Pixar's new film is its first with a female lead — and its first fairy tale. Brave features a mother-daughter dynamic that star Kelly Macdonald says could take place "anywhere, at any time." The rebellious princess also presented a technical challenge: Animating her hair required a software upgrade.
If you want to sell something to little girls right now, just put a princess on it. Disney princesses alone fuel a $4 billion industry, and Pixar's movie Brave is sure to give that a boost. But it isn't all singing birds and sunshine — some wonder if the princess trend is becoming too niche.
Malika Zouhali-Worrall gained access to Uganda's secretive LGBT community for the documentary, Call Me Kuchu. It follows John "Long Jones" Abdallah Wambere and others in a group of gay women and men — derogatorily called "Kuchus" — as they rail against ongoing, sometimes violent, persecution.
Andrew Sarris, who popularized the auteur theory and was called the "dean of American film critics," died on Wednesday. He was 83. Fresh Air remembers the longtime film critic for The Village Voice with excerpts from a 1990 interview.
Controversy erupted in 2009 when the Texas State Board of Education debated changes to the state's textbooks that centered on the teaching of evolution. Scott Thurman captured the contentious battle in the documentary film, The Revisionaries, which focuses in large part on Don McLeroy.
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