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Movie Reviews : NPR

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, 23 Jun 2017 13:52:32 -0400

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Garish Melodrama Becomes Universal Tragedy 'The Beguiled'

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:52:32 -0400

Sofia Coppola has taken a 1971 Southern Gothic psychodrama directed by a man and remade it from a female perspective — and the result is powerful.

With The Swoony Pleasures Of 'The Beguiled,' Sofia Coppola Shows Us Something New

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:56:00 -0400

In her previous work, director Sofia Coppola looked out from inside the bubble that wealth and privilege create. Her latest film grapples with a different — but related — form of isolation.

Documentary Scours Our Noisy Globe 'In Search Of Silence'

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:00:23 -0400

Director Patrick Shen features plenty of talking heads opining about our essential need for quiet and solitude, but this film works best when he captures moments of pristine, meditative stillness.

A Wounded Union Soldier In A House Of Southern Women: 'The Beguiled'

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:00:23 -0400

Sofia Coppola's lush visual aesthetic infuses this study in sublimated lust with just enough sly, Southern-Gothic bodice-ripping to intrigue and satisfy.

'The Big Sick' Is A Tonic For What Ails You

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:00:23 -0400

Critic Andrew Lapin praises the "unique, understated comic irony" of this largely autobiographical rom-com about a couple whose young relationship gets tested by matters cultural — and medical.

'The Big Sick' Is A Wonderful Movie And An Imperfect Milestone

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:39:00 -0400

Comedian Kumail Nanjiani steps into the leading role in a semi-autobiographical love story. It's a quietly groundbreaking crowd-pleaser, though some characters aren't as fully dimensional as others.

'Maudie' Paints Intimate Portrait Of Canadian Painter Maud Lewis

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:35:00 -0400

The new film Maudie is an intimate drama about self-taught Canadian painter Maud Lewis. The film also takes a deep dive into her paintings and legacy.

'Maudie' Made Such Joyful Art, You'd Never Guess How Tough She Had It

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:31:00 -0400

The film tells the true story of Maud Lewis, a woman from a small town in Nova Scotia, who, with no formal training, became one of Canada's most celebrated folk artists.

Why 'The Mummy' Is The Most Important Bad Movie Of The Year

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:20:00 -0400

The lousiness of The Mummy isn't the stars' fault — it's the storytelling. Universal has announced plans to make more like it, which is scarier than anything in the movie itself.

'Cars 3' Comes Roaring Back With A Swapped-Out (Story) Engine

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:00:28 -0400

A franchise many worried was running on fumes finds more fuel in the tank thanks to a new director, dazzling set-pieces and a fresh take on themes of aging and mentorship.

A Head-To-Head Clash Of Political Wills — And Acting Styles — In Northern Ireland

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:00:28 -0400

The pleasures of this imagined conversation between two real-life Northern Ireland political enemies, set in the run-up to 2006 St. Andrews Agreement, are more political/philosophical than dramatic.

'Rough Night' Is Shamelessly Derivative — And Shamelessly Funny

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:00:28 -0400

This raunch-fest comedy about a wild (and lethal) bachelorette party stumbles out of the gate, but once Kate McKinnon's Aussie-for-no-particular-reason character shows up, so do the laughs.

'Beatriz at Dinner' And 'Megan Leavey' Celebrate Women Warriors

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:38:00 -0400

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews two movies centered on women warriors — Beatriz at Dinner starring Salma Hayek, and Megan Leavey starring Kate Mara.

'My Cousin Rachel' Spins A 19th-Century Melodrama About A Mysterious Young Widow

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 13:50:00 -0400

Rachel Weisz plays a widow who might have designs on her cousin's fortune in a new adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's 1951 novel. Critic David Edelstein says the film will keep viewers in suspense.

'Becoming Cary Grant' Reveals The Self-Invention Of A Hollywood Icon

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 12:05:00 -0400

Mark Kidel's new Showtime documentary tells the story of the man behind the debonair star. Off screen, Grant was "lonely, insecure and haunted by fears of being abandoned," says critic John Powers.