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A Tart Take On Bitter Realities In 'Tangerines'

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 3:29pm

NPR's Bob Mondello reviews Tangerines, an unconventional war drama that was this year's Estonian nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

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The Challenges Of War At A Distance

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:41pm

The new film Good Kill is a little too blunt in its treatment of drone warfare, but strong work from Ethan Hawke as a troubled pilot helps it along.

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In 'True Story,' A Shamed Journalist Interviews A Fugitive Who Stole His Identity

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:17pm

In 2001, Michael Finkel was fired for making up a story. Then he learns that a suspected murderer is posing as him, so he gets to know him. The best word for the drama is "dumb," says David Edelstein.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Daredevil' And Credulity

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 7:03am

The gang discusses the new Netflix superhero series, what happens when the audience knows too much and, as always, what's making us happy this week.

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Clone Drama 'Orphan Black' Returns As Complex And Complicated As Ever

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 3:39am

BBC America's Orphan Black, returns for a third season on Saturday. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says the show's dense stories are one of its coolest traits and biggest weaknesses.

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Deaths Of Unarmed Black Men Revive 'Anti-Lynching Plays'

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:40am

The recent killings of unarmed black men by police have inspired a Brooklyn theater company to stage new readings of dramas written in the early 1900s about the lynching of African-Americans.

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The Internet Of Spooky Things Is Alive In 'Unfriended'

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 4:33pm

It's a tradition for horror films to find teenagers where they live, so it makes sense that Unfriended would find them saying nasty things to and about each other online.

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'Monkey Kingdom' Is Best When It's All Monkeys All The Time

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 4:03pm

There's some too-cute narration and some suspiciously convenient footage in this sort-of documentary from Disneynature, but when the monkeys are at their best, they're quite charming.

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Two Unmoored Souls Too Gloomily Drawn In 'Felix And Meira'

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 4:03pm

To its credit, this story of an Orthodox Jewish woman struggling with her faith doesn't shortchange all it offers. But her encounter with a man who might offer a different future doesn't satisfy.

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Broadway Passes The Bechdel Test With 'Fun Home'

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 3:17pm

Alison Bechdel's bestselling graphic novel memoir about growing up gay with a closeted father doesn't seem like an obvious choice for a musical, but it's coming to Broadway. NPR's Neda Ulaby reports.

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Yoda? Is It Thou? Figure In 14th-Century Manuscript Looks Familiar

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 1:55pm

A long time ago, in a place far away, a manuscript was created with an enigmatic figure who looks a great deal like a certain little — and yet powerful — green guy from the Star Wars films.

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The Chinese-Mexican Cuisine Born Of U.S. Prejudice

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 1:31pm

Fried yellow chilis. Baja-style fish. Not the typical Chinese restaurant fare, unless you're near the U.S.-Mexico border. The reasons why go back to an 1882 law enacted to keep Chinese out of the U.S.

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'Natural Born Heroes' Is Self-Help The Special Operations Way

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 9:03am

Writer John McDougall digs deep into the exploits of Britain's legendary World War II commandos to form a new definition of heroism: It's a skill you can learn, if you push your body to the limit.

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Is There Anything Left To Say About 'Saturday Night Live'?

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 7:41am

The Tribeca Film Festival opened Wednesday with a documentary that faces a massive challenge: Trying to find a new angle on one of the most thoroughly documented institutions we have.

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Lewis And Clark Battle Giant Spiders In 'Dead Lands'

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 6:00am

Benjamin Percy's new thriller re-tells the story of Lewis and Clark's expedition, against a postapocalyptic future backdrop where the Mississippi has dried up and monsters roam the West.

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'Justified' Ends With An Unpredictable, Poetic And Memorable Finale

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 1:05pm

After six seasons on the FX network, Justified ended Tuesday. "What a triumph," says critic David Bianculli who adds that he loved the finale's "touches of grace" and "emphasis on character and tone."

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Billy Crystal And Josh Gad: Separated By A Generation But United By Laughs

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 1:05pm

The two play satirical versions of themselves on the new FX show The Comedians. But in real life they share "a lot of commonalities," says Crystal.

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'All The Rage' Has All The Despair, And All The Confusion, Too

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 9:03am

Courtney Summers' new YA novel centers on a girl who was raped at a party, and the community that mostly doesn't believe her. Critic Tasha Robinson says the book's portrait of trauma packs a punch.

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'The Fishermen' Ventures Into Dark Waters

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 6:03am

Chigozie Obioma's novel follows a group of young boys who disobey their elders to spend afternoons fishing on the banks of an unlucky river, and the terrible consequences that flow from that choice.

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'The Fishermen' Ventures Into Dark Waters

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 6:00am

Chigozie Obioma's novel follows a group of young boys who disobey their elders to spend afternoons fishing on the banks of an unlucky river, and the terrible consequences that flow from that choice.

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