October 17, 2013 The film, from Margin Call director J.C. Chandor, features a forceful performance from Robert Redford as a man stranded alone in the Indian Ocean, battling against nature and struggling to survive. (Recommended)
October 17, 2013 A drama from Dreamgirls director Bill Condon chronicles the rise of the transparency-advocacy group, focusing on the relationship between founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and a top lieutenant (Daniel Bruhl). Laura Linney, Stanley Tucci and Anthony Mackie also star.
October 17, 2013 The black male achievement gap has always been a hot-button topic. But a new film - 13 years in the making - attempts to address that issue by chronicling the experiences of two black boys as they navigate a prestigious private school. Host Michel Martin speaks with filmmakers and parents, Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, and their son Idris Brewster, about the film American Promise.
October 17, 2013 Crystal isn't happy about turning 65, but at least he's finding a way to laugh about it. The actor and comedian's new memoir — Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys? — is on the best-seller list and he'll be back on Broadway in November.
October 17, 2013 Solomon Northup was born a free man and lived the life of a respected musician until 1841, when he was kidnapped and sold into slavery. British director Steve McQueen's new film, starring British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, brings Northup's memoir to life in excruciating detail.
October 16, 2013 The film follows Beat Generation notables — Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac and Lucien Carr — as college students in the 1940s. NPR's Bob Mondello says it may succeed where other movies about the poets have failed. (Recommended)
October 16, 2013 BBC America's new biographical picture about Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor is a pretty good show, but it looks even better when you compare it to the recent alternate version we got from Lindsay Lohan.
October 16, 2013 A new made-for-TV movie from BBC America dramatizes one particular period in the intertwined lives of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Critic David Bianculli says less is more, and the film's narrow biographic focus is one of its strengths.
October 15, 2013 When you see a valuable comic locked up in a safe, it's fair to wonder whether it's really intended for people other than ardent fans to enjoy, or even to know about. But a new documentary airing on PBS uses superheroes to tell a larger tale of American popular entertainment.
October 15, 2013 Chris Klimek considers the exciting action movie Captain Phillips, which also happens to be a harrowing story of a real-life, rather awful event. He wonders: How do directors and actors dramatize miserable situations without trivializing them? Is it even possible?
October 15, 2013 A new collection of Three Stooges cartoons may not be the team at its best, but there's something reassuring about seeing them in their later years, still poking each other in the eyeballs just like you remember.
October 15, 2013 Matthew Weddig explores the phenomenon of Rocky Horror midnight shows with "shadow casts." While they're well-known as cultish fan events, some performers say they also serve an additional role as a place where lots of kinds of bodies can find a place to dance.
October 15, 2013 With a new book out that purports to be a novel but actually isn't, James Franco seems to have mastered celebrity in an unexpected way. He has so many images at this point — stoner, student, artist, bro — that he seems to have no image at all.