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Feats Of Technical Magic Bring Disney's New 'Jungle Book' To Life

A new version of the classic Disney animated movie features a live-action Mowgli and digitally created animals. It's feat of animation and technical magic — the new smoke and mirrors of Hollywood.

Thrilling And Kinetic, Updated 'Jungle Book' Is 'A Triumph'

Jon Favreau's adaptation of the Disney classic reprises the story of a little boy raised by wolves. Critic David Edelstein says The Jungle Book seamlessly blends computer animation and storytelling.
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'Psycho' And So Much More: Composer Bernard Herrmann Gets A D.C. Festival

Herrmann's career and legacy are largely unsung, but in some circles he's regarded "as the supreme Hollywood screen composer." D.C.'s PostClassical Ensemble is holding a monthlong multimedia retrospective, including special events Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


Clash Of The Screens: Should Movie Theaters Allow Texting? AMC Says Maybe

The CEO of AMC Entertainment says he is considering allowing texting during some movie showings at AMC Theaters. A good thing? Our pop culture blogger and movie critic weigh in.

Encore: 'Mad Max' Editor On How Editing Shapes A Film

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Margaret Sixel, Oscar-winning editor of Mad Max: Fury Road. This story originally aired on Feb. 15, 2016, on All Things Considered.

With Hollywood's Advanced Digital Face-Lifting, Do We Even Need Actors?

You can now digitally replace just about anything on an actor's body — including the actor himself. Journalist Logan Hill explains this practice of often invisible digital retouching in media.

Buster Keaton And Samuel Beckett Walk Into A Movie Studio ...

In 1964, the silent film master and the celebrated playwright made a film together. It was Beckett's first movie — and it showed. Notfilm tells the story of their collaboration.

Grief Goes Explosive In 'Demolition' And 'Louder Than Bombs'

Louder Than Bombs and Demolition both deal with car crashes and grieving men, but the damage looks very different.

Will Superhero Movies Go The Way Of Old Westerns?

Western movies once ruled Hollywood the way comic book movies seem to now. NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Brooks Hefner of James Madison University about how Westerns faded from popularity, and whether the same thing will happen to superhero movies.

A Family Drama Unfolds Through Shifting Viewpoints In 'Louder Than Bombs'

Point-of-view is passed like a baton among the tortured main characters in Joachim Trier's new film. Critic David Edelstein says Louder than Bombs is intimate, touching and "insistently alive."