Bob Mondello

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Like a mob hit – the passing of a generation of movie gangsters

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Funerals for Ray Liotta, Paul Sorvino, James Caan, Paul Herman, and Tony Sirico — all in a few weeks. It's the passing of a generation of Hollywood's most celebrated "mobsters."


Seeing double: Near-identical films that came out at the same time

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

What happens when two studios are making the same movie and neither studio blinks?


Bob Rafelson, 'Five Easy Pieces' director, has died at age 89

Monday, July 25, 2022

Filmmaker Bob Rafelson, a key figure in the 1970s New Hollywood movement and director of Five Easy Pieces, has died at 89 from lung cancer.


'Dr. Zhivago,' 'Fargo' and more movies to help you chill in the summer heat

Friday, July 22, 2022

Scenes from "The Seven Year Itch" and "101 Dalmatians" can transport you away from the sweltering weather outside. There are great documentary and animated options too.


Jordan Peele mixes science fiction and thrills in 'Nope'

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Jordan Peele's latest thriller, Nope, has been shrouded in secrecy, but the shroud comes off this weekend.


Dreaming of Dior, a charwoman follows her bliss in 'Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris'

Thursday, July 14, 2022

A widowed cleaning lady in 1950s London sets her heart on a designer dress in this charm-filled adaptation of Paul Gallico's 1958 novel.


In 'Thor: Love & Thunder,' the hammer-throwing hero takes on Gorr the God Butcher

Friday, July 08, 2022

Thor becomes the first Marvel superhero to get a four-quel in Thor: Love & Thunder, which finds him battling a villain called Gorr The God Butcher.


James Caan, an onscreen tough guy and movie craftsman, has died at 82

Thursday, July 07, 2022

Caan's memorable screen appearances included Brian's Song, The Godfather, Misery and Elf.


Influential theater director Peter Brook dies at 97

Sunday, July 03, 2022

Brook's work ranged from classical star-studded productions to radical experiments in theater. He reinvented King Lear and explored the fragility of civilization in the film Lord of the Flies.


What's making us happy: A guide to your weekend reading, listening and viewing

Friday, July 01, 2022

Each week, the guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: The Valet on Hulu, watching wrestling, and a playlist crafted for the perfect summer vibe.


Ticking down a checklist of qualifications in 'Mr. Malcolm's List'

Thursday, June 30, 2022

A 19th-century British gentleman's requirements for his bride lead to a scheme with many complications in Mr. Malcolm's List, a Bridgerton-like romance based on Suzanne Allain's 2020 novel.


Austin Butler brings the King's moves, mannerisms and voice in 'Elvis'

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Baz Luhrmann's musical biopic, Elvis, stars Austin Butler as a hip-swiveling Elvis Presley and Tom Hanks as his devious, exploitive manager "Col." Tom Parker.


Oh, what a beautiful archive: Oscar Hammerstein's letters reveal his many sides

Monday, June 20, 2022

A thousand pages of correspondence by Oscar Hammerstein II, the lyricist for such musicals as Show Boat, Oklahoma!, Carousel and The Sound of Music are available to a wide public for the first time.


Movie review: Pixar's 'Lightyear'

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Buzz Lightyear flies to infinity and beyond in Lightyear, the fifth film in Pixar's Toy Story saga.


'Cha Cha Real Smooth' is a great calling card for actor-writer-director Cooper Raiff

Friday, June 17, 2022

Cooper Raiff's Cha Cha Real Smooth had to play at the Sundance Film Festival virtually because of the pandemic, so he hasn't heard the applause critics are showering on his bittersweet dramedy.


Life-lessons abound in 'Lightyear,' an origin story about Buzz from 'Toy Story'

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Buzz Lightyear flies to infinity and beyond in Lightyear, the fifth film in Pixar's Toy Story saga.


On Judy Garland's 100th birthday, a look at the classic 'Wizard of Oz'

Friday, June 10, 2022

Friday is Judy Garland's 100th birthday. We thought that offered a great opportunity to revisit her most popular role — Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.


The only beast 'Jurassic World: Dominion' doesn't reference is a the-saurus

Thursday, June 09, 2022

The dinos have escaped and now we share the planet with them in Jurassic World: Dominion.


Encore: Encore! Encore! Applauding the literal showstopper

Monday, June 06, 2022

NPR's Bob Mondello looks at a show-stopping theatrical phenomenon that's fallen out of fashion — the encore.


Encore: Discovering movies, and how visions are seldom all they seem

Thursday, June 02, 2022

NPR's Bob Mondello remembers the first movie he ever saw in a theater and what it meant to him.