Bob Mondello

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This Freshly Diverse 'Seven' Ups The Firepower

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Magnificent Seven is a remake of a movie that's already a remake that's updated in both casting and body count.


Toronto Film Festival Unveils Likely Awards Contenders

Friday, September 16, 2016

The Toronto International Film Festival is underway. Many likely Academy Awards contenders were unveiled at this year's festival.


Hollywood Offers New Batch Of Likely Awards Contenders For Fall

Monday, September 05, 2016

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello has a selective preview of likely blockbusters and awards contenders that Hollywood has in store for the fall.


Gene Wilder Dies From Complications Of Alzheimer's At Age 83

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Wilder played neurotic, funny and emotional characters in some of the classic movies of the 1960s, 70s and 80s — including The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and Silver Streak.


The First Couple's First Date Charms In 'Southside With You'

Friday, August 26, 2016

A Chicago couple go on a first-date-that's-not-a-date in 1989 in Southside With You. Her name is Michelle. His is Barack.


Meryl Streep's Singer Has Delusions Of Adequacy In 'Florence Foster Jenkins'

Friday, August 12, 2016

In her latest role, Streep plays a real-life laughingstock who fancied herself an opera singer.


'Little Men' Puzzle Out Mysteries Of Friendship And Growth

Friday, August 05, 2016

The film follows two 13-year-olds who bond as their family's begin to clash.


Remembering Zelda Fichandler, Matriarch Of American Regional Theater

Thursday, August 04, 2016

When the co-founder of Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., made her theater a nonprofit, hundreds of small regional stages followed suit. Fichandler died July 29 at the age of 91.


From HAL 9000 To Harley Quinn, Screen Villains Sow Chaos Because They Can

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Movie heroes are fine. But let's be real — it's usually the bad guys we find most compelling.


'Don't Think Twice' Scripts Improv With Ease

Friday, July 22, 2016

Sad sacks and stage hogs chase stardom in Don't Think Twice. But rest assured writer/director Mike Birbiglia keeps it funny.


Hollywood And The Middle Class: Selling Dreams Of 'Somewhere That's Green'

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

We don't call Hollywood a "Dream Factory" for nothing. If you have a vision of the sort of place you'd like to live, Tinseltown can bring it to life.


What Do Contested Conventions Look Like? Ask Hollywood And Sinclair Lewis

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Thanks to movies, novels and TV, Bob Mondello knows what a contested convention would be like: raucous crowd, oppressive din and (if movies are any guide) Angela Lansbury scheming in the corner.


What's Worth Watching In Movie Theaters This Summer?

Sunday, July 03, 2016

New installments in the X-Men, Ghostbusters, Star Trek and Captain America franchises are hitting the big screen this summer. NPR film critic Bob Mondello talks about what to see.


100 Years Of Olivia De Havilland Handling Sexism, Her Sister, And Scarlett O'Hara

Friday, July 01, 2016

An appreciation of Olivia de Havilland — Gone With the Wind's last surviving cast member — on her 100th birthday.


Spielberg's 'The BFG' Parallels Another Friendly Outcast

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The BFG is the new Steven Spielberg movie based off the Roald Dahl book. It's about a girl and a friendly giant triumphing over bullies and adversity. And it's got something familiar about it, too.


'Swiss Army Man' Leaps From Realism To Fantasy

Friday, June 24, 2016

Swiss Army Man is an absurdist movie comedy in which a shipwrecked Paul Dano befriends a surprisingly talkative corpse, played by Daniel Radcliffe.


'Genius' Is, As The Saying Has It, 10% Inspiration, 90% Perspiration

Friday, June 10, 2016

The editor Maxwell Perkins discovered and nurtured authors like Hemingway and Fitzgerald. The new movie Genius has him wrangling thousands of pages from the writer Thomas Wolfe.


'From Afar' Draws You In By Holding You At Arm's Length

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

A relationship drama with societal implications marks a striking debut for first-time writer director Lorenzo Vigas. Like the film's leading man, he'll draw you in by holding you at a slight remove.


British Playwright Peter Shaffer, Who Wrote 'Equus,' Dies At 90

Monday, June 06, 2016

Playwright Peter Shaffer has died. He was best known for Equus and Amadeus, both of which became movies.


'Art Bastard': A Rebel With A Canvas

Friday, June 03, 2016

Robert Cenedella established himself in the 1960s as the anti-Warhol. A new documentary goes through his years fighting against the New York art establishment by being, well, what the title says.