Dec 6, 2013 — Brothers Joel and Ethan Coen continue to mine American pop culture in their latest film. It's 1961 in Greenwich Village, and a homeless folk singer is trying desperately to break out. Critic David Edelstein says the overarching tone of the film is snotty, condescending and cruel.
Dec 5, 2013 — NPR's Bob Mondello looks at two documentaries — Six by Sondheim and Tim's Vermeer — that delve deep into the creation of art, whether it's a sprawl of Broadway songs or a 17th-century oil painting. (Recommended)
Dec 5, 2013 — The film is one of several fall and winter offerings from Fox Searchlight — including 12 Years a Slave, Black Nativity and Baggage Claim — featuring African-American casts and themes.
Dec 5, 2013 — The upcoming sequel to the 2004 film has been running a veritable marketing blitz between viral videos, car commercials and even an in-character appearance by star Will Ferrell on a local newscast.
Dec 5, 2013 — Inside Llewyn Davis, The latest film from Joel and Ethan Coen, focuses on a self-destructive folk singer just scraping by in Greenwich Village in the 1960s. Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake and John Goodman star. (Recommended)
Dec 5, 2013 — Just out of prison, a Pennsylvania man (Christian Bale) finds that his girlfriend has moved on and his younger brother is mixed up with criminals, in Out of the Furnace. Zoe Saldana, Woody Harrelson and Casey Affleck costar.
Dec 5, 2013 — The Israeli drama S#x Acts digs deep into issues of sex and consent when a teenage girl, looking for the approval and acceptance of her peers, entertains the attentions of various boys. (Recommended)
Dec 2, 2013 — NPR's Robert Siegel talks to the usually silent half of Penn and Teller about his upcoming documentary, which follows an inventor trying to replicate the method he believes the Dutch master Johannes Vermeer employed to create his incredibly lifelike paintings.
Dec 2, 2013 — Payne tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that he first read Nebraska — a film about an old man who is beginning to show signs of dementia — as a comedy "with moments of gravity." Payne also directed Election, About Schmidt, Sideways and The Descendants.
Dec 2, 2013 — Hollywood will be putting out 50-odd offerings, from spectacles to specialty films, between now and New Year's Eve. NPR's Bob Mondello picks three pics about the artistic process to highlight here.