Bob Mondello

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Despite Its Title, 'The Year Of Spectacular Men' Is Mostly About Women

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Year Of Spectacular Men is a comedy that's a real family affair. It's directed by Lea Thompson and written by her daughter, Madelyn Deutch, who also stars in the film.


'Oceans 8' Sets Its Sight On The World's Biggest Fashion Event

Friday, June 08, 2018

In Oceans 8, an all-female crew attempts a heist in New York City at the Met Gala.


'American Animals' Uses Documentary Techniques To Tell Story Of Kentucky Book Heist

Friday, June 01, 2018

NPR critic Bob Mondello reviews American Animals. It's a heist film that uses actors to tell a true story, and also uses the real perpetrators to comment on its storytelling.


These Movies Offer An Air-Conditioned Escape From Summer Heat

Monday, May 28, 2018

These days, the first hot-weather blockbusters arrive in April. Still, with schools getting out, things are about to get busier. Here's a look at this summer's potential blockbusters and the intriguing smaller films that will keep theater seats occupied in hot weather.


'Deadpool 2' Returns With More Trash Talk And Humor

Thursday, May 17, 2018

NPR critic Bob Mondello says Deadpool 2 marks the return of the adventures of Marvel's trash-talking-est R-rated superhero. But this time, there's a bit more humor.


'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Has A Long Buildup But Offers More Background On Han

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Like every film emanating from "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away," Solo: A Star Wars Story has been kept tightly under wraps before its release. But the wraps are now coming off before audiences learn the story of a young Han Solo before he became a Star Warrior.


NPR's Summer Movie Guide: 27 Films Coming Your Way

Monday, May 14, 2018

As ever, the Summer Movie Season is dominated by sequels and special effects. But if you're prepared to look for them, you'll find some smaller, quirkier films flying beneath the radar.


It's Not Just The Thin Air That's Breathtaking: The Documentary 'Mountain'

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Filmmaker Jennifer Peedom seeks out the most forbidding places on the planet and finds stunning beauty — and the men and women willing to risk their lives to take it in.


'Hair' At 50: Going Gray, But Its Youthful Optimism Remains Bouncy And Full-Bodied

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Bob Mondello says the musical looked — and sounded — much different from anything Broadway had ever seen and helped secure a place for rock music on the Great White Way.


In 'Avengers: Infinity War,' The Superheroes Have Their Work Cut Out For Them

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Avengers: Infinity War is the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In it, more than two dozen Marvel superheroes come together to try to save the entire universe.


After The Fall: A Cowboy Picks Up The Pieces Of His Former Life In 'The Rider'

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Filmmaker Chloe Zhao (Songs My Brother Taught Me) tells the sensitive and searching tale of a young cowboy (Brady Jandreau) confronting his uncertain future.


What Made '2001, A Space Odyssey' Such An Influential Film

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

This week marks the 50th Anniversary of Stanley Kubrick's 2001, A Space Odyssey. As NPR critic Bob Mondello looks back he says the film made screen sci-fi respectable.


A Fragile Relationship Tested By Freedom In 'Outside In'

Friday, March 30, 2018

Writer/director Lynn Shelton's latest film is about a man (Jay Duplass) freed from wrongful imprisonment thanks to the work of a woman (Edie Falco). The movie asks: What now?


'Ready Player One' Is Full Of '80s Nostalgia And 'Easter Eggs'

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

NPR critic Bob Mondello says Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One is a match made in heaven. In it, '80s on screen nostalgia meets a novel about video-game nostalgia for the 1980s.


Political Subtext In Wes Anderson's 'Isle Of Dogs' Is More Bark Than Bite

Friday, March 23, 2018

Wes Anderson returns to stop action animation — a technique that won him an Oscar nomination for Fantastic Mr. Fox-- in his latest film, Isle of Dogs.


'A Wrinkle In Time' Will Delight Target Audience That Doesn't Have Too Many Wrinkles

Thursday, March 08, 2018

NPR's movie critic Bob Mondello discusses the star-studded film adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time, the sci-fi fantasy novel about light and darkness, time and tesseracts.


What To Expect From The 90th Academy Awards

Friday, March 02, 2018

Pop Culture blogger Linda Holmes and film critic Bob Mondello talk about what to expect during Sunday's Oscar Telecast and why there's not a clear winner for Best Picture by now.


In 'Foxtrot,' Grief And Fate Come Together In A Brutal, Beautiful Dance

Thursday, March 01, 2018

An Israeli soldier is killed, and his parents attempts to uncover what happened, in filmmaker Samuel Maoz's searing study in loss — and its aftermath.


Drawing Connections Between 'Young Karl Marx' And 'The Cured'

Friday, February 23, 2018

What do a costume drama and a zombie flick have in common? Critic Bob Mondello sees a connection in empathy between The Young Karl Marx and The Cured.


A Missing Child, A Dying Marriage And A 'Loveless' Society

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Russia's contender for a best foreign language film Oscar is a bleak and searing indictment of Russian society, told through the eyes of a rancorous married couple.