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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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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.

How A 1981 Sondheim Flop Turned Out To Be The 'Best Worst Thing'

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:08:00 -0500

Most musicals that close after 16 performances barely prompt memories, let alone documentaries. But Merrily We Roll Along rolled along so bizarrely, it became the stuff of Broadway legend.

Studios And Audiences Had Lots To Celebrate In 2016

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 16:08:00 -0500

This is the time of year when critics release their best-of lists. Usually, they pick the 10 best — but our film critic Bob Mondello couldn't narrow it down that much. He picked 18 of his favorites.

'Fences' And 'Hidden Figures' Explore Race, And More, In Midcentury America

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 16:25:57 -0500

Hidden Figures is a true story about the African-American women of America's space program, and Fences is based on a play by August Wilson.

'Daniel Blake' Skewers The Red Tape That Keeps The Downtrodden Down

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 16:49:00 -0500

British director Ken Loach is both an award-winning filmmaker and a social activist. His latest film combines those passions.