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Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post) and Kevin Fallon (The Daily Beast)

On Critic Proof, Alyssa and Kevin Fallon talk about TV and movies. They begin by reviewing Skyfall, the new James Bond movie, and noting how the villain Silva (played by Javier Bardem) uses his sexuality against Bond. Alyssa and Kevin disagree on whether The Avengers is art, but agree that action movies are getting better. Looking ahead to the Oscars, they predict that many of their favorite movies, like The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Red Hook Summer, will go unmentioned. They close by anticipating the death of drama on network television, and urging everyone to watch Nashville on ABC. (Contains spoilers)

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Recorded:Dec 31    Posted:Nov 18, 2012
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Critic Proof | Nov 18, 2012 | Alyssa Rosenberg & Kevin Fallon

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