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Mike Hale

Mike Hale
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
97% Preacher: Season 2 (TV, 2017) It posits a supernatural situation with moral and spiritual relevance and piles crazy, grotesque, frequently hilarious complications on top of it.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
100% The Strain: Season 4 (TV, 2017) The Strain, created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan and run by the longtime producer Carlton Cuse, is a prime example of traditional, meticulous craftsmanship and slow-building suspense.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2017
75% Hooten and the Lady: Miniseries (TV, 2016) Hooten & the Lady tries for madcap adventure but settles for mild charm.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2017
100% Broadchurch: Season 3 (TV, 2017) Broadchurch ... is distinctive for various reasons.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
50% Prime Suspect: Tennison: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Its ordinariness is reinforced by a habit of using period pop songs in the most obvious ways.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2017
No Score Yet The Story of China: Miniseries (TV, 2016) The Story of China is good entertainment, if you don't mind a little whitewashing of recent history.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2017
No Score Yet Good Witch: Season 3 (TV, 2017) Men in Good Witch aren't judged by their ability to orchestrate scams or kill zombies - they're judged by whether they can be trusted to tell a woman the truth, and whether they try hard enough to make her happy... it's a refreshing sentiment.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
78% Claws: Season 1 (TV, 2017) It's a relief when the Jekyll-and-Hyde story swings toward its dark-crime-drama side.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2017
No Score Yet Gomorrah: Season 2 (TV, 2016) The show is a brooding, propulsive, totally addictive story of rival gangster clans in modern-day Naples, shot like a Brutalist chiaroscuro nightmare.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
100% Bosch: Season 3 (TV, 2017) The first episode extends or introduces at least four distinct story lines, and it's a sign of the meticulousness with which the series is planned and plotted that one of them is being put in place for use in Season 4.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2017
93% The Americans: Season 5 - The Soviet Division (TV Episode) The Season 5 finale of The Americans this week kept it low-key. There was some excitement early on...but the primary drama was more prosaic: the rise and fall of Elizabeth and Philip's plan to take themselves and their children back to the Soviet Union.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
100% The Americans: Season 5 - The World Council of Churches (TV Episode) So much of the season has taken place in Moscow, and it seems a fair bet that that trend will continue... with this week's events promising a larger role for Mischa. I have mixed feelings about that, but if it means more Gabriel and Martha, bring it on.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
95% The Keepers: Miniseries (TV, 2017) An often fascinating and devastating experience.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
100% The Americans: Season 5 - Dyatkovo (TV Episode) The continuing disillusionment of Philip has been the season's primary arc (along with the stress of being spy-parents), but the toll on Elizabeth has been greater, really, and for one episode - or one short closing scene - the show let her waver.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
100% The Americans: Season 5 - Darkroom (TV Episode) The individual episodes continue to be excellent, though, and this one, directed by Sylvain White from a moving, economical script by Stephen Schiff, was no exception.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
100% The Americans: Season 5 - IHOP (TV Episode) Things got off to a good start in the opening credits: And Frank Langella. That wasn't even the best news: It was Frank Langella and Alison Wright, Gabriel and Martha, reunited for a doleful scene in her Moscow apartment.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted May 3, 2017
94% American Gods: Season 1 (TV, 2017) The elusive narrative threads of American Gods make a kind of structural sense... Whether you take to the show will depend on whether you're as patient as Shadow when it comes to getting a clue.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2017
91% The Americans: Season 5 - Immersion (TV Episode) I'm not minding the contemplative slow build when it's done as well as this.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
86% 13 Reasons Why: Season 1 (TV, 2017) It too often feels artificial, like a very long public service announcement.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2017
100% Mary Kills People: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Mary Kills People - that got your attention, right? - is an unusual and fairly entertaining Canadian series.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
32% Girlboss: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Truth doesn't necessarily equal drama, or in this case half-hour inspirational dramedy. It's fine that the Sophia of Girlboss isn't likable. The problem is that she isn't particularly interesting.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2017
100% The Americans: Season 5 - The Committee on Human Rights (TV Episode) If it was our last sight of Frank Langella as Gabriel, it was an agonizing reminder of how great he was in the role.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
100% The Americans: Season 5 - Crossbreed (TV Episode) Crossbreed (on the surface, a reference to hybrid wheat) extended the season's atypically peaceful vibe -- tension, without real danger. But the emotional stakes were high.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
100% Chewing Gum: Season 2 (TV, 2017) As long as she keeps covering up her insecurities with bluster, fantastic lies and some of television's funniest meltdowns, Chewing Gum will be worth a binge.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
100% The Americans: Season 5 - Lotus 1-2-3 (TV Episode) One thing seems sure: Whatever happens over the final season and a half, Philip and Elizabeth won't turn on each other.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2017
91% The Americans: Season 5 - What's the Matter with Kansas? (TV Episode) The spies clearly preferred to be back at home, watching TV or talking in bed - the episode made a clear, somewhat obvious parallel between the scenes of pretend seduction in Topeka and domestic comfort in Washington.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2017
