Bob Mondello's Favorite Movies of 2004

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NPR resident film critic Bob Mondello looks back at the films released in 2004, and finds a handful that prove to filmmakers that you can create films that deal with politics, memory and religion and not suffer at the box office.

Mondello's Picks for 2004:

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Bad Education


The Aviator

Finding Neverland

William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice

Maria Full of Grace

Vera Drake

Hotel Rwanda

The Incredibles

Also Memorable:



Good Bye Lenin!

The Motorcycle Diaries

The Assassination of Richard Nixon

Sharp Performances:


Million Dollar Baby

Offbeat Discoveries:

Garden State

Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle

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