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'Aferim!' May Be Romania's 'Hateful Eight'

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 4:00pm

Critic Mark Jenkins finds parallels between Quentin Tarantino's snowbound revisionist Western and this story of a constable and his son in search of an escaped slave.

'Synchronicity': Sci-Fi That Smells Like More Than It Is

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 4:00pm

It wants to be a Blade Runner-inflected noir, but Synchronicity does nothing with its femme fatale and is disappointingly repetitive of other, better films.

'Mojave': At Least The Desert Is Good-Looking

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 4:00pm

Mojave wastes a hirsute Oscar Isaac and a nice twangy guitar on an insufferable neo-noir about a Hollywood director followed a little too closely by a stranger.

Is Netflix Chill? Kenyan Authorities Threaten To Ban The Streaming Site

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 3:35pm

Two weeks ago, Kenyans finally got access to Netflix. But we still don't know if they'll binge happily every after.

Sundance Preview: Film Festival To Tackle Gun Violence

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 3:32pm

The Sundance Film Festival gets underway Thursday night in Park City, Utah. NPR explores the themes of the festival and which films are getting big buzz.

'London Spy' Begins With A Romance Between A Clubber And MI6 Agent

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 3:32pm

The new BBC show, written by author Tom Rob Smith, opens with a gay couple falling in love. Then one of them mysteriously disappears.

The Audacious Korean-American Chef Who Mastered 'Mission Chinese Food'

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 3:02pm

Born in Korea, raised in Oklahoma, Danny Bowien was an adult when he taught himself to make Chinese food. That DIY vibe to his cooking has made him a rising star. Now he's written a cookbook.

'Times' Restaurant Critic Dishes On Guy Fieri — And Reviews That Stir The Pot

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 1:23pm

Restaurant critic Pete Wells tries to keep the customer in mind with all of his reviews. "We show awful lot of deference to chefs in our culture and maybe not enough deference to customers," he says.

A Nightmare Artist Adrift In 'Deep Sea'

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 6:00am

Serge Brussolo's hallucinatory 1992 novel The Deep Sea Diver's Synrome follows a group of lucid dreamers whose slumbers produce a strange ectoplasm that can soothe and even heal people who see it.

When 'Your Heart Is A Muscle,' Empathy Is A Revolutionary Act

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 3:54am

Writer Sunil Yapa says his father taught him to have a global perspective from a very young age. Yapa's new novel was inspired by explosive global trade protests that took place in Seattle in 1999.

Police Tell Driver Half A Windshield Clear Of Snow Isn't Enough

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 5:55pm

The vehicle was barely visible beneath a deep blanket of snow when a policeman apprehended the 80-year-old daredevil in Brussels, Ontario. He got a fine and help clearing the car off.

Creative Director Of American Vogue, Grace Coddington, Steps Down

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 4:23pm

The 74-year-old stylist will scale back her role, becoming creative director at-large. She entered the fashion industry as a model at 17, then found an influential niche at the magazine.

Nielsen To Use Facebook And Twitter In New Social TV Ratings

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 3:24pm

Nielsen, the ratings company, says it has a way to track what TV shows are trending on Twitter and Facebook, which will give producers and advertisers a better way to measure audiences. NPR explores what this adds to the growing effort to measure online audience.

Francisco Alarcon, Whose Poetry Explored Chicano Life In The U.S., Dies

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 3:24pm

Francisco Alarcon was an important Mexican-American poet who influenced generations of Chicano writers, including the current U.S. poet laureate. Alarcon died of cancer last week.

Today's Slaves Often Work For Enterprises That Destroy The Environment

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 2:22pm

Kevin Bales' book, Blood and Earth, explains why slavery in the world's lawless zones is essential to operate mines that pose a grave threat to the environment.

The Giant Foam Finger: How Do You Choose Your Favorite Team?

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 11:44am

Sometimes, sports fandom comes naturally: We grew up immersed in it, or we get swept up in local fervor. But there's more than one way to become a fan.

Slain Photographer Sought 'To Give Life To The Forgotten'

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 11:17am

One victim of last week's attack in Burkina Faso was 33-year-old French-Moroccan photographer Leila Alaoui. She "always wanted to work on important human dignity stories," a friend says.

Slain Photographer Sought 'To Give Life To The Forgotten'

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 11:17am

One victim of last week's attack in Burkina Faso was 33-year-old French-Moroccan photographer Leila Alaoui. She "always wanted to work on important human dignity stories," a friend says.

'Medusa's Web' Tangles The Occult And Old Hollywood

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 6:00am

Tim Powers — best known for his time-travel classic The Anubis Gates — mixes up the decades again in Medusa's Web, a tale of an eerie estate in Hollywood and a family unmoored in time.

'In A Different Key' Traces History And Politics Of Autism

Tue, 01/19/2016 - 7:05pm

Authors John Donvan and Caren Zucker say parents have been "unsung heroes" in spurring more research on autism, and in getting many more kids out of institutions and into schools.

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