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What's making us happy: A guide to your weekend listening, viewing and reading
Each week, the guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: Midwest Modern Twitter account, Unclear and Present Danger podcast, Gemini Rights and more.

A rare recording of a musical by an 18-year-old Stephen Sondheim surfaces
Broadway-legend-in-training Stephen Sondheim was a college sophomore in 1948 when his musical Phinney's Rainbow was produced — and recorded — at Williams College in Massachusetts.

Movie Review: 'Women Talking'
Director Sarah Polley's adaptation of the novel "Women Talking" by Miriam Toews is about women in an isolated religious colony who break the silence about abuse at the hands of the colony's men.

5 films we can't wait to see: Here's Hollywood's holiday bounty
Avatar returns, Will Smith stars in a Civil War epic and Bill Nighy is Living. Also, a compelling novel adaptation and three hours of Jazz-era decadence. Find out what else the studios have in store.

Move review: 'Bones and All'
Film director Luca Guadagnino reunites with "Call Me By Your Name" star Timothée Chalamet for "Bones and All," a dark, romance/drama based on author Camille DeAngelis' young adult novel.

Movie Review: 'The Fabelmans'
Director Steven Spielberg's new movie, "The Fabelmans," is a fictionalized version of his life story, growing up a budding filmmaker in the 1960s in Arizona.

Counting ballots stressing you out? Watch these movies instead
Counting ballots is on many Americans' minds this week. NPR's movie critic says he's been distracting himself from the election with cinematic counting.

Movie review: 'Wakanda Forever'
Marvel's "Black Panther" sequel, "Wakanda Forever," brings together almost all the original cast members for a story that is both an elegy for Chadwick Boseman and a way forward for the story.

A loving salute to NASA's Mars rover program in 'Good Night Oppy'
The Mars Rovers Opportunity and Spirit were expected to remain operational for 90 days. Fifteen years later, Oppy was still roving, as the new documentary Good Night Oppy chronicles.

Critic Bob Mondello remembers the movie fright-fests he conjured in his youth
Halloween has a film critic remembering the movie fright-fests he conjured in his youth.

Movie Review: 'The Banshees of Inisherin'
Writer and director Martin McDonagh reunited with "In Bruges" stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson in his new drama-comedy, "The Banshees of Inisherin."

Movie Review: "Decision to Leave"
The Korean film industry is on a roll. First, "Parasite'' won best picture at the 2022 Oscars, then "Squid Game" was a hit. Now, "Decision to Leave" is garnering some of the best reviews of the year.

Movie Review: Tár
The film Tár is at once a meditation on a celebrated woman who abuses her stardom, and a star vehicle for Cate Blanchett.

Billy Eichner says straight people 'just didn't show up for Bros' at the box office
The film is the first gay romantic comedy with a mostly LGBTQ cast to be given a wide release by a major studio. It took in a disappointing $4.8 million in its first weekend.

What's making us happy: A guide to your weekend reading, listening and viewing
Each week, the guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: Lizzo playing James Madison's flute, Usher's thirst traps, and more.