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'Charlie's Country': A Worn Landscape That's Both Sad And Majestic

NPR's Bob Mondello reviews a dramatic film about an aboriginal hunter who yearns for a life in Australia, like the one his parents had.

It's All In Your Head: Director Pete Docter Gets Emotional In 'Inside Out'

The new film illustrates the inner workings of an 11-year-old's mind. Her emotions — Sadness, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Joy — are the stars, voiced by the likes of Amy Poehler and Louis Black.

This Year, Women (And Girls) Rule The Big Screen

NPR film critic Bob Mondello notes that this year's most popular movies are surprisingly womancentric. That's more than at any other time in at least three decades.

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.