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In 'Blindspotting,' A Cinematic Love Letter To A Changing Oakland
Actors and spoken-word artists Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal wrote and star in a buddy comedy finely attuned to race and class politics. Of course, they set it in their hometown.
A Pakistani Squash Player Profiled In 'The War To Be Her'
Maria Toorpakai was stopped from playing squash in her native Pakistan. Today she's one of the best players. Her story is told in The War to Be Her by Erin Heidenreich. Korva Coleman speaks to them.
Finding Happiness In 'Far From The Tree'
Andrew Solomon and Loini Vivao join NPR's Scott Simon to talk about Far from the Tree, the documentary based on Solomon's book of the same name, and the most important key to happiness: love.
A Superstar In China, Daniel Wu Emerges In His Native California
The Chinese-American actor became an action movie mainstay abroad over the last 20 years. Thanks to his leading role in the TV series Into the Badlands, he's finally getting noticed in the U.S.
'Far From The Tree' Celebrates Family Differences
The documentary Far From the Tree chronicles the lives of children who are not what their parents wanted or expected.
Oakland Gets A Starring Role In 2 Genre-Busting Films About Race And Inequality
Critic Justin Chang says the city is experiencing a renaissance moment in film. Blindspotting and Sorry to Bother You are just two of the latest — both about young black men on quests for survival.
Comic-Con, Day 2: Who's Day
Our intrepid reporters Mallory Yu and Petra Mayer take on another day of San Diego Comic-Con, from immersive fan adventures to, yes, all the Doctor Who you can shake a sonic screwdriver at.
News Brief: Trump Invites Putin To Washington, Comic-Con Preview
Top Trump administration officials publicly diverge from their boss. A new surprise: Trump invites Vladimir Putin to Washington. And Comic-Con in San Diego brings costumes, cameos and creativity.
Parents Just Don't Understand: 'Far From The Tree' Profiles Kids Who Confound Expectations
Rachel Dretzin's sometimes poignant film, inspired by Andrew Solomon's book, takes a narrowly focused look at kids who turned out differently than their parents thought they would.
'Generation Wealth' Offers Scattershot Glimpses Of Cultural Decadence
Photographer/documentarian Lauren Greenfield (The Queen of Versailles) offers many examples of excessive wealth around the globe, but the resulting portrait lacks a clear point of view.
Denzel Has No Fury Like 'The Equalizer 2'
Despite the lazy cliché that triggers its plot, The Equalizer 2 is a "reasonably well-written and (of course) beautifully acted serving of geriatric-virility violence porn." If that's your thing.
ABBA Silver: 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again'
Return with us now to the enchanted isle of Kalokairi, where the sun shines, the water gleams and the populace is unnervingly obsessed with '70s Swedish power-pop — albeit the B-sides, this time out.
On The Seventh Day, They Played Soccer
Jim McKay makes movies about New Yorkers who don't often make it to the big screen. His newest, En el Séptimo Día, is about Mexican undocumented workers who gather on the pitch on their only day off.
Director Bo Burnham On Growing Up With Anxiety — And An Audience
The former YouTube star explores adolescence in the age of social media in his film Eighth Grade. "This awful D-list celebrity pressure I had experienced onstage has now been democratized," he says.
Netflix Falls Short On Subscriber Target, Spooks Investors
The streaming service and production house fell short of its second-quarter target by more than a million subscribers, even as it posted better-than-expected earnings for the period.