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A Lively 'Victor Frankenstein' Gives Igor The Spotlight

NPR | Nov. 25, 2015 3:49 p.m.

It doesn't have much of an ending, but Victor Frankenstein is a livelier updating of a British classic than, say, the latest from James Bond.


A Great-Looking If Underpowered Adventure With A 'Good Dinosaur'

NPR | Nov. 25, 2015 2:04 p.m.

Pixar's second film of 2015 is no Inside Out story-wise, but its visuals and wonderful score make the time spent in its dino-packed alternate universe a pleasure.


'Janis: Little Girl Blue' Goes Beyond Cliches Of A Sad Childhood

NPR | Nov. 25, 2015 2:04 p.m.

Amy Berg's new documentary talks to friends and lovers of the iconic singer to say more about her complicated life than you get from many rock-star docs.


Vital And Tear-Jerking, 'Creed' Is The Best Rocky Movie Since 'Rocky'

NPR | Nov. 25, 2015 2:04 p.m.

Terrific chemistry between Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan fuels the fine and stirring story of Apollo Creed's son, who takes after his dad.

Arts | Technology

Rapid Learners: How Pixar Animators Created A Very Scary River

NPR | Nov. 25, 2015 12:40 p.m.

What would a small dinosaur look like in Class V rapids? That's the question Pixar filmmakers had to answer for their film The Good Dinosaur. So they piled into a raft to figure it out for themselves.

Arts | Entertainment

Not My Job: Physics Professor Lisa Randall Gets Quizzed On Phys Ed

NPR | Nov. 25, 2015 10:31 a.m.

Randall is a theoretical physicist and professor at Harvard. In 2007 she was named one of the 100 most influential people by TIME. She's recently written a book called Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs.

Arts | Food

Breaking The Cranberry Mold: New Ways To Savor This Seasonal Berry

NPR | Nov. 25, 2015 9:02 a.m.

Cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving tradition. But if you're ready for a fresh take on this staple, why not try cranberries in chutney or cake? America's Test Kitchen founder Chris Kimball offers ideas.

Arts | Books

'Tales From The Loop' Doesn't Forget The Robots (Or The Dinosaurs)

NPR | Nov. 25, 2015 4:03 a.m.

Illustrator Simon Stålenhag has put together a compilation of short stories to accompany his haunting, gorgeous paintings of an alternate Sweden full of aliens and strange technology. And dinosaurs.


Writer Domingo Martinez Says 'Crybabies' Podcast 'Makes Me Choke Up'

NPR | Nov. 24, 2015 2:14 p.m.

In Martinez's favorite podcast, the hosts ask guests what makes them cry.

Arts | Books

Philosopher At Play: The Twisty Epiphanies Of 'Memory Theater'

NPR | Nov. 24, 2015 1:28 p.m.

Simon Critchley, a British philosopher, has penned an offbeat essay — or is it an autobiographical novel? A memoir thick with fictions? Whatever it is, Memory Theater makes for a delightful read.

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