Bob Mondello

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'Deadpool' Is a Potty-Mouthed Splatterfest. A Really Funny One

Thursday, February 11, 2016

NPR film critic Bob Mondello says Deadpool goes in deep on its R rating — and has plenty of fun doing it.


'We're Mostly Republicans': New Hampshire Voters Explained By 'Our Town'

Monday, February 08, 2016

After NPR's Bob Mondello used The Music Man to help explain the Iowa caucuses, he wished there was a musical of Our Town so he could do the same for New Hampshire. It turns out there is one.


In 'Rams,' Two Icelandic Brothers Tend Troubles Of Flock And Family

Friday, February 05, 2016

Gummi and Kiddi are two sheep-herding brothers who've spent a lifetime butting heads near the top of the world. When a disease threatens their flocks, they must overcome decades of estrangement.


The Iowa Caucuses Explained ... By Broadway?

Monday, February 01, 2016

Critic Bob Mondello has never been to Iowa, but he learned a lot about the state from The Music Man. The classic American musical follows a travelling salesman who finds himself in River City, Iowa.


Encore: Films To Beat A Bone-Chilling Blizzard

Monday, January 25, 2016

As the mid-Atlantic region recovers from a blizzard, these films will transport you to warmer, steamier and sandier locales. This story originally aired on Feb. 25, 2015 on All Things Considered.


Superlatives Notwithstanding, Even 'The Force' Has Its Limits

Monday, January 18, 2016

NPR film critic Bob Mondello has been listening to the Star Wars hype train. Here's why he isn't climbing aboard.


'The Revenant,' 'Mad Max: Fury Road,' Scoop Up Most Oscar Nominations

Thursday, January 14, 2016

NPR reviews this year's Oscar nominations, which were announced Thursday morning. The Revenant picked up a dozen nominations, while Mad Max: Fury Road got 10 nods.


Alan Rickman, Much More Than Hollywood's Go-To Villain

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The British actor who starred in the Harry Potter movie series as Severus Snape and in such hits as Die Hard and Love Actually died Thursday. He was 69.


Ziggy Stardust Was A Star On-Screen, Too

Monday, January 11, 2016

David Bowie may have been best-known for his music, but NPR's movie critic Bob Mondello points out that he was also a gifted actor, both onstage and in movies like The Man Who Fell To Earth.


'Anomalisa' Is A Charlie Kaufman Movie Featuring Puppets. Yes, It's Weird

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews Anomalisa, the latest weirdness from the writer of Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.


Seeing Double: Bob Mondello Picks 2015's Best Movies, 2 At A Time

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

When NPR's movie critic sat down to write this year's best-of list, he kept seeing matched sets: two cinematic head trips, two brutal historical epics and even two riveting mortgage crisis flicks.


'Chimes At Midnight' Gives Weight To A Shakespearean Knave

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

For our "Ones That Got Away" series, NPR film critic Bob Mondello checks out Chimes at Midnight, an Orson Welles masterpiece that hasn't been available in the U.S. for decades.


'Revenant' Reveals A Breathtaking, Punishing Saga Of Survival And Revenge

Friday, December 25, 2015

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews The Revenant, a harrowing survival tale from the director of last year's best picture Oscar winner.


An Icy Chill From The Past Threatens A Steady Flame In '45 Years'

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews the harrowing film 45 Years in which a happy decades-long marriage is upended by an unexpected revelation.


Shallow Focus Creates Depth Of Feeling In 'Son Of Saul'

Friday, December 18, 2015

NPR's Bob Mondello reviews Son of Saul, a Hungarian film about 24 hours in the life of one man trying to bury the body of a boy under the most dire of situations.


'Star Wars': The Force Of Nostalgia Is Strong With This One

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens brings the old gang back together while also introducing a handful of new, young characters. Critic Bob Mondello says watching it made him feel like a kid again.


Spike Lee's 'Chi-Raq' Pits Abstinence Against Violence In Rhyme

Friday, December 04, 2015

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews Spike Lee's Chi-Raq, a movie satire in rap and verse based on Aristophanes' ancient Greek satire Lysistrata.


Maggie Smith Is Deft, Daft And Driven In 'The Lady In The Van'

Thursday, December 03, 2015

The Lady in the Van is the true story of a homeless woman who moved into a playwright's driveway for three weeks and stayed for 15 years. NPR film critic Bob Mondello says it's both funny and frail.


'Tis The Season For Coming Attractions: What To Watch For At The Multiplex

Thursday, November 26, 2015

NPR film critic Bob Mondello offers a selective preview of the likely blockbusters and Oscar contenders that Hollywood has in store for the end of the year.


Arrested Development Meets Adulthood In 'James White'

Friday, November 13, 2015

James White is an indie drama about a slacker dealing with the death of one parent and the decline of another. NPR film critic Bob Mondello says it's both intimate and intense.