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.

Heaven Knows What stars Arielle Holmes and is based on her experience as a homeless heroin addict in New York City. Courtesy of Radius-TWC hide caption

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'Heaven Knows What' Adds New Wrinkles To The Street Junkie Narrative

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Hollywood Promises Summer Of Blockbusters, And Could Deliver

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Just Like Its Theme Park Namesake, 'Tomorrowland' Celebrates Optimism

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Julie Andrews starred as flower girl Eliza Doolittle in the Broadway premiere of My Fair Lady. AP hide caption

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'My Fair Lady' Couldn't Actually Dance All Night, So These Songs Had To Go

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'Mad Max' Reboot Is A 'Gorgeous, Scrap-Metal Demolition Derby'

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The romance between Victor (Rafael Spregelburd) and Sophia (Dolores Fonzi) is a checklist of cliches that the titular character would hate. Courtesy of Music Box Films hide caption

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A Film Critic Gets Meta (As Does Ours) In 'The Film Critic (El Crítico)'

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Far From the Madding Crowd features feisty heroines, sturdy heroes, and three — yes, three --€” men vying for the heroine's affection. Alex Bailey/Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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'Far From The Madding Crowd': Counterprogramming Writ Victorian

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Ivo (Lembit Ulfsak) is a pacifist. But NPR film critic Bob Mondello says Tangerines is an "object lesson in the resilience of ancient animosities." Courtesy of Samuel Goldwyn Films hide caption

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A Tart Take On Bitter Realities In 'Tangerines'

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About Elly is "perched right on the fault line between modern thinking and Islamic tradition," says NPR film critic Bob Mondello. Courtesy of Dreamlab Films hide caption

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Ties That Bind Meet Lies That Blind In 'About Elly'

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"I could hear the gold whispering in the souls of these men," says Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado of a gold mine in Serra Pelada. Sebastiao Salgado/Amazonas Images/Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Photography, Misery And Beauty In 'The Salt Of The Earth'

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It Follows "inverts the abstinence metaphor behind most teen horror flicks," says NPR film critic Bob Mondello. Courtesy of Radius-TWC hide caption

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What's Familiar Becomes Unnerving In 'It Follows'

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'Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Stays True To Its Name

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Eastern Boys begins as a home invasion story but evolves to something more complex, says NPR film critic Bob Mondello. Courtesy of First Run Features hide caption

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Tense 'Eastern Boys': Cruising, and Bruising

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