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Bullock And McCarthy, Packing 'Heat' (And Laughs) In Boston

Director Paul Feig and writer Katie Dippold have found a perfect pair of leads for their cop comedy. Critic Bob Mondello says Oscar winner Sandra Bullock and Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy turn out to have enviable comic chemistry.
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'White House Down' Is Packed With Continuous Action

The new movie White House Down is about terrorists trying to take down the White House. The idea is so completely ridiculous, says critic Kenneth Turan, that it's actually entertaining.
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A Revealing '60s 'Portrait,' Opening Eyes In Theaters Again

Shirley Clarke's 1967 film Portrait of Jason has returned to theaters after a meticulous restoration. As a historian and a documentarian tell reporter Howie Movshovitz, it's as remarkable in many ways today as it ever was.
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'I'm So Excited': Pedro Almodovar's Spanish Metaphor

The legendary film director's new film is about a group of passengers stuck on an airplane. It's a comedy: In between panicking, the passengers find time to fall in love, make love — and come out of the closet. It's also a return to the filmmaker's Spanish roots.
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Coppola And Watson On Teens, Fame And 'Bling'

NPR's Scott Simon talks to writer-director Sofia Coppola and actress Emma Watson about their film The Bling Ring, in which a group of celebrity-mad teens rob the homes of Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and others. It's based on a true story.
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'Me' Too: For Gru, Another Shot At Global Domination

There will be hits and misses at movie houses this summer, but it's a decent bet Despicable Me 2 will end up in the that-went-well column. NPR's Elizabeth Blair looks at the appeal of the sequel's singularly villainous hero.
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Movie Reviews: 'Monsters University' And 'World War Z'

Bob Mondello reviews a creature double feature — Monsters University and World War Z.
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Superman Takes A Deliberate Christ-Like Turn In New Film

The new Superman movie features startlingly overt Christ-like images. Warner Brothers has encouraged the comparisons with a distinctive PR campaign targeting Christian audiences, all the way down to a website where pastors can crib a sermon that likens Superman to Jesus Christ: How might the story of Superman awaken our passion for the original superhero who ever lived and died and rose again?
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Jeah! We Mapped Out The 4 Basic Aspects Of Being A 'Bro'

In an effort to figure out whether the stereotype of the "bro" had a racial component to it, we mapped out the dimensions of bro-ness. Turns out it's a fairly nuanced landscape, but there's one celebrity who indisputably rules it all.
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'The Attack' Depicts Opposing Sides In Middle East Violence

Renee Montagne talks with Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri about his new film: The Attack. Based on a best-selling novel of the same name, the film follows an Arab-Israeli doctor whose life takes a sharp turn after a suicide bombing.

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