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The best movies and TV shows coming to Amazon, iTunes, Hulu, and more in March

There are big movie titles like Quentin Tarantino's latest, "The Hateful Eight," as well as Jennifer Lawrence's final time as Katniss Everdeen, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2."<p>And on the TV side there's Aaron Paul's new show on HULU, "The Path," and the latest season of "Louie" is on Amazon.<p>…

Is the 4% Rule of Retirement Still Good Advice?

Image source: Getty Images.<p>Making sure the income you will count on from your retirement savings is sustainable is one of the most important steps people should take. And one common method that people have used for the past 25 years or so is the "4% rule." However, some question whether the 4% rule …

HBO, Showtime & Amazon Prime Options for iPhone, iPad & Apple TV

As we move further into the era of cord-cutting, with streaming replacing cable TV, some of the options can get a bit confusing. HBO, for example, offers both HBO Go and HBO Now. Showtime has both a Showtime app and a Showtime Anytime app. Amazon Prime is also a popular service for streaming movies …

The Accidental Spectator’s Guide to Improving Sports

I did not grow up watching sports. My family did not gather around the television for the “big game.” Since reaching adulthood, however, I have watched, or rather been in the room while other people have watched, countless hours of throwing, catching, and flopping. For this I blame my husband, who, …

The Actor Who Plays The 'True Detective' Killer Has Been On 3 Other HBO Shows

<b>Warning: If you haven't seen the "True Detective" season finale, there are spoilers ahead.</b><p>Childress is played by Glenn Fleshler.<p>If the actor looks familiar, it's because this isn't Fleshler's first time on the network.<p>We took a quick scan through his previous roles and noticed he's been on a few …

Your TV Series Finale Sucks (Even Though It Probably Doesn't)

The HBO series “True Detective” on Sunday night finished its eight-episode arc exploring the partnership between one Detective Rustin Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Detective Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson). What’s remarkable is just how popular the show became in such a short time -– becoming …

Watch All The 'True Detective' Mashups You May Have Missed, Why Don't You?

<i>True Detective</i> may have wrapped up Sunday night, but that doesn’t mean the mashups can’t go on! Previously, you may have seen the <i>Tango & Cash</i> mashup, the <i>Game of Thrones</i> Red Wedding mashup, the <i>Star Wars</i> mashup, the <i>Magic Mike</i> mashup, and even the <i>Law & Order</i> mashup.<p>Monday’s late night brought us a …

Resurrection Bosses: The Dead's Return Is Not About "Why," But "What If?"

Landon Gimenez and Omar Epps<p>ABC's <i>Resurrection</i> sees dead people come alive again, but it's not related to <i>The Returned</i>. Except it is.<p>The drama, which …

'Resurrection' Showrunners Put Focus on Humanity Over Sci-Fi

"It's not aliens and makeup like on 'Star Trek' but it's using it with very grounded real people and having them react to what's happening in their …

Science Fiction

Resurrection Series Premiere Review: Somewhat Alive

Yes, SundanceTV's French import <i>The Returned</i> is much better than ABC's new-but-similar series <i>Resurrection</i>, and I bet pretty much every <i>Resurrection</i> …

Your Comprehensive Guide to Re-Watching ‘True Detective’: Episodes 5-7

Yesterday, we re-watched (and wrote way too much about) Episodes 1-4 of <i>True Detective</i> in preparation for Sunday’s season finale, and today we’re …

While the World Watched: The 1944 Warsaw Uprising

A masterful new history tells the story of the doomed 1944 Warsaw uprising as no other book yet has writes Ilana Bet-El—and the contemporary …

The Exhausting Emotional Violence of August: Osage County

The film adaptation of Tracy Letts's award-winning dysfunctional-family play largely skips the "comedy" part of "dark comedy."<p>Earlier this year, when the film adaptation of Tracy Letts’s dysfunctional-family stage drama <i>August: Osage County</i> premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, …

