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Summer Movie Preview: Kids, Theft, The Apocalypse And Joss Whedon

Bob Mondello looks ahead to summer, finding plenty of adolescence, apocalyptic angst, thievery and Shakespeare.

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Still Talking: After 18 years, Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) apparently have plenty left to hash out. Despina Spyrou/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Zachary Quinto as Spock, with Chris Pine as Kirk, in Star Trek: Into Darkness. Zade Rosenthal/Courtesy Paramount Pictures hide caption

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A young Sarah Polley and her actor father, Michael Polley, on a long-ago day; the photo is one of many family memories that surface in Stories We Tell, a superb meditation on dramatizing memory from the director of Away from Her. Roadside Attractions hide caption

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Light It Up: Director Baz Luhrmann (right, with stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan on the set of The Great Gatsby) brought a lush visual sensibility to a tale whose tone not everyone thinks of as epic. Matt Hart/Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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Window Dressing: Tony Stark's ongoing Iron Man research involves more than one suit of self-assembling armor. Marvel hide caption

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The Broadway musical Matilda put NPR's Bob Mondello in mind of two other big-budget tuners with plucky kids at the center of the action — and got him thinking about what these shows say about their eras. Joan Marcus hide caption

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Veteran magician Ricky Jay reveals much about himself in a new documentary on his life of deception. His card-trick techniques? That may be another story. Kino Lorber hide caption

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The paying and collecting of taxes might not be the sexiest plot point in an industry that depends on sizzle. But that doesn't mean revenuers haven't made their mark on screen. Airyelf/ hide caption

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Brooklyn Dodgers first baseman Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) acknowledges the crowd in 42. Warner Bros hide caption

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When Kit (Martin Sheen) meets young Holly (Sissy Spacek), it's a match made in cinematic heaven. The pairing of the young couple in Badlands was the beginning of prolific careers for both actors. The Criterion Collection hide caption

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Jean (Vincent Rottiers) assists his ailing father, the artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir (Michel Bouquet), in his studio on the French Riviera. Samuel Goldwyn Films hide caption

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As embattled, closeted lawyer Andrew Beckett, Tom Hanks brought gay rights to trial in 1993's Philadelphia. Bureau L.A. Collection / Corbis hide caption

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The prehistoric family in The Croods takes a visually stunning but comically tired road trip in the latest outing from DreamWorks Animation. 20th Century Fox hide caption

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