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True TV: Back to Medieval Times With 'The Quest'; Back to Ancient TV Times With 'Partners'

True TV: Back to Medieval Times With 'The Quest'; Back to Ancient TV Times With 'Partners'

Wednesday, July 30, 2014  |  Bill Frost

The Quest (Thursday, July 30, ABC), series debut: The biggest fantasy of The Quest is that the producers think they’ve invented a whole new genre by combining reality TV and scripted storytelling—that’s Every! Reality! Show! Ever! Made! Still, a Dungeons and Dragons/Big Brother mashup is a shift from the...

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Home Video Review: The Improvised Feel of 'Happy Christmas' Helps This Comedy Succeed

Home Video Review: The Improvised Feel of 'Happy Christmas' Helps This Comedy Succeed

Tuesday, July 29, 2014  |  Bob Grimm

Writer-director Joe Swanberg has followed up his terrific Drinking Buddies with Happy Christmas , a fun vehicle for Anna Kendrick and Melanie Lynskey.

Kendrick plays Jenny, a woman who has recently broken up with her boyfriend and goes to live with her brother and his wife (played by Swanberg and Lynskey...

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The Video Depot Top 10 List for the Week Ending July 27, 2014

The Video Depot Top 10 List for the Week Ending July 27, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014  |  Staff

1. Sabotage * (Universal)

2. Heaven Is for Real (Sony)

3. Transcendence * (Warner Bros.)

4. Rio 2 * (20th Century Fox)

5. 300: Rise of an Empire (Warner Bros.)

6. Tyler Perry's Single Moms Club (Lionsgate)

7. Cesar Chavez (Lionsgate)

8. Non-Stop  (Universal)

9. A Night in Old Mexico (Phase 4)

10. Road to Paloma (Anchor Bay)

* Av...

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Better but Not Great: 'The Purge: Anarchy' Improves on the Original, but Still Feels Flat

Better but Not Great: 'The Purge: Anarchy' Improves on the Original, but Still Feels Flat

Thursday, July 24, 2014  |  Bob Grimm

Last year’s The Purge was a boring slog of a movie that wasted a good premise. The Purge: Anarchy , the sequel, is a better movie. But I’m not saying it’s good: While it’s better, it still has a lot of problems.

The film starts mere hours before the annual Purge, a one-day holiday during which citizens o...

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Please Delete: 'Sex Tape' Is an Unfunny, Flat Mess of a Movie

Please Delete: 'Sex Tape' Is an Unfunny, Flat Mess of a Movie

Thursday, July 24, 2014  |  Bob Grimm

Once upon a time, there was a new director who seemed to have a very promising career ahead of him. In 1998, Jake Kasdan made his directorial debut with the excellent Zero Effect , one of that year’s best movies. It still stands as one of Ben Stiller’s best efforts—and Kasdan even wrote the thing.

Sinc...

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True TV: Take the 'Sharknado 2: The Second One' Quiz!

True TV: Take the 'Sharknado 2: The Second One' Quiz!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014  |  Bill Frost

The Only TV Column That Matters™ has seen the glory of Syfy’s Sharknado 2: The Second One (premiering Wednesday, July 30) in advance and can definitively report that it’s even more ridiculous than 2013’s surprise … hit? … Sharknado .

This time around, the chompy tsunami hits New York City, and it’s up to...

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