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What to Watch: The TVLine-Up for Friday

27 April 2012 5:52 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

On TV this Friday: Rob Lowe discovers his presidential roots, Nikita‘s trap comes unhinged, the latest Grimm creature isn’t so Ángel-ic, Blue Bloods tries to plug a leak and more. In addition to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are nine programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm The Finder (Fox) | Just call Walter the Horse Whisperer as he helps Isabel’s friend uncover who murdered her racetrack aficionado father.

8 pm Nikita (The CW) | It’s mo’ money, mo’ problems when Nikita, attempting to trap Percy, convinces Birkhoff to sing to the tune of 20 million dollars. After »

- Alyse Whitney

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What to Watch: The TVLine-Up for Thursday

5 April 2012 7:05 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

On TV this Thursday: Community‘s bromance is threatened, Grey’s Anatomy engages in lion games, Person of Interest hosts a Sopranos reunion and more. Here are nine programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm American Idol (Fox) | And then there were seven…. Check out Michael Slezak’s latest recap, the most recent Idology episode and vote in our Top 8 poll!

8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | Sheldon geeks out when Stephen Hawking, the famed theoretical physicist and cosmologist, stops by the University.

8 pm Community (NBC) | It’s war on the Greendale campus — forts formed of blankets versus pillows — and the study group picks sides. »

- Alyse Whitney

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Straw Dogs’ Remake Fails to Equal Power of Original Film

5 January 2012 8:59 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – The 2011 remake of Sam Peckinpah’s galvanizing 1971 classic is a film destined to appeal to no one. It’s not poorly made, and the writer/director Rod Lurie is gifted at crafting suspenseful morality tales (such as the under-appreciated “Nothing But the Truth”). But it’s difficult to understand why Lurie would bother putting his personal stamp on a picture that he considers repugnant.

By taking the moral high ground and cutting out the original film’s offensive content, Lurie has entirely lost the point of Peckinpah’s tale, and instead veered into severely hypocritical territory. If “Straw Dogs” isn’t about the animalistic nature of man, then what’s left to explore? It’s like draining the anti-Semitism out of “Triumph of the Will.” Lurie has essentially taken Peckinpah’s blueprint and morphed it into one of those maddening “Get the Hell Out Of There” idiot plots inhabited »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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