The Vice

The new 7-part BBC America series The Vice starts off looking like a Prime Suspect knock-off. With pounds of lurid exposition and character baggage, it quickly becomes a tug of war between "gripping" storylines and arrested character development. This  ...

Carnivale

Carnivale HBO Series Click the poster to buy at MovieGoods.com Through a combination of shrewd marketing and high-quality programming, HBO has  ...

Sex and the City – the Final Season

Last seen in the Hamptons attending the straight wedding of ex-gay cabaret entertainer Bobby Fine (Nathan Lane) and aging socialite Bitsy Von Muffling, the heroines of HBO’s Sex and the City are now starting up their 6th and final  ...

The Office

From Survivor to Big Brother to American Idol, Britain is the undisputed master of what has come to be known as "reality TV." All three of those shows started out British (the third originally going by the name Pop  ...

Dead Like Me

There’s an old saying that goes "the dead can’t hurt you," but in the case of the new Showtime series Dead Like Me they certainly have the power to bore you to death. After the runaway hit Queer as  ...

Out of Order

In The Kid Stays in the Picture, Robert Evans reveals how, with his job as Paramount studio head on the chopping block, he cobbled together a thirty-minute trailer spotlighting the studio’s recent hits (Rosemary’s Baby, Love Story) and anticipated  ...

Rebel Heart

According to Ronan Bennett, the novelist and screenwriter who wrote Rebel Heart, a terrible thing happened in 1922. A Belfast District Inspector named John W. Nixon led a group of policemen as they broke into the home of a  ...

Frontline: China in the Red

The Return of the God of Wealth: The Transition to a Market Economy in Urban China (1996), Charlotte Ikels The last decade amounts to no more than a blip on the Chinese time line—the longest surviving civilization  ...

Frontline: The Caseworker Files

An Introduction to Child Maltreatment in the United States: History, Public Policy and Research (3rd Edition) (2002), Clifford K. Dorne Frontline’s Failure to Protect: The Caseworker Files looks at the child welfare system, a subject that sporadically  ...