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“The Newsroom”: A Beautiful Missed Opportunity

This might have been the last episode ever of The Newsroom (reports are murky on whether it is being picked up for a third season), and if so, it’s a solid ending that surprised me with how much I was affected by it. “Election Night: Part II” took the elements of the show I’ve always…

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“The Newsroom” – Season 2, Episode 1

After last year’s uneven initial season of The Newsroom, there was a lot of chatter in the industry that there would be big changes before it returned. To be certain, some changes were needed. Even those who liked the show, like me, acknowledged its faults. The show teased viewers with its compelling revisionist take on…

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“Looper” Offers a Ride but Misses the Point

The time-travel movie is a genre unto itself, and in order to satisfy the fan base, each one must address a very specific set of paradoxes. What happens if you meet your future self? When you change the past, how do you experience that in the present? Of course, in the end the biggest question…

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“The Newsroom” – Episode 7: “5/1″

Tonight’s episode was, by “Newsroom” standards, rather slight. There were no big surprises in it, and there was no real conflict either. The news team spent very little time debating how to cover the killing of Osama Bin Laden, and thus Sorkin did not spend too much time criticizing how the Bin Laden story was…

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“The Newsroom” – Pilot Episode: “Because We Decided To”

Very quickly, it has become chic to hate on “The Newsroom.” Aaron Sorkin’s new drama has premiered to uncharacteristically mediocre reviews. Variety laments that “the series doesn’t match the lofty crests of Sorkin’s finest work.” The New York Times says that the show “chokes on its own sanctimony.” And the Washington Post finds that “Sorkin’s…