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The twelve days of Christmas come to life in new movie from director Reginald Hudlin

NPR’s Juana Summers talks with Reginald Hudlin, director of the movie Candy Cane Lane, in which a house decoration contest leads leads to Eddie Murphy battling the 12 days of Christmas come to life.

Jonathan Majors’ career hangs in limbo as assault trial begins

Before his arrest, Jonathan Majors’ star was on the rise. His film Magazine Dreams has been pulled from the release calendar, and Marvel has paused upcoming projects pending the outcome of this trial.

In ‘The Boy and the Heron,’ Miyazaki asks: How do we go on in the midst of grief?

Hayao Miyazaki’s beguiling new fantasy combines the excitement of a boy’s grand adventure and the weight of an older man’s reflection. The hypnotic story is a partial self-portrait by an anime master.

Some SAG-AFTRA members are concerned about AI provisions in tentative deal

Hollywood performers are voting on whether to ratify a new contract with major studios and streamers. Some union members question whether the deal protects them from artificial intelligence issues.

Sentimental but not soppy, ‘Fallen Leaves’ gives off the magic glow of a fable

Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki’s melancholy romantic comedy about two lonely souls trapped in dead-end jobs builds to a gorgeous ending — with a great and revelatory final joke.

A new documentary shows the impact of book bans in Florida public schools on the kids

In her directorial debut, Sheila Nevins’ chronicles the impact of book bans in Florida public schools. She tells NPR’s Scott Simon what inspired her to profile those most affected — the students.

Bradley Cooper’s ‘Maestro’ fully captures Bernstein’s charisma and complexity

Cooper plays the legendary composer and Carey Mulligan is his wife, Felicia Montealegre, in a new drama that exquisitely renders Bernstein’s musical brilliance and human flaws.

On this day 60 years ago: President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas

NPR’s Michel Martin talks to television and film writer Hunter Ingram, who has watched many of the documentaries and specials released this year to mark the anniversary, and has recommendations.

‘Maestro’ chronicles the brilliant Bernstein — and his disorderly conduct

Actors Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan give warm, deeply sympathetic performances as wide-ranging musician Leonard Bernstein and his wife, Felicia Montealegre Cohn, in a biopic directed by Cooper.

‘Leo’ is an animated lizard with an SNL sensibility — and the voice of Adam Sandler

If the pets in a 5th grade classroom could talk, what would they say? That’s the premise of Leo, the new coming-of-age movie musical from Netflix.

A parody musical of ‘Saw’ brings to a life a long overdue queer love story

Saw is a series that is almost 20 years old. The latest movie was a hit. But there’s another addition to the Saw universe that is making noise: A romantic, queer off-Broadway parody musical.

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