If “V” (7 p.m. Central Tuesdays on ABC) was just another alien invasion show, we could dismiss it out of hand. After all, there are only two alien invasion stories: 1, the aliens are evil, and we get punished for being too trusting (see “Independence Day”), or 2, the aliens are friendly, and we get punished for not being more welcoming (see “E.T.”).
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See, this is what I meant in my “Paranormal Activity” review about how good actors can add a lot to a movie. Cameron Diaz is completely adorable in “The Box,” and she has a wonderfully loving rapport with James Marsden, who plays her husband. I have no doubt this duo could’ve made “Paranormal Activity” better.
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There aren’t many things I enjoy more than cracking open a new book of Chuck Klosterman essays. I read his latest volume, “Eating the Dinosaur,” in two sittings; it would’ve been one sitting, but I had to go to work in between.
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I’m sorry to say that Third Eye Blind’s new album, “Ursa Major,” is nowhere near as good as its self-titled debut from 1997. It’s also a cut below its second and third albums, from 1999 and 2003.
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Between Hulu and DVRs, it’s easier than ever to watch current TV shows. And since NBC wiped out five hours of programming with its Jay Leno show, and The CW axed its Sunday slots, the schedule is thinner than ever.
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For anyone who wanted to look closely, the “Dollhouse”–Philip K. Dick comparison has been obvious since the first episode, but it has really struck me during this more serialized second season.
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“Zombieland” is a fairly fun movie, but it also stretches this whole “being chased by a pack of zombies” thing to the point where I wonder if the genre has run dry. Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin were apparently the lucky winners of a drawing to be in this post-apocalyptic road-trip romp; sometimes acting is hard, but I gotta think this movie was easy to make (at least for the stars who don’t have to wear zombie makeup).
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Nick Hornby taps into a gold mine of insider humor in “Juliet, Naked” by making fun of extreme levels of music snobbery. Hornby invents a cult-favorite 1980s musician named Tucker Crowe and provides so much analytical detail about this made-up musician’s songs that I almost wanted to google Crowe to make sure he wasn’t a real person.
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You know, when I watch “24,” I usually make fun of it, and I don’t get any satisfaction from doing that. But it’s different from other downhill-progressing shows, because every season represents a completely fresh start. Because each season is a single day, “24” Season 8 (set for a January launch on Fox) wouldn’t have to reference ANY of the previous seven seasons/days; it could simply concentrate on being really good.
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