August 15, 2013 In their approaches to history, Jobs and Lee Daniels' The Butler could hardly be less similar. Yet the two movies have much in common — just nothing terribly exciting.
August 11, 2013 Director Neill Blomkamp built a fascinating, pointed world for his film Elysium, but the story is pedestrian.
August 9, 2013 The new film, starring Forest Whitaker, tells the story of a man who experienced the country's racial tension from one of the most powerful addresses in the world. Director Lee Daniels and journalist Wil Haygood join Tell Me More to discuss the movie, and the man who inspired it.
August 8, 2013 David Gordon Green fuses oddball comedy and carefully observed drama in an intimate character study featuring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch as two roadworkers at large in the Texas wilderness, where a more figurative exploration is also underway — of what it really means to be alone. (Recommended)
August 8, 2013 What are you left with when you peel away all the cheerful elements of the rom-com genre? I Give It a Year — a semi-serious story about two newlyweds slogging through their first year of marriage.
August 8, 2013 Documentarian Tinatin Gurchiani takes audiences to her home country, a former Soviet republic, with a series of youth portraits that resonate individually, but don't quite add up to a coherent picture of a society.
August 8, 2013 A film biography of the adult-film star, who personified a new '70s-era sexual ease but later disavowed her career and the husband who engineered it, tries to be fair about its namesake's two lives — and ends up feeling indecisive.
August 8, 2013 Lake Bell's comedy In a World ... tracks a vocal coach's efforts to break into the male-dominated world of voice-overs. She and actor/voice-over artist Fred Melamed tell Terry Gross about what drew them to voice-over work, and the origins of the "sexy baby vocal virus" trend.
August 7, 2013 In the latest installment of our library series, NPR's Bob Mondello visits some notable libraries in popular culture: Jorge Luis Borges' Library of Babel; Lucien's Library in Neil Gaiman's The Sandman; and the stacks in Buffy, Hogwarts, Doctor Who and Fahrenheit 451.
August 7, 2013 The writer-director of District 9 returns with Elysium, a dystopian sci-fi/action story with Matt Damon as the hardscrabble hero. Jodie Foster plays the severely chic Big Bad in a saga where the rich live a literally out-of-this-world life above a dying Planet Earth.