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.

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'Anomalisa' Is A Charlie Kaufman Movie Featuring Puppets. Yes, It's Weird

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(From left) Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant; Amy Poehler as Joy in Inside Out; Matt Damon in The Martian; Kettly Noël in Timbuktu; and Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road. 20th Century Fox/Pixar/20th Century Fox/Cohen Media Group/Warner Bros. hide caption

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Seeing Double: Bob Mondello Picks 2015's Best Movies, 2 At A Time

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Orson Welles plays Sir John Falstaff, the portly Shakespearean rapscallion in Chimes at Midnight. Courtesy of Janus Films hide caption

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'Chimes At Midnight' Gives Weight To A Shakespearean Knave

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Leonardo DiCaprio, as Hugh Glass, bears the elements in a scene from The Revenant. Kimberley French/Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film hide caption

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'Revenant' Reveals A Breathtaking, Punishing Saga Of Survival And Revenge

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Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling are a long-married couple unsettled by a revelation from his past in 45 Years. Agatha A. Nitecka/IFC Films hide caption

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An Icy Chill From The Past Threatens A Steady Flame In '45 Years'

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Saul (Géza Röhrig) is almost always seen in a near close-up in Son of Saul, putting you right there next to him. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Shallow Focus Creates Depth Of Feeling In 'Son Of Saul'

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Both Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) return in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Lucasfilm hide caption

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'Star Wars': The Force Of Nostalgia Is Strong With This One

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Teyonah Parris plays an updated Lysistrata in Chi-Raq. Parrish Lewis/Courtesy of Roadside Attractions hide caption

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Spike Lee's 'Chi-Raq' Pits Abstinence Against Violence In Rhyme

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Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings) and Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith) are both forceful personalities, but The Lady in the Van excels at bringing out undercurrents of frailty. Nicola Dove/Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Maggie Smith Is Deft, Daft And Driven In 'The Lady In The Van'

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'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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