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Stand up guy: ‘Crashing’ is a pleasant, if familiar, sitcom

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent By now, TV audiences are familiar with the autobiographical standup-comic sitcom. “Seinfeld,” “Louie,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Master of None,” “Mulaney” — it’s been done to death….

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Punching down: Netflix’s ‘Iron Fist’ is a rare miss for Marvel

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent I was going to try to finish the entire season of “Iron Fist” before writing this review, but after several episodes, I’m unsure when or if…

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Finding the humanity in ‘Sweeney Todd’

By Janelle Faignant THE ARTS The dark and rainy streets of London make the perfect setting for Stephen Sondheim’s haunting tale of revenge, “Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet…

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Head games: ‘Legion’ is a different kind of comic book adaptation

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent When I first heard Noah Hawley was developing a TV series based on the X-Men comics character Legion, I was more than a little excited. Hawley’s…

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Bluegrass Gospel Project says farewell

By Art Edelstein THE ARTS A band that originally formed for a single concert but then went on to a 16-year career, including seven albums, is calling it quits. The…

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X marks the spot: ‘Logan’ is a gritty, moving triumph of superhero moviemaking

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent When Hugh Jackman was cast as Wolverine, fans were skeptical that the jaunty Aussie actor could cut it as the gruff, clawin’ and brawlin’ X-Man. Nearly…

Everyday people: ‘Powerless’ fails to take flight

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent I’m a sucker for meta humor — the type of self-aware, fourth-wall-breaking jokes that comment on what I’m watching. I’m also a fan of stories that…

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Leahy & MacMaster: Marriage of fiddles and love

Janelle Faignant THE ARTS Even though they’ve been playing music all their lives and have been married for over a decade, fiddle stars Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy never recorded…

You are what you eat: ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ is a charming, dark comedy

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent I’ll be honest, at this point I’m pretty much over the zombie genre. “The Walking Dead,” with all its crushing nihilism and gratuitous violence has sucked…

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The audacity of pope: ‘The Young Pope’ is an unexpected, confounding treat

By Jim Sabataso Correspondent I don’t know what to make of “The Young Pope.” The new Paolo Sorrentino series starring Jude Law premiered on HBO last month amid much ribbing…