Here is the latest Movie News from National Public Radio.
HBO’s ‘Suited’ And The Search For The Perfect Fit
A new documentary follows the clients of a custom suiting shop that works with clients who are transgender or gender-nonconforming.
Actor Kevin Hart On Comedy, ‘Central Intelligence’ And Lessons From His Mom
Hart has drawn enormous crowds to his stand-up shows and comedy films. The actor/comic says he owes a lot to his mom. “She never let me start something without finishing it.”
‘Finding Dory’ Makes A Big Splash, With Slapstick Humor And Witty Dialog
Ellen DeGeneres gives voice to a memory-challenged fish in search of her parents in Pixar’s follow-up to its 2003 hit Finding Nemo. Critic David Edelstein says Finding Dory is full of laughs.
Pop Culture Happy Hour: ‘O.J.: Made In America’ And A Quiz
For the show’s 300th episode, we look at a stunning new seven-and-a-half-hour documentary, take a TV-themed quiz and discuss What’s Making Us Happy this week.
‘Central Intelligence’ Places Kevin Hart Between The Rock And A Hard Place
At their high-school reunion, Dwayne Johnson’s buffoonish super-spy draws his old hero, staid accountant Kevin Hart, into helping him thwart a possible terrorist plot.
‘Finding Dory’ But Losing The Thread
The sequel to Pixar’s beloved 2003 fish tale retains that movie’s charms, but taking its main character out of the ocean makes for a thinner and less textured story.
Saura’s ‘Argentina’: A Passionately Political Dance Documentary
Director Carlos Saura takes the viewer through a single, stunning performance of Argentinian dance in which political themes emerge from the continuous flow of music, motion and mood.
Fanboys Attempt to Recapture Youthful Home-Movie Magic in ‘Raiders!’
As boys, Chris and Eric made an ingenious shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark that earned cult status. A new documentary reunites them to film the one shot they never managed to get.
‘Just Keep Swimming’: A Lesson In Fortitude From Dory And Degeneres
Thirteen years after her sidekick role in the animated undersea adventure Finding Nemo, Ellen Degeneres returns to put her forgetful fish into the lead role in Finding Dory.
‘The Witness’ Exposes The Myths, Misconceptions Of Kitty Genovese’s Murder
A new documentary revisits Genovese’s 1964 murder and the 38 bystanders who allegedly did nothing to stop it. Critic John Powers says the film is “a useful moral corrective” to the popular narrative.
Movie Review: ‘Finding Dory’ Is No Game-Changer
Pixar’s sequel to Finding Nemo opens 13 years later and it’s called Finding Dory. In it, Nemo’s friend Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, goes on a quest to find her parents.
Read, Watch, Binge: Like This Movie? You Might Also Like …
A lot of what we read and watch comes to us through algorithms. But we haven’t found an algorithm that makes recommendations between books, movies, TV and beyond. Enter: HUMANS.
Actress Regina King Is Also In Demand For Her Directing Skills
Actress Regina King has successfully navigated working both in front of and behind the camera. She’s been directing television shows including Scandal, Being Mary Jane and now,Animal Kingdom on TNT.
The Editor’s Epic: Maxwell Perkins Makes For An Unlikely Big-Screen Hero
The legendary editor nurtured the likes of Hemingway and Fitzgerald. But it was taming Thomas Wolfe’s massive tomes that was perhaps his greatest feat. Now, that struggle has inspired a film.
‘Genius’ Is, As The Saying Has It, 10% Inspiration, 90% Perspiration
The editor Maxwell Perkins discovered and nurtured authors like Hemingway and Fitzgerald. The new movie Genius has him wrangling thousands of pages from the writer Thomas Wolfe.
‘Genius’ Offers A High-Toned Look At The Editor-Writer Relationship
A new film tells the story of book editor Max Perkins, who worked with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe. Critic David Edelstein says Genius “isn’t quite ingenious enough.”
Pop Culture Happy Hour: ‘Pop Star’ And Making Music Funny
The gang discusses The Lonely Island’s new movie, then looks back at other films that find humor in the foibles of musicians. And, as always, we close with What’s Making Us Happy this week.
‘O.J. Simpson: Made In America’ Dives Deep Into Life Of Fallen Football Hero
Ezra Edelman’s seven-and-a-half hour documentary for ESPN, O.J. Simpson: Made in America, is really several documentaries in one. It’s the story of Simpson’s rise as a football icon and black celebrity, and his downfall as a murder suspect in the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend. But it’s also the story of race in America, and what happens when celebrity culture meets the justice system.
‘De Palma’: An Underrated Director Opens Up About His Work, And His Obsessions
In a new documentary Brian De Palma, director of both blockbusters (The Untouchables) and kinkily voyeuristic films (Dressed to Kill) looks back on a career of cinematic carnage with great candor.
A Volatile Literary Partnership Is Ill-Served By The Dry, Stagey ‘Genius’
Michael Grandage’s strangely staid film about novelist Thomas Wolfe and his editor Maxwell Perkins struggles to capture the passions that drove their famously explosive professional relationship.
‘Diary of a Chambermaid’ Follows A Headstrong Servant Through A Decadent Era
In the latest adaptation of a 1900 French novel, a beautiful servant offers a gimlet-eyed view of high society. Director Benoit Jacquot’s film loses energy as it slips into conventional romance.
‘The Conjuring 2’: Bigger, Longer, and Unholy
The second installment of director James Wan’s horror series about demonic possession ups the ante — and the running time — but justifies both with legitimate scares.
‘O.J.: Made In America’ Is About America, Not O.J.
The five-part, 7 1/2-hour documentary series O.J.: Made in America presents an expansive, meticulously constructed examination of the O.J. Simpson trial as an enduring, vexing cultural milestone.
‘From Afar’ Draws You In By Holding You At Arm’s Length
A relationship drama with societal implications marks a striking debut for first-time writer director Lorenzo Vigas. Like the film’s leading man, he’ll draw you in by holding you at a slight remove.
Actress, Victims Advocate Theresa Saldana Dies At 61
Saldana was in films such as Raging Bull. In 1982, she was stabbed 10 times by an obsessed fan. She survived the attack and later helped start support groups for other victims of violent crimes.
Pop Culture Happy Hour, Small Batch Edition: Slate’s Black Film Canon
We talk to Slate’s Aisha Harris, the co-author of the publication’s Black Film Canon. She tells us some of her favorites on the list, why make a canon at all, and including genre films with high art.
Muhammed Ali Vs. Sonny Liston: The ‘Worst Mess In History Of Sports’
In remembrance of Muhammed Ali, NPR looks back at Robert Siegel’s conversation with filmmaker Gary Robinov, director of Raising Ali, about the 50th anniversary of the heavyweight boxing match between Ali and Sonny Liston in Lewiston, Maine. This story originally aired on May 22, 2015, on All Things Considered.
Syrian Teen’s 9-Minute Doc Hits Cannes, Sundance, L.A. Film Fest
After her family fled to a refugee camp, she took a workshop in making videos. Her film about day-to-day life is now making the festival rounds.
Los Angeles Film Festival Highlights Diversity In Film Industry
The Los Angeles Film Festival opened this week, showcasing the work of its most diverse roster of filmmakers yet. Film critic Carla Renata offers her take on the festival lineup.
‘Art Bastard’: A Rebel With A Canvas
Robert Cenedella established himself in the 1960s as the anti-Warhol. A new documentary goes through his years fighting against the New York art establishment by being, well, what the title says.
Pop Culture Happy Hour: ‘X-Men’ And Supervillains
This week’s show takes us back to a franchise we’ve neglected and into the heart of villainy. And as always, we tell you what’s making us happy this week.
Track Star Alexi Pappas Chases Olympic Dreams In Feature Film
Pappas is one of America’s fastest runners and is headed to the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She also created and starred in a new feature film about a young female runner called Tracktown.
‘The Wailing’ Draws From All Over But Struggles To Find Its Way
The Wailing is a bloody thriller that recalls both elements of Korean cinema and older Hollywood examinations of exorcisms and the undead, but it doesn’t quite reach a satisfying destination.
Track Star Alexi Pappas Chases Olympic Dreams In Autobiographical Film
Alexi Pappas is one of America’s fastest runners and is headed to the Summer Olympics in Rio. She also created and starred in a new feature film about a young female runner called Tracktown.
The ‘Best Fake Rappers Out There’ Satirize Breakout Success In ‘Popstar’
Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer describe themselves as “frappers” — fake rappers. Working together as The Lonely Island, they created a comic film about pop-music documentaries.
Poland Renews Push To Extradite Filmmaker Roman Polanski To U.S.
A Polish court last year denied a U.S. request to extradite Polanski, who pleaded guilty in 1977 to statutory rape but fled. Now Poland’s justice minister says he’ll appeal to the Supreme Court.
In ‘Unlocking The Cage,’ A Man Fights To Achieve Legal Rights For Animals
Unlocking the Cage is the latest from filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus. Pennebaker made his name with the Bob Dylan documentary, Don’t Look Back, andMonterey Pop. For some 40 years, he and Hegedus, his wife, have collaborated on award-winning films such as The War Room, about Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign.
From Sequels To Reboots, Familiar Faces Return To The Multiplex This Summer
NPR’s Bob Mondello has a selective preview of summer movies from superhero blockbusters to music documentaries and everything in between.
‘The Witness’ Tells A Different Story About The Kitty Genovese Murder
As the story went at the time, 38 people witnessed the attack on Kitty Genovese 50 years ago, and did nothing. But that story is wrong, as James Soloman and William Genovese explore in their new film.
Military Veterans Take On Zombies In ‘Range 15’
Range 15 is a new zombie movie made by war veterans for veterans. It’s a dark comedy with a cast that includes Medal of Honor recipients, amputees and William Shatner.
‘Weiner’ Offers A Riveting, Close-Up View Of A Scandal In Progress
In 2013, a documentary team followed former Congressman Anthony Weiner in his bid to become mayor of New York. When a scandal hit, the cameras kept rolling. Film critic David Edelstein reviews Weiner.
Pop Culture Happy Hour: Live At The Vulture Festival
Audie Cornish joins us this week for a chat about the things we pick over endlessly and the sometimes unsatisfying intersection of politics and pop culture.
‘Presenting Princess Shaw’: The Unlikely Story Of Samantha Montgomery
Samantha Montgomery is an elder-care worker in New Orleans who also writes and sings her own songs on YouTube. A composer in Israel spotted her and via social media, they began to work together.