Filmspotting (weekly series)

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"Filmspotting" is an hour-long program about film, including: movie reviews, interviews, top 5 lists, listener feedback and insightful film talk. Filmspotting is available on PRX by noon (CST) on Fridays. Promos are available on PRX earlier in the week.

"Filmspotting" is an hour-long program about film. Each week, hosts Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen bring you movie reviews, interviews, top 5 lists, listener feedback and insightful film talk. Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune joins in once a month.

Special features include "Massacre Theatre," movie marathons and "sacred cow" discussions, in which Filmspotting looks back and reexamines films considered to be among the greatest of all time.

"Filmspotting" (formerly known as "Cinecast") began in March of 2005, and has cultivated a loyal and growing audience. It can currently be heard at www.filmspotting.net and on WBEZ, and other PRX stations. We hope your station will be next. Please feel free to contact us for more details.


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Caption: Scene from the alien sci-fi thriller, 'Arrival'
Aliens come to movie screens in a few different ways. Sometimes they come in peace; sometimes they come to destroy; and sometimes… well sometimes t...

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  • Added: Nov 11, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Royalty Hightower in Anna Rose Holmer's 'The Fits'
With Thanksgiving approaching, Adam and Josh give a shout out to some of the year's best overlooked movies. Along with the shortlist for the 2016 G...

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  • Added: Nov 18, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Mahershala Ali and Alex R. Hibbert in Barry Jenkins' 'Moonlight'
Director Barry Jenkins and playwright Tarell McCraney grew up in the same neighborhood in 1980s-era Miami. "Moonlight," based on an autobiographica...

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  • Added: Nov 04, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger in 'A Nightmare On Elm Street'
The clown under the bed. The shadow on the other side of the shower curtain. The elevator filled with blood. Scary movies make an impression -- and...

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  • Added: Oct 28, 2016
  • Length: 53:57
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Kristen Stewart in Kelly Reichardt's 'Certain Women'
For certain film lovers, a new Kelly Reichardt film is an event. Spare and deliberately paced movies like "Wendy and Lucy" and "Meek's Cutoff" are ...

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  • Added: Oct 21, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Documentary director and producer, Steve James
Back in June, IDA and Chicago's Kartemquin Films invited Adam to host a career-spanning conversation with documentary filmmaker Steve James ("Hoop ...

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  • Added: Oct 14, 2016
  • Length: 53:58
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Colman Domingo and Nate Parker in 'The Birth of a Nation' (2016)
Director Nate Parker came out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival in January with an award-winning debut film and talk of being an Oscar front-ru...

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  • Added: Oct 07, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Oliver Stone's 'Born on the Fourth of July'
In the 1980s and '90s, Oliver Stone was one of the most vital and high-profile directors working in Hollywood. "Platoon," "JFK," "Natural Born Kill...

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  • Added: Sep 23, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Denzel Washington in Spike Lee's biopic 'Malcolm X'
Denzel Washington has been nominated for an Oscar in every decade since the ‘80s. He’s been a consistently bankable star for just about that long, ...

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  • Added: Sep 30, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Tom Hanks stars in 'Sully'
When a couple of American movie icons pair up, it’s sometimes a little surprising to realize that they’ve never worked together before. In the case...

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  • Added: Sep 16, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Teri Garr, Gene Wilder and Marty Feldman in 'Young Frankenstein'
Earlier this year, the BBC polled movie critics worldwide for the best films of the 21st century. The resulting list -- the Top 100 of the new mill...

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  • Added: Sep 09, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Markees Christmas and Craig Robinson in 'Morris from America'
Single dad moves to Germany for work bringing his reluctant, rap-obsessed teen son along with him. The Sundance-friendly plot made comic drama "Mor...

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  • Added: Sep 02, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Christopher Nolan's 'Inception'
Citizen Kane, Vertigo, The Godfather. 200 years from now, will anyone even remember these movies? Or are we currently overlooking the classics of t...

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  • Added: Aug 26, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Jeff Bridges and Gil Birmingham in 'Hell or High Water'
As the Summer 2016 movie season winds down, some critics are already writing it off as the worst summer ever. Ever the optimists, Adam and Josh loo...

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  • Added: Aug 19, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn in 'Suicide Squad'
Chicago critic and passionate comic-book fan Angelica Bastién joins Josh to consider DC's latest big-screen offering: "Suicide Squad," starring Wil...

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  • Added: Aug 05, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
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Caption: Julian Dennison in 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople'
New Zealand director Taika Waititi got on a lot of people’s radars last year with his hilarious vampire mock documentary "What We Do in the Shadows...

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  • Added: Aug 12, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Royalty Hightower in 'The Fits'
Director Anna Rose Holmer had a Sundance hit earlier this year with her debut film "The Fits," a stunningly shot tale of a young girl coming to ter...

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  • Added: Jul 29, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones in 'Ghostbusters'
After facing a surprisingly hostile campaign from fans of the 1984 original, the new "Ghostbusters" has finally made it to theaters. But have Krist...

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  • Added: Jul 22, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano from 'Swiss Army Man'
If you were paying any attention to the Sundance Film Festival back in January, it’s likely that you caught wind of a film that was being referred ...

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  • Added: Jul 08, 2016
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Anya Taylor in 'The Witch'
The 2016 box office has been dominated by the usual suspects -- animated films from Pixar and Disney, caped crusaders, sequels. But with half the y...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2016
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 9