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Television Academy's 23rd Hall of Fame Ceremony

Rupert Murdoch, James Murdoch and Lachlan Murdoch - The Television Academy's 23rd Hall of Fame Ceremony at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Wednesday 12th March 2014

Rupert Murdoch, James Murdoch and Lachlan Murdoch
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Sins of the Father Review


Weak
The KKK bombing of a church in 1963 Birmingham, Alabama has become the stuff of legal legend -- given it took years or decades to catch and convict all the perpetrators. Spike Lee made a documentary about it called 4 Little Girls, memorializing the four children killed in the blast. I feel like I've seen half a dozen films on the subject, and Sins of the Father (adapted from an article in Texas Monthly and made for the FX cable network) adds another to the pile.

The story is familiar -- old man (Richard Jenkins) finds his racist past dredged up after years have passed, ending with a guilty verdict at last. (If it sounds familiar, James Woods played virtually the same guy in Ghosts of Mississippi , about the assassination of Medgar Evers.) Will he do the honorable thing and face his violent, racist past? Well, the flashbacks alone are enough to make you wish he would get on with the healing already.

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Cheats Review


Weak
A bunch of rotten kids cheat their way through school, despite threats from principal Mary Tyler Moore(!) over the red marks on their permanent record.

Last year's Slackers proved this was tepid comedy ground at best, and thankfully Cheats improves on the formula a tad thanks to its younger and more engaging cast. It's still the usual stuff: stealing tests, making crib sheets, bribing teachers' children, all with virtually no remorse -- stuff that was done impressively in Animal House and hasn't gone very far since. This is 2003, man! Where's the technology!?

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