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The best film picks, August 22

Bruce Dern stars as Woody Grant and Will Forte stars as his son David Grant in “Nebraska.”
Bruce Dern stars as Woody Grant and Will Forte stars as his son David Grant in “Nebraska.” PARAMOUNT VANTAGE

Alexander Payne’s Oscar-nominated “Nebraska” screens as part of the N.C. Museum of Art’s Summer Movies series on Friday night in Museum Park. The excellent black and white comedy-drama stars Bruce Dern as an old drunk who thinks he’s won a million dollars from a magazine publishers sweepstakes. Will Forte plays his son, who reluctantly takes him on a road trip from Billings, Mont., to claim the prize in Lincoln, Neb. A foul-mouthed, scene-stealing June Squibb plays Dern’s wife and Forte’s mother. Saturday evening at the same venue, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s “The Lego Movie,” a surprisingly superb mixture of live action and CGI animation featuring the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell and Elizabeth Banks, will assemble itself on the outdoor screen. Both night’s films start at 8:30, and tickets are $5 (free for museum members). Details: 919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org.

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