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NPR Movies podcast, movie reviews, and commentary on new and classic films. Interviews with filmmakers, actors, and actresses.

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In 'Patti Cake$,' An Aspiring Rap Artist Reaches For The Stars

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 18:10:51 -0400

NPR's Dwane Brown speaks with director Geremy Jasper and lead actress Danielle Macdonald about the film's message of finding yourself.

Classic Movie Review: 'Dr. Strangelove'

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:11:40 -0400

We all have movies we somehow never got around to watching. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro had never seen Dr. Strangelove. She and NPR's Scott Simon review this old, but still relevant, film.

A Hologram Husband Keeps Lois Smith Company In 'Marjorie Prime'

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:11:40 -0400

Smith has been acting for more than 60 years, and she's earned rave reviews for her performance in Marjorie Prime. How does she explain her continued success? "I'm very lucky," she says.

High Spirited 'Patti Cake$' Dresses Its Cinderella Story In Dirty Jersey Drag

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:02:01 -0400

A hard-working aspiring rapper rises above her dead-end existence with the help of some supportive friends and her own irrepressible talent. Critic Justin Change says Patti Cake$ is irresistible.

'Patti Cake$' i$ $weet But $light

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:28:00 -0400

A Jersey girl dreams of rap stardom in this "conventional dramedy" that highlights star Danielle Macdonald's charisma but reduces other characters to types.

'Dave Made A Maze,' But Dave Forgot A Script

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:00:19 -0400

In this gorgeously designed movie, the walls of an elaborate cardboard maze are more substantial than the characters inside it.

'California Typewriter': A Love-Letter To The Carriage-Return Lever

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:00:00 -0400

Doug Nichol's documentary profiles the stubborn holdouts — collectors, repairmen, and a few celebrities — who treasure the tactile pleasures of the humble typewriter.

A NASCAR Caper Comedy Fueled By Thick Southern Accents: 'Logan Lucky'

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:00:00 -0400

Steven Soderbergh's return to filmmaking after a brief hiatus features strong chemistry between its two leads, a great cast, and the faint whiff of condescension.

'Cabaret Hurricane' Bridget Everett Moves To The Big Screen In 'Patti Cake$'

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:30:49 -0400

The comic and cabaret performer says she's had audience members walk out of her raunchy live act. In her new film, she plays a washed-up local rock star whose daughter is an aspiring rap artist.

In Movies, A Solar Eclipse Means Change Is Coming

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:01:00 -0400

Over the years, Hollywood filmmakers have used solar eclipses as devices to mark moments of irrevocable transformation for their characters.

In 'Columbus,' John Cho Reckons With His Own First-Generation Culture Clash

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:20:26 -0400

Cho, who moved to the U.S. from South Korea as a child, says the cultural distance his Columbus character feels towards his immigrant father was "an unwelcome reflection of my own life."

Pop Culture Happy Hour: A Look At Literary Adaptations

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

TV and movie producers are looking to the shelves for inspiration: a number of popular shows and films this year started as books.

Novelist Max Brooks On Doomsday, Dyslexia And Growing Up With Hollywood Parents

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 14:29:08 -0400

Brooks' stable childhood with parents Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft stands in contrast to the wild stories he tells in novels like World War Z and Minecraft: The Island.

'Hail To The Chin': B-List Actor Bruce Campbell Returns With A Memoir Of Middle Age

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:00:18 -0400

Campbell's second collection of rants and ruminations is just as enjoyably smarmy as his first, though the actor's ruthlessly sardonic outlook has mellowed.

Woody Harrelson On 'Glass Castle' Dad Whose Rages And Redemptions Loomed Large

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 08:33:16 -0400

The film tells the story of writer Jeannette Walls' tortured upbringing. Harrelson plays Walls' father, Rex, an alcoholic who is determined to defy convention.