Halle Berry's characters in Cloud Atlas crisscross time and space. The actress plays six roles, including German intellectual Jocasta Ayrs (above) and an Asian man. Reiner Bajo/Warner Bros. hide caption

toggle caption Reiner Bajo/Warner Bros.

Navigating The Shift From Complex To Cineplex

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/163237755/163730350" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

1954's Creature from the Black Lagoon is featured in the new release of Universal's classic monster movies. Universal Pictures hide caption

toggle caption Universal Pictures

Home Video Review: Universal's 'Classic Monsters' Collection

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/162363699/163263992" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Vice President Biden and Republican Paul Ryan at Thursday night's debate. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

How Reality TV Turns Debates Into 'White House Idol'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/162819982/162815157" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

John Chambers (John Goodman) serves as a guide to the ins and outs of the movie business for CIA agent Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck). Claire Folger/Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

toggle caption Claire Folger/Warner Bros. Pictures

'Argo': A Rescue Mission With Real Hollywood Style

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/162363367/162745264" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

In animated family films like ParaNorman, ghosts are more likely to cause laughter than shivers. Critic Bob Mondello explores how we got here from the Hollywood fright fests of the '30s. Focus Features hide caption

toggle caption Focus Features

Hollywood's Horror History — For Kids

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/162309511/162393873" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Officers Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Michael Peña) become the targets of a drug cartel in End of Watch. Scott Garfield/Open Road Films hide caption

toggle caption Scott Garfield/Open Road Films

Bullets And Buddies On The Streets Of South Central

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/161270128/161581365" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Actors Bradley Cooper (left), Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Tucker speak onstage at Silver Linings Playbook press conference Sept. 9 during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Jason Merritt/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Jason Merritt/Getty Images

'Playbook' Beats Out Heavy Hitters For Toronto Award

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/161238976/161241568" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Erik (Thure Lindhardt) and Paul (Zachary Booth) meet through a phone hookup service, but end up moving in together and pursuing a passionate, long-term relationship. Music Box Films hide caption

toggle caption Music Box Films

'Keep The Lights On': Nuanced Take On Doomed Love

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/160619258/160766865" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Ben Affleck directed and stars in Argo. Claire Folger/Warner Brothers Pictures hide caption

toggle caption Claire Folger/Warner Brothers Pictures

Fall Movie Preview: Bob Mondello Looks Ahead

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/160496784/160507161" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Bike messenger Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) finds himself carrying a package that leads to a perilous chase. Sarah Shatz/Sony Pictures hide caption

toggle caption Sarah Shatz/Sony Pictures

'Rush' Job: A Wily Courier Navigates New York's Maze

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/159928035/160010881" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential candidate, arrives to announce his choice of running mate aboard the U.S.S. Wisconsin in Norfolk, Va., on Aug. 11. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

In The Theater Of Politics, Staging Is Everything

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/159915199/159956598" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Justin Bieber was raised in Stratford, Ontario. When he returned to the town and played at his old busking spot outside the Avon Theatre, NPR's Bob Mondello was sitting six blocks away, oblivious. Brendon Thorne/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Brendon Thorne/Getty Images

Henry Hall prays to the heavens in 1934's Our Daily Bread. King Vidor's film about a farmers collective living through a drought was made during one of the country's most catastrophic dry spells. United Artists/Photofest hide caption

toggle caption United Artists/Photofest

In Times Of Drought, Movies Show Tenacity Of Life

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/158489315/158523631" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The Festival Theater in Stratford, Ontario, is the main venue for the town's annual Stratford Shakespeare Festival. The town lies on the Avon River — just like Shakespeare's British birthplace — and had schools named after Romeo and Juliet before the festival started in 1953. Richard Bain/Stratford Shakespeare Festival hide caption

toggle caption Richard Bain/Stratford Shakespeare Festival

Stratford's Big Stars, From The Bard To The Bieb

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/157782568/158386040" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript