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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.

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.

'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.

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.


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.