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TRUE BLOOD RECAP 3: WHATEVER I AM, YOU MADE ME

This week’s "True Blood" suffered a bit from "Game of Thrones" syndrome—too many people, parts and ideas for all of them to properly register—but boy howdy were they mostly fine, fun and full of portent of freaky things to com
  • By Ian Grey
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  • June 24, 2012 9:55 PM
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FALLING SKIES RECAP 2: COMPASS

"He is now defined by those of us who owe him our lives."
  • By Deborah Lipp
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  • June 24, 2012 9:55 PM
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GREY MATTERS: The Haunted Suburban World of TEEN WOLF

Anyone comparing the second season of "Teen Wolf" to "Buffy" either isn’t paying attention to the dark gem Jeff Davis’s show has become or doesn’t understand what Joss Whedon’s show used to be.
  • By Ian Grey
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  • June 22, 2012 9:29 AM
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CRUEL SUMMER: PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE (1985)

The "Cruel Summer" series of articles examines influential movies from the summers of the 1980s. The previous entries in the series have covered THE BLUES BROTHERS (1980), STRIPES (1981), ROCKY III (1982), and WARGAMES (1983), and PURPLE RAIN (1984).
  • By Aaron Aradillas
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  • June 18, 2012 9:30 AM
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LONGMIRE RECAP 2: A DAMN SHAME

Through impressive technical competence, surprising for a show so early in its run, “A Damn Shame” maintains a down-to-earth tone in the story it tells, the characters’ reaction to the story, the way the story is shot, and the way the story is constructed.
  • By Rowan Kaiser
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  • June 18, 2012 9:06 AM
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FALLING SKIES RECAP 1: WORLDS APART and SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER

Falling Skies is back for its second season with a two-hour premiere that, as is so often the case with "special premiere events" these days, is actually two episodes shown back-to-back. So, Episodes 2.01 Worlds Apart and 2.02 Shall We Gather at the River constitute our relaunch into the post-invasion world of Tom Mason and the Second Massachusetts. It was not perfect, but definitely was tightly constructed and presented some solid science fiction in a watchable two hours..
  • By Deborah Lipp
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  • June 17, 2012 10:55 PM
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TRUE BLOOD RECAP 2: AUTHORITY ALWAYS WINS

You know the endlessly self-amused Nazi Christoph Waltz played in "Inglourious Basterds"? Well, someone over at "True Blood" casting found a prim-o Waltz-alike in the actor Christopher Heyerdahl.
  • By Ian Grey
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  • June 17, 2012 9:55 PM
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Art That Speaks to Everybody: A Father and Daughter Chat About E.T.

[Editor's note: The following is an iChat between Press Play founder Matt Zoller Seitz and his daughter Hannah, a film student, about Steven Spielberg's "E.T.," which was released 30 years ago this week.]
  • By Matt Zoller Seitz and Hannah Seitz
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  • June 14, 2012 9:00 AM
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CRUEL SUMMER: PURPLE RAIN (1984)

Albert Magnoli’s "Purple Rain" is a one-of-a-kind mix of rock concert, intense drama, romance, and comedy. A star vehicle designed to showcase the talents of rock-fusion musician Prince, "Purple Rain" was that rare vanity project that worked.
  • By Aaron Aradillas
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  • June 11, 2012 2:24 PM
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LONGMIRE RECAP 1: THE LONG ROAD

While a mystery procedural isn’t the most revolutionary premise for a television series, there were several aspects of the "Longmire" pilot that indicated it might be particularly interesting. First, it had a distinct visual style.
  • By Rowan Kaiser
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  • June 11, 2012 9:58 AM
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