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  • Film

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    The HBO documentary is effective as an overview of the history and main criticisms of Scientology.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    Aliens invade Earth and forcibly relocate the entire human population ... but in a fun way.

  • television

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    TV Land’s original sitcoms have been resolutely old-fashioned, but Younger is looking to change that.

  • Film

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    Is it full of ill-advised humor about race and sexuality? Sure. But it's less offensive than it is misguided.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    Netflix’s new drama has such a great cast and such impressive production values, it’s easy to give it a pass for being so dramatically inert.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    Some parts of the thriller might be a hard to follow, but the director and writer succeed at creating a sense of visceral danger.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    Two words: Zombeavers. Wait, that's one word.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    Tris spends most of the movie on the run, which isn't a bad thing.

  • Film

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    Without any twists or stylistic innovations, here's hoping the forthcoming live-action versions of Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book will be a bit livelier.

  • Film

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    Because real pandas are pretty bad at kung fu.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    A generic story isn't improved by adding a small twist.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    A fascinating look at the world's most successful hockey team.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    In iZombie, an undead undead star uses her brain.

  • Music

    Wednesday, March 11, 2015

    It's Madge's worst since 2003's American Life.

  • Film

    Friday, March 6, 2015

    The flick fails at both social commentary and basic storytelling.

  • Film

    Thursday, March 5, 2015

    Avengers and Star Wars? Of course. But are you up on your Crimson Peak and Hateful Eight?

  • Film

    Thursday, March 5, 2015

    Alongside Night is an unabashedly political sci-fi thriller, a libertarian manifesto that recalls Atlas Shrugged.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    Let's just say it's anything but exotic.

  • Film

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    This show was initially produced for NBC but it's odder and darker than typical network fare.

  • Film

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    Have you ever wondered what Jemaine and Bret from Flight of the Conchords would be like if they were vampires?

  • Film

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    Satirizing show business is one of the easiest ways to score points with an audience and director David Cronenberg goes for the jugular with this one.

  • Music

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015

    It's her most impersonal work yet.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

    Can a show's success be judged by its moshpit?

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

    The movie’s first half is playful and sly, ending with a small but satisfying twist.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

    Hugh Grant and Marc Lawrence team up for something that's actually enjoyable.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

    If you like your comedy on the darker side, this one's for you.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

    Vince Gilligan is involved, but don't expect a 'Breaking Bad'-type phenomenon.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

    Kevin Costner’s weary, lived-in performance is the best thing about this predictable flick.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

    And yes, Neil Patrick Harris is definitely one of them.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

    Three local theaters are screening the live-action and animated shorts this weekend.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

    Timothy Spall gives depth and feeling to J.M.W. Turner at the most unexpected moments.

  • television

    Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

    The former Friends star is looking for the third time to be the charm in his attempted return to sitcoms.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

    Colin Firth ... the action star?

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

    A miniseries remake starring Peter Sarsgaard, Uma Thurman

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

    Supporting local filmmakers is one thing that the DSFF does best.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

    From car-crash fetishists to another BDSM romance.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

    The deadpan cartoon girl. The goodhearted vampire. The thing that made us love Heather Locklear.

  • television

    Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

    It burns through so much plot in the first three episodes that it seems to be exhausting its premise almost immediately.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

    Kids, parents and stoners ... there's something for everyone in Sponge Out of Water.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

    Even after two box-office failures, the Wachoskis can still get a studio to pony up millions for an ambitious, effects-heavy sci-fi epic.

  • Film

    Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

    This year’s festival included only three narrative films.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

    In this courtroom battle, the white guy is the underdog.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

    Wilmore is a confident host, funny and engaged with the subject matter.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

    The small-town film fest has scaled back to four days, but it's still set to feature 141 short films.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

    Over the course of three features, filmmaker J.C. Chandor has demonstrated remarkable range.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

    Plus, three more sub movies to watch.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

    His crowdfunded remake of a cult vampire movie confounds.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

    Despite Jennifer Anniston's notable performance, this listless indie drama goes nowhere.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

    He's TV's latest misanthropic jerk who solves mildly interesting cases.

  • Music

    Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

    Bingham is a world-weary journeyman, playing roots music that’s equally comforting and fragile.