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VIDEO ESSAY: From Mr. Chips to Scarface: The Evolution of Walter White

"Walter's a shithead!" I had just walked in the door to the family home in Forestville, California. My dad had just finished the second season of "Breaking Bad."
  • By Serena Bramble
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  • July 13, 2012 8:55 AM
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SIMON SAYS: Could TRISHNA Really Be a Michael Winterbottom Film?

If you sat down to watch "Trishna," a modern-day adaptation of Thomas Hardy's "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" reset in contemporary India, and didn't already know that it was directed by Michael Winterbottom, you probably couldn't tell.
  • By Simon Abrams
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  • July 12, 2012 9:16 AM
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BREAKING BAD's Greatest Scene

If longtime fans of "Breaking Bad" were asked to identify the show’s most memorable scene, many would probably point out gems like Walt and Jesse’s standoff with Tuco in the Mexican desert in early Season 2, Hank’s shoot-out with the cousins in mid-Season 3, or Gus’s spectacular demise in last season’s finale.
  • By Mark Greenbaum
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  • July 12, 2012 9:00 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: BEAVER'S LODGE: EMPEROR OF THE NORTH POLE

"Emperor of the North Pole" is a favorite of mine, an exciting film as tough as old leather and as harsh as the era it depicts.
  • By Jim Beaver
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  • July 11, 2012 12:58 AM
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VIDEO ESSAY: THE DARK KNIGHT: NOLAN'S MODERNIZED MYTH

When director Christopher Nolan first conceived of his Batman film trilogy, the challenge was revitalizing a hero who had previously been buried in cinematic fantasy shtick—a de-evolution that started with Tim Burton’s promising "Batman" and ended with Joel Schumacher’s laughably bad "Batman & Robin."
  • By Nelson Carvajal
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  • July 10, 2012 9:34 AM
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The Amazing Spider-Mensch

Spider-Man is great at saving the world, but somebody please save Andrew Garfield from himself—judging from interviews, the poor guy's an ulcer waiting to happen.
  • By Violet LeVoit
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  • July 10, 2012 9:13 AM
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LONGMIRE RECAP 5: THE WORST KIND OF HUNTER

In “The Worst Kind Of Hunter,” Longmire continues muddying its moral waters by separating justice from law.
  • By Rowan Kaiser
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  • July 9, 2012 3:50 PM
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CRUEL SUMMER: DIE HARD (1988)

"Die Hard" was something new, an over-the-top blowout its director made personal by injecting humor and humanity into its incredible action set-pieces.
  • By Aaron Aradillas
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  • July 9, 2012 9:55 AM
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TRUE BLOOD RECAP 5: LET'S BOOT AND RALLY

It always sucks to be Lafayette. And lately, Nelsan Ellis’s acting has been suffering as he tries to carry this impossible weight.
  • By Ian Grey
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  • July 9, 2012 9:21 AM
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FALLING SKIES RECAP 4: LOVE AND OTHER ACTS OF COURAGE

Hey everyone, Rick's back!
  • By Deborah Lipp
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  • July 9, 2012 1:25 AM
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  • 0 Comments

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