97% Harlots: Season 1 (TV, 2017) The show's creators... set an unflagging pace in the two episodes available for review, with dialogue that's sufficiently crisp and performances that are entertaining enough to keep you interested, even if the story feels a little hollow at the core.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
29% Rebel: Season 1 (TV, 2017) This isn't your sociology professor's crime drama. It's your grandfather's, and it's dirty, guilty fun - not exactly good, on the basis of its two-hour pilot, but definitely not boring.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2017
83% Striking Out: Season 1 (TV, 2016) It's all very predictable, and predictably well acted. It's also fairly appealing, if you like the idea of a legal soap opera done in the style of a restrained British rom-com.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
100% The Americans: Season 5 - The Midges (TV Episode) There were ideas flying around in the episode about identity and the loss of self, which involved lots of long looks between Elizabeth and Philip and required them to don Western drag.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
17% Marvel's Iron Fist: Season 1 (TV, 2017) The sad thing, and perhaps the hopeful thing, about the dawdling featurelessness of the early episodes is that you can see a better show struggling to get out..Until we see the full season, we won't know whether the show manages to focus its chi.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
100% The Americans: Season 5 - Pests (TV Episode) Tuesday's episode of The Americans was quiet, dark and ominous. It was transitional - no one died, no big secrets were revealed, but uneasiness reigned.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
No Score Yet Fauda: Season 1 (TV, 2015) Fauda is a thriller, and it includes plenty of violent action, but the battles and chases have a frighteningly casual, lived-in feeling.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2017
100% The Americans: Season 5 - Amber Waves (TV Episode) Much of the episode was spent checking in on the status of the characters we know and love.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
92% Making History: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Making History won't make America great again, but it makes it a little funnier.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
67% Time After Time: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Time After Time will start out with a reservoir of good will among those fond of the 1979 Nicholas Meyer film on which it's based, and Mr. Meyer returned to write the first episode.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
35% Taken: Season 1 (TV, 2017) All you want to know, probably, is whether the TV series has the blunt effectiveness and visceral pull of the film and its sequels. It doesn't.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
No Score Yet Trapped: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Trapped is by definition slow-building and chilly, but if you have a taste for the genre, it could be a good Sunday-night alternative to NCIS: Los Angeles or Big Little Lies.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2017
92% Big Little Lies: Miniseries (TV, 2017) The real problem with Big Little Lies is that the women's stories, however well acted and artfully photographed, are just a compendium of clichés about upper-middle-class angst.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
100% The Missing: Season 2 (TV, 2016) Season 2 is the lesser in just about every way. It perks to life at the end, though... And Mr. Karyo's indomitable Baptiste, shrugging in the face of indifference and opposition, should still appeal to any Philip Marlowe fans out there.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
72% Santa Clarita Diet: Season 1 (TV, 2017) Are there enough laughs to make Santa Clarita bingeable? It's a close call. I was happy I stuck around to hear Mr. Olyphant's delivery when Joel, offering a smoothie to Sheila, says, "I found a bag of his face behind the ice cream."‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
100% The Quad: Season 1 (TV, 2017) We'll have to wait and see how Ms. Henderson and her fellow producers develop the potentially entertaining and provocative situations they've set up. In the meantime, it should be fun to watch Ms. Rose.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
62% Powerless: Season 1 (TV, 2017) It's quirky and pleasant but not terribly funny, and the comic situations are standard office sitcom.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
100% Madiba: Miniseries (TV, 2017) For all of its lackluster effect as drama, Madiba does have educational value - if you don't know Mandela's story, or the history of apartheid and its fall, there are worse ways to spend six hours than watching this digest of the highlights.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2017
No Score Yet Frontline: Season 35 - Trump's Road to the White House (TV Episode) The main reason to watch it is to relive those events and get them clear in your mind. For those opposed to, or appalled by, Mr. Trump, it's a horror film. For his supporters, it's The Sound of Music.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2017
76% Homeland: Season 6 (TV, 2017) There's something comforting about the normalcy of plot and counterplot, action and intrigue. Those have always been the series's strong points, not ideas.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
82% Victoria: Season 1 (TV, 2016) As palace-bound melodramas go, Victoria is perfectly easy to watch, as long as you don't mind that it never for a second feels as if you were watching something that could actually have taken place in the mid-19th century.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
80% Taboo: Season 1 (TV, 2017) The focus on grim portentousness and rank atmosphere keeps bogging down the story, which needed more attention to achieve the balance it seeks among gothic bodice-ripper, Heart of Darkness social tract and corporate thriller.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2017
66% Sherlock: Season 4 (TV, 2017) In the meantime, watching Sherlock is like dropping in on old friends who are as smart and sarcastic as ever but don't seem to have as much joy in their lives anymore.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2017
58% The Mick: Season 1 (TV, 2016) Without the freedom in language, tone and general obnoxiousness that FXX gives Sunny, the over-the-top situations in The Mick are less likely to make you laugh than to make you feel vaguely uncomfortable.‐ New York Times
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016