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Movies Rated PG-13 Feature The Most Gun Violence

Banning R-rated movies for your kids isn't enough to spare them from scenes of gun violence. The amount of gun violence in R-rated films has stayed fairly stable since 1985, while gun violence in PG-13 movies has soared.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Going After What's Real

On a visit to the set of Nightcrawler, NPR's Audie Cornish talks to the actor about his changing career and his recent crime drama, Prisoners, where he plays a solemn detective in search of two young missing girls.
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Inescapable Melodies: The Legacy Of Video Game Music

Some of the most memorable melodies of the past few decades came not from the pop charts but from video games.


Animator Hayao Miyazaki's 'Wind Rises' Is 'Special'

"To see The Wind Rises is to both marvel at the work of Hayao Miyazaki and regret that this film is likely his last," says critic Kenneth Turan. Inspired by the life of a brilliant aircraft designer, it's quintessential Miyazaki: stunningly beautiful and completely idiosyncratic.

'Open Secret': When Everyone Knows Who Your 'Real' Mom Is, Except You

When he turned 18, Steve Lickteig learned that the woman he knew as his older sister was actually his mother, a secret his other siblings and most of his small Kansas town had known and kept from him. In a new documentary, Lickteig tries to understand how he was left in the dark for so long.

This 'Time,' Supernatural Love Story Falls Flat

About Time, written and directed by Richard Curtis (Love Actually), follows a young man looking for love — with a little help from time-travel. NPR's Bob Mondello says that in this instance, time travel and romantic comedy don't necessarily blend well together.

The Dallas Cowboy Behind The Real 'Buyers Club'

The film Dallas Buyers Club tells the story of Ron Woodroof, a man with AIDS in the 1980s who smuggled in experimental treatments to fight his disease. NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports that the real Ron Woodroof was just as colorful as the Hollywood version.

Matthew McConaughey, Fiercely Committed To This 'Club'

Dallas Buyers Club tells the true story of Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey), a Texas man whose '80s AIDS diagnosis drives him to fight for access to the drugs he believes can save him. Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto also star. (Recommended)

The Story Behind The Stunts: Remembering Hollywood's Hal Needham

Throughout his career, Needham did the kind of stunts that would either end with a spectacular shot ... or an ambulance. On Oct. 25, Needham died of cancer at age 82. We listen back to a 2011 interview, in which he tells the stories behind some of his most daring stunts.

Four Decades On, 'The Exorcist' Is Still A Head-Turner

On Halloween — and the occasion of The Exorcist's 40th anniversary — NPR's Robert Siegel talks to the film's director, William Friedkin, about the making and the legacy of the famed horror film.