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Unconscious Prejudice Meets Real-World Horror In 'The Exception'

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 7:01am

David Leveaux's new film follows exiled German emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II as he realizes that the new Germany of National Socialism has nothing at all in common with the Germany of his memories.

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'The Force' Is Basically 'Game Of Thrones' With Cops — And That's Pretty Great

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 6:00am

Don Winslow's new novel is packed with crooked cops and crookeder crooks, all defending their territories and trying to maintain a status quo where everyone earns, everyone eats and no wars break out.

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Imagining Daniel Day-Lewis In A Life Without Acting

Sat, 06/24/2017 - 4:53am

Daniel Day-Lewis says he is no longer going to act. Weekend Edition guest host Melissa Block remembers an interview she had with him that might shed some light on what he'll do next.

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Shakespeare Companies Suffer Backlash After 'Julius Caesar' Controversy

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 3:32pm

The uproar over the New York Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar has spread to other cities. And it appears to be only because they are companies with the word "Shakespeare" in their name. Staff at Shakespeare Dallas have received death threats, even though the company isn't performing Shakespeare at the moment.

Garish Melodrama Becomes Universal Tragedy 'The Beguiled'

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:52pm

Sofia Coppola has taken a 1971 Southern Gothic psychodrama directed by a man and remade it from a female perspective — and the result is powerful.

'Big Sick' Creators Nanjiani And Gordon On Turning Their Courtship Into A Movie

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:00am

In Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon's new rom-com, girl meets boy, girl contracts a mysterious illness and boy's Pakistani parents struggle to accept the relationship.

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With The Swoony Pleasures Of 'The Beguiled,' Sofia Coppola Shows Us Something New

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:56am

In her previous work, director Sofia Coppola looked out from inside the bubble that wealth and privilege create. Her latest film grapples with a different — but related — form of isolation.

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Laura Galante: Are All Of Us Vulnerable To Fake News?

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 8:24am

Technology allows us to choose information to support our beliefs. In this new reality, cybersecurity expert Laura Galante says, it's easier for foreign governments to influence public opinion.

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Stephanie Busari: What Happens When Real News Is Dismissed As Fake?

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 8:24am

Stephanie Busari discusses the flip-side of fake news: denying real news. She recounts the kidnapping of Nigeria's Chibok schoolgirls and how some Nigerians believed the news was a government hoax.

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Carrie Poppy: Can Science Reveal The Truth Behind Ghost Stories?

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 8:23am

After visiting a bookstore, Carrie Poppy started feeling odd: pressure on her chest and auditory hallucinations. She thought it was a spirit – until she found another explanation for her symptoms.

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Michael Specter: What Happens When We Ignore Scientific Consensus?

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 8:23am

Michael Specter explores why some deny scientific evidence — such as the safety of vaccines and GMOs, or climate change. He says denying can provide a sense of control in an unsure world.

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Deborah Lipstadt: How Do You Stand Up To A Holocaust Denier?

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 8:23am

After publishing the book Denying the Holocaust, Deborah Lipstadt was sued for libel in the UK by Holocaust denier David Irving. Rather than ignore the case, she chose to fight it — and won.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'GLOW' And Lena Waithe

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 5:00am

The gang tackles Netflix's new wrestling-themed dramedy, and then Linda Holmes interviews Master Of None costar Lena Waithe onstage in Los Angeles. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Documentary Scours Our Noisy Globe 'In Search Of Silence'

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 4:00pm

Director Patrick Shen features plenty of talking heads opining about our essential need for quiet and solitude, but this film works best when he captures moments of pristine, meditative stillness.

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A Wounded Union Soldier In A House Of Southern Women: 'The Beguiled'

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 4:00pm

Sofia Coppola's lush visual aesthetic infuses this study in sublimated lust with just enough sly, Southern-Gothic bodice-ripping to intrigue and satisfy.

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'The Big Sick' Is A Tonic For What Ails You

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 4:00pm

Critic Andrew Lapin praises the "unique, understated comic irony" of this largely autobiographical rom-com about a couple whose young relationship gets tested by matters cultural — and medical.

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'From The Ashes' Documents Rise And Fall Of Coal In America

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 3:31pm

After President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged to lead a group of mayors, governors and CEOs in cutting emissions according to the Paris framework. And now Bloomberg also has a film out documenting coal's rise and fall in America, From the Ashes.

'GLOW' And 'Prime Suspect': Two TV Series You Won't Want To Miss

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:14pm

In both of these period pieces — one set in the 1970s, the other in the 1980s — women have it tough, whether they're wrestling with their demons, or actually wrestling.

Shades Of Gray Turn Sumptuous In 'Chain Letter'

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 6:00am

In Chain Letter, cartoonist Farel Dalrymple returns to The City, the mysterious metropolis at the heart of his early 2000s series Pop Gun War. It's a weird, complicated and charming place.

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Updating Frankenstein For The Age of Black Lives Matter

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 5:13am

The classic tale of the Monster resurrected from the dead gets a new treatment in Victor LaValle's new limited-series comic.

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