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'Pacific Rim' Is Filled To The Brim With Special Effects

The big movie opening this week is Pacific Rim. Morning Edition's critic says that it has plenty of explosions and special effects — but there's more to it than most blockbusters this summer.
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Oakland Braces For Seeing Subway Shooting On The Big Screen

The feature film Fruitvale Station opens Friday in select markets, including the San Francisco Bay Area. That's where the subject of the film, Oscar Grant, 21 and unarmed, was shot and killed by a transit police officer in 2009 — sparking violent street protests across Oakland.
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As 'Ray Donovan,' Liev Schreiber Cleans Up Hollywood's Messes

In the FX series, Schreiber plays a Hollywood fixer with some personal problems of his own. While TV is newish territory for Schreiber, playing a man plagued by inner demons is not. He talks with Dave Davies about acting the heavy — and how his face has shaped his career.
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Winning Gold In Their Golden Years

Age of Champions is a documentary about athletes who, in their golden years, compete at the National Senior Olympics. Michel Martin speaks to the film's producer Keith Ochwat and John Tatum, a 94-year-old swimmer.
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For Hannibal & Co., A Horrifying New Stage

One Los Angeles performer has played Dr. Hill in Re-Animator, Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs, and now Father Merrin in The Exorcist. Did we mention he sings opera, too?
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'Quartet': Dustin Hoffman, Behind The Camera

The veteran actor recently made his directorial debut with a film about four aging opera singers who stage a concert at their retirement home. Starring Maggie Smith and Tom Courtenay, the film explores friendship, memory and the time that remains.
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Oscar Winners Rash And Faxon Team Up For 'The Way, Way Back'

Renee Montagne talks to Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, the writing and directing team on the new film, The Way, Way Back. The coming of age movie focuses on a 14-year-old boy's tough summer vacation with his mother and her new boyfriend.
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Movie Studios Hope We Celebrate July 4 At Theaters

The long holiday weekend follows on the heels of a record-setting May and June at the box office. This month begins with the return of the lucrative family-friendly franchise: Despicable Me 2.
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A Familiar Wild West, But The Guy In The Mask? Who's He?

Johnny Depp and his Pirates of the Caribbean director, Gore Verbinski, have already made one Western: The animated film Rango. So with The Lone Ranger, they were looking to do something a little different. Critic Bob Mondello says you can say that again.
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Film Rankles Environmentalists By Advocating Nuclear Power

A new documentary argues that environmentalists should favor nuclear power, not oppose it, on the grounds that the world's growing appetite for energy can't be met solely with wind and solar. Pandora's Promise is in theaters now, and not winning friends in the mainstream environmental movement.

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