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if you’re missing Enlightened with Mike White and Laura Dern, watch YEAR OF THE DOG

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Year of the Dog [2007]
Starring: Molly Shannon, Laura Dern, Peter Saarsgard, John C. Reilly
Written and directed by: Mike White

now available on Netflix instant

In this touching and surprisingly sensitive film, an emotionally distant woman who has been living her life in a paint-by-numbers manner, suddenly, through a tragic event, begins to learn to let go and live by her own choices and for her own happiness. She has been one of those satisfied people all along. You know the type: okay job, decent car, a few friends, dinner and television at night, a beloved pet for company. An adequate, predictable, ordinary existence.

For years Peggy has held in her true feelings (theatrically-trained Molly Shannon shows enormous depth and range in this role) and suddenly explodes when her dog dies from poison. She looks the other way at work when her boss is inappropriate; she takes it from her uptight sister-in-law (a wonderfully over-the-top neurotic, yuppie Dern) and generally never makes waves.

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Now Peggy exhibits all signs of the classic late bloomer. It is not too late for her to lead the life she’s always wanted to lead. She attacks her gun-toting neighbor (John C. Reilly), espouses the benefits of vegetarianism to her niece and adopts every dog in the pound. She also develops a friendship with a dog trainer (Saarsgard) and finds there’s more to her life than going to work every day. White has written an illuminating film about loneliness, desperation and the need to belong. It is a lovely, rewarding little treasure.

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STEELE Picks: Best Television Series of 2013

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Enlightened
created by: Laura Dern, Mike White
starring: Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Mike White, Sarah Burns, Luke Wilson

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Orange is the New Black
created by: Jenji Kohan
based on the memoir by: Piper Kerman
starring: Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Kate Mulgrew, Uzo Aduba, Laverne Cox, Alysia Reiner, Laura Prepon, Dascha Polanco, Jason Biggs, Matt McGorry

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House of Cards
starring: Kevin Spacey, Michael Gill, Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Constance Zimmer, Corey Stoll

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Mad Men
created by: Matthew Weiner
starring: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, John Slattery, January Jones, Aaron Staton, Kiernan Shipka, Christina Hendricks

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Reign
created by:Laurie McCarthy, Stephanie Sengupta
starring: Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows, Torrance Coombs, Toby Regbo, Caitlin Stasey

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Top of the Lake
written by: Jane Campion, Gerard Lee
directed by: Jane Campion
starring: Elisabeth Moss, Thomas M. Wright, Peter Mullan, Holly Hunter

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GIRLS
created by: Lena Dunham
starring: Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet

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Downton Abbey
created by: Julian Fellowes
starring: Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, Joanne Froggatt, Rob James-Collier, Maggie Smith

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Treme
created by: Eric Overmyer, David Simon
starring: Khandi Alexander, Melissa Leo, Clarke Peters, Wendell Pierce, Kim Dickens, Steve Zahn, India Ennenga, Lucia Micarelli

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The Carrie Diaries
starring: AnnaSophia Robb, Austin Butler, Katie Findlay

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Call the Midwife
created by: Heidi Thomas
starring: Jessica Raine, Bryony Hannah, Helen George, Vanessa Redgrave, Judy Parfitt

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The Mindy Project
created by: Mindy Kaling
starring: Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina, Ed Weeks

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Trophy Wife
created by: Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins
starring: Malin Akerman, Bradley Whitford, Marcia Gay Harden, Michaela Watkins, Natalie Morales, Bailee Madison, Ryan Lee, Albert Tsai

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The Fall
created by: Allan Cubitt
starring: Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, Niamh McGrady, John Lynch

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Justified
starring: Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Erica Tazel

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VEEP
created by: Armando Iannucci
starring: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale

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