October 7, 2013 The film tells the true story of Richard Phillips, whose container ship was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009. Navy SEAL sharpshooters eventually freed the captain from the small lifeboat where he was held hostage for five days. Tom Hanks stars in the film, which is directed by Paul Greengrass.
October 6, 2013 The documentary tells the story of the August 2008 disaster on K2, the Earth's second-highest mountain, in which 11 climbers died. NPR's Rachel Martin spoke with the film's director, Nick Ryan, and Pemba Gyalje Sherpa, one of the climbers who made it off the mountain alive.
October 5, 2013 The new documentary Linsanity retells the unlikely rise of Jeremy Lin as an Asian-American NBA star. Now playing for the Houston Rockets, Lin generated global buzz and a large Asian-American fanbase last year as a high-scoring point guard for the New York Knicks.
October 4, 2013 For her new film, the actress submitted to a singularly intense shooting regimen to achieve the movie's weightless visuals. She talked with NPR's Melissa Block about the filming process, which kept her alone inside a box for long stretches, listening to strange music and sounds.
October 4, 2013 A lovingly shot valentine to the hard work and distilled emotion of dance, Alan Brown's film is an unpretentious charmer.
October 4, 2013 A new film The Fade shows that from Accra to New Jersey, the barbershop has a special place in the black community. Host Michel Martin talks to the film's director, Andy Mundy-Castle about what he learned from following four barbers across the world.
October 4, 2013 Director Alfonso Cuaron puts you in orbit with novice astronaut Sandra Bullock and veteran-on-his-last-mission George Clooney as their space shuttle gets demolished by debris from an exploded Soviet satellite. Critic David Edelstein says that you should watch this movie on the biggest screen you can find.
October 3, 2013 Parkland, from writer-director Peter Landesman, follows people caught up in the drama around the John F. Kennedy assassination, including hospital staff, the Secret Service and the Oswald family. Zac Efron, Marcia Gay Harden, Billy Bob Thornton and Paul Giamatti star.
October 3, 2013 A Touch of Sin, from director Jia Zhangke, is a beautiful if graphic take on life amid the corruptions of an economically booming China. Winner of the best screenplay award at Cannes, the film has four interlocking plots — all based on true stories. (Recommended)
October 3, 2013 The film, from Children of Men director Alfonso Cuaron, stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts stranded in Earth's orbit after their shuttle is demolished. NPR's Bob Mondello says it's visually astounding — and an immersive viewing experience. (Recommended)
October 1, 2013 From Night of the Living Dead in 1968 to The Walking Dead today, zombie stories with black protagonists have had a societal resonance that makes them stand out in a crowded genre.
September 30, 2013 Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave was one of several films featuring black British actors to premiere at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Black British filmmaking is on the rise on the global stage, and the worldwide focus leaves filmmakers and actors to navigate conversations on race and identity.
September 30, 2013 Five years ago, 14-year-old Larry King was killed by a classmate for exploring his sexual identity. In her new documentary, Marta Cunningham delves into King's life and death. She joins guest host Celeste Headlee to discuss the film and how her research transformed the way she viewed the crime.