Bob Mondello

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Step Inside A Movie Projection Booth To See What's Changed Since Film

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Before digital projectors in movie theaters, projectionists had to quickly move from one film reel to the next. NPR takes a look at what's changed since the days of film as part of our series, "Backstage Pass."


'Lady Macbeth' Turns Sound And Fury Into Victorian Noir

Friday, July 14, 2017

It's not Shakespearean but the no-nonsense leading lady of the new movie Lady Macbeth lives up to her name.


Grief Hangs Around At Home In 'A Ghost Story'

Friday, July 07, 2017

A new film starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara is provocative — if you've got the patience.


In 'Spider-Man: Homecoming,' Tom Holland's Peter Parker Finally Comes Home

Thursday, July 06, 2017

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews Spider-Man: Homecoming, starring Tom Holland as the youngest actor to play the screen's youngest superhero.


'Maudie' Paints Intimate Portrait Of Canadian Painter Maud Lewis

Monday, June 19, 2017

The new film Maudie is an intimate drama about self-taught Canadian painter Maud Lewis. The film also takes a deep dive into her paintings and legacy.


'Maudie' Made Such Joyful Art, You'd Never Guess How Tough She Had It

Monday, June 19, 2017

The film tells the true story of Maud Lewis, a woman from a small town in Nova Scotia, who, with no formal training, became one of Canada's most celebrated folk artists.


50 Years After 'Loving,' Hollywood Still Struggles With Interracial Romance

Monday, June 12, 2017

Hollywood's long history of not putting interracial romance on-screen goes all the way back to the Hays Code, which prohibited the depiction of "sex relationships between the white and black races."


'Beatriz at Dinner' And 'Megan Leavey' Celebrate Women Warriors

Friday, June 09, 2017

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews two movies centered on women warriors — Beatriz at Dinner starring Salma Hayek, and Megan Leavey starring Kate Mara.


'When Time Was New': 'Wonder Woman' Brings Sunlight To The DC Universe

Friday, June 02, 2017

Wonder Woman is the first superhero film to be headed by a woman both in front of and behind the camera. Star Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins worked together to make Diana Prince relatable.


Summer Movie Preview: 'Wonder Woman,' 'Rough Night,' 'Transformers'

Monday, May 29, 2017

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello has a selective preview of the would-be blockbusters and awards-contenders Hollywood is sending our way before Labor Day.


Beaches, Bathing Suits, And Finally On The Big Screen, 'Baywatch'

Friday, May 26, 2017

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews a movie that could only come out in the summer — Baywatch, starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron.


The Saint Before The Spy: Actor Roger Moore Dies At 89

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Though most came to know him in the James Bond films, Roger Moore first displayed his brand of undercover suave in the TV series, The Saint. Moore died Tuesday at the age of 89.


Danish Filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg Gets Deeply Personal In 'The Commune'

Friday, May 19, 2017

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews The Commune, a Danish drama about a living arrangement that doesn't turn out the way its organizers expected.


An Iraqi Sniper Traps Two U.S. Soldiers In 'The Wall'

Friday, May 12, 2017

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews The Wall, a film about two American snipers pinned down by an Iraqi sniper, behind a rapidly crumbling wall.


Grooving To That 70s Beat, 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Return In Volume 2

Friday, May 05, 2017

It was a surprise last time, but now comes volume two of the Marvel superhero team, Guardians of the Galaxy.


'Obit' Documentary Follows Journalists Who Tell Lively Stories Of Death

Friday, April 28, 2017

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews Obit, a documentary about obituary writing at The New York Times.


City Planning As A Contact Sport In 'Citizen Jane: Battle For The City'

Friday, April 21, 2017

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City is a documentary about Jane Jacobs, whose 1961 book The Death and Life of Great American Cities changed urban planning.


Movie Review: Richard Gere Plays A Scheming New York Fixer In 'Norman'

Friday, April 14, 2017

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews a new Richard Gere film for which the title seems to say it all. It's called Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer.


A Body-Switching Teen Romance Anime Disaster Flick With 'Your Name.' On It

Friday, April 07, 2017

Your Name. was the most popular film in the world for the first two months of 2017. Now, the deeply resonant body-switching anime comes to the U.S.


Two Ways Of Documenting Uncertainty: 'All This Panic' And 'God Knows Where I Am'

Friday, March 31, 2017

Two documentaries out now flex a bit of moviemaking technique: All This Panic, about young women exploring what life has to offer, and God Knows Where I Am, about a woman who's sure she's seen it all.