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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: Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:56:26 -0500

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Movies You Missed: 'It's A Wonderful Life'

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:56:26 -0500

For the latest installment of our Movies You Missed series, two first-time viewers of It's a Wonderful Life admit wondering for a long time why it's regarded as a Christmas movie.

'I, Tonya' Offers A Sympathetic Second Act To A Disgraced Figure Skater

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:13:55 -0500

In January 1994, skater Nancy Kerrigan was struck on the leg with a police-style baton by a man linked to skating rival Tonya Harding. A new dark comedy reconsiders the case against Harding.

Biopic About Figure Skater Tonya Harding Reviewed

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:22:34 -0500

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews I, Tonya. The film tells the story of Tonya Harding, whose controversial figure skating career was marked by her rivalry with her chief competitor Nancy Kerrigan.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'The Disaster Artist' Is A Very James Franco Production

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 06:00:51 -0500

James Franco's The Disaster Artist tells the story of the making of The Room, one of the most famous awful movies of all time. The panel sits down to talk about Franco's vision and his muse.

'The Shape Of Water': An Elegant Fable Of Starfish-Crossed Lubbers

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:01:21 -0500

Guillermo del Toro's fish story may play like The Carol from the Black Lagoon, but the director's penchant for lyricism make it "a transporting, lovingly made specimen of escapism."

'I, Tonya,' You, Implicated

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:00:51 -0500

Director Craig Gillespie brings bold innovation to the biopic genre, using various tones and approaches to tell the tale of Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie) while satirizing our love of spectacle.

'Quest': Documentary Captures The Music Of One North Philly Family's Life

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:00:21 -0500

Filmed over four years, Jonathan Olshefksy's bracing and beautiful film follows Christopher and Christine'a Rainey as they invite local rappers into their basement music studio.

Nothing Lasts Forever, Even Cold 'November Criminals'

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:00:00 -0500

Director Sacha Gervasi's adaptation of a 2010 novel about a student investigating his classmate's murder features a great cast, but this "sketch of a movie" feels rushed and heavily truncated.

Israeli Film 'Foxtrot' Is A Bruisingly Powerful Look At A War Without End

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:16:11 -0500

Foxtrot centers on an Israeli couple reeling from the death of their soldier son. Critic Justin Chang says the title is "a clever if heavy-handed metaphor for a nation mired in its own stasis."

Director Guillermo Del Toro Says 'Shape Of Water' Centers On 'Love Beyond Words'

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:41:34 -0500

"I wanted to make a completely honest, heart-on-sleeve, non-ironic melodrama," del Toro says. Set in 1962, his new film features a fairy tale romance between a creature and a mute woman.

Movies You Missed: 'Elf'

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 07:43:55 -0500

The movie Elf is an exuberant holiday tale about acceptance. NPR's Scott Simon asks Tom Lovett, who has watched the movie for the first time, about its status as a Christmas classic.

'The Disaster Artist' Is The Best Movie About A Bad Movie

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 16:45:00 -0500

Tommy Wiseau's The Room has inspired a cult following, a video game and a "making-of" memoir. Now, the memoir has been turned into a movie, directed by and starring James Franco. It's called The Disaster Artist.

Delusions Of Grandeur Take Center Stage In James Franco's 'Disaster Artist'

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 16:23:19 -0500

Critic David Edlestein says Franco sends audiences into hysterics as the director and star of a new biopic about Tommy Wiseau, an oddball filmmaker with vision and drive — but very little talent.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Revenge, Redemption, And 'Three Billboards'

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 05:00:18 -0500

Martin McDonagh's darkly comic Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri follows a woman eager to get justice after an act of violence. But it also tries to confront race and domestic violence.

'The Other Side Of Hope': Finding Haven — And Hamachi — in Helsinki

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 17:00:48 -0500

Finnish writer/director Ali Kaurismaki follows up his 2011 film The Havre with a darker, but still comic, variation on a similar theme — a character fleeing bloody conflict gets taken in by a group of outcasts.