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2003 Summer Movie Twilight
"The Industry" Looks Toward the Holidays

'Dickie Roberts' poster art
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star opens Sept. 5
As the 2003 summer movie season fades, keep your bookmarks on this page -- it will be updated regularly it with NPR film reviews, features and interviews as new releases, like next Friday's Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star with David Spade, open in theaters across the country.

Public radio's cast of critics and film commentators include NPR's Bob Mondello, Elvis Mitchell of The New York Times, Ken Turan of the Los Angeles Times, NPR's Pat Dowell, and David Edelstein and John Powers from Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

Poster art from 'OT: Our Town' OT: Our Town
Ken Turan reviews this new documentary, which follows an inner city high school production of the quintessential small town Thornton Wilder play, Our Town.
Friday, August 22, 2003

Still from 'Open Range' Open Range
Ken Turan has a review of Open Range, the new Western from actor/director Kevin Costner (left). The cast includes Costner, Robert Duvall, and Annette Bening.
Friday, August 15, 2003

The Secret Lives of Dentists The Secret Lives of Dentists
David Edelstein reviews the latest Alan Rudolph film, which stars Hope Davis, Campbell Scott and Denis Leary.
Friday, August 8, 2003

Mondays in the Sun Mondays in the Sun
This Spanish film focuses on the lives of half a dozen men who lost their jobs -- but not their senses of humor and the absurd -- in a labor dispute. Ken Turan offers a review.
Friday, August 8, 2003

The Magdalene Sisters
The Catholic church in Ireland once sent young girls it considered "immoral" to so-called Magdalene Asylums, where the women endured a life of hard labor and punishment. Ken Turan has a review.
Friday, August 1, 2003

Laura Hillenbrand's best-selling book about the equine underdog is a stirring film starring Tobey Maguire (left), Jeff Bridges and Chris Cooper. David Edelstein has a review.
Friday, July 25, 2003


Dirty Pretty Things
Ken Turan reviews the new film from director Stephen Frears.
Friday, July 18, 2003

The Hard Word
Ken Turan reviews this Australian film starring Guy Pearce.
Monday, July 14, 2003

Hell's Highway
David Edelstein reviews this off-beat, macabre documentary.
Friday, July 11, 2003

I Capture the Castle
Bob Mondello reviews this British love story.
Friday, July 11, 2003

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
Ken Turan reviews the latest in the Terminator series
Wednesday, July 2, 2003

28 Days Later
David Edelstein reviews this British sci-fi thriller.
Friday, June 27, 2003

Whale Rider
Bob Mondello has a review of this coming-of-age film.
Saturday, June 7, 2003


listen Kids and The Arts
Camp and OT: Our Town look at teaching young people about the performing arts.

listen Sex in the Movies
Elvis Mitchell defines it as neatly packaged, but not quite the real thing.

listen The Western
Pat Dowell examines the genre, which she says still struggles for respect in Hollywood.

listen Blockbuster Marathon
Kevin Murphy attempts to view five Hollywood blockbusters in a row.

listen Overseas Box Office
American action films are having a great summer abroad.

listen Harvey Pekar
Mark Urycki of member station WKSU profiles the 'American Splendor' curmudgeon.

Thirteen Truth
Director Catherine Hardwicke and actress Nikki Reed.

Chiwetel Ejiofor
The Nigerian-born actor is starring in Dirty Pretty Things.

Alan Rudolph
The director's current film is The Secret Lives of Dentists.

Peter Mullan
The Scottish actor adapted and directed The Magdalene Sisters.

Niki Caro
Director of the New Zealand film Whale Rider.

Selected Titles
and Release Dates

To Be and To Have
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