Swingin’ with Duke

Some Ellington CDs: The Best Of The Duke Ellington Centennial Edition 16 Most Requested Songs The Complete Capitol Recordings The Duke Ellington Centenary Collection: The Travelog Edition Swingin' with Duke, produced by Oren Jacoby  ...

The Office – Second Season

The British series The Office returns to BBC America with six new episodes in its second season. Far from losing any of its edge, this brainchild of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant is nastier than ever. A wickedly written,  ...

Jonathan Winters: On the Loose

Jonathan Winters is a difficult talent to categorize, which may help explain why he has been so under-utilized by Hollywood. The latest example of this dropping of the ball is the recent flop Rocky and Bullwinkle, in which Winters  ...

Rated X

Rated X, Showtime's new film about porno kings the Mitchell Brothers, opens with a ludicrously portentous scene. Jim Mitchell (Emilio Estevez, looking in his bald wig like a sadsack community college Willy Loman) sits in a Lazyboy and listens  ...

Oliver Twist

This wildly original adaptation of Oliver Twist is likely to disappoint Dickensian purists. Adventurous and open-minded viewers will find it riveting. Screenwriter (and co-executive producer) Alan Bleasdale has invented a backstory that runs parallel to Dickens’ narrative and elevates  ...

Jazz

Ken Burns' new documentary series Jazz completes the trilogy that began with The Civil War and continued with Baseball. It is less a celebration of a musical idiom than his latest attempt to define the very essence of America.  ...

The Chris Isaak Show

Stretch halter mini dress with open weave sides The Chris Isaak Show shouldn't work. The episodes are overlong, the acting is often amateurish, the quality of the writing is wildly uneven  ...

On the Beach (2000)

Hot on the heels of NBC's live televised remake of Fail-Safe comes this two part Showtime adaptation of Nevil Shute's post-apocalyptic classic On the Beach. (Let's hope this mini-boom in Cold War-era retreads ends before we get Robin Williams  ...

King Lear

Filmed in 1998, this adroit BBC/WGBH-Boston production of William Shakespeare’s King Lear is of particular note for preserving Ian Holm’s celebrated stage performance in the title role. Stellar interpreters of Lear haven’t always been so fortunate. Laurence Olivier was  ...