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.

Gene Wilder Dies From Complications Of Alzheimer's At Age 83

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Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers in Southside With You. Pat Scola/Courtesy of Miramax and Roadside Attractions hide caption

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The First Couple's First Date Charms In 'Southside With You'

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Meryl Streep plays the title character, and Hugh Grant is her doting hubby, in Florence Foster Jenkins. Nick Wall/Courtesy of Paramount Pictures hide caption

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Meryl Streep's Singer Has Delusions Of Adequacy In 'Florence Foster Jenkins'

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Tony (Michael Barbieri) and Jake (Theo Taplitz) are natural and relaxed together in Little Men. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures hide caption

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'Little Men' Puzzle Out Mysteries Of Friendship And Growth

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Zelda Fichandler co-founded Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Tom Fichandler, and drama teacher Edward Mangum. She is seen here with her husband in 1971. Courtesy of Arena Stage hide caption

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Remembering Zelda Fichandler, Matriarch Of American Regional Theater

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Will Smith plays Deadshot and Margot Robbie plays Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad. Clay Enos/Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pcitures hide caption

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From HAL 9000 To Harley Quinn, Screen Villains Sow Chaos Because They Can

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Don't Think Twice is about fame and friendship,” but mostly it's a celebration of improv. (Pictured: Tami Sagher, Gillian Jacobs, Kate Micucci, Mike Birbiglia, Chris Gethard and Keegan-Michael Key) Jon Pack/Courtesy of The Film Arcade hide caption

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'Don't Think Twice' Scripts Improv With Ease

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Actors Diana Sands, Ruby Dee, Claudia McNeil and Sidney Poitier appear in the 1961 film adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. John D. Kisch/Separate Cinema Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Hollywood And The Middle Class: Selling Dreams Of 'Somewhere That's Green'

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In 1964's The Best Man, presidential candidate and principled intellectual William Russell (Henry Fonda) competes with a TV-savvy opportunist at his (unspecified) party's convention. United Artists/The Kobal Collection hide caption

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What Do Contested Conventions Look Like? Ask Hollywood And Sinclair Lewis

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What's Worth Watching In Movie Theaters This Summer?

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Olivia de Havilland — the last surviving cast member from Gone with the Wind — turns 100 on July 1. Thibault Camus/AP hide caption

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100 Years Of Olivia De Havilland Handling Sexism, Her Sister, And Scarlett O'Hara

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Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) gets a look into Giant Country thanks to a Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance). Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures hide caption

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Spielberg's 'The BFG' Parallels Another Friendly Outcast

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'Swiss Army Man' Leaps From Realism To Fantasy

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Genius does its best to make the editing process between Max Perkins (Colin Firth) and Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law) kinetic. Marc Brenner/Courtesy of Roadside Attractions hide caption

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'Genius' Is, As The Saying Has It, 10% Inspiration, 90% Perspiration

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Alfredo Castro (left) and Luis Silva star in From Afar, a thriller from Caracas that blends social and sexual politics. Courtesy of Strand Releasing hide caption

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'From Afar' Draws You In By Holding You At Arm's Length

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