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.

Faye Marsay, George MacKay, Joseph Gilgun and Paddy Considine play a group of London activists who march in support of Welsh miners. Nicola Dove/Courtesy of CBS Films hide caption

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Coal Miners And Gay Activists Partner In 'Pride'

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Oscar Buzz Builds At Toronto Film Fest

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Michael Keaton stars as a washed-up film star trying to make a stage comeback in Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu's Birdman. Alison Rosa hide caption

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After A Ho-Hum Summer, Hollywood Ramps Up For Fall

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Richard Attenborough's career in movies spanned decades. Lois Bernstein/AP hide caption

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Director Richard Attenborough Brought Intimacy To Big Ideas

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'Love Is Strange' — And Funny, Hard And Heart-Breaking

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British comedians Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan return for another round of dining, arguing and celebrity impressions — this time in Italy. IFC Films hide caption

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Coogan And Brydon's New 'Trip' Is, Well, A Real Trip

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A Farewell To Robin Williams, Whose Antics Never Hid The Tenderness Beneath

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In 1972, John Wojtowicz robbed a bank to pay for his lover Ernie's sex-reassignment surgery. The robbery and his subsequent imprisonment inspired the movie Dog Day Afternoon. Seed & Spark hide caption

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The Shaggy Story Of A Real-Life 'Dog'

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Brendan Gleeson, as tough-minded Father James, faces a death threat from an angry parishioner in the darkly comic new Calvary. Reprisal Films hide caption

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No Forgiveness, But A Kind Of Cinematic Grace In 'Calvary'

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John Wayne — seen here in 1956's The Searchers — was an icon of traditional Hollywood manliness. AP/Warner Bros. hide caption

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Who's The Man? Hollywood Heroes Defined Masculinity For Millions

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If you want to move beyond just numbers for your sequel titles, critic Bob Mondello says there are a few informal rules you need to follow. hide caption

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How To Name Your Sequel II: Not Just Roman Numerals Anymore

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Barbra Streisand does a lot of singing on transit — over the course of Funny Girl, Funny Lady, Yentl and Hello Dolly (above) she sings aboard a train, a plane, a taxi a tugboat, and an ocean liner. 20th Century Fox/Chenault/The Kobal Collection hide caption

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By Trolley, Train, Show Boat Or Surrey, These Musicals Will Move You

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Ellar Coltrane — pictured here with screen family Ethan Hawke and Lorelei Linklater — grows from boy to man on-screen in Richard Linklater's new Boyhood. IFC Productions hide caption

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Oh, 'Boyhood!' Linklater's Cinematic Stunt Pays Off

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