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'Hemingway and Gellhorn' review: The fun also rises?

Early on in HBO’s Hemingway and Gellhorn, I kept thinking, “What a crock!” almost every time Hemingway (Clive Owen) or Martha Gellhorn (Nicole Kidman) opened their mouths. Then I got into the rhythm of what the filmmakers were doing during the TV-movie’s premiere on Monday night: Fearlessly allowing these two hard-boiled literary figures to utter their mostly-full-of-crap pronunciamentos about life, love, and the whole damn thing while redeeming them as historical figures by placing them in the context of their time. A time in which some people actually said things like, “We knew our cause was just and we could not lose,” and no one laughed in their faces. READ FULL STORY

'Girls' review: 10 reasons to love these partyholics not-so-anonymous

Girls, how much do I love you? Let me count the ways.

1. Most of the characters dance even worse than I do. This is thoroughly endearing, especially when Hannah gyrates as though she might know more moves, but is too enthused to both to try and remember them.

2. The series suggested last night that Brooklyn parties are almost always difficult to find; some things never change. READ FULL STORY

'Mad Men,' 'Sherlock,' 'Girls,' 'The Killing': Sunday-night mini-reviews, from A to B-minus

So much TV on Sunday night; inaugurating a new occasional feature: A round-up of mini-reviews. (All rights reserved to expand upon these thoughts later in the week.)

Mad Men: “I got a million of ‘em,” said Michael Ginsberg, quoting Jimmy Durante and referring to ideas he has for ad campaigns. He’ll need ‘em, since this week’s theme was “every man for himself.” I know — when isn’t that a Mad Men theme? This night READ FULL STORY

'Veep' premiere review: Julia Louis-Dreyfus was great, but did you actually laugh much?

Julia Louis-Dreyfus gives such a commanding performance in Veep, which premiered Sunday night on HBO, that the opening half-hour sped by so quickly and so enjoyably, I barely noticed that I never actually laughed during its 30 minutes. Which could be a problem for a sitcom going forward, but first, I want to sing praises to Louis-Dreyfus, and to her supporting cast. READ FULL STORY

Two 'Game Change' reviews: The ballad of Sarah Palin, in prose and on video

Game Change is based on a small portion of the best-selling book of the same name by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin: the portion that eviscerates the John McCain campaign’s selection of Sarah Palin to be his running-mate in the 2008 presidential campaign. Indeed, while Palin herself has said watching this HBO production (premiering on March 10) would be “a waste of time,” she need not fear for erosion to her reputation. She is impersonated here with mimicry of the high order by Julianne Moore; she is portrayed as a devoted mother, and a plucky, if stressed-out and carb-deprived, campaigner. READ FULL STORY

'Girls': New trailer from HBO, new praise from me

Nothing against Game of Thrones, but the new HBO programming I’m most looking forward to is the cable network’s upcoming half-hour show Girls. READ FULL STORY

'Game Change' review: It could change viewers' minds about Sarah Palin...somewhat

Game Change is based on a small portion of the best-selling book of the same name by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin: the portion that eviscerates the John McCain campaign’s selection of Sarah Palin to be his running-mate in the 2008 presidential campaign. Indeed, while Palin herself has said watching this HBO production (premiering on March 10) would be “a waste of time,” she need not fear for erosion to her reputation. She is impersonated here with mimicry of the high order by Julianne Moore; she is portrayed as a devoted mother, and a plucky, if stressed-out and carb-deprived, campaigner. READ FULL STORY

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