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  • Film

    Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

    It contains some fantastic performances to boot.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

    Stop with The Conjuring. Trust us.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

    With an inherently short shelf life (each episode is named for a letter of the alphabet, implying a maximum of 26 episodes), there’s little room for surprises or originality.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

    For comic book fans tired of TV superheroes who are barely super, this may be just what they’re looking for.

  • Music

    Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014

    The biggest musical makeover came in an ill-advised cabaret-jazz version of “Hot N Cold.”

  • television

    Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

    Let's put it this way: It makes Scandal look tame.

  • television

    Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

    And Jeffrey Tambor steals the show (big surprise!).

  • Film

    Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

    The film further prooves that Laika is the Pixar of stop-motion animation.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

    The movie, starring Kevin Kline and Maggie Smith, fails to make either mode entirely convincing.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

    Can we all just admit that YA-based entertainment is really getting old?

  • Film

    Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

    It's an incredibly awkward mix of horror and comedy.

  • television

    Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

    Do we really need a Batman-focused police procedural?

  • Film

    Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

    The Liam Neeson film is quiet, unpretentious and ultimately pretty effective.

  • television

    Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

    "It’s more engaged with meaningful issues than the other “modern” sitcom that airs right before it."

  • Film

    Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

    Looking for some more cute dolphin antics? It delivers.

  • television

    Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

    The dialogue is self-consciously quirky, except when it’s manipulatively sentimental.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

    The final installment fulfills its function of flattering the worldview of Rand’s fans and followers, while completely failing as a piece of narrative cinema.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

    Something is obviously not right at Beckett Warner's new school.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

    Elvis has truly left the building.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

    This Elmore Leonard adaption does a better job of translating his work than plenty of other movies have.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

    Strip headliner Gregory Popovich and his menagerie of pet performers play fictionalized versions of themselves.

  • Music

    Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

    There were loud sing-alongs and vigorous mosh pits throughout the night, but it was all still fueled by nostalgia.

  • television

    Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

    Here are 10 shows with some amount of promise, plus two old ones to keep watching.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

    The Hunger Games returns -- and so does Dumb and Dumber.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

    Unlike its subject, who performed feats that people remembered their whole lives, the History Channel program is entirely forgettable.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

    The Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz directed flick is a ramshackle travelogue about two senior citizens taking a vacation to Iceland.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

    A stoner comedy is the last thing you would expect from the creator of Mad Men.

  • A&E

    Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

    Brosnan isn't James Bond, but the comparisons are unavoidable.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

    Too many one-dimensional characters. Not good.

  • Entertainment

    Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

    The talent is there, but not the laughs.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

    The man who gave us Twelve Monkeys now gives us ... this.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

    Comas. Check. Flashbacks. Check. Cheesiness. Check.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

    It's still a great book, though.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

    We're beginning to sense a trend with Allen's recent 'comedies.'

  • Film

    Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014

    Mike Cahill's second effort is plagued with hollow solemnity.

  • A&E

    Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014

    For a superstorm, this tornado underwhelms.

  • Film

    Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014

    It's on Cinemax, but it belongs on HBO.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014

    There’s still room for improvement at next year’s event, but for the first time, it’ll have an established high standard to live up to.

  • Film

    Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014

    Its characters may cook up dishes that are vibrant and daring, but this food flick is strictly bland comfort food.

  • Entertainment

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

    Gregory Popovich's movie is near the top of our list.

  • Film

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Not interested in saying or doing anything contentious, the flick is purely celebratory.

  • Film

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    Bradley Cooper demonstrates the greatest range of his career ... as a genetically modified raccoon.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    A desperate tone, disingenuous life lessons and recycled, outdated jokes. Sounds about right.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

    The Honorable Woman is a more effective spy thriller than a political drama.

  • Entertainment

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    At least you get to see Scarlett Johansson kick some ass.

  • Entertainment

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    It also features Philip Seymour Hoffman's final starring role.

  • Screen

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    Every so often we get a glimpse at the foreign equivalent of a dumb mainstream comedy.

  • Music

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

    Although the two bands played for almost the same amount of time, NIN came off like the main attraction.

  • television

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

    The twentysomething hipsters of 'Worst' provide more fun, if not more laughs, than the irritating 'Married' couple.

  • Film

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    The movie’s main characters spend the majority of the time running from various gangs that are out to kill them, with very little variation in the peril.