Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Saturday TV: A Tom Hanksgiving

It might as well be its own holiday. First, Tom Hanks stars in “The Post” (HBO, 8 p.m.), making its premium cable debut, in which he gave his Oscar-nominated performance as Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, alongside the similarly nominated Meryl Streep and a packed cast that includes Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradley [...]

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A New Orleans ‘Take Me to the River’

It’s less than a half a year to Fat Tuesday, but the heart of Mardi Gras is on the road, in the form of the “Take Me to the River” tour. The caravan, headlined by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and featuring such figures as Ivan Neville and George Porter Jr., is built around the [...]

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Friday TV: A Darker Witch Sabrina

It’s been fun to watch Kieran Shipka grow up on TV, first on “Mad Men” and then on oddball things like “Flowers in the Attic.” Now she stars in her own series “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” (Netflix, streaming), another adaptation of the Archie character that is a departure from the 90s sitcom version with [...]

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Thursday TV: ‘Heathers’ for Halloween

Meant to be a sassy series based on the 80s cult movie, “Heathers” (Paramount, 10 p.m.) was all set to go last spring until Parkland shootings made a jokey series about school violence suddenly seem inappropriate. It’s no more appropriate now, but the network hopes to burn off its episodes in the name of Halloween [...]

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Wednesday TV: UK’s Popular ‘Bodyguard’

It’s getting hard to keep up with all the series on Netflix. The latest one is the British import “Bodyguard” (Netflix, streaming) a series about the intersection between a war hero (Richard Madden) hired as security for the Hoe Secretary (Keeley Hawes) with whom he may have some differences. The six-episode drama from Jed Mercurio [...]

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Tuesday TV: Fresh Look at ‘Native America’

There’s an exciting new approach to the new four-part series “Native America” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) that emphasizes just how advanced native cultures in the Americas actually were when they emerged 15,000 years ago. Archeological hints are found in Mexico, California, New Mexico and along the Amazon. Robbie Robertson of The Band is [...]

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Guided By Voices Hits Its Target

They were playing Captain Beyond before the Guided by Voices’ super marathon at the Black Cat Friday and that was about right: post psychedelic, pre-prog rock Brit/American mix with all kinds of fanciful medieval references. The kind of thing that ancient GBV leader Robert Pollard would relish, in other words, or put out on his [...]

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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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