Book Review

A ‘Pemberley’ that’s less than the sum of its parts

Matthew Rhys as Fitzwilliam Darcy in “Death Comes to Pemberley.”

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The two-part “Death Comes to Pemberley” is thoroughly and frustratingly middling.

Television Review

// ‘Constantine’ blazes a tale

NBC’s new supernatural drama is based on the popular DC comic “Hellblazer.”


// ‘Transparent’ is transcendent

Perhaps not since “Six Feet Under” has there been such a richly detailed, emotionally honest portrait of adult children and their parents on TV.

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Where gamers and a Grecian urn might meet

“Elegy for a Dead World” — set to be released early next year — stands out because it breaks most of the rules of what we think of as a “game.”

Critic’s picks: Television

Matthew Gilbert’s TV guide for the upcoming week.


How police recordings became a sub-genre of Internet video

Police recordings are everywhere online, and their purposes are manifold.

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From a pentitent Bono to the Snappening

If it’s a trend, a clip, a comment, a meme, a tag, or a topic, it’s a thing. A review of the week in things.

// A nod to Marathon first responders on ‘Top Chef’

This week’s episode had contestants cooking for emergency responders at the Boston Marathon bombing.

television review

‘Big Driver’ on the road to nowhere

The Lifetime movie is based on a Stephen King story from the 2010 collection “Full Dark, No Stars,” and it’s too simple and straightforward for its own good.

// Neil Patrick Harris announces he’ll host 2015 Oscars

The 41-year-old Harris has hosted Broadway’s Tony Awards four times and TV’s Primetime Emmy Awards twice.

Television review

‘Marry Me’ a decent proposal

For anyone still lamenting the loss of the fizzy, frenetic friendship comedy “Happy Endings,” “Marry Me” might help fill the gap.

Television Review

‘Jane the Virgin’: An unexpected twist

“Jane the Virgin,” is a show that, with good humor and intelligence, respectfully follows a woman’s journey into the unexpected and unknown.

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// ‘Top Chef: Boston’ opener offers surprises

Minutes into the opening episode of the Boston-set season 12, we had the first victim of the sudden-death Quickfire challenge.

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// Plenty of local chefs, landmarks on ‘Top Chef: Boston’

There weren’t too many Red Sox comments, accent jokes, or Beantown references, so the first episode was a success.

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// Critic’s corner: What’s on TV this weekend

Matthew Gilbert’s picks for what to watch, including “Homeland” (left) and “The Birds.”

Fall Arts Preview

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// Fall arts offerings

Play revisits a polarizing New England figure, Cambridge dance centers go for a spin, plus critics’ picks.

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Game On

Coding your own adventure with ‘Hack ’n’ Slash’

The player has access to some of the same tools as the developer, and can decide how challenging certain situations are going to be.