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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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A Missing Child, A Dying Marriage And A 'Loveless' Society

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:21:00 -0500

Russia's contender for a best foreign language film Oscar is a bleak and searing indictment of Russian society, told through the eyes of a rancorous married couple.

Ticket Sales For Marvel's 'Black Panther' Are Superhero-Sized

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:14:00 -0500

Advance ticket sales for super-hero movies are always super-sized, but even accounting for that, Marvel's Black Panther is breaking records. Civic groups have been buying out whole screenings so that African-American children can experience the film together.

New Oral History Captures The Magic Of 'Angels In America'

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:09:00 -0500

Authors Isaac Butler and Dan Kois celebrate Angels in a new book, The World Only Spins Forward, that collects the memories of everyone from playwright Tony Kushner to former Rep. Barney Frank.

'A Fantastic Woman' Is As Strong And Complicated As Its Star

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 17:00:00 -0500

Daniela Vega stars as a trans woman who deals with the resentment of her dead lover's family. The film is nominated for best foreign language film at this year's Oscars.

Why Do So Many Rock Stars Die At 27? Argentine Film Explores One (Insane) Theory

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 16:19:00 -0500

In a season when Hollywood mostly releases warmed-over sequels and third-tier horror flicks, 27 is remarkable in one sense: It's original.

Breaking Down The 2018 Oscar Nominations

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:18:00 -0500

The Oscar Nominations have arrived. NPR's Linda Holmes and Bob Mondello discuss the whys and wherefores behind both surprises and snubs from this year's contenders.

'Molly's Game' Is Aces

Sat, 23 Dec 2017 05:00:10 -0500

Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut is a dense, complicated, frenetically paced movie about a woman who runs a high-stakes poker game; critic Bob Mondello is all-in.

'The Post': Pentagon Papers Put The Press Under Pressure

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 17:01:00 -0500

Steven Spielberg's account of the publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 is melodrama, but Bob Mondello says it's urgent — and effective.

NPR's Favorite Movies Of 2017

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 05:00:00 -0500

You may not agree that a given film belongs on this list, or we might have left your favorite off. But movies are meant to inspire discussion and debate; why shouldn't year-end lists do the same?

'The Last Jedi' Is Not More Of The Same In 'Star Wars' Franchise

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:26:00 -0500

A review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the latest in the intergalactic franchise. Fans are especially excited to see what happens to General Leia, played by Carrie Fisher, who died earlier this year.

Biopic About Figure Skater Tonya Harding Reviewed

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:22:34 -0500

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews I, Tonya. The film tells the story of Tonya Harding, whose controversial figure skating career was marked by her rivalry with her chief competitor Nancy Kerrigan.

'The Disaster Artist' Is The Best Movie About A Bad Movie

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 16:45:00 -0500

Tommy Wiseau's The Room has inspired a cult following, a video game and a "making-of" memoir. Now, the memoir has been turned into a movie, directed by and starring James Franco. It's called The Disaster Artist.

Your Guide To Movies Coming Out This Holiday Season

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 16:38:24 -0500

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Hollywood always offers up lots of brightly wrapped presents. Critic Bob Mondello offers a preview of films coming this season including Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and more.

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

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:49:00 -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?