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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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08:16

'This is Going to Hurt' is a deeply unsettling portrait of modern medicine

The seven-part British TV series, which centers on a young doctor working in the OB/GYN ward of a London hospital, tells a painful story about the assembly-line nature of modern medicine.

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08:20

New 'Staircase' series emphasizes the tragedy behind the sensational true crime story

The Staircase details the workings of a justice system filled with pricey lawyers, ambitious district attorneys, bickering experts and appeals to a jury's cultural biases that may have nothing to do with the evidence or even the case at hand.

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06:00

'Navalny' documentary spotlights the Russian who dared to take on Putin

Made before the invasion of Ukraine, and titled simply Navalny, it offers intimate, sometimes amazing access to the bravery, and human cost, of opposing a despot.

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08:50

'Tokyo Vice' offers a stylized tour of Japan's criminal underworld

The rules are gnarlier than usual in Tokyo Vice, a new HBO Max drama based on the memoir of the same title by Jake Adelstein.

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