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The British TV series National Treasure (available on Hulu) features Robbie Coltrane as a beloved comedian who has been accused of sexual assault, and Julie Walters (right) and Andrea Riseborough as his wife and daughter. Joss Barratt/Hulu hide caption

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Critic's 'Ghost List' Has Books, Music And A TV Show That Deserve A Second Look

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Rachel Brosnahan plays housewife-turned-stand-up-comic Midge Maisel in Amazon's new series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Nicole Rivelli/Amazon hide caption

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Zippy And Delightful, 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Spotlights An Unlikely Comic

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'Dawn Watch' Explores The Life And Legacy Of Joseph Conrad

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'Her Body and Other Parties' Charts Dark Territory With Enormous Style

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'Battle Of The Sexes' Revisits Billie Jean King's Historic Win Against Bobby Riggs

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'Top Of The Lake: China Girl' Takes You Places Cop Shows Usually Ignore

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If You Want Groundbreaking Noir, Try Looking 'In A Lonely Place'

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Albert Brooks' 'Lost in America' Remains Piercingly Relevant 32 Years Later

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Jet-Setting Vacationers Find Trouble In Paradise In 'Beautiful Animals'

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The new Showtime documentary Becoming Cary Grant traces the actor's journey from working-class England to Hollywood stardom. Getty Images hide caption

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'Becoming Cary Grant' Reveals The Self-Invention Of A Hollywood Icon

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Twenty-four-year-old novelist Édouard Louis grew up in Hallencourt, France. John Foley/Opale/Leemage hide caption

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'The End Of Eddy' Tells Of Growing Up Poor And Gay In Working-Class France

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Director Laura Poitras began filming WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2011. Praxis Films hide caption

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'Risk' Is A Messy, Ambitious Portrait Of WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

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An Insignificant Hustler Yearns To Be A Big-Time Operator In The Ironic 'Norman'

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Valeria Luiselli's previous books include Faces in the Crowd and The Story of My Teeth. Alfredo Pelcastre /Coffee House Press hide caption

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'Tell Me How It Ends' Offers A Moving, Humane Portrait Of Child Migrants

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My Favorite Thing Is Monsters explores the theme of "monstrousness" from various angles. Fantagraphics hide caption

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'My Favorite Thing Is Monsters' Is A Dazzling, Graphic Novel Tour-De-Force

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