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In 'Crazy Rich Asians,' Jon Chu Directs All-Asian Cast

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The best-selling novel about Southeast Asia's super wealthy is now a movie. Jon Chu is the director. The movie's themes of identity, class and family are universal.

Finding, Then Filming, The Young All-Female Crew In 'Skate Kitchen'

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Director Crystal Moselle stumbled upon a group of teenage skater girls on the New York City subway. Then she made a feature film that stars them.

Tuesday, Aug 14

Opinion: Don't Sweat The #Repsweats And Let 'Crazy Rich Asians' Be What It Is

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NPR Code Switch reporter Kat Chow writes about the burdens imposed on representations of Asians and Asian-Americans in pop culture — even on a fun, frothy rom-com.

Monday, Aug 13

'BlacKkKlansman' Entertains, But Falls Short Of Lee's Best

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It's being hailed as Spike Lee's best film in years, but NPR's Justin Richmond says BlacKkKlansman breezes over its main character's inner conflicts and lets polemics get in the way of storytelling.

Sunday, Aug 12

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'Skate Kitchen' Follows Teenage Girls Skateboarding Their Way Through NYC

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Director Crystal Moselle's new film explores New York City through the eyes of a group of teen female skateboarders that she met on the subway. NPR's Lakshmi Singh talks with Moselle about the movie.

Saturday, Aug 11

'I Wasn't Sure If It Was True': John David Washington On The 'BlacKkKlansman' Story

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In director Spike Lee's latest film, BlacKkKlansman, John David Washington plays Ron Stallworth, a black police detective who successfully infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s.

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Opinion: Critics Nix Pop Flicks Pick For Oscar Fix

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is being criticized for changes to the annual awards. Do we really need a category for "Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film"?

Friday, Aug 10

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'Madeline's Madeline' Toys With Viewer's Perception Every Step Of The Way

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In the film Madeline's Madeline, a teen acting student finds herself living the part she thought she was playing.

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'BlacKkKlansman' Is A Blisteringly Funny, Urgent Story Of Race And Identity

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In 1979, a black police officer named Ron Stallworth successfully infiltrated a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. Director Spike Lee presents his story with humor and honesty in BlacKkKlansman.

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'BlacKkKlansman' Sounds Like It's Made Up But It's A True Story

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Spike Lee's new movie is about an African-American police officer who went undercover in the 70s to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan by joining it. How did he pull that off?

Thursday, Aug 9

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'Madeline's Madeline': In This Acting Class, Dreams, Darkness and Dance Come Together

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A teenaged girl's acting class intersects with her home life in bracing, and not entirely healthy ways, in Josephine Decker's intimate, audacious and wildly experimental film.

Shark, Weak: Toothless 'The Meg' Snatches Mediocrity From The Jaws Of Defeat

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It's a "somewhat self-aware, mildly sci-fi tinged, numbingly unimaginative watering down ... of a genre landmark, relocated to Asia and aimed squarely at the world's largest movie market: China."

'Dog Days' Is Shaggy But Lovable

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Ken Marino directs this conventional if disjointed ensemble rom-com about disparate Los Angeles dog owners. The film finds its legs whenever it leans into its alt-comedy cast and cameos.

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Spike Lee Checks Under The Hood In The Blistering 'BlacKkKlansman'

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Critic Bob Mondello calls Spike Lee's latest, about a black cop who infiltrates the Klan in the '70s, "his most ferociously entertaining (and just plain ferocious) film in years."

Wednesday, Aug 8

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Changes Are Coming To The Oscars

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is making three major changes, a move that on its face looks like a tie to weak ratings.

Tuesday, Aug 7

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Nico Biopic Sheds Light On Her Life Before And After The Velvet Underground

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Nico, 1988 tells the story of the Velvet Underground singer who left for a solo career — one weighed down by her addiction to heroin — and depicts the last, tumultuous year of her life.

Monday, Aug 6

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Charlotte Rae, Who Played Mrs. Garrett On '80s Sitcom 'Facts Of Life,' Dies At 92

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The Emmy- and Tony-nominated actor was most famous for her sitcom roles, which also included Diff'rent Strokes and Car 54, Where Are You? Rae was diagnosed with bone cancer last year.

Sunday, Aug 5

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Patrick Stewart Is Reprising His Role As Captain Picard In New 'Star Trek' Series

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For fans who have dreamed about the return of Jean-Luc Picard to Star Trek, actor Patrick Stewart might as well borrow his character's classic catchphrase and say, "Make it so."

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A Sexual Underground Surfaces In 'Scotty And The Secret History Of Hollywood'

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Scotty Bowers, now 95, facilitated the sexual proclivities of major film actors during Hollywood's golden age — and kept their most intimate secrets. A new documentary reveals his secrets.

Saturday, Aug 4

Director On Dystopian Thriller 'The Darkest Minds'

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The Darkest Minds is a film adaptation of dystopian young adult novels with some similarities to current events. NPR's Scott Simon talks to director Jennifer Yuh Nelson about it.

Friday, Aug 3

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Review: 'The Miseducation Of Cameron Post'

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A review of The Miseducation of Cameron Posta film about gay-conversion therapies, starring Chloe Grace Moretz.

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It's Jim Cummings' Voice That Makes Winnie The Pooh Endearing

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Voice actor Jim Cummings stars as both Winnie the Pooh and Tigger in the new movie Christopher Robin. Cummings has worked with Disney since the '80s and voiced other classic characters.

Thursday, Aug 2

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'The Miseducation Of Cameron Post': Lesbian, Interrupted

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Chloë Grace Moretz plays a queer teenager shipped off to a conversion therapy camp in this even-handed if occasionally sluggish film that won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

'The Spy Who Dumped Me': Man, They Could Have Done This Better

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Kate McKinnon is dependably great, but this overlong and shaggily plotted action-comedy never generates enough laughs or surprises to make it anything more than an "August time-waster."

Overworked Man Gets Pooh Lease On Life In Sticky-Sweet 'Christopher Robin'

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A grown-up Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor) returns to his childhood chums in the Hundred Acre Wood in Marc Forster's rote but charmingly animated children's film.

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Documentary Reveals The 'Secret History' Of Hollywood Pimp Scotty Bowers

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A veteran of World War II, Bowers bought a gas station on Hollywood Boulevard in 1946 and began arranging trysts for stars. A new documentary that's "as sympathetic as it is lurid" tells his story.

Wednesday, Aug 1

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Summer Movies: 'Searching' And 'The Spy Who Dumped Me'

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Rachel Martin talks with film reviewer Claudia Puig about the two new movies that caught her eye: Searching and The Spy Who Dumped Me.

'Nico, 1988' Holds A Dark Mirror Up To The Troubled Performer

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Writer/director Susanna Nicchiarelli's scrappy biopic, which features a standout performance from Danish actress Trine Dyrholm, examines the final days of the '60s icon's life.

Tuesday, Jul 31

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A Look Back At Trayvon Martin's Death, And The Movement It Inspired

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A new television series explores the 2012 killing of the 17-year-old in Sanford, Fla., and the subsequent trial that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement.

Friday, Jul 27

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Tom Cruise Keeps Gaining Momentum In 'Mission: Impossible — Fallout'

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Cruise shows no sign of slowing down as he takes on the role of secret agent Ethan Hunt once again. Critic Justin Chang says the new Mission: Impossible is full of "exhilarating, large-scale action."