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.

Richard Linklater's daringly experimental Boyhood is Bob Mondello's favorite film of 2014. IFC Productions hide caption

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Favorite Films Of 2014: Why Stop At 10?

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Bob Mondello Watched 'The Interview,' So You Don't Have To (Really, You Don't)

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'Selma' Manages To Be Both Passion-Inspiring And Measured

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Timothy Spall finds beauty in the unlikeliest places as painter J.M.W. Turner. Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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'Mr. Turner' Is A Snuffling, Growling Work Of Art

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Quvenzhane Wallis (second from right) stars in an updated version of Annie, produced by Jay Z. Barry Wetcher/Sony Pictures Entertainment hide caption

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An Updated 'Annie' And The Tradition Of Nontraditional Casting

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No Surprise, 'Inherent Vice' Adaptation Is Dense And Complicated

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Denzel Washington in The Great Debaters. The Kobal Collection hide caption

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What The Movies Taught Us About Teaching

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Philae Comet Landing Reminiscent Of 'Armageddon,' 'Deep Impact'

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Rameses (Joel Edgerton) and his wife Nefertari (Golshifteh Farahani) try to save their stricken child, a victim of one of the plagues, in Exodus: Gods And Kings. Kerry Brown/Twentieth Century Fox hide caption

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The Holiday Films Are Coming, From 'Moses' To 'Annie'

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Renowned Theater And Film Director Mike Nichols Dies

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Steve Carell ditches any pretense of comedy in Foxcatcher. Scott Garfield/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Satirists Go Serious in 'Foxcatcher' And 'Rosewater' — And It Works

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A black hole might be the key to humankind's future in Interstellar. Courtesy of Paramount hide caption

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Tripping Into A Black Hole In This Week's Movies

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A jaded politician plays hooky in Viva La Libertà, so his campaign replaces him with his identical twin brother. You know where this is going, right? Courtesy of Distrib Films US hide caption

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'Viva La Libertà' Offers Harmless Electoral Fun

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Terrifying terrorramas so scary you'll need a nurse on standby! Bob Mondello says the 1993 film Matinee brought back memories of his days writing Halloween horror ad copy for a movie theater chain. Courtesy of Universal/The Kobal CollectionTION hide caption

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Remembering All-Night Fright Fests And Halloween Horrorthons

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A 'controlled avalanche' gets out of control in Force Majeure. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures hide caption

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Alienating Leading Men: The Force Behind 'Listen Up Philip' And 'Majeure'

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