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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, 25 Oct 2016 17:00:00 -0400

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We've Seen This Election Before, In Classic Movies

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:00:00 -0400

It's life imitating art — election edition. A look at movies that have covered ground that's been well trod this campaign season, like A Face in the Crowd and The Lion in Winter and Ace in the Hole.

Mark Twain Prize: Bill Murray Accepts Nation's Top Humor Award

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 05:03:00 -0400

Bill Murray received the 2016 Mark Twain Prize Sunday evening at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He was gently roasted by friends and fellow comics, and he was droll and deadpan and heartfelt.

In 'Fire At Sea,' Glimpse The Migrant Crisis From The Heart Of Mediterranean

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 17:22:00 -0400

Filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi talks about his documentary Fire at Sea. The film tells the story of the ongoing migrant crisis as experienced by residents of Lampedusa, an island off the coast of Sicily.

'Moonlight': A Film About A Black Man's Coming-Of-Age In South Florida

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:19:00 -0400

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to actor Mahershala Ali about the complex and nuanced ways his characters exemplify black masculinity - particularly in the new film, 'Moonlight.'

'Moonlight': A Cinematic Poem Of Love, Loneliness And Coming Out

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:19:00 -0400

The most rewarding coming-of-age film in many a moon, lyrically luminous Moonlight is the story of a gay African-American youngster in Miami who experiences trouble, trauma and unexpected grace.

'13th' Maps The Road From Slavery To Mass Incarceration

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:35:00 -0400

Ava DuVernay's new film takes its name from the amendment that abolished slavery, but allowed for prisoner servitude. Critic John Powers says 13th puts forth a searing interpretation of U.S. history.

To Make 'Hate Rising,' Jorge Ramos Spent Time With Hate Groups

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:09:00 -0400

Renee Montagne talks to Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, who traveled the country to make his film Hate Rising — meeting with KKK members and white nationalists and others.

A Melancholy Youth Finds Himself Under The Heavenly Glow Of 'Moonlight'

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:00:01 -0400

In Barry Jenkins' incandescent coming-of-age tale, three different actors cover three phases in the life of an African-American who takes a wayward path into manhood.

'Keeping Up' With These Suburban Spies Is All Too Easy

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:00:01 -0400

Zach Galifianakis loses his edge in a Mr. and Mrs. Smith knockoff that strands a gifted cast in a bland cul-de-sac spy adventure.

With A Second 'Jack Reacher,' Tom Cruise Finally Exceeds His Grasp

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:00:00 -0400

After a five-year winning streak as Hollywood reigning action hero, Tom Cruise falls back to earth with a can't-miss sequel that misses.

Save The Ruby Slippers: Smithsonian Seeks Funds To Preserve Dorothy's Shoes

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:15:00 -0400

The National Museum of American History says it will cost $300,000 to protect the aging shoes from The Wizard of Oz. A Kickstarter campaign launched three days ago has already raised nearly $200,000.

For Film's Creators, 'Moonlight' Provided Space To Explore A Painful Past

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:58:00 -0400

Playwright Tarell McCraney and filmmaker Barry Jenkins drew on their own childhood experiences in making Moonlight, a film about a boy growing up in a Miami housing project.

In 'Moonlight,' Growing Up Black, Gay And Poor In 1980s Miami

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 05:00:00 -0400

Directed by Barry Jenkins and adapted from a play by Tarell McCraney, Moonlight is an intimate, authentic portrait of a young man and his world — and the intimacy he learns with lovers and mentors.

They've Got Spirit, Yes They Do: Christopher Guest Rallies His Team For 'Mascots'

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 17:35:00 -0400

Guest's latest mockumentary (about the secret lives of mascots) stars actors who have appeared in several of his films. "It's like having a great band of musicians together," he says.

New 'American Pastoral' Movie Is A '60s Tale Still Relevant Today

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 07:49:35 -0400

The new film American Pastoral tells the story of a father in 1960s New Jersey whose comfortable, suburban life falls apart after his daughter becomes radicalized, commits a crime and disappears.