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The Year in Movies; Danny Burstein on Stage in the Opera; Doug McGrath on "Beautiful"; Please Explain

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Friday, January 03, 2014

Danny Burstein as Frosch in Act 3 of Johann Strauss, Jr.'s 'Die Fledermaus' Danny Burstein as Frosch in Johann Strauss, Jr.'s 'Die Fledermaus' (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

Elliott Forrest fills in for Leonard Lopate. Film critics Joshua Rothkopf, John Anderson, and Richard Corliss look at 2013 in the movies. Danny Burstein talks about his long career on Broadway and his current role in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of “Die Fledermaus.” Doug McGrath discusses writing the book for the new musical “Beautiful,” about the life and work of Carole King. Please Explain is all about apps—how they’re designed and which are the best.

Best and Worst Movies of 2013

John Anderson, contributor to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsday, and America Magazine; Richard Corliss, chief film critic for Time magazine; and Joshua Rothkopf, senior film critic for TimeOut New York and chair of the New York Film Critics Circle, look back on the best and worst films of 2013.

What are your picks for best (or worse) films of the year? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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Danny Burstein on “Die Fledermaus”

Danny Burstein talks about his move from Broadway, in “Snow Geese,” to the Metropolitan Opera, debuting in “Die Fledermaus.”

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"Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”

Doug McGrath discusses writing the book for “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” on Broadway.

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Please Explain: Apps

Find out how apps are created and get recommendations for must-haves — tools that can help find parking, find a ride, track calories, and more.

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Elliott Forrest's Favorite Apps

On today's Please Explain, guesthost Elliott Forrest talked to Forbes managing editor Bruce Upbin and Wall Street Journal tech columnist Geoffrey Fowler about apps. Elliott's shared his favorites below. What are yours? Share them in the comments!

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