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Franchise Rebranding

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 11:35am

Each team's imagined owner wants to change the name by adding one letter. So, if we said, "LensCrafters bought this Texas hockey team," the answer would be "The Dallas Stares!"

In 'Lazy Eye,' A Romance With An Old Flame, Rekindled

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 4:00pm

Two men reconnect 15 years after a painful breakup in writer/director Tim Kirkman's talky romantic drama.

'Almost Christmas,' But Far From Original

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 4:00pm

A by-the-numbers holiday film in which a soulful performance from Danny Glover fails to buoy the proceedings above familiar family squabbles that get dutifully, and too-tidily, resolved.

Paul Verhoeven's 'Elle' Is A Brutal, Elegant, Pitch-Black Comedy

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 4:00pm

Director Verhoeven gleefully courts controversy with this bitterly sardonic film about the aftermath of a woman's violent rape.

'The Monster:' A Mother, A Daughter And A Great Big Thing That Goes Bump In The Night

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 4:00pm

Trapped in a car in the woods, Lizzy (Ella Ballentine) and her mother (Zoe Kazan) encounter a mysterious creature in a horror movie beset by a leaden script, slow pacing and a disappointing reveal.

'Arrival' Is Smart, Stylish Sci-Fi About Language, Not Laser Beams

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 4:00pm

Amy Adams plays a linguist recruited to translate the language of mysterious alien visitors in a twisty, sophisticated sci-fi thriller from director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario).

ABC's 'Speechless' Looks To Change How Hollywood Depicts Disability

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 3:25pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Scott Silveri, the creator of the ABC TV show, Speechless, which follows a family with a child that has cerebral palsy.

The Greatest Hits Of 'The Platinum Age Of Television'

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 12:23pm

"Television has really become where a lot of the action is right now," critic David Bianculli says. His new book revisits the best of the small screen — from I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead.

Weird, Spirited 'Pieces Of Soap' Celebrates The Essays Of Stanley Elkin

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 12:23pm

Elkin, who died in 1995, was known for his satirical takes on American culture. Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews a new collection of essays that showcases the freshness of Elkin's work.

Toy Hall Of Fame: Dungeons & Dragons, Little People Honored; So Are Swings

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 11:04am

Care Bears didn't make the cut; neither did Transformers or Uno. But it's a good day for Little People, first produced by Fisher-Price in 1959.

'Things From The Flood' Is Gorgeously Creepy And Strangely Human

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 6:00am

Simon Stålenhag's new book of paintings is a followup to his unique vision of a robot-and-monster haunted alternate Sweden. Each page is heavily freighted with both dread, but you can't stop looking.

Cheering Or Mourning Election Results? Mail-Order Cocktails Head Your Way

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 1:51pm

As meal kits gain market share, craft cocktail subscription boxes have followed. The kits allow tipplers to explore new drinks and small brands without splashing out for a big bottle of booze.

'The Mountain Of Kept Memory' Is A World To Get Lost In

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 6:00am

Rachel Neumeier's novel is classic high fantasy: A prince and princess must work together to save their kingdom. It's not new territory, but it is a richly imagined world worth spending time in.

Feminist Western 'Certain Women' Takes On Friendship And Stoicism

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 2:53pm

Kelly Reichardt presents the interlocking lives of several Montana women in her new film, Certain Women. Critic John Powers calls it a work of "quiet restraint and unhurried rhythm."

'Awkward' And 'Insecure' Get To The Root Of Writer Issa Rae's Humor

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 2:53pm

As a self-described "awkward black girl," Rae says she often felt that she was straddling two worlds growing up. She drew on her own experiences to create the HBO series Insecure.

Still Have Leftover Halloween Candy? Use It For Science!

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 6:00am

No need to risk sugar shock, folks. We've got a whole bunch of experiments you can do with leftover candy that are possibly more fun than eating it.

'Fish In Exile' Is A Chronicle Of Grief Barely Survived

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 6:00am

In Vi Khi Nao's new novel, a husband and wife are falling apart after losing their two children in a terrible accident. Nao's poetic chops are on full display in this immersive, difficult book.

Astrophysicist Takes Deep Dive Into The Science Of 'Doctor Strange'

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 3:17pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to astrophysicist Adam Frank about his role as physics and philosophy adviser on Marvel's newest movie, Doctor Strange, which opened last Friday.

In 'Hacksaw Ridge,' A War Hero Changes Attitudes About Conscientious Objectors

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 3:17pm

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews Hacksaw Ridge, a film about a World War II hero who changed American attitudes about conscientious objectors.

Media Companies Struggle To Gauge TV Ratings In Age Of Netflix

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 3:17pm

Netflix and other streaming services don't release ratings data. This makes it a hard company to negotiate with and makes it hard for competitors to know what they're up against.

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