NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews a new drama from China by director Zhang Yimou about a Cultural Revolution detainee who returns to a wife who does not recognize him.
Author: Bob Mondello
As Blockbuster Season Ends, Hollywood Offers Action-Packed Fall
NPR offers a selective preview of what Hollywood has in store at theaters between Labor Day and Thanksgiving.
Discovering Movies, And How Visions Are Seldom All They Seem
NPR film critic Bob Mondello remembers the first movie he ever saw in a theater — Sleeping Beauty — and what it meant to him.
Movies To Make You Forget The Heat: A Summer Watchlist
Chances are, it’s hot out wherever you are. NPR film critic Bob Mondello talks about movies that will help you chill out on a summer day.
The Play’s The Thing — High School Productions Down The Decades
Bob Mondello looks at the most-produced shows at high schools through seven decades, and ponders what the choices made by drama teachers tell us.
Find Unforgettable Art In A Most Unlikely Place: A Pittsburgh Mattress Factory
The unusual installations at The Mattress Factory include a gallery with a hole in the floor, a mirrored room full of mannequins and polka dots and an entire townhouse woven with miles of black yarn.
Sleuthing With Offbeat Variations In ‘Irrational Man’ and ‘Mr. Holmes’
NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews two crime movies — Irrational Man and Mr. Holmes — that have different philosophies on logic.
Be Your Own Self: The Lessons Of ‘Do I Sound Gay?’ And ‘Tangerine’
Do I Sound Gay? follows a documentarian as he delves into his voice and the stereotypes associated with it, while Tangerine delivers a cinematic portrait of transgender sex workers in Los Angeles.
On Its 40th Anniversary, Remembering The Terror Of ‘Jaws’
This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the movie, Jaws, the original summer blockbuster.
‘Magic Mike XXL’ And ‘Terminator Genisys’ Bring The Testosterone
NPR’s Bob Mondello looks at the Independence Day weekend blockbusters, Magic Mike XXL and Terminator Genisys.