Bob Mondello appears in the following:
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Advance ticket sales for super-hero movies are always super-sized, but even accounting for that, Marvel's Black Panther is breaking records. Civic groups have been buying out whole screenings so that African-American children can experience the film together.
Friday, February 09, 2018
Authors Isaac Butler and Dan Kois celebrate Angels in a new book, The World Only Spins Forward, that collects the memories of everyone from playwright Tony Kushner to former Rep. Barney Frank.
Thursday, February 01, 2018
Daniela Vega stars as a trans woman who deals with the resentment of her dead lover's family. The film is nominated for best foreign language film at this year's Oscars.
Friday, January 26, 2018
In a season when Hollywood mostly releases warmed-over sequels and third-tier horror flicks, 27 is remarkable in one sense: It's original.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
The Oscar Nominations have arrived. NPR's Linda Holmes and Bob Mondello discuss the whys and wherefores behind both surprises and snubs from this year's contenders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Sunday, October 22, 2017
A review of Beats Per Minute, a film drama set in Paris during the early years of AIDS activism.
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.
Thursday, October 05, 2017
NPR film critic Bob Mondello says in some respects, Blade Runner 2049, the long-awaited sequel, surpasses the original.
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.
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.