Bob Mondello appears in the following:
Saturday, December 07, 2013
NPR's Bob Mondello looks at two documentaries — Six by Sondheim and Tim's Vermeer — that delve deep into the creation of art, whether it's a sprawl of Broadway songs or a 17th-century oil painting.
Monday, December 02, 2013
Hollywood will be putting out 50-odd offerings, from spectacles to specialty films, between now and New Year's Eve. NPR's Bob Mondello picks three pics about the artistic process to highlight here.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Featuring the voices of Broadway veterans Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, Disney's latest cartoon fairy tale — loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen — follows a ragtag team on a quest to thaw an endless winter.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
NPR's Bob Mondello reviews The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Philomena -- radically different films whose heroines have surprisingly similar qualities.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
A new biography from Sam Wasson examines the life and legacy of the Broadway, TV and film director Bob Fosse, who is known for such game-changing entertainments as Cabaret, Liza With A Z and Chicago. NPR's Bob Mondello says the book has both substantial research and vivid descriptions.
Saturday, November 02, 2013
About Time, written and directed by Richard Curtis (Love Actually), follows a young man looking for love — with a little help from time-travel. NPR's Bob Mondello says that in this instance, time travel and romantic comedy don't necessarily blend well together.
Friday, November 01, 2013
Dallas Buyers Club tells the true story of Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey), a Texas man whose '80s AIDS diagnosis drives him to fight for access to the drugs he believes can save him. Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto also star. (Recommended)
Monday, September 09, 2013
Outkast's Andre 3000 stars as the 1960s superstar in All Is By My Side, which debuted at the Toronto Film Festival over the weekend.
Monday, September 02, 2013
With help from Men of Steel, Iron and some Despicable minions, Hollywood drew crowds to theaters this summer. So how to keep that hot streak going in cooler weather? With Enders Game, a sequel to Hunger Games, and and Her, a story about a lonely guy who falls in love with the world's first artificially intelligent operating system. Critic Bob Mondello gives his fall movie preview.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
At a California facility, troubled teens are counseled by young adults who haven't entirely overcome their own adolescent traumas. Writer-director Destin Cretton drew on his experiences working with residents ordered to stay just a year. Brie Larson and John Gallagher Jr. star in Short Term 12.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Bob Mondello reviews the new British comedy The World's End, about a nostalgic pub crawl that turns unexpectedly lethal.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
In the latest installment of our library series, NPR's Bob Mondello visits some notable libraries in popular culture: Jorge Luis Borges' Library of Babel; Lucien's Library in Neil Gaiman's The Sandman; and the stacks in Buffy, Hogwarts, Doctor Who and Fahrenheit 451.
Friday, July 26, 2013
NPR's Bob Mondello reviews a documentary that raised hackles and inspired hosannahs when it played at the Telluride Film Festival. The Act of Killing includes images of an Indonesian genocide — re-enacted by the perpetrators — that add up to a singularly arresting act of cinema. (Recommended)
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Arguably the greatest thrill comedy of the silent era, Harold Lloyd's classic Safety Last gets a pristine new release courtesy of the Criterion Collection.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Movie star Ava Gardner agreed to write her memoirs with British journalist Peter Evans in 1988. Now, after the deaths of both Gardner and Evans, the results of their abortive collaboration are being published. Reviewer Bob Mondello says the book is dead on arrival.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
The 1930s film star dropped out of sight for decades, only to return as the toast of 1970s Broadway.
Monday, July 15, 2013
Argentina is the site of the global kickoff of what Coke is describing as a "natural" and "green" lower-calorie cola. Coca-Cola Life contains stevia instead of sugar, and comes in a bottle that's made partially from plants.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Mads Mikkelsen (TV's Hannibal) anchors The Hunt, a powerful Danish social drama about a teacher whose life is derailed when a 5-year-old's emotional upset sets a citywide witch hunt in motion. (Recommended)
Friday, July 12, 2013
An indie drama chronicles the real-life story of 22-year-old Oscar Grant, shot by San Francisco transit police in a New Year's Eve incident that shocked the nation. The film doesn't offer any shatteringly new observations on the case itself — though the story is plenty shattering enough on its own. (Recommended)
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Johnny Depp and his Pirates of the Caribbean director, Gore Verbinski, have already made one Western: The animated film Rango. So with The Lone Ranger, they were looking to do something a little different. Critic Bob Mondello says you can say that again.