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  • Steven Spielberg-produced 'American Gothic' chokes on its own pretensions

    Steven Spielberg-produced 'American Gothic' chokes on its own pretensions

    Even after almost 100 years, many questions surround Grant Wood’s iconic painting “American Gothic.” Was it a rural American satire or a paean?  A portrait of mourning, small-minded oblivion or agrarian stoicism? Were the two figures a couple or a man and his daughter? And what was with the cathedral...

  • Oprah Winfrey's 'Greenleaf' deserves high praise, but her network may not receive its full bounty

    Oprah Winfrey's 'Greenleaf' deserves high praise, but her network may not receive its full bounty

    More than five years after its much-anticipated debut, the Oprah Winfrey Network finally premieres what should have been its flagship show. “Greenleaf” is an operatic behind-the-scenes account of a daughter’s return to a power-crazed family after she has broken ties with their Memphis megachurch...

  • New TNT drama 'Animal Kingdom' is subtler than premise suggests

    New TNT drama 'Animal Kingdom' is subtler than premise suggests

    "Animal Kingdom," a new drama premiering Tuesday on TNT, begins quietly, with paramedics entering a house where a woman is unconscious on a couch; next to her, a teenage boy watches television. "What's she taken?" "Heroin," says the boy (Finn Cole), whose name is Josh but is called “J.” Later,...

  • TV reboot of 'Uncle Buck' is predictably underwhelming

    TV reboot of 'Uncle Buck' is predictably underwhelming

    It’s not always fun to be proved right. Last year, when ABC announced it had greenlit a serial reboot of the John Candy cult-bomb “Uncle Buck,” the general reaction was a groan of irritated bewilderment. With all the things that need doing in this crazy world, ABC is choosing to remake “Uncle Buck”...

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