David Ayer's film End of Watch strives to communicate the relationship between two patrol partners in the LAPD while they face off with a violent drug cartel. Jake Gyllenhaal plays one of the officers, and says the experience of preparing for his role was life-changing.
In Trouble with the Curve, Clint Eastwood plays Gus Lobel, a venerable scout for the Atlanta Braves who finds it increasingly difficult to mask the creeping ravages of old age. Gus is a cantankerous coot who trips over furniture because he is on the way to going blind, a condition he understandably tries to hide from his boss Pete, played by John Goodman.
Writer-director Kevin Smith discusses his favorite movies and TV shows with NPR's Steve Inskeep. His picks include the classic baseball movie The Bad News Bears and the popular AMC zombie drama The Walking Dead.
It's an exclusive club: Pitchers who win with the knuckleball in Major League Baseball. The New York Mets' R.A. Dickey is one of the only active starting pitchers in professional baseball who uses this slower, methodical pitch, and he is one of the subjects of a new documentary, Knuckleball!
Toronto is a spectacularly international city, which makes it an especially rich market for Asian cinema. Asian films brought a new brand of raw and gritty realism to this year's Toronto International Film Festival, as NPR's Bilal Qureshi reports.
Audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival handed the fest's top prize, the Peoples Choice Award, to the comedy starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro and Jackie Weaver. It beat out high-profile competition, including Anna Karenina and Argo.
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