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.
A Gallic Bonnie And Clyde: The vicious gangster Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassell) flees to Quebec with his mistress (Cecile de France) in the riveting Mesrine: Killer Instinct.
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A Martyr For The Cause: On an Army form, Tillman had specifically declined the option of a military funeral, aware that his celebrity might make it easy for the Army to turn his death into a propaganda tool.
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Donna Corleone: Jacki Weaver (right, with Sullivan Stapleton) plays the matriarch of a Melbourne-based crime family in a performance that critic Bob Mondello hails as hard to top for its sheer cold-bloodedness.
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Getting To Know You: In real life, we usually don't learn about the people who live through (and die in) natural disasters until after the disaster has unfolded. In movies like 2012, that chronology runs in reverse: Filmmakers introduce their characters (divorced dad John Cusack and daughter Morgan Lily, above), then put them through airborne escapes (below) and many other kinds of CGI hell.
Burn Notice: Noomi Rapace returns as Lisbeth Salander, a gifted hacker on the run from the law. Rapace won numerous awards for her portrayal of Salander in the first installment of the trilogy, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
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Want Your Bad Romance: Tortured lovers Bella (Kristen Stewart), still human for the moment, and Edward (Robert Pattinson), still a vampire, are at it again in the latest installment of the Twilight mega-franchise.
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The Odd Couple: Filmmaker Oliver Stone (left) caused quite a stir at the Venice Film Festival when he invited Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez — and an attendant posse of security guards — to the premiere of his documentary South Of The Border.
Mommy In The Middle: Sparks fly between Molly (Marisa Tomei) and John (John C. Reilly, right) in Cyrus. But before John can win Molly's heart, he'll have to win over her jealous son (Jonah Hill).
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