Woody Harrelson

"Haunted Houses," the sixth episode of True Detective, was almost certainly the weakest hour yet. The show is so superbly acted and directed that this sounds like more of a criticism than it actually is; "Haunted Houses" was still terrific television. But for the first time the show felt somewhat clichéd and unoriginal—less an experiment in stylistically groundbreaking television than a retread of other cop shows and films.

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The HBO show places us in the hands of an insane narrator, and that may not be a bad thing.

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The best potential onscreen pairings for future installments of "True Detective."

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HBO Once Again Has the Best New Show on TV

'True Detective' could be the next 'Breaking Bad'

Is This the Next 'Breaking Bad'?

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Rough Routes

An extraordinary Iraq war film takes place at home-at homes--and moves through wartime experience known generally yet generally disregarded. The Messenger is about the Army’s Casualty Notification office. When a soldier is killed, two uniformed soldiers, usually decorated veterans, are sent to the soldier’s home to notify the next of kin personally.

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WAFCA Speaks

The Washington Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) conducted our end-of-the-year awards balloting over the weekend, and the big winner was Up in the Air, which took Best Film, Best Actor (George Clooney), and Best Adapted Screenplay. An Education did well, too, with Carey Mulligan taking Best Actress.

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Zombieland, the second horror-comedy to be released in the last couple of weeks (in this case, horror-action-comedy is probably a more apt description),is everything Jennifer's Body was not--fast, funny, and fully aware of the obligations and opportunities inherent in the genre.

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