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NPR Movies podcast, movie reviews, and commentary on new and classic films. Interviews with filmmakers, actors, and actresses.

Last Build Date: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:00:19 -0500

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'Land Of Mine': Explosively Understated

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:00:19 -0500

Denmark's Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language film is Land of Mine, a movie about German boys disarming landmines left behind after World War II.

Showbiz Dreams Collide With Reality In 'La La Land'

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:40:00 -0500

Damien Chazelle's latest film is a modern take on classic 1930s musicals. It's the story of a musician and a frustrated actress, learning to reconcile their dreams with the reality of Hollywood life.

Fantastically Stylized 'La La Land' Is A Musical Tour-De-Force

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:27:00 -0500

A jazz keyboardist and an aspiring actress fall in love in Damien Chazelle's new romantic musical. Critic David Edelstein says La La Land features thrilling chemistry and magical music numbers.

This Time Of Year, There's Plenty To See At The Movies

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 05:35:00 -0500

Hollywood studios tend to release their prestige films at the end of the years, and several movies are especially notable, according to film critic Kenneth Turan.

New York Village Says It's The Model For 'It's A Wonderful Life' Town

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 04:48:00 -0500

Residents of Seneca Falls, N.Y., are celebrating 70 years of Frank Capra's classic Christmas film. The town claims architectural and geographic similarities, and a scouting trip by the director.

Go Home, 'Office Christmas Party,' You're Drunk

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:00:19 -0500

This sprawling, chaotic comedy about a sprawling, chaotic holiday party expects its improv-tested cast to make up for its skimpy script. Some performers do; most don't.

A Young Writer Finds A Fan Fiction Community — And Himself — In 'Slash'

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:00:18 -0500

Writer-director Clay Liford's low-key, lo-fi coming-of-age-in-the-digital-age comedy follows the romantic fumblings of awkward teen Neil (Michael Johnston), both online and off.

God's Daughter Writes A 'Brand New Testament,' But It Makes For Slight Reading

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:00:18 -0500

Belgian director Jaco Van Dormael's modern fable boasts a promising whimsical premise, but comes off disappointingly glib in execution.

An Old-School Hollywood Musical That's In Love With Hollywood: 'La La Land'

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 17:00:00 -0500

Director Damien Chazelle follows up Whiplash, his 2014 study in musical masochism, with a romantic musical full of catchy ditties and vibrant colors.

A Case For Why TV Execs Should Face Critics

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:25:00 -0500

Press tours with networks and cable companies give TV critics an opportunity to have Q&A sessions with top executives. In January, many executives will skip a big one in LA, and that concerns critics.

'It's (Sexy) Asian Men!' Hallelujah!

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 05:18:00 -0500

The new short web film "It's Asian Men!" aims to tackle a big issue: Why Asian-American men are rarely cast on TV or in movies as the romantic or sexy lead. No Long Duk Dong here.

Actress Isabelle Huppert On Navigating The Good And The Bad In 'Elle'

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:37:00 -0500

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with French actress Isabelle Huppert about her film, Elle, and the range of characters she's played in over 40 years of acting.

This Week In Race: Dog Whistles, Dreamers And Dead Dictators

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:07:00 -0500

Pipeline and prisons and tantrums at Starbucks: these are a few of our favorite stories this week.

Women Face The Unpredictable In 'Jackie,' 'Things To Come'

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:12:00 -0500

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello has a double-feature review of two films about women who find themselves in drastically altered circumstances in midlife: Things To Come, starring Isabelle Huppert, and Jackie, starring Natalie Portman.

'Jackie' Captures The Brittle Sadness Of A First Lady In Mourning

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:19:00 -0500

A new biopic takes audiences into the White House in the days following JFK's assassination in Dallas. Critic David Edelstein says Jackie conveys both the shyness and slyness of Jacqueline Kennedy.