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    Downton Abbey, 4.07 secures crucial intrigue for what’s to come

    Downton Abbey, Season 4, Episode 7 Directed by Edward Hall Written by Julian Fellowes Airs Sundays at 9 PM on PBS Many resolutions came to fruition in last night’s episode of Downton Abbey, and on the whole, most of them are some of the most delightful of the season.  There were homecomings, leave-takings, an offscreen […] More

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    Downton Abbey 4.06 belongs to the ladies

    Downton Abbey, Season 4, Episode 6 Directed by Edward Hall Written by Julian Fellowes Airs Sundays at 9 PM on PBS Just last week, Violet accused her adversary, and sometimes friend, Isobel of “running on indignation.” It’s not very often Isobel’s spiteful side overshadows her more pleasant qualities, but her mission to humble the Countess […] More

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    Downton Abbey 4.05 squanders a chance to say something about race but is generous with its witty writing and characterizations

    Downton Abbey, Season 4: Episode 5 Directed by Philip John Written by Julian Fellowes Airs Sunday nights at 9 PM EST on PBS The multitude of relationships, a rigid class system, and the period piece nature of Downton Abbey generate plenty of opportunities for the show to examine prejudice in its various manifestations.  Mary’s storylines […] More

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    ‘The Book Thief’ a well-acted but ill-intentioned WWII drama

    We have, by now, seen so many stories set during the Second World War that to attempt a new one means that a writer has to come up with a new angle, something so fresh that no one’s seen it before. Anyone can craft a tale of a young girl’s coming of age in Nazi Germany; even if the intent is to create and develop multi-faceted characters, not just howling, evil goose-steppers, there has to be a hook. For better or worse, The Book Thief, based on the popular young adult novel of the same name, does have a hook to set itself aside from every other World War II drama. The problem is, unfortunately, that the hook is massively misguided. More

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    Downton Abbey, Episode 3.7

    Downton Abbey, Episode 3.7 Written by Julian Fellows Directed by Andy Goddard This 2-hour special transports the Crawleys out of Downton Abbey and all the way to Scotland, where they dance, hunt, and escape their problems for a while.  This episode doesn’t possess the charm or warm feelings of the previous season closer, but it […] More

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    Downton Abbey, Episode 3.6

    Downton Abbey, Episode 3.6 Written by Julian Fellows Directed by David Evans Many have lodged the complaint that Downton Abbey has established a trademark habit of introducing a problem one week only to resolve it by the following episode.  The slow burn is not exactly a technique the show has mastered.  Occasionally, the odd storyline […] More

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    Downton Abbey, Episode 3.5

    Downton Abbey, Episode 3.5 Written by Julian Fellows Directed by Jeremy Webb In classic British fashion, Downton Abbey generally utilizes wit and subtlety to get its point across, but in this episode, the gloves come off and no punches are pulled.  And Robert takes most of the pummeling. After half a season of his resolute […] More

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