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A Mother Rises Through The Ranks In 'Monkey Kingdom'

Macaque monkeys born at the top of society live like royalty. The new film from Disneynature follows a monkey born at the bottom of the pile who struggles to makes a better life for her family.
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'Furious 7' Races To New Record, Quickly Hitting $1 Billion Mark

Universal says the movie is the studio's first to cross the billion-dollar mark during its first run in theaters, putting it above films such as Jurassic Park and Despicable Me.
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Antitrust Inquiry Reportedly Looks At How Big Theater Chains Snare Movies

News of a federal inquiry comes as arguments over preferential treatment and exclusivity have been heating up in recent years.
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In 'Song Of Lahore,' A Race To Revive Pakistani Classical Music

In 1977, classical music virtually died in Pakistan when the government banned live concerts. Seven musicians are working to bring the art back, and a film premiering Saturday documents their quest.
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A Tart Take On Bitter Realities In 'Tangerines'

NPR's Bob Mondello reviews Tangerines, an unconventional war drama that was this year's Estonian nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.
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'Star Wars' Fans Gear Up For New Film At Convention

Star Wars fans are gathering this week for the annual Star Wars Celebration fan convention in Anaheim, Calif.
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In 'True Story,' A Shamed Journalist Interviews A Fugitive Who Stole His Identity

In 2001, Michael Finkel was fired for making up a story. Then he learns that a suspected murderer is posing as him, so he gets to know him. The best word for the drama is "dumb," says David Edelstein.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, April 17, 2015

You can see films from around the world or do math on the National Mall at a new festival.

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Awkward At Times But 'Child 44' Can Hold Audiences' Attention

It's taken 7 years for the best-selling literary thriller Child 44 to make it to the screen. It's set in the Soviet Union in the last days of Josef Stalin and stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace.
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More Fear Of Human Intelligence Than Artificial Intelligence In 'Ex Machina'

"The anxiety in this film is much more directed at the humans," director Alex Garland tells NPR's Audie Cornish. "It was more in defense of artificial intelligence."

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