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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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Seijun Suzuki, Director Of Delirious Thrillers, Dies At Age 93

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:28:00 -0500

These days, Suzuki's Branded to Kill is widely seen as a masterpiece; when he made the absurdist thriller in 1967, he was fired.

In A Film Industry Focused On Youth, Older Characters Are Tough To Find

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:37:00 -0500

A study of the 25 films nominated for Best Picture Oscars over the past three years found less than 12 percent of the characters were people over the age of 60.

What A Classic '50s Western Can Teach Us About The Hollywood Blacklist

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:58:53 -0500

Author Glenn Frankel says the 1952 film High Noon was inspired by the toxic political climate of the time. "People ... felt they want to get their country back," Frankel says.

Behind This Exuberant Dance Number? Planning, Precision And Practice

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 04:49:00 -0500

Choreographer Mandy Moore was lying underneath a car on the LA freeway, counting and calling out steps, throughout the 47 takes it took to shoot La La Land's fun-filled opening scene.

Song Exploder: 'Moonlight' Composer Describes Process

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:40:00 -0500

Nicholas Britell, the composer for the Oscar-nominated score for Moonlight, describes the story behind his music.

In 'Get Out,' Jordan Peele Tackles The 'Human Horror' Of Racial Fear

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:41:00 -0500

Jordan Peele discusses his new film in which he addresses the politics of race. It's about an African-American man meeting his white girlfriend's family for the first time and the horror that ensues.

After 21 Nominations, Will Sound Mixer Kevin O'Connell Finally Win His Oscar?

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:58:02 -0500

O'Connell earned nominations for work on Top Gun, Transformers, Armageddon and many more. Losing streaks are never fun, but O'Connell seems at peace. "It hasn't been the right time for me," he says.

'John Wick 2' Director On 'Hong Kong Approach' To Filmmaking

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:54:30 -0500

Director Chad Stahelski started his career as a stuntman. He went on to found a stunt company and directed John Wick 2, after co-directing the first in the series, which was a surprise hit.

Behind 'La La Land,' A Long Relationship Between A Director And A Composer

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:54:00 -0500

La La Land is the third collaboration between writer and director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz. Their first was actually a senior thesis that was released to critical acclaim.

'The Great Wall' Stands As A Monument To Absurd CGI Clutter

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:03:40 -0500

Matt Damon plays an accomplished bow-and-arrow warrior in ancient China in his latest film. Critic David Edelstein says The Great Wall is "lavishly ... terrible."

2 High School Teachers Throw Punches And Crude Jokes In 'Fist Fight'

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:00:18 -0500

Charlie Day and Ice Cube lead a great cast, but this comedy, filled with cruel pranks and retrograde notions of masculinity, "leaves a sour aftertaste," says critic Scott Tobias.

'A Cure For Wellness' Needs A Dose Of Originality

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:00:18 -0500

Director Gore Verbinski leans on tried-and-true horror visuals to provide this film, set in a sinister Alpine spa, with its scares. But at 2 1/2 hours, patient fatigue sets in early.

'The Great Wall' Isn't, Particularly

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:00:18 -0500

This visually impressive, narratively muddy, pseudo-historic monster movie disappoints. "It's bonkers in theory, but prosaic in execution," says critic Mark Jenkins.

'Manchester By The Sea' Director Explores The Depth Of Grief

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:17:00 -0500

Kenneth Lonergan's film, which has been nominated for six Oscars, is about a janitor who returns to his hometown after the death of his brother. Originally broadcast Nov. 30, 2016.

In 'Moonlight,' Actor Mahershala Ali Found Characters He Recognized

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:45:22 -0500

Ali has earned an Oscar nomination for his performance as Juan, a drug dealer who becomes an unlikely father figure to a boy who is being bullied at school and neglected at home.