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'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.

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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.

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What The Movies Taught Us About Teaching

Friday, December 05, 2014

As part of the 50 Great Teachers series, NPR's Bob Mondello looks at what Hollywood has taught us about teachers.

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China's Ex-Security Chief Arrested On Corruption Charges

Friday, December 05, 2014

Zhou Yongkang, a senior Communist Party official who retired in 2012, has been under investigation for bribery for months.

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Across The Country, Police Brutality Cases On Many Minds

Thursday, December 04, 2014

New Yorkers talk about the Eric Garner case, other cases of police brutality, and how these divisive issues affect their sense of self and of citizenship.

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Philae Comet Landing Reminiscent Of 'Armageddon,' 'Deep Impact'

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Bob Mondello listened to reports about spacecraft Philae landing on comet 67P, and it reminded him of certain movies.

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The Holiday Films Are Coming, From 'Moses' To 'Annie'

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Bob Mondello offers a selective preview of what Hollywood has in store for the holidays. There are musicals, there are biopics, and the seas literally will part.

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Renowned Theater And Film Director Mike Nichols Dies

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Nichols, perhaps best known for his 1967 classic film, The Graduate, won Emmy, Oscar, Tony and Grammy awards. He died Wednesday at age 83.

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Satirists Go Serious in 'Foxcatcher' And 'Rosewater' — And It Works

Friday, November 14, 2014

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews two serious films based on real-life events — Foxcatcher, which stars comedian Steve Carrell, and Rosewater, directed by Comedy Central's Jon Stewart.

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Tripping Into A Black Hole In This Week's Movies

Friday, November 07, 2014

NPR film critic Bob Mondello gets blinded by science this week at the movies, what with The Theory of Everything, Interstellar, Big Hero 6 and some really cool black holes.

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'Viva La Libertà' Offers Harmless Electoral Fun

Friday, November 07, 2014

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews Viva la Libertà, a lightweight Italian election comedy that might provide even Democrats with a smile this week.

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Remembering All-Night Fright Fests And Halloween Horrorthons

Thursday, October 30, 2014

For Halloween, NPR movie critic Bob Mondello remembers scaring up some frights from his first job at a movie theater.

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Alienating Leading Men: The Force Behind 'Listen Up Philip' And 'Majeure'

Friday, October 24, 2014

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews Listen Up Philip and Force Majeure — two movies, he says, with compelling lead men who are impossible to empathize with.

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'Birdman' Tracks A Comeback In (Seemingly) One Long Take

Friday, October 17, 2014

NPR film critic Bob Mondello says Birdman is an entertainingly complicated jigsaw puzzle — in both storytelling and technique.

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Who's Worth Your Trust In Fincher's Moody, Atmospheric 'Gone Girl'?

Friday, October 03, 2014

NPR's Bob Mondello says David Fincher's screen adaptation of the marriage-in-trouble thriller Gone Girl offers all the twists and jolts of the original novel, but gets a little pulpy toward the end.

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Coal Miners And Gay Activists Partner In 'Pride'

Friday, September 26, 2014

The film offers a rousing, true-life take on a British coal miners' strike that led to an unusual union. Critic Bob Mondello says the storyline blends Norma Rae with sillier, Kinky Boots-ish stuff.

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Oscar Buzz Builds At Toronto Film Fest

Monday, September 08, 2014

The Toronto International Film Festival, the largest film festival in North America, is in full swing. Movie critic Bob Mondello and Monkey See blogger Linda Holmes talk about some of the highlights so far.

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After A Ho-Hum Summer, Hollywood Ramps Up For Fall

Monday, September 01, 2014

Until Guardians of the Galaxy came along, this year's box office figures were the worst in years. But critic Bob Mondello says there are bound to be some fall films that get pulses pounding again.

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Director Richard Attenborough Brought Intimacy To Big Ideas

Monday, August 25, 2014

Attenborough engaged audiences in the struggle for apartheid in Cry Freedom, and spent 20 years and his own fortune to bring Gandhi's story to the screen. NPR's Bob Mondello has this remembrance.

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