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.

Director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy clearly intends the boarding school for the deaf as a stand-in for all the things that have gone wrong with Ukrainian society. Courtesy of Drafthouse Films hide caption

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'The Tribe' Says A Lot About Violence, Sex And Love — Without A Single Word

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Greg (Thomas Mann) is jokey, mostly as a substitute for actual social interaction. Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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Laughs Leaven Tears In 'Me And Earl And The Dying Girl'

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'Charlie's Country': A Worn Landscape That's Both Sad And Majestic

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More than half of the top 10 box-office hits this year have centered on female characters, says NPR film critic Bob Mondello. But only a few — like Pitch Perfect 2 — were written or directed by women. Richard Cartwright/Universal Pictures hide caption

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This Year, Women (And Girls) Rule The Big Screen

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Melissa McCarthy gets a star-vehicle movie of her own in Spy. Larry Horricks/ Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox hide caption

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In 'Spy,' Melissa McCarthy Receives Top-Billing. Finally.

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Heaven Knows What stars Arielle Holmes and is based on her experience as a homeless heroin addict in New York City. Courtesy of Radius-TWC hide caption

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'Heaven Knows What' Adds New Wrinkles To The Street Junkie Narrative

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Hollywood Promises Summer Of Blockbusters, And Could Deliver

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Just Like Its Theme Park Namesake, 'Tomorrowland' Celebrates Optimism

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Julie Andrews starred as flower girl Eliza Doolittle in the Broadway premiere of My Fair Lady. AP hide caption

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'My Fair Lady' Couldn't Actually Dance All Night, So These Songs Had To Go

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'Mad Max' Reboot Is A 'Gorgeous, Scrap-Metal Demolition Derby'

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The romance between Victor (Rafael Spregelburd) and Sophia (Dolores Fonzi) is a checklist of cliches that the titular character would hate. Courtesy of Music Box Films hide caption

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A Film Critic Gets Meta (As Does Ours) In 'The Film Critic (El Crítico)'

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Far From the Madding Crowd features feisty heroines, sturdy heroes, and three — yes, three --€” men vying for the heroine's affection. Alex Bailey/Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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'Far From The Madding Crowd': Counterprogramming Writ Victorian

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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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