Bob MondelloBob 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.
Cultures, Shocks: A doctor (Mikael Persbrandt) struggles to balance work in a developing-world refugee camp with family strife at home in Denmark, while his estranged wife (Trine Dyrholm) urges him to look after their oft-bullied son.
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Domestic Goddess: Suzanne (Catherine Deneuve, right, with Judith Godreche) is content to bear both her husband's neglect and her daughter's pity — until a crisis offers the opportunity to prove her mettle.
Music Box Films
Trash or Treasure: In this Oscar-nominated documentary, Vic Muniz encourages Brazilian catadores, who sort recyclable materials in a massive landfill outside of Rio de Janeiro, to recreate famous artworks.
Lizard Of Ahs: After arriving in Dirt, a chameleon (Johnny Depp) re-creates himself as Rango, the sheriff of the crime-ridden desert town. Following classic Western tropes, he faces resident bullies who tests his character and bravery.
Triple Threat: Xavier Dolan wrote, directed, and stars in Heartbeats, which won the 2010 Sydney Film Festival's Sydney Film Prize and was selected for the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
'Dark' Shadowed: Julie Taymor's $65 million stage musical has been dogged by problems — most seriously, an in-performance fall that sent stuntman Christopher Tierney (pictured) to the hospital in late December.