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In 'The Sessions,' A Different View Of The World

Actor John Hawkes has played plenty of unusual characters, but the physical demands of his latest role required ingenuity and pain management. He speaks with All Things Considered about the difficulty of playing a character who is paralyzed from the neck down.
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'Smashed': A Love Story Minus The Alcohol

Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul star in this modern tale of addiction that explores what happens to a young marriage when the one thing that once brought them together suddenly vanishes. Director and cowriter James Ponsoldt says the idea for the movie came from real-life experiences.
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Publicist-Turned-Filmmaker Part Of A New Wave

Nine years ago, on the set of a major Hollywood production, film marketer Ava DuVernay realized she had a story to tell — her own story from the streets of Los Angeles. The result is her latest movie, Middle of Nowhere, which brought the filmmaker a Sundance Festival award for best drama director. She is the first African-American woman to win the award. Audie Cornish talks to Duvernay about her unusual path to directing and her role in the creation of a new wave of black independent filmmakers.
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Ben Affleck 'Smartly Directs' His New Movie 'Argo'

Argo tells an incredible true story: How a CIA agent rescued six Americans from the jaws of the Iranian Revolution with a little help from the good folks of Hollywood. Besides directing it, Affleck also stars in Argo.
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'Argo': A Rescue Mission With Real Hollywood Style

Ben Affleck's new film chronicles the CIA's rescue of six U.S. Embassy workers held hostage during the 1979 Iranian revolution. Critic Bob Mondello says the fine balance struck between Argo's snappy script and heart-stopping thrills makes the film worthy of Oscar buzz. (Recommended)
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A 'Big Picture' Intently Focused On The Details

Eric Lartigau's French psychological drama follows an aspiring photographer who assumes another man's identity. While the plot may lend itself to the tropes of a thriller, critic Mark Jenkins says it is more focused on the quiet, internal mechanisms of the protagonist's mind.

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