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  • 'Bookaboo,' 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' series finale

    'Bookaboo,' 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' series finale

    Bookaboo (Amazon Prime). Reading and being read to are necessary delights. And television has long paid reading its due, going back to "Ding Dong School" and up through "Reading Rainbow" and any number of hosted children's programs. "Captain Kangaroo" was, for me, a gateway to the works of Robert...

  • Saturday's TV Highlights and weekend talk shows: 'The Hateful Eight' and more

    Saturday's TV Highlights and weekend talk shows: 'The Hateful Eight' and more

    SERIES Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks Polly is taken prisoner by  rebels, who are planning to use the Daleks to take control of the Earth colony in this animated resurrection of early episodes of the classic British science fiction series. 8:25 p.m. BBC America Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective...

  • The Rolling Stones' new blues album is an amplified death wheeze. And it rules

    The Rolling Stones' new blues album is an amplified death wheeze. And it rules

    The Rolling Stones claim they made their new blues album in three days — which is remarkable since it sounds like they couldn’t have spent more than two. Easily their rawest recording in decades, “Blue & Lonesome” finds the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers happily reconnecting with the unvarnished...

  • TV This Week, Dec. 4-10: 'Hairspray Live!' and more

    TV This Week, Dec. 4-10: 'Hairspray Live!' and more

      SUNDAY It’s orcas versus dolphins — advantage, orcas — in the new nature special “Killer Whales: The Mega Hunt.” 7 p.m. Animal Planet “A Very Soul Train Christmas” features vintage performance footage of such R&B favorites as Luther Vandross, Chaka Khan and Smokey Robinson. 7 p.m. BET Looks like...

  • On Bette Midler's birthday, 10 songs that remind us why we fell in love with her

    On Bette Midler's birthday, 10 songs that remind us why we fell in love with her

    “Did you ever know that you’re my hero?” “From a distance, there is harmony!” “Some say love, it is a river.” Ask any casual Bette Midler fan (or anyone born beyond 1990) about the diva’s discography, and they’ll likely name that trio of tear-jerking hits: “Wind Beneath My Wings,” “From a Distance”...

  • Isabelle Huppert stuns as the formidable woman at the heart of 'Things to Come'

    Isabelle Huppert stuns as the formidable woman at the heart of 'Things to Come'

    The superb French actress Isabelle Huppert has appeared in more than 100 films in a career that began a decade before writer-director Mia Hansen-Løve, who has made five, was even born. Yet their strong joint commitment to emotional truth above all else has produced the quietly wonderful "Things...

  • 'Pocket Listing' can't make the sale with its strange design and poor taste

    'Pocket Listing' can't make the sale with its strange design and poor taste

    When you peel back the aggressive soundtrack, offensive racial stereotypes, gratuitous nudity, and music-video style editing, one finds that the Los Angeles real estate drama “Pocket Listing” is essentially a bonkers, beefed-up episode of the Bravo reality show “Million Dollar Listing.” The main...

  • New York Film Critics Circle gives best picture to 'La La Land'

    New York Film Critics Circle gives best picture to 'La La Land'

    The New York Film Critics Circle announced its awards on Thursday, giving best picture to “La La Land,” written and directed by Damien Chazelle. The awards were announced in real time on the group’s Twitter feed and took a number of hours to work through the voting process. It was the only prize...

  • 'The Duelist' may miss the mark, but it's dazzling to watch

    'The Duelist' may miss the mark, but it's dazzling to watch

    The sumptuously shot, costumed, designed and scored Russian import “The Duelist” dazzles and provokes as it makes little real sense beyond the confines of its hermetic milieu. Still, patient viewers should find writer-director Alexey Mizgirev’s often bloody, overheated action-drama set in 1860...

  • Robert De Niro amuses, but 'The Comedian' doesn't kill

    Robert De Niro amuses, but 'The Comedian' doesn't kill

    Jackie Burke, the 67-year-old funnyman played with a wink and a scowl by Robert De Niro in “The Comedian,” originally came to fame as the star of a hugely popular, thoroughly dreadful sitcom called “Eddie’s Home.” Everywhere he goes, Jackie is greeted by nostalgic fans (“Eddie! Eddie!”) who demand...

  • 'The Eyes of My Mother' is a lyrical, grisly horror film that upends expectations

    'The Eyes of My Mother' is a lyrical, grisly horror film that upends expectations

    “The Eyes of My Mother,” Nicolas Pesce’s hypnotically eerie debut feature, builds calmly and quietly to one of the most appalling sequences I’ve seen in a film this year. I’ll keep the details vague; anyone inclined to seek out this movie’s dread-soaked pleasures may as well take their poison straight....

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