Bob Mondello appears in the following:
Friday, March 06, 2020
Pixar's new animated film ONWARD is about teenage elf brothers who are on a quest to find out if there's enough magic in their world to let them spend a day with their late father.
Wednesday, March 04, 2020
Ken Loach's social-realist drama Sorry We Missed You depicts a family sliding slowly out of the middle class — but depicts moments of joy amid the desperation.
Friday, February 28, 2020
In the new independent comedy Saint Frances, a young woman finds her sense of family upended by a romance, an unexpected pregnancy and a gig as a nanny.
Thursday, February 27, 2020
The Whistlers is a Romanian heist movie with a linguistic twist. It's about criminals who speak to each other in a special whistled language.
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Steve Coogan plays a gazillionaire who throws himself a party that is the very picture of wretched excess in the satirical comedy Greed.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Sonic The Hedgehog set a record at the box office last weekend — at least among video-game film adaptations. Still, it surprised industry observers and even its own Paramount Pictures studio.
Friday, February 07, 2020
Films used to get a boost at the box office from Academy Award nominations — and the bounce still exists for films hanging on at the multiplex. But changes in the industry are altering the calculus.
Thursday, February 06, 2020
Kirk Douglas was often cast as a troubled tough guy in films, most famously as a rebellious Roman slave named Spartacus. He was devoted to his family and humanitarian causes.
Wednesday, February 05, 2020
Douglas was often cast as a troubled tough guy in films, most famously as a rebellious Roman slave named Spartacus. Off-screen, he was devoted to family and to humanitarian causes.
Tuesday, February 04, 2020
A modest proposal from a decade ago seems worth considering anew: Make the Oscars gender-neutral. That way Renée Zellweger could compete with Joaquin Phoenix — and may the best performer win.
Monday, February 03, 2020
The song "Iowa Stubborn" from the 1957 musical The Music Man — a song written by Iowa native Meredith Willson — lays out just what makes Iowans unique.
Thursday, January 16, 2020
There's a new anime movie from the creator of Your Name — this one about a girl who may be able to control the weather.
Monday, January 13, 2020
The nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards were announced Monday. NPR's Audie Cornish welcomes entertainment journalist Joelle Monique and NPR's Bob Mondello to break them down.
Thursday, January 09, 2020
France's Oscar contender for best international feature this year is titled Les Misérables. But it has nothing to do with Victor Hugo or the musical — this one is inspired by the 2005 Paris riots.
Monday, January 06, 2020
The World War I film 1917 won best picture at the Golden Globes Sunday night. The film tells the story of an urgent rush to the front lines, designed to look like one continuous shot.
Monday, December 30, 2019
Hollywood has had an identity crisis in 2019, but that hasn't stopped the flow of great filmmaking. Critic Bob Mondello offers his take on the ten (or maybe 20) best movies of the year.
Friday, December 27, 2019
Legendary Broadway songwriter Jerry Herman has died. The author of the hit musicals Hello, Dolly!, Mame and La Cage aux Folles was 88.
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
The World War I film, 1917, tells of an urgent rush to the front lines and has been designed to look as if it's a single, continuous shot.
Saturday, December 21, 2019
The third movie in the third trilogy of the scrappy little space-opera-that-could — Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker — opened this weekend.
Thursday, December 19, 2019
The movie musical Cats premieres this week. It adapts Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage musical of the same name, which is both divisive and still very popular.