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Movie Reviews : NPR

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, 21 Aug 2017 14:37:00 -0400

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Haunting 'Marjorie Prime' Is Suffused With Forgiveness And Despair

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:37:00 -0400

The new film is set in the near future, when people can purchase holographic versions of their dead loved ones. This drama isn't about technology — it's sci-fi as a means of exploring our inner lives.

Classic Movie Review: 'Dr. Strangelove'

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:11:40 -0400

We all have movies we somehow never got around to watching. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro had never seen Dr. Strangelove. She and NPR's Scott Simon review this old, but still relevant, film.

High Spirited 'Patti Cake$' Dresses Its Cinderella Story In Dirty Jersey Drag

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:02:01 -0400

A hard-working aspiring rapper rises above her dead-end existence with the help of some supportive friends and her own irrepressible talent. Critic Justin Change says Patti Cake$ is irresistible.

A Radiant, Isolated Star: A New Documentary Tells Whitney Houston's Story

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:01:00 -0400

Whitney: Can I Be Me is an unauthorized documentary that marshals the voices of Houston's friends and former employees to tell an intimate, tragic story.

'Patti Cake$' i$ $weet But $light

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:28:00 -0400

A Jersey girl dreams of rap stardom in this "conventional dramedy" that highlights star Danielle Macdonald's charisma but reduces other characters to types.

'Dave Made A Maze,' But Dave Forgot A Script

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:00:19 -0400

In this gorgeously designed movie, the walls of an elaborate cardboard maze are more substantial than the characters inside it.

'California Typewriter': A Love-Letter To The Carriage-Return Lever

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:00:00 -0400

Doug Nichol's documentary profiles the stubborn holdouts — collectors, repairmen, and a few celebrities — who treasure the tactile pleasures of the humble typewriter.

A NASCAR Caper Comedy Fueled By Thick Southern Accents: 'Logan Lucky'

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:00:00 -0400

Steven Soderbergh's return to filmmaking after a brief hiatus features strong chemistry between its two leads, a great cast, and the faint whiff of condescension.

Movies You Missed: 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 07:55:00 -0400

We all have movies we somehow never got around to watching. Rachael Copeland has never seen one of the greatest coming-of-age films. She reviews Ferris Bueller's Day Off for NPR's Scott Simon.

Stylishly Gritty, This Chase Thriller Really Is A 'Good Time'

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:07:00 -0400

Robert Pattinson plays an amateur crook who maneuvers from one hair-raising situation to another. It's a relentless chase thriller, a funny problem-solving exercise and an exhilarating mood piece.

Shocking Omission: Nancy Sinatra And Lee Hazlewood's Charismatic 'Nancy & Lee'

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 10:08:00 -0400

The range of Sinatra's presence on Nancy & Lee, at times overwhelmed with love and, at other turns, defiantly alone, is why this continues to be a go-to for confused lovers everywhere.

A Couple Breaks Up, But Stays Together, In 'After Love'

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:00:16 -0400

In this loose, partly improvised French drama, a couple separates after 15 years of marriage — but continues to live in the same apartment.

Haunting, Dreamlike 'In This Corner Of The World' Depicts Hiroshima, Before And After

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:00:16 -0400

In this beautifully rendered, meticulously researched anime, we view the bustling Japanese city through the eyes of a young daydreamer whose life is shattered by the inconceivable.

'The Only Living Boy In New York': A Callow, Shallow Writer Makes Good

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:00:16 -0400

In director Marc Webb's indulgent coming-of-age tale, a young Manhattan writer believes the world revolves around him. Unfortunately, the film believes the same thing.

'The Glass Castle' Nearly Shatters Under The Weight Of Its Metaphors

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:00:00 -0400

The film, based on Jeannette Walls' memoir of her nomadic, impoverished childhood, clings to the book's lyrical imagery in ways too overdetermined to work on the big screen.