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'The Benefactor' Finds A Wealthy Man Emotionally Broke

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:00pm

Writer-director Andrew Renzi uses the skills of Richard Gere to deftly draw a man whose wealth doesn't fully explain his inability to function with other people.

Paris And A Perilous Marriage 'In The Shadow Of Women'

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:00pm

Director Phillipe Garrel may seem to be making one of those French films that slowly ponders daily life, but in fact, he's packing the undoing of a marriage into 70 minutes.

'13 Hours' Finds Fodder For Action, But Not Thought, In Recent History

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:00pm

Director Michael Bay makes no effort to put history in context in dramatizing the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi; he treats it as a setting for rah-rah action.

His 'Potential Was In Maturity': Helen Mirren, Chris Columbus On Alan Rickman

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 3:44pm

The actor Alan Rickman has died. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with the actress Helen Mirren and Chris Columbus, who directed the first two Harry Potter movies, about the actor and his career.

Herman Wouk Says He's A 'Happy Gent' At 100

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 3:24pm

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of beloved blockbusters like The Winds of War is celebrating his milestone with a new memoir, Sailor and Fiddler, that sums up his thoughts on what it means to write.

The Fog Of War Collides With The Fog Of Michael Bay In '13 Hours'

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 1:56pm

Bay's new film presents the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya from the perspective of military contractors. Critic David Edelstein says 13 Hours is a "ham-handed but ... generally effective portrait."

The Failed Coup That Led To Hitler's 'Mein Kampf'

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 1:56pm

Adolf Hitler wrote his famous manifesto while serving time for an attempted coup that started in a German beer hall. Author Peter Ross Range says, "There was an obvious need to get his message out."

The Oscars Show Some Love To Global Topics

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 1:34pm

And the nominees for the 88th Academy Awards include plenty of globally-minded films, covering everything from Ebola to honor killings.

Actor Alan Rickman Dies

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 9:42am

British actor Alan Rickman, who starred in the Harry Potter movie series as Severus Snape and in such hits as Die Hard and Love Actually, died Thursday. He was 69.

2016 Oscar Nominations Are Announced: 'Mad Max' Trails 'The Revenant' For Most Nods

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 7:33am

The Revenant, Bridge of Spies, and Mad Max: Fury Road are among the most-nominated films in this year's Oscars race. The nominees were announced Thursday morning.

Actor Alan Rickman Has Died; Portrayed Snape In Harry Potter Films

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 7:08am

Rickman appeared in many blockbuster films during his prolific career, from 1988's Die Hard with Bruce Willis to 2003's Love Actually and the Harry Potter films.

Frisky, Subversive 'American Housewife' Practices Shock And Awwww

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 6:00am

The slightly demented homemakers in Helen Ellis's new collection wield sharp elbows and sharper knives, but critic Heller McAlpin says the stories build to touching, unexpected punchlines.

Super Bowl Commercial Inspires Maraniss To Write About Detroit's Better Times

Thu, 01/14/2016 - 4:07am

David Greene talks to journalist David Maraniss about a key moment when Detroit seemed to rule the world. Maraniss has written a history of Detroit's commerce and culture called Once in a Great City.

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