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.
The King Rules: Rehearsals for a London concert series found Michael Jackson and his dancers working on a huge set. Spliced together in a concert movie, scenes from those rehearsals are a reminder of just how good Jackson was performing live.
Kevin Mazur/Sony Pictures
Lovely, But Earthbound: The story of Amelia Earhart — the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic, for starters — has wings. But Mira Nair's affectionate biographical drama doesn't take nearly as many risks as its heroine did.
Ken Woroner/Fox Searchlight
Children Of The (Organic) Corn: The children of the French town of Barjac become the ultimate judges of the local organic movement after their school starts serving 100 percent locally grown, organic food. (The kids love it.)
First Run Features
A Delectable 3-D Downpour: After countless failed experiments, a scientist seeking to solve world hunger gets a little more success than he bargained for when he figures out how to turn water into food.
Sony Pictures Animation
In Character: Cartoonists in Argentina hosted a barbecue during Disney's visit. He showed up in full gaucho dress, and many joked that he looked more authentic than his hosts.
courtesy of Brian Lansburgh
Strange interlude: Daniel Breaker plays Youth, the adolescent version of narrator Stew (in background) in Spike Lee's sizzling film version of Stew's semiautobiographical Broadway musical Passing Strange.