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'Extremely Loud' And Incredibly Manipulative

Jonathan Safran Foer's novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close has been adapted into a movie starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock. Critic David Edelstein says the end result doesn't fully mesh with the story it is trying to tell.
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Sword Fight Choreographer Dies At 89

The late Bob Anderson helped to choreograph some of Hollywood's greatest sword fights — and even appeared on-screen himself as Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy. Melissa Block talks about the sword master who died on Sunday. He was 89.
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'Thin Blue Line' Piqued Mike Mills Movie Interest

Steve Inskeep talks to filmmaker Mike Mills for the latest in the Watch This series about recommended movies and television shows. Mills directed the film Beginners starring Christopher Plummer as an elderly father who comes out of the closet.
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2012: The Year Of The Smart Superhero Movie

Last year was supposed to be a great year for the superhero movie, but it turned out to be hype: Neither Green Lantern nor Thor reached expectations. Looking ahead to 2012, there will be another bout of superhero movies, but this time, says NPR's Neda Ulaby, they actually might take off.
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Screenwriter John Logan's Very Good Year

John Logan is the pen behind three big films of 2011: Martin Scorsese's Hugo, Ralph Fiennes' adaptation of Shakespeare's Coriolanus, and the animated film Rango. Host Audie Cornish chats with Logan about the secrets of his screenwriting success.
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2011 In Film: Bob Mondello's Top 10 (Plus 10)

From a talky chameleon who's forced to find his swagger to a silent-screen idol who's losing his mojo, the heroes of 2011's best films made indelible impressions. NPR's Bob Mondello reviews the year's high points.

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