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The Sounds, Space And Spirit Of 'Selma': A Director's Take

Ava DuVernay's new film dramatizes a turning point in civil rights history. She says she wanted to "elevate [Selma] from a page in your history book and really just get it ... into your DNA."

How 'Star Wars' Helped Patton Oswalt Beat His Movie Addiction

The actor and comedian reveals in his new memoir, Silver Screen Fiend, that he used to have a film addiction. Watching the first Star Wars prequel led to a realization that helped him kick the habit.

'I Was So Grateful For My Body': Jennifer Aniston Portrays Chronic Pain

In Cake, Aniston plays a haunted woman who is suffering from debilitating pain. While Aniston is not actively looking for dramatic roles, she says "comedy and drama go hand in hand."

'Leviathan' A Dark Social Satire Of Russian Society

The new Russian film Leviathan chronicles one man's struggle against a greedy mayor confiscating his property, providing an epic and timely portrait of Russian society.

'Leviathan' And 'Two Days' Look For Oscar Gold

The week between Christmas and the new year often delivers Oscar hopefuls to our screens; NPR's Bob Mondello praises two foreign films that grapple with social issues through the lens of family.

What 'Back To The Future 2' Got Right — And Wrong — About 2015

The movie Back to the Future 2 imagined 2015 as a world full of hover skateboards, flying cars and 3-D printed pizzas. How many of those predictions came true?

'Life Itself': An Unflinching Documentary Of Roger Ebert's Life And Death

In late 2012, filmmaker Steve James and Roger Ebert began talking about filming a documentary based on Ebert's memoir. Ebert's wife, Chaz, agreed. They didn't know that he would die within months.

If You're Not Watching Sports, It's A Great Day To Watch A Movie

Steve Inskeep shares listeners' picks for movies to watch over the New Year's holiday.

Favorite Films Of 2014: Why Stop At 10?

Box-office figures were gloomy in 2014, but movie critic Bob Mondello still found a lot to cheer about among the year's quirky offerings — and as usual, his annual 10-best list runneth over.

'A Most Violent Year' Captures You And Doesn't Let Go

The new film A Most Violent Year is written and directed by J.C. Chandor. The crime drama starring Jessica Chastain takes place in New York City in 1981, one of the city's most violent years.