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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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'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.

A Closeted Teen Struggles To Maintain His Double Life In 'Beach Rats'

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 16:33:00 -0400

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews Beach Rats, which follows a teenager in Brooklyn who is having a lousy summer. The film won the best directing prize at Sundance earlier this year.

Friends Coogan And Brydon Take Their Dueling Impressions On A 'Trip To Spain'

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 06:00:00 -0400

In this third film based on their food-tasting show, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon worry (in the voice of John Hurt) that they'll soon feel as ancient as the dinosaur tracks they find on their travels.

Loss Piles Up Deep As Wyoming Snow Drifts In 'Wind River'

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0400

The police procedural/Western centers on the death of a Native American teenage girl. Critic Bob Mondello says the film paints a searing portrait of life on society's margins.

'An Inconvenient Sequel' Is An Effective, Cautiously Optimistic, 'I Told You So'

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 18:25:00 -0400

In 2006, Al Gore issued a forceful warning about the threat of climate change in An Inconvenient Truth. He's followed it up with a sequel that shows how far we've come — but with plenty of caveats.

In 'Dunkirk,' Christopher Nolan Brings New Life To True World War II Story

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:25:00 -0400

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews director Christopher Nolan's new World War II film, Dunkirk, which opens this weekend.

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.