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.
Triple Threat: Xavier Dolan wrote, directed, and stars in Heartbeats, which won the 2010 Sydney Film Festival's Sydney Film Prize and was selected for the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
'Dark' Shadowed: Julie Taymor's $65 million stage musical has been dogged by problems — most seriously, an in-performance fall that sent stuntman Christopher Tierney (pictured) to the hospital in late December.
Concrete Jungle: Young lovers (Emily Blunt, James McAvoy) try to transcend the long-simmering rivalry between their brightly colored garden-gnome families. Don't expect a story of too much woe: It's a kid-friendly animated adaptation of the classic.
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Chip Off The Old Shoulder: Josh (Rhys Wakefield, left) and his famous explorer father, Frank (Richard Roxburgh), must navigate their way through a cave system that floods after a sudden storm.
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Combustible: Thomas Dekker (right) plays Smith, a sexually ambiguous freshman who lusts after London (Juno Temple) — as well as his surfer roommate, a hot-tub designer and two mysterious women in his dreams.
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The Long Route Home: Colin Farrell (left) and Ed Harris star in director Peter Weir's survival epic, about a group of prisoners banished to a Siberian gulag — and their astonishing march across thousands of miles to India.