October 26, 2007 In five decades of filmmaking, director Sidney Lumet has shepherded some of Hollywood's biggest stars to Oscar nominations. His latest film, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, also has a pretty stellar cast, and Oscar may just come calling again.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/15673530/15673503" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
October 26, 2007 Now starring at the cineplex, it's underperforming males — from the hapless brothers in Before The Devil Knows You're Dead to the semi-estranged siblings in The Darjeeling Limited.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/15654575/15654542" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
October 25, 2007 Sidney Lumet's latest film tracks a pair of brothers as a supposedly foolproof (but definitely illegal) moneymaking scheme comes fatally apart. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke, Rosemary Harris, Albert Finney and Marisa Tomei star.
October 24, 2007 Jonathan Demme's documentary follows former President Jimmy Carter as he tours to promote his controversial book on the Israeli-Palestinian land conflict, encountering everything from inquisitive radio hosts to outraged rabbis.
October 19, 2007 Goran Dukic's supremely dusty, gently offbeat, beguiling little road comedy centers on a guy who decides he can't go on — then discovers that in the suicide's purgatory, going on (and on, and on) is all there is.
October 19, 2007 Familial-loss films are a fall phenomenon: Two movies about the loss of small children — Gone Baby Gone and Reservation Road — are opening Friday. Other recent and upcoming dramas focus on the loss of adult children. It makes you wonder what exactly the nation's mourning.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/15460469/15460453" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
October 19, 2007 Gavin Hood's film turns on "extraordinary rendition" — the practice of handing terrorism suspects over to governments not bound by pesky restraints like, say, the Bill of Rights. It's a tale of torture and twisty morality — all of which sounds more intriguing than the movie is.
October 18, 2007 Ben Affleck's directing debut, Casey Affleck's second knockout performance in a month, source material by the author of Mystic River — all fine reasons for catching this child-kidnapping mystery.
October 18, 2007 The latest in a string of lost-children dramas, well acted and reasonably affecting — if a little heavy on the plot coincidences linking a hit-and-run driver (Mark Ruffalo) and a grieving father (Joaquin Phoenix).
October 18, 2007 Deborah Kerr, who shared one of Hollywood's most famous kisses while portraying an Army officer's unhappy wife in From Here to Eternity and danced with the Siamese monarch in The King and I has died. Kerr, 86, suffered from Parkinson's disease.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/15405463/15413599" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
October 13, 2007 Anton Corbijn's film about the late Ian Curtis, Joy Division's lead singer, spins new variations on a music-business story that's all too familiar. Control is about losing control, but it's very precisely made.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/15257624/15257622" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
October 12, 2007 Actress Cate Blanchett was a movie newcomer in 1998 when the Oscar-nominated biopic Elizabeth established her as an international star. Now, she returns to the role in Elizabeth: The Golden Age.
<iframe src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/15233553/15234731" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
October 11, 2007 A 27-year-old loner (Ryan Gosling) orders an anatomically correct silicone doll online and introduces her to his family and friends as Bianca, a friend he met on the Internet. His family consults a doctor who encourages them to go along with Lars' delusion. (Recommended.)
October 10, 2007 Anton Corbijn's music biopic investigates why the young lead singer of a British post-punk rock band hanged himself — just as fame was finally coming his way. Ecstatically reviewed in Britain, the film loyally duplicates the band's throbbing, anarchic sound.
October 10, 2007 The sequel to the Oscar-nominated biopic Elizabeth disappoints in its score, dialogue and plotting. Cate Blanchett's monarch parades from cathedral to bedchamber to battlefield and bats her eyes at Clive Owen's Sir Walter Raleigh.
NPR thanks our sponsors
Become an NPR sponsor