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Scott Von Doviak Scott Von Doviak Jul 10, 2019.

The Man In The High Castle is in no particular hurry

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By the end of “Truth,” we’re more than two-thirds of the way through this first season of The Man In The High Castle, and there’s never been less of a sense of urgency. That big cliffhanger at the end...

Scott Von Doviak Scott Von Doviak Jul 05, 2019.

Penny Dreadful: “And They Were Enemies”

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Let’s be honest: If you were to attempt to describe tonight’s season finale to someone unfamiliar with Penny Dreadful, it would be hard to get through it with a straight face. I’m not sure anyone...

Scott Von Doviak Scott Von Doviak Jul 02, 2019.

The Man In The High Castle gets a little crazy

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The primary narrative mode for much of this season has been restraint, often to the point of boredom. It’s as if Frank Spotnitz and the rest of the creative team decided the premise was so...

Scott Von Doviak Scott Von Doviak Jun 30, 2019.

The Flash: “All Star Team Up”

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All season long The Flash has had an Iris problem, except now it starts to look like the problem is actually everyone else. Truth be told, it’s mostly Joe and Barry, who continue to fiercely protect the Flash’s secret identity...

Scott Von Doviak Scott Von Doviak Jun 29, 2019.

James Franco tries to save JFK in a flawed-but-worthy Stephen King adaptation

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Developed for television by

Bridget Carpenter (based on the novel by Stephen King)

Starring

James Franco, Sarah Gadon, Chris Cooper, George MacKay, Daniel Webber, Lucy Fry, Nick Searcy

Debuts

Monday, February 15 on Hulu

Format

Eight-part science-fiction miniseries. Complete miniseries...

Scott Von Doviak Scott Von Doviak Jun 28, 2019.

Under The Dome: “Caged”

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So far, at least, the third season of Under The Dome is a much more streamlined, competent piece of storytelling than its predecessors. Its arc is derivative as hell, but at least it exists: There’s a shape to the narrative rather than a...

Scott Von Doviak Scott Von Doviak Jun 24, 2019.

The Man In The High Castle taps the brakes in episode two

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“Sunrise” suffers a bit from Second Episode Syndrome. While it does advance the story on several fronts, much of the hour is given over to reinforcing what we’ve already learned from the pilot....

Scott Von Doviak Scott Von Doviak Jun 23, 2019.

The Man In The High Castle makes a timely return

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Not much time has passed in the world of The Man In The High Castle between seasons one and two, but in our world, it’s a whole different story. Last fall, Donald Trump...

Scott Von Doviak Scott Von Doviak Jun 20, 2019.

Harrison Wells returns as The Flash gets back on track

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“Magenta” isn’t a perfect episode of The Flash by any means, but it does steer the season out of its early skid by setting aside convoluted timeline talk, putting the focus squarely on the characters we’ve come to love, and injecting a welcome...

Scott Von Doviak Scott Von Doviak Jun 20, 2019.

The Flash: “Fast Enough”

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It takes a deft touch to pull off an emotionally resonant episode that’s heavily reliant on complicated time-travel mechanics, but that’s exactly what the creative team behind The Flash manages to do in ”Fast Enough,” a powerhouse finale...

Scott Von Doviak Scott Von Doviak Jun 19, 2019.

Project Greenlight: “Episode 27”

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The traditional behind-the-scenes filmmaking narrative has us siding with the genius director trying to realize his vision despite the interference of the villainous suits and bean-counters who care only about the...

Scott Von Doviak Scott Von Doviak Jun 14, 2019. 20 comments

City On A Hill struggles to transcend the clichés of the Boston crime genre

City On A Hill struggles to transcend the clichés of the Boston crime genre
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Three years ago, Seth Meyers skewered the proliferation of Beantown crime thrillers with a fake trailer for Boston Accent that nailed the tropes established in films like The Departed and The Town . That should have been a clear signal that future such projects would be well-served by putting a fresh spin on the material, but Meyers...

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Scott Von Doviak Scott Von Doviak Jun 12, 2019.

The search for a new film highlights a suspenseful Man In The High Castle

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It would be a stretch to claim that “End Of The World” fixes all of the problems that have plagued this first season of The Man In The High...

Scott Von Doviak Scott Von Doviak Jun 08, 2019.

Feed The Beast improves in its second outing, but flaws remain

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The second episode of Feed The Beast improves on the pilot in several respects while retaining enough of its flaws to ensure it’s still a long way from appointment viewing. As is...

Scott Von Doviak Scott Von Doviak Jun 05, 2019.

The Flash: “Revenge Of The Rogues”

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“I am not the fastest man alive.”

That’s okay, Barry. It’s still good to have you and the rest of the Central City gang back after a prolonged winter absence, particularly with an episode that hits the ground...

Scott Von Doviak Scott Von Doviak Jun 04, 2019.

Nearing mid-season, The Man In The High Castle piles up its mysteries

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When the previous episode ended with Tagomi mysteriously absent from his office, it was almost a given that “Escalation” would open with another visit to an alternate reality, and so it...

Scott Von Doviak Scott Von Doviak Jun 03, 2019. 14 comments

On a dizzying Billions, nothing is as it seems...unless it is

On a dizzying Billions, nothing is as it seems...unless it is
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This is when Billions is at its best— when seemingly dozens of plates are spinning at once, and it’s exhilarating to watch and wonder which will smash to the floor first. “Lamster” is particularly dizzying for those of us writing about the show, as I can’t begin to imagine generating a straight recap of the week’s events from my pages...

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Scott Von Doviak Scott Von Doviak Jun 02, 2019.

The Underwoods’ long con hits a snag on House Of Cards

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Plausibility is never going to be a priority for House Of Cards. Even in a crazy election year like this one, the idea of a...

Scott Von Doviak Scott Von Doviak May 27, 2019. 7 comments

Billions sets the stage for late-season fireworks

Billions sets the stage for late-season fireworks
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Money never sleeps, as the misbegotten sequel to Wall Street informed us, and evidently it never takes a holiday either. True to its title, “New Year’s Day” unfolds over the first day of January, traditionally reserved for hungover brunches and college bowl games. It’s unusually specific for Billions, where time is free-floating and...

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Scott Von Doviak Scott Von Doviak May 27, 2019.

Shooter is a passable conspiracy thriller with a gun obsession

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Created by

John Hlavin (based on the book. Point Of Impact. by Stephen Hunter)

Starring

Ryan Phillippe, Omar Epps, Shantel VanSanten, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Tom Sizemore

Debuts

Tuesday, November 15, at 10 p.m. Eastern on USA

Format

Hour-long action drama. All 10 episodes watched for...

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