Last Build Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:28:00 -0500Copyright: Copyright 2017 NPR - For Personal Use Only
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:28:00 -0500These days, Suzuki's Branded to Kill is widely seen as a masterpiece; when he made the absurdist thriller in 1967, he was fired.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:37:00 -0500A 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.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:58:53 -0500Author 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.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 04:49:00 -0500Choreographer 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.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:40:00 -0500Nicholas Britell, the composer for the Oscar-nominated score for Moonlight, describes the story behind his music.
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:41:00 -0500Jordan 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.
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:58:02 -0500O'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.
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:54:30 -0500Director 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.
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:54:00 -0500La 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.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:03:40 -0500Matt 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."
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:00:18 -0500Charlie 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.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:00:18 -0500Director 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.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:00:18 -0500This visually impressive, narratively muddy, pseudo-historic monster movie disappoints. "It's bonkers in theory, but prosaic in execution," says critic Mark Jenkins.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:17:00 -0500Kenneth 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.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:45:22 -0500Ali 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.