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.

Rameses (Joel Edgerton) and his wife Nefertari (Golshifteh Farahani) try to save their stricken child, a victim of one of the plagues, in Exodus: Gods And Kings. Kerry Brown/Twentieth Century Fox hide caption

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The Holiday Films Are Coming, From 'Moses' To 'Annie'

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Renowned Theater And Film Director Mike Nichols Dies

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Steve Carell ditches any pretense of comedy in Foxcatcher. Scott Garfield/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Satirists Go Serious in 'Foxcatcher' And 'Rosewater' — And It Works

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A black hole might be the key to humankind's future in Interstellar. Courtesy of Paramount hide caption

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Tripping Into A Black Hole In This Week's Movies

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A jaded politician plays hooky in Viva La Libertà, so his campaign replaces him with his identical twin brother. You know where this is going, right? Courtesy of Distrib Films US hide caption

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'Viva La Libertà' Offers Harmless Electoral Fun

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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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