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'Revenant' Reveals A Breathtaking, Punishing Saga Of Survival And Revenge

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews The Revenant, a harrowing survival tale from the director of last year's best picture Oscar winner.
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'Our Gang' Chronicles Lives Of African-American Actors In 'The Little Rascals'

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to author Julia Lee about her book Our Gang: A Racial History of The Little Rascals. She chronicles the story of the African-American actors in the films. They were hailed as heroes of the black community for a time but were later reviled for their roles.
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Old-School Projection Fans Are Grateful For 'Hateful Eight' In 70-Millimeter

Quentin Tarantino's new film is helping revive a nearly obsolete extra-wide film format. Theaters are being retrofitted with old reels and lenses to screen the 70mm version of the movie.
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'Joy' Sinks Into A Morass As Its Protagonist Faces Irritating Obstacles

The last two films by writer-director David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, had 18 Oscar nominations between them. So anticipation is high for his new film, Joy.
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Eddie Redmayne: Reading 'Danish Girl' Script Was Like Getting 'Sucker-Punched'

The film centers on Lili Elbe, one of the first people known to have had gender reassignment surgery. Redmayne says it's "about love not being defined by gender ... but really being about souls."
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Film Critic David Edelstein Says 2015 Offered An 'Embarrassment Of Riches'

Fresh Air's movie critic had no shortage of material to consider when it came time to make his top 10 list this year.
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Iñárritu Delivers A '360-Degree Emotional Experience' In 'The Revenant'

The Revenant is a brutal Western, set in 1823. Filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu shot the film chronologically, using only natural sunlight and firelight in remote areas of Canada and Argentina.
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An Icy Chill From The Past Threatens A Steady Flame In '45 Years'

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews the harrowing film 45 Years in which a happy decades-long marriage is upended by an unexpected revelation.
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'Funny Or Die' Creator Adam McKay Takes On The 2008 Economic Crash In 'The Big Short'

Not only do the characters in McKay's new film warn about the collapse of the global economy — they make money off of it. McKay calls the movie, based on the book by Michael Lewis, a "traumedy."
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Actor (And Football Dad) Will Smith On Playing The 'Concussion' Doctor

The film centers on the man who linked a brain disease to football player deaths. Smith says, "This is probably the farthest role away from me that I've ever played, but it was exhilarating."

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