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In Another Round, Martin (Mads Mikkelsen) is a bored and boring teacher who decides that life would be better with more alcohol. Henrik Ohsten/Courtesy of TIFF hide caption

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'Another Round'? This Tipsy Danish Film Asks, Why Not?

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James Nesbitt plays an Irish police detective whose investigation into an apparent suicide opens up historical wounds in Bloodlands (streaming on Acorn TV beginning March 15). Steffan Hill/HTM Television hide caption

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'Bloodlands' Police Thriller Doesn't Trivialize Northern Ireland's Troubles

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Britain's MI5 Spy Agency Proves More Comic Than Tragic In 'Slough House'

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Jacob (Steven Yeun) moves his family from California to farm in rural Arkansas in Minari. A24 hide caption

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'Minari' Follows A Family's Immigration With Humor, Humanity And Hope

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It's a Sin follows a cast of characters (Omari Douglas, Lydia West, David Carlyle, Callum Scott Howells and Nathaniel Curtis) in London as they deal with the emergence of the AIDS epidemic. Ben Blackall/HBO Max hide caption

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'It's A Sin' Series, Set During AIDS Epidemic, Resonates During COVID-19

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New Translation Shares The Voice Of A Poet Who Wrote As Intensely As She Lived

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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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