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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.



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What To Watch For After Cannes Film Festival

Wed, 24 May 2017 05:03:00 -0400

Rachel Martin talks with film critic Kenneth Turan about some of the movies to watch for coming out of this year's Cannes Film Festival.



Danish Filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg Gets Deeply Personal In 'The Commune'

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:36:05 -0400

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews The Commune, a Danish drama about a living arrangement that doesn't turn out the way its organizers expected.



'Alien: Covenant' Mixes Blood And Guts With Existential Questions

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:06:20 -0400

Ridley Scott's new installment of the Aliens franchise is a face-grabbing prequel featuring two androids. Critic David Edelstein says that though plodding at times, Alien: Covenant does deliver.



In 'The Commune,' Where We Live Is Who We Are

Thu, 18 May 2017 17:00:30 -0400

Director Thomas Vinterberg's The Commune isn't really about the entire group that grows up around a 1970s Copenhagen family. It's about the family itself, and how the way we live defines us.



'Alien: Covenant' Continues To Mine Old Ground

Thu, 18 May 2017 17:00:30 -0400

While Alien: Covenant is better than Prometheus, the last franchise entry, it still lacks the basic elements that made Alien and Aliens so widely admired.



Bryan Cranston Hides And Watches In 'Wakefield'

Thu, 18 May 2017 17:00:29 -0400

Bryan Cranston plays a man who settles in to spy on his own family in Wakefield, a story with roots going all the way back to Nathaniel Hawthorne.



The Device Of Illness Disappoints In 'Everything, Everything'

Thu, 18 May 2017 17:00:29 -0400

Based on Nicola Yoon's YA novel, Everything, Everything has some of the ingredients it needs to be satisfying, but the way it uses illness only as a plot device makes that satisfaction elusive.



'Abacus': The Small Chinatown Bank That Paid A High Price

Thu, 18 May 2017 17:00:00 -0400

In Abacus: Too Small To Jail, Steve James, who made Hoop Dreams, tells the story of a very small bank that really was prosecuted in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.



An Iraqi Sniper Traps Two U.S. Soldiers In 'The Wall'

Fri, 12 May 2017 16:30:00 -0400

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews The Wall, a film about two American snipers pinned down by an Iraqi sniper, behind a rapidly crumbling wall.



'Last Men In Aleppo' Captures The Horror And Humanity Of The Syrian Crisis

Fri, 12 May 2017 14:26:45 -0400

A new documentary focuses on a group of emergency volunteers in Syria's largest city known as the White Helmets. Critic David Edelstein says Last Men In Aleppo is a powerful and affecting work.



An Orthodox Bride Makes An Unorthodox Decision In 'The Wedding Plan'

Thu, 11 May 2017 17:44:00 -0400

Critic Ella Taylor loved this "beautiful and beguiling" tale of a Tel Aviv woman determined to let God provide her a last-minute groom.



A Mysterious Iraqi Sniper Pins Down Two U.S. Soldiers In 'The Wall'

Thu, 11 May 2017 17:00:26 -0400

John Cena and Aaron Taylor-Johnson star in Doug Liman's stripped-down, real-time thriller. Despite its script's many contrivances, critic Scott Tobias says Liman's direction is tense and unrelenting.



In 'Violet,' A Deadly Assault And A Dispassionate Survivor

Thu, 11 May 2017 17:00:26 -0400

Flemish writer-director Bas Devos' visually striking, enigmatic tale of sudden violence and internalized emotion dares audiences to empathize with its closed-off teen protagonist.



Goldie Hawn And Amy Schumer Have A Non-Dream Vacation In 'Snatched'

Thu, 11 May 2017 17:00:26 -0400

Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer star in Snatched, which has plenty of flaws, but at least offers a chance to see two very funny women with lively chemistry.



'King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword': An Edgy Script, Dulled By CGI

Thu, 11 May 2017 17:00:26 -0400

An Embarrassment of Ritchie: Charlie Hunnam stars as a hunky Arthur in a film that crackles with director Guy Ritchie's distinctive style but sinks under its bloated special effects.