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Eric Andre and Lil Rel Howery go on an outrageous adventure in the Netflix movie Bad Trip. NETFLIX hide caption

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'This Is About Lifting Culture,' Says History-Making Producer Charles D. King

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Frances McDormand smiles on the red carpet at Rome Film Fest 2019. Mondadori Portfolio/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images hide caption

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Frances McDormand's Essential Performances

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Writer-director Oliver Hermanus created Moffie from an autobiographical novel by André Carl van der Merwe — but he gives the film an air of lived experience. Daniel Rutland Manners/IFC Films hide caption

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Basic Training Proves Anything-But-Basic In The Powerful South African Drama 'Moffie'

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Chadwick Boseman's Essential Performances

Chadwick Boseman is nominated for an Oscar this year for his performance in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. It's his final onscreen role — he died of colon cancer in August. Before that, Boseman played historical figures including Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson and James Brown. And of course, he joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Black Panther. And today we're talking about some of those essential performances.

Chadwick Boseman's Essential Performances

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Olivia Colman and Anthony Hopkins star in The Father. Sean Gleason/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Sheila Rule and Joe Robinson take the subway to a Riverside Church Prison Ministry meeting in Manhattan on Nov. 20, 2016. Rule and Robinson, married for almost 12 years while Joe was still incarcerated, are here together for the first time since he was released from a 25-year prison sentence for killing a man. Ed Kashi hide caption

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Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy arrive in style at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood for the 2014 premiere of Disney's Muppets Most Wanted. Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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Sam (Yahya Mahayni) agrees to have his back tattooed with the Schengen Visa, the document that allows free movement between European countries, in The Man Who Sold His Skin. Samuel Goldwyn/Bac Films hide caption

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An Immigrant Becomes A Human Canvas In This Sly Film About Art And Freedom

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Godzilla Vs. Kong puts two franchise stars in epic battles on land and sea. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures hide caption

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A golden arch marks the entrance to Nu Boyana Film Studios, nestled into the side of Vitosha Mountain in Sofia. Meghan Collins Sullivan/NPR hide caption

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As COVID-19 Mostly Halted Filming In The U.S., Movie Magic Forged Ahead In Bulgaria

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In Godzilla vs. Kong, the Titans meet up and face off. Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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In A Long-Awaited Matchup, Godzilla And Kong Stomp Where Marvel Fears To Tread

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Eddie Izzard co-wrote the script for Six Minutes to Midnight, and stars as half German, half British teacher Thomas Miller. Courtesy of IFC Films hide caption

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Eddie Izzard: 'Hopefully Hitler Is Revolving In Some Trench'

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Not My Job: We Quiz The Writer Of 'One Night In Miami' On One Knight In Miami

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Star Samkus, who works at the King Soopers grocery store and knew three of the victims of a mass shooting at the store a day earlier, cries while kneeling in front of crosses placed in honor of the victims, Tuesday, March 23, 2021, in Boulder, Colo. David Zalubowski/AP hide caption

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Gun Violence Never Went Away, Plus The Overlooked Talent Of Asian Actors

It might have seemed like mass shootings were down last year, but 2020 was actually one of the deadliest years for gun violence in decades. Sam talks to Abené Clayton, reporter for The Guardian, about why some shootings get more coverage than others. Plus, Sam talks to Shirley Li, staff writer at The Atlantic, about Minari and the way stereotypes inform how white audiences view the performances of Asian actors. Then, Hannah Giorgis, also of The Atlantic, joins Sam and Shirley to play Who Said That.

Gun Violence Never Went Away, Plus The Overlooked Talent Of Asian Actors

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In 'Sound Of Metal,' Riz Ahmed Rages Against Silence

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Bertrand Tavernier poses for a portrait at the City of Lights, City of Angels Film Festival in Los Angeles on April 11, 2005. Mark Mainz/Getty Images hide caption

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Acclaimed French Filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier Dies At 79

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In Another Round, Martin (Mads Mikkelsen) is a bored and boring teacher who decides that life would be better with more alcohol. Henrik Ohsten/Courtesy of TIFF hide caption

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'Another Round'? This Tipsy Danish Film Asks, Why Not?

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