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    Week of May 13

    By Sean Axmaker

    "The Underground Railroad" (2021, TV-14), based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Colson Whitehead, follows the odyssey of Cora (Thuso Mbedu), an enslaved woman on a Georgia plantation in the early 1800s who flees for freedom in the North. Whitehead's novel offers a twist of alternate reality—a literal railroad runs through secret tunnels—but otherwise tackles the reality of the brutal lives and the humanity of those trapped in it, and Oscar-winning filmmaker Barry Jenkins ("Moonlight") honors the poetry and the brutality of the novel in the ten-episode limited series...