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‘Mindhunter,’ Series Two: Hard Not To Binge

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The second series of “Mindhunter,” the Netflix show about the FBI’s initial attempts at developing the profiling of serial killers, starts off right where the first series left off. Senior agent Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) is jetting off to rescue wunderkind agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff), who had a bad panic attack when he was physically embraced by the immense (and immensely verbose) serial killer Ed Kemper (Cameron Britton).

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A Tribute To a Local Treasure

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A Whole Season of ‘Downton Abbey’ In One Go

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What do you really want from your “Downton Abbey” movie? A nice visit with those charming characters you came to love, some batty plotlines, romance, lots of drooling shots of gorgeous clothing, manor houses and rolling lawns and, why not, some royalty? And what don’t you want? Stories that drag on and on for a season or longer, forcing you to sit in jail with a droopy-eyed servant accused of a terrible crime, week after week. 

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A Perfectly Good Movie Gets a Remake — Why?

Movies: ‘After the Wedding’

This movie has all of the elements of a successful soap opera except amnesia, a split personality played by the same actress, twins separated at birth or a plane crash that requires plastic surgery to explain replacing a fired actor with a new one. But, even without those tried and true daytime drama tricks, if  “Guiding Light” used this story line, it would defy belief. 

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How’d You Get Gone, Girl?

Movies: ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’

There’s a small subsection of YouTube videos that recut footage from typically grim or self-serious films into coming attraction trailers steeped in the qualities of a near opposite genre. As works of comedic bathos, they are a peek into an alternate world of American cinema. “Jaws” becomes a Rob Reiner-style romantic comedy between man and shark, while “The Shining,” through clever use of select dialog and Peter Gabriel’s enduringly upbeat “Solsbury Hill,” becomes the story of a father and son reconnecting. 

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A Lie Is a Lie, Is a Lie, But When Is a Lie OK?

'The Farewell'

In the words of one of my favorite TV antiheroes of all time — Dr. Gregory House — everybody lies. It’s inevitable, even as we all pretend we do it less than we do. But can lying come from love? Can love make lying pure?

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Gangly Kids on Bicycles Try to Change the World

Television: ‘Stranger Things’

Maybe nothing feels more quintessentially American right now than fighting Russian bad guys and mind control, and so that’s what happens in this season of “Stranger Things,” the cultish Netflix hit fueled in part by nostalgia for 1980s Americana.

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Imagine There’s No Beatles

Movies: ‘Yesterday’

How could there be a world without a single Beatles song? In the new film “Yesterday,” directed by Danny Boyle of “Slumdog Millionaire” fame, that’s the world that failing singer-guitarist Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) finds himself in after a sudden worldwide electrical blackout coincides with him getting hit by a bus. 

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David Hockney’s Lovelorn Youth Remastered on Film

Movies: ‘A Bigger Splash’

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When The Nerds Party At The End Of High School

Movies: ‘Booksmart’

Molly’s revelation came, as so many of them do, in her high school bathroom.

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