3. The Doctor (Matt Smith) plays caretaker to a mansion where Madge (Claire Skinner) and her children, Lily (Holly Earl) and Cyril (Maurice Cole), where the family takes shelter from bombing in London during WWII.
2. Madge is hiding from the kids that her husband, a pilot, was killed in action until after Christmas, and the Doctor plans to cheer up the family with a trip through a time-space portal inside a large Christmas gift but it all goes wrong when space-travelling tree harvesters show up to wipe out a forest full of trees with souls.
1. Smith is too manic in a handful of scenes, making the Doctor more irritating than mysterious or exciting, and while Skinner does an excellent job as a widow protecting her family and saving the day, the Doctor doesn’t have much to do and “The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe” falls well behind the 2010 “A Christmas Carol” as a quality yuletide “Doctor Who” offering.
Season 8, various episodes
5. Butt-head: “The Olive Garden kicks ass, too. If you leave that place hungry, you’re just stupid.”
4. Butt-head, while watching a video by indie pop band Avi Buffalo: “I think this is music for, like, white people who have never had anything bad happen to them. They decided to rebel against their parents by making even softer rock. These guys were like, ‘That music in the elevators is too balls out for us.’ If you, like, cut out all the music and then got rid all of these white people, this would make a really good screen saver.”
3. Beavis: “My favorite flavor is blue.”
2. While watching a mother wearing cleavage-revealing clothes featured in “True Life: I Have Embarrassing Parents 2:” Butt-head: “God gave her that body?” Beavis: “God’s like, ‘Don’t drag me into this.'”
1. Butt-head: “You said, ‘hard.'”
Season 1, Episode 12: “Afterbirth”
5. “American Horror Story” is the most wonderfully twisted family show ever: The season began with the Harmons, a broken family trying to heal, and ended with every member of the family dead and loving it.
3. Ben reunites with dead wife Vivien (Jessica Lange) and dead daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga) and the trio team up with old maid Moria (Frances Conroy) to scare a new family out of the house before the ghosts, including Kurt Cobain wanna-be Tate (Evan Peters), can kill them.
2. Vivien finds her stillborn child in the care of ghost Nora (Lily Rabe), the wife of the abortionist/Dr. Frankenstein Dr. Montgomery (Matt Ross) who built the house and delivered the Vivien’s twins at the cost of two-thirds of their lives, and reclaims the kid in time for the dead Harmons to settle down with Moria for a Christmas tree decorating party.
1. Constance (Jessica Lange) steals the Antichrist child to raise him and three years later the little bugger is murdering babysitters while his foster mom is out for a hair appointment and viewers, especially the General, yearn for more.
5. “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” continues director Guy Ritchie’s fusion of 21st-century special effects with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 19th century detective — a winning formula with the original, which grossed more than $524 million worldwide in 2009.
4. Robert Downey Jr. is again enjoyably pithy and arrogant as the title character, Jude Law returns as the unflappable companion Dr. Watson with cheerful aplomb and newcomer Jared Harris (of “Mad Men” fame) is excellent as Holmes’ nemesis Professor Moriarty.
3. Unlike the original, however, the cast’s considerable charms — even the addition of Noomi Rapace (the original “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”) — I was bored by the bare-knuckle brawler incarnation of Holmes and at the risk of being called a fuddy-duddy and bore, I longed for a more cerebral take on Holmes akin to to Steven Moffats’ “Sherlock” BBC miniseries that set the master detective in 2010.
2. The “bullet time” scenes with exploding tree bark were tedious and fight scenes in which Sherlock contemplates the fight in slow motion and then fights it immediately after reminded me of a Bizarro World version Fox Major League Baseball’s hideous pitch-by-pitch recaps in which the same at-bat we just saw live is instantly replayed in fast-motion.
1. That said, the cast does their best with a lukewarm offering, which is worth something, though I’m not sure if it’s the price of admission.
“Sherlock Homes: A Came of Shadows”
Time: 2 hours, 8 minutes
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, Eddie Marsan and Noomi Rapace
The General’s Grade: C