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Rami Malek plays genius hacker Elliot Alderson in Mr. Robot. David Giesbrecht/USA Network hide caption

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Vigilante Computer Geeks Reign In The Addictive 'Mr. Robot'

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William F. Buckley (left) and Gore Vidal square off on Nov. 5, 1968. ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images hide caption

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Documentary Revisits The 'Dazzling' Polemics Of The Buckley-Vidal Debates

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Examining The War On Mexican Drug Cartels, Through Film And Fiction

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Algerian Writer Kamel Daoud Stands Camus' 'The Stranger' On Its Head

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An Indian Coming-Of-Age Trilogy, Restored To Its 'True Splendor'

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Ted Lewis' gritty storytelling takes readers inside London's seedier quarters. Soho Press hide caption

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Gangsters, Goons And 'Grievous Bodily Harm' In Ted Lewis' London

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3,600-Page Autobiographical Novel Is An Honest And Masterful 'Selfie'

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The PBS Version Of 'Wolf Hall' Unfolds Like A Real-Life House Of Cards

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'Seymour': A Loving Portrait Of An Acclaimed Classical Pianist

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'A Little Life': An Unforgettable Novel About The Grace Of Friendship

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Michael Kitchen stars as Foyle, a widowed police superintendent in the coastal city of Hastings in England. His sidekick is his driver, Samantha Stewart, a vicar's daughter played by Honeysuckle Weeks. Acorn TV/ITV hide caption

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Fair Warning: Watch One 'Foyle's War' Episode, And You'll Want To Watch Them All

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Bradley Cooper (right) plays Chris Kyle in American Sniper. The film has become a cultural phenomenon and has spawned knee-jerk squabbling. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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Full Of Complexity And Ambivalence, 'American Sniper' Shows The Cost Of War

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'Leviathan' And 'Red Army' Deliver A Peek Inside Russia, Now And Then

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Werner Herzog's 1972 film Aguirre, the Wrath of God was shot along the Amazon in Peru. It probes one of the filmmaker's themes: an unsentimental look at humankind's relationship to landscape and nature. Courtesy of The Shout! Factory hide caption

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Werner Herzog's Audacious Early Films Showcased In New Boxed Collection

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Compared with The Trip, in The Trip to Italy Coogan (right) is gloomier and Brydon is more ambitious. Courtesy of IFC Films hide caption

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British Comedians Take A 'Trip To Italy' And Make Fun Of Each Other

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