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NPR Film | Feb 28, 2014

In 'Stalingrad,' Where The Fog Of War Is Plenty Thick

A new 3-D take on a formative Russian war story has its impressive moments, but ultimately feels contrived and confusing. By Mark Jenkins   

Movies | Feb 21, 2014

UC Santa Cruz Professor Helps Keep Alive the Legacy of India's Greatest Filmmaker

Dilip Basu, who heads a center devoted to Satyajit Ray, is introducing the director's works at a new Berkeley retrospective. By Jonathan Curiel   

Movies | Feb 21, 2014

S.F. Film Society Looks North for New Executive Director

The San Francisco Film Society, parent organization of the San Francisco International Film Festival, has named its fourth executive director in three years. We caught up with Noah Cowan, a longtime programmer and executive at the Toronto International Film Festival and artistic director of TIFF Bell Lightbox, who will officially take the SFFS reins on March 3, 2014. By Michael Fox   

NPR Film | Feb 21, 2014

One Conflict, One Wall, Two Sides Of The Arab-Israeli World

Bob Mondello reviews Omar and Bethlehem, two intriguingly similar films about the complicated relationships between Israeli secret service agents and their Palestinian informants. By Bob Mondello   

NPR Film | Feb 21, 2014

'Pompeii': In Ancient Rome, A Hot 3-D Mess

Even for an action flick that promises more thrills and gore than depth and nuance, Pompeii throws plausibility to the wind. The result is a flaming collision of romance, friendship and vengeance. By Ian Buckwalter   

NPR Film | Feb 14, 2014

'RoboCop' Remake, As Mechanical As Its Cyborg Hero

Director José Padilha's RoboCop reboot surpasses the 1987 original in some important ways: the acting is vibrant, and the politics robust are and nuanced. But there's little warmth behind the metallic sheen. By Ian Buckwalter   

Movies | Feb 10, 2014

Move Mountain: Q&A with Filmmaker Kirsten Lepore

Watch Kirsten Lepore's latest animated video, Move Mountain and find out more about the making of. By Kristin Farr   

NPR Film | Feb 07, 2014

Sun And Water, And A Dangerous Brand Of Desire

Alain Guiraudie's French-language thriller Stranger By The Lake is an unnerving mix of Hitchcock's Rear Window and Friedkin's Cruising, blending sex and murder, fear and desire. (Recommended) By Bob Mondello   

NPR Film | Feb 07, 2014

Plenty Of Heart, Not Much Art In 'Monuments Men'

A George Clooney project based on the true story of a World War II mission to rescue stolen art from the Nazis, the new film is a long-winded, lackadaisical look at a fascinating real-life story. By Bob Mondello   

NPR Film | Feb 07, 2014

'Lego Movie': A Goofy Toy Story That Genuinely Clicks

An order-loving businessman plans to destroy the Lego universe by permanently gluing all of its pieces together. Critic Joel Arnold says the film is a brash brand-merchandising exercise with a gratifyingly silly sense of creativity and play. (Recommended) By Joel Arnold   

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