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#1 Feb 24, 2013
[b][url=http://watchbeautifulc /]Watch Beautiful Creatures Online[/url][/b]: The atmosphere of minor-key dread continues as the younger woman, Ruth Gilmartin — played by Michelle Dockery, the star-crossed Lady Mary of “Downton Abbey”— arrives to find her mother, Sally (Charlotte Rampling), in an agitated state, scanning the tree line for intruders with an antique telescope. In very short order — which is also how it happens in William Boyd’s novel “Restless,” which he adapted for this mini-series — a disbelieving Ruth discovers that her mother is in fact Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian refugee who became a British agent during World War II and for a few years lived a life of intrigue and danger. Now, Eva fears, the chickens hatched during her days in the secret service have come home to roost in those trees.

[b][url=http://watchdiehard5on]Watch A Good Day To Die Hard Online[/url][/b]: All of that happens within the first 10 minutes of “Restless,” which begins on Friday night (and concludes next Friday) on the Sundance Channel. Unfortunately, the three hours of the show, while they include chases, sexual entrapment, grisly murders and lots of spycraft, never exceed the tension in those quiet opening scenes. Mr. Boyd and the director, Edward Hall (“MI-5,”“Strike Back”), have turned an entertaining and suspenseful novel into a surprisingly ordinary television production. This is not the fault of the central actresses, and “Restless” is actually quite easy to sit through because at least one or two of them are nearly always on screen.

[b][url=http://watchblessmeult]W atch Bless Me Ultima Online[/url][/b]: In the opening, Eva hands Ruth a typewritten memoir of her spying days, which took place largely in America, where she was part of a fake news agency that planted anti-German propaganda in an attempt to move the United States toward entering the war. The show then shuttles between present and past, with the young Eva played by Hayley Atwell (the love interest in “Captain America: The First Avenger”). It’s Ms. Atwell’s show most of the time, and she skillfully gets across Eva’s intrepidness — her delight in her newfound skills combined with her constant sense of being overwhelmed by situations she never imagined.

[b][url=http://watchsnitchonli]Watch Snitch Online[/url][/b]: It isn’t easy to reconcile the plucky but relatively one-dimensional (and very British-seeming) young Eva with the world-weary, grave character played by Ms. Rampling, who is effortlessly believable as a Russian émigré with a dark past — it’s as if Jennifer Garner grew up to be Marlene Dietrich. The two story lines feel, in general, as if they’re in different shows, and the metamorphosis of Rufus Sewell, as the young Eva’s spymaster and lover, into the more sinister Michael Gambon isn’t that convincing either. But the disparities aren’t very bothersome, partly because the stakes never feel that high. Mr. Hall’s unimaginative direction and the show’s lulling, pedestrian rhythms forestall any danger of being truly engaged with either plot.

[b][url= /p/android/issues/detail?id=44 164]Watch Breaking Dawn Part 2 Online[/url][/b]: He handles the occasional action scene with some grace, but Mr. Boyd writes a cerebral spy story — mostly advanced by phone calls, assignations and office conversation — and Mr. Hall doesn’t show a knack for making those quotidian scenes suspenseful. Still, devout fans of the British espionage thriller or the British cozy mystery may find themselves perfectly happy with “Restless.” Mr. Boyd’s understated script is free of hackneyed dialogue or florid emotion (no surprise), and there are niceties of language — strategically repeated phrases, Ruth’s wavering forms of address to her mother — that you don’t expect in a mini-series. And Ms.

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