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After The Fall, A Young Man Chronicles His Life With Multiple Sclerosis

Monday, June 23, 2014

Jason DaSilva was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 25. He has applied his skills as a documentary filmmaker to show what it's like to quickly lose the ability to walk.

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The Takeaway

Director Paul Haggis on His New Film 'Third Person'

Monday, June 23, 2014

Oscar winner Paul Haggis weighs in on his new film "Third Person," which follows the interlocking stories of three couples in three cities. The star-studded film includes Olivia Wilde, Liam Neeson, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Adrian Brody and Moran Atias.

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Building The 'Issue' Documentary: On Surveillance And South Africa

Monday, June 23, 2014

Two heavily political documentaries that played at the recent AFI DOCS documentary festival in Washington underscored the challenges of making a film that challenges rather than comforts.

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All Things Considered

Saving Lives And Surviving Paperwork Inside The LA County ER

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Trauma victims and the uninsured alike pour through the doors of LA County Hospital. Filmmaker-physician Ryan McGarry's new documentary, Code Black, takes viewers inside the busy emergency room.

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'They Came Together' Is A Terrible Rom-Com On Purpose

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The film lampoons every trope in the romantic comedy textbook. Man-to-man real talk on the basketball court? Check. Sad heart-to-heart with a bartender? There's that too, but not how you'd expect.

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All Things Considered

'Miss Lovely' Exposes The Underbelly Of India's Film Industry

Saturday, June 21, 2014

No one wanted to talk to director Ashim Ahluwalia on camera about making porn in India. So to cover the rarely discussed topic, he created a fictional film that looks and feels like a documentary.

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A Leap Too Far? 'Venus' And 'Jersey Boys' Bounce From Stage To Screen

Friday, June 20, 2014

Critic Bob Mondello takes a look at two very different films, both adapted from stage plays to screen by two very cinematic directors — Roman Polanski and Clint Eastwood.

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The Takeaway

'Obvious Child,' An Abortion Comedy

Friday, June 20, 2014

The abortion plotline exists only on the edge of Hollywood. But "Obvious Child," a new film starring actress Jenny Slate and directed by Gillian Robespierre, tackles the taboo subject of abortion in a way they say is both individual and inclusive.

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Fresh Air

'Jersey Boys' And 'Venus In Fur' Are Just As Intense On Screen

Friday, June 20, 2014

Two veteran directors adapted the Broadway shows to film. And while many such translations are too stage-bound, critic David Edelstein says Clint Eastwood and Roman Polanski got the balance right.

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The Takeaway

'Jersey Boys' and the cast of 'Think Like A Man Too'

Friday, June 20, 2014

A silver screen coming-of-age, featuring Clint Eastwood's new film 'Jersey Boys' and an interview with the cast of 'Think Like A Man Too.'

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Morning Edition

Clint Eastwood Takes 'Jersey Boys' From Broadway To Movie Theaters

Friday, June 20, 2014

Jersey Boys is based on the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The film deals with the group's turbulent relationships away from the studio as much as the music that flowed out of it.

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All Things Considered

Never Tell Them The Odds: Cities Vie To Host 'Star Wars' Collection

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Star Wars creator George Lucas wants to build a museum full of movie memorabilia and fine art. But where? Both his hometown of San Francisco and Chicago, his "second home," are vying for it.

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Justice Proves Elusive In The Sprawling 'Norte'

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Norte, the End of History examines the aftermath of a crime for which the wrong man is punished.

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You're A Little Flat, 'Boys'

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Director Clint Eastwood's adaptation of the Broadway musical Jersey Boys can be engaging and comic, but also often feels a little underdone.

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'The Last Sentence': A Man Making History, But Made By It As Well

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A biographical portrait of the man who urged Sweden to heed the dangers posed by Hitler wisely resists the urge to divide us into gods and monsters.

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Writer, Wrong: A Complicated Road To Nowhere In 'Third Person'

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Paul Haggis revisits the multithreaded structure he used in the Oscar-winning Crash, but he winds up creating a puzzle not much worth solving.

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All Things Considered

Viewed In 'Third Person': A Puzzle With Some Tough-To-Find Pieces

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A new film by Oscar-winning writer and director Paul Haggis has drawn some scathing reviews. But he and actress Moran Atias defend the film as a puzzle — one story told with three sets of characters.

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Living Openly With HIV: 'We Could Be Those Role Models We Wish We Had'

Thursday, June 19, 2014

William Brawner has been HIV-positive for most of his life. He kept his status a secret for years, even from friends and sexual partners. His life is the subject of a new documentary, "25 to Life."

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Morning Edition

'Rover' Blends Quiet Character Moments Amid Societal Collapse

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Rover is a bleak film set in a very particular future. It's 10 years after a world-wide economic collapse, and the Australian outback is populated by unhinged people exhausted by heat and despair.

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In 'My Name Is Salt,' The Toil And Joy Of India's Salt Harvest

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A documentary follows three generations of a family as they harvest the essential seasoning in the blazing desert heat of Gujarat, India. But rather than decry their hard labor, the film honors it.

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