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Seeing Double: Bob Mondello Picks 2015's Best Movies, 2 At A Time

When NPR's movie critic sat down to write this year's best-of list, he kept seeing matched sets: two cinematic head trips, two brutal historical epics and even two riveting mortgage crisis flicks.

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(From left) Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant; Amy Poehler as Joy in Inside Out; Matt Damon in The Martian; Kettly Noël in Timbuktu; and Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road. 20th Century Fox/Pixar/20th Century Fox/Cohen Media Group/Warner Bros. hide caption

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Seeing Double: Bob Mondello Picks 2015's Best Movies, 2 At A Time

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Good Vibrations The Beach Boys
Papa's Got A Brand New Bag Quincy Jones

Ray Spaulding cooks apples in front of a class on cooking healthful desserts at the Portland VA withJessica Mooney, right, a clinical dietitian. About 80 percent of veterans are overweight and obese and another quarter have diabetes, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Conrad Wilson/OPB hide caption

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In Portland, A Boot Camp To Help Veterans Cook Healthier Food

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Home Cookin' Hilton Ruiz
Whipped Cream Herb Alpert
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Gin and Juice Snoop Dogg
Dinah Cab Calloway
As This Moment Slips Away Joshua Redman & The Bad Plus
Sad Chicken Leroy & The Drivers
Sensitive Like Bull Joe Goldmark
Durham's Bull Del McCoury & The Dixie Pals

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Despite Bipartisan Effort, Window To Pass Sentencing Reform May Be Closing

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Change of the Guard Kamasi Washington
Beat Me 'Til I'm Blue Alan Hawkshaw & The Mohawks

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