The Best Movies of 2013

The Atlantic's film critic picks the top titles—and doles out some less-conventional awards.<p>2013 was a tremendous year for film—the best, I think, since 2007 (<i>No Country</i>, <i>There Will Be Blood</i>, <i>Juno</i>, <i>Zodiac</i>, <i>Assassination of Jesse James</i>, etc.). The summer may have been a bummer, featuring such …

The Coen Brothers' Subtle Politics

The Inside Llewyn Davis directors rarely depict the political process, but their portrayals of working-class characters struggling to get by does highlight a certain set of beliefs.<p>From gray city streets to the dingy basement clubs where singers with names like Dylan, Baez, and Seeger got their …

Deeper “Inside Llewyn Davis”

It’s apt that the Coen brothers have taken on the world of folk music in “Inside Llewyn Davis,” because there’s something folk-like about their entire body of work. Their principle genre is the tall tale, the story that has come down orally and that grows into its heroic or mock-heroic dimensions …

The Best Movies of the Year

Does a movie have to be “important” to be great? Does it have to deal with socially resonant themes, or a great national event, or a disintegrating American family? “American Hustle” is the best movie of the year, but is it important? The plot jumps off from real-world corruption and an F.B.I. …

Sh*t My Dad Says

• <b>Author:</b> Justin Halpern<p>“This book is ridiculously hilarious, and makes my father look like a normal member of society.”<br>—Chelsea Handler<p>“Read this unless you’re allergic to laughing.”<br>—Kristen Bell<p>“If you’re wondering if there is a real man behind the quotes on Twitter, the answer is a definite and …

Killing Jesus

• <b>Author:</b> Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard<p><b>Millions of readers have thrilled to bestselling authors Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, page-turning works of nonfiction that have changed the way we read history.</b><p>Now the iconic anchor of <i>The O'Reilly Factor</i> …

Showtime

• <b>Author:</b> Jeff Pearlman<p><b>The New York Times bestselling author of Sweetness delivers the first all-encompassing account of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers, one of professional sports</b><b>’ most-revered</b>—<b>and dominant</b>—<b>dynasties.</b><p>The Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s personified the flamboyance and excess of the …

I Can See Clearly Now

• <b>Author:</b> Dr. Wayne W. Dyer<p>For many years, <b>Dr. Wayne W. Dyer</b>'s fans have wondered when he would write a memoir. Well, after four decades as a teacher of self-empowerment and the best-selling author of more than 40 books, Wayne has finally done just that! However, he has written it in a way that only …

Philomena

• <b>Author:</b> Martin Sixsmith & Dame Judi Dench<p><b>New York Times Bestseller</b><p><b>The heartbreaking true story of an Irishwoman and the secret she kept for 50 years</b><p>When she became pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to a convent to be looked after as a “fallen woman.” Then the nuns …

Is this a golden age of catching?

Watching baseball in the present day, it's very difficult to predict how this era will be seen in the years to come. When the "Steroid Era" was …

How has sabermetrics changed baseball?

In 2001, Voros McCracken published one of the most seminal theories in the relatively short history of sabermetrics. His article, <i>Pitching and</i> …

Are innings limits outdated?

It seems like every time a young promising starter is brought up, there will always be a discussion on how many innings he can go for. It's an age …

How well do umpires call pitches?

I wrote a post last week on how often pitchers gets calls on pitches outside the strike zone. It had far too many moving parts, but the idea still …

Hitting for power and making contact

Just a couple weeks ago, I wrote here at <i>Beyond the Box Score</i> about Edwin Encarnacion and how he is an unusual commodity in Major League Baseball—a …

What are the Yankees and Mariners doing?

The New York Yankees and the Seattle Mariners. The team Robinson Cano played nine seasons for and the team for which he'll make $240 million. Between …

Comparing Triple-A BB and K rates to MLB

Introduction<p>As I began my series of correlating prospect walk and strike ratios to future hitting success, a question arose from Carson Cistulli. How …