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 Secret Lives Of Mothers: After the death of the widowed Nawal Marwan (Lubna Azabal), her adult children slowly discover the bitterness of her childhood in a country plagued by endless cycles of violence.
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Dream Weaver: In Inception, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (center) plays a point man in an elaborate and illicit scheme to plant an idea in the mind of a businessman while he sleeps.
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Spencer Tracy (left) and Katharine Hepburn first appeared alongside one another in 1942's Woman Of The Year, setting off an on-screen relationship that lasted almost three decades.
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Upstairs, Downstairs faced production snafus before it premiered in 1971, but quickly rebounded to become one of British television's most beloved drama series. A revised version of the show will debut Apr. 10 on PBS.
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Cultures, Shocks: A doctor (Mikael Persbrandt) struggles to balance work in a developing-world refugee camp with family strife at home in Denmark, while his estranged wife (Trine Dyrholm) urges him to look after their oft-bullied son.
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Domestic Goddess: Suzanne (Catherine Deneuve, right, with Judith Godreche) is content to bear both her husband's neglect and her daughter's pity — until a crisis offers the opportunity to prove her mettle.
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Trash or Treasure: In this Oscar-nominated documentary, Vic Muniz encourages Brazilian catadores, who sort recyclable materials in a massive landfill outside of Rio de Janeiro, to recreate famous artworks.
Lizard Of Ahs: After arriving in Dirt, a chameleon (Johnny Depp) re-creates himself as Rango, the sheriff of the crime-ridden desert town. Following classic Western tropes, he faces resident bullies who tests his character and bravery.