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‘The Americans’ Season 3: How a Teen Girl’s Dilemma Humanized a Great, Cold Show

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The complexity of teenage girls is an oft-explored topic on television, though it’s usually reserved for overly hysterical teen dramas. It’s much more rare to see on a period thriller like The Americans, which concerns itself with the happenings of two KGB spies posing as a picture-perfect American family. Elizabeth and Philip have necessarily kept their life a secret from their two children, Paige and Henry, but being found out was a lingering threat that the show couldn’t possibly ignore. One of the biggest shocks this season was Paige learning the truth, providing the already-great series with even more tension.
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‘The Comedians’ Fails to Find Originality in an Overdone Premise

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FX is understandably excited about The Comedians. Nine of the first season’s 13 episodes were sent out to critics, and the TV spots are irritatingly inescapable. The combination of FX and FXX have produced a string of strong sitcom hits (most focus on the darker side of humor; even It’s Always Sunny, the most straightforward comedy, gets impossibly dark at times) so it’s natural to optimistically assume The Comedians would follow suit. But it’s a step back for a network that is usually so forward thinking with its programs (the disjointed surrealism of Louie, the surprisingly well-executed adaptation of Fargo, the pull-no-punches approach of The Americans). With The Comedians, FX wrong believed that there is a high demand for a Billy Crystal/Josh Gad buddy comedy vehicle, for yet another “behind the scenes” show-within-a-show, and for another entrant in the increasingly-tired mockumentary genre.
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The Worst Special Effects Makeup in Cinema

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Bless the Wachowskis and their low-budget Bound, but just say no to the duck lips and terrible prosthetic ears in the newly released Jupiter Ascending, starring Channing Tatum in some of the dumbest special effects makeup we’ve seen in a while. But Tatum is not alone. Hollywood is full of missteps when it comes to makeup on actors — from huge honkers, to old-age transformations, and beyond. Here are ten of the worst offenders in film. Feel free to continue the list with your own picks, below.
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