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Of the same ‘Mind’ in gripping Netflix thriller

Director/producer David Fincher has often displayed more interest in “whydunnit” than “whodunnit” in films from “Zodiac” to “Gone Girl,” and that search for motivation extends far beyond psychological [Read entire story]

Yet more Marvels in an endless TV lineup of them

Here are two shows no one needed to make and no one needs to see: “Wisdom of the Crowd,” a CBS show with a terrible title and Jeremy Piven, and Fox’s “The Gifted,” useful in the mounting evidence attesting to [Read entire story]

‘Young Sheldon’ tops parade of new CBS comedies

CBS is lucky to have “The Big Bang Theory,” because it is such a ratings stalwart, the network can move it almost anywhere and viewers will follow. The show has been shifted around so much, it should be on roller [Read entire story]

‘Vietnam War’: Powerful, flawed and necessary

For what? Nearly 60,000 Americans and more than a million Vietnamese died. All told, the U.S. spent more than a trillion dollars on what every president since Dwight Eisenhower said privately was a [Read entire story]

HBO’s ‘The Deuce’ is aces

There is a lot of sex in “The Deuce,” the highly anticipated HBO series from David Simon and novelist George Pelecanos. But in almost no time, the parade of male and female nudity and the gritty urban kama sutra [Read entire story]

TV doc makes case for Scott Peterson’s innocence

A massive search, bolstered by members of the tight-knit Modesto community, was organized while police investigated. The case had already become that perverse modern-day form of “entertainment” we call a media [Read entire story]

Day at the beach turns dark in USA’s’ ‘Sinner’

Cora Tannetti is a young wife and mother living what seems like an ordinary life, working for husband Mason’s (Christopher Abbott) company. And then her life explodes when she commits a seemingly random act of violence [Read entire story]

Gripping drama tells little known part of ‘Unabomber’ story

Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald (Sam Worthington) was a low-level FBI profiler who had spent many years as a beat cop before he signed on for training at Quantico. Fitz doesn’t get a lot of respect from colleagues like team [Read entire story]

Amazon’s ‘Tycoon’ tries to be ’30’s ‘Mad Men’

Just distilling plot is an automatic disservice and missed opportunity. For the purists, the Amazon series takes considerable liberties with the novel, which was assembled from notes first in 1941 by Edmund Wilson and [Read entire story]

HBO film reveals the unknown ‘Diana’

The film, premiering Monday, July 24, on HBO is likely to be the most important hour of the anticipated saturation TV coverage of the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. The film, produced and [Read entire story]

Check into ‘Room 104’ and find your world upended

Premiering on HBO on Friday, July 28, “Room 104” comprises a series of stand-alone vignettes, all set in the same motel room but with different characters. HBO made six episodes available to critics, but in no [Read entire story]

Nastiness has never been more fun to watch than in ‘Ozark’

Shows such as “The Sopranos,” “The Wire” and the sainted “Breaking Bad” have raised a cynical view of humanity to new heights in recent years. [...] for all their bleakness, those three series have nothing [Read entire story]

Happy ending for anxious ‘Descendants’ fans

The original TV film “The Descendants” was a huge hit for the Disney Channel, pulling in more than 12 million viewers when it premiered in 2015. In the past year especially, Disney strategically built audience [Read entire story]

Happy ending for anxious ‘Descendants’ fans

The original TV film “The Descendants” was a huge hit for the Disney Channel, pulling in more than 12 million viewers when it premiered in 2015. In the past year especially, Disney strategically built audience [Read entire story]

Who got snubbed, who didn’t deserve their Emmy nods?

The drama series category included five first-timers: “Better Call Saul,” The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, “House of Cards,” “Stranger Things,” “This Is Us,” and “Westworld.” While the NBC Peacock [Read entire story]

There’s nothing like a Dane — Barbara at 90

Barbara Dane will celebrate her 90th birthday with a special show at SFJazz on Thursday, July 13, with ample evidence of why she’s reached the status of living legend. Dane arrived in the Bay Area at the end of the [Read entire story]

Russell has Harlem on her mind at SFJazz

The sublime vocalist Catherine Russell has “Harlem on My Mind,” the title of her latest album and the theme of her performance on Saturday, July 15, at SFJazz. The program, of course, will focus on music from the [Read entire story]

With ‘Friends’ like these, change the channel

“Friends From College,” a new Netflix show that wastes a great cast, makes me wish there was a rating system to rank the levels of annoyance in TV shows. [...] the college is Harvard, which is a wonderful [Read entire story]

Asteroid threatens Earth in mildly entertaining ‘Salvation’

Hey, did you hear? A giant asteroid is about to strike the Earth and we’ll all be blown to smithereens. Nonetheless, if Hollywood keeps making and remaking shows about impending doom and the noble efforts of mere [Read entire story]

Not quite ‘Bold’ enough, but still beautiful

The strategy has resulted in shows such as “The Fosters” and “Pretty Little Liars” that appeal to a younger adult demographic, because if they don’t precisely see their own lives reflected in characters and [Read entire story]