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Do the Movies Have a Future?

New Yorker film critic David Denby asks a blunt question with the title of his latest book: Do the Movies Have a Future? Denby points out that some 600 movies open every year in the States, but the majority of viewers will never see the documentaries, the independent films or the oddities. What's playing at your local multiplex is shaped by the business side of movies – and Denby says it's strangling both art and entertainment. Friday, he joins us to talk about the strengths and weaknesses of the industry. (Rebroadcast)

David Denby has been a movie critic at The New Yorker since 1998. His books include Great BooksAmerican SuckerSnark and his latest Do the Movies Have a Future?

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Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.