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    Almost Human, Ep. 1.05, “Blood Brothers”: Reimagines classic set-up and flourishes with improved character focus

    Almost Human, Season 1, Episode 5: “Blood Brothers” Written by Cole Maliska Directed by Omar Madha Airs Mondays at 8 P.M. ET on FOX In its first few episodes since the action-packed series premiere, Almost Human has delivered thrills, humor, and clever integration of technology into the criminal and crime-fighting worlds, and this episode is […] More

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    ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ shows life only when indulging in campy melodrama

    Lee Daniels’ The Butler is an intensely silly film, but all things considered, it’s silly for unexpected reasons. A movie that offers up the image of John Cusack playing President Richard Nixon, with the only distinction between Cusack’s normal visage and his Nixonian veneer being a Pinocchio-like nasal extension, should have its silliness all sewn up in such goofy celebrity casting. But instead, what makes Lee Daniels’ The Butler almost entertainingly ridiculous is less the eclectic, deliberately weird cameos and more a flat, sappy, and inconsistent-to-the-point-of-being-schizophrenic script that very badly wants to tie its title character to Important Events of the 20th Century without fleshing said character in at all. More