Bob Mondello

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Pat Dowell, Longtime NPR Film Critic, Dies

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Longtime NPR contributor and film reporter Pat Dowell died Sunday.


A Tart Take On Bitter Realities In 'Tangerines'

Friday, April 17, 2015

NPR's Bob Mondello reviews Tangerines, an unconventional war drama that was this year's Estonian nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.


Ties That Bind Meet Lies That Blind In 'About Elly'

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews a film from Iran, about Iran — which hasn't been shown in Iran. It's called About Elly, and it's by director Asghar Farhadi, who won an Oscar for A Separation.


Review: 'Woman In Gold,' 'Effie Gray'

Friday, April 03, 2015

NPR's Bob Mondello reviews two real life, art world dramas — with colors in their titles — that open this week: Woman in Gold and Effie Gray.


Photography, Misery And Beauty In 'The Salt Of The Earth'

Friday, March 27, 2015

NPR's Bob Mondello reviews The Salt Of The Earth, a documentary directed by Wim Wenders about Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado.


What's Familiar Becomes Unnerving In 'It Follows'

Friday, March 13, 2015

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews It Follows, a film that he says works some interesting changes on the horror genre.


'Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Stays True To Its Name

Friday, March 06, 2015

Maggie Smith and Judi Dench reunite in Jaipur, India, for The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which came to theaters Friday.


Tense 'Eastern Boys': Cruising, and Bruising

Friday, February 27, 2015

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews Eastern Boys, a French film that is half love story, half home invasion drama.


The Good, The Bad And The Hot: Movies To Warm Winter's Bite

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

As much of the country shivers in the grip of a nasty winter, NPR movie critic Bob Mondello ponders cinematic heat — the movies that smolder, swelter and sizzle no matter what the mercury says.


Argentine Oscar Nominee 'Wild Tales' Lives Up To Its Title

Thursday, February 19, 2015

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello says the Argentine nominee for best foreign language film, Wild Tales, is an anthology of darkly comic stories that definitely lives up to its title.


Love From A To Z — And Back Again — In 'The Last Five Years'

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Last Five Years is a musical romance with a unique storytelling twist. NPR film critic Bob Mondello says the quirks and tricks have him singing the movie's praises, despite a flaw or two.


It'd Be No 'Folly' To Remake This Musical Classic

Monday, January 26, 2015

Now that the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods has made more than $100 million dollars at the box office in just three weeks, NPR's movie critic Bob Mondello has a modest musical proposal.


'Birdman,' 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Lead Oscar Nominations

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Oscar nominations were announced Thursday. Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel led with nine nominations each, followed closely by The Imitation Game with eight.


'Leviathan' And 'Two Days' Look For Oscar Gold

Friday, January 02, 2015

The week between Christmas and the new year often delivers Oscar hopefuls to our screens; NPR's Bob Mondello praises two foreign films that grapple with social issues through the lens of family.


Favorite Films Of 2014: Why Stop At 10?

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Box-office figures were gloomy in 2014, but movie critic Bob Mondello still found a lot to cheer about among the year's quirky offerings — and as usual, his annual 10-best list runneth over.

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Bob Mondello Watched 'The Interview,' So You Don't Have To (Really, You Don't)

Friday, December 26, 2014

Our movie critic reviews The Interview: He says it's not a political satire, or even satire of tabloid journalism. It's just another bromance, with jokes so bad he calls them "freshmanic."


'Selma' Manages To Be Both Passion-Inspiring And Measured

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Critic Bob Mondello reviews Selma, Ava DuVernay's film chronicling Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic voting-rights march in 1965. Mondello notes that recent protests make the film resonate today.


'Mr. Turner' Is A Snuffling, Growling Work Of Art

Friday, December 19, 2014

Critic Bob Mondello says Mike Leigh's earthy new biopic about the famed British painter J.M.W Turner shows viewers the incandescent beauty of the world as Turner himself must have seen it.


An Updated 'Annie' And The Tradition Of Nontraditional Casting

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

As an African-American Annie arrives on movie screens, critic Bob Mondello looks at other cross-cultural reinventions, from Pearl Bailey's Dolly to the Americanization of Carmen as Carmen Jones.

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No Surprise, 'Inherent Vice' Adaptation Is Dense And Complicated

Friday, December 12, 2014

Bob Mondello reviews Paul Thomas Anderson's private-eye caper, Inherent Vice, based on the bestseller by Thomas Pynchon.