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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.

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In 'Coco,' Pixar Finds Joyous Life — In Death

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:49:33 -0500

A young Mexican boy who longs for music finds himself in the afterlife. Critic Bob Mondello says Coco will inspire joyous tears — and plenty of long-distance calls to grandmothers.

'Justice League' Filmmakers Made A Heroic Effort

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:51:00 -0500

Justice League is the latest chapter of the DC cinematic universe. But will our caped crusaders actually make a good movie after a tragedy required a change in directors?

With Seriously Salty Language, 'Three Billboards' Offers Sense Of Small Town Community

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 16:49:00 -0500

The movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri had what was arguably the strangest title at September's Toronto International Film Festival. But that title didn't keep it from winning the festival's Audience Choice award, or from getting terrific reviews.

Actor Greta Gerwig Stays Behind The Camera In Her Solo-Directing Debut 'Lady Bird'

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 16:49:00 -0500

Greta Gerwig makes her solo-directing debut with an autobiographical movie called Lady Bird, a comedy that follows a teenager in her senior year of high school. The story is loosely based on Gerwig's life.

'Thor: Ragnarok' Pokes Fun At Itself While Being The Best Thor Film Yet

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 16:07:00 -0400

Marvel's hammer-throwing superhero is back in Thor: Ragnarok. NPR's Bob Mondello says there are whole worlds at stake in the latest film, and Thor gets some help from the Hulk and his sibling-rival, Loki.

'BPM,' A Pulse-Quickening, Personalized Drama About Aids Activists

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 18:29:34 -0400

A review of Beats Per Minute, a film drama set in Paris during the early years of AIDS activism.

Hollywood's Biopic Fever: 5 Fact-Based Films Released This Week

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:28:00 -0400

It's a big week for movie biographies. Opening today: Fact-based films about a Supreme Court justice, two semi-famous authors, an infamous artist and a man who refused to let polio defeat him.

'Florida Project' Turns A Decrepit Corner Of Orlando Into A Cinematic Playground

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 10:00:00 -0400

Sean Baker's new film follows an adorably unstoppable 6-year-old and her barely more mature single mom living in the shadow of Disney World.

Review: 'Blade Runner 2049' Will Satisfy Fans As It Expands On Original

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 16:59:00 -0400

NPR film critic Bob Mondello says in some respects, Blade Runner 2049, the long-awaited sequel, surpasses the original.

'Loving Vincent' Paints Van Gogh Into A Murder Mystery

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:38:00 -0400

Loving Vincent is a murder mystery animated a unique way — with 65,000 oil paintings in the` style of Vincent Van Gogh.

'Battle Of The Sexes' Poised To Be A Crowd-Pleaser All Over Again

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:41:00 -0400

Battle of the Sexes tells the story of the 1973 tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King. The event drew an enormous audience and NPR's Bob Mondello says the movie could too.

NPR's Movie Preview: 16 New Films To Watch This Fall

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0400

As summer gives way to fall, blockbusters give way to award contenders. Here are some of the best, buzziest and otherwise noteworthy films coming to theaters.

'Call Me By Your Name' Stands Out Among Dozens At Toronto Film Festival

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:35:00 -0400

The Toronto International Film Festival wraps up this week and NPR's critics have seen dozens of movies. They provide a sneak peek at films getting early buzz for Oscars, some hidden gems and others to avoid.

Fall Movie Preview: 'Tried And True' To 'Really Out There'

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 16:29:00 -0400

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello provides a selective preview of what Hollywood has in store for moviegoers this fall.

'Tulip Fever': A Lush Portrait Of A Florid Affair

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 13:00:00 -0400

Based on Deborah Moggach's best-selling 1999 novel, this slightly overstuffed period romance features a clever screenplay by Moggach and playwright Tom Stoppard.