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2013
Dec
29
 
 
Tonight, Season 3 of Downton Abbey concludes, setting up next Sunday’s Season 4 premiere. If you’re watching tonight’s season finale repeat for the first time, don’t leave early. Check local listings.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
29
 
 
SERIES FINALE: The end of the fourth season of David Simon’s latest multilayered TV series also is the end of the series itself. This examination of life in post-Katrina New Orleans ends, fittingly, on a note of celebration, with both Mardi Gras and the music – always one of the key ingredients – taking center stage.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
28
 
 
All the way back in 1949, Walt Disney released this full-length animated movie about the well-known fairy tale, making an instant classic that has informed the imaginations of youngsters ever since. You’d think today’s youngest eyes would look upon a film this old and see something hopelessly dated and static. But no – the animation is fluid, the story magical, and even if the underlying message is anything but feminist, it’s all but impossible to resist its charms.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
28
 
 
One of the Coen Brothers’ earliest, wildest films, this 1987 comedy is as much fun to look at as it is to laugh at. And some of the actors in this early Coen Brothers romp were rewarded with equally rich roles in subsequent Coen films – just for starters, think of Holly Hunter in O Brother, Where Art Thou? and John Goodman in so many others, including the current Inside Llewyn Davis.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
28
 
 
This 1999 movie is the final film directed by Stanley Kubrick – and while it wasn’t as well-received, critically or commercially, as some of his earlier works, its visuals, and its dreamlike mood, remain resonant and impressive from start to finish.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
28
 
 
George Cukor, so impressive as a director of women, directed this 1944 psychological thriller, about a man scheming to drive his wife insane. Ingrid Bergman stars as the wife, Charles Boyer and Joseph Cotten co-star, and watch also for Angela Lansbury, who makes her cinematic debut.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
28
 
 
Some of the guests on tonight’s show are for hard-core Anglophiles only, but a couple are quite familiar to U.S. viewers: movie star Julie Walters, and Dancing with the Stars judge Len Goodman.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
27
 
 
What a great end-of-year TV present! If you’re averse to shelling out big bucks for the spectacular, recently issued complete-series DVD set of Breaking Bad, here’s the next best, much cheaper thing. Beginning at noon ET, AMC is presenting a marathon showing of the entire series, start to finish. And if you’ve never seen this series (shame on you!), you have to start with the opening scene of episode one. That’s what sold me on the series in the first place – a bril
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
27
 
 
Amy Adams is appearing in two movies in theaters right now – playing a sultry con artist in American Hustle and a lovelorn documentary filmmaker in Her. Those roles are poles apart, and they’re both very different from her starring role in this 2007 Disney film, a charming comedy about an animated fairy-tale princess who emerges, magically, into the real world, in modern-day Manhattan. She’s fabulous in the role, from her very first appearance, and whether singing, dancing, swo
 
 
 
  
 
 
2013
Dec
27
 
 
This 1942 Orson Welles movie is being presented tonight as part of TCM’s salute to Hollywood costume designers – but any excuse to catch The Magnificent Ambersons is a good one. Even though Welles’ follow-up to Citizen Kane was taken out of his hands and shaped and edited by others before its release, what remains is another compelling piece of filmmaking. Joseph Cotton, Agnes Moorehead, Anne Baxter star.