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

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Jada Pinkett Smith On 'Girls Trip'

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:05:31 -0400

Jada Pinkett Smith stars in the new movie Girls Trip. She tells Lulu Garcia-Navarro about reuniting on camera with Queen Latifah, and why she thinks it's important to show women having raunchy fun.

Kathryn Bigelow's 'Detroit' Revisits An American Tragedy: The Algiers Motel Incident

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 17:22:08 -0400

During the Detroit riots, three young black men were killed by white police officers at the Algiers Motel. The year was 1967, but Bigelow says, "It feels very much like it's today."

In 'Dunkirk,' Christopher Nolan Brings New Life To True World War II Story

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:25:00 -0400

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews director Christopher Nolan's new World War II film, Dunkirk, which opens this weekend.

'Dunkirk' Is A Harrowing War Movie, Muddled By A Convoluted Timeline

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:12:26 -0400

A new film dramatizes the '40 Allied retreat from the beaches of France as the Nazis close in. Despite strong action sequences, Dunkirk relies too much on fragmented storytelling and obvious plotting.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Dunkirk'

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:10:00 -0400

Christopher Nolan's war drama about the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of Allied troops has immediacy, scope, and a sense of the unique terrors inherent in war.

'The Untamed': A Tale of Sexual Repression And Violence With Sci-Fi Trappings

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:00:02 -0400

Don't focus on the space-squid: In Mexican director Amat Escalante's harrowing film, it's only a device to expose and explore the rifts in his characters' relationships.

Filthy, Freewheeling 'Girls Trip' Features The Summer's Breakout Performance

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:00:02 -0400

Meanwhile, Back at the Raunch: This tale of four women letting loose in the Big Easy hits familiar beats, but Tiffany Haddish's "incandescently filthy" turn as Dina proves a revelation.

Besson's Dazzling But Dull 'Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets'

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:00:02 -0400

French writer-director Luc Besson mounts a hugely imaginative sci-fi spectacle, but builds it around papier-thin characters and dialogue.

Wartime Terror And Valor Thread Together In Nolan's Gripping 'Dunkirk'

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:00:00 -0400

Christopher Nolan's taut, suspenseful film tells three interwoven stories of a massive troop evacuation during World War II.

Fresh Air Remembers Oscar Award-Winning Actor Martin Landau

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:58:54 -0400

Landau, who died Saturday, appeared in the films Crimes and Misdemeanors and Ed Wood, as well as in the 1960s TV series Mission Impossible. Originally broadcast in 1990.

1A Movie Club Sees "The Big Sick"

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:06:30 -0400

How does "The Big Sick" navigate issues not usually handled in romantic comedies, and what makes it such a hit with viewers and critics?

'Dunkirk' Director Christopher Nolan: 'We Really Try To Put You On That Beach'

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 05:03:00 -0400

Nolan's latest film marks the first time he has tackled a true story: the heroic evacuation of British troops by civilians in small boats at the beginning of World War II.

Step Inside A Movie Projection Booth To See What's Changed Since Film

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:28:00 -0400

Before digital projectors in movie theaters, projectionists had to quickly move from one film reel to the next. NPR takes a look at what's changed since the days of film as part of our series, "Backstage Pass."

'Film' And 'Notfilm' Showcase The Collaboration Of Buster Keaton And Samuel Beckett

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:27:43 -0400

Beckett wrote the screenplay for only one film, a 1965 silent short starring Keaton. Film has recently been re-released, along with a documentary called Notfilm. Critic Lloyd Schwartz has a review.

Kermit The Frog Actor Fired Over 'Unacceptable Business Conduct'

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 04:24:00 -0400

Steve Whitmire had been the voice of Kermit the Frog for 27 years when he was fired in October by Disney executives. Whitmire is speaking out now on why he was let go.