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Thursday, Nov 29

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Teens Sing Their Guts Out In The Scottish Zombie Christmas Musical 'Anna And The Apocalypse'

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The debt John McPhail's tuneful horror comedy owes to Shaun of the Dead proves too deep to clamber out of, but the songs are fun and Ella Hunt's feisty lead performance is charming.

'Never Look Away' Glibly Examines The Intersection Of Art And Autobiography

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Tom Schilling plays a German painter clearly modeled on Gerhard Richter in this melodrama about the lingering costs of war and the ways they inform both art and artist.

In 'Sicilian Ghost Story,' A Boy Goes Missing — And A Girl Goes Searching

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In this haunting, lyrical Italian film, the true story of a horrific mob-related kidnapping is couched within "a love story [that unfolds] in a fairy tale more Grimm than Disney."

Wednesday, Nov 28

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'The Favourite': Sou Smart, Sou Wicked, Sou Witty, Sou Gououd

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The Extra U Is For Unctuous: Yorgos Lanthimos' latest is a gleefully nasty piece of work about a queen (the spectacular Olivia Colman) and two women (Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone) vying for her favor.

Tuesday, Nov 27

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Encore: 'The Gospel According to André': Look Fabulous, And Know Your History

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André Leon Talley is a fixture in the fashion world. A former Vogue fashion editor and former judge on America's Next Top Model, The Gospel According to André looks at his life, work and influence.

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Dubbing Movies Into Spanish Is Big Business For Spain's Voice Actors

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Movie fans watching foreign films fall into two groups: those who want to hear the dialogue dubbed into their own language, and those who prefer subtitles. Spaniards seem firmly in that first group.

Fall Movie Review: 'Ballad Of Buster Scruggs,' And 'At Eternity's Gate'

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David Greene talks to Kenneth Turan, film critic for the LA Times, about the Coen brother's western, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and At Eternity's Gate — a film about Vincent van Gogh's final years.

Sexual Assault Scene In 'Last Tango In Paris' Clouds Bertolucci's Career

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Movie director Bernardo Bertolucci died Monday at the age of 77. Rachel Martin talks to film critic Carrie Rickey about one of the more controversial parts of Bertolucci's legacy.

Monday, Nov 26

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Remembering The Work Of Director Bernardo Bertolucci

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The late Italian Filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci found international renown with such films as Last Tango in Paris and The Last Emperor.

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Bernardo Bertolucci, Directed 'Last Tango In Paris,' Dies At 77

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The filmmaker died of cancer at his home in Rome Monday. Bertolucci's films, which include The Conformist and The Last Emperor, enthralled and shocked the world.

Bernardo Bertolucci, 'Last Tango In Paris' Director, Dies At 77

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The filmmaker died of cancer at his home in Rome. Bertolucci's films — including The Conformist and The Last Emperor — enthralled and shocked the world.

Sunday, Nov 25

'Greatest Showman' Re-Imagined

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Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are the songwriting producers behind "The Greatest Showman" soundtrack. They're here to share reimagined versions of those songs with NPR's Sacha Pfeiffer.

Film Review: 'Becoming Astrid'

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NPR guest host Sacha Pfeiffer speaks with director Pernille Fischer Christensen about her movie "Becoming Astrid," which looks at Astrid Lindgren, author of the Pippi Longstocking children's books.

Friday, Nov 23

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Royal Intrigue Fuels Eccentric Comedy Of Manners, 'The Favourite'

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Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos finds both pathos and dark comedy in the machinations surrounding England's Queen Anne in his period dramedy The Favourite.

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'Green Book' Is About Race — And Also Friendship, Class And Masculinity

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In the film Green Book, a black pianist on a 1962 concert tour in the Deep South hires a tough-talking bouncer from the Bronx. Rachel Martin talks to Mahershala Ali, who plays pianist Don Shirley.

Thursday, Nov 22

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K-Pop Boy Band BTS Breaks Event Cinema Record With 'Burn The Stage' Documentary

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With its new documentary Burn the Stage, K-pop boy band BTS broke the event cinema record previously held by One Direction. Variety senior film writer Matt Donnelly explains what all this means.

Are You Hitting The Theaters This Season? Here's What Movies To Look For

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A look ahead at possible awards contenders and potential blockbusters that Hollywood is wrapping up for your holiday enjoyment.

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Michael B. Jordan On His Ultimate Goal, Industry Diversity And 'Creed II'

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NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with actor Michael B. Jordan as he bookends his year in movies with a return as boxer Adonis Johnson in the sequel Creed II.

Wednesday, Nov 21

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Director Alfonso Cuarón Reimagines His Mexican Childhood In 'Roma'

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The official entry for Best Foreign Language film from Mexico is Roma, director Alfonso Cuarón's black-and-white reimagining of his middle class childhood home in Mexico City.

'Green Book' Offers By-The-Book Uplift

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Peter Farrelly's tale of a black musician chauffeured through the Deep South of the 1960s by a white driver is "a well-meaning but glib and shallow ode to interracial healing."

'Creed II' Isn't In The Same Weight Class As 'Creed,' But It's Got Heart

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The sequel to 2015's winning overhaul of the venerable Rocky franchise is "is a more listless and ordinary film than Creed by any measure, but still a rewarding one."

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'You Better Own This': How Rami Malek Came To Embody Freddie Mercury

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Malek sang at the top of his lungs while playing Queen's iconic lead singer in the new biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Still, he says, "No one can sing like Freddie Mercury."

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Toxic Masculinity Is The Bad Guy In 'Ralph Breaks The Internet'

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The sequel to Wreck-it Ralph is awash with jokes about cross-promotion, brand extension, comments sections and Disney cliches; it feels like the way we live now — with more heart.

Tuesday, Nov 20

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'It Looked Impossible': New Film Follows Free Climbers Up The 'Dawn Wall'

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Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson were the first to free climb to the top of the southeastern face of Yosemite's El Capitan. "It's as sheer and as vertical as the side of a skyscraper," Jorgeson says.

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Sumptuous And Gloriously Alive, 'The Favourite' Is The Best Costume Drama In Ages

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Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz vie for the favor an ailing Queen Anne in a new comedy-drama set in the 18th century. Justin Chang says it's director Yorgos Lanthimos' most "emotionally resonant work."

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Pro-Publica, PBS Frontline Project: 'Documenting Hate: New American Nazis'

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Rachel Martin talks to Pro-Publica's A.C. Thompson about his latest documentary: Documenting Hate: New American Nazis, which airs on PBS' Frontline Tuesday night.

Monday, Nov 19

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Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen On Singing Cowboys And Working With Oxen

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The Coen brothers pay homage to old Westerns with their new film, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. The movie is a collection of six stories that often subvert the expectations of the genre.

Friday, Nov 16

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'Authenticity Is My Rebellion': Viola Davis On 'Widows,' Steve McQueen And Legacy

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The only black woman to have won an Emmy, a Tony and an Oscar for acting stars as a grieving wife turned professional criminal in a new heist thriller. "I approached her like a real woman," she says.

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William Goldman, Writer Behind 'Butch Cassidy,' 'Princess Bride,' Dies At 87

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Goldman had a successful literary career before he turned to Hollywood, where he made an indelible mark — as the writer of beloved movies as well as a bestselling guide to screenwriting.

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From 'Jinn' To 'Just Another Girl On The I.R.T.': Black Girlhood On Film

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Too few movies have made black girls their main characters. The release of Nijla Mu'min's Jinn caused critic Monica Castillo to reflect on some of the traits these films share, and how they differ.