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Movie Interviews
4:04 am
Fri May 15, 2015

The Women Pull No Punches In Fiery, Feminist 'Mad Max'

Charlize Theron as Furiosa, alongside Tom Hardy's Max Rockatansky in the new Mad Max: Fury Road.
Jasin Boland Warner Bros.

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 12:06 pm

This weekend, moviegoers will return to a legendary fictional landscape, ravaged by war and desperate for water. Mad Max: Fury Road reunites the Road Warrior with original writer and director George Miller. And this time, Max is joined by some very powerful women.

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Michel Martin, Going There
4:04 am
Fri May 15, 2015

What's Driving The Motor City Forward Now?

Six months after declaring bankruptcy was over, can Detroit celebrate?
Paul Sancya ASSOCIATED PRESS

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 1:13 pm

For decades, when most Americans thought about Detroit, they probably thought about the auto industry, or maybe the music of Aretha, Smokey or Diana Ross and the Supremes. More recently, they might have thought of Detroit as the poster child for municipal bankruptcy. But what about now, as the city faces a new chapter?

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Movie Interviews
4:42 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Blythe Danner Lands First Leading Film Role In 'I'll See You In My Dreams'

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 8:35 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

It's a rare thing in movies for a romantic comedy to focus on a woman who's in her 70s.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS")

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Movie Reviews
4:01 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Bad Karma In 'Every Secret Thing'

Dakota Fanning in Every Secret Thing.
Starz Digital

Every Secret Thing, a clammy little thriller about missing babies and bad family karma, bristles with heavy female artillery on both sides of the camera, most of it working unaccustomed turf. The script, adapted from a detective novel by Laura Lippman, is by Nicole Holofcener, whose usual territory is wisecracking urban comedies. The executive producer is actress Frances McDormand, who got the project off the ground and recruited documentary filmmaker Amy Berg to direct.

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Movie Reviews
4:01 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

A Visceral, Inventive Blockbuster Roars To Life In 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road.
Jasin Boland Warner Bros.

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 3:05 pm

What's the half-life of a post-apocalyptic action film franchise? Potential ticket-buyers born the day the most recent Mad Max movie was released — summer 1985, one weekend after Back to the Future -- could be on their second marriages by now. The original Mad Max, from 1979, cost less than $1 million in 2015 money. Though an international hit, today it plays more like a scrappy curiosity than a great action picture, notable for introducing the world to 23-year-old Mel Gibson, whose personal dystopian hellscape was still decades off.

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