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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: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:00:24 -0500

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In 'Staying Vertical,' A Writer Gets Drawn Into The Sexual Life Of A Small Village

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:00:24 -0500

The latest film by writer/director Alain Guiraudie (Stranger by the Lake) is a brutally frank meditation on polymorphous carnality in rural southern France.



Running On Diesel Fumes: 'xXx: Return Of Xander Cage'

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:00:24 -0500

A 49-year-old Vin Diesel returns to the hugely unlikely franchise that he and director Rob Cohen launched in 2002. Because sometimes only an "extreme-sports/black-ops squad" can save the world.



'The Red Turtle': An Animated Fable Of Humanity, Nature And The Nature Of Humanity

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:00:24 -0500

In this wordless film, a man stranded on a tropical island struggles against the forces of nature to leave — until those same forces provide a reason to stay.



'The Founder': Michael Keaton Brings A Ruthless Ray Kroc To Life, With Relish

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:00:23 -0500

As the businessman who built a network of McDonald's franchises while nastily — and gleefully — disenfranchising his business partners, Keaton exudes a sleazy brio.



Sundance Film Festival Kicks Off In Park City, Utah

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 16:27:00 -0500

The Sundance Film Festival begins Thursday night in Park City, Utah. Some of the themes that have emerged for this year's festival include climate change, Syria and coming-of-age films.



How A 1981 Sondheim Flop Turned Out To Be The 'Best Worst Thing'

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:08:00 -0500

Most musicals that close after 16 performances barely prompt memories, let alone documentaries. But Merrily We Roll Along rolled along so bizarrely, it became the stuff of Broadway legend.



Number Of Female Directors Is On The Decline, Study Says

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 04:58:00 -0500

No woman made the list of nominations for the Director's Guild of America's top prize. A report from San Diego State University shows not much progress has been made for female directors in Hollywood.



Remembering Celebrated Indian Actor Om Puri, Star Of 'East Is East'

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:15:00 -0500

Puri, who died last Friday in Mumbai, appeared in more than 300 movies, including the British film, My Son the Fanatic. Originally broadcast in 2000.



Hilarity And Hostility Converge In The Family Comedy 'Toni Erdmann'

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:15:00 -0500

The German film centers on a prankster father who barges into the life of his business consultant daughter. Critic David Edelstein says Toni Erdmann keeps you guessing — in a good way.



Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Hidden Figures' And 'One Day At A Time'

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 07:00:09 -0500

This week, the women of NASA and the women of a Netflix reboot both get lots of attention, and we close the show with what's making us happy this week.



Female Wrestlers Are Unlikely Heroines Of Bollywood's Biggest Smash

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:02:00 -0500

Disney and Bollywood teamed up to make the movie 'Dangal,' based on a real-life wrestling success story.



'100 Streets' Tells Familiar Stories That Cross Race, Class And Generational Lines

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:00:09 -0500

Idris Elba stars in a London-set ensemble drama our critic calls "soapy, rote stuff," but it's representative of the new generation of filmmakers taking Britain's multiracial society as their subject.



'Patriots Day': A Painful, Painstaking Depiction Of The Boston Marathon Bombing

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:00:09 -0500

The third collaboration between director Peter Berg and actor Mark Wahlberg offers a detail-rich and nuanced examination of the 2013 bombing and its chaotic aftermath.



'Claire In Motion,' Movie In Stasis

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:00:09 -0500

Betsy Brandt plays a woman whose husband goes missing in this underwritten, willfully ambiguous film from writer-directors Lisa Robinson and Annie J. Howell.



'Alone In Berlin': A Grieving German Couple Sets Out To Undermine The Nazi Movement

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:00:00 -0500

Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson deliver strong performances, but director Vincent Perez's staid historical drama swathes its subjects' radical actions in too much art-house-reverence.