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.

Beard of Avon? Rhys Ifans plays the 17th Earl of Oxford, who in the preposterous calculus of Anonymous is the "real" author of Shakespeare's plays.

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'Anonymous': Stylish Claptrap, By Any Other Name

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Here Bums The Bride: Lars von Trier's Melancholia centers on a newlywed (Kirsten Dunst) whose chronic depression leaves her singularly well-equipped to confront the end of the world.

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High Anxieties Make For A Mad, Mad Movie World

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Holding Out For ... What Again? A remake of 1984's Footloose (with Kevin Bacon) has some fans crying foul — but if Aretha Franklin can earn respect with an Otis Redding song, why can't Hollywood take a second look at something?

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Remakes Rethink: Is Hollywood Really Out Of Ideas?

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Steve Jobs Helped Revolutionize Animated Movies

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Shock And Aw-Shucks: Adam's best friend, Kyle (Seth Rogen), bucks him up with black comedy — and a trip to the bar to troll for babes. Chris Helcermanas-Benge/Summit Entertainment hide caption

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DVD Picks: 'Ben-Hur'

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In the beginning, there were lapels: Helen Mirren's DI Jane Tennison, circa 1991. Acorn Media hide caption

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DVD Picks: 'Prime Suspect'

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Citizen Welles: Tyro filmmaker Orson Welles' bigger-than-life movie debut was hailed in some quarters as groundbreaking, damned in others as slanderous. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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'Citizen Kane' At 70: Film School In A Box For The Serious Cinephile

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Tommy (Tom Hardy, left) and Brendan (Joel Edgerton) are battling brothers in Warrior — a domestic drama that feels surprisingly epic. Chuck Zlotnick/Lionsgate hide caption

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Battles For Survival, Small-Scale And Huge

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Tin(pot) soldiers: John Cho, Neil Patrick Harris, and Kal Penn in A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas Darren Michaels/Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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Bob Mondello's Fall Movie Preview: Thrills, Silence, And Harold And Kumar

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