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Saturday, Oct 20

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'The Hate U Give' Star Says The Novel Was Like 'Reading My Own Diary'

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Like protagonist Starr Carter, Amandla Stenberg grew up in a black neighborhood, but attended an overwhelmingly white school. She stars in the adaptation of the novel about a fatal police shooting.

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Review: 'My Dinner With Hervé'

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In the movie My Dinner with Hervé, Peter Dinklage plays "the world's most famous knife-wielding French dwarf actor," one part of an unlikely friendship that develops over a wild night in LA.

Friday, Oct 19

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This 'Halloween,' Jamie Lee Curtis Reckons With 40 Years Of Trauma

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Michael Myers is back and, so is Laurie Strode. Jamie Lee Curtis was 19 when she starred in the original Halloween. This sequel ignores the others to focus on what has happened to Laurie since 1978.

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'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' Is A Rare Gem: A Sweet Film About A Mean Person

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A new film features Melissa McCarthy as a misanthropic con artist who forges letters from famous authors. Critic Justin Chang feels like McCarthy's entire career has been working toward this role.

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John Carpenter On The Enduring Sound Of 'Halloween'

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The original Halloween score is one of the most enduring horror scores ever written. John Carpenter, who directed that movie and wrote its score, has now written the score for the film's 2018 sequel.

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Kobe Bryant Removed As Animation Festival Juror After Protest Over Past Allegations

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A petition launched by "women and allies in the animation community" demanded "that accused rapist and sexual predator Kobe Bryant be removed" from the Animation Is Us festival.

Thursday, Oct 18

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In 'Wildlife,' Carey Mulligan's Performance Blazes Bright

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Paul Dano movingly adapts Richard Ford's 1990 novel about a couple (Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan) whose marriage crumbles as their son (Ed Oxenbould) watches.

In 'Mid90s' Jonah Hill Looks At Skater Culture Through A Lens, Blankly

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Jonah Hill writes and directs this semi-autobiographical coming-of-age tale about a boy who embraces skater culture; the film faithfully documents the era, but offers no point of view.

'Halloween': This Time, Laurie Strode Is Locked And Loaded

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Critic Monica Castillo says this Halloween sequel takes as its true subject the lingering effects of the trauma Jamie Lee Curtis' character experienced in the 1978 original. (Also there's stabbing.)

Melissa McCarthy's New Signature Role: 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?'

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Melissa McCarthy plays a real-life literary forger left behind by the publishing industry in a new and thoughtful comedy.

A Family In Quiet Crisis Gathers To Assess 'What They Had' — And What They've Still Got

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In her debut feature, writer/director Elizabeth Chomko brings fresh insight — and a stellar cast — to the "dysfunctional family" subgenre; the result is "funny and sad, but never mawkish."

Wednesday, Oct 17

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It Wasn't Cool To Care In The 'Mid90s' — But Jonah Hill Does

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In Hill's directorial debut, a 13-year-old boy from a troubled home finds his tribe through skateboarding. "It really was an ethic and aesthetic for me that I carry with me to this day," Hill says.

Monday, Oct 15

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Oscar-Winner Damien Chazelle Talks About His New Film 'First Man'

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Rachel Martin talks to director Damien Chazelle about his film First Man, which retells Neil Armstrong's dramatic story leading up to the Apollo 11 flight that landed him on the moon.

'Bad Times At The El Royale' Is A Twisty, Neon-Lit Neo-Noir

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In writer/director Drew Goddard's film, several strangers converge at a casino-motel filled with dark passageways and two-way mirrors — a lot like the film's satisfyingly pulpy, B-movie plot.

Sunday, Oct 14

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How 'Bring The Pain' Brought Chris Rock Superstar Fame

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A new A&E documentary highlights the stand-up comedian's breakout HBO special.

Saturday, Oct 13

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Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet On Their New Film, 'Beautiful Boy'

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NPR's Scott Simon speaks with actors Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet, who star in a movie based on the true story of a family struggling with a son's addiction to crystal meth.

After Living Dozens Of Lives, Leading Stuntwoman Mimi Lesseos Has Lessons To Offer

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Stunt performers can take a punch or survive a fiery car crash. It may sound like a job for the young, but Lesseos has been at it for decades. At 54, she wants to pass on her work's rewards and snags.

Friday, Oct 12

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Cult Icon John Waters On Breaking Taboos And Embracing Villains

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The filmmaker behind Hairspray and Pink Flamingos made his name setting new lows in bad taste. The Baltimore Museum of Art now has a retrospective of his work. Originally broadcast 2004 and 2010.

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Movie Review: 'First Man'

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Noel King talks to Lost Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan for his take on Damien Chazelle's new film: First Man. It's about NASA's mission to land a man on the moon.

Thursday, Oct 11

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In 'The Kindergarten Teacher,' Gyllenhaal's Nuanced Performance Earns A Gold Star

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Writer-director Sarah Colangelo's film features a finely calibrated performance from Maggie Gyllenhaal as a teacher obsessed with a student. The result is a "keenly excruciating" tragedy.

'The Oath': A House Divided Against Itself, A Family You Cannot Stand

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Ike Barinholtz writes, directs and produces this timely comedy about a family whose deep political divide widens even further over Thanksgiving dinner. Sloppy at times, but its satiric aim is true.

Addiction Without An Ending In 'Beautiful Boy'

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Based on the memoirs of a young man with addiction and his father, the film stars Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell in a story about the ways addiction narratives don't always end neatly — or at all.

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'First Man' Captures The Upheaval Leading Up To Armstrong's 1969 Moon Landing

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Justin Chang says a new film about the space race is one of the "noisiest, clunkiest, most inelegant movies about space travel ever made" — all of which helps convey the chaos of space travel.

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'First Man' Considers Glory, Grief And A Famous Walk On The Moon

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Ryan Gosling plays Neil Armstrong in a story about the noise, heat and struggle it takes to overcome forces to which you're meant to surrender.

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In '22 July' Filmmaker Paul Greengrass Tells The Story Of Terrorist Attack In Norway

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Filmmaker Paul Greengrass, who has alternated between Bourne movies and true suspense stories, tackles another real-life drama in 22 July: a terrorist attack in Norway that killed 77 people in 2011.

Wednesday, Oct 10

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Chazelle's 'First Man' Chronicles Personal Losses Behind Armstrong's 'Giant Leap'

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Director Damien Chazelle says his new film, which examines the years leading up to Neil Armstrong's monumental first step on the moon, is a story of "dreams — and the cost of pursuing those dreams."

Tuesday, Oct 9

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'22 July' Chronicles Norwegian Terror Attacks As A Story Of Horror — And Hope

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Paul Greengrass' new film re-creates the 2011 attacks in which a right-wing terrorist killed 77 people, most of them teens. Critic John Powers says 22 July is a superb film that avoids sensationalism.

Monday, Oct 8

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'The Hate U Give' Creators Tell Their Story Through A 16-Year-Old Black Girl

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Director George Tillman Jr. and Angie Thomas, who wrote the book behind the new movie, see some of their own experiences reflected in their lead, an African-American teen in a rich white prep school.

Sunday, Oct 7

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For The First Time, A Woman Steps In As 'Doctor Who' Lead

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Jodie Whittaker debuts as the first woman to play the lead in the 50-year-old British sci-fi show, Dr. Who. It's an action-packed start to a highly anticipated season.

Friday, Oct 5

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Bradley Cooper And Lady Gaga Shine In A Winning Remake Of 'A Star is Born'

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Critic David Edelstein says that despite the film's "mushy" story arc, it's hard to resist Cooper's remake of the classic film about an up-and-coming superstar.