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Pope Francis Documentary Filmmaker Reveals A Candid Pontiff For his latest documentary, Wim Wenders conducted a series of intimate interviews with Pope Francis. He tells NPR's Don Gonyea how he tried to capture the pontiff's beliefs in his own words. China Is A Fast-Growing Presence In The World Of Cinema China has more movie screens than the U.S. and is expected to exceed all of North America in box-office revenues and audiences by 2020. Its influence was evident at the Cannes Film Festival. 'First Reformed': Paul Schrader Injects His Education Into Another Agonized Outsider Paul Schrader's new film, First Reformed, stars Ethan Hawke as a priest in spiritual crisis. NPR's Don Gonyea speaks with Schrader about his own spiritual education. 'On Chesil Beach': Story Of An Unconsummated Love And Marriage Saoirse Ronan stars in the new film On Chesil Beach, based on the story by Ian McEwan. Ronan and McEwan talk with NPR's Scott Simon, and joke about who plays the lead character best: Ronan or McEwan. 'Deadpool 2' Returns With More Trash Talk And Humor NPR critic Bob Mondello says Deadpool 2 marks the return of the adventures of Marvel's trash-talking-est R-rated superhero. But this time, there's a bit more humor.
London Calling (Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft): 'How To Talk To Girls At Parties' John Cameron Mitchell's "sweet, slight comic fantasy" explores what happens when a young man (Alex Sharp) in 1977 London meet-cutes a young woman (Elle Fanning) who's from ... out of town. Here's Everything You Need To Know About 'Book Club': Keaton, Fonda, Bergen and Steenburgen When the film puts its four leads together, it sparkles. When they're apart, it's simply "a pleasant, low-stakes affair, as numbing as a two-glass buzz." 'First Reformed' Asks: 'Will God Forgive Us For Destroying His Creation?' Director Paul Schrader's film tackles war and climate change with a fierce moral anger. Critic Justin Chang says Schrader makes no attempt to conceal the fact that he's written a polemic. What's Playing At Cannes Movie reviewer Kenneth Turan talks with NPR's David Greene about the newest movie in the Star Wars franchise and other noteworthy films coming out of this year's Cannes festival. 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Has A Long Buildup But Offers More Background On Han Like every film emanating from "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away," Solo: A Star Wars Story has been kept tightly under wraps before its release. But the wraps are now coming off before audiences learn the story of a young Han Solo before he became a Star Warrior.
'Solo' Makes The Jump To Light-Speed ... Eventually The odds of successfully telling the origin story of the Star Wars trilogy's lovable rogue are approximately 3,720 to 1. After a sluggish start, Solo: A Star Wars Story beats those odds. Grim 'N' Gritty Is Out, Glib 'N' Smarmy Is In: 'Deadpool 2' Ryan Reynolds once again assays the role of a deadly mercenary who makes many references to various pop culture properties while disemboweling folk a lot. No fourth wall is safe. He Felt He Could No Longer Be Funny, Says Robin Williams Biographer Dave Itzkoff examines Williams' life and death in a new biography. Williams took his own life in 2014; an autopsy later revealed he had Lewy body dementia. NPR's Summer Movie Guide: 27 Films Coming Your Way As ever, the Summer Movie Season is dominated by sequels and special effects. But if you're prepared to look for them, you'll find some smaller, quirkier films flying beneath the radar. 'Filmworker' Documents The Price Of Being Stanley Kubrick's Right-Hand Man A new documentary called Filmworker explores the life of Leon Vitali. Vitali tells NPR's Lakshmi Singh about the privilege and cost of being the right-hand man to legendary director Stanley Kubrick.