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Bob Mondello

Bob Mondello appears in the following:

Discovering Movies, And How Visions Are Seldom All They Seem

Friday, August 14, 2015

NPR film critic Bob Mondello remembers the first movie he ever saw in a theater — Sleeping Beauty — and what it meant to him.


Movies To Make You Forget The Heat: A Summer Watchlist

Monday, August 10, 2015

Chances are, it's hot out wherever you are. NPR film critic Bob Mondello talks about movies that will help you chill out on a summer day.


The Play's The Thing — High School Productions Down The Decades

Friday, July 31, 2015

Bob Mondello looks at the most-produced shows at high schools through seven decades and ponders what the choices made by drama teachers tell us.


Find Unforgettable Art In A Most Unlikely Place: A Pittsburgh Mattress Factory

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The unusual installations at The Mattress Factory include a gallery with a hole in the floor, a mirrored room full of mannequins and polka dots and an entire townhouse woven with miles of black yarn.


Sleuthing With Offbeat Variations In 'Irrational Man' And 'Mr. Holmes'

Friday, July 17, 2015

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews two crime movies — Irrational Man and Mr. Holmes — that have different philosophies on logic.


Be Your Own Self: The Lessons Of 'Do I Sound Gay?' And 'Tangerine'

Friday, July 10, 2015

Do I Sound Gay? follows a documentarian as he delves into his voice and the stereotypes associated with it, while Tangerine delivers a cinematic portrait of transgender sex workers in Los Angeles.


On Its 40th Anniversary, Remembering The Terror Of 'Jaws'

Friday, July 03, 2015

This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the movie, Jaws, the original summer blockbuster.


'Magic Mike XXL' And 'Terminator Genisys' Bring The Testosterone

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

NPR's Bob Mondello looks at the Independence Day weekend blockbusters, Magic Mike XXL and Terminator Genisys.


'The Tribe' Says A Lot About Violence, Sex And Love — Without A Single Word

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Movie critic Bob Mondello says The Tribe is about big things — love, violence — and made entirely in sign language without any subtitles, voiceovers, or translations of any sort.


Laughs Leaven Tears In 'Me And Earl And The Dying Girl'

Friday, June 12, 2015

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was a surprise smash at this year's Sundance Film Festival; it's a tale of three teens facing mortality that manages to capture teen angst without wallowing in drama.


'Charlie's Country': A Worn Landscape That's Both Sad And Majestic

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

NPR's Bob Mondello reviews a dramatic film about an aboriginal hunter who yearns for a life in Australia, like the one his parents had.


This Year, Women (And Girls) Rule The Big Screen

Monday, June 08, 2015

NPR film critic Bob Mondello notes that this year's most popular movies are surprisingly womancentric. That's more than at any other time in at least three decades.


In 'Spy,' Melissa McCarthy Receives Top-Billing. Finally.

Friday, June 05, 2015

NPR film critic Bob Mondello says Spy is a generous, smart, sexy comedy, surrounding a generous, smart, sexy star. It was a long time coming, but it was worth the wait.


'Heaven Knows What' Adds New Wrinkles To The Street Junkie Narrative

Friday, May 29, 2015

The film slightly fictionalizes the experience of Arielle Holmes, a young homeless addict whom filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie first encountered in Manhattan's Diamond District.


Hollywood Promises Summer Of Blockbusters, And Could Deliver

Monday, May 25, 2015

NPR's Bob Mondello offers a preview of some of the summer's potential blockbusters, including Jurassic World starring Chris Pratt and several show business documentaries.


Just Like Its Theme Park Namesake, 'Tomorrowland' Celebrates Optimism

Friday, May 22, 2015

NPR's Bob Mondello reviews Tomorrowland starring George Clooney and directed by Brad Bird.


'My Fair Lady' Couldn't Actually Dance All Night, So These Songs Had To Go

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The musical has some of the best-known songs in Broadway history, but it originally had other tunes that almost no one knows. Some of those songs were recently performed for the first time in decades.


'Mad Max' Reboot Is A 'Gorgeous, Scrap-Metal Demolition Derby'

Friday, May 15, 2015

NPR's Bob Mondello peers into the future and sees the apocalypse, which is to say, he reviews Mad Max: Fury Road.


A Film Critic Gets Meta (As Does Ours) In 'The Film Critic (El Crítico)'

Thursday, May 14, 2015

NPR Film Critic Bob Mondello trips down the rabbit hole as he reviews a film that's both a winning romance and a gentle wake-up call for reviewers who forget their role.


'Far From The Madding Crowd': Counterprogramming Writ Victorian

Friday, May 01, 2015

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews the new movie version of Thomas Hardy's Victorian romance, Far From The Madding Crowd.