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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, 02 Dec 2016 16:12:00 -0500

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Women Face The Unpredictable In 'Jackie,' 'Things To Come'

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:12:00 -0500

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello has a double-feature review of two films about women who find themselves in drastically altered circumstances in midlife: Things To Come, starring Isabelle Huppert, and Jackie, starring Natalie Portman.



'Jackie' Captures The Brittle Sadness Of A First Lady In Mourning

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:19:00 -0500

A new biopic takes audiences into the White House in the days following JFK's assassination in Dallas. Critic David Edelstein says Jackie conveys both the shyness and slyness of Jacqueline Kennedy.



Movie Review: 'Jackie' Stars Natalie Portman As Jacqueline Kennedy

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 05:20:00 -0500

A biopic about Jacqueline Kennedy opens on Friday, and centers on the aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Our reviewer says Jackie is a transporting and transfixing biopic.



Through 'The Eyes of My Mother' We See A Young Woman Grow Into A Vicious Killer

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:00:15 -0500

This elegant but unsettling horror film implicates the audience by placing us inside the head of the monster at its center, forcing us to see things in ourselves we don't wish to.



A Parisian Woman's Tightly Woven Sense Of Self Begins To Unravel In 'Things To Come'

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:00:15 -0500

In this rigorously observed French drama, Isabelle Huppert delivers a searing performance. "In Huppert," says critic Ella Taylor, "deadpan meets tumult wreaking havoc within."



In The Dark Crime Thriller 'Old Stone,' A Taxi Driver Turns Amateur Detective

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:00:15 -0500

Writer-director Johnny Ma's mordant tale of a taxi driver forced to cover the health costs of a man he ran over "shifts from docudrama to "black-hearted thriller," says critic Mark Jenkins.



When Private Grief Meets Public Duty: The Intimate, Hypnotic 'Jackie'

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:00:00 -0500

Director Pablo Larraín narrows the focus of his Jackie Kennedy biopic to a handful of days around the JFK assassination, and keeps his camera trained on Natalie Portman's expressive face.



2 New Works Confront The Refugee Crisis With Empathy And Humanity

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:24:18 -0500

Critic John Powers discusses the Italian documentary, Fire at Sea, and the novel, These Are the Names. The works take very different — but nonetheless poignant — approaches to the refugee situation.



In 'Lion,' A Man Uses Google Earth To Search For His Family

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 16:32:57 -0500

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews Lion, a dramatic true story starring Dev Patel as a man who uses Google Earth to search for his family.



'Mifune' Can't Quite Capture A Screen Legend

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 17:00:12 -0500

Critic Mark Jenkins says a new documentary focused on Toshiro Mifune's relationship with director Akira Kurosawa could have used a bit more verve and a few more voices.



Holiday Movie Preview: Lightsabers, Musicals And Jackie

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 16:29:25 -0500

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello has a preview of the would-be awards contenders and blockbusters Hollywood will be opening as the rest of us open presents.



'Allied' Revives The Old-Fashioned Wartime Thriller

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:00:11 -0500

Critic Chris Klimek says Allied, the relatively rare mid-budget studio film made for adults, is more than just a period piece — it's an anachronism.



Proud Grinches Beware: Sentimentality Sinks 'Bad Santa 2'

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:00:11 -0500

The original Bad Santa has long delighted holiday misanthropes, but an "irredeemably squishy center," says critic Scott Tobias, means its sequel won't give them what they crave.



Disney's 'Moana' Needs No Prince, Just The Land And Sea

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:00:00 -0500

Critic Andrew Lapin says Disney's new animated film Moana builds a lush visual world for its young Polynesian heroine and makes its most honest effort yet at appreciating the culture where it's set.



'Fantastic Beasts' And 'The Red Turtle' Bring Magic To The Screen

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:26:00 -0500

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews a critter double-feature: J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beats and Where To Find Them and the Studio Ghibli's The Red Turtle.