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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: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:00:28 -0400

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Pop Quiz, Hotshot: Herschell Gordon Lewis Film Or Children's Book?

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:00:28 -0400

The movie titles of the late splatter-film director are evocative ... and wonderfully terrible. Can you tell them apart from the titles of some less-than-classic kids' books?

Acting For Film Or Acting For Life? Doc Tells Story Of Kim Jong Il's Captives

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:05:00 -0400

The North Korean leader was so crazy about movies that he kidnapped a South Korean actress and director and forced them to work for him. The Lovers and the Despot tells their story.

New Law Will Require IMDB To Remove Actors' Ages If Requested

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:41:00 -0400

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that will require websites like IMDB Pro to remove the ages of actors and others listed on the site if asked by them to do so.

'Deepwater Horizon' Director On The BP Oil Spill And The 'Addictive Dance' For Fuel

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:11:00 -0400

Peter Berg discusses his new film, which recreates the final hours of the oil rig that exploded and sank, causing the BP oil spill. Eleven rig workers died trying to prevent the disaster.

Ugandan Actress's Journey Mirrors That Of Her 'Queen Of Katwe' Character

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:05:00 -0400

Like her chess champion character, first-time film actress Madina Nalwanga grew up in a poor neighborhood in Uganda. She says co-star Lupita Nyong'o has been her guide to the world of moviemaking.

'Audrie & Daisy' Explores Social Media Shaming After Sexual Assaults

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:42:00 -0400

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to co-directors and husband and wife duo, Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, about their documentary, Audrie & Daisy. The documentary addresses the sexual assault — and ensuing social media shaming — of two high school girls.

It's Hard to Tell Who's Shooting Whom In 'The Magnificent Seven'

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:47:02 -0400

Critic David Edelstein says that despite its irresistible plot, Antoine Fuqua's remake of the 1960 classic Western is ultimately "just another formula revenge picture."

This Freshly Diverse 'Seven' Ups The Firepower

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:36:00 -0400

The Magnificent Seven is a remake of a movie that's already a remake that's updated in both casting and body count.

Movie Reviews: 'Magnificent Seven' And 'Storks'

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 05:07:00 -0400

David Greene talks to Justin Chang about two movies out this week: the remake of The Magnificent Seven and the animated children's picture Storks. Chang is film critic for the Los Angeles Times.

A Feel-Good Chess Movie Keeps Sentimentality In Check: 'Queen Of Katwe'

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:00:24 -0400

A Disney film about a Ugandan girl who becomes a chess champion hits familiar beats but evinces a nuanced understanding of extreme poverty and the societal forces that reinforce it.

'The Magnificent Seven': Because 'The Pretty Good Seven' Didn't Test Well

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:00:24 -0400

I Haven't Seen The First Six Yet! Director Antoine Fuqua remakes the classic 1960 Western; our critic calls it a "fun but nonessential" example of "high-grade pulp."

Kate Winslet Wreaks Bespoke Vengeance In 'The Dressmaker'

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:00:24 -0400

Kate Winslet plays a woman with designs to punish the townsfolk who once wronged her in this tonally confused Australian comedy.

A Korean Celebrity Couple Kidnapped By Kim Jong Il: 'The Lovers And The Despot'

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:00:00 -0400

The fascinating tale of a South Korean movie star and director kidnapped in the 1970s is dutifully recounted in a documentary that fails to explore several lingering questions.

It Takes An (Empty) Village: 'The Ruins Of Lifta'

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:00:00 -0400

A new documentary focuses on a now-empty town near Jerusalem, the future of which is hotly contested.

Fresh Air Remembers 'LA Confidential' Director Curtis Hanson

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:43:55 -0400

Hanson also directed The River Wild, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, 8 Mile and the TV movie Too Big to Fail. He died Tuesday in Los Angeles at the age of 71. Originally broadcast in 1997.