Even with a lot on its mind, the TV adaptation of The Purge is mostly bloody good fun

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Over the course of four movies, the alternate reality of the Purge has slowly taken shape: a dystopian America in which, for one night of the year, all crime is legal. It’s an appropriately blunt political allegory for our own time—which often reads like satire itself— making the Purge arguably the most relevant…

The second installment of USA's beguiling The Sinner might be even better than the first

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It features fractured, elliptical storytelling. There’s none of the usual question of “whodunit” in the murder mystery that serves as the main plot. And it bucks some of the standard conventions of style and aesthetic in cable mystery dramas, thanks to the bolder choices of arthouse provocateur Antonio Campos (…

Unsolved: The Murders Of Tupac And The Notorious B.I.G. is irredeemably wack

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Why is it so hard to make a good movie about Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G.? The intertwined story of the two ’90s rappers—who became iconic, mural-sized martyrs after being gunned down, just six months apart, in 1996/1997—has all the makings of a compelling drama, from their nigh-mythological upbringings, to a…

Psych’s James Roday and Dulé Hill on Christmas movies and TV revivals, including their own

Break out the pineapples and Peanuts dance—the Psych detective agency has a new case. Three years after the series finale of USA’s blue-skies dramedy, James Roday and Dulé Hill are reteaming as best friends turned police consultants who were always a step (or three) ahead of their clients. In Psych: The Movie, Shawn…

USA picks up Josh Duhamel-starring Biggie Smalls/Tupac Shakur true crime series

Famous, real-life murders are like catnip to TV networks these days, especially if the victims of those murders happened to famous people, and there are only a handful of murders—or murder victims—more famous than Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur. The USA Network jumped on a chance to develop a true crime series based…

Colony’s second season ends with an alien close-up and a armed showdown

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What’s most significant about “Ronin,” the title of the second-season finale of Colony, is that it’s a sobriquet that could arguably be applied to each of the characters for different reasons. It refers to a wandering samurai, one who has lost their master, either through the death or fall of their lord or by falling…

Mr. Robot will boot up for a third season on USA Network

In hardly surprising but still welcome news, USA Network has renewed Mr. Robot for a third season, Variety reports. Sam Esmail’s stylish drama is already halfway through its second season, which has seen Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) cruisin’ for a bruisin’. It’s been a critical and ratings hit for USA, a fact that’s…

USA realizes it’s probably not a good time to debut its Shooter series

As reported by Variety, the USA Network has decided to delay the premiere of its Shooter TV show in response to the shootings in Dallas. The network released a statement explaining that it came to the decision “in light of recent tragic events and out of respect for the victims.” Shooter was originally supposed to…

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