seep into the big picture. But in the midst of sniper shootings, highway crashes and men who "have nothing," is there a faint signal of hope?

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    MAD MEN RECAP FOUR: SIGNAL 30

    “I’m through with all that fantasy stuff.”

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    Recap: Season Premiere Of 'Girls' A Confident, Funny Start For Lena Dunham's Series

    Update: Viewers on the U.S. can now watch the pilot episode of "Girls" on YouTube without an HBO subscription. Unembeddable, but watch here.

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    GIRLS RECAP 1: PILOT: ONE FINAL PUSH

    Short verzh: yeah, it's niche and occasionally obnoxious. It's also super-watchable and good (in that "extractions portion of a facial" way at times, but still). Give it a chance. 


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    GAME OF THRONES RECAP 3: WHAT IS DEAD MAY NEVER DIE

    Back when "Game Of Thrones" debuted a year ago, one of the stranger criticisms was that it was made about men, for men.

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    'Justified,' and 'Southland' Finales: Meet Hardboiled Director Don Siegel

    Watching the final few episodes of "Justified" (which ended its season this week) as well as "Southland" and the more pretentious "The Killing," I found myself thinking about Don Siegel, the mid-century hardboiled director whose films epitomized an unpretentious, corrosive vein of American cinema.

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    Critic's Notebook: Amy Taubin on the 'Defiant Immodesty' of Lena Dunham's 'Girls'

    Modestly entertaining in its defiant immodesty, Lena Durham’s "Girls," a ten-part comedy series for HBO, nails the way that women -- make that "girls," no, make that white, upper-middle class, well-educated, and, as far as they know, heterosexual persons with vaginas -- talk about sex.

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