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TV Rundown: March 23 - 28: 'Bates Motel' Hits a Sad Note

Saddest Character: Dylan (Max Thieriot), Bates Motel: After the reveal of his true parentage, Dylan's downward spiral was to be expected. What “Bates Motel” brilliantly delivered this week was the tragic notion of what that means for him as a person. It also brought about numerous implications in his already troubled relationship with Norma (Vera Farmiga) and after their explosive encounter at the end of the episode it seemed to have torn them apart for good. 

Thieriot's portrayal hit all of the right notes in a searing turn that was understated, personifying the imploding heartbreak. How “Bates” handles its ruminations on mother-son relationships continues to be fascinating. In the end, the show seems to be about just that, a mother and her two very different relationships with her sons and it is highly compelling.

Best New Character: Stevie (Gail O’Grady), Revenge: Lifetime Movie heroine Gail O'Grady is tearing it up as the conflicted antithesis to the icy Victoria (Madeleine Stowe). The show has typically struggled with the introduction of new characters and they finally have one that works.

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Movie Review: 'American Hustle' (2013)

There are so many lessons to be gleaned from this smattered together, critically adored, hot mess express. Loosely based on the true events of the 1970’s Abscam scandal, “American Hustle” looks the part of a decadent period piece complete with exquisite costuming, sensational acting talent and the gifts of a director who has been struggling to capture the magic he made in “Three Kings.” 

Director David O. Russell’s follow-up to the personally underwhelming “Silver Linings Playbook” follows in its overrated footsteps by keeping the glorious soundtrack of the 70’s loud and a coherent plot relatively silent.

Best New Movie Bets: March 28 | 'Noah', 'Sabotage' & more

"Noah" starring Russell Crowe

Darren Aronofsky is back with his first film since the Oscar winning “Black Swan”. This time he’s tackling a greater lightning rod than the cutthroat underworld of ballet dancers, the Biblical story of Noah. The film has been falsely advertised as a Biblical epic which it is not even close to being.

Aronofsky is no stranger to depicting spirituality on film as he wrote and directed the breathtaking “The Fountain” which was a meditation on life and death, set against the backdrop of the Tree of Life. As with that film and all other Aronofsky creations, this movie is intense and thematically dark. It would be strongly advised that kids steer clear of it.

The behind the camera information that might be interesting to note is that “Noah” reunites Jennifer Connelly with Aronofsky for the first time since he directed her in “Requiem for a Dream”. Meanwhile, rising star Logan Lerman has a multiple co-star reunion having starred with Connelly in “Stuck in Love”, Russell Crowe in “3:10 to Yuma” and Emma Watson in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”. The controversy poised to envelop “Noah” could very well flood any of these trivial tidbits though.

Movie Review: 'Frozen' (2013)

Frozen Elsa Anna Disney
Disney's smash-hit animation is a trek back to feminine fantasy with an adult-oriented twist that captures several metaphors in a powerfully playful way. “Frozen” is a rift off of Hans Christian Andersons’ classic “The Snow Queen,” where the only remaining strand resembling Anderson’s original story is the inclusion of magical trolls and of course, an ice-blasting royal.