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'Booksmart' Tweaks Convention By Offering A Gentler View Of High School

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In Fleabag, the show's creator and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge stars as a young Londoner struggling to make sense of sex, family and life itself. Steve Schofield/Courtesy of Amazon hide caption

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'Fleabag' Returns For A Raunchy 2nd Season — And Quits While It's Ahead

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'VEEP' Draws To A Close, Its Freewheeling Cynicism Still A Delight

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'Our Planet' Is A Remorseful Call To Arms

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'Game Of Thrones' Keeps Its Finger On The Pulse As It Enters The Home Stretch

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Ruth Wilson plays her own grandmother in Mrs. Wilson, a three-part series about a woman unraveling the secrets of her late husband. Steffan Hill/PBS hide caption

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'Mrs. Wilson' Asks: Just How Well Do We Know The People We Love?

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Barbara Loden wrote, directed and starred in Wanda, a 1970 film about a drifting woman. Courtesy of Criterion hide caption

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Overlooked In The '70s, 'Wanda' Finally Gets Her Due

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Martin Clunes plays Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton in the Acorn TV miniseries Manhunt. Acorn TV hide caption

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'Manhunt' Highlights The Teamwork That Took Down A Serial Killer

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'American Spy' Is A Thrilling Debut With No Simple Answers

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Penélope Cruz stars as Laura and Javier Bardem as Paco in Asghar Farhadi's Everybody Knows. Teresa Isasi/Focus Features hide caption

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Details Make The Difference In 'Everybody Knows' And 'Cold War'

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'Black Earth Rising' Is A Fascinating, If Clunky, Take On The Rwandan Genocide

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Benedict Cumberbatch plays Dominic Cummings, the top strategist for Britain's "Leave" campaign in the HBO film Brexit. Nick Wall/HBO hide caption

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Breezy And Irreverent 'Brexit' Captures Big Truths About Today's Politics

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'Destroyer' Flips The Script On Gender Roles In Cop Movies

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Ben Whishaw voices the perpetually well-meaning bear in Paddington 2. Warner Bros. hide caption

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2018 'Ghost List' Revisits The TV, Books And Movies A Critic Wishes He Covered

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Stylistically Dazzling 'Vox Lux' Draws Link Between Pop Stardom And Terrorism

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