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Ben Affleck's second directorial effort takes him back to Boston for an R-rated drama about a bank heist. Even with a star-studded cast, the cops-and-robbers tale has a blunt authenticity that makes for a tense, jangly thriller. (Out Sept. 17)
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AFRICA: 50 YEARS OF MUSIC box set
Gathering the best music from a continent as vast and diverse as Africa is a Goliath task. But this 18-disc anthology does a wonderful job assembling works from 183 artists like Cameroon's Manu Dibango and Nigeria's legendary Fela Kuti (pictured).
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THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
Like your vamps less X-rated than on True Blood? The teen series is back with a second season of beautiful people and soapy supernatural drama, including the return of Elena's vampire doppelgänger, Katherine, and more smoldering from EW's Sexiest Beast, Ian Somerhalder. (The CW, Thursdays, 8 p.m.)
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THE DAILY SHOW'S EARTH (THE BOOK)
Jon Stewart and his crew of writers believe the world is ending, and this irreverent 244-page guide is their hilarious take on our dubious accomplishments in science and politics. (Out Sept. 21)
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THE LOST DOGS, by Jim Gorant
The 51 pit bulls seized from NFL star Michael Vick's dogfighting ring were thought to be lost causes. In this moving nonfiction book, a Sports Illustrated editor recounts the efforts to give some of them new lives. (Out Sept. 16)
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''CAMERAS,'' Matt & Kim
The Brooklyn indie-rock duo were last seen stripping naked in Times Square for their ''Lessons Learned'' video. Now they've debuted this easygoing dance jam about an exuberant night in New York City.
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ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST: COLLECTOR'S EDITION
How better to appreciate Jack Nicholson's virtuoso performance as asylum rebel McMurphy or the bureaucratic evil of Louise Fletcher's Nurse Ratched than by watching the 35th-anniversary DVD or Blu-ray edition of the 1975 Oscar-winning film? You'd be crazy not to.