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.

Marnie (Susan Sarandon) and Lori (Rose Byrne) sharing a mother-daughter Valentine's Day dinner. Jaimie Trueblood/Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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'The Meddler' Pokes Fun Without Mocking The Mom

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AMC Backtracks On Experiment To Allow Texting In Theaters After Outcry

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Feats Of Technical Magic Bring Disney's New 'Jungle Book' To Life

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Clash Of The Screens: Should Movie Theaters Allow Texting? AMC Says Maybe

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Jake Gyllenhaal demolishes his life in Demolition, first emotionally, and then with power tools. Courtesy of Fox Searchlight hide caption

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Grief Goes Explosive In 'Demolition' And 'Louder Than Bombs'

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Both mentor and student have lives that are a mess in The Dark Horse. Jen Raoult/Courtesy of Broad Green Pictures hide caption

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Upending Troubled-Teen Conventions In 'Standing Tall' And 'The Dark Horse'

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Remembering Patty Duke, Hollywood's 'Miracle Worker'

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Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman is the secret weapon for late in the film. She'll doubtless get to do more next time. Clay Enos/Courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures hide caption

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Fun And Entertainment Are Collateral Damage In 'Batman V Superman'

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Arquímedes Puccio (Guillermo Francella) is brutal and dictatorial as the kidnapping family patriarch. Courtesy of Fox International hide caption

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Kidnapping As A Family Business In The True Life Thriller 'The Clan'

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Only Script In Shakespeare's Handwriting Urges Compassion For Migrants

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Catherine Frot plays an opera-loving socialite in Marguerite. (Also pictured: Denis Mpunga) Courtesy of Cohen Media Group hide caption

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Meet 'Marguerite,' A Tone-Deaf Opera Singer Who's Determined To Perform

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Zootopia takes on social annoyances in a way that will persuade the older folks to stick around. Courtesy of Disney hide caption

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'Zootopia' Makes A Pitch For A More Paw-fect Union Without Being Preachy

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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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