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'Expendables 2' Is Violent But Thought-Provoking

The Expendables 2 — the movie starring a host of aging action heroes — opened at No. 1 over the weekend. Morning Edition commentator and Hollywood screenwriter John Ridley found the movie surprisingly stirring following last month's shootings in Aurora, Colorado.
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NC-17 Rating Can Be A Death Sentence For Movies

Audie Cornish talks with Los Angeles Times staff writer Steven Zeitchik about his recent article on the NC-17 movie rating. Films rated NC-17 face stigma in the marketplace — some theaters won't show them and some newspapers won't carry ads for them. But, as Zeitchik writes, that's not what the Motion Picture Association of America intended when it created the rating over 20 years ago.
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Mike Birbiglia, 'Sleepwalk'-ing On The Big Screen

The comedian co-wrote a film with Ira Glass, of public radio's This American Life, about his life and sleepwalking disorder. But making Sleepwalk With Me, based on Birbiglia's one-man show and comedic memoir, caused Birbiglia anxiety — which exacerbated his disorder.
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The Challenges Female Vets Face When Coming Home

As more troops return home, the transition can be difficult, especially for women who served. Services designed to help veterans are not always equipped to deal with the needs of the nearly 2 million female vets. Guest host Viviana Hurtado discusses their unique challenges with women involved in the film, SERVICE: When Women Come Marching Home.
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'I Function Off Fear,' Said Director Tony Scott, Who Died Sunday

Best known for Top Gun and other action movies, Scott was 68. Witnesses say he jumped from a bridge in Los Angeles County. Law enforcement sources tell news outlets that a suicide note has been found.
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The Adrenalized Action And Cult Films Of Tony Scott

Stylish, exuberant and kinetic are words often associated with the late Tony Scott's movies. The director found success with energetic films that sometimes didn't gain a following until well after their commercial release.
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Blind Teen Directs Inspirational Documentary

A 15-year old filmmaker is releasing an inspirational documentary that she helped to direct, but has never seen.

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