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In 'The Martian,' Matt Damon Tries To Make It Back From The Red Planet

Director Ridley Scott's new movie, "The Martian," stars Matt Damon as an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars. He must fend for himself on the Red Planet. Film critic Kenneth Turan has a review.
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Filmmaker Haile Gerima Pushes Against Convention At Howard University

D.C. filmmaker Haile Gerima helped spearhead a movement that took a more international, and less Hollywood, approach to the craft. As a professor at Howard University, he's helping film students find their own voices.


How 'The Martian' Became A Science Love Story

The movie about a stranded astronaut is being hailed for its scientific realism. Andy Weir, who wrote the book the film is based on, is a longtime computer programmer who sees romance in numbers.

'Uniquely Nasty' Remembers The U.S. Ban On Gay Federal Workers

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Michael Isikoff and Charles Francis about their documentary Uniquely Nasty, which explores the government's campaign against gay workers starting in the 1950s.

Sandstorms, Explosions, Potatoes, Oh My: 'Martian' Takes Its Science Seriously

Programmer Andy Weir had always longed to read science fiction with a greater focus on science. So, he wrote a novel of his own — which has since become a best-seller and, now, a blockbuster film.

Confronting A Lifetime Of Bullying With 'A Brave Heart'

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Lizzie Velasquez, the subject of the new documentary, A Brave Heart. Velasquez suffers from a rare genetic condition and was the victim of terrible bullying.

The Deeper Meanings Of A Leg, Lost And Found — And Fought Over

When a North Carolina man found a human leg in a grill, he tried to extend his 15 minutes of fame. Directors Clay Tweel and Bryan Carberry capture the wild tale in their documentary Finders Keepers.

Quest For Fun: Looking Back At 'National Lampoon'

Director Douglas Tirola's new film, Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead, chronicles the rise and fall of National Lampoon. Tirola tells NPR the magazine's power came from its willingness to go after anyone.

The Crisis Behind '99 Homes' — And How It Fueled The Film's Script

The new film 99 Homes follows a realtor and an evictee during the 2010 housing crisis in Florida. Writer and director Ramin Bahrani tells NPR's Kelly McEvers of his firsthand research for the movie.

'99 Homes': A Morality Play Built On Foreclosures And Evictions

In Ramin Bahrani's new film, a man forces others out of their homes in an effort to save his own. Critic David Edelstein says 99 Homes shines a spotlight on a "poisonous financial ecosystem."