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Spoor is a pulpy murder story that's also a utopian fable about feminism, social justice and ecology. The film, which was released in 2017, is newly available for streaming on The Brattle. Courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films hide caption

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Polish Thriller 'Spoor' Is A Pulpy Murder Story — And A Utopian Fable

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'The Liar's Dictionary' Is A Clever Delight For Language Lovers

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Maud (Glenda Jackson) is haunted by two mysteries in the television film Elizabeth is Missing, based on a novel by Emma Healey. Marsaili Mainz/Courtesy of STV Productions hide caption

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Dementia Complicates The Search For 2 Lost Women In 'Elizabeth Is Missing'

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Micheal Ward and Amarah-Jae St. Aubyn are strangers who connect on the dance floor in Lovers Rock. Parisa Taghizadeh/Amazon Prime Video hide caption

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'Fresh Air' Critic Revisits The TV, Books And Movies That Helped Ease Lockdown

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'Collective' Chronicles The Nightclub Fire — And Corrupt System — That Killed 64

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Emma Corrin plays Princess Diana in the latest season of The Crown. Des Willie/Netflix hide caption

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Season 4 Of 'The Crown' Introduces Princess Diana — And More Juicy Drama

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'The Queen's Gambit' Centers On The Kind Of Chess Prodigy We Seldom See

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HBO's David Byrne's American Utopia captures a live performance of Byrne's acclaimed Broadway show. David Lee/HBO hide caption

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David Byrne And Spike Lee Conjure Up A Joyous Vision Of 'American Utopia'

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Niv Sultan stars as a tech-savvy Mossad agent trying to escape Iran in the eight-part spy thriller Tehran. Apple TV+ hide caption

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An Israeli Agent Finds Herself Stranded In 'Tehran' In A Gripping New Spy Series

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The new documentary Coup 53 tells the backstory of the ouster of Mohammad Mosaddegh, Iran's elected prime minister. Amirani Media hide caption

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'Coup 53' Tells The Story Of A 1953 Campaign By MI6 And The CIA To Oust Iran's Leader

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'Luster' Combines Nicely Tailored Prose With A Stinging Sense Of Humor

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Zadie Smith Hopscotches From The Personal To The Political In 'Intimations'

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Groundbreaking 'Old Guard' Expands The Possibilities Of The Superhero Genre

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Addictively Suspenseful Thriller Series 'The Bureau' Will Keep You On Edge

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Reissue Of 'The End of Me' Helps Cement Alfred Hayes' Status As A Great Novelist

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