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.
Getting To Know You: In real life, we usually don't learn about the people who live through (and die in) natural disasters until after the disaster has unfolded. In movies like 2012, that chronology runs in reverse: Filmmakers introduce their characters (divorced dad John Cusack and daughter Morgan Lily, above), then put them through airborne escapes (below) and many other kinds of CGI hell.
Burn Notice: Noomi Rapace returns as Lisbeth Salander, a gifted hacker on the run from the law. Rapace won numerous awards for her portrayal of Salander in the first installment of the trilogy, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
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Want Your Bad Romance: Tortured lovers Bella (Kristen Stewart), still human for the moment, and Edward (Robert Pattinson), still a vampire, are at it again in the latest installment of the Twilight mega-franchise.
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The Odd Couple: Filmmaker Oliver Stone (left) caused quite a stir at the Venice Film Festival when he invited Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez — and an attendant posse of security guards — to the premiere of his documentary South Of The Border.
Mommy In The Middle: Sparks fly between Molly (Marisa Tomei) and John (John C. Reilly, right) in Cyrus. But before John can win Molly's heart, he'll have to win over her jealous son (Jonah Hill).
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Here Comes The Boogeyman? The documentary Cropsey looks into the mysterious case of five missing Staten Island children — and asks whether Andre Rand, the man convicted of one girl's murder, was really behind them.
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Love On The Run: Natasha (Barbara Mori) and J. (Hrithik Roshan) spend much of Kites on the run from her gangster fiance — and fall for each other in the process.
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