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How 'Westworld' has uncomfortably reflected our world

“What just happened?” The query was raised via an on-screen prompt following the confusing Season 1 finale of HBO’s “Westworld.” Perplexed viewers were then directed to a website where they could get some answers.   But that question has also been ruminating in our collective consciousness since...

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  • TV This Week, Dec. 11-17: Netflix's Obama bio-drama 'Barry' and more

    TV This Week, Dec. 11-17: Netflix's Obama bio-drama 'Barry' and more

      SUNDAY Watch out for that ottoman! The new special “The Dick Van Dyke Show – Now in Living Color!” presents two episodes of the classic 1960s sitcom, colorized for your viewing pleasure. With Mary Tyler Moore. 8 p.m. CBS Let it go? Unlikely. The broadcast premiere of Disney’s “Frozen” is followed...

  • 'Jackie,' 'The Crown' and what we expect from women in power

    'Jackie,' 'The Crown' and what we expect from women in power

    Powerful women have always captivated the world, from Cleopatra to Catherine the Great, but this year their stories felt more vital than ever. Hillary Clinton’s historic presidential run fell short, but she still has the distinction of being the first woman to win the nomination of a major party....

  • Crude comedy 'Confessions of a Womanizer' eventually makes its point

    Crude comedy 'Confessions of a Womanizer' eventually makes its point

    It shouldn’t be a surprise that a film titled “Confessions of a Womanizer” starts with a transphobic crack that the main character Richie (Andrew Lawrence) makes during his rock-bottom moment, sharing a jail cell with a trans woman, Ginger (Kelly Mantle, from the sixth season of “RuPaul’s Drag...

  • Pretentious serial killers of 'Blood Brothers' gets old fast

    Pretentious serial killers of 'Blood Brothers' gets old fast

    Jose Prendes’ arty serial-killer drama, “Blood Brothers,” is so affected that it takes about half of its running-time to adjust to what it’s trying to do. But while the movie never develops much of a point, the offbeat rhythms and exaggerated style do set it apart from run-of-the-mill genre fare....

  • Documentary 'Best and Most Beautiful Things' fails to explore deeply

    Documentary 'Best and Most Beautiful Things' fails to explore deeply

    The story of a legally blind young woman with Asperger’s syndrome struggling for an independent life would seem like ideal fodder for a vital documentary. The result, however, “Best and Most Beautiful Things,” rarely feels unique, insightful or engaging enough to fully justify our attention. Is...

  • Dead-ringer overstays welcome in derivative 'Stevie D'

    Dead-ringer overstays welcome in derivative 'Stevie D'

    The low-energy gangster dramedy “Stevie D” draws its premise from the classic presidential-swap comedy “Dave” (or even “The Prince and the Pauper”) and transplants it to the world of organized crime in Los Angeles. Just go with the idea that there’s a “Goodfellas”-style mob running things in the...

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