TV critic at The New York Times. Also, the occasional film. Theater too.

‘All Relative,’ a Comedy From J. C. Khoury

nytimes.com — "All Relative," a tepid romantic comedy written and directed by J. C. Khoury, thinks it's being surprising, but really it's merely weaving several male sex fantasies together and making nothing insightful out of the resulting story.

‘Little Hope Was Arson,’ a Documentary of Texas and Religion

nytimes.com — There's nothing fancy about "Little Hope Was Arson," a documentary on the 2010 church fires in East Texas, and that's the beauty of it. The filmmaker, Theo Love, presents the people in the story as they are, without passing judgment and without apology, whether they are investigators or pastors or just ordinary folks caught up in the inexplicable.

Alcohol’s Sudden TV Renaissance

nytimes.com — Poor alcohol. It used to have very little competition for television time, since other mind-altering substances were illegal and thus rarely given starring roles. But lately an old newcomer, marijuana, has been generating the TV and Internet buzz, as it were, as relaxed laws have made pot eligible to be something other than the basis for stoner jokes.

PBS Offers Programs on Killer Whales and Killer Landslides

nytimes.com — From the episode titles on Wednesday, it might seem like theme night on PBS, and, in a way, it is. "Nature" has an episode called "Invasion of the Killer Whales," and right afterward in many markets, "Nova" has one titled "Killer Landslides." But the unifying concept isn't something borrowed from the horror-and-disaster-flick world.

'Sleepy Hollow' Recap: My Mama, the Ghost

artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com — "Sleepy Hollow," Season 2, Episode 9: "Mama" All right, you have our attention again. A week after an episode that left me - and other commenters - with "Sleepy Hollow" fatigue, the series came back with one of the season's more compelling installments on Monday night.

Kate Robin’s ‘I See You,’ at the Flea Theater

nytimes.com — If you still enjoy that favorite sport of the "i" age - complaining about the omnipresence of electronic devices and the shortage of real conversation - the Flea Theater has a play, and a woman, for you.

‘Firestone and the Warlord’ Looks at Liberia

nytimes.com — With more than enough horror stories coming out of Africa lately you may have little appetite for revisiting a gruesome chapter of Liberian history from a quarter-century ago. But "Firestone and the Warlord," a 90-minute "Frontline" special Tuesday on PBS, is an example of the reason we bother to scrutinize history.

'The Newsroom' Recap: It's 'Godfather' Trivia Night

artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com — Season 3, Episode 2: "Run" Leave it to "The Newsroom" to tackle the most burning and divisive questions of our time, and Sunday night's episode was no exception. The question: Are there women who have memorized every single scene of "The Godfather," or is that just a guy thing?

‘The Newsroom’ - ArtsBeat Blog - NYTimes.com

artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com — Season 3, Episode 2: "Run" Leave it to "The Newsroom" to tackle the most burning and divisive questions of our time, and Sunday night's episode was no exception. The question: Are there women who have memorized every single scene of "The Godfather," or is that just a guy thing?

Mother and Son, Weighing Coiffure

nytimes.com — The title "Bad Hair" may suggest a slapstick comedy, but there's nothing slapstick and not all that much comic about the subtle, striking film of that name that begins a two-week run at Film Forum on Wednesday. The movie, from Venezuela, is about a boy named Junior (Samuel Lange) who is obsessed with straightening his thick, curly hair for a school identification photo.
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Nov 21, 2014

RT @RachelNichols1: Eating sour-cream-and-onion-chips immediately before having to put on a Hazmat helmet to shoot a lengthy scene... Not my smartest move.

Nov 21, 2014

RT @JenniferMudge: My phone #autocorrect -ed "upstate" to "upstage". IT KNOWS ME & MY LIFE. #creepy

Nov 21, 2014

A rather liked a doc called Little Hope Was Arson that opens today in NY. Review: nyti.ms/11KJitX @LittleHopeFilm

Nov 20, 2014

RT @peterbakernyt: +1 MT @davidjoachim: Gentleman, helluva financial mind. Will be missed RT @talkingbiznews: Floyd Norris taking buyout talkingbiznews.com/?p=65989

Nov 20, 2014

RT @jessicahgreen: Bravo @genznyt for Alcohol’s Sudden TV Renaissance nyti.ms/1tgMLWZ. Why is there no wine show on TV?

Nov 20, 2014

RT @amyvirshup: Great @nytimes obit of Mike Nichols, Acclaimed Director of ‘The Graduate,’ Dies at 83 nyti.ms/1qyeIiz

Nov 20, 2014

Sure, winning isn't everything, but winless teams in high school football playoffs? Good stuff here from @NYTSports: ift.tt/14OlgPW

Nov 19, 2014

Black Friday? Silly Putty? Fans weigh in on what modernity Crane should meet next on #SleepyHollow. You should too: nyti.ms/1Hnd3kC

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