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Competitive Men Are At Sea In 'Chevalier'

3 hours 22 min ago

Athina Rachel Tsangari's black comedy about men who undertake a petty but brutal competition while aboard a yacht together may or may not be a political allegory.

'X-Men' Issues: Hiding Oscar Isaac Is Only The Beginning

3 hours 22 min ago

The latest period installment of the mutant franchise gets the gang back together, but the time machine seems to be running out of juice.

There's No Wonder Left For 'Alice'

3 hours 22 min ago

Other than brand extension, there seems to be no reason at all for Alice Through The Looking Glass to exist. And it shows in the final product.

In 'The Idol,' A Singer Faces More Than Just Harsh Judges

3 hours 22 min ago

Based on the real story of Mohammed Assaf's run on Arab Idol, the film follows a boy whose dreams as a singer eventually lead him into a tricky journey toward his big moment.

Cult Survivor Documents 2 Decades Inside 'Holy Hell'

3 hours 46 min ago

Will Allen directed the documentary Holy Hell, which depicts his experience as a videographer and member of The Buddhafield cult. Allen used his own footage, as well as his interviews with other former members, to make this documentary.

Kickboxing Director Lexi Alexander Uses Activism To Bust Out Of 'Movie Jail'

3 hours 46 min ago

After her 2008 movie, Punisher: War Zone, flopped, Alexander had a hard time getting new projects. She was in what's known as Hollywood's "movie jail," a common experience for female directors.

In Its Retelling, 'Roots' Is Powerful, Must-See Television

8 hours 18 min ago

This weekend, an eight-hour remake of the 1977 miniseries begins airing on A&E, Lifetime and The History Channel. TV critic David Bianculli says the new Roots deserves to be seen and talked about.

'Too Tough To Die,' Cass Neary Cuts A Jagged Path Through Crime Fiction

13 hours 22 min ago

This week, the NPR Books Time Machine is rewinding Elizabeth Hand's gritty, punk-inflected Cass Neary mystery series. "Scary Neary" is an aging rocker with addiction issues and a talent for trouble.

In 'Porcelain,' Moby Searches For Validation And Finds Unlikely Success

15 hours 47 min ago

The electronic musician's new memoir traces his journey from Connecticut suburbs to New York City raves. It's a tale of dance clubs, DJs and Manhattan in the 1990s full of self-deprecating humor.

O'Keeffe Museum Acquires Rarely-Seen Work By The Famed Artist

19 hours 22 min ago

An atmospheric image of barns in Lake George, N.Y., is joining the collection at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, N.M. The painting reveals a lesser-known genre of the artist's work.

'Mirror Test' Reflects On The Consequences Of The Wars In Iraq And Afghanistan

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:23pm

While serving as a State Department adviser in Iraq and Afghanistan, J. Kael Weston instigated a military mission that resulted the death of 31 service members. His memoir revisits the tragedy of war.

4 First-Rate Thrillers Deliver A Summer Of Suspenseful Reading

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 12:23pm

The suspense stories on Maureen Corrigan's early summer reading list roam from the beaches of Long Island to the Welsh coast, and from the mean streets of Chicago to the alleyways of Berlin.

'City Of Mirrors' Brings The Passage Trilogy To An Epic End

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 6:00am

Justin Cronin's blood-and-thunder tale of a viral vampire apocalypse began in 2010 with The Passage. He brings it to a rousing conclusion in his new book, hitting all the beats fans have waited for.

The Judgment Of Paris: The Blind Taste Test That Decanted The Wine World

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 3:49pm

Forty years ago, the top names in French food and wine judged a blind tasting pitting the finest French wines against unknown California bottles. The results revolutionized the wine industry.

In An Alternate 19th Century London, Sins Are Marked With 'Smoke'

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 3:32pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Dan Vyleta about his novel, Smoke. It's set in an alternate 19th century London, where the morally corrupt are marked by a smoke that pours from their bodies.

Irked By The Way Millennials Speak? 'I Feel Like' It's Time To Loosen Up

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 1:23pm

While some of his colleagues have criticized the current trend of starting sentences with the phrase, "I feel like," linguist Geoff Nunberg says it's just a case of generational misunderstanding.

Marc Maron On Sobriety And Managing His 'Uncomfortable' Comfort Zone

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 1:23pm

The comic recently played out his own fictional relapse on his IFC show, Maron. He says relapse is "a very real fear of mine. I'm glad it happened in fiction and not in real life."

Parade Of Goofballs 2016: Can JoJo Find A Prince In A Haystack?

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 9:34am

It's that time again. A fresh bachelorette has to make her way through 26 men, hoping to find a good one, and we have some thoughts.

Doctor Yearns For Return To Time When Physicians Were 'Artisans'

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 8:38am

Dr. Abraham Nussbaum, author of a book examining the drive toward standardized quality measures and checklists, says he fears medicine is becoming just another job and not the calling it should be.

'Smoke' Is A Gloriously Murky Vision Of The Past

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 6:00am

Dan Vyleta's new novel imagines an alternate Victorian England where ill deeds (and even ill thoughts) are made visible by vile black Smoke; it's a marker not just of personal worth but also class.

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