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Frank Langella: A Career 'Like A Chekhov Play'

In the new movie Robot & Frank, the actor plays an aging ex-burglar who learns to take advantage of his robot caretaker. Langella, 74, tells Fresh Air why he was drawn to the role, and discusses the ups and downs of his long career.
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'Odd Life Of Timothy Green' Pushes Too Hard

The Odd Life of Timothy Green is a "when you wish upon a star" fable in the old school Disney style. Though the film's heart is pure, it's execution is so cloying and contrived it brings on tears of frustration.
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Movie Documents 'Janesville' After GM Closes Plant

Renee Montagne talks with documentary maker Brad Lichtenstein about his new film As Goes Janesville. It is an up close look at wrenching changes the Wisconsin town has been through since GM closed a plant there. Janesville is the hometown of Rep. Paul Ryan, who is GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's running mate.
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Julie Delpy, Keeping It Real In '2 Days In New York'

In her new directorial effort, the actress — who also co-wrote the script — plays a neurotic woman whose French family is coming to New York. Delpy talks to All Things Considered's Audie Cornish about her roles behind and before the camera.
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An Inner-City School With Gallery-Like Halls

Chicago's Dixon School looks more like an African-American art gallery than a public school. In the largely black blue-collar neighborhood of Chatham, a school where art plays a central role in the lives of students is a rarity. Guest host Jacki Lyden talks with director Pamela Sherrod Anderson about her documentary, The Curators of Dixon School.
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Al Freeman Jr. Remembered For Soaps To Spike Lee

Actor, director, and professor Al Freeman Jr. died on Friday at the age of 78. He's best known for his portrayal of Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad in Spike Lee's 1992 film, Malcolm X. But many may not know that he was the first African-American to win a Daytime Emmy Award. Guest host Jacki Lyden remembers Freeman's life and legacy.
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The Movie Peter Hedges Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Writer-director Peter Hedges could watch Hal Ashby's 1971 film Harold and Maude a million times. He says the totality of the film is "much greater" than other, more perfect films.

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