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.

The Ups And Downs Of The Toronto International Film Festival

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Feng Wanyu (Gong Li) has an intense desire to see her husband again, but an utter inability to recognize him when she does. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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'Coming Home' To Heartache And Hope

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As Blockbuster Season Ends, Hollywood Offers Action-Packed Fall

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A first movie, like Disney's Sleeping Beauty, can have a big impact on little kids. It might even turn them into movie reviewers one day. Courtesy of The Kobal Collection hide caption

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Discovering Movies, And How Visions Are Seldom All They Seem

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Omar Sharif's Doctor Zhivago didn't need any help chilling out. The Kobal Collection hide caption

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Movies To Make You Forget The Heat: A Summer Watchlist

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The Play's The Thing — High School Productions Down The Decades

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Chiharu Shiota takes over an entire townhouse for her 2013 work Trace of Memory. It's one of the many unusual installations at The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh. Courtesy of The Mattress Factory hide caption

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Find Unforgettable Art In A Most Unlikely Place: A Pittsburgh Mattress Factory

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Irrational Man is a Hitchcock-style mystery wrapped in a Woody Allen romance. Sabrina Lantos /Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics hide caption

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Sleuthing With Offbeat Variations In 'Irrational Man' And 'Mr. Holmes'

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Sean Baker's Tangerine offers up a gallery of the vivid, profane, utterly riotous characters who inhabit the fringes of LA's sex industry. Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures hide caption

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Be Your Own Self: The Lessons Of 'Do I Sound Gay?' And 'Tangerine'

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'Magic Mike XXL' And 'Terminator Genisys' Bring The Testosterone

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Director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy clearly intends the boarding school for the deaf as a stand-in for all the things that have gone wrong with Ukrainian society. Courtesy of Drafthouse Films hide caption

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'The Tribe' Says A Lot About Violence, Sex And Love — Without A Single Word

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Greg (Thomas Mann) is jokey, mostly as a substitute for actual social interaction. Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures hide caption

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Laughs Leaven Tears In 'Me And Earl And The Dying Girl'

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Actor David Gulpilil gives a genuinely wrenching performance in Charlie's Country Courtesy of Monument Releasing hide caption

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'Charlie's Country': A Worn Landscape That's Both Sad And Majestic

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More than half of the top 10 box-office hits this year have centered on female characters, says NPR film critic Bob Mondello. But only a few — like Pitch Perfect 2 — were written or directed by women. Richard Cartwright/Universal Pictures hide caption

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This Year, Women (And Girls) Rule The Big Screen

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