Jehanne Dubrow blogs about poetry and literature at Notes from the Gefilte Review. Jeremy Schaub hide caption

toggle caption Jeremy Schaub

Joan Rivers in A Piece of Work Seth Keal/IFC Films hide caption

toggle caption Seth Keal/IFC Films

Monkey See

Finding The Summer Movies That Are (Well) Off The Beaten Path

Film critic Bob Mondello has a few suggestions if you're looking for summer films that don't primarily feature explosions, bazaars, or gross jokes.

Listen Loading… 8:22
  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Chris Silas Neal

Dennis Hopper received an Oscar nomination for his performance in <em><em><em><em><em><em>Hoos<em>iers<em> and<em> for the <em>Easy Rider screenplay, which he co-wrote with Peter Fonda. Charley Gallay/Getty hide caption

toggle caption Charley Gallay/Getty

Marine Lance Corporal Jeff Lucey. Matt Mitchell/100 Faces Of War Experience hide caption

toggle caption Matt Mitchell/100 Faces Of War Experience

Character-Building Experience: "It's a kind of alchemical process," says actor John Lithgow about the process of creating a role. "Some of it is you, and some of it is pure calculation." WVIZ/PBS ideastream hide caption

toggle caption WVIZ/PBS ideastream

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor