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    The Americans, Ep. 3.10: “Stingers” is a shocking and wrenching hour

    In film music, a stinger is a jarring dissonance which accompanies a shocking moment, and this week’s episode of The Americans, “Stingers,” contains what might be the show’s biggest surprise so far. However, unlike a musical stinger, the scene is delivered entirely without music, relying on the strength of the actors and the quick cuts between their faces to maximize their emotional gut punch. More

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    The Americans, Ep. 3.09: “Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?” uses murders for reflection

    While last week’s episode, “Divestment,” showcased the emotional violence caused by the characters of The Americans, this week’s Phillip K. Dick-referencing “Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?” focused on actual physical violence and its effects. It’s an idea that’s been explored throughly on the show (through the infamous suitcase scene, the tooth extraction, and many other aspects), but the most recent hour is particularly notable for the way in which it contrasts how various characters react to the murders (or forced suicides, which are more or less the same thing) for which they’re responsible. No major players in the series’ universe are lost, but the two killings are, in their own way, two of the more devastating moments on The Americans in recent memory. More

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    The Americans, Ep. 3.06: “Born Again” turns its attention to Paige

    More and more, this season of The Americans feels like it’s centered around Paige. Although the myriad subplots weave together to paint a broad portrait of Cold War life, she’s become important enough to feel like as good a candidate as any for the show’s emotional core. Paige serves a dual function in the narrative: her embrace of Christianity is interesting in its own right and is also an ideal lens for the viewer to understand the complicated relationship between Elizabeth and Phillip. This week’s episode takes its title from Paige’s baptism, so “Born Again” naturally focuses on her, and she continues to be a perfect anchoring point for the show’s broader concerns. More

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    The Americans, Ep. 3.01: “EST Men” starts the season off thrillingly

    Throughout its two season run, one of the most remarkable things about The Americans has been the show’s understatement. Despite the somewhat far-fetched premise (Phillip and Elizabeth just happen to live next to Stan), the series has maintained an impressive level of self-restraint. Much of the show appears to be content to depict the overall tedium of its characters’ lives, using the time to develop their relationships with one another and set the stage for the climactic moments that never feel too delayed. More

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    ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ is the unmissable summer blockbuster of 2014

    In 2011, the thought of rebooting Planet of the Apes seemed foolish. Then Rise of the Planet of the Apes came out, and blew audiences away. As a result, expectations were high for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the follow up to 2011’s successful venture. The results are remarkable, as Dawn offers not only a brilliant summer blockbuster, but also an emotionally powerful testimony to the nature of war and humility. More

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    Watch the THR Television Roundtable sessions, featuring showrunners, performers, and more

    Over the years, The Hollywood Reporter has gained a reputation for their Roundtable sessions, in which they gather notable figures to candidly discuss their professions, their work, and the industry at large. With television inceasingly gaining prestige to rival movies, the site has expanded their roundtable coverage to include the small screen as well. Their […] More

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    The Televerse #132- Felicity with Sarah D. Bunting

    It’s another full week of TV, giving us plenty to discuss on the podcast. First we take a look at some reality, including the Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey pilot, then we focus on animation as we discuss the comedies, along with the Review pilot, Girls, and the Looking finale. Next up are the genre series, […] More

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    The Televerse #132- Felicity with Sarah D. Bunting

    It’s another full week of TV, giving us plenty to discuss on the podcast. First we take a look at some reality, including the Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey pilot, then we focus on animation as we discuss the comedies, along with the Review pilot, Girls, and the Looking finale. Next up are the genre series, […] More

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    ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’, the newest entry in the franchise, releases its first trailer

    One of the most recognizable entries in legendary actor Charlton Heston’s filmography was 1968’s Planet of the Apes. The success of the movie spawned a franchise exploring the world presented, a franchise that continued on even after Heston’s departure from it. With the last entry coming in 2001, many film fans were wary when news […] More

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