Hannibal – “The Number of the Beast Is 666” (NBC)

The penultimate chapter of Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal (leading into “The Wrath of the Lamb,” screening immediately afterward) is a great example of how to make a setup as engrossing and powerful as the finale’s cathartic payoff; it puts in motion the climactic battle between Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), FBI profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and rival serial […]

The Girlfriend Experience – “Separation” (Starz)

The most narratively complex single episode of an ongoing series since the hero of Louie went to China, this alternately unnerving, baffling and hilarious half-hour of The Girlfriend Experience works as a psychological X-ray of the show’s heroine, escort Christine (Riley Keough); a play within a play; and a meditation on voyeurism, exhibitionism, sex, and […]

Underground – “Minty” (WGN America)

Thanks to all the friends and fans of Underground for their support of the series.  Unfortunately, Thursday’s panel will not be presented, and we will provide refunds upon request. Refunds are only possible before close of business on June 8, not at any later time. Refunds can be processed in person at the IFC Center box […]

Hannibal – “The Wrath of the Lamb” (NBC)

A special theatrical screening of the finale of NBC’s “Hannibal,” a nightmare fantasy from Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) that reinterpreted Thomas Harris’ novels through the eyes of an expressionist, polymorphous sensualist. Reworking much of the plot of Harris’ Red Dragon, but in a more hallucinatory way than in earlier film versions, the finale builds to […]