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Roy Andersson: From Mordant Ad Director To Philosophical Filmmaker

Andersson spent decades directing funny commercials in Sweden. Later, the money he made helped pave the way for his return to cinema. His new film is A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence.

In 'Testament Of Youth,' A Nurse Tells The Story Of World War I

Swedish actress Alicia Vikander talks about her lead role in the new film Testament of Youth, which tells the story of war from a woman's perspective.

In 'Spy,' Melissa McCarthy Receives Top-Billing. Finally.

NPR film critic Bob Mondello says Spy is a generous, smart, sexy comedy, surrounding a generous, smart, sexy star. It was a long time coming, but it was worth the wait.

Movie Review: 'Testament Of Youth'

The British drama is based on the best-selling World War I memoir of Vera Brittain, who gives up her studies at Oxford to enlist as a nurse in the war.

Telling Brian Wilson's Fractured Life Story On Film

NPR's Melissa Block talks with Bill Pohlad, director of the film Love & Mercy, about creating an intimate portrait of Wilson — in both The Beach Boys' heyday and the troubled years that followed.

In 'Spy', Melissa McCarthy Shines Amid Crude Jokes And Chase Scenes

Melissa McCarthy plays a James-Bond-style undercover secret agent in the espionage comedy Spy. Critic David Edelstein says the movie lurches between slapstick, violence and crude humor.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, June 4, 2015

You can start your weekend on a jazzy note with an outdoor concert this Friday night, or you can show D.C. some love at a three-day-long festival celebrating local culture and creators.


Actress Carey Mulligan Stands Out Amid The 'Madding Crowd'

The English actress has been nominated for a Tony Award for her role in the Broadway revival of Skylight. She also stars in the film adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel Far From the Madding Crowd.

Mickey Mouse Spoke For The First Time 86 Years Ago Today

When Mickey first hit the silver screen, he was quiet as the proverbial mouse. He was an instant success, and Disney decided to give him a voice. He first spoke in an animated short film called The Karnival Kid. What were Mickey's first words?

Fact-Checking 'San Andreas': Are Earthquake Swarms For Real?

Seismologist Lucile Jones discusses how accurate — or not — the plot of this new California earthquake thriller really is. Bonus: Her advice on what to include in an earthquake kit.