December 2, 2013 Hollywood will be putting out 50-odd offerings, from spectacles to specialty films, between now and New Year's Eve. NPR's Bob Mondello picks three pics about the artistic process to highlight here.
November 27, 2013 Featuring the voices of Broadway veterans Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad, Disney's latest cartoon fairy tale — loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen — follows a ragtag team on a quest to thaw an endless winter.
November 13, 2013 A road-trip movie from director Alexander Payne (Sideways) follows a man en route to collect a million-dollar prize that probably never was. NPR's Bob Mondello says the black-and-white film is just the latest achievement from a talented filmmaker. (Recommended)
November 7, 2013 A new biography from Sam Wasson examines the life and legacy of the Broadway, TV and film director Bob Fosse, who is known for such game-changing entertainments as Cabaret, Liza With A Z and Chicago. NPR's Bob Mondello says the book has both substantial research and vivid descriptions.
November 2, 2013 About Time, written and directed by Richard Curtis (Love Actually), follows a young man looking for love — with a little help from time-travel. NPR's Bob Mondello says that in this instance, time travel and romantic comedy don't necessarily blend well together.
November 1, 2013 Dallas Buyers Club tells the true story of Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey), a Texas man whose '80s AIDS diagnosis drives him to fight for access to the drugs he believes can save him. Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto also star. (Recommended)
October 18, 2013 A brutal corrective to gauzy portrayals of the antebellum South, this true story of a man kidnapped into slavery took home the top audience prize at the Toronto Film Festival. NPR's Bob Mondello says it emphatically deserved the honor. (Recommended)
October 16, 2013 The film follows Beat Generation notables — Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac and Lucien Carr — as college students in the 1940s. NPR's Bob Mondello says it may succeed where other movies about the poets have failed. (Recommended)
October 14, 2013 Bob Mondello remembers a Columbus Day 50 years ago made special by what seemed to him a visit to a real-life Camelot — and an unexpected encounter with John F. Kennedy. The president was atoning for some injudicious remarks about Italian Americans by hosting a special Rose Garden ceremony for government workers with Italian heritage.
October 3, 2013 The film, from Children of Men director Alfonso Cuaron, stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts stranded in Earth's orbit after their shuttle is demolished. NPR's Bob Mondello says it's visually astounding — and an immersive viewing experience. (Recommended)
September 27, 2013 Joseph Gordon-Levitt's writing and directing debut is a modern look at a Don Juan who's got a bit of a porn problem. NPR's Bob Mondello says it's an assured first film from an actor who's clearly been paying attention to what makes a movie work.