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Michael Abels, Composer Of Jordan Peele's 'Us', Balances Terror With Empathy
Abels was a music teacher who had never scored a film when he was hired for Jordan Peele's Get Out and now Us. Peele hired him after a fruitless search for an African-American film composer.
'Giraffes On Horseback Salad' Tells The Lost Story Of Harpo Marx And Salvador Dalí
When Salvador Dalí met Harpo Marx, he was so infatuated that he wrote a treatment for a surreal Marx Brothers film, Giraffes on Horseback Salad. The film didn't fly, but this graphic novel does.
Too Much Video Streaming To Choose From? It's Only Going To Get Worse
It can be frustrating when viewers try to figure out which service has what they want to watch — Netflix, Prime, Hulu? It's about to get worse as more streaming services launch this year.
Movie Review: 'Hotel Mumbai' Looks At 2008 Terrorist Attack That Shook The World
The 2008 terrorist attack on the famed Taj Hotel is recreated in the new film drama, Hotel Mumbai.
Jordan Peele Looked Into The Mirror And Saw The Evil Inside 'Us'
For his much-anticipated follow-up to his Oscar-winning movie Get Out, the writer-director sets a family up against its own doppelgangers. That is, he made a full-on horror film.
Jordan Peele's 'Us' Asks: What If The Evil That Dwells Within Took Human Form?
Peele mixes horror and hilarity in a new film about a family who runs into terrifying doppelgängers of themselves while on vacation. Critic Justin Chang says star Lupita Nyong'o carries the movie.
'Out Of Blue': Stardust And (Hollywood) Star-Power Fuel This Genre-Bending Whodunit
This introspective (and occasionally downright lethargic) existential whodunit starring Patricia Clarkson and a cast of ringers is based on the Martin Amis novel Night Train.
On The Eve Of World War I, 'Sunset' Is Gorgeous But Opaque
A beautiful, headstrong young woman (Juli Jakab) interrogates her past even as Budapest prepares to crumble; director Laszlo Nemes depicts "the soil in which fascism takes root" with cool dispassion.
In 'Hotel Mumbai,' Grueling Violence, Depicted With Cruel Relish
The film's choice to foreground white characters over the deaths of many Indian victims makes for a cold, distasteful watch.
When You Meet The Enemy, And It Is 'Us'
Though less thematically precise than Get Out, Jordan Peele's latest film doubles down on horror — and excels at capturing the mundane, funny moments between the big scares.
The Role Movie Posters Play In The Digital Age
NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with film critic William Bibbiani about the role movie posters play today, following the release of the poster for Quentin Tarantino's, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Disney Officially Owns 21st Century Fox
The $71 billion deal strengthens Disney's portfolio and gives it even more leverage to compete against other streaming powerhouses.
In Theranos Documentary 'The Inventor,' Filmmakers Capture A Stubborn Elizabeth Holmes
Alex Gibney's new documentary looks at the case of Elizabeth Holmes and her fraudulent startup. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Gibney and Tyler Shultz, former Theranos employee and whistleblower.
In 'Diane,' An Older Woman Faces Up To Her 'Unlived Life'
The feature film stars Mary Kay Place as the titular Diane, a woman trying to save her adult son from a drug addiction — and confronting her deep-seated guilt. She appears in every scene.
Movie Review: 'The Mustang'
A convict who seeks redemption finds it in an unusual place in The Mustang, that's based on real-life drama.