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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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With 'T2: Trainspotting,' Director Danny Boyle Proves You can Go Home Again

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:25:39 -0400

More than 20 years after the release of the original film about a band of thieving Scottish junkies, Boyle returns to the same characters. Critic David Edelstein calls the new film "tremendous fun."

A Unlikely Romance Blossoms, Rooted In A Secret: 'Frantz'

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:00:16 -0400

French writer-director Francois Ozon adapts Broken Lullaby, Ernst Lubitsch's 1932 melodrama about a mysterious Frenchman and a German war-widow in the aftermath of World War I.

A Family Struggles To Connect In The Rueful, Richly Detailed 'After The Storm'

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:00:16 -0400

Hirokazu Kore-eda's drama about a stalled writer's attempts to make peace with his extended family is a quiet and meticulously wrought character study.

'T2 Trainspotting': Indulgent Film Reunites Indulgent Characters, 20 Years Later

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:00:16 -0400

The sequel to Danny Boyle's blisteringly original 1997 movie lacks that film's structure and insight, but the cast can still generate fitful flashes of energy and charm.

Tale As Old As Time — And It Shows: 'Beauty And The Beast'

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:00:00 -0400

The live-action, CGI-besotted remake of Disney's 1991 animated musical never manages to justify its existence, says critic Andrew Lapin, because it sets out "not to conjure wonder, but nostalgia."

Live-Action 'Beauty And The Beast ' Revisits A Tale As Old As Time

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:28:00 -0400

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews Disney's live-action version of Beauty and The Beast. Is it still a tale as old as time, a song as old as rhyme?

'Sense Of An Ending' Lacks The Punch Of The Prize-Winning Novel It's Based On

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 13:23:00 -0500

The film tells the story of an emotionally shut-down man who gradually learns that the events of his past are not as he remembers. David Edelstein says the movie, unlike the book, is a "non-event."

Paranormal Activity Meets Profound Grief In 'Personal Shopper'

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:05:00 -0500

Olivier Assayas' chilling new film features Kristen Stewart as a medium who is trying to contact her dead twin. Critic Justin Chang calls it "moody, baffling and altogether entrancing."

'Raw' Is Not Well Done

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 17:00:17 -0500

French writer-director Julia Ducournau's debut feature, about a vegetarian veterinary student who develops a taste for viscera, "is as tiresome as it is scandalous," says critic Mark Jenkins.

A Revisionist Western With A Vision That's Oppressively Brutal: 'Brimstone'

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 17:00:17 -0500

Dutch writer-director Martin Koolhoven's bleak, four-part, 149-minute tale, which features Guy Pearce as a sadistic preacher in the Old West, proves "rigorously unpleasant," says critic Scott Tobias.

An Unexamined Life, Examined And Re-Examined: 'The Sense Of An Ending'

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 17:00:17 -0500

An unsparing, unsentimental Julian Barnes novel gets a straightforward treatment — and a tacked-on, falsely redemptive ending — in Ritesh Batra's film.

In The Forgettable 'Kong: Skull Island,' A Great Cast, Cast Aside

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 17:00:17 -0500

Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, John Goodman and Samuel L. Jackson help ensure that this mediocre creature feature is "no chore to sit through," says critic Chris Klimek.

Hollywood's Favorite Giant Ape Returns In 'Kong: Skull Island'

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 16:34:52 -0500

In Kong: Skull Island, Hollywood's favorite giant ape returns to theaters, this time befriending Brie Larson and annoying John Goodman.

In 'Logan,' Hugh Jackman's Wolverine Shines His Badge One Last Time

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 16:30:00 -0500

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews the latest and darkest Marvel movie, Logan, which follows an aging X-Men Wolverine and Charles Xavier.

The X-Men Franchise Takes An Intense, Scorched-Earth Turn With 'Logan'

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 13:31:00 -0500

Major characters go down in showers of blood and gore in the latest stand-alone Wolverine film. Critic David Edelstein says that Logan is an "incredibly bleak ... crackerjack piece of work."