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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: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:52:00 -0500

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Mexico, Music And Family Take Center Stage In 'Coco'

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:52:00 -0500

Pixar's newest movie is meant to be a love letter to Mexico. Coco has an all-Latino cast, it's packed with references to Mexican culture, and it went right to No. 1 at the Mexican box office.

A New Documentary Calls Into Question The Simpson's 'Apu'

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 06:00:03 -0500

Comedian Hari Kondabolu's new documentary, The Problem with Apu, unearths an essential truth about Hollywood: "Success justifies everything." Even racism.

Caleb Landry Jones, 'Three Billboards' Salesman, Sees His 'Fat Face' On Screen

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 07:27:29 -0500

The modest young Texan — prominent in the new film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and other 2017 movies -- contemplates on his improvement as an actor.

In 'The Problem With Apu,' Hari Kondabolu Discusses South Asian Representation

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:02:00 -0500

Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based stand-up comedian, the child of Indian immigrants, and a big fan of The Simpsons. NPR's Elise Hu talks Kondabolu, whose new film The Problem With Apu delves into issues of South Asian representation.

Music In 'Mudbound' Intended To Evoke Earth, Dirt And Mud

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:02:00 -0500

Afro-punk artist, Tamar-kali, makes her debut as a film composer in Mudbound, the new movie from director Dee Rees. Her background includes running a five-piece rock combo and a string sextet that fuses classical music and post-punk.

Ingrained Prejudices Collide With Wartime Trauma In 'Mudbound'

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:16:04 -0500

Dee Rees' sweeping epic follows two families in the Mississippi Delta during the 1940s. Reviewer Justin Chang says Mudbound is "easily one of the year's most ambitious American movies."

Sarah Silverman Asks: 'Can You Love Someone Who Did Bad Things?'

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:46:00 -0500

In an emotional monologue, Silverman addressed "the elephant masturbating in the room" and plumbed the anger and sadness she feels about her friend Louis C.K.'s actions.

A Superteam Assembles To Talk 'Justice League'

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:21:00 -0500

The Pop Culture Happy Hour gang discusses DC Comics' latest movie, featuring Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, The Flash and more. That, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

'Mudbound' Is A Grand, Sweeping Epic Of The Jim Crow South

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:01:02 -0500

Director Dee Rees adapts Hillary Jordan's 2008 novel about two families — black sharecroppers who've worked the land for years, and the newly arrived, white farm owners — with raw, evocative power.

'Sweet Virginia': Small-Town Noir With A Slice Of Hope

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:00:32 -0500

A small Alaskan community is left reeling by an act of violence. Jamie M. Dagg's thriller tenderly explores its aftermath without the glib, jokey cynicism that so often marks the noir genre.

'Jim & Andy': The Thin Line Between An Actor's Method — And Madness

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:00:32 -0500

Documentarian Chris Smith aims his camera at Jim Carrey and the actor's on-set behavior while shooting the 1999 Andy Kaufman biopic Man on the Moon.

'Wonder': Why?

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:00:32 -0500

A boy born with a facial disfigurement enters a new school in this low-stakes, superficial "sundae-sweet tale" from the director of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

'Justice League' Is Just OK

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:00:32 -0500

Various heroes meet for the first time to face down a generic, CGI-generated villain who wants to collect ancient boxes. Think Antiques Roadshow, but loud and evil. (... More evil.)

3 Generations Of Actresses Reflect On Hollywood, Harassment — And Hitchcock

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:53:00 -0500

Actress Tippi Hedren talks with her daughter, actress Melanie Griffith, and her granddaughter, actress Dakota Johnson, about how being a woman in Hollywood has — and hasn't — changed over the years.

'Justice League' Filmmakers Made A Heroic Effort

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:51:00 -0500

Justice League is the latest chapter of the DC cinematic universe. But will our caped crusaders actually make a good movie after a tragedy required a change in directors?