Chris Packham

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  • 5 months ago | Film and TV

    In 2004, I worked at a bar in Kansas City's River Market district. One night, a woman handed me her credit card to pay her tab; I looked at it and said, "Ha ha. Your name is Monica Ross!" She made a big, exasperated noise and dropped her forehead ...

  • Though it does ultimately get around to relating the origin of the chicken dish named for the 18th-century Chinese general, most of The Search for General Tso is a breezy survey of the history of Chinese-American cuisine. Opening with the...

  • 11 months ago | Film Reviews

    With his stately drawl, Morgan Freeman has narrated nonfiction documentaries about penguins, slavery, the lemurs of Madagascar, ancient Egyptian pharaohs, and the expansion of the universe. His is a voice of authority tempered by warmth and wisdom...

  • "This is the first generation that is expected to live shorter lives than their parents," says Katie Couric, the narrator of Fed Up. It's an infuriating statement given both the preventability of that outcome and the institutional...

  • 1 year ago | Film Reviews

    "This is the first generation that is expected to live shorter lives than their parents,” says Katie Couric, the narrator of Fed Up. It’s an infuriating statement given both the preventability of that outcome and the institutional oppo...

  • Bears is ridiculously old-fashioned in a good way, a throwback to the Disney nature films of the 1950s, with scenic vistas, animals fighting and frolicking, and deep-zoom shots of cute bears snuffling around for clams in shoreline mud...