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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Sherlock' And The Entertainers We've Lost

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 5:00am

We dive into the hit show starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, then celebrate Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, George Michael and others. And, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week.

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In This Surprisingly Mature Kids' Movie, 'A Monster Calls' And A Boy Answers

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 4:00pm

Screenwriter Patrick Ness adapts his YA novel about a monster who helps a boy deal with his mother's illness. The result is a film that confronts grief in a gratifyingly unsentimental way.

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Betwixt And 'Between Us': Hipster Newlyweds Struggle To Stay Cool

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 4:00pm

A couple takes pride in rejecting the trappings of a conventional married life — but the form their rejection takes is so marked by cliché that the film fails to sustain interest.

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Two Brothers Head Into 'The Ardennes' But Find Little That's Original

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 4:00pm

Belgium's submission for the 2017 best-foreign-film Oscar is a visually stylish but highly derivative crime drama.

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'La La Land' Director Aimed To Make A Film Even Musical Skeptics Would Love

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 1:44pm

"Movies are kind of limited by what you see in front of the camera," says director Damien Chazelle. "Musicals find this wonderful way around that."

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Ads For Nicer Living: The Oddball Gems About What Brightens Our Lives

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 1:18pm

In 1972, NPR invited listeners to write ads for stuff money can't buy. We're doing it again this year. But first, to jog your thinking, here are a few examples of the more, well, unique ads back then.

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