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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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The documentary Kedi gives a cat's-eye view of the back alleys, boho enclaves and rat-infested piers of Istanbul. Courtesy of Oscillscope hide caption

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Ode To The Street Cat: 'Kedi' Follows Istanbul's Famous Felines

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Taut, Moving 'Black Girl' Helped Put African Cinema On The Map

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'20th Century Women' Mixes Comedy With Disappointment And Loss

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Alia Shawkat stars as Dory in the TBS comedy Search Party. Courtesy of Turner hide caption

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A Critic's Year-End 'Ghost File': Books, Movies And TV Shows He Didn't Review

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