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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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    No, No, No: 'Nurse Jackie' Finally Heads to Rehab

    One of the most enjoyable aspects of Showtime's "Nurse Jackie" has also turned into the show's biggest burden as it's gone into multiple seasons, kicking off its fourth this past Sunday. It's that the title character (played with both verve and abrasiveness by Edie Falco), a no-nonsense nurse who's ...

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    'Mad Men' Episode 4 Review and Recap: Joan Opens Door to 'Mystery Date'--Dream or Dud?

    In Sunday's all-new "Mad Men" episode, anticipation and fear reigned. As did two of Alfred Hitchcock's favorite fixations: Murders and mothers. Spoilers ahead!

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    Ricky Gervais In Flames (Not The Kind He Promised): Golden Globes Television Review

    And just like that, the Golden Globes went back to being one more bloated, boring awards show. You could tell from the start when Ricky Gervais came out and began with a Kim Kardashian joke – really? so obvious? – and not even a funny one, counting off the ways she’s different...

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    Downton Abbey: Does Mary Get Matthew, And Will Patton Oswalt Tweet?

    It took a costume drama about nose-in-the-air aristocrats to give PBS pop-culture traction. But just before New Year’s, there was Patton Oswalt catching up with season 1 and  practically swooning as he Tweeted with arch wit but no irony, “Oh DOWNTON ABBEY, how have I only just ...

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    Dominic West As A Serial Killer in "Appropriate Adult"

    No one wants to sympathize with a serial killer, yet real life has shown us how often they charm their victims. Dominic West eerily walks that line between seductive and repellent in Sundance Channel’s sharp psychological thriller Appropriate Adult (a film premiering Saturday at 10 PM ET)...

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    TV Review: Gus Van Sant (!) Directs Kelsey Grammer in "Boss"

    It’s one thing to know where the bodies are buried and another to know how to use that information. The best dramas about political thugs - and they are a fascinating breed - show us the behind-the scenes payoffs, blackmail schemes and turns of the screw that a politico uses to wield his ...

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    The Govt. Can’t Help You, And Other Lessons From "The Walking Dead"

    If you look closely into the herd of zombies stumbling through a school parking lot in next week’s episode of The Walking Dead, you’ll see one wearing a FEMA jacket – a mordant, apparently trivial detail that actually reveals one of the series’ major truths: The Governme...

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    On Amy Poehler's "Parks and Rec": Gotcha Journalism and Birthers

    It’s a Sarah Palin paranoid-fantasy come true, just in time to ride the wave of her not-running-for-president announcement. On the next episode of Parks and Recreation, when Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) promotes her new book on the local Pawnee television show, she becomes the victim of gotcha journal...

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