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Bob Mondello

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IMDb Adopts F-Rating Of Women's Contributions To Movies

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The online database has embraced the rating intended to highlight directing, writing and other aspects of filmmaking by women. This expands the rating's reach to the site's more than 4 million titles.


Live-Action 'Beauty And The Beast ' Revisits A Tale As Old As Time

Thursday, March 16, 2017

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews Disney's live-action version of Beauty and The Beast. Is it still a tale as old as time, a song as old as rhyme?


Movie Twins? Weirdly Similar Films That Came Out Within Months Of Each Other

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Hollywood isn't a big town; everyone knows what everyone else is doing. Still, rival studios often face off, refusing to blink, in movie showdowns that didn't need to happen.


Hollywood's Favorite Giant Ape Returns In 'Kong: Skull Island'

Thursday, March 09, 2017

In Kong: Skull Island, Hollywood's favorite giant ape returns to theaters, this time befriending Brie Larson and annoying John Goodman.


How Do Americans Feel About The Courts? Let Hollywood Be The Judge

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

With all the recent talk about politics and the judiciary, NPR's Bob Mondello has been thinking about how judges are depicted on screen. He takes us on a tour from Duck Soup to Judgment at Nuremberg.


In 'Logan,' Hugh Jackman's Wolverine Shines His Badge One Last Time

Friday, March 03, 2017

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews the latest and darkest Marvel movie, Logan, which follows an aging X-Men Wolverine and Charles Xavier.


'Get Out' Offers Sharp Satire Along With The Scares

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Get Out is an impressively accomplished directorial debut says NPR film critic Bob Mondello.


'John Wick, Chapter 2': A 'Violent Ballet' Of Action

Friday, February 10, 2017

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews John Wick: Chapter 2, an action — repeat "action" — thriller starring Keanu Reeves.


'Wheeler' Follows Life And Career Of Little-Known Country Music Singer

Friday, February 03, 2017

The new documentary-style film, Wheeler, explores the life of a country music singer you may not have heard of — for a reason.


Attention Must Be Paid To What 'The Salesman' Is Selling

Monday, January 30, 2017

A review of The Salesman, an Iranian film about a couple whose home life becomes unsettled while they're starring together in a production of Death of a Salesman.


'La La Land' Scoops Up 14 Academy Awards Nominations

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Academy Awards nominations were announced Tuesday with the musical, La La Land, receiving 14 nominations, tying a record.


How A 1981 Sondheim Flop Turned Out To Be The 'Best Worst Thing'

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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

Thursday, December 29, 2016

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

Monday, December 26, 2016

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

Friday, December 23, 2016

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

Thursday, December 15, 2016

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

Friday, December 09, 2016

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'

Friday, December 02, 2016

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

Friday, November 25, 2016

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

Thursday, November 24, 2016

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.