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HBO’s ‘The Brink’ Is a Slow Boil, But Worth the Wait

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The odd thing about reviewing new television shows — which your film editor is occasionally lucky enough to do — is that you end up binge-watching shows that aren’t intended to be seen that way. Unless you’re reviewing the latest Netflix series, you’re not experiencing a new show the way most hesitant potential viewers will: one episode at a time, once a week, quite possibly resting the program’s DVR-or-not fate on how well its initial outing sits. Yet this massive dump of episodes can have a positive effect, and that’s the case with HBO’s new geopolitical comedy The Brink. It’s a show that starts uncertainly, wearing its influences a bit too starkly, before finding its particular groove and settling in with its characters. It’s a good show, but it takes a minute to get there.
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Even The Rock Can’t Save HBO’s ‘Ballers’

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It makes perfect sense that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is starring in a sports comedy from HBO. It’s a natural progression for the action star who has proven, time and time again, that he is a talented  actor with a preternatural knack for nailing every line he’s given (a skill wrestlers hone in the ring, due to the ridiculous promos they have to deliver with total seriousness). A sports comedy is right up his alley — he easily embodies the character of Spencer, a retired football player (like Johnson) currently working as a financial manager for athletes. It gives Johnson room to have a little more fun on screen and to show off his comedic timing. The problem is that the series, not Johnson, is incredibly disappointing. 
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‘True Detective’ Remains Addictive in Season 2 — Just Don’t Compare It to Season 1

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It seems like there is an unspoken rule that before we consider the second season of True Detective, we have to reevaluate the first, a tour de force that caught everyone off guard, and that either stuck or blew the landing, depending on who you ask. The bleak buddy cop show brought forth a (sigh) McConaissance, united the Internet in some of our favorite TV-related activities — predicting, theorizing over, and arguing about how it would end, and then continuing that argument long after we knew how it did end — and eventually even crashed HBOGo. So it’s only natural that this second season is one of the most highly anticipated follow-ups in recent memory. This means, of course, that it is also nearly impossible to live up to the hype — but the show does try.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Finale Recap: “Mother’s Mercy”

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What a happy, uplifting episode! Arya gets her sweet revenge, Jaime and Myrcella have a bonding moment, and everyone’s OTP is finally reunited. (Varion 4eva!!!!) I feel totally satisfied by “Mother’s Mercy” and fully prepared to go ten months without any follow-up to that final shot. Just kidding! Nothing matters and everyone we love will die and/or have a stranger’s penis waved at them as part of a public shaming ritual one… Read More

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Let’s Overanalyze These ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Finale Photos!

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Starting Sunday at 10 PM Eastern, HBO will cruelly deprive us of fresh #content to anticipate, criticize, and logic into elaborate metaphors for climate change for ten whole months. The gap between Game of Thrones seasons is long and full of terrors, so before Sunday’s finale, we’re taking every chance to comb through every maddening frame of this series while we still can. Luckily, HBO just released pictures of this week’s finale that hint at the fallout from Episode 9’s stadium-burner. Here’s what we got out of these eight stills.
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