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In 'The Revenant,' A Return From Death's Door — Onscreen And Off

Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu's last film, Birdman, sparked Oscar controversy with its spare music. The Revenant features a swirl of sounds, anchored by the work of Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto.
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Frame-By-Frame, Filmmakers Make The Mundane Miraculous In 'Anomalisa'

Stop-motion "communicates fragility and humanity and brokenness," says Charlie Kaufman. He and co-director Duke Johnson explain how to make puppets look lifelike, whether walking or having sex.
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The Best Movies Of 2015

It’s been a big year for movies – from “Star Wars” to quieter hits like “Brooklyn” and "Spotlight." And some critics point to encouraging progress for women and people of color in film. Three critics talk about the best movies of 2015.

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'Son Of Saul' Captures The Holocaust Without The Melodrama

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with the lead actor Geza Rohrig from the harrowing new Holocaust film, Son of Saul.
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HBO Documentary Explores Dark Underbelly Of Russia's Bolshoi Ballet

Russia's Bolshoi Ballet was rocked following the 2013 acid attack on the company's artistic director. A new documentary airing Monday on HBO, Bolshoi Babylon, looks at the culture of the company and how things got to that point. NPR explores how the paranoia and distrust of management within the ranks of the company is both very Russian and a symbol of the Bolshoi Ballet.
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Jennifer Lawrence Looks Back On A Career-Changing 'Yes-Or-No Question'

Lawrence got her big break as Katniss in the Hunger Games series. She says concerns about the price of fame made her hesitate before saying "yes" to the role. She's now starring in the drama Joy.
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From Family Fare To Oscar Bait, The Big Pictures To See At Year's End

The final weeks of the year are chock-full of huge movies. People Magazine film critic Alynda Wheat offers reviews of some popular year-enders, including Joy, The Hateful Eight and Concussion.
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The Best Of The Worst: Christmas Films

If you haven't found a Christmas movie on TV yet, you can bet you will in the next week. Author and critic Colin Fleming takes us through the Christmas films that are so bad they're good.
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The Intimidating Task Behind This Season's Cutest Breakout Star

One of the new characters in the latest Star Wars, BB-8, is one adorable droid. With only a sketch of the final product, its creators didn't know how much fuss would come from the harmless robot.
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'45 Years' Of Marriage Change With One Letter

In the movie "45 Years," a man gets a piece of news that threatens the quiet life he and his wife have built together. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with one of the film's stars, Charlotte Rampling.

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