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In 'Spy', Melissa McCarthy Shines Amid Crude Jokes And Chase Scenes

Melissa McCarthy plays a James-Bond-style undercover secret agent in the espionage comedy Spy. Critic David Edelstein says the movie lurches between slapstick, violence and crude humor.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, June 4, 2015

You can start your weekend on a jazzy note with an outdoor concert this Friday night, or you can show D.C. some love at a three-day-long festival celebrating local culture and creators.

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Actress Carey Mulligan Stands Out Amid The 'Madding Crowd'

The English actress has been nominated for a Tony Award for her role in the Broadway revival of Skylight. She also stars in the film adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel Far From the Madding Crowd.
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Mickey Mouse Spoke For The First Time 86 Years Ago Today

When Mickey first hit the silver screen, he was quiet as the proverbial mouse. He was an instant success, and Disney decided to give him a voice. He first spoke in an animated short film called The Karnival Kid. What were Mickey's first words?
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Fact-Checking 'San Andreas': Are Earthquake Swarms For Real?

Seismologist Lucile Jones discusses how accurate — or not — the plot of this new California earthquake thriller really is. Bonus: Her advice on what to include in an earthquake kit.
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'Heaven Knows What' Adds New Wrinkles To The Street Junkie Narrative

The film slightly fictionalizes the experience of Arielle Holmes, a young homeless addict whom filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie first encountered in Manhattan's Diamond District.
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Movie Review: 'San Andreas'

Earthquakes in California have always interested moviemakers, from San Francisco in 1936 to Earthquake in 1974. Now comes San Andreas, which stars Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
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David Oyelowo On Acting, His Royal Roots And The One Role He Won't Take

The British-born Nigerian actor talks about playing an American veteran in Nightingale, the reasons he stays in character for weeks at a time and his aversion to playing "the black best friend."
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A Critic Takes On Cannes: Highlights (And Lowlights) Of The 2015 Festival

Critic John Powers returns from the French film festival to talk about this year's new international films. Top among his picks is The Assassin, a martial arts film by director Hou Hsiao-Hsien.
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Hollywood Promises Summer Of Blockbusters, And Could Deliver

NPR's Bob Mondello offers a preview of some of the summer's potential blockbusters, including Jurassic World starring Chris Pratt and several show business documentaries.

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