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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: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:19:00 -0400

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'Moonlight': A Film About A Black Man's Coming-Of-Age In South Florida

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:19:00 -0400

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to actor Mahershala Ali about the complex and nuanced ways his characters exemplify black masculinity - particularly in the new film, 'Moonlight.'

'Moonlight': A Cinematic Poem Of Love, Loneliness And Coming Out

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:19:00 -0400

The most rewarding coming-of-age film in many a moon, lyrically luminous Moonlight is the story of a gay African-American youngster in Miami who experiences trouble, trauma and unexpected grace.

'13th' Maps The Road From Slavery To Mass Incarceration

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:35:00 -0400

Ava DuVernay's new film takes its name from the amendment that abolished slavery, but allowed for prisoner servitude. Critic John Powers says 13th puts forth a searing interpretation of U.S. history.

A Melancholy Youth Finds Himself Under The Heavenly Glow Of 'Moonlight'

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:00:01 -0400

In Barry Jenkins' incandescent coming-of-age tale, three different actors cover three phases in the life of an African-American who takes a wayward path into manhood.

'Keeping Up' With These Suburban Spies Is All Too Easy

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:00:01 -0400

Zach Galifianakis loses his edge in a Mr. and Mrs. Smith knockoff that strands a gifted cast in a bland cul-de-sac spy adventure.

With A Second 'Jack Reacher,' Tom Cruise Finally Exceeds His Grasp

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:00:00 -0400

After a five-year winning streak as Hollywood reigning action hero, Tom Cruise falls back to earth with a can't-miss sequel that misses.

A 'Television First' Becomes A Compelling Character Study In 'Christine'

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 16:37:00 -0400

Christine is a biopic about a TV reporter who committed suicide in a live shot.

Documentary Offers A Wrenching Look At America's First Modern Gun Massacre

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:34:00 -0400

The animated film Tower revisits the day, in 1966, when a gunman began shooting from the clock tower at the University of Texas at Austin. Critic David Edelstein calls the movie "extraordinary."

The Man, The Myth, The Ledger: In 'The Accountant,' Affleck Gets His Bourne On

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 17:00:28 -0400

Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a math savant who hides dark side-dealings as a freelance accountant for various criminal enterprises.

In 'Miss Hokusai,' The Daughter Of A Master Artist Comes Into Her Own

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 17:00:28 -0400

Set in Edo-era Japan, this gorgeous, impressionistic tale follows the life and work of the artist Katsushika Hokusai and his daughter/protege through a series of exquisitely wrought vignettes.

'Certain Women' Confront The Uncertain Future With Quiet Desperation — And Resolve

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 17:00:27 -0400

In this triptych of films inspired by the short stories of Maile Meloy, director Kelly Reichardt (Meek's Cutoff) focuses on women striving to escape their prescribed roles.

'Christine': A Shocking Act, Plus Traffic And Weather, After The Break

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 17:00:00 -0400

Director Antonio Campos presents the story of Christine Chubbuck, a young TV reporter in Sarasota, Fla., who stunned viewers with her on-air suicide in 1974.

A Man And An Amendment Are Re-Examined In 'The Birth Of A Nation' And '13th'

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 16:32:00 -0400

Nate Parker's rebellion film The Birth of A Nation and Ava DuVernay's documentary 13th tackle America's racial history, but intersect in complicated ways.

'Birth Of A Nation' Conforms To Hollywood's Standard Revenge Template

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 13:40:54 -0400

The new movie, which tells the story of Nat Turner's 1831 slave revolt, is a righteous-vigilante tale — and an answer to D.W. Griffith's 1915 film of the same name.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Fall Movie And TV Preview

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 13:17:00 -0400

Bob Mondello joins us for a look at the fall films from the Toronto International Film Festival, and we jump into our annual fall television pool.