New Film Puts Spotlight On Concussions

Dec 25, 2015

The new movie “Concussion” opens on Christmas Day. It tells the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the man who discovered the link between football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks to our sports analyst Mike Pesca about how it’s expected to resonate.

Depending on your perspective, Quentin Tarantino's career either comes full circle or spins its wheels with The Hateful Eight, a three-hour Western pastiche that combines the single-setting theatricality of his first feature, Reservoir Dogs, with the explosive Civil War politics of his last, Django Unchained.

Actor Will Smith says at first he was conflicted about his latest movie, Concussion.

"I'm a football dad," he tells NPR's David Greene. "[I] grew up in Philly with my Eagles, and there was a part of me that did not want to be the guy who said playing football could cause brain damage."

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San Antonio, your chance—maybe your once-in-a-lifetime chance—to see a new film in a classic format is coming exclusively to the Santikos Palladium on Christmas Day. For months, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has been extolling the virtues of shooting his new Western, The Hateful Eight, in Ultra Panavision. The ultra-wide high resolution film format hasn’t been used in five decades, not since Basil Dearden’s Khartoum in 1966.

In 1977, former NPR movie critic Tom Shales reviewed “Star Wars,” later renamed “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.” That was back in the day when the first Apple II computers went on sale and Space Mountain was opening at Disneyland.

This Thursday, “Star Wars” returns to the big screen for its seventh episode and the first to be directed by J.J. Abrams.