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.
Joan Rivers in A Piece of Work
Seth Keal/IFC Films
Love On The Run: Natasha (Barbara Mori) and J. (Hrithik Roshan) spend much of Kites on the run from her gangster fiance — and fall for each other in the process.
Reliance BIG Entertainment
No Good Deed: Thinking he is performing a mitzvah, or good deed, aspiring rabbi Sam Gold (Jesse Eisenberg) takes a gig smuggling "medicine" into the U.S. from Amsterdam.
First Independent Pictures
Part-Time Parenting: Frey and Sage Ranaldo play two New York kids who only get to see their divorced dad, Lenny (Ronald Bronstein), for a couple of weeks out of the year. Lenny's mission during that time? Make every minute count.
Live Strong: That whatchamacallit in Iron Man's chest? It's causing him heartaches -- and that's just one of the ways in which Hollywood is inviting aging boomer audiences to identify with the characters in its biggest franchises.
Industrial Light & Magic
rong>Peek<em>-A-Boo: <em>Behind the Burly Q tells the stories of burlesque dancers like Betty Rowland, who says she joined the trade to help support her family. At one point her act was so popular that she received 20 letters a day from fans.
First Run Features
Dark Matters: A retired investigator (Ricardo Darin, right) decides to revisit a murder case that stumped him years ago — sparking flashbacks that recount both the shortcomings of the police (including Javier Godino) and the hero's unrequited love for a former colleague (Soledad Villamil).
Sony Pictures Classics
The Gods Must Be Crazy: Liam Neeson is Zeus — an intriguingly Irish-accented deity, given his place in the Greek pantheon — in the new 3-D remake of Clash of the Titans.
Warner Bros. Pictures
Does This Thing Go Any Higher? Viking kid Hiccup's (Jay Baruchel) world gets turned upside down when he accidentally befriends a fire-breathing dragon — one of the many his fellow villagers are trying to kill off.
An Odd Couple: Noomi Rapace plays Lisbeth Salander, a professional hacker and researcher who teams up with sullied investigative reporter Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) to solve the 40-year-old murder of a 16-year-old girl.
Yellow Bird Productions