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2013
Dec
9
 
 
Here’s a new show with a very smart guest list: Visiting Letterman tonight are Sir Ian McKellen and Stephen Colbert.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
9
 
 
The 15-part documentary series import concludes tonight, with a look at world cinema produced after 9/11. The content, as always, is a lot more captivating than its title, which, for this installment, is subtitled 2000 Onwards – Film Moves Full Circle and the Future of Movies. TCM’s complementary lineup tonight includes a lot of film rarities, at least on U.S. network schedules, beginning at 8 p.m. ET with 2002’s To Be and To Have (pictured), about a one-room French schoolhouse
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
8
 
 
Parts 1 – 6. Here’s another opportunity to catch up with a quality TV miniseries tonight. Sundance is presenting, in one handy and giant gulp, the first six episodes of this gripping, quietly intense miniseries import. And if you’ve yet to watch, I’ll keep its secrets – but sooner or later, I have to talk about how creepy and moody this series is, and why.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
8
 
 
Want to get primed for next month’s Season 4? PBS is making it easy, by starting a repeat run of Season 3 beginning tonight. Check local listings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
8
 
 
PREMIERE: This two-night, four-hour telemovie, the latest Hollywood remake of the Bonnie Parker-Clyde Barrow story, is being papered all over sister cable stations tonight and tomorrow, being simulcast by A&E, History and Lifetime. Ratings will be high, but quality is medium. The leads, Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger, generate less heat than William Hurt, as their lawman adversary, and too much of the drama feels like dress-up, make-believe cops-and-robbers. For a full review, see Ed Bar
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
8
 
 
Real estate scams. Restaurant openings. Musical explosions in late-night local jazz clubs. It could be anywhere, any time – but since it’s New Orleans, a few years post-Katrina, the highs, the lows, the politics, the food and the music is all very specific, and very memorable.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
8
 
 
Last week’s episode was pivotal, and not just in placing Brody (Damian Lewis) in yet another potential assassination plot. It also injected the series with an intensity that’s been missing of late, except in spurts. And with two episodes left, and with Brody on a seemingly suicide mission in Iran, only Carrie (Claire Danes) can manage an extraction plan – but even that’s far from a sure thing.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
8
 
 
Taran Killam returned this weekend as snarky 19th Century newspaper critic Jebidiah Atkinson who hates everything good. The Atkinson character made his SNL debut three weeks ago and this week set his sights on favorite holiday specials and movies...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
7
 
 
NBC once remade Casablanca into a weekly 1983 series. In that context, reprising the story of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker is barely a hand-slap misdemeanor...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
7
 
 
This Pixar (now Disney) animated film is 10 years old now – I know, time flies! – which, in Disney terms, is more than long enough to introduce it anew to a younger generation. And anyone watching The Incredibles should enjoy it, especially since it predicted and played against the subsequent glut of superhero action movies. The Incredibles predated Marvel’s The Fantastic 4 by two years, but certainly got all the subtext right.