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08:08

Thrilling crime films from Argentina and South Korea are marvels of versatility

Argentina, 1985 is a true-life portrait of a country struggling to reckon with its past. Decision to Leave is a thrillingly well-made murder story that crackles with originality.

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08:07

'Magpie Murders' is a hall-of-mirrors whodunit with a satisfying resolution

Magie Murders is based on the bestselling novel by Anthony Horowitz, who, among other things, created the excellent World War II detective show Foyle's War. But where that earlier series was steeped in history, this lively new one is about the perils and pleasures of cleverness.

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07:26

If you haven't been back to the movies yet, Indian epic 'RRR' is the reason to go

Made by box-office titan S.S. Rajamouli, RRR induces such unabashed giddiness in its audience that Hollywood is witnessing a push to get it nominated for the Oscars.

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08:34

'Ramy' wades into murky waters in Season 3, but the comedy is clear as ever

Critic at large John Powers reviews the third season of the acclaimed Hulu comedy-drama series, Ramy.

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09:25

Showtime's 'American Gigolo' sequel lacks the highfalutin glitz of the original

The Showtime series American Gigolo is meant to be a sequel to Paul Schrader's hit 1980 movie, which starred Richard Gere as Julian Kay, a high-end LA escort who gets framed for murder only to be redeemed by the love of a good woman, played by Lauren Hutton.

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08:32

Elegant film 'Three Minutes' shows Polish town before it was erased by the Holocaust

Bianca Stigter's documentary, Three Minutes: A Lengthening, brings the past to life with an almost archaeological gaze.

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07:59

'Reservation Dogs,' now in Season 2, remains one of the most original shows on TV

John Powers reviews the second season of Reservation Dogs

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08:13

Bouncily bingeable, 'Uncoupled' delivers exactly what you'd expect from Darren Star

Neil Patrick Harris plays a gay New Yorker whose long-term relationship abruptly ends. While it's tempting to criticize Uncoupled for being superficial, that would be missing the point — and the fun.

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08:27

'The Bear' dishes up a sneaky, smart show that's just as manic as restaurant life

Set in a sandwich shop in Chicago, this sharply written eight-part series is stingingly accurate about restaurant work — the merciless stresses, oversized personalities and battlefield camaraderie.

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08:15

Maxine Hong Kingston's work is as wondrous and alive as ever in this collection

Critic at large JOHN POWERS reviews the Library of America’s new collection of Maxine Hong Kingston’s major works.

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