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  • TV Picks: 'Chasing Shackleton,' 'Spoils of Babylon,' sitcoms!

    TV Picks: 'Chasing Shackleton,' 'Spoils of Babylon,' sitcoms!
    "Chasing Shackleton" (PBS, Wednesdays). Complex in ways that were possibly not intended, this engrossing three-part documentary follows British adventurer Tim Jarvis as he seeks to re-create the perilous sea and land journey undertaken in 1916 by polar explorer Edward Shackleton to find help for his crew, marooned for two years in Antarctica. There is, of course, a significant difference between the two trips, the first being necessary and desperate and the second elective, if not particularly fun. Indeed, Jarvis' team of nautical types, daredevil engineers and extreme this-and-thats were dressed for the event in period costume, with all the lack of insulation that entails, and traveled in a modified lifeboat hewing as closely as possible to the one that carried Shackleton and five comrades on a 16-day trip across 800 miles of crazy-rough ocean. (After which three of them traveled on foot for 36 hours across mountains and glaciers to reach the whaling station on the island's other side.) They steered by sextant and ate the same subsistence slop as did their unlucky forebears, who would have eaten energy bars and oranges if they could have.
  • A boldly glittery 'Great Gatsby'

     A boldly glittery 'Great Gatsby'
    The Great Gatsby Warner Bros., $28.98; Blu-ray, $35.99/$49.95 Available on VOD beginning Tuesday There's something not quite right with Baz Luhrmann's glittery adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, though the problem isn't in Luhrmann's...

    Critic's Pick: 'Kon-Tiki' stays true to a legendary adventure

     Critic's Pick: 'Kon-Tiki' stays true to a legendary adventure
    There's a big, raw-boned appeal to "Kon-Tiki," the Norwegian film based on its native son explorer Thor Heyerdahl and the 100-plus days he and a crew of six spent on a balsa wood raft crossing the Pacific to prove a point. Carried by currents from Peru to...

    Review: 'Kon-Tiki' a tale retold of determined seafarers

     Review: 'Kon-Tiki' a tale retold of determined seafarers
    "Kon-Tiki" is a ripping yarn torn from yesterday's headlines. Though somewhat forgotten now, the 1947 story of six men, an oceangoing raft and a wild and crazy theory was a media sensation that gripped the world's imagination — and launched a...

    Oscars winners and nominees 2013: Complete list

    Oscars winners and nominees 2013: Complete list
    Ben Affleck's film "Argo" took the best picture Oscar at the 85th Academy Awards. Other marquee winners were Daniel Day-Lewis for lead actor for “Lincoln,” Jennifer Lawrence for lead actress for “Silver Linings Playbook,” and Ang...