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Why the Penultimate Season of 'Justified' Was One of the Show's Best

Parental and family issues were everywhere this season, as they were built into the premise of FX's "Justified." As mainstays of the hillbilly Crowe crime family, Alicia Witt and Michael Rapaport did great work.
  • By David Chute
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  • April 10, 2014 12:09 PM
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TV IS THE NEW CINEMA: Our Hopes Are 'Justified'

Season 5 of "Justified" returns to the series' most fruitful subject matter, backwoods crime rooted in clan loyalty.
  • By David Chute
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  • January 22, 2014 12:22 PM
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R.I.P. Elmore Leonard: 1925-2013

When the late Elmore Leonard began writing fiction in the early Nineteen-Fifties, Westerns ruled the roost, so most of his early heroes wore cowboy hats. When this great American writer, who died today at 87, went with the flow in 1969, and switched to writing urban thrillers (with the twice-filmed "The Big Bounce"), the change wasn't a wrenching one. He didn't ask his characteristically watchful and laconic heroes to change much more than their hats when they relocated from the deserts of the Southwest to the mean streets of Detroit and Miami.
  • By David Chute
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  • August 20, 2013 2:04 PM
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