December 25, 2012 Ben Affleck's Argo chronicles a covert operation to rescue six Americans during the Iran hostage crisis. Some of it's true, and some is just inspired by real events. Matt Baglio, co-author of the book Argo, helps NPR's Robert Siegel separate fact from fiction.
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.
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)
December 24, 2012 Patrick McGilligan, author of Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light, evaluates the accuracy of the new Hitchcock biopic starring Anthony Hopkins. McGilligan says much of the film is a "creative and clever fiction" — but that's because "people would rather believe the legend" of the man.
December 21, 2012 Over the past quarter-century, millions of people have poured into theaters to see the stage-musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's Les Miserables. Now it's opening in movie theaters; director Tom Hooper tells NPR's Melissa Block that it was a total labor of love.
December 21, 2012 NPR's Bilal Qureshi meditates on a Canadian drama that confronts some of the issues we all face in the wake of the Newtown school massacre: pain, confusion, and the effort to make sense of the senseless.
December 21, 2012 Are you still hunting for that perfect last-minute gift? We've got 10 suggestions for everyone on your list, from the baseball fan to the person who quite rightly points out they don't make 'em like The Carol Burnett Show anymore.