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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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Step Inside A Movie Projection Booth To See What's Changed Since Film

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 16:28:00 -0400

Before digital projectors in movie theaters, projectionists had to quickly move from one film reel to the next. NPR takes a look at what's changed since the days of film as part of our series, "Backstage Pass."

'Lady Macbeth' Turns Sound And Fury Into Victorian Noir

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 18:23:00 -0400

It's not Shakespearean but the no-nonsense leading lady of the new movie Lady Macbeth lives up to her name.

Grief Hangs Around At Home In 'A Ghost Story'

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 16:31:00 -0400

A new film starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara is provocative — if you've got the patience.

In 'Spider-Man: Homecoming,' Tom Holland's Peter Parker Finally Comes Home

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 16:31:00 -0400

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews Spider-Man: Homecoming, starring Tom Holland as the youngest actor to play the screen's youngest superhero.

'Maudie' Paints Intimate Portrait Of Canadian Painter Maud Lewis

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:35:00 -0400

The new film Maudie is an intimate drama about self-taught Canadian painter Maud Lewis. The film also takes a deep dive into her paintings and legacy.

'Maudie' Made Such Joyful Art, You'd Never Guess How Tough She Had It

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:31:00 -0400

The film tells the true story of Maud Lewis, a woman from a small town in Nova Scotia, who, with no formal training, became one of Canada's most celebrated folk artists.

50 Years After 'Loving,' Hollywood Still Struggles With Interracial Romance

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:00:00 -0400

Hollywood's long history of not putting interracial romance on-screen goes all the way back to the Hays Code, which prohibited the depiction of "sex relationships between the white and black races."

'Beatriz at Dinner' And 'Megan Leavey' Celebrate Women Warriors

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:38:00 -0400

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews two movies centered on women warriors — Beatriz at Dinner starring Salma Hayek, and Megan Leavey starring Kate Mara.

'When Time Was New': 'Wonder Woman' Brings Sunlight To The DC Universe

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 16:55:00 -0400

Wonder Woman is the first superhero film to be headed by a woman both in front of and behind the camera. Star Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins worked together to make Diana Prince relatable.

Summer Movie Preview: 'Wonder Woman,' 'Rough Night,' 'Transformers'

Mon, 29 May 2017 16:33:00 -0400

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello has a selective preview of the would-be blockbusters and awards-contenders Hollywood is sending our way before Labor Day.

Beaches, Bathing Suits, And Finally On The Big Screen, 'Baywatch'

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:53:00 -0400

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews a movie that could only come out in the summer — Baywatch, starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron.

The Saint Before The Spy: Actor Roger Moore Dies At 89

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Though most came to know him in the James Bond films, Roger Moore first displayed his brand of undercover suave in the TV series, The Saint. Moore died Tuesday at the age of 89.

Danish Filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg Gets Deeply Personal In 'The Commune'

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:36:05 -0400

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews The Commune, a Danish drama about a living arrangement that doesn't turn out the way its organizers expected.

An Iraqi Sniper Traps Two U.S. Soldiers In 'The Wall'

Fri, 12 May 2017 16:30:00 -0400

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews The Wall, a film about two American snipers pinned down by an Iraqi sniper, behind a rapidly crumbling wall.

Grooving To That 70s Beat, 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Return In Volume 2

Fri, 05 May 2017 16:31:31 -0400

It was a surprise last time, but now comes volume two of the Marvel superhero team, Guardians of the Galaxy.