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The Subversive Hotness of 'Veep's Selina Meyer

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 17, 2014 4:00 PM
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  • 3 Comments
"Veep's" Julia Louis-Dreyfus is better dressed, and better-looking, than any female politician is allowed to be. That's a feature, not a bug.

First Reviews: 'The Purge: Anarchy'

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • July 17, 2014 2:45 PM
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  • 0 Comments
Shades of John Carpenter in the sequel to "The Purge," with a standout performance by Frank Grillo

Anna Kendrick's Great Tribute to Elaine Stritch, Dead at 89

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 17, 2014 1:38 PM
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  • 0 Comments
The actress who made her screen debut singing Stritch's signature song pays back the debt, perfectly.

Now Available: Zombie Rom-Com 'Life After Beth' Hits DirecTV

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • July 17, 2014 1:12 PM
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  • 0 Comments
Aubrey Plaza plays the reanimated ex-girlfriend of Dane De Haan, who just can't seem to let their relationship die.

The Semiotics of 'Siskel & Ebert'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 17, 2014 11:56 AM
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  • 2 Comments
The co-host of "Ebert Presents" explains why "At the Movies" worked with Roger Ebert, and couldn't with anyone else.

Daily Reads: Woody Allen's Publicity Problem, 'Orange Is the New Black,' Larry-style, and More

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • July 17, 2014 9:50 AM
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  • 1 Comment
Plus: Comparing "The Strain's" TV and comic-book iterations, and why there aren't more great female directors.

FX's 'Married,' With Judy Greer and Nat Faxon, Could Find Just the Right Balance of Bitter and Sweet

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 16, 2014 4:58 PM
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  • 2 Comments
Middled-aged marrieds and sexed-up twentysomethings look for love in FX's new "Married" and "You're the Worst"

New on VOD: 'Snowpiercer,' 'The Congress,' 'Under the Skin' and More

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • July 16, 2014 3:43 PM
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  • 0 Comments
The latest Criticwire Picks on VOD.

Dawn of the Planet of the Dudes: How 'Apes' Failed Evolution

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 16, 2014 2:39 PM
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  • 22 Comments
In "Dawn of the Planet the Apes," human society is profoundly changed, and ape society is just beginning. How come neither has room for women?

Daily Reads: Netflix Ends Saturday Shipping, a Gene Hackman Appreciation and More

  • By Max O'Connell
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  • July 16, 2014 10:35 AM
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  • 0 Comments
Plus: the science behind "The Strain's" horrifying vampire worms and a TCA explainer.

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