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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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After The Fall: A Cowboy Picks Up The Pieces Of His Former Life In 'The Rider'

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 16:27:00 -0400

Filmmaker Chloe Zhao (Songs My Brother Taught Me) tells the sensitive and searching tale of a young cowboy (Brady Jandreau) confronting his uncertain future.

What Made '2001, A Space Odyssey' Such An Influential Film

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 16:34:00 -0400

This week marks the 50th Anniversary of Stanley Kubrick's 2001, A Space Odyssey. As NPR critic Bob Mondello looks back he says the film made screen sci-fi respectable.

A Fragile Relationship Tested By Freedom In 'Outside In'

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 17:00:00 -0400

Writer/director Lynn Shelton's latest film is about a man (Jay Duplass) freed from wrongful imprisonment thanks to the work of a woman (Edie Falco). The movie asks: What now?

'Ready Player One' Is Full Of '80s Nostalgia And 'Easter Eggs'

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 16:25:00 -0400

NPR critic Bob Mondello says Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One is a match made in heaven. In it, '80s on screen nostalgia meets a novel about video-game nostalgia for the 1980s.

Political Subtext In Wes Anderson's 'Isle Of Dogs' Is More Bark Than Bite

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:21:00 -0400

Wes Anderson returns to stop action animation — a technique that won him an Oscar nomination for Fantastic Mr. Fox-- in his latest film, Isle of Dogs.

'A Wrinkle In Time' Will Delight Target Audience That Doesn't Have Too Many Wrinkles

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 16:22:00 -0500

NPR's movie critic Bob Mondello discusses the star-studded film adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time, the sci-fi fantasy novel about light and darkness, time and tesseracts.

What To Expect From The 90th Academy Awards

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 16:19:00 -0500

Pop Culture blogger Linda Holmes and film critic Bob Mondello talk about what to expect during Sunday's Oscar Telecast and why there's not a clear winner for Best Picture by now.

In 'Foxtrot,' Grief And Fate Come Together In A Brutal, Beautiful Dance

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

An Israeli soldier is killed, and his parents attempts to uncover what happened, in filmmaker Samuel Maoz's searing study in loss — and its aftermath.

Drawing Connections Between 'Young Karl Marx' And 'The Cured'

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:24:00 -0500

What do a costume drama and a zombie flick have in common? Critic Bob Mondello sees a connection in empathy between The Young Karl Marx and The Cured.

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.