Streaming This Week
The suspenseful drama Flight, starring Denzel Washington (a role for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe) has just been released to Netflix. If you feel like taking it back to high school, you can watch the iconic '80s film Say Anything, with John Cusack. For a subtle family drama, check out October Sky with young Jake Gyllenhaal. And for some historical mystery, try The Bletchley Circle, a drama series about four code-cracking women who solve murder mysteries after World War II.
The bad guys have rarely looked so good. Critics and fans are praising The Blacklist, yet another criminal-centric drama similar to Silence of the Lambs, but a bit lighter and less gruesome. Slate's Willa Paskin says, "The Blacklist is aware of the morally complex protagonists who have come before it in the golden age of the antihero, but it is not burdened by grandiose ambitions: It's pure pop." Not to mention James Spader is this show's antihero, and he delivers on the wicked genius role. Time Magazine's James Poniewozik calls Spader "delectably hammy," and says that "he lets the audience enjoy his own sheer enjoyment of playing the outsize role, with every droll one-liner and cultivated sneer."
"When you're fighting for God, souls are at stake." That doesn't sound like a tagline of Extreme Makeover turned church rescue mission, but there you have it. National Geographic's new reality show Church Hoppers is about three hosts trying to help struggling churches fix institutional problems and possibly redirect themselves. "Running a church takes more than faith, and even the holiest of institutions can fall victim to harsh ...1
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