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Reviews of new movies, classic and art films, foreign films, and popular movies. Featuring Bob Mondello, Kenneth Turan, David Edelstein, and Mark Jenkins.

Last Build Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:54:10 -0400

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Director Agnes Varda And French Artist JR Team Up In Road Picture 'Faces Places'

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:54:10 -0400

The odd couple travels around France in the new documentary, photographing strangers and making murals out of their portraits. Critic David Edelstein calls it an "entirely down to earth" art film.

Hollywood's Biopic Fever: 5 Fact-Based Films Released This Week

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:28:00 -0400

It's a big week for movie biographies. Opening today: Fact-based films about a Supreme Court justice, two semi-famous authors, an infamous artist and a man who refused to let polio defeat him.

'The Meyerowitz Stories' Is A Squirm-Inducing Comedy About Family Dysfunction

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:26:16 -0400

Writer-director Noah Baumbach's new film is a collection of loosely connected episodes that offer a revealing glimpse into the heart of a lively and fractious New York Jewish family.

'Human Flow' Offers A Searing Look At The Global Refugee Crisis

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:04:45 -0400

Using aerial photography and intimate, one-on-one interviews to document the plight of migrants in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, artist Ai Weiwei's documentary is grim but vital.

A Major Work Of Friction: 'The Meyerowitz Stories (New And Selected)'

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:00:55 -0400

While not as tightly structured as his previous work, writer-director Noah Baumbach's latest dissection of men whose egos outstrip their talent is just as closely observed as ever.

A Couple Confronts Polio In 'Breathe'

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:00:55 -0400

The directorial debut of actor Andy Serkis features strong performances from Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy but opts for inspiration over intimacy.

'Professor Marston And The Wonder Women' Is Strangely Subdued

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:00:55 -0400

Angela Robinson's biopic of the colorful sexual triad behind the comic-book character is sweet, but so concerned with rendering their kinkiness as bold and important that it forgets to have fun.

The Man Behind All Those Behinds: 'Tom of Finland'

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:00:25 -0400

Despite its dutiful, box-checking nature, this biopic of the Finnish artist who brought gay sexual imagery out of the shadows finds room to let its characters breathe.

'The Foreigner' Is Cold As Ice

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:00:25 -0400

Director Martin Campbell's first film since Green Lantern stars Jackie Chan, but the joyless proceedings drain the actor of his trademark charisma.

Movies You Missed: 'The Color Purple'

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 08:01:30 -0400

Claudia Humphrey, Florida-based civil rights attorney, talks with NPR's Scott Simon about a movie she hadn't seen until recently: The Color Purple.

'The Florida Project' Presents A Thrillingly Alive Portrait Of Childhood

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 14:33:26 -0400

Director Sean Baker's new film centers on a six-year-old girl living in a dumpy motel complex outside of Orlando. Critic Justin Chang says The Florida Project "packs an emotional wallop."

'Florida Project' Turns A Decrepit Corner Of Orlando Into A Cinematic Playground

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 10:00:00 -0400

Sean Baker's new film follows an adorably unstoppable 6-year-old and her barely more mature single mom living in the shadow of Disney World.

Review: 'Blade Runner 2049'

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 05:00:45 -0400

Thirty-five years after the release of Blade Runner comes Blade Runner 2049. The original wasn't a big hit. Film critic Kenneth Turan talks with Rachel Martin about why a sequel was made anyway.

In The Powerful 'Una,' A Woman Wants Vengeance — And More

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 17:01:18 -0400

In this "intelligently talky, properly claustrophobic chamber piece,' Rooney Mara plays a woman who confronts the man who sexually abused her when she was a girl.

'Faces Places': A New Wave Filmmaker And A Mural Artist Tear Through France

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 17:01:18 -0400

Agnès Varda and JR co-direct this documentary, which follows their travels as they turn the lives of the people they meet into public art.