Bob Mondello

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Review: Pixar's 'Onward'

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.


'Sorry We Missed You': A Working-Class Drama With A Heart

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.


Film Festival Hit 'Saint Frances' Opens In Theaters

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.


'The Whistlers': A Noir Heist Film With A Certain Pucker Factor

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.


Making Fun Of The Rich Is A British Comedy Tradition Honored In 'Greed'

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.


'Sonic The Hedgehog' Zooms Ahead At Box Office — A Surprise To Some

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.


In An Age Of Streaming, 'Oscar Bounce' At The Box Office Is ... Less Bouncy

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.


Kirk Douglas, Last Great Movie Star Of His Generation, Dies At 103

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.


Kirk Douglas, Hollywood Tough Guy And 'Spartacus' Superstar, Dies At 103

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.


Encore: Pondering A Genderless Oscar Telecast

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.


Encore: The Iowa Caucuses Explained ... By Broadway?

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.


'Weathering With You' Is The Latest Anime From Makoto Shinkai

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.


Breaking Down The Oscar Nominations

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.


France Has Nominated 'Les Misérables' To The Oscars — No, Not That One

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.


Encore: '1917' Review

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.


The Best Movies Of 2019

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.


Broadway Songwriter Jerry Herman Dies At 88

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.


'1917' Is A World War I Epic Crafted To Look Like A Single Continuous Camera Shot

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.


Movie Review: 'Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker'

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.


It's Time To Talk About 'Cats'

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.