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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.


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.

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."

Know That THX 'Sound' Before Movies? That's Actually 20,000 Lines Of Code

Deep Note, THX's distinctive audio logo often heard before movies, is getting an upgrade. The sound's creator, James A. Moorer, first composed it in code in 1982.

For Fans Of 'Super Troopers,' Meow They're Getting A Sequel

Super Troopers is one of the silliest movies in the pantheon of cult comedies and the film's creators have raised more than $3.5 million for a sequel through crowdfunding.

Inside The Wild (And Hand-Drawn) World Of Bill Plympton

Indie animation king Bill Plympton's latest feature, Cheatin', tells the loopy love story of Jake and Ella, and how their perfect romance fractured. Reporter Jon Kalish visited Plympton in his studio.

In 'Clouds Of Sils Maria,' An Actress Faces Past, Present And Future In An Instant

Juliette Binoche plays an aging movie star who's about to appear in a play opposite an infamous young Hollywood actress. It's a hall of mirrors that sounds convoluted in the telling, but plays easily.

Former Marine Adam Driver On What Acting And The Military Have In Common

"You have a group of people trying to accomplish a mission that's greater than themselves," the actor says. "It's not about one person." Driver stars in the new film comedy While We're Young.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, April 9, 2015

You can see what’s new in Spanish cinema or see a musical tribute to the Civil War.


Ties That Bind Meet Lies That Blind In 'About Elly'

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews a film from Iran, about Iran — which hasn't been shown in Iran. It's called About Elly, and it's by director Asghar Farhadi, who won an Oscar for A Separation.