The latest animated film from Laika Studios owes more to the emotional impressionism of Japanese anime master Hayao Miyazaki than the comparatively rigid and familiar story structure of Disney/Pixar.
Director Todd Phillips' heavily fictionalized, testosterone-fueled account of two bros who engage in war profiteering ultimately loses its way.
The writer-director-actor Nate Parker is facing controversy after details about his acquittal of sexual assault resurfaced recently. His movie, The Birth of a Nation, which he wrote, directed and starred in, comes out in October. NPR's Audie Cornish talks about the case with Variety reporter Brent Lang.
In the years it took Natalie Portman to adapt Amos Oz's autobiographical novel, A Tale of Love and Darkness, she grew into the role of the lead character, Fania — the immigrant mother of young Amos.
Ed Yong, author of I Contain Multitudes, says someday we might be able to improve our health by taking probiotics, but "we are still in the very early stages of working out how to do this."
Drew Magary's new novel is the strange story of average guy Ben, whose business meeting at a old country hotel turns into a bizarre odyssey through the woods, full of giant crickets and talking crabs.
N.K. Jemisin continues the story of the Stillness — a world constantly rocked by quakes, and the rare, gifted people who can control them — in a second volume even more engrossing than the first.
The Roman Emperor Nero was said to enjoy snow topped with honey. Persians liked to drink sharbate over ice. But a scientific discovery in the 1500s paved the way for our modern ice creams.
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore comes to an end this week. Host and comedian Larry Wilmore reflects on the show's failures and successes.
At the world's largest wine research library — inside UC Davis — librarians are crowd-sourcing their archives to understand the forces that shaped California's wine industry into a global powerhouse.
The RITA awards are the Oscars of romance writing — but of more than 90 RITA finalists this year, only a handful featured heroes and heroines of color. We have a roundup of the ones that did.
A wealthy American living in Paris, Brooks had the freedom to paint whatever and however she wanted. In a subtle but powerful palette, she depicted androgynous women and melancholy nudes.
Jace Clayton, best known for his work as DJ /rupture, speaks with NPR's Audie Cornish about his first book, Uproot: Travels in 21st-Century Music and Digital Culture.
Teju Cole's new essay collection covers politics, poetry, music, and even Snapchat. He says he's writing as an "interested non-expert." And he recommends Miles Davis as a cure for election stress.
Sue Zumberge of Subtext Books shares her favorite books for summer reading: The Wright Brothers by David McCullough, Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard and Wake Up, Island by Mary Casanova.