Sex, lies, and espionage. The Americans delivers the goods in the best episode of the season.
Darren Aronofsky’s ambition is admirable, but his film is a complete mess — adrift due to some confused directorial choices and an absence of any characterization beyond obsession.
Only disappointing due to its own high standards, there’s a lot of great pieces in “The Deal,” but it’s hurt by being ten minutes too long. Continue reading THE AMERICANS: “The Deal”
It’s the female characters’ chance to show off in this week’s The Americans, and they’re all up to the task.
Completely frustrated with its refusal to make any meaningful progress, Chase Branch gives up on The Walking Dead.
Littered with suspenseful moments, “The Walk In” is a sharp reminder that there’s several cat and mouse games being played here from a wide array of angles.
With “Alone,” The Walking Dead pendulum swings back to the positive thanks in large part to an excellent performance by Larry Gillard, Jr.
While setting up intriguing future plot lines, “Cardinal” tries to amp up the emotional drama, but doesn’t quite have enough material to remain thrilling throughout.
FX’s Cold War spy thriller is back, and wastes no time ratcheting up the suspense and setting up its themes for a (hopefully) more consistently great second season.
Each episode this half-season of The Walking Dead has been progressively better than the last, and “Claimed” continues that trend with help from a Jack London influence, Crazy Cheese, solid action, and some emotional moments that (for once) ring true.