September 27, 2013 Joseph Gordon-Levitt's writing and directing debut is a modern look at a Don Juan who's got a bit of a porn problem. NPR's Bob Mondello says it's an assured first film from an actor who's clearly been paying attention to what makes a movie work.
September 27, 2013 Joseph Gordon-Levitt also wrote and stars in the film, about a prolific seducer and porn addict who changes his ways when Scarlett Johansson's character enters the picture. Critic David Edelstein says Don Jon is smart, with a subversive touch.
September 26, 2013 With upwards of 650 movies out in an average year, there's no way NPR's critics are gonna write full-on reviews of everything we see. Herewith, short takes on two that didn't quite make the cut: a David Sedaris story turned into a quirky indie, and the sequel to an animated smash.
September 26, 2013 We Are What We Are, based on a 2010 Mexican horror hit, relocates the original's story of a separatist cannibal clan from the slums of Mexico City to a rural town in the Catskills. Directed by Jim Mickle, the remake may actually improve on the original. (Recommended)
September 26, 2013 A rich documentary looks at an Alabama town where a host of classic R&B tracks were laid down. Aretha Franklin, Percy Sledge, Clarence Carter, Etta James and many more musical legends appear to help tell the story. (Recommended)
September 26, 2013 In Inequality for All, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich takes on the income disparity that's been on the rise in America since the Great Recession. The film is inspired by Reich's book Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future.
September 26, 2013 The film, a romantic drama from Israeli director Michael Mayer, follows two men, one an Israeli lawyer and the other a Palestinian student, as they fall in love and subsequently become entangled in their region's conflict.
September 24, 2013 Targeted fiscal policies lure high-profile Hollywood productions — and the jobs and cash that come with them — to certain states. But in many cases, film companies get far more money from the state's coffers than they actually pay in sales and payroll taxes.
September 23, 2013 Actress Alfre Woodard missed out on an Emmy last night for her role in the television remake of Steel Magnolias, but she's got plenty of other golden statues to comfort her. She takes us behind the scenes of her upcoming film 12 Years a Slave, and offers some wisdom about the acting business.
September 22, 2013 The film, about a young girl who desperately wants a bicycle, is the first feature made entirely in Saudi Arabia. Director Haifaa Al Mansour joins host Rachel Martin to talk about making the film in a country where Mansour couldn't work outdoors unsupervised.