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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, 02 Dec 2016 16:12:00 -0500

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Women Face The Unpredictable In 'Jackie,' 'Things To Come'

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:12:00 -0500

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello has a double-feature review of two films about women who find themselves in drastically altered circumstances in midlife: Things To Come, starring Isabelle Huppert, and Jackie, starring Natalie Portman.

In 'Lion,' A Man Uses Google Earth To Search For His Family

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 16:32:57 -0500

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews Lion, a dramatic true story starring Dev Patel as a man who uses Google Earth to search for his family.

Holiday Movie Preview: Lightsabers, Musicals And Jackie

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 16:29:25 -0500

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello has a preview of the would-be awards contenders and blockbusters Hollywood will be opening as the rest of us open presents.

'Fantastic Beasts' And 'The Red Turtle' Bring Magic To The Screen

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:26:00 -0500

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews a critter double-feature: J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beats and Where To Find Them and the Studio Ghibli's The Red Turtle.

In 'Hacksaw Ridge,' A War Hero Changes Attitudes About Conscientious Objectors

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 16:17:46 -0500

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews Hacksaw Ridge, a film about a World War II hero who changed American attitudes about conscientious objectors.

We've Seen This Election Before, In Classic Movies

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:00:00 -0400

It's life imitating art — election edition. A look at movies that have covered ground that's been well trod this campaign season, like A Face in the Crowd and The Lion in Winter and Ace in the Hole.

'Moonlight': A Cinematic Poem Of Love, Loneliness And Coming Out

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:19:00 -0400

The most rewarding coming-of-age film in many a moon, lyrically luminous Moonlight is the story of a gay African-American youngster in Miami who experiences trouble, trauma and unexpected grace.

A 'Television First' Becomes A Compelling Character Study In 'Christine'

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 16:37:00 -0400

Christine is a biopic about a TV reporter who committed suicide in a live shot.

Polish Filmmaker Andrzej Wajda Dies At 90

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 18:22:57 -0400

Polish auteur, Andrzej Wajda, has died. He was a great of Polish cinema who earned an Oscar for his life's work, as well as a Palme d'Or, for a film about Solidarity that was made while the Communists were in power.

Filmmaker Andrzej Wajda Dies At 90, Celebrated Resistance To Authoritarianism

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 17:58:00 -0400

Well-known films by the director include A Generation, Man of Marble and Man of Iron, which in which characters fight Nazis and communists. His final film will compete for a foreign-language Oscar.

A Man And An Amendment Are Re-Examined In 'The Birth Of A Nation' And '13th'

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 16:32:00 -0400

Nate Parker's rebellion film The Birth of A Nation and Ava DuVernay's documentary 13th tackle America's racial history, but intersect in complicated ways.

'Deepwater Horizon' Honors The Sacrifice Without Sacrificing The Action

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:51:00 -0400

Deepwater Horizon is the tense and terse story of the Gulf oil rig explosion that became the biggest man-made ecological disaster in history.

This Freshly Diverse 'Seven' Ups The Firepower

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:36:00 -0400

The Magnificent Seven is a remake of a movie that's already a remake that's updated in both casting and body count.

Toronto Film Festival Unveils Likely Awards Contenders

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:31:00 -0400

The Toronto International Film Festival is underway. Many likely Academy Awards contenders were unveiled at this year's festival.

Hollywood Offers New Batch Of Likely Awards Contenders For Fall

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 16:29:45 -0400

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello has a selective preview of likely blockbusters and awards contenders that Hollywood has in store for the fall.