Cousin Ben (Jason Schwartzman), Sam (Jared Gilman) and Suzy (Kara Hayward) show that nothing can stand in the way of young love in Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom.
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December 31, 2012 NPR's movie critic looks back on 2012 and his picks for the year's best movies.
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Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), a slave owner, holds Django's wife captive.
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December 28, 2012 Quentin Tarantino's new Django Unchained stars Jamie Foxx as a freed slave turned bounty hunter. The writer and director discusses the film's violence with Audie Cornish and explains why he feels American history can withstand an approach that has more in common with Reservoir Dogs than with Roots.
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December 28, 2012 Quentin Tarantino's new film Django Unchained has sparked controversy about his portrayal of slavery. Also, a dispute continues over whether gun owners' names and addresses should be made public. And, what are the most under-reported stories of 2012? The Barbershop guys weigh in with host Michel Martin for the last time this year.
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Jessie Misskelley after his murder conviction.
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December 27, 2012 West of Memphis treads well-worn ground: the story of three teenagers wrongly accused of murdering children in 1993. Critic Mark Jenkins says the detective story woven by this documentary is a welcome addition to the coverage. (Recommended)
Santa (Isabel Cardoso) cares for an elderly woman as she slips into delusions, seeing her as a hunter, among other things.
December 27, 2012 Writer-director Miguel Gomes writes a love letter to old films in the Portugese film Tabu. A man's reminiscence about lost love, told by using film techniques of days past, lends itself to the charm critic Ian Buckwalter sees throughout the movie. (Recommended)
Salesman Steve Butler (Matt Damon) faces a challenge from environmentalist Dustin Noble (John Krasinski) while trying to buy drilling rights in a small town.
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December 27, 2012 Gus Van Sant's Promised Land, written by and starring Matt Damon and John Krasinski, explores the costs and benefits of natural gas extraction in rural Pennsylvania. Critic Jeannette Catsoulis says the plot takes a turn for the cliche, but the performances and style make up for it. (Recommended)
December 26, 2012 Some films are generating Oscar buzz, including Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty. In 2010, she became the first woman to receive an Oscar for Best Director, and that got a lot of people asking why it took so long. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with filmmaker Reginald Hudlin about why so few women and minorities have gotten the golden statue.
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President Franklin D. Roosevelt looks decidedly less jolly than Bill Murray makes him out to be in Hyde Park on Hudson.
December 26, 2012 Hyde Park on Hudson tells the story of a love affair between Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his distant cousin Margaret "Daisy" Suckley. Historian Geoffrey Ward evaluates the accuracy of the new film and finds it lacking. "It's a very odd film," he says.
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December 26, 2012 The 007 theme is one of the most famous themes in movie history. The infamous guitar riff that gives the theme its secret agent feel was performed by Vic Flick, who spoke to Morning Edition about the day he played it, 50 years ago. (This piece initially aired on October 03, 2012 on Morning Edition).
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December 26, 2012 The domestic box office is expected to top $10 billion this year. After two solid years of decline, the U.S. box office enjoyed a nearly 6 percent jump.
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December 25, 2012 Les Miserables is one of the most popular theatrical musicals, with 60 million tickets sold in 42 countries. Producers of the movie version are hoping to attract a lot of those fans, too. They shouldn't have a problem, says film critic Kenneth Turan.
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December 25, 2012 Oscar voting is underway, and there are plenty of high-profile offerings like Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln and Les Miserables. David Greene talks to Kim Masters, of The Hollywood Reporter, about some of the contenders. Masters also hosts The Business on member station KCRW.
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Jean Valjean and young Cosette (Isabelle Allen), two of the most iconic characters in contemporary musical theater, come to the big screen.
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December 24, 2012 Tom Hooper's adaptation of the musical Les Miserables — itself an adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel — is solidly effective. Critic Ian Buckwalter says performances from Broadway veterans as well as non-singers deliver a range of interest and a breadth of talent.
Django confronts Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), the man who owns his wife.
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December 24, 2012 Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained tells the story of a freed slave on a mission to save his wife. Critic Stephanie Zacharek says the dialogue and action — and performances from Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz — give the film an edge that could only come from Tarantino. (Recommended)
Steve (Matt Damon), a salesman for a large oil company, visits a small town in which he hopes to buy drilling rights.
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December 24, 2012 Linda Wertheimer talks with Matt Damon, who co-wrote and stars in the new film Promised Land. The movie tells the story of a salesman for a natural gas company who seeks drilling rights in a small Pennsylvania farming town.
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