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Netflix, ABC Portrayals Of Autism Still Fall Short, Critics Say

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 9:06am

Two new TV series feature main characters who have autism. While some are applauding the fresh take on the disorder, others worry that the shows send the wrong messages.

(Image credit: Greg Gayne/Netflix)

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Recommending The Best Of Stephen King

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 5:00am

We didn't like the new Dark Tower movie, so we opted instead to discuss King's vast and rewarding career. And, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week.

(Image credit: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images)

Seltzer's Popularity Bubbles Up In The U.S.

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 5:03pm

Seltzer sales have jumped 42 percent in the past five years. The bubbly water has inspired everything from tasting flights at restaurants to "LaCroix Boi," one rapper's parody ode to the drink.

(Image credit: Iam Nicole/Flickr/Creative Commons)

'The Glass Castle' Nearly Shatters Under The Weight Of Its Metaphors

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 4:00pm

The film, based on Jeannette Walls' memoir of her nomadic, impoverished childhood, clings to the book's lyrical imagery in ways too overdetermined to work on the big screen.

(Image credit: Jake Giles Netter/Lionsgate)

A Couple Breaks Up, But Stays Together, In 'After Love'

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 4:00pm

In this loose, partly improvised French drama, a couple separates after 15 years of marriage — but continues to live in the same apartment.

(Image credit: Distrib Films)

Haunting, Dreamlike 'In This Corner Of The World' Depicts Hiroshima, Before And After

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 4:00pm

In this beautifully rendered, meticulously researched anime, we view the bustling Japanese city through the eyes of a young daydreamer whose life is shattered by the inconceivable.

(Image credit: Animatsu)

'The Only Living Boy In New York': A Callow, Shallow Writer Makes Good

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 4:00pm

In director Marc Webb's indulgent coming-of-age tale, a young Manhattan writer believes the world revolves around him. Unfortunately, the film believes the same thing.

(Image credit: Niko Tavernise/Courtesy of Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions)

Chinese Blockbuster 'Wolf Warrior II' Mixes Jingoism With Hollywood Heroism

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 3:27pm

China's summer blockbuster is Wolf Warrior II, a movie high on jingoism with a poster that reads, "Anyone who offends China, no matter how remote, must be exterminated."

Let's Rush To Judgment: 'The Crown,' Season 2

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 3:00pm

Much can be learned about the second season of Netflix's The Crown (coming in December) from today's trailer. More plummy accents! More strangled passive-aggression! And so much stiff-upper-lipping!

(Image credit: DESWILLIE/Netflix)

'Life Is Short': Aubrey Plaza Keeps Busy With 2 New Films And A TV Series

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 12:55pm

Plaza may be best known for Parks and Recreation, but she has several new projects in the works. She costarred in FX's Legion, and has two new films this summer, The Little Hours and Ingrid Goes West.

Catch A Philosophical Wave In 'Surfing With Sartre'

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 6:00am

Philosophy professor and avid surfer Aaron James brings his two passions together in his new book, drawing connections between the surfer's state of mind and age-old philosophical conundrums.

(Image credit: Liam James Doyle/NPR)

An Iraqi-Kurdish-Israeli Dumpling Soup Makes Its Way To America

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 6:00am

To make kubeh soup, braised beef is stuffed into semolina and ground bulgur dumplings. Brought to Israel by immigrants, this time-consuming dish has become one of the nation's culinary treasures.

(Image credit: Rebecca Fondren)

Friends Coogan And Brydon Take Their Dueling Impressions On A 'Trip To Spain'

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 5:00am

In this third film based on their food-tasting show, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon worry (in the voice of John Hurt) that they'll soon feel as ancient as the dinosaur tracks they find on their travels.

(Image credit: Rory Mulvey/Courtesy of IFC Films)

There's No Easy Answer For Why 'The Great Comet' Is Closing

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 5:09pm

Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 received rave reviews and 12 Tony nominations, the makings of a Broadway hit. Now, it's closing, in part because of a controversy over casting and race.

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'Whose Streets?' Follows Unrest In Ferguson, Mo., After Michael Brown's Death

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis about their new film, Whose Streets?. It focuses on the protest movement that sprung up after Michael Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in 2014.

Disney Plans To End Netflix Contracts And Launch Its Own Streaming Services

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 3:31pm

Disney says that when current contracts expire it will no longer offer new movies and TV shows to Netflix. It's also launching two new streaming services — one for movies and TV and the other an ESPN sports stream. Content creators such as Disney are increasingly questioning their relationships with streaming services like Netflix, as cord cutters erode profits for cable channels.

A Physician Explores 'A Better Path' To The End Of Life

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 1:15pm

Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter, author of Extreme Measures, discusses the ethics of using medical assistance to hasten death. Zitter is the subject of the Netflix documentary Extremis.

'What She Ate' Reveals The Plates And Palates Of 6 Notable Women

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 12:49pm

Laura Shapiro has likened her method of biographical research to "standing in line at the supermarket and peering into the other carts." Critic Maureen Corrigan says her resulting book is fascinating.

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Raunchy But Sweet, 'Mrs. Fletcher' Is One For The Ages

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 9:00am

Tom Perrotta's new novel about a divorced mom and her college-aged son addresses some serious issues with dark humor. The result is uncompromisingly obscene, but still somehow good-natured.

(Image credit: Liam James Doyle/NPR)

In 'Emma Reyes,' Life Through A Child's Clear Eyes

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 6:00am

As an adult, the Colombian painter Emma Reyes lived in Paris and befriended Frida Kahlo. But in a series of autobiographical letters, she describes a childhood of grinding misery and poverty.

(Image credit: Penguin Classics)




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