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On 'Breaking Bad' Panel, Bryan Cranston Says Playing Tortured Characters 'Should Be Difficult'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 2, 2013 11:24 AM
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In an onstage discussion, Bryan Cranston talked about Walter White's explosive depression, and Anna Gunn revealed how Skyler is more like her husband than many viewers might suspect.

Does a CNN Broadcast Turn 'Our Nixon' Into TV?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 1, 2013 3:38 PM
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'Our Nixon,' compiled from home movies taken by the former president's staff, got strong reviews on the festival circuit and is now airing on CNN. Does that change what critics expect from it?
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Does Series TV Have a 'Godfather' Problem?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 1, 2013 1:11 PM
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Violent storylines and classic style have helped TV win respect. But is that formula holding the medium back?

The 'Threatening Fantasy' of 'Game of Thrones'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 31, 2013 4:31 PM
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  • 14 Comments
Maris Kreizman's essay asks troubling questions about the place of women in Game of Thrones' universe.

The 'C-Word' Is Cordial: Edgar Wright, 'The World's End' and the British Censors

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 31, 2013 4:05 PM
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Edgar Wright asked the British Board of Film Classification how many times he could use the c-word without getting an R. The response was thorough.

Barbed Wire: 'The Smurfs 2'

  • By Steve Greene
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  • July 31, 2013 12:12 PM
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What in the name of Oogieloves has happened? Not since the "Big Balloon Adventure" has there been a mainstream children's movie that's inspired this level of bafflement. (Hard to remember the last time a review of a PG-rated movie alluded to "The Last Temptation of Christ," either.) Whether mind-bendingly mediocre or frustratingly sequel-safe, the new movie adaptation featuring the little blue guys has inspired a cacophony of reviews ranging from tepid to downright angry. Bad news: barring an unforeseen level of audience apathy, we're heading for a "Smurfs 3." Good news: if these writers keep their knives sharpened, we'll have more entertaining dispatches like those below from critics who generously see it on our behalf. Because, as the prophetic URL for this movie's official website lets us know, "Smurf happens."

Does Kristen Bell's 'The Lifeguard' Sink or Swim?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 30, 2013 2:01 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Is the story of Kristen Bell as a crisis-plagued reporter going back to her childhood home worth the pre-theatrical rental?

First Reviews of 'Breaking Bad's Final Season

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 29, 2013 12:38 PM
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Here's a handful of first looks in anticipation of the series' last premiere date. Also: a Season 1 revisit and a new TV show from the writin staff's perspective.

Criticwire Survey: What Was Your First 'Serious' TV Show?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 29, 2013 9:10 AM
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Critics talk about the first television show they were moved to take seriously.

Should Mike Tyson Have to Talk About His Rape Conviction Every Time He Meets the Press?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 26, 2013 5:14 PM
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  • 5 Comments
A soul-searching essay from NPR's Linda Holmes on questions asked and unasked.

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