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Winter TV 2016

TV Reviews

  • 'One of Us' examines the tough choices facing those who break away from Hasidic life

    'One of Us' examines the tough choices facing those who break away from Hasidic life

    In the mythology of personal growth, liberating yourself leads invariably to increased happiness. Yet what characterizes the seekers in the powerful "One of Us" is nothing that straightforward. As directed by expert documentarians Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady ("Jesus Camp," "12th & Delaware"),...

  • When a podcast becomes a series; Amazon's 'Lore' is just in time for Halloween

    When a podcast becomes a series; Amazon's 'Lore' is just in time for Halloween

    In his popular, prize-winning podcast "Lore," Aaron Mahnke tells tales of real-life horror and strangeness. Six of its 70-some episodes have now been turned into television shows by Amazon Prime, where they will be available to stream as of Friday. Podcasts are cool now, and in the way of the business...

  • 'Frontline' looks at whether 'War on the EPA' is a triumph or a tragedy

    'Frontline' looks at whether 'War on the EPA' is a triumph or a tragedy

    If you should care to spend an hour Wednesday night contemplating the fate of environmental regulation under the current presidential administration, the PBS series "Frontline" has a documentary for you, "War on the EPA." The title plays off right-wing slogans that imagine a government-waged "war...

  • 'Kevin (Probably) Saves the World,' but is he funny?

    'Kevin (Probably) Saves the World,' but is he funny?

    In "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" Jason Ritter, in the title role, plays a failed investment banker and attempted suicide whom life has brought to the spare room in his sister's house in a small town outside of Austin, Texas. Common to stories with an inspirational bent, sister Amy (JoAnna...

  • Larry David makes a welcome, and typically cranky, return to 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'

    Larry David makes a welcome, and typically cranky, return to 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'

    Television these days is like a big-name music festival – if you want to put your sufficiently famous band back together, someone will write you a check and send a car. But there was never any question that Larry David's series “Curb Your Enthusiasm” would be welcome any time on HBO, where its...

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