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.

'Tis The Season For Coming Attractions: What To Watch For At The Multiplex

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James White (Christopher Abbott) is a feckless New York City slacker doing the best he can to care for his mother, Gail (Cynthia Nixon). Courtesy of the Film Arcade hide caption

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Arrested Development Meets Adulthood In 'James White'

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James Bond (Daniel Craig) is back in Spectre. It's everything Bond fans could want, and then some. Jonathan Olley/Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures hide caption

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In 'Spectre,' Bond's Back And Looking Over His Shoulder

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Tim Curry performs in a staging of The Rocky Horror Show in the 1970s. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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It's Astounding ... Time Is Fleeting ... And 'Rocky Horror' Is 40

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James Donovan (Tom Hanks) is a reluctant but principled insurance lawyer drafted to do a hugely unpopular job: defend a Soviet spy at the height of the Cold War. Jaap Buitendijk/Courtesy of DreamWorks Pictures hide caption

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'Bridge Of Spies': Solid Storytelling And Atmospherics

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The tension in Steve Jobs comes partly from the terrific performances and partly from juxtaposing Jobs' public and private personas. Michael Fassbender (left) portrays Jobs; he's shown here with Seth Rogen, as Steve Wozniak. François Duhamel/Courtesy of Universal Pictures hide caption

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'Steve Jobs': As Ambitious As Its Title Character

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Latest LGBT Films Move Beyond 'Coming Out' Narrative

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Everything at the brand new Cultural Center in downtown Buenos Aires is free — from art installations to symphony concerts. "Culture is an investment for this government, not an expense," says Culture Minister Teresa Parodi. Centro Cultural Kirchner hide caption

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In Argentina, Where Culture Is 'A Right,' A Free New Arts Center Opens

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Director Jafar Panahi is a smiling and ever-sunny cab driver in his most accessible nonfilm yet. Courtesy of Kino Lorber hide caption

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Riding Rings Around Iran's Censors In 'Jafar Panahi's Taxi'

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The Ups And Downs Of The Toronto International Film Festival

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Feng Wanyu (Gong Li) has an intense desire to see her husband again, but an utter inability to recognize him when she does. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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'Coming Home' To Heartache And Hope

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As Blockbuster Season Ends, Hollywood Offers Action-Packed Fall

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A first movie, like Disney's Sleeping Beauty, can have a big impact on little kids. It might even turn them into movie reviewers one day. Courtesy of The Kobal Collection hide caption

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Discovering Movies, And How Visions Are Seldom All They Seem

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Omar Sharif's Doctor Zhivago didn't need any help chilling out. The Kobal Collection hide caption

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Movies To Make You Forget The Heat: A Summer Watchlist

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The Play's The Thing — High School Productions Down The Decades

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