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In 'Get Out,' Jordan Peele Tackles The 'Human Horror' Of Racial Fear
Jordan Peele discusses his new film in which he addresses the politics of race. It's about an African-American man meeting his white girlfriend's family for the first time and the horror that ensues.
After 21 Nominations, Will Sound Mixer Kevin O'Connell Finally Win His Oscar?
O'Connell earned nominations for work on Top Gun, Transformers, Armageddon and many more. Losing streaks are never fun, but O'Connell seems at peace. "It hasn't been the right time for me," he says.
'John Wick 2' Director On 'Hong Kong Approach' To Filmmaking
Director Chad Stahelski started his career as a stuntman. He went on to found a stunt company and directed John Wick 2, after co-directing the first in the series, which was a surprise hit.
Behind 'La La Land,' A Long Relationship Between A Director And A Composer
La La Land is the third collaboration between writer and director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz. Their first was actually a senior thesis that was released to critical acclaim.
'The Great Wall' Stands As A Monument To Absurd CGI Clutter
Matt Damon plays an accomplished bow-and-arrow warrior in ancient China in his latest film. Critic David Edelstein says The Great Wall is "lavishly ... terrible."
2 High School Teachers Throw Punches And Crude Jokes In 'Fist Fight'
Charlie Day and Ice Cube lead a great cast, but this comedy, filled with cruel pranks and retrograde notions of masculinity, "leaves a sour aftertaste," says critic Scott Tobias.
'A Cure For Wellness' Needs A Dose Of Originality
Director Gore Verbinski leans on tried-and-true horror visuals to provide this film, set in a sinister Alpine spa, with its scares. But at 2 1/2 hours, patient fatigue sets in early.
'The Great Wall' Isn't, Particularly
This visually impressive, narratively muddy, pseudo-historic monster movie disappoints. "It's bonkers in theory, but prosaic in execution," says critic Mark Jenkins.
'Manchester By The Sea' Director Explores The Depth Of Grief
Kenneth Lonergan's film, which has been nominated for six Oscars, is about a janitor who returns to his hometown after the death of his brother. Originally broadcast Nov. 30, 2016.
In 'Moonlight,' Actor Mahershala Ali Found Characters He Recognized
Ali has earned an Oscar nomination for his performance as Juan, a drug dealer who becomes an unlikely father figure to a boy who is being bullied at school and neglected at home.
Ode To The Street Cat: 'Kedi' Follows Istanbul's Famous Felines
The new documentary by filmmaker Ceyda Torun focuses on seven cats as they make their way around the Turkish city. Critic John Powers calls Kedi a "pleasurable refuge from our daily cares."
Director Raoul Peck: James Baldwin Was 'Speaking Directly To Me'
Baldwin "gave me very early on the instruments I needed to ... deconstruct the world around me," Peck says. His documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, chronicles the life of the civil rights era writer.
Late Playwright, August Wilson, Nominated For Academy Awards For 'Fences'
Constanza Romero Wilson speaks about continuing the legacy of her late husband, playwright August Wilson. His play-turned-film Fences, is nominated for several Academy Awards including Best Picture.
In 'Chapter & Verse,' African American Man Tries To Return to Daily Life After Prison
Jamal Joseph heads the film program at Columbia University. Now, he's making his full-length feature debut with Chapter & Verse. Joseph himself spent six years in prison as a Black Panthers member.
Why Storytellers Of Color Ignore Usual Gatekeepers, Take A Chance On The Internet
A diverse and creative generation of writers and actors is forging a new path to small and big screens by starting on the internet.