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The Spoils of Babylon

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The Spoils of Babylon Review: Epic Nonsense Starring Tobey Maguire & Kristen Wiig 

UpdatePosted 01/09/2014 09:30PM

The Spoils of Babylon Review: Epic Nonsense Starring Tobey Maguire & Kristen Wiig 

Originally posted 01/09/2014 02:40PM

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The Spoils of Babylon, premiering Thursday on IFC (10 p.m. ET/PT) and produced by Funny or Die, is more correctly titled – with a significant loss of magnificent pretentiousness – Eric Jonrosh's The Spoils of Babylon.

It also bills itself as an “epic television event,” but in truth boils down to a mere six half-hour episodes.

And although Babylon boasts a cast that starts somewhere in the A-list (Tobey Maguire, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell), it stoops a little to accommodate a few highly respectable character actors (Tim Robbins, Michael Sheen). Then it improbably winds down to Haley Joel Osment, the former child star of The Sixth Sense, and Val Kilmer.

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