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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.

Last Build Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:34:00 -0400

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City Planning As A Contact Sport In 'Citizen Jane: Battle For The City'

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:34:00 -0400

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City is a documentary about Jane Jacobs, whose 1961 book The Death and Life of Great American Cities changed urban planning.

Movie Review: Richard Gere Plays A Scheming New York Fixer In 'Norman'

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:45:00 -0400

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews a new Richard Gere film for which the title seems to say it all. It's called Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer.

A Body-Switching Teen Romance Anime Disaster Flick With 'Your Name.' On It

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 15:03:36 -0400

Your Name. was the most popular film in the world for the first two months of 2017. Now, the deeply resonant body-switching anime comes to the U.S.

Two Ways Of Documenting Uncertainty: 'All This Panic' And 'God Knows Where I Am'

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:16:00 -0400

Two documentaries out now flex a bit of moviemaking technique: All This Panic, about young women exploring what life has to offer, and God Knows Where I Am, about a woman who's sure she's seen it all.

IMDb Adopts F-Rating Of Women's Contributions To Movies

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:00:00 -0400

The online database has embraced the rating intended to highlight directing, writing and other aspects of filmmaking by women. This expands the rating's reach to the site's more than 4 million titles.

Live-Action 'Beauty And The Beast ' Revisits A Tale As Old As Time

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:28:00 -0400

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews Disney's live-action version of Beauty and The Beast. Is it still a tale as old as time, a song as old as rhyme?

Movie Twins? Weirdly Similar Films That Came Out Within Months Of Each Other

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:05:00 -0400

Hollywood isn't a big town; everyone knows what everyone else is doing. Still, rival studios often face off, refusing to blink, in movie showdowns that didn't need to happen.

Hollywood's Favorite Giant Ape Returns In 'Kong: Skull Island'

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 16:34:52 -0500

In Kong: Skull Island, Hollywood's favorite giant ape returns to theaters, this time befriending Brie Larson and annoying John Goodman.

How Do Americans Feel About The Courts? Let Hollywood Be The Judge

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 16:44:00 -0500

With all the recent talk about politics and the judiciary, NPR's Bob Mondello has been thinking about how judges are depicted on screen. He takes us on a tour from Duck Soup to Judgment at Nuremberg.

In 'Logan,' Hugh Jackman's Wolverine Shines His Badge One Last Time

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 16:30:00 -0500

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews the latest and darkest Marvel movie, Logan, which follows an aging X-Men Wolverine and Charles Xavier.

'Get Out' Offers Sharp Satire Along With The Scares

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:26:00 -0500

Get Out is an impressively accomplished directorial debut says NPR film critic Bob Mondello.

'John Wick, Chapter 2': A 'Violent Ballet' Of Action

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 16:23:00 -0500

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews John Wick: Chapter 2, an action — repeat "action" — thriller starring Keanu Reeves.

'Wheeler' Follows Life And Career Of Little-Known Country Music Singer

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 17:25:00 -0500

The new documentary-style film, Wheeler, explores the life of a country music singer you may not have heard of — for a reason.

Attention Must Be Paid To What 'The Salesman' Is Selling

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 16:37:00 -0500

A review of The Salesman, an Iranian film about a couple whose home life becomes unsettled while they're starring together in a production of Death of a Salesman.

'La La Land' Scoops Up 14 Academy Awards Nominations

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:27:00 -0500

Academy Awards nominations were announced Tuesday with the musical, La La Land, receiving 14 nominations, tying a record.