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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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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.

'Rogue One': The Force Will Be With Those Who Love Battle Scenes

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 17:27:00 -0500

Rogue One is a movie that's part of the Star Wars firmament. But it's not a Star Wars movie — it's a Star Wars story. NPR movie critic Bob Mondello explains why.

'Land Of Mine': Explosively Understated

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:00:00 -0500

Denmark's Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language film is Land of Mine, a movie about German boys disarming landmines left behind after World War II.

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.