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“The Newsroom” – Season 2, Episode 3

Although Alison Pill was barely in this episode, I feel compelled to begin this review with her, largely because of the vitriol I directed at her character last week. I am currently breathing a sigh of relief. It only took them thirteen episodes, but the writers of The Newsroom finally figured out how to use…

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Is Michael Cera the Most Interesting Actor of his Generation?

After seeing his latest, Crystal Fairy, last weekend, I say “yes” in The Atlantic today. Here is an excerpt: Like most good comic actors, Cera definitely enjoys messing with the audience’s minds, but with Youth in Revolt and This Is the End, he was staying within the confines of commercial films. That pattern changed with Crystal…

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“The Wolverine” is an Admirable Attempt at Originality

If you like nothing else about it, you should at least be impressed with The Wolverine’s release date. At this point in the summer, most of us are flat-out sick of cookie-cutter summer blockbusters with the same resume: immeasurably high body counts, indestructible heroes, and half-hearted political commentary. If you feel this way, consider The…

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“The Newsroom” – Season 2, Episode 2

It’s time that I accept that The Newsroom is never going to be what I want it to be, i.e. The West Wing. I want to see these characters do their job well, struggle with ethical issues, and lean on each other for support. I don’t want to see them quibble over issues in their…

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“Fruitvale Station” Starts the Right Discussion

It’s difficult for a guy like me to write about “the street.” Having grown up upper-middle class in Westchester County, New York, I pretty much know “the street” only through the movies, and I could quickly make a fool out of myself here. But I’m gonna give it a try because it’s a social construct…

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5 Takeaways from the CDC Report on Violence in the Media

Does anyone remember gun violence? Back in January, just one month after the Sandy Hook shooting, Obama announced that he was taking 23 executive actions intended to reduce gun violence in America. I have a sneaking suspicion that if I asked you to name one, you couldn’t. It’s not your fault; the media covered it…

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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…