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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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European Films In Russia's Heartland

For the past few years in July, a sleepy Russian provincial town has rolled out the red carpet to host the best in European film.
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Guillermo Del Toro, On Monsters And Meaning

The director talks to NPR's Audie Cornish about Japanese cinema, growing up watching kaiju films like Godzilla in Mexico, and his new action epic, Pacific Rim.
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A New Day, A Last Day, For One Man At 'Fruitvale Station'

An indie drama chronicles the real-life story of 22-year-old Oscar Grant, shot by San Francisco transit police in a New Year's Eve incident that shocked the nation. The film doesn't offer any shatteringly new observations on the case itself — though the story is plenty shattering enough on its own. (Recommended)
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Introducing Oscar Grant, The Man Behind The Headlines

David Edelstein reviews Fruitvale Station, a dramatization of the last day of a man shot by San Francisco transit police in the early morning hours of New Year's Day 2009.
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'Pacific Rim' Is Filled To The Brim With Special Effects

The big movie opening this week is Pacific Rim. Morning Edition's critic says that it has plenty of explosions and special effects — but there's more to it than most blockbusters this summer.
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Oakland Braces For Seeing Subway Shooting On The Big Screen

The feature film Fruitvale Station opens Friday in select markets, including the San Francisco Bay Area. That's where the subject of the film, Oscar Grant, 21 and unarmed, was shot and killed by a transit police officer in 2009 — sparking violent street protests across Oakland.
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As 'Ray Donovan,' Liev Schreiber Cleans Up Hollywood's Messes

In the FX series, Schreiber plays a Hollywood fixer with some personal problems of his own. While TV is newish territory for Schreiber, playing a man plagued by inner demons is not. He talks with Dave Davies about acting the heavy — and how his face has shaped his career.
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Winning Gold In Their Golden Years

Age of Champions is a documentary about athletes who, in their golden years, compete at the National Senior Olympics. Michel Martin speaks to the film's producer Keith Ochwat and John Tatum, a 94-year-old swimmer.

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