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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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'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Rockets To Year's Top Domestic Opening, Disney Says

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 15:57:46 -0500

The latest film in the space odyssey juggernaut brought in $450 million globally in its debut weekend, and that's not counting China.

Movies You Missed: 'The Muppet Christmas Carol'

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 07:48:13 -0500

Listener Audrey Wang watched The Muppet Christmas Carol for the first time this week. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with her about what she thought of it.

How The TV And Movies Are Using Gen X Nostalgia

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:23:00 -0500

NPR's Kelly McEvers and Pop Culture Happy Hour's Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon sit down to talk about this era of TV and movies, many of which are catering to Gen X nostalgia — from Stranger Things to the latest Star Wars film.

'Last Jedi' Puts The Smarts — And The Heart — Back Into The 'Star Wars' Franchise

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:28:00 -0500

The late Carrie Fisher makes her final appearance — now as General Leia — in Star Wars Episode VIII. Critic David Edelstein says The Last Jedi is nothing short of terrific.

For 'Last Jedi' Director, The Journey To 'Star Wars' Began With Action Figures

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Rian Johnson remembers playing with the toys as a kid. "Those were the first movies I was making in my head," he says. The Last Jedi is the first of four Star Wars movies he's slated to work on.

Mediocre 'Ferdinand' Will Have Bored Parents Seeing Red

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:01:06 -0500

Munro Leaf's classic children story about a pacifist bull becomes a formulaic animated film indistinguishable from scores of others.

'The Ballad Of Lefty Brown' Is A Variation On A Familiar Tune

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:00:36 -0500

Bill Pullman stars as an Old West sidekick who loses his hero and embarks upon a quest for vengeance in writer/director Jared Moshe's straight-shooting Western.

'Birdboy' Is A Dark, Beautiful, Boundary-Pushing Animated Film

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:00:06 -0500

Three adorable anthropomorphic animals wander a post-apocalyptic hellscape in this hand-drawn animated film from Spain that "thumbs its nose at traditional G-rated storytelling."

Potent Cocktail Of Drama And Documentary Explores A Mysterious Death: 'Wormwood'

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:00:00 -0500

Filmmaker Errol Morris employs fictional techniques — and famous actors — in this 241-minute meditation on the demise of a CIA operative in 1953 that left a son obsessed with finding answers.

31 Years Later, Spike Lee Puts A New Spin On 'She's Gotta Have It'

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:14:51 -0500

In a new 10-part Netflix series, Lee revisits his story of a young black artist who loves sex but isn't interested in a committed relationship.

Massive Media Merger Matches Mickey Mouse To Murdochs

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:06:30 -0500

How will this game of Fox and mouse affect what you watch?

Science Speed-Dating Aims To Boost Accuracy In TV And Film

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:03:00 -0500

When was the last time you got really excited by good science depicted in a movie? Anthropologist Barbara J. King joined scientists last week in helping producers make more accurate TV and movies.

This Mouse Swallows Part Of A Fox: Disney Buys Most Of Murdoch Empire

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:12:00 -0500

Rupert Murdoch would keep Fox News and Fox TV but sell off other entertainment assets in the face of digital competitors and dynastic tensions.

Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock Posts Online Confessional Of Sexual Misconduct

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:02:00 -0500

Spurlock, who made the 2004 Oscar-nominated Super Size Me, detailed an encounter in college that the woman viewed as rape and a sexual harassment settlement he concluded with a former employee.

'The Last Jedi' Is Not More Of The Same In 'Star Wars' Franchise

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:26:00 -0500

A review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the latest in the intergalactic franchise. Fans are especially excited to see what happens to General Leia, played by Carrie Fisher, who died earlier this year.