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2013
Jan
28
 
 
I admit it: This is one of my “spider-web movies.” And there are plenty of reasons to be ensnared, repeatedly, by this 1995 modern film noir – but the two biggest, for me, are Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon as scheming lovers, who hatch a plan to separate a low-level mob guy (Joe Pantoliano, who’s terrific, too) from his money, and more.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Jan
28
 
 
Douglas Fairbanks starred in the original version of this movie, a swashbuckling silent film released in 1920. This movie, however, was made two decades later, with Tyrone Power playing the vigilante swordsman who leaves his mark with the tip of his sword, righting wrongs and defending the little guy in early California. Power to the people!
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Jan
28
 
 
In tonight’s episode two, Debra Parker, played by Annie Parisse from Person of Interest, joins the FBI manhunt as the new person in charge. This is the episode where the Edgar Allen Poe masks come out, and where the violence gets even more unsettlingly portrayed. Kevin Bacon stars.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Jan
28
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: The Season 2 opener, like a handful of other episodes about to be televised, features scenes with Larry Hagman, as J.R. Ewing, filmed before Hagman’s recent death. It’s Hagman’s last work, and that’s more than enough reason to tune in and appreciate it. For a final appreciation and report from a veteran Dallas TV critic, see Ed Bark’s Uncle Barky’s Bytes.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Jan
28
 
 
It’s no secret that the textbooks from Texas, for decades, have been the tail wagging the national dog – but this 2011 documentary by director Scott Thurman hones in on some aggressive new moves by the Texas State Board of Education to question evolution and push creationism in their state’s science books. However, since this documentary was made, the Texas State legislature shifted control to local school districts, which makes the problem more complicated but less monolithic.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Jan
27
 
 
Like the defiant corpse in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Killing isn't dead just yet. Turns out the show was recently resurrected by AMC — the channel that cancelled it this past July...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Jan
27
 
 
Here’s another reminder why this series remains the best prime-time newsmagazine on television. Steve Kroft, in tonight’s installment, conducts a joint interview with re-elected President Barack Obama and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The interview was recorded Friday, and it’ll be worth tuning in to see if Clinton will be as outgoing, so to speak, as she was in her recent appearance before the Senate.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Jan
27
 
 
This awards show is not as meaningless as the Golden Globes, but usually isn’t as entertaining, either. But, like the Globes, awards are handed out in both film and TV, so that makes it doubly involving. And the SAG Awards, focused as they are on acting, have some categories the others don’t, such as Best Ensemble, a sort of Dream Team honor. Among the movies competing in that category this year: Lincoln. Simulcast on TNT.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Jan
27
 
 
The previous two episodes of this series have been excellent, and have made great use of Michael J. Fox in his recurring role as a rival attorney who usually gets the best of Julianna Margulies’ Alicia. Last episode, he didn’t – at least not in a battle over deposing a witness. But when it was over, he dropped a big bombshell, that he now was holding the note on the debt incurred by Alicia’s law firm. Let the panic begin.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Jan
27
 
 
In Episode 4 of Season 3, Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay), who’s usually overlooked in the primary plots, comes front and center, whether she’s absent or present. When she’s not around, her family is worried about her. And when she is – her family is worried about her. Check local listings.