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'Mad Men' Episode 5 Review and Recap: In 'Signal 30,' Pete and Lane Throw Feeble Punches at Despair

In Sunday's all-new "Mad Men" episode, death and despair continue to seep into the big picture. But in the midst of sniper shootings, highway crashes and men who "have nothing," is there a faint signal of hope?
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 16, 2012 5:22 AM
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Best of TOH Week That Was: In the Works, Fests, Interviews, Tarantino Updates, and Woody Allen Comes Home

Weekend movie guide: We recommend "The Cabin in the Woods" (our review here) and "The Lady" (Weekend Preview). For something more retro, Immersed in Movies reviews the restored "Two for the Road" (which will debut at TCM Classic Film Fest). For a thoughtful Foreign Oscar nominee, try "Monsieur Lazhar" (director Falardeau talks here).
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  • April 14, 2012 1:42 PM
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'Justified,' and 'Southland' Finales: Meet Hardboiled Director Don Siegel

Watching the final few episodes of "Justified" (which ended its season this week) as well as "Southland" and the more pretentious "The Killing," I found myself thinking about Don Siegel, the mid-century hardboiled director whose films epitomized an unpretentious, corrosive vein of American cinema.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • April 13, 2012 7:11 PM
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Immersed in Movies: A Restored 'Two for the Road' Premieres at the TCM Festival

Of all the restorations being touted at this weekend's third annual TCM Classic Film Festival, the one I'm most excited about is "Two for the Road," screening Friday at the Chinese (with a guest appearance by director Stanley Donen). The Mod, bittersweet, time-warping rom-com from 1967 has Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney at their very best.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 13, 2012 1:38 PM
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Weekend Preview: Roll the Dice At A Crowded Box Office

It's a crowded weekend at the box office, so we'll try to steer you in the right direction.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 12, 2012 9:02 PM
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Academy Screens Universal's Gorgeous Remastered 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' Followed by Awkward Q&A

Universal's gorgeous, unblemished digital restoration of "To Kill a Mockingbird," which premiered in Washington D.C. last week and had its TV debut on the USA network April 7, screened to a packed house at the Academy Wednesday evening. The night highlighted a recurring issue with Academy events: Good screening. Bad Q&A.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 12, 2012 1:09 PM
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'Battleship' Nasty Early Reviews: Critics Unleash Nautical Brickbats

"Battleship," which so far boasts a paltry 45% on Rotten Tomatoes, is currently hitting screens in Europe and premieres stateside May 18, 2012.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 11, 2012 2:02 PM
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Now and Then: The Mad-As-Hell Women of Mad Men

History is not the most useful dramatic backdrop for a television show. It is, really, just one big spoiler alert: we already know what happens. But "Mad Men" is canny enough to twist this problem to its advantage, letting the past knock on the door in the middle of the night.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • April 9, 2012 4:29 PM
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Review: Maiwenn's 'Polisse'

I finally caught up with one of the films I was sorry I missed from Cannes 2011. Directed by Maiwenn, one of France's excellent women filmmakers, child protection police ensemble "Polisse" offers masterful camerawork and acting, pitched at high energy and emotion.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 9, 2012 8:03 AM
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'Mad Men' Episode 4 Review and Recap: Joan Opens Door to 'Mystery Date'--Dream or Dud?

In Sunday's all-new "Mad Men" episode, anticipation and fear reigned. As did two of Alfred Hitchcock's favorite fixations: Murders and mothers. Spoilers ahead!
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 9, 2012 4:56 AM
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