Bob Mondello

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What's making us happy: A guide for your weekend reading and viewing

Friday, January 14, 2022

Each week, the guests and hosts on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour share what's bringing them joy. This week: a quirky Instagram account, the NBC show Grand Crew and more.


Actor Sidney Poitier, who changed the face of Hollywood, dies at 94

Saturday, January 08, 2022

Actor Sidney Poitier died this week at 94. Critic Bob Mondello examines the crucial decade that made Poitier a box office star and changed the face of Hollywood.


Peter Bogdanovich, director of 'The Last Picture Show,' has died at 82

Friday, January 07, 2022

Known as a maverick filmmaker, Peter Bogdanovich made movies that ran the gamut from the bleak, coming-of-age drama The Last Picture Show to zany comedies like What's Up Doc.


Iranian Oscars entry 'A Hero' explores the complexity of a good deed

Thursday, January 06, 2022

The Iranian film A Hero is about a man who becomes a celebrity after doing a good deed. In filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's hands, what seems to be a black and white morality tale becomes more gray.


Here are Bob Mondello's picks for the year's best 10 films

Friday, December 31, 2021

In a year when many films didn't even open in theaters, there were still plenty worth talking about. NPR film critic Bob Mondello celebrates the best of 2021.


In 'Parallel Mothers,' Almodóvar hitches unruly passions to women and family

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar takes a long, colorful look at motherhood in his melodrama Parallel Mothers, starring Penélope Cruz.


Review: Every beat of 'The Tragedy of Macbeth' is a cinematic flourish

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Denzel Washington takes on the title character in Joel Coen's Bard-based film, The Tragedy of Macbeth, with murder-minded Lady Macbeth played by Coen's wife, Frances McDormand.


The best movies and TV of 2021, picked by NPR critics

Thursday, December 23, 2021

This past year was a tumultuous one for both the film and TV industries. With that in mind, here's our critics' guide to all the movies and television shows they loved this year.


A review of 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' with as few spoilers as possible

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Marvel's latest superhero film, Spider-Man: No Way Home finds its hero battling foes he thought he'd already vanquished.


Spielberg offers a more complete telling of musical theater classic 'West Side Story'

Thursday, December 09, 2021

Tony and Maria, Sharks and Jets — Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner take a fresh look at the musical theater classic West Side Story.


With films 'Flee' and 'Encounter,' Riz Ahmed helps tell the stories of men on the run

Thursday, December 02, 2021

Riz Ahmed has a pair of films opening this weekend — the sci-fi thriller Encounter in which he stars, and the documentary Flee, which he co-produced.


Remembering the influential lyricism of Stephen Sondheim's musicals

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, arguably the greatest artist in the American Musical Theater, has died. He was born March 22, 1930.


Stephen Sondheim, American musical theater icon, has died at age 91

Friday, November 26, 2021

Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, one of the most influential figures in the American musical theater, has died. He was 91.


Review: Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Licorice Pizza' may be the year's best film

Friday, November 26, 2021

Cooper Hoffman, the son of the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman, stars in Paul Thomas Anderson's Licorice Pizza, a warmly raucous look at an ambitious teen on the make in 1980s Los Angeles.


A peek at some of the 30 films that are opening this holiday season

Thursday, November 25, 2021

More than 30 films are opening between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve. Here's a selective peek at all the wanna-be blockbusters and awards contenders that Hollywood has wrapped up for the holidays.


'The Humans,' 'House of Gucci' abound with family squabbling in time for the holidays

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Familial squabbles fuel two films opening Thanksgiving weekend: House of Gucci, about a family famous for fashion, and The Humans, a pulitzer-winning look at a clan gathering for the holidays.


When Indie directors move on to franchise films, who wins?

Monday, November 22, 2021

Chloe Zhao, a director celebrated for intimate indie films, is in charge of the franchise blockbuster Externals. Who wins in that situation: the franchise, the director or fans?


Jane Campion's Western 'Power of the Dog' may score her another Oscar nomination

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Benedict Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons play brothers, and Kirsten Dunst the widow who comes between them in Power of the Dog, a western set in 1920s Montana, directed by Jane Campion.


Kenneth Branagh's 'Belfast' shows the Troubles through the eyes of a 9-year-old

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Actor and filmmaker Kenneth Branagh made his name directing cinematic versions of Shakespeare, then Agatha Christie and Marvel movies. Now, with Belfast, he's made his most personal film.


Sincerity, diversity and a little realism make 'Eternals' a new type of Marvel movie

Thursday, November 04, 2021

The latest Marvel movie Eternals boasts an Oscar-winning director, Chloe Zhao, and introduces a gaggle of unfamiliar superheroes.