At the very least, fans will remember 2012 as the year the rom-com star revolutionized his career. McConaughey stars in five different independent films, tackling smaller, character-actor roles instead of the suave leading man roles we've come to associate him with.
Ruby Sparks and Killer Joe tell of an author who conjures a woman from his typewriter and a corrupt detective hired to kill an aging mother, respectively. But Fresh Air's David Edelstein says the films share a common trait: Both take their stories beyond common reality to more fascinating parts of the psyche.
Names like Gene Autry, Bette Davis and Buster Keaton draw tourists to a cemetery in the Hollywood Hills. But those legends of the silver screen also lie near a lesser-known man who made animals into Hollywood stars.
The combination of instant commentary on Twitter and delayed viewing on DVRs and Hulu has made fans especially careful about spoilers. But according to one study, spoilers actually make you enjoy a work more than if you didn't know what was going to happen.
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry follows the famous artist around the world as he repeatedly irks Chinese authorities with his art and political critiques. Fresh Air's John Powers says the documentary casts important light on the fight for greater freedom in China.
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