Bob Mondello

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'The Post': Pentagon Papers Put The Press Under Pressure

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Steven Spielberg's account of the publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 is melodrama, but Bob Mondello says it's urgent — and effective.


'The Last Jedi' Is Not More Of The Same In 'Star Wars' Franchise

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the latest in the intergalactic franchise. Fans are especially excited to see what happens to General Leia, played by Carrie Fisher, who died earlier this year.


Biopic About Figure Skater Tonya Harding Reviewed

Friday, December 08, 2017

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews I, Tonya. The film tells the story of Tonya Harding whose controversial figure skating career was marked by her rivalry with her chief competitor, Nancy Kerrigan.


'The Disaster Artist' Is The Best Movie About A Bad Movie

Friday, December 01, 2017

Tommy Wiseau's The Room has inspired a cult following, a video game and a "making-of" memoir. Now, the memoir has been turned into a movie, directed by and starring James Franco. It's called The Disaster Artist.


Your Guide To Movies Coming Out This Holiday Season

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Hollywood always offers up lots of brightly wrapped presents. Critic Bob Mondello offers a preview of films coming this season including Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and more.


In 'Coco,' Pixar Finds Joyous Life — In Death

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A young Mexican boy who longs for music finds himself in the afterlife. Critic Bob Mondello says Coco will inspire joyous tears — and plenty of long-distance calls to grandmothers.


'Justice League' Filmmakers Made A Heroic Effort

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Justice League is the latest chapter of the DC cinematic universe. But will our caped crusaders actually make a good movie after a tragedy required a change in directors?


With Seriously Salty Language, 'Three Billboards' Offers Sense Of Small Town Community

Thursday, November 09, 2017

The movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri had what was arguably the strangest title at September's Toronto International Film Festival. But that title didn't keep it from winning the festival's Audience Choice award, or from getting terrific reviews.


Actor Greta Gerwig Stays Behind The Camera In Her Solo-Directing Debut 'Lady Bird'

Monday, November 06, 2017

Greta Gerwig makes her solo-directing debut with an autobiographical movie called Lady Bird, a comedy that follows a teenager in her senior year of high school. The story is loosely based on Gerwig's life.


'Thor: Ragnarok' Pokes Fun At Itself While Being The Best Thor Film Yet

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Marvel's hammer-throwing superhero is back in Thor: Ragnarok. NPR's Bob Mondello says there are whole worlds at stake in the latest film, and Thor gets some help from the Hulk and his sibling-rival, Loki.


'BPM,' A Pulse-Quickening, Personalized Drama About Aids Activists

Sunday, October 22, 2017

A review of Beats Per Minute, a film drama set in Paris during the early years of AIDS activism.


Hollywood's Biopic Fever: Five Fact-Based Films Released This Week

Friday, October 13, 2017

It's a big week for movie biographies. Opening today: Fact-based films about a supreme court justice, two semi-famous authors, an infamous artist, and a man who refused to let polio defeat him.


Review: 'Blade Runner 2049' Will Satisfy Fans As It Expands On Original

Thursday, October 05, 2017

NPR film critic Bob Mondello says in some respects, Blade Runner 2049, the long-awaited sequel, surpasses the original.


'Loving Vincent' Paints Van Gogh Into A Murder Mystery

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Loving Vincent is a murder mystery animated a unique way — with 65,000 oil paintings in the` style of Vincent Van Gogh.


'Battle Of The Sexes' Poised To Be A Crowd-Pleaser All Over Again

Friday, September 22, 2017

Battle of the Sexes tells the story of the 1973 tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King. The event drew an enormous audience and NPR's Bob Mondello says the movie could too.


'Call Me By Your Name' Stands Out Among Dozens At Toronto Film Festival

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Toronto International Film Festival wraps up this week and NPR's critics have seen dozens of movies. They provide a sneak peek at films getting early buzz for Oscars, some hidden gems and others to avoid.


Fall Movie Preview: 'Tried And True' To 'Really Out There'

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello provides a selective preview of what Hollywood has in store for moviegoers this fall.


'Tulip Fever': A Lush Portrait Of A Florid Affair

Friday, September 01, 2017

Based on Deborah Moggach's best-selling 1999 novel, this slightly overstuffed period romance features a clever screenplay by Moggach and playwright Tom Stoppard.


A Closeted Teen Struggles To Maintain His Double Life In 'Beach Rats'

Friday, August 25, 2017

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello reviews Beach Rats, which follows a teenager in Brooklyn who is having a lousy summer. The film won the best directing prize at Sundance earlier this year.


Friends Coogan And Brydon Take Their Dueling Impressions On A 'Trip To Spain'

Thursday, August 10, 2017

In this third film based on their food-tasting show, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon worry (in the voice of John Hurt) that they'll soon feel as ancient as the dinosaur tracks they find on their travels.