Rose with thorns

Television | SundanceTV series The Name of the Rose explores spiritual themes, but explicit scenes mar the story
by Megan Basham
Posted 5/23/19, 12:15 pm

The late Italian literary theorist and semiotics scholar Umberto Eco, though not a believer in any religious doctrine, gave serious treatment to spiritual things. Thus, his novels often pop up on Christians’ lists of favorites. Theologian Michael Horton, Southern Baptist Convention President J.D.

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Cluttered Enemy

Television | The Enemy Within has fine acting but too much crammed into each episode
by Jenny Rough
Posted 4/11/19, 02:18 pm

At the start of each episode of the new NBC drama The Enemy Within, the show flashes an audacious announcement: An estimated 100,000 foreign spies work within U.S. borders, it claims. These “enemies within” have infiltrated the everyday lives of average Americans—one could be sitting on a morning commuter train or managing a local storage unit. While it’s unclear whether the statistic is true, the first few episodes of The Enemy Within try hard to hook viewers by building up paranoia around this tension.

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A richer Les Mis

Television | Format allows PBS series to delve deep into Victor Hugo’s famous characters
by Megan Basham
Posted 4/11/19, 01:41 pm

Over the past decade, in the so-called Golden Age of Television, PBS has more than held its own against behemoth streaming services and big networks. It’s scored massive ratings with Downton Abbey, Victoria, and Sherlock, as well as critical acclaim with Broadchurch and Call the Midwife. If the reaction of U.K. critics and audiences is anything to go by, its latest partnership with the BBC, an expansive, glittering adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel Les Misérables, seems poised to carry on the winning streak. 

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