Winter TV 2016

TV Reviews

  • Documentary 'Voyeur' follows author Gay Talese's path to controversy

    Documentary 'Voyeur' follows author Gay Talese's path to controversy

    As writer Gay Talese entered his 80s, he didn’t exactly need a bestseller, let alone a book that some would regard as a splotch on his reputation. A leading figure of New Journalism, his credentials were long established, and his Manhattan brownstone and bespoke suits attest to his material success....

  • Can Spike Lee's 'She's Gotta Have It' reboot keep up with the strong TV women he helped make possible?

    Can Spike Lee's 'She's Gotta Have It' reboot keep up with the strong TV women he helped make possible?

    Spike Lee’s Netflix reboot of his 1986 breakthrough film, “She’s Gotta Have It,” occupies an odd space of being both timely and dated. It arrives as women’s issues and bigotry are front and center in the media and entertainment, but also draws from an era when ideas about sexual harassment, gender...

  • Filmmaker forges bond over decades in documentary 'Cuba and the Cameraman'

    Filmmaker forges bond over decades in documentary 'Cuba and the Cameraman'

    When self-taught New York documentarian Jon Alpert first traveled to Cuba in the 1970s, his state-of-the-art video equipment was so heavy that he and his wife and filmmaking partner, Keiko Tsuno, pushed it through Havana in a baby carriage. Over the next 40 years of visits, the hardware grew lighter...

  • Doc 'Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond …' follows Carrey's deep dive into the mind of Kaufman

    Doc 'Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond …' follows Carrey's deep dive into the mind of Kaufman

    The first thing the documentary “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond — Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton” does is make “Man in the Moon” — Milos Forman’s 1999 film about Andy Kaufman, starring Jim Carrey — a much more interesting movie. Behind the scenes, Carrey...

  • Brit comedy 'Back' an awkward delight

    Brit comedy 'Back' an awkward delight

    “Back,” a British comedy making its way to America on Thursday by way of the streaming channel Sundance Now, reunites the team of David Mitchell and Robert Webb (“Peep Show,” “That Mitchell and Webb Look”) with each other and with creator Simon Blackwell, who wrote for “Peep Show.” Some readers...

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