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'Spider-Man: Across the Spider-verse' exceeds sequel expectations

Friday, June 02, 2023

The first film in an animated "Spider-Verse" trilogy won an Oscar in 2018. The latest installment, Spider-Man Across the Spider-Verse, will be a strong contender to repeat that accomplishment.


These are the new movies and TV shows we can't wait to watch this summer

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Studios raced to finish summer attractions ahead of the writers strike. So we're back with a great big, filterable guide of what to watch — and where to find it — as the days get hotter and longer.


A preview of some of the hot movies that lie ahead this summer

Monday, May 29, 2023

Here's a selective look ahead at the summer's potential blockbusters, awards contenders and crowd-pleasers.


'The Little Mermaid' reimagines cartoon Ariel and pals as part of your (real) world

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Ariel and her pals have been given a live-action makeover in The Little Mermaid.


'Stay Awake' explores the fallout for brothers after their mom overdoses

Friday, May 19, 2023

The coming-of-age drama Stay Awake takes its title from the efforts of two teens to get their mother safely to the hospital after an accidental overdose of prescription pills.


In 'L'Immensita,' a vibrant Penelope Cruz plays the mom of a trans boy in 1970s Italy

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Penelope Cruz is a vibrant, if troubled, mom in L'Immensita, Emanuele Crialese's largely autobiographical portrait of an Italian family in the 1970s.


Marvel's final 'Guardians of the Galaxy' movie tells Rocket's origin story

Thursday, May 04, 2023

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy concludes with the origin story of the shortest Guardian — Rocket (don't call him a raccoon).


'Guy Ritchie's The Covenant' marks a change of tone, but not pace for Ritchie

Thursday, April 20, 2023

An American soldier struggles to help an Afghani interpreter who saved his life in Guy Ritchie's The Covenant.


Movie review: 'Air'

Saturday, April 08, 2023

Ben Affleck directs the story of how a small athletic shoe maker cracked the big time in 1984 by introducing a shoe for an untested rookie named Michael Jordan.


Pakistan's 'Joyland' explores gender and sexuality in a world of social rigidity

Thursday, April 06, 2023

Banned in Pakistan, the film Joyland chronicles a young married man's travails after he gets a job as a backup dancer in a revue featuring a trans performer.


'A Thousand and One' tells a tale of fierce maternal love under trying circumstances

Thursday, March 30, 2023

A free-spirited mom, fresh from prison, kidnaps her 6-year-old from foster care, determined that her family will not be separated again in the drama A Thousand and One.


The man who re-popularizing the ancient art of pantomime was born 100 years ago

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Marcel Marceau, who spent more than half the 20th century re-popularizing the ancient art of pantomime for a modern age, was born 100 years ago this month.


The carnage and Keanu remain elegant in 'John Wick Chapter 4'

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Keanu Reeves' reluctant assassin is a little less reluctant in his latest outing, John Wick Chapter 4.


2023 marks a watershed year for Asian performers at the Oscars

Saturday, March 11, 2023

With four nominations, more Asian performers were recognized by the Academy in 2023 than in any single year in its history. In other respects, this year was a step back from diversity at the Oscars.


What to know about Sunday's Oscars

Friday, March 10, 2023

A preview of what observers are expecting — potential firsts, records and oddities — at the 95th Academy Awards on Sunday.


Step inside a movie projection booth to see what's changed since film

Thursday, March 09, 2023

Before digital projectors in movie theaters, projectionists had to quickly move from one film reel to the next. NPR looks at what has changed since the days of film in our series, "Backstage Pass."


Spielberg shared his own story in 'parts and parcels' — if you were paying attention

Monday, March 06, 2023

Steven Spielberg says he's been hiding from his own story since he was 17. The Fabelmans is a lightly fictionalized version of his life, without raptors, sharks, or historical figures to hide behind.


The theatrical curtain call is more than just bows

Wednesday, March 01, 2023

You're at the theater, the last scene ends, and the cast comes out for applause. It's pretty standard today. But curtain calls once were eccentric, revealing, funny and just plain effective.


A preview of movies hitting theaters this spring

Sunday, February 26, 2023

Hollywood generally takes a breather in January and February, but here's a selective peek at the laughs, tears, and action coming to theaters before Memorial Day.


A peek at some of the movies coming out this spring

Monday, February 20, 2023

Hollywood generally takes a breather in January and February, but here's a selective peek at the laughs, tears and action Hollywood has in store before Memorial Day.