Television

Television Review: “The Vince Staples Show” — Perfect Straight Man for a Surrealist World

February 18, 2024
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A welcome addition to the absurdist satire genre of rapper-turned-comedian.

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Film Review: The Swing Jazz of Eddie Durham — Credit Well Deserved

January 27, 2024
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I may not agree with some of the documentary’s spin, but the film gives the viewer a clear and entertaining picture of Eddie Durham’s long and important musical career.

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Television Review: “Death and Other Details” — Adrift at Sea

January 18, 2024
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Mocking the wealthy with a homicidal intrigue tossed in doesn’t always make for a fun watch.

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Television Review: “True Detective: Night Country” — In the Bleak Midwinter

January 13, 2024
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When the identities of the guilty are finally revealed in this new season of a superb “True Detective,” it is terrifying and glorious.

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Arts Feature: According to Our Critics — The Best That TV Offered in 2023

December 23, 2023
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Our critics supply their TV favorites of 2023.

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Television Review: “We Live Here: The Midwest” — Family Matters

December 7, 2023
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By focusing on just a few households, rather than surveying all the available examples, this documentary succeeds at its essential (and valuable) goal — to humanize its subjects.

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Television Review: “The Curse” — Inept White Saviors

November 11, 2023
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The series’s fierce satiric take down of America’s enlightened white elite is brilliant.

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Book Review: “Normporn” — Yearning for the Impossible Middle

November 7, 2023
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The cultural critic’s wrestling with the compromises that the pleasures of mass culture inevitably demand is heartfelt. In a word, it’s normal.

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Television: “Goosebumps” — Disney’s Subpar Version of “Stranger Things”

October 29, 2023
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Goosebumps is pretty much a failure as a series because it lacks most of R.L. Stine’s entertaining alchemy.

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Television Review: “The Devil on Trial” — A Demon for a Client?

October 21, 2023
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Despite a slow first half, “The Devil on Trial” picks up speed and suggests that the truth can be more infuriating than fiction.

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