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  • In Emotionally Charged 'Blue,' Sex Is Graphic, But Not Gratuitous

    Blue Is the Warmest Color, a coming-of-age movie about the love affair between two young women, has been criticized as pornographic and exploitive. But critic David Edelstein says the film artfully captures the intensity of sexual discovery ¿ and dependency. (Recommended)

  • Science Goes to the Movies: 'Gravity'

    With the astronaut flick Gravity dominating box offices and dinner table conversation, Science Friday brings in the experts to fact-check. In our first installment of "Science Goes to the Movies," astronauts Jeffrey Hoffman and Don Pettit answer your Gravity questions and explore the real risks of spaceflight.

  • Soulless 'Counselor' Is Terminally Bleak

    The new movie The Counselor was written by acclaimed novelist Cormac McCarthy. Critic Kenneth Turan says he's better off sticking to writing books.

  • 'Capital' Thrills In A Global Game Of Thrones

    The corporate thriller, from director Costa-Gavras (Z), is based the 2008 banking crisis and follows a French banker (Gad Elmaleh) as he navigates the world of international finance and intrigue. (Recommended)

  • For 'Blue,' The Palme d'Or Was Only The Beginning

    Blue Is the Warmest Color won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Now the French drama is arriving in U.S. theaters amid controversy over its explicit sex scenes ¿ and public difficulties between the director and his stars.

  • 'The Counselor' Can't Make The Case For Itself

    The film, directed by Ridley Scott and adapted from a Cormac McCarthy screenplay, follows a lawyer who gets tangled up in a drug deal gone wrong. Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz star.

  • 'The Square': Egypt In Crisis, And Its People In Focus

    Documentarian Jehane Noujaim (Control Room) follows a group of young revolutionaries living and protesting in Egypt during the past two tumultuous years in that strife-torn country.

  • '12 Years A Slave' Was A Film That 'No One Was Making'

    Director Steve McQueen tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that he wanted to help fill a "huge hole in the canon of cinema." And actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, whose parents are from Nigeria, says he grew up feeling "a sense of unity amongst African people and people of African heritage."

  • Historian Says '12 Years' Is A Story The Nation Must Remember

    Yale historian David Blight says Americans like to think of themselves as "the country that freed the slaves," but prefer not to dwell on the sobering history that came first. He says the new film 12 Years a Slave is a rare, effective depiction of slavery in the United States.

  • 'Mother Of George' A Complicated Love Story

    The struggle of infertility can bring tensions to any marriage. The new film, Mother of George, shines a light on how that experience affects a newlywed Nigerian couple living in New York. Host Michel Martin speaks with director Andrew Dosunmu and actress Danai Gurira about the film.