Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Monday TV: The Black Experience on Film

Turner Classic Movies marks Martin Luther King Day with a slew of documentaries on the Black experience, starting with with “You Got to Move: Stories of Change in the South” (8 p.m.), “Freedom on My Mind” (9:45 p.m.), “Say Amen Somebody” (midnight), “Jazz on a Summer’s Day” (2 a.m.), “No Maps on My Taps” (3:30 […]

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Sunday TV: New Victorian Era Detective

A woman tries to establish herself as a detective in Victorian England in the new six-part series “Miss Scarlet & The Duke” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings), starring Kate Phillips of “Peaky Blinders” and Stuart Martin.  It provides another “Masterpiece” lead-in to the gentle “All Creatures Great an Small” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local […]

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Saturday TV: John Ford’s ‘The Searchers’

John Ford’s 1954 classic “The Searchers” (TCM, 8 p.m.) with John Wayne and Natalie Wood, is listed as one of the greatest American films that too few have seen. Turner Classic Movies pairs it with a second film that is based on a source novel by Alan Le May, “Along Came Jones” (10:15 p.m.). The […]

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Friday TV: Imagining a Memorable Night

Regina King’s  new film recreates a memorable evening that took place in 1964, when after Cassius Clay’s defeat of Sonny Liston, he partied with his pals Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown. “One Night in Miami…” (Amazon Prime, streaming) stars Eli Goree, Aaron D. Alexander, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Aldis Hodge and Leslie Odom Jr.  The […]

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Thursday TV: Anne Gets Locked Down

Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor play a couple who are about to break up but are forced to stay together during the pandemic in the new film “Locked Down” (HBO Max, streaming), which also involves a planned heist.  The new “Mr. Mayor” (NBC, 8 p.m.) is the best broadcast sitcom in a while. Kat wins […]

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Wednesday: Sedgwick in ‘Call Your Mother’

Kara Sedgwick always included a little humor in her long running role as “The Closer.” Tonight, she immerses in comedy starring as a mother who decides to move in with her adult kids on the new sitcom “Call Your Mother” (ABC, 9:30 p.m.). The new four-part “Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer” (Netflix, […]

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Film: Fracturing the Brain for Science

Eric Schultz’s directorial debut, “Minor Premise,” is a nifty puzzle, a scientific thriller that doesn’t insult the intelligence with any superfluous corn, Instead, the scientific aspect is cranked way up. Sathya Sridharan portrays a driven neuroscientist on the verge of a breakthrough. Building on and hoping to complete research begun by his father, he applies […]

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Tuesday: From Canada Comes ‘Trickster’

The latest Canadian import “Trickster” (CW, 9 p.m.) stars Joel Oulette as an Indigenous teen trying to support his family while being faced with strange mystic apparitions. It’s described as a coming of age supernatural thriller.  “Prodigal Son” (Fox, 9 p.m.) returns for a second season, with Malcolm protecting his sister and mother from a […]

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Film: When a Documentary Goes Wrong

What if everyone could make a movie? When Zachary Capp got an unexpected inheritance following his grandfather’s death, he decided, fresh out of rehab for a gambling addiction, to turn his obsessions elsewhere: To make a film about something, anything.  He quit his lucrative nanny business and embarked on a documentary that turned into “The […]

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Monday TV: A Day in the Life of America

Actor and rock star Jared Leto is also a documentarian. He’s the director of a simultaneous check in of the nation that occurred in what seems eons ago — July 4, 2017. “A Day in the Life of America,” which involved 90 different film crews in every state, makes its debut on “Independent Lens” (PBS, […]

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