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'Brigsby Bear': Do Not Adjust Your (Mind) Set

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 4:00pm

A gawky young man (SNL's Kyle Mooney) raised in isolation re-enters the world — but can't let go of his obsession with his favorite TV show in this quirky, imaginative little film.

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Love, Lust And Languor In 'From The Land Of The Moon'

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 4:00pm

Marion Cotillard stars as a woman infatuated with infatuation in this "shadowy and sensuous" tale that undercuts its power with an unearned third-act revelation.

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'Atomic Blonde' Is A Blast

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 4:00pm

"It may be style over substance," says critic Scott Tobias of this spy thriller starring a butt-kicking Charlize Theron, "but wow what style!"

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Movie: Director Joshua Weinstein Explains The Story Behind 'Menashe'

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 3:30pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with director Joshua Weinstein about his film Menashe. It tells the story of a recent widower, trying to regain his bearings under the rules of Hassidic life.

Filmmaker Dreams Of A Romantic Comedy Set In Rwanda

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 3:30pm

Rwanda is not exactly the kind of set you might imagine for a romantic comedy. But one filmmaker is dreaming of laughing and falling in love in a country still living in the shadow of genocide.

The Zoo Is A Terrifying Place In 'Fierce Kingdom'

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 1:00pm

Gin Phillips' new novel — which follows a young mother trying to keep her child safe during a mass shooting at a zoo — explores the way violence can be a safe abstraction for kids, or cruelly real.

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Whatever The Character, June Foray's Voice Was Warmly Familiar

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 12:00pm

Foray voiced a wide variety of animated characters, and she brought the same genial humor and warmth to them all — except one.

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Black Producers, HBO Defend Upcoming Series 'Confederate'

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 10:30am

Executive producers Nichelle Tramble Spellman and Malcolm Spellman spoke to NPR's Eric Deggans to push back against the notion the show will be "a celebration ... of slavery."

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3 Supernatural Noir Tales That Reflect The Inhuman Condition

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 6:00am

Some great noir fiction has been written about Los Angeles, but what happens when a different genre bleeds through? We've got three tales of murder, magic and robot detectives to cool your summer.

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Looking Back At The Most Powerful Earthquake Ever To Strike North America

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 12:45pm

Science writer Henry Fountain says the deadly quake that shook Alaska in 1964 was so loud some thought it was the beginning of World War III. His new book is The Great Quake.

New Chester Himes Biography Reveals A Life As Wild As Any Detective Story

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 12:45pm

Lawrence P. Jackson's biography tracks the writer's course from prison to published novelist. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Himes' life story is well worth reading.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Girls Trip'

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 10:24am

The "surprising" success of the raunch-com Girls Trip didn't particularly surprise us; we talk about precisely where this "out-of-nowhere" hit came from.

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Stretch & Bobbito On Race, Hip-Hop, And Belonging

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 10:10am

The pioneering hip-hop radio duo drop by the Code Switch podcast to talk about making their way in a traditionally black genre and their new NPR interview show, What's Good? with Stretch & Bobbito.

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'Strange Practice:' The Doctor Is In

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 6:00am

In Strange Practice, Vivian Shaw kicks off a new series about Dr. Greta Helsing, descendant of the famous Professor Abraham Van Helsing and general practitioner to the ghouls and ghasts of London.

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In Germany, A Comedy Renaissance

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 3:30pm

Germany and comedy have not been synonymous, to say the least, since World War II. But, now, German comedy is making a comeback.

Comic Jessica Williams On 'The Daily Show' And Learning To 'Never Be Average'

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 2:10pm

Williams joined The Daily Show when she was 22. She says, "I was younger and I was black and I was a woman, so ... I'm like, I have something to prove." She now stars in The Incredible Jessica James.

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The Enduring Legacy Of Jane Austen's 'Truth Universally Acknowledged'

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 1:09pm

Linguist Geoff Nunberg describes the opening sentence to Pride and Prejudice as a "masterpiece of indirection" that is frequently repurposed, but whose irony is never matched.

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'The World Broke In Two': Four Writers, One Transformational Year

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 1:00pm

Using excerpts from letters and diaries, historian and critic Bill Goldstein follows writers Virginia Woolf, E. M. Forster, D. H. Lawrence and T. S. Eliot through the tumultuous literary year of 1922.

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In Mexico, Comedian Breaks New Ground And Gender Barrier

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 4:23pm

Stand-up comedy is late coming to Mexico, but Sofia Nino de Rivera, with self-deprecating humor, sells out shows and has a one-woman hit on Netflix.

Feeling 'Young, Scrappy and Hungry'? Have A 'Hamilton'-Inspired Meal

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 1:35pm

It was only a matter of time before fans of the Broadway hit sought out culinary tributes to their most treasured folk hero. Here are historically minded ideas to eat like the founding father.

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