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March 26, 2007
Planet Earth

Sigourney Weaver, Discovery Channel, and the BBC have teamed up for a month of Sundays to show us what 70 camera operators spending more than 2,000 days in 200 locations all over the globe can do.

March 26, 2007
Watching the Detectives

Raines offers yet another quirky crime-solving cop. But Andy Barker, P.I. is the one worth investigating.

March 12, 2007
Playing the Slots: Thursday Night

Thursday nights used to be simple: Just set the dial to NBC and put the popcorn in the microwave. This season, though, the night’s become a ratings battleground.

March 12, 2007
Kings of South Beach

Not even the considerable writing, directing, and acting talents of Nicholas Pileggi, Tim Hunter, and Donnie Wahlberg and Jason Gedrick can make Kings of South Beach seem altogether fresh.

March 12, 2007
Life Support

Nelson George, who co-wrote and directs Life Support, is thinking about his real-life sister Andrea, a community health activist in Bed-Stuy whose specialty is spreading the word about AIDS.

March 12, 2007
Suburban Warfare

The Riches features a family of grifters—and the most scathing take on class relations anywhere on TV.

March 5, 2007
Barbarians II

As if the Huns, Goths, Vikings, and Mongols of three years ago weren’t enough, the History Channel returns with four more hours of rape and pillage.

March 5, 2007
Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?

According to Independent Lens and filmmaker Frank Popper the answer is a resonant “maybe.”

March 5, 2007
Emerald Ire

The Black Donnellys presents a smart—if familiar— take on Irish guts and guilt.

February 12, 2007
Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life

From the Emmy-winning writer-producer-director Robert Levi comes this enthralling documentary film on the composer, arranger, and pianist that is, as well, a celebration of big bands like Duke Ellington’s, an account of Strayhorn’s troubles as a gay man in the homophobic jazz world of the forties and fifties, and a case history of Oedipal struggle.

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