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Last Build Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:18:00 -0500

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Films At Sundance Reflect Vast Cultural Shifts Across The World

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:18:00 -0500

The Sundance Film Festival is underway in Park City, Utah, the first since the Harvey Weinstein story broke. This year's slate of films reflect vast cultural shifts across the country and the world.

Documentary Offers A Devastating Look At The Obama Administration's 'Final Year'

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:25:00 -0500

Greg Barker's new film follows Obama's foreign policy team as they set about negotiating an arms deal in Iran, a climate accord in Paris and a response to refugee crises in Syria and parts of Africa.

'Den Of Thieves' Offers An Epic Cops And Robbers Tale, Re-'Heat'ed

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:30:22 -0500

Christian Gudegast's film about a bank heist in L.A. borrows so freely from Michael Mann's 1995 film Heat it never quite recovers from the deep cinematic debt.

'Forever My Girl': A Familiar Tune, Played (Too) Simply

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:00:52 -0500

A Southern town, a heapin' helpin' of heartbreak, a shot at redemption and an adorable tyke: Writer-director Bethany Ashton Wolf's romantic drama never complicates or deepens its rote story.

Documentary 'The Final Year' Offers Behind-The-Scenes Look At Obama's Foreign Policy

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:00:00 -0500

Greg Barker's film favors candid emotional moments over a meaningful examination of how key policy initiatives were shaped in the closing months of the Obama presidency.

With 'Mary And The Witch's Flower,' A Studio Ghibli Offshoot Blooms

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 16:00:52 -0500

Director Hiromasa Yonebayashi, a Ghibli veteran, has made an animated film that owes a great deal to his influences yet displays skill and imagination all its own.

'12 Strong': When The Afghan War Looked Like A Quick, Stirring Victory

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 11:06:00 -0500

Many Americans may be weary of the war in Afghanistan. But a new movie is betting big on the true story of Green Berets on horseback who made the early days of the fight look deceptively easy.

Director Hugh Wilson, Creator Of 'WKRP In Cincinnati,' Dies At 74

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:08:50 -0500

Wilson also worked in movies, directing the first Police Academy as well as Guarding Tess and The First Wives Club. Wilson had been battling lung cancer and emphysema.

Wes Studi On His Cherokee Nation Childhood And How He Discovered Acting

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:07:00 -0500

Studi says he was a Vietnam veteran looking for a rush when he got into community theater and "rediscovered that huge wall of fear." He plays a Cheyenne chief in the new film Hostiles.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Florida Project'

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:42:00 -0500

Gene Demby of NPR's Code Switch joins the panel to talk about Sean Baker's portrait of a 6-year-old girl and the mother who tries to take care of her in a run-down Florida motel.

1A Movie Club Sees "Saturday Church"

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:18:30 -0500

Spoilers ahead.

Catherine Deneuve Apologizes To Sex Assault Victims After Controversial Letter

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:26:08 -0500

After the letter she signed sparked a backlash, the French actress said she needs to provide "clarification," and denounced the "conservatives, racists and traditionalists" who have supported her.

In 'The Insult,' All Politics Is A Local Neighborhood Squabble

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:19:00 -0500

Ziad Doueiri's new Oscar-shortlisted film is about the religious and tribal divisions in contemporary Lebanon — and how a small altercation in Beirut can spiral out of control.

The Vigilant Thriller 'Into The Fade' Melds Tragedy With Nihilism

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:31:02 -0500

Diane Kruger plays a German woman whose Turkish husband and young son are killed in a bomb attack. David Edelstein says that despite its crisp storytelling, Into The Fade is "a little disappointing."

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'I, Tonya'

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 06:00:19 -0500

This week's show takes a look at an emerging awards contender in the acting categories: I, Tonya, the semi-mockumentary retelling of the life of Tonya Harding, controversial figure skater.