Bob Mondello

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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.


'Fantastic Beasts' And 'The Red Turtle' Bring Magic To The Screen

Friday, November 18, 2016

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews a critter double-feature: J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beats and Where To Find Them and the Studio Ghibli's The Red Turtle.


In 'Hacksaw Ridge,' A War Hero Changes Attitudes About Conscientious Objectors

Monday, November 07, 2016

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews Hacksaw Ridge, a film about a World War II hero who changed American attitudes about conscientious objectors.


We've Seen This Election Before, In Classic Movies

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

It's life imitating art — election edition. A look at movies that have covered ground that's been well trod this campaign season, like A Face in the Crowd and The Lion in Winter and Ace in the Hole.


'Moonlight': A Cinematic Poem Of Love, Loneliness And Coming Out

Friday, October 21, 2016

The most rewarding coming-of-age film in many a moon, lyrically luminous Moonlight is the story of a gay African-American youngster in Miami who experiences trouble, trauma and unexpected grace.


A 'Television First' Becomes A Compelling Character Study In 'Christine'

Friday, October 14, 2016

Christine is a biopic about a TV reporter who committed suicide in a live shot.


Polish Filmmaker Andrzej Wajda Dies At 90

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Polish auteur, Andrzej Wajda, has died. He was a great of Polish cinema who earned an Oscar for his life's work, as well as a Palme d'Or, for a film about Solidarity that was made while the Communists were in power.


Filmmaker Andrzej Wajda Dies At 90, Celebrated Resistance To Authoritarianism

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Well-known films by the director include A Generation, Man of Marble and Man of Iron, which in which characters fight Nazis and communists. His final film will compete for a foreign-language Oscar.


A Man And An Amendment Are Re-Examined In 'The Birth Of A Nation' And '13th'

Friday, October 07, 2016

Nate Parker's rebellion film The Birth of A Nation and Ava DuVernay's documentary 13th tackle America's racial history, but intersect in complicated ways.


'Deepwater Horizon' Honors The Sacrifice Without Sacrificing The Action

Friday, September 30, 2016

Deepwater Horizon is the tense and terse story of the Gulf oil rig explosion that became the biggest man-made ecological disaster in history.


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.