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'Battle Of The Sexes' Poised To Be A Crowd-Pleaser All Over Again

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 3:41pm

Battle of the Sexes tells the story of the 1973 tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King. The event drew an enormous audience and NPR's Bob Mondello says the movie could too.

'Battle Of The Sexes' Revisits Billie Jean King's Historic Win Against Bobby Riggs

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 1:18pm

Emma Stone stars as King in a breezy new film that carries us back to '73, and the heyday of the women's lib movement. Critic John Powers says the message of Battle of the Sexes still resonates today.

'Kingsman' Sequel: This Time, A Flat 'Golden Circle'

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 6:00am

The new chapter in the spy franchise ramps up the first film's caustic, violent cynicism but leans even harder into the artifice; a reliance on soundstages and CGI dampens the excitement and energy.

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NPR's Movie Preview: 16 New Films To Watch This Fall

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 5:00am

As summer gives way to fall, blockbusters give way to award contenders. Here are some of the best, buzziest and otherwise noteworthy films coming to theaters.

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'Victoria And Abdul': Part Satire, Part Love Story, All Charming

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 4:00pm

Judi Dench returns to the role of Queen Victoria — this time in her dotage — for Stephen Frears' film about the monarch's eyebrow-raising friendship with a young Indian man (Ali Fazal).

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Plastic Less-Than-Fantastic: 'The LEGO Ninjago Movie'

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 4:00pm

LEGO films have become their own genre, and despite stellar voice work from Justin Theroux as the evil Lord Garmadon, the genre is — surprisingly — already showing its age.

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A Competitor And A Clown Walk Onto A Tennis Court In 'Battle Of The Sexes'

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 4:00pm

The new film, starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell as the players facing off in one of the most famous tennis matches in history, shows how easy it is to paint a trailblazer into a corner.

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In 'Vietnam War,' Ken Burns Wrestles With The Conflict's Contradictions

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 3:52pm

Burns says he and co-director Lynn Novick initially thought they understood the Vietnam War. But when they started putting together their new PBS series, they realized, "We knew nothing."

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'Trophy' Reveals The Convoluted Economics Of African Big Game Hunting

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 3:27pm

Shaul Schwarz's new documentary explores the complex relationship between hunters and conservationist. Critic David Edelstein praises the "tangled sympathies" Trophy elicits.

Is Fondant Free Speech? Chefs Show Support For Gay Marriage As Court Case Looms

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 12:07pm

"You'd think cake would be apolitical, and yet here we are," says one of several D.C.-area pastry chefs who wrought their support for gay marriage into elaborate wedding cakes.

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In 'The Ninth Hour,' A Tonic For The Ills Of The World

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 9:00am

Alice McDermott's new novel immerses readers in the homely details of Irish Catholic Brooklyn in the early decades of the 20th century, but also addresses bigger, universal questions of love and life.

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'I Kind Of Look Bad In It': The Life Of Jake LaMotta, The Legacy Of 'Raging Bull'

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 6:59am

Critic Chris Klimek says Martin Scorcese's landmark 1980 film provides an unflattering portrait of Jake Lamotta, who died Wednesday — a portrait the boxer was only too happy to sit for.

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In 'The Twelve-Mile Straight,' Characters Are Symbols First, People Second

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 6:01am

Eleanor Henderson's novel, set in 1930s Georgia, seeks to portray a time when "slavery was over, but not past," says our reviewer. But a lack of nuance keeps its characters from emerging as individuals.

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At Duke University, A Bizarre Tour Through American History And Palates

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 6:00am

Through the Rubenstein Test Kitchen project, librarians and staff re-create historical recipes from thousands of cookbooks in the collections. Some dishes are culturally telling ... and comical.

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'Stronger' Does The Hard Work To Earn Its Every Inspiring Moment

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 4:01pm

Director David Gordon Green's film stands out from others like it because it prizes "understanding Bauman's perspective and the private burdens of being a hero" over simple uplift.

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In Kitchens Across New York, 'Oh My Sweet Land' Serves Up Stories Of Syria

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 3:49pm

The one-woman show centers on a Syrian-American who tells harrowing stories of Syria's civil war as she prepares a traditional dish. It's an intimate experience for both the audience and the actress.

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Novel 'Forest Dark' And Dog Book 'Afterglow' Consider The Meaning Of Life

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 11:54am

Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews two books that use experimental forms to tackle weighty topics. "Both of these odd new books offer something special," she says.

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Jerry Seinfeld's New Netflix Special Puts His Comic Life Into Perspective

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 11:53am

After more than 40 years in the business, Seinfeld revisits the clubs where he got his start. Critic David Bianculli says Jerry Before Seinfeld will make you laugh — a lot.

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'Cuz' Examines The Tragic Life And Death Of A Young Black Man In LA

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 11:52am

Danielle Allen's memoir centers on her cousin Michael, who was sentenced to a long prison term for carjacking when he was 15. Three years after his release, he was found shot to death in a parked car.

WATCH: Jimmy Kimmel Blasts GOP Health Bill, Says It Fails the 'Jimmy Kimmel Test'

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:34am

After GOP Sen. Bill Cassidy invoked the late-night host's name, Kimmel went after him and the Republican health care bill, pulling it apart point-by-point for an audience that might not normally care.

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