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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: Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:00:28 -0400

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In 'Baby Driver,' The Action, The Script And The Music Go Full Throttle

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 17:00:28 -0400

"This is a squealing-tires symphony that owes more to Jacques Tati ... than to Justin Lin or Michael Bay," says critic Chris Klimek.

Documentary Giant Albert Maysles' Last Film, 'In Transit,' Is Still In Limbo

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:41:00 -0400

Before he died, Maysles (who also made Grey Gardens) said In Transit was his "dream film." But questions about who owns the rights has made it difficult to see.

In Ambitious 'Okja,' A Teen Attempts To Save Her Super Pig From Slaughter

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:33:00 -0400

You'll root for 13-year-old Mija at every step of this new Netflix film. And Okja, the huge, genetically modified pig, is among the most touching and realistic computer-generated characters ever made.

Filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier Travels Through The Movies

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:01:00 -0400

One of the greatest French filmmakers alive, Bertrand Tavernier, has turned his attention to French movies with a new, personal documentary called My Journey Through French Cinema.

Unconscious Prejudice Meets Real-World Horror In 'The Exception'

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:01:00 -0400

David Leveaux's new film follows exiled German emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II as he realizes that the new Germany of National Socialism has nothing at all in common with the Germany of his memories.

Tupac Shakur Biopic 'All Eyez On Me' Hit With Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:49:00 -0400

Kevin Powell conducted Tupac's career-defining interviews; now he's suing the filmmakers behind the biopic for using them without his permission.

Garish Melodrama Becomes Universal Tragedy 'The Beguiled'

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:52:32 -0400

Sofia Coppola has taken a 1971 Southern Gothic psychodrama directed by a man and remade it from a female perspective — and the result is powerful.

'Big Sick' Creators Nanjiani And Gordon On Turning Their Courtship Into A Movie

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:00:00 -0400

In Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon's new rom-com, girl meets boy, girl contracts a mysterious illness and boy's Pakistani parents struggle to accept the relationship.

Documentary Scours Our Noisy Globe 'In Search Of Silence'

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:00:23 -0400

Director Patrick Shen features plenty of talking heads opining about our essential need for quiet and solitude, but this film works best when he captures moments of pristine, meditative stillness.

A Wounded Union Soldier In A House Of Southern Women: 'The Beguiled'

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:00:23 -0400

Sofia Coppola's lush visual aesthetic infuses this study in sublimated lust with just enough sly, Southern-Gothic bodice-ripping to intrigue and satisfy.

'The Big Sick' Is A Tonic For What Ails You

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:00:23 -0400

Critic Andrew Lapin praises the "unique, understated comic irony" of this largely autobiographical rom-com about a couple whose young relationship gets tested by matters cultural — and medical.

'From The Ashes' Documents Rise And Fall Of Coal In America

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:31:00 -0400

After President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged to lead a group of mayors, governors and CEOs in cutting emissions according to the Paris framework. And now Bloomberg also has a film out documenting coal's rise and fall in America, From the Ashes.

'The Big Sick' Is A Wonderful Movie And An Imperfect Milestone

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:39:00 -0400

Comedian Kumail Nanjiani steps into the leading role in a semi-autobiographical love story. It's a quietly groundbreaking crowd-pleaser, though some characters aren't as fully dimensional as others.

Only One Bank Faced Criminal Charges For The Mortgage Crisis. Bet You've Never Heard Of It.

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:20:35 -0400

The documentary, "Abacus: Small Enough To Jail," tells the story of a family-owned bank in New York's Chinatown — the only U.S. institution to face criminal fraud charges in the wake of the subprime mortgage crisis.

Disney Is Taking Stereotypes And Diversity Seriously, Or Is It?

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:06:30 -0400

From "Moana" to "Beauty and the Beast" and "Zootopia," new Disney films for children are becoming more inclusive and questioning of racial and gender stereotypes. A look at new Disney films, stereotypes, representation and diversity.