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Novelist Max Brooks On Doomsday, Dyslexia And Growing Up With Hollywood Parents
Brooks' stable childhood with parents Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft stands in contrast to the wild stories he tells in novels like World War Z and Minecraft: The Island.
'Hail To The Chin': B-List Actor Bruce Campbell Returns With A Memoir Of Middle Age
Campbell's second collection of rants and ruminations is just as enjoyably smarmy as his first, though the actor's ruthlessly sardonic outlook has mellowed.
Woody Harrelson On 'Glass Castle' Dad Whose Rages And Redemptions Loomed Large
The film tells the story of writer Jeannette Walls' tortured upbringing. Harrelson plays Walls' father, Rex, an alcoholic who is determined to defy convention.
Movies You Missed: 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'
We all have movies we somehow never got around to watching. Rachael Copeland has never seen one of the greatest coming-of-age films. She reviews Ferris Bueller's Day Off for NPR's Scott Simon.
Big Bird, Bowie And Muppets: Museum Of Moving Image Honors Jim Henson
The New York museum opened a permanent exhibition on the work of the late Jim Henson, including a Big Bird puppet, David Bowie's costume from Labyrinth and Muppets, all gifts of Henson's estate.
Stylishly Gritty, This Chase Thriller Really Is A 'Good Time'
Robert Pattinson plays an amateur crook who maneuvers from one hair-raising situation to another. It's a relentless chase thriller, a funny problem-solving exercise and an exhilarating mood piece.
Pop Culture Happy Hour: Recommending The Best Of Stephen King
We didn't like the new Dark Tower movie, so we opted instead to discuss King's vast and rewarding career. And, as always, What's Making Us Happy this week.
A Couple Breaks Up, But Stays Together, In 'After Love'
In this loose, partly improvised French drama, a couple separates after 15 years of marriage — but continues to live in the same apartment.
Haunting, Dreamlike 'In This Corner Of The World' Depicts Hiroshima, Before And After
In this beautifully rendered, meticulously researched anime, we view the bustling Japanese city through the eyes of a young daydreamer whose life is shattered by the inconceivable.
'The Only Living Boy In New York': A Callow, Shallow Writer Makes Good
In director Marc Webb's indulgent coming-of-age tale, a young Manhattan writer believes the world revolves around him. Unfortunately, the film believes the same thing.
'The Glass Castle' Nearly Shatters Under The Weight Of Its Metaphors
The film, based on Jeannette Walls' memoir of her nomadic, impoverished childhood, clings to the book's lyrical imagery in ways too overdetermined to work on the big screen.
Chinese Blockbuster 'Wolf Warrior II' Mixes Jingoism With Hollywood Heroism
China's summer blockbuster is Wolf Warrior II, a movie high on jingoism with a poster that reads, "Anyone who offends China, no matter how remote, must be exterminated."
'Life Is Short': Aubrey Plaza Keeps Busy With 2 New Films And A TV Series
Plaza may be best known for Parks and Recreation, but she has several new projects in the works. She costarred in FX's Legion, and has two new films this summer, The Little Hours and Ingrid Goes West.
1A Movie Club Sees "Detroit"
How many stars do you give this historical drama?
Friends Coogan And Brydon Take Their Dueling Impressions On A 'Trip To Spain'
In this third film based on their food-tasting show, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon worry (in the voice of John Hurt) that they'll soon feel as ancient as the dinosaur tracks they find on their travels.