Bob Mondello Bob Mondello reviews movies and covers the arts for NPR News, seeing at least 250 films and 100 plays annually, and shares critiques and commentaries on NPR's award-winning newsmagazine All Things Considered.

Terrifying terrorramas so scary you'll need a nurse on standby! Bob Mondello says the 1993 film Matinee brought back memories of his days writing Halloween horror ad copy for a movie theater chain. Courtesy of Universal/The Kobal CollectionTION hide caption

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Remembering All-Night Fright Fests And Halloween Horrorthons

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A 'controlled avalanche' gets out of control in Force Majeure. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures hide caption

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Alienating Leading Men: The Force Behind 'Listen Up Philip' And 'Majeure'

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In Birdman, Michael Keaton (a real-life former Batman) plays a former movie superhero who's trying to get a grasp on his career. Atsushi Nishijima/ Fox Searchlight hide caption

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'Birdman' Tracks A Comeback In (Seemingly) One Long Take

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Ben Affleck plays Nick, a self-styled "corn-fed, salt-of-the-earth Missouri boy." But is he a reliable narrator? Merrick Morton/ Courtesy of 20th Century Fox hide caption

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Who's Worth Your Trust In Fincher's Moody, Atmospheric 'Gone Girl'?

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Faye Marsay, George MacKay, Joseph Gilgun and Paddy Considine play a group of London activists who march in support of Welsh miners. Nicola Dove/Courtesy of CBS Films hide caption

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Coal Miners And Gay Activists Partner In 'Pride'

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Oscar Buzz Builds At Toronto Film Fest

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Michael Keaton stars as a washed-up film star trying to make a stage comeback in Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu's Birdman. Alison Rosa hide caption

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After A Ho-Hum Summer, Hollywood Ramps Up For Fall

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Richard Attenborough's career in movies spanned decades. Lois Bernstein/AP hide caption

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Director Richard Attenborough Brought Intimacy To Big Ideas

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'Love Is Strange' — And Funny, Hard And Heart-Breaking

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British comedians Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan return for another round of dining, arguing and celebrity impressions — this time in Italy. IFC Films hide caption

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Coogan And Brydon's New 'Trip' Is, Well, A Real Trip

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A Farewell To Robin Williams, Whose Antics Never Hid The Tenderness Beneath

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In 1972, John Wojtowicz robbed a bank to pay for his lover Ernie's sex-reassignment surgery. The robbery and his subsequent imprisonment inspired the movie Dog Day Afternoon. Seed & Spark hide caption

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The Shaggy Story Of A Real-Life 'Dog'

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Brendan Gleeson, as tough-minded Father James, faces a death threat from an angry parishioner in the darkly comic new Calvary. Reprisal Films hide caption

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No Forgiveness, But A Kind Of Cinematic Grace In 'Calvary'

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