Justin Chang

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This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. Our critics have been making their 10 best lists. Here's film critic Justin Chang with his.

The characters in the films of Samuel Maoz are all trapped in one way or another. His 2009 drama, Lebanon, was a blistering critique of Israel's 1982 invasion of its northern neighbor and an impressively sustained exercise in confinement: It unfolded entirely inside a tank, forcing us to see the devastation of war from the limited vantage of four young troops.

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The University of New Hampshire has been awarded a grant to support low-income students who pursue degrees in so-called STEM fields.

The school is receiving $300,000 from the National Science Foundation. The money will pay for mentoring programs, as well as on-the-job training for students majoring in science, technology, and math.

  

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter announced the funding, saying it will help address the state’s growing need for advanced manufacturing workers. 

  

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In recent years, the British heartthrob Robert Pattinson has gone out of his way to prove that there is life after Twilight. After years spent playing a shimmery, chivalrous vampire, he went all dark and dystopian in art-house chillers like The Rover and Cosmopolis, and he recently popped up in a terrific supporting role in The Lost City of Z. But Pattinson has never undergone a transformation as revelatory as the one he pulls off in Good Time, a nerve-rattling new thriller from the sibling directors Josh and Benny Safdie.

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