The play celebrates Catholic monk Thomas Merton's 100th birthday. But it isn't really about Merton — it's about human complexity, and at times the action resembles the film Animal House.
Lawrence Osborne's well-structured new novel follows a group of Western expats in Cambodia, all hunting for something nebulous — money, happiness, or even just an edge up on everyone else.
A new computer game explores the real life experience of a married couple losing their young son to cancer. Chris Suellentrop and J.J. Sutherland of the podcast "Shall We Play a Game" have a review.
For the second year in a row, no non-white actor was among the 20 acting nominations for the Academy Awards.
NPR reviews some of the new shows coming to network and cable television over the coming weeks.
The Cedid was one of the first printed atlases from the Muslim world. There were 14 known copies in existence — until a Norwegian reference librarian with a fondness for /r/MapPorn noticed something.
Together Sheldon Harnick and the late Jerry Bock wrote the songs for the Broadway show Fiddler on the Roof. Both men spoke to Fresh Air in 2004; Harnick spoke to Fresh Air again in 2014.
This week's show is all about Tarantino's latest, how to sit at the movies, digital and film, and what's making us happy this week.
For The Hundred-Year Walk, author Dawn Anahid MacKeen visited the sites of her grandfather's escape. Like him, she says she found a haven in Raqqa, Syria, a city currently controlled by ISIS.
NPR reviews this year's Oscar nominations, which were announced Thursday morning. The Revenant picked up a dozen nominations, while Mad Max: Fury Road got 10 nods.
C.D. Wright was beloved not only for her poetry, but for her personality. Critic Craig Morgan Teicher has this remembrance of a writer who loomed large in his imagination and in his life.
The dopey comedy Moonwalkers wastes a potentially amusing premise imagining that a legend about Stanley Kubrick faking the moon landing was true — sort of.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
And the nominees for the 88th Academy Awards include plenty of globally-minded films, covering everything from Ebola to honor killings.