Bob Mondello

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How To Name Your Sequel II: Not Just Roman Numerals Anymore

Thursday, July 24, 2014

In the middle of a summer of sequels — from The Expendables 3 to 22 Jump Street — it seemed the right moment to have Bob Mondello look at the art of (Son of, Bride of) sequel titling (Part Deux).


By Trolley, Train, Show Boat Or Surrey, These Musicals Will Move You

Monday, July 21, 2014

When we asked movie critic Bob Mondello to contribute to our Book Your Trip series, he immediately began humming show tunes. Spend six minutes listening to this story and you'll be singing along, too.


Oh, 'Boyhood!' Linklater's Cinematic Stunt Pays Off

Friday, July 11, 2014

Richard Linklater's new film took 12 years to make and tracks the actual youth and adolescence of its lead actor. Critic Bob Mondello says Boyhood is a rich and resonant portrait of real life.


Sci-Fi Kid Flick 'Earth To Echo' Broadens The 'E.T.' Formula

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

First-time feature filmmaker Dave Green sets his movie apart from Steven Spielberg's classic with found footage, an African-American protagonist and a more central female co-conspirator.


Remembering Paul Mazursky, A Filmmaker With An Ear For His Era

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Paul Mazursky has died at the age of 84. As seen in his films Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice and An Unmarried Woman, Mazursky had a way of mixing comedy and drama that captured the 1960s and '70s.


A Leap Too Far? 'Venus' And 'Jersey Boys' Bounce From Stage To Screen

Friday, June 20, 2014

Critic Bob Mondello takes a look at two very different films, both adapted from stage plays to screen by two very cinematic directors — Roman Polanski and Clint Eastwood.


It's A Summer Sequel Spectacular With 'Dragon' And 'Jump Street'

Friday, June 13, 2014

There are 16 movie sequels coming out this summer. Critic Bob Mondello singles out two that handle sequel-hood in vastly different (but successful) ways: How to Train Your Dragon 2 and 22 Jump Street.


Mike Myers Steps Behind The Camera With 'Supermensch'

Friday, June 06, 2014

After playing Shrek, Austin Powers and basement-dwelling Wayne Campbell, Myers follows up with a documentary about his agent, Shep Gordon — who also managed Wayne's beloved rock ghoul Alice Cooper.


James McAvoy As A Creep? In 'Filth,' The Anti-Typecasting Works

Friday, May 30, 2014

The indie drama Filth, McAvoy makes a departure from his usual good-guy roles and plays Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson — a bipolar, bigoted, junkie cop.


Multiplexes Heat Up For Summer Blockbuster Season

Monday, May 26, 2014

From apocalyptic sci-fi adventures to musical biopics and road-trip comedies, Hollywood has more than 80 would-be box-office behemoths on tap for moviegoers between now and Labor Day.


Seeing The New 'X-Men'? Take Along A Teenager To Explain

Friday, May 23, 2014

Bob Mondello says X-Men: Days of Future Past is awesomely urgent and utterly forgettable all at once, but it'll leave you bouncing with excitement — if you can keep the multiple mutants straight.


Son Of? Bride Of? Cousin Of? How Many Godzillas Are There, Already?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Bob Mondello reviews the latest in a long line of Godzilla movies, this one with Bryan Cranston and other actors who take a back seat to digital tricks as everyone's favorite monster stomps again.


'Double': Double Toil And Trouble For Eisenberg

Friday, May 09, 2014

Jesse Eisenberg gives an acting master-class as a nebbishy office worker and his mysterious doppelganger in the dark, surreal new film The Double, based on a short story by Dostoevsky.


In 'Belle,' A Complex Life Tangled In Class And Commerce

Friday, May 02, 2014

Bob Mondello reviews Belle, based on a true story about a child of an admiral and a Caribbean slave, raised as an aristocrat in 18th century England.


Bob Hoskins: A Specialist In Tough Guys With Soft Hearts

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

British actor Bob Hoskins has died at the age of 71, after a bout with pneumonia. The skilled character actor starred in Who Framed Roger Rabbit and received an Oscar nomination for Mona Lisa.


Feminine, Foreign, And Struggling To Come Of Age

Friday, April 25, 2014

For unsettling weekend viewing, critic Bob Mondello recommends Argentine thriller The German Doctor and France's Young and Beautiful, which he calls "this week's most alarming foreign-language films."


Woody Allen's 'Fading Gigolo' Full Of Loneliness And Longing

Sunday, April 20, 2014

In the new comedy Fading Gigolo, John Turturro plays the title character, and Woody Allen plays his pimp. This story originally broadcast on All Things Considered on April 18, 2014.


Loneliness And Longing — And Woody Allen — In 'Fading Gigolo'

Friday, April 18, 2014

Bob Mondello reviews the new Fading Gigolo, a surprisingly sweet dramedy in which John Turturro plays the gigolo, Woody Allen plays his pimp, and things don't go nearly as wrong as they could.


Big Names, High Production Values ... And These Are Indie Flicks?

Friday, April 11, 2014

In very different ways, the indie films Joe (starring Nicolas Cage) and Only Lovers Left Alive (with Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton) bring a low-budget sensibility to Hollywood.


Mickey Rooney, All-American Boy For More Than 90 Years, Dies

Monday, April 07, 2014

Bob Mondello offers an appreciation of the career of Mickey Rooney, who died at 93.