'Game Night' Is Winning

NPR Arts - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 14:00

A breezily charming cast, ceaseless jokes and a tightly constructed script keep this film about a gaming night gone bad from going wrong.

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Occult Forces (And Human Hearts) Stir In Darkly Gorgeous 'November'

NPR Arts - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 14:00

Set in a 19th-century Estonian village, writer-director Rainer Sarnet's fairy tale is filled with dark magic — and mesmerizing cinematography that's even darker.

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Creature Actor Doug Jones Shares How He Transforms Into Movie Monsters

NPR Arts - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 14:00

Actor Doug Jones has had a long and prolific career playing some of Hollywood's most recognizable monsters. His latest role is the fishy Amphibian Man in Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water.

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A Masterful Glimpse Of Humanity's Physical — And Emotional — 'Annihilation'

NPR Arts - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 14:00

Alex Garland's disquieting sci-fi/horror film isn't just a meditation on fatalism (but it is that), it's an "atom bomb of a movie, fiery and all-consuming and quite unnatural."

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'Shape Of Water' Creators Sued Over Plagiarism Claims As Oscars Approach

NPR Arts - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 12:47

The suit alleges the best-picture nominee lifted its story, characters and even several snippets of dialogue from Paul Zindel's 1969 play Let Me Hear You Whisper.

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This Is Moebius' Brain Off Drugs: Late Artist Gets High On Life

NPR Books - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 04:00

Inside Moebius is the last long-form book the legendary French comic artist completed before his death in 2012. It's a loopy story based on the notes he kept while weaning himself off of marijuana.

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This Is Moebius' Brain Off Drugs: Late Artist Gets High On Life

NPR Arts - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 04:00

Inside Moebius is the last long-form book the legendary French comic artist completed before his death in 2012. It's a loopy story based on the notes he kept while weaning himself off of marijuana.

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W.E.B. Du Bois At 150

NPR Books - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 02:07

The great African-American sociologist, historian and writer W.E.B. Du Bois was born 150 years ago this week. His classic book, The Souls of Black Folk, has been republished with a new introduction.

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Ann Curry On Journalism, Her PBS Series And Working On The 'Today' Show

NPR Arts - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 20:29

Curry shares the inspiration for her new series, We'll Meet Again, and reflects on the "verbal sexual harassment" she and others experienced at NBC's morning show.

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Tense, Moody 'Golden Exits' Finds Drama In Everyday Gossip And Betrayal

NPR Arts - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:07

Reviewer Justin Chang says "not much happens — and yet everything seems to be at stake" in Alex Ross Perry's film about six moderately unhappy Brooklynites and the visitor who interrupts their lives.

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Actor Richard Jenkins: Reading 'Shape Of Water' Script Was A 'Holy Mackerel' Moment

NPR Arts - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:07

Jenkins started out in theater and didn't get a movie role until he was in his 30s. Now 70, he's up for an Oscar for best supporting actor for his role in The Shape of Water.

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He'll Take 'Gubernatorial Debate' For 400: Trebek Tries Out Moderator's Chair

NPR Arts - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:41

The longtime game show host has described himself in the past as a political independent and has expressed interest in one day moderating a presidential debate as well.

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The 25 Songs Of 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' Season 3, Rigorously And Definitively Ranked

NPR Arts - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 08:20

The recently concluded third season of The CW's darkly hilarious musical comedy series featured 25 original songs; once again, Glen Weldon ranks them all with cool, scientific precision.

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Rick Steves Gets Uncomfortable In 'Travel As A Political Act'

NPR Books - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 04:00

Your parents' favorite travel expert has made his name as a low-key, approachable, optimistic guy. But in his new book he doesn't shy away from trouble and the ways travel makes you an outsider.

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Rick Steves Gets Uncomfortable In 'Travel As A Political Act'

NPR Arts - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 04:00

Your parents' favorite travel expert has made his name as a low-key, approachable, optimistic guy. But in his new book he doesn't shy away from trouble and the ways travel makes you an outsider.

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Actor Michael Stuhlbarg On His Approach To Playing Real-Life Characters

NPR Arts - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 13:38

Michael Stuhlbarg is having a breakout year in Hollywood. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks to the actor about his year, which includes being in three of this year's Best Picture nominated films.

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'Black Panther' Success Proves That Movies With Black Actors Can Do Well Internationally

NPR Arts - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 13:17

Black Panther broke records and crushed expectations at the box office it. Not just here in the States, but in foreign markets too. That performance, as well as the one by Get Out, can finally put to rest the notion that movies with black actors don't do well internationally.

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Zadie Smith Ruminates On Brexit, Bieber And Much, Much More In 'Feel Free'

NPR Books - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:36

Smith's massive new essay collection covers a wide assortment of topics, but critic Maureen Corrigan says Feel Free is strongest when it focuses on art and identity.

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Zadie Smith Ruminates On Brexit, Bieber And Much, Much More In 'Feel Free'

NPR Arts - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:36

Smith's massive new essay collection covers a wide assortment of topics, but critic Maureen Corrigan says Feel Free is strongest when it focuses on art and identity.

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Memoirist Retraces Her Journey From Survivalist Childhood To Cambridge Ph.D.

NPR Books - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 10:07

Growing up, Tara Westover had no birth certificate, never saw a doctor and didn't go to school. She writes about her awkward transition into the mainstream in Educated: A Memoir.

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