November 16, 2012 Cinematic adaptations of beloved literary tales are nothing new. Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina is no stranger to the adaptation process, and newcomer Silver Linings Playbook enters the romantic comedy game. NPR critic Bob Mondello has his review of both.
November 8, 2012 Film's most iconic superspy is back