DAVID BIANCULLI

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Associate Editor

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2017
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This 1962 psychological thriller, directed by John Frankenheimer, is one of the best political dramas of the decade – and somewhat ahead of its time, since it feels like one of those great Seventies conspiracy films. Especially like The Parallax View. Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, and Angela Lansbury star. Leigh sandwiched this movie in between filming 1960’s Psycho and 1963’s Bye Bye Birdie. Talk about range… and as movies go, talk about The Essentials, w
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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19
 
 
SEASON PREMIERE: AMC’s tale of the early Internet – a sort of more serious prequel to HBO’s Silicon Valley – begins its fourth and final season tonight. If the series ever returns, it’ll be as a 2.0 reboot. For a full review, see David Hinckley's All Along the Watchtower.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
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DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE: This three-part series, from some of the makers of Planet Earth II, looks squarely and exclusively at America – that part also known as John Ford country, and the wide open lands – and, yes, the wild west. Part 1 is shown tonight, beginning at 9 p.m. ET with a special look at the impact of the Acme company on the hunting habits of Wile E. Coyote in his unending quest to catch the Road Runner. (Okay, I was kidding about that last bit. Meep meep!)
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
19
 
 
The fourth and final season of AMC’s dawn-of-the-Internet tale Halt and Catch Fire starts with a solid interface between personal and high-tech drama...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
18
 
 
SERIES PREMIERE: This is the fifth in Netflix’s ambitious series of superhero stories built around characters from the Marvel Comics universe. The series themselves have been uneven, with Charlie Cox in Daredevil and Krysten Ritter in Jessica Jones being impressive and engrossing additions to the genre. Mike Colter in Luke Cage was a somewhat distant third, as these Marvel/Netflix series go, and Finn Jones as Iron Fist was such a sad also-ran, so poorly written and acted, it should have be
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
18
 
 
MOVIE PREMIERE: This Netflix sci-fi movie imagines a future society with a strict one-child policy (okay, that sounds like a fairly recent one-child policy from one particular Far East country, but go with it). That’s a plot device to explain why the septuplets of What Happened to Monday?, each known by a different day of the week, are in constant hiding, with only one showing her face at a time. And all the faces look like, and are played by, Noomi Rapace, in what sounds like an almost in
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
18
 
 
Today’s guests include two people equally adept at one-liners and vocal outrage: Penn Gillette and (pictured) Sen. Al Franken. Also on the show: Amy Holmes and Gavin Newsom. But hey -- what's there to talk about?
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
18
 
 
Anybody still waiting for The Pivot to a “presidential” version of Donald Trump? Today’s Trump is pretty much a carbon copy of the guy who appeared before a hotel ballroom full of TV critics 10-and-a-half years ago...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
17
 
 
Last week’s premiere of this Saturday Night Live summer series was just what you wanted from an August edition of Colin Jost and Michael Che’s “fake news”: full of jokes, topicality, and attitude. It was fast and furious (Alex Moffat and Mikey Day, as Eric and Donald Trump Jr., stole that first show), and I’m looking forward to tonight’s second edition.
 
 
 
  
 
 
2017
Aug
17
 
 
Jaime Pressly, who co-starred in Greg Garcia’s My Name Is Earl, checks in at the remote rental cabin in his new TBS series, The Guest Book. She plays Christy, who’s there to bond with her new boyfriend and his eight-year-old daughter – but new technology, and old demons, prove formidable obstacles.