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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, 22 Mar 2017 20:00:00 -0400

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IMDb Adopts F-Rating Of Women's Contributions To Movies

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:00:00 -0400

The online database has embraced the rating intended to highlight directing, writing and other aspects of filmmaking by women. This expands the rating's reach to the site's more than 4 million titles.

20 Years Ago, Biopic Helped Give Pop Star Selena Life Beyond Her Tragic Death

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:54:00 -0400

In the 1990s, Tejano music singer Selena Quintanilla Perez made a rare crossover to mainstream American audiences. The movie Selena debuted two years after her murder.

Time Loops Back On Itself (Even Without Heroin) In 'T2 Trainspotting'

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:30:00 -0400

20 years ago, a low-budget film with a great soundtrack became a huge hit. Now, director Danny Boyle is getting the old (much older, in fact) Trainspotting gang back together for a sequel.

With 'T2: Trainspotting,' Director Danny Boyle Proves You can Go Home Again

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:25:39 -0400

More than 20 years after the release of the original film about a band of thieving Scottish junkies, Boyle returns to the same characters. Critic David Edelstein calls the new film "tremendous fun."

A Unlikely Romance Blossoms, Rooted In A Secret: 'Frantz'

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:00:16 -0400

French writer-director Francois Ozon adapts Broken Lullaby, Ernst Lubitsch's 1932 melodrama about a mysterious Frenchman and a German war-widow in the aftermath of World War I.

A Family Struggles To Connect In The Rueful, Richly Detailed 'After The Storm'

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:00:16 -0400

Hirokazu Kore-eda's drama about a stalled writer's attempts to make peace with his extended family is a quiet and meticulously wrought character study.

'T2 Trainspotting': Indulgent Film Reunites Indulgent Characters, 20 Years Later

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:00:16 -0400

The sequel to Danny Boyle's blisteringly original 1997 movie lacks that film's structure and insight, but the cast can still generate fitful flashes of energy and charm.

Tale As Old As Time — And It Shows: 'Beauty And The Beast'

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:00:00 -0400

The live-action, CGI-besotted remake of Disney's 1991 animated musical never manages to justify its existence, says critic Andrew Lapin, because it sets out "not to conjure wonder, but nostalgia."

Live-Action 'Beauty And The Beast ' Revisits A Tale As Old As Time

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:28:00 -0400

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews Disney's live-action version of Beauty and The Beast. Is it still a tale as old as time, a song as old as rhyme?

Composer Alan Menken On His Disney Tunes: 'I Prefer Them To Be Hum-able'

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 04:37:00 -0400

Menken scored The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocahontas and many other Disney classics. He recently wrote three new songs for the live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.

Movie Twins? Weirdly Similar Films That Came Out Within Months Of Each Other

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:05:00 -0400

Hollywood isn't a big town; everyone knows what everyone else is doing. Still, rival studios often face off, refusing to blink, in movie showdowns that didn't need to happen.

'Get Out' Sprang From An Effort To Master Fear, Says Director Jordan Peele

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:59:00 -0400

As a kid, Peele was terrified of "the demons that lurked in the dark." Then he realized that by making a horror-thriller, he "would be wielding this power, as opposed to being a victim to it."

'My Cousin Vinny' Turns 25

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 05:16:00 -0400

The 1992 film comedy My Cousin Vinny was anticipated to be a likeable low-budget effort when it premiered. Somewhere along the line, it became a courtroom classic.

'Eyes On The Prize' Producer On Making A Civil Rights Documentary Before Its Time

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 17:53:00 -0400

The 14-part PBS series covered 30 years of the civil rights movement, winning two Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards. Producer and cinematographer Jon Else says only primary sources were on screen.

'Cries From Syria' Documentary Lays Bare The Conflict's Gruesome Realities

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 17:53:00 -0400

Director Evgeny Afineevsky and Syrian subject Kholoud Helmi talk about the new film, which chronicles the country's descent into civil war after initially hopeful demonstrations of the Arab Spring.