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In 'Belle,' A Complex Life Tangled In Class And Commerce

Bob Mondello reviews Belle, based on a true story about a child of an admiral and a Caribbean slave, raised as an aristocrat in 18th century England.
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Does 'Rich Bigot' Sterling Deserve A Break?

The NBA could push Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling to sell his team over statements he made about African-Americans. But is he being unfairly chastised? The Barbershop guys weigh in.
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Movie Monsters, Monster Movies And Why 'Godzilla' Endures

Unlike Jaws and Alien, whose creatures are soulless things to be destroyed, Godzilla resonates because of something that once defined the best monster movies — a sense of compassion for the monster.
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'Fresh Air' Remembers British Actor Bob Hoskins

Hoskins, who played a human detective in a world of cartoon characters in the acclaimed movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit, died this week after contracting pneumonia. He was 71 years old.
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'Ida': A Coming-Of-Age Story With An Eerie Luster

Polish-born director Pawel Pawlikowski's new film centers on an orphan who learns the secret of her past when she's on the brink of becoming a nun.
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The Making Of 'Godzilla,' Japan's Favorite 'Mon-Star'

Steve Ryfle is the author of a book about the making of the film and its many sequels. He spoke to Fresh Air in 2004, on the film's 50th anniversary.
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Behind 'Belle': An 18th Century Portrait Ahead Of Its Time

Director Amma Asante's new film is based on the real-life story of a biracial woman who grew up in an aristocratic English family — a story that was immortalized in a painting by Johann Zoffany.
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After 33 Years, Potomac Video Presses 'Stop' Button On Business

After three decades of business, D.C.'s last independent video store is finally shutting its doors.

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'Ida': A Young Woman's Search For Identity In 1962 Poland

Ida is a Polish film about a young woman who was raised as an orphan in a convent. She's planning to take her vows as a nun when she discovers she's Jewish and her parents were killed by the Nazis.
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Bob Hoskins: A Specialist In Tough Guys With Soft Hearts

British actor Bob Hoskins has died at the age of 71, after a bout with pneumonia. The skilled character actor starred in Who Framed Roger Rabbit and received an Oscar nomination for Mona Lisa.

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