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Beat Manifesto: 'Kill Your Darlings,' Figuratively And ...

The film follows Beat Generation notables — Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac and Lucien Carr — as college students in the 1940s. NPR's Bob Mondello says it may succeed where other movies about the poets have failed. (Recommended)
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Bonham Carter Takes On Taylor, And She Did Her Homework

The actress spoke with NPR's Robert Siegel about playing the icon in BBC America's Burton and Taylor. The movie follows the preposterously famous '60s and '70s couple as they reunited for a 1983 Broadway production of Private Lives.
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A Peek Into The Private Lives Of 'Burton And Taylor'

A new made-for-TV movie from BBC America dramatizes one particular period in the intertwined lives of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Critic David Bianculli says less is more, and the film's narrow biographic focus is one of its strengths.
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Michel Martin's Movie Suggestions For Politicians

Some politicians and commentators amp up their rhetoric at the expense of the facts. In her regular "Can I Just Tell You" essay, host Michel Martin suggests that they get a reality check... at the movies.
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'Menstrual Man' Had An Idea To Help Indian Women

A new movie documents how an Indian entrepreneur created a cheap machine to make sanitary napkins for rural women on the subcontinent. Women whose self-help groups buy Arunachalam Muruganantham's machine can make more than a dollar a day — close to a global poverty line threshold — selling the pads.
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Alan Rickman On 'CBGB' And The Importance Of Listening

In the new film CBGB, Rickman plays Hilly Kristal, the New Yorker who opened the dive bar he hoped would be a space for country, bluegrass and blues. CBGB instead turned into a hub for punk rock in the '70s. Rickman talks about preparing for the role and the challenges of playing a real person.
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'God Loves Uganda': How Religion Fueled An Anti-Gay Movement

In the documentary, director Roger Ross Williams explores the role of American evangelicals in the anti-gay movement there. Williams and Christopher Senyonjo, an excommunicated Anglican bishop, discuss the collision of religion and politics.
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'The Square' Tightens Lens On Egypt's Revolution

Jehane Noujaim's documentary follows a group of young revolutionaries in Egypt through the political upheaval of the past two-and-a-half years. NPR's Robert Siegel spoke with the director about the film, the activists it follows and their country's future.
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'Captain Phillips': High Stakes On The High Seas

The film, directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Tom Hanks, is based on the true story of a freighter captured by Somali pirates in 2009. NPR's Bob Mondello says it's an accomplished and surprisingly emotional thriller. (Recommended)
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A Pirate Saga More Sobering Than Swashbuckling

Tom Hanks stars as the title character in the gripping Captain Phillips, opposite the compelling Somali-born actor Barkhad Abdi as the leader of a pirate band that attacks his freighter in the Gulf of Aden. (Recommended)

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