December 28, 2002 Zeta-Jones sings! Zellweger dances! It's the film version of the musical smash Chicago, with movie stars trying out some previously unexplored territory. Did we mention Richard Gere tap dances? NPR's Bob Mondello offers a review.
December 27, 2002 The Pianist is a holocaust film from a holocaust survivor: director Roman Polanski. But while Polanski shares a special connection with the lead character -- an artist who endures many horrors -- the story is not Polanski's. NPR's Bob Mondello offers a review.
December 25, 2002 Steven Spielberg's new caper movie, Catch Me If You Can, stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank Abagnale, Jr. who, at 17, became the youngest person ever to make the FBI's Most Wanted List. Tom Hanks plays the agent assigned to catch him. Bob Mondello has a review.
December 21, 2002 Argentina's national passions include soccer... the tango... and psychoanalysis. There's even a neighborhood in Buenos Aires known as Villa Freud. "Cafe Siggy" is among its attractions. NPR's Bob Mondello reports.
December 20, 2002 He's not just a convincing actor in the new movie Antwone Fisher. Denzel Washington also steps behind the camera for the first time as the film's director. The real Antwone Fisher helped turn his life into a film. Hear NPR's Bob Mondello, NPR's Michele Norris and Antwone Fisher.
December 17, 2002 The second installment in the Lord of the Rings story opens in movie theaters Wednesday. Frodo and Gandalf are back in The Two Towers, and NPR's Bob Mondello has a review.
December 13, 2002 Friday the 13th is the perfect opening day for a movie about luck. And that describes Intacto, a psychological thriller from Spain. NPR film critic Bob Mondello offers a review.
November 29, 2002 From comedy to adventure to romance, NPR film critic Bob Mondello delivers a primer on the holiday movie season. Many of the year's biggest blockbusters and Oscar nominees will hit the theaters between now and New Year's Day. (8:00)
November 28, 2002 Guests: Bob Mondello *Movie Critic, NPR's All Things Considered Carrie Rickey *Film Critic, The Philadelphia Inquirer John Tibbets *Associate Professor of Theater and Film, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas *Co-author, The Encyclopedia of Great Filmmakers (Facts on File, 2002) and co-editor, The Encyclopedia of Novels into Film (Facts on File, 1998) A neurotic mob boss, an intergalactic pirate, a hardworking rapper, an even harder working hobbit, a modern day cinderella ...and a talk show host. On Talk of the Nation, join Neal Conan for a look at this year's holiday movies and holiday classics.
November 22, 2002 Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar is revered as a director of women, but Bob Mondello says it's the men who scale the emotional peaks in his latest movie, Talk To Her, which opens today.
November 15, 2002 People who go to the cineplex for escapism are finding that an increasing number of films deal with the very issues they're trying to escape. But NPR's Bob Mondello says the approaches to those issues this fall are as varied as they are inventive.
November 8, 2002 The new Todd Haynes film Far from Heaven stars Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid, and Dennis Haysbert. It recreates the look and feel of a 1950s Hollywood melodrama. But NPR Film Critic Bob Mondello says that although the director was paying direct homage to films such as Imitation of Life and All That Heaven Allows he's added enough to the mix to make it feel startlingly original.
October 31, 2002 Let your ears perk up and your hair stand on end. NPR's Bob Mondello and four Talk of the Nation guests try to send chills up your spine with their favorite spooky stories.
October 25, 2002 Mike Leigh's new film All or Nothing is a working-class drama with an ensemble cast. Bob Mondello says that although it's set in contemporary London, it feels almost Dickensian.
October 24, 2002 Lyricist Adolph Green has died. He helped create "On the Town" and "Wonderful Town," as well as the classic movie musical Singin' in the Rain. Green was 87. NPR's Bob Mondello has a remembrance.
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