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In Indonesia, A Genocide Restaged For The Camera

NPR's Bob Mondello reviews a documentary that raised hackles and inspired hosannahs when it played at the Telluride Film Festival. The Act of Killing includes images of an Indonesian genocide — re-enacted by the perpetrators — that add up to a singularly arresting act of cinema. (Recommended)
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'Snacks On A Plane' And Other #dullermovies

Twitter users are coming up with some must-not-see film titles like Ferris Bueller Goes to School and I Speculate On What You Did Last Summer. We share a handful of our favorites and invite you to share your own.
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'Blue' Rhapsodies: Woody Allen, In Need Of New Tricks

Blue Jasmine finds the filmmaker stuck in old ruts; though his technique is as sound as ever, his worldview seems to have congealed decades ago. Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins and Alec Baldwin star in a story inspired by Bernie Madoff and Blanche DuBois.
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Honor Student's Approach To Sex Makes For A Raunchy 'To Do List'

Aubrey Plaza stars as an overachieving high school valedictorian who prepares for sex like studying for an AP exam. Writer and director Maggie Carey says that when she was looking to finance the independent film, she'd describe it as "a dirty Sixteen Candles."
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'In A World ...' Is A Comedy About, You Guessed It, Voice-Over Artists

Actress Lake Bell wrote and directed the film, which mixes laughs with an inspiring story about a female vocal coach who wants to break into the world of movie trailers.
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How Musicians Helped Integrate The Silver Screen

America's first Freedom Riders may well have been the black musicians who, in the '30s and '40s, broke ground by appearing in Hollywood films. Those could have been milestone moments, but the industry responded to provincial concerns and allowed Jim Crow markets to cut out integrated scenes.
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'My Lunches With Orson' Puts You At The Table With Welles

For years, there were rumors that filmmaker Henry Jaglom had taped hours of his conversations with Orson Welles but that the tapes had been lost. They weren't. Now the transcripts have been released in a new book, edited and introduced by Peter Biskind.
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Examining Jamaica's Homophobia

Jamaica is known for beaches and warm weather, but for many gay and lesbian people living on the island, it's a place of hatred. A new documentary, The Abominable Crime shines a light on homophobia and anti-gay violence in Jamaica.
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The Tragic Tale Of A Killer Whale

Tilikum is a top-perfrming killer whale at Sea World. And he's responsible for the deaths of three trainers. Blackfish, a Sundance Official Documentary Selection by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, looks at the danger of keeping orcas in captivity. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with filmmaker Cowperthwaite and former Sea World trainer John Jett about the project.
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Neorealism Goes Hollywood

A new video essay compares two 1952 films that resulted from the collaboration of two renowned filmmakers, Vittorio De Sica, a master of Italian neorealism, and David O. Selznick, a Hollywood producer most famous for Gone With The Wind. Weekend Edition Saturday host Linda Wertheimer talks with filmmaker Ernie Park, who uses a pseudonym, Kogonada.

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