Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson in the TV series 'Person of Interest'

‘Person of Interest: Season Four’ on Netflix

Person of Interest is one of my favorite shows currently on a broadcast network, and after four years it has managed to keep its high-concept premise—a covert homeland security surveillance program identifies potential murders that a private team of operatives attempt to stop—in focus while expanding the series with characters strong and consistently interesting and […]

Bernadette Lafont, Stephane Audran, and Clotilde Joano in Claude Chabrol's 'Les Bonnes Femmes'

‘Les Bonnes Femmes’ on Amazon Prime

The “bonnes femmes” of Claude Chabrol’s Les Bonnes Femmes (1960) are four shopgirls at a small appliance store in Paris. Good time girl Bernadette Lafont spends her nights in empty flirtations with boorish womanizers, social climbing Lucile Saint-Simon withers under the disdainful gaze of her boyfriend’s haughty parents, seemingly confident Stephane Audran secretly follows her […]

Jon Hamm in 'Black Mirror: White Christmas'

What to watch: ‘Black Mirror: White Christmas’ is a cynical holiday special on Netflix

Don’t expect any holiday cheer from Black Mirror: White Christmas, a Christmas story from the dark British series about technology bringing out the worst human impulses. But if you are looking for a shot of cynicism to counter the seasonal spirit, this clever anthology of three stories with a science fiction twist should fit the […]

Kris Kringle in 'Santa Claus is Comin' to Town,' a Rankin and Bass TV special

Santa, Rudolph, and Frosty: Beloved Christmas specials on Amazon Prime

For big kids of certain age, it wasn’t really Christmas until all those silly Christmas specials produced by Rankin& Bass, usually with stop motion animation that looked like toy rooms come to life but sometimes with more traditional hand-drawn animation, started showing up on prime time TV. Sure, A Charlie Brown Christmas and the original […]