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.

Ivo (Lembit Ulfsak) is a pacifist. But NPR film critic Bob Mondello says Tangerines is an "object lesson in the resilience of ancient animosities." Courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films hide caption

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A Tart Take On Bitter Realities In 'Tangerines'

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About Elly is "perched right on the fault line between modern thinking and Islamic tradition," says NPR film critic Bob Mondello. Courtesy of Dreamlab Films hide caption

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Ties That Bind Meet Lies That Blind In 'About Elly'

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"I could hear the gold whispering in the souls of these men," says Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado of a gold mine in Serra Pelada. Sebastiao Salgado/Amazonas Images/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Photography, Misery And Beauty In 'The Salt Of The Earth'

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It Follows "inverts the abstinence metaphor behind most teen horror flicks," says NPR film critic Bob Mondello. Courtesy of Radius-TWC hide caption

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What's Familiar Becomes Unnerving In 'It Follows'

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'Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Stays True To Its Name

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Eastern Boys begins as a home invasion story but evolves to something more complex, says NPR film critic Bob Mondello. Courtesy of First Run Features hide caption

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Tense 'Eastern Boys': Cruising, and Bruising

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Sidney Poitier smolders — and swelters — in In the Heat of the Night. Mirisch/United Artists/Kobal Collection hide caption

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The Good, The Bad And The Hot: Movies To Warm Winter's Bite

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Wild Tales is crammed with gallows humor, says NPR film critic Bob Mondello. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Argentine Oscar Nominee 'Wild Tales' Lives Up To Its Title

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The finite romance in The Last Five Years is "haunting, bittersweet" says NPR film critic Bob Mondello. Courtesy of RADiUS hide caption

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Love From A To Z — And Back Again — In 'The Last Five Years'

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Bob Mondello brought in his own personal copy of the original Follies cast album — intern Patrick Fort added the starburst. Emily Jan/NPR hide caption

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It'd Be No 'Folly' To Remake This Musical Classic

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'Birdman,' 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Lead Oscar Nominations

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Marion Cotillard is Sandra, who must convince her factory co-workers to vote against giving themselves a bonus in order to preserve her job, in Two Days, One Night. /Les Films du Fleuve hide caption

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'Leviathan' And 'Two Days' Look For Oscar Gold

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Richard Linklater's daringly experimental Boyhood is Bob Mondello's favorite film of 2014. IFC Productions hide caption

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Favorite Films Of 2014: Why Stop At 10?

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