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.

Oscars Preview: A Look At The Diversity Problem, Performances And Predictions

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A War is freighted with moral quandaries, impossible choices and terrible consequences. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures hide caption

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Navigating A Minefield Of Moral Quandaries And Consequences In 'A War'

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It's sort of a relief to report that Ryan Reynolds is finally coming into his own, superhero-wise, in Deadpool. Courtesy of 21st Century Fox hide caption

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'Deadpool' Is a Potty-Mouthed Splatterfest. A Really Funny One

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'We're Mostly Republicans': New Hampshire Voters Explained By 'Our Town'

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Tensions flare when a local "best ram" competition results in a virtual tie, with Gummi's ram taking second place and Kiddi's taking first. Courtesy Cohen Media Group hide caption

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In 'Rams,' 2 Icelandic Brothers Tend Troubles Of Flock And Family

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Shirley Jones and Robert Preston star in 1962's The Music Man, about a con man who poses as a band leader. Warner Bros./The Kobal Collection hide caption

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The Iowa Caucuses Explained ... By Broadway?

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Encore: Films To Beat A Bone-Chilling Blizzard

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Gone with the Wind has sold more than 200 million tickets — most of them back when there were far fewer people on the planet. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Superlatives Notwithstanding, Even 'The Force' Has Its Limits

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'The Revenant,' 'Mad Max: Fury Road,' Scoop Up Most Oscar Nominations

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Alan Rickman, Much More Than Hollywood's Go-To Villain

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David Bowie showed off his acting chops as the British-accented alien in the 1976 film The Man Who Fell To Earth. Studiocanal Films Ltd./The Kobal Collection hide caption

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Ziggy Stardust Was A Star On-Screen, Too

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Actor David Thewlis voices Michael Stone as he engages in puppet showering, puppet profanity, puppet nudity and puppet hallucinations. Courtesy of Paramount Pictures hide caption

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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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