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Bob Mondello

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It'd Be No 'Folly' To Remake This Musical Classic

Monday, January 26, 2015

Now that the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods has made more than $100 million dollars at the box office in just three weeks, NPR's movie critic Bob Mondello has a modest musical proposal.

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'Birdman,' 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Lead Oscar Nominations

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Oscar nominations were announced Thursday. Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel led with nine nominations each, followed closely by The Imitation Game with eight.

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'Leviathan' And 'Two Days' Look For Oscar Gold

Friday, January 02, 2015

The week between Christmas and the new year often delivers Oscar hopefuls to our screens; NPR's Bob Mondello praises two foreign films that grapple with social issues through the lens of family.

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Favorite Films Of 2014: Why Stop At 10?

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Box-office figures were gloomy in 2014, but movie critic Bob Mondello still found a lot to cheer about among the year's quirky offerings — and as usual, his annual 10-best list runneth over.

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Bob Mondello Watched 'The Interview,' So You Don't Have To (Really, You Don't)

Friday, December 26, 2014

Our movie critic reviews The Interview: He says it's not a political satire, or even satire of tabloid journalism. It's just another bromance, with jokes so bad he calls them "freshmanic."

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'Selma' Manages To Be Both Passion-Inspiring And Measured

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Critic Bob Mondello reviews Selma, Ava DuVernay's film chronicling Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic voting-rights march in 1965. Mondello notes that recent protests make the film resonate today.

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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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