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.

Will Smith plays Deadshot and Margot Robbie plays Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad. Clay Enos/Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pcitures hide caption

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From HAL 9000 To Harley Quinn, Screen Villains Sow Chaos Because They Can

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Don't Think Twice is about fame and friendship,” but mostly it's a celebration of improv. (Pictured: Tami Sagher, Gillian Jacobs, Kate Micucci, Mike Birbiglia, Chris Gethard and Keegan-Michael Key) Jon Pack/Courtesy of The Film Arcade hide caption

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'Don't Think Twice' Scripts Improv With Ease

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Actors Diana Sands, Ruby Dee, Claudia McNeil and Sidney Poitier appear in the 1961 film adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. John D. Kisch/Separate Cinema Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Hollywood And The Middle Class: Selling Dreams Of 'Somewhere That's Green'

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In 1964's The Best Man, presidential candidate and principled intellectual William Russell (Henry Fonda) competes with a TV-savvy opportunist at his (unspecified) party's convention. United Artists/The Kobal Collection hide caption

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What Do Contested Conventions Look Like? Ask Hollywood And Sinclair Lewis

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What's Worth Watching In Movie Theaters This Summer?

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Olivia de Havilland — the last surviving cast member from Gone with the Wind — turns 100 on July 1. Thibault Camus/AP hide caption

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100 Years Of Olivia De Havilland Handling Sexism, Her Sister, And Scarlett O'Hara

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Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) gets a look into Giant Country thanks to a Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance). Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures hide caption

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Spielberg's 'The BFG' Parallels Another Friendly Outcast

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'Swiss Army Man' Leaps From Realism To Fantasy

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Genius does its best to make the editing process between Max Perkins (Colin Firth) and Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law) kinetic. Marc Brenner/Courtesy of Roadside Attractions hide caption

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'Genius' Is, As The Saying Has It, 10% Inspiration, 90% Perspiration

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Alfredo Castro (left) and Luis Silva star in From Afar, a thriller from Caracas that blends social and sexual politics. Courtesy of Strand Releasing hide caption

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'From Afar' Draws You In By Holding You At Arm's Length

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The artist Robert Cenedella, who is now 76 now, in his studio in the early in his career. Robert Cenedella/Courtesy of Cavu Pictures hide caption

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'Art Bastard': A Rebel With A Canvas

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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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