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.

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It's Astounding ... Time Is Fleeting ... And 'Rocky Horror' Is 40

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James Donovan (Tom Hanks) is a reluctant but principled insurance lawyer drafted to do a hugely unpopular job: defend a Soviet spy at the height of the Cold War. Jaap Buitendijk/Courtesy of DreamWorks Pictures hide caption

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'Bridge Of Spies': Solid Storytelling And Atmospherics

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The tension in Steve Jobs comes partly from the terrific performances and partly from juxtaposing Jobs' public and private personas. Michael Fassbender (left) portrays Jobs; he's shown here with Seth Rogen, as Steve Wozniak. François Duhamel/Courtesy of Universal Pictures hide caption

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'Steve Jobs': As Ambitious As Its Title Character

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Latest LGBT Films Move Beyond 'Coming Out' Narrative

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Everything at the brand new Cultural Center in downtown Buenos Aires is free — from art installations to symphony concerts. "Culture is an investment for this government, not an expense," says Culture Minister Teresa Parodi. Centro Cultural Kirchner hide caption

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In Argentina, Where Culture Is 'A Right,' A Free New Arts Center Opens

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Director Jafar Panahi is a smiling and ever-sunny cab driver in his most accessible nonfilm yet. Courtesy of Kino Lorber hide caption

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Riding Rings Around Iran's Censors In 'Jafar Panahi's Taxi'

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The Ups And Downs Of The Toronto International Film Festival

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Feng Wanyu (Gong Li) has an intense desire to see her husband again, but an utter inability to recognize him when she does. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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'Coming Home' To Heartache And Hope

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As Blockbuster Season Ends, Hollywood Offers Action-Packed Fall

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A first movie, like Disney's Sleeping Beauty, can have a big impact on little kids. It might even turn them into movie reviewers one day. Courtesy of The Kobal Collection hide caption

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Discovering Movies, And How Visions Are Seldom All They Seem

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Omar Sharif's Doctor Zhivago didn't need any help chilling out. The Kobal Collection hide caption

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Movies To Make You Forget The Heat: A Summer Watchlist

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The Play's The Thing — High School Productions Down The Decades

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Chiharu Shiota takes over an entire townhouse for her 2013 work Trace of Memory. It's one of the many unusual installations at The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh. Courtesy of The Mattress Factory hide caption

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Find Unforgettable Art In A Most Unlikely Place: A Pittsburgh Mattress Factory

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Irrational Man is a Hitchcock-style mystery wrapped in a Woody Allen romance. Sabrina Lantos /Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Sleuthing With Offbeat Variations In 'Irrational Man' And 'Mr. Holmes'

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Sean Baker's Tangerine offers up a gallery of the vivid, profane, utterly riotous characters who inhabit the fringes of LA's sex industry. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures hide caption

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Be Your Own Self: The Lessons Of 'Do I Sound Gay?' And 'Tangerine'

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