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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From Sequels To Reboots, Familiar Faces Return To The Multiplex This Summer

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Weiner is an inside look at the ups and downs of a fiery political figure. Courtesy of Sundance Selects hide caption

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'Weiner' Is An Intriguingly Nuanced Look At An Easy Punch Line

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Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz in The Lobster, which plays around with the idea of compatibility. Despina Spyrou/Courtesy of A24 hide caption

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'The Lobster': A Rom-Com With Satirical Claws

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Jesus (Héctor Medina) as the title character, Viva. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures hide caption

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'Viva': Seeking A Spot In Havana's Spotlight

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Marnie (Susan Sarandon) and Lori (Rose Byrne) sharing a mother-daughter Valentine's Day dinner. Jaimie Trueblood/Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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'The Meddler' Pokes Fun Without Mocking The Mom

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AMC Backtracks On Experiment To Allow Texting In Theaters After Outcry

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Feats Of Technical Magic Bring Disney's New 'Jungle Book' To Life

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Should texting be allowed at some movie screenings? Brand New Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Clash Of The Screens: Should Movie Theaters Allow Texting? AMC Says Maybe

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Jake Gyllenhaal demolishes his life in Demolition, first emotionally, and then with power tools. Courtesy of Fox Searchlight hide caption

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Grief Goes Explosive In 'Demolition' And 'Louder Than Bombs'

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Both mentor and student have lives that are a mess in The Dark Horse. Jen Raoult/Courtesy of Broad Green Pictures hide caption

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Upending Troubled-Teen Conventions In 'Standing Tall' And 'The Dark Horse'

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Remembering Patty Duke, Hollywood's 'Miracle Worker'

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Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman is the secret weapon for late in the film. She'll doubtless get to do more next time. Clay Enos/Courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures hide caption

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Fun And Entertainment Are Collateral Damage In 'Batman V Superman'

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Arquímedes Puccio (Guillermo Francella) is brutal and dictatorial as the kidnapping family patriarch. Courtesy of Fox International hide caption

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Kidnapping As A Family Business In The True Life Thriller 'The Clan'

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