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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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'The Big Sick' Is A Wonderful Movie And An Imperfect Milestone

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:39:40 -0400

Comedian Kumail Nanjiani steps into the leading role in a semi-autobiographical love story. It's a quietly groundbreaking crowd-pleaser, though some characters aren't as fully dimensional as others.

Only One Bank Faced Criminal Charges For The Mortgage Crisis. Bet You've Never Heard Of It.

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:20:35 -0400

The documentary, "Abacus: Small Enough To Jail," tells the story of a family-owned bank in New York's Chinatown — the only U.S. institution to face criminal fraud charges in the wake of the subprime mortgage crisis.

Disney Is Taking Stereotypes And Diversity Seriously, Or Is It?

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 11:06:30 -0400

From "Moana" to "Beauty and the Beast" and "Zootopia," new Disney films for children are becoming more inclusive and questioning of racial and gender stereotypes. A look at new Disney films, stereotypes, representation and diversity.

'Maudie' Paints Intimate Portrait Of Canadian Painter Maud Lewis

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:35:00 -0400

The new film Maudie is an intimate drama about self-taught Canadian painter Maud Lewis. The film also takes a deep dive into her paintings and legacy.

Home Is Where The Art Is: The Unlikely Story Of Folk Artist Maud Lewis

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:32:00 -0400

Lewis sold paintings to passing tourists for $2. Now, they go for as much as $20,000 and her entire house is on view in a museum. Maudie tells the true story of the untrained artist from Nova Scotia.

'Maudie' Made Such Joyful Art, You'd Never Guess How Tough She Had It

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:31:00 -0400

The film tells the true story of Maud Lewis, a woman from a small town in Nova Scotia, who, with no formal training, became one of Canada's most celebrated folk artists.

Gallery Gives Movie Star Marlene Dietrich The Big-Picture Treatment

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0400

A photography exhibition in Washington, D.C., shows the journey from Berlin schoolgirl to glamorous actress.

Julius Caesar Production Closes, But Debate Over Art And Politics Likely to Rage On

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 07:00:00 -0400

A production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar has drawn the ire of conservatives for its depiction of President Trump as the ill-fated Roman politician.

John Avildsen, Oscar-Winning Director Of 'Rocky' And 'Karate Kid,' Dies At 81

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 09:25:00 -0400

Avildsen won his Oscar in 1977 for Rocky, which was also named best picture. The director, who delivered a string of inspirational and enduring box-office successes, died Friday of pancreatic cancer.

Sleep Apnea Factored In Carrie Fisher's Death, Coroner Reports

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 22:08:00 -0400

Los Angeles County report leaves the cause of death undetermined, but also points to heart disease and Fisher's drug use as contributing to her death in December.

Why 'The Mummy' Is The Most Important Bad Movie Of The Year

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:20:00 -0400

The lousiness of The Mummy isn't the stars' fault — it's the storytelling. Universal has announced plans to make more like it, which is scarier than anything in the movie itself.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Wonder Woman' And The Tony Awards

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:00:28 -0400

This week, we talk about the superhero smash Wonder Woman, and we talk about Dear Evan Hansen, Oslo and some of the other big winners from Sunday night's Tonys.

'Cars 3' Comes Roaring Back With A Swapped-Out (Story) Engine

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:00:28 -0400

A franchise many worried was running on fumes finds more fuel in the tank thanks to a new director, dazzling set-pieces and a fresh take on themes of aging and mentorship.

A Head-To-Head Clash Of Political Wills — And Acting Styles — In Northern Ireland

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:00:28 -0400

The pleasures of this imagined conversation between two real-life Northern Ireland political enemies, set in the run-up to 2006 St. Andrews Agreement, are more political/philosophical than dramatic.

'Rough Night' Is Shamelessly Derivative — And Shamelessly Funny

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:00:28 -0400

This raunch-fest comedy about a wild (and lethal) bachelorette party stumbles out of the gate, but once Kate McKinnon's Aussie-for-no-particular-reason character shows up, so do the laughs.