Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Monday TV: Women Surviving Misery

One of the most harrowing stories of the decade happened in Nigeria, where 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped and taken into the forest by terrorist extremists in 2014. Fewer than half were released after a government deal years later. Living together in rehabilitation, they were advised not to relive those days for a documentary “Stolen Daughters: [...]

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Bottle Rockets Share With Sarah Borges

The Bottle Rockets have always had a flinty, no-nonsense way of expressing the very concrete things of everyday life that sets it apart from most bands. There’s a hard-won Midwestern honesty to their hard-charging songs about defining the limitations of life and accepting them (or at least naming them clearly). And when Brian Henneman and [...]

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Death Cab for Cutie Rolls In

Despite its jokey name, lifted from a Bonzo Dog Band song title, Death Cab for Cutie have been releasing intriguing, largely wistful albums for 20 years now. Their latest, Thank You For Today, its ninth, continues the traditions of complex, brainy lyrics often reflecting loss and heartache, in catchy little melodies. The band’s big show [...]

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Sunday TV: ‘The Woman in White’

Public TV looked at its Sunday night schedule and said: More British drama! So here’s a new five-part adaptation of Wilkie Collins’s 19th century mystery that “Masterpiece Theatre” has tackled before. This time, the handsomely-photographed  “The Woman in White” (PBS, 10 p.m., check local listings) with Ben Hardy and Olivia Vinall, gets a distinctly feminist [...]

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Saturday TV: Small Shoes to Fill

“Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage spent several years helping turn an expansive, pre-suicide interview with the French actor Hervé Villechaize by journalist Sacha Gervasi into a screenplay, which makes its debut as the original film “My Dinner with Hervé” (HBO, 8 p.m.), written and directed by Gervasi. There was more to the actor with [...]

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Friday TV: More ‘Making a Murderer’

The sheer success of the series that helped kickstart a true crime TV blitz three years ago, demanded a second season of “Making a Murderer” (Netflix, streaming), if not the appeals process of Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey, who have been convicted and given life sentences while providing  insight into the workings of rural [...]

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Thursday TV: You Get a Rock

It’s not often that a whole new religion is presented in a half hour special – let alone a family cartoon — but that’s what “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” (ABC, 8 p.m.) does, and has been doing for more than half a century. Only the third “Peanuts” special, first aired in 1966, when [...]

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‘How I Learned to Drive’ in the #MeToo Era

What was it like 21 years ago when Paula Vogel’s “How I Learned to Drive” premiered off Broadway? It was more shocking, maybe; probably more balanced with laughs; and perhaps challenging in presenting audiences with a story of ongoing, predatory pedophilia from a family member. The D.C.-born playwright had developed it with another D.C. theater [...]

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Wednesday TV: Leaf Peeping, Live!

I’m a sucker for live nature events and the latest one, after “Big Blue Live” and “Wild Alaska Wild” Is “Autumnwatch-New England” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings), celebrating good, culture, science and wildlife in the region, but mostly fall foliage. The live stuff will be best (though dark this time of year), but there [...]

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Tuesday TV: ‘Roseanne’ Without Roseanne

When Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet got her fired from her own sitcom, there was some thought of keeping the rest of the writers and cast to try doing the show without her. The resulting “The Conners” (ABC, 8 p.m.) premieres tonight. If the rebooted “Roseanne” began with the resurrected Dan, this one starts with the [...]

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