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Luck, the new HBO drama created by David Milch, is about the inside world of horse racing. Gusmano Cesaretti /HBO hide caption

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In Shame, Brandon (Michael Fassbender) pursues sex not for pleasure but to fulfill a driving compulsion. Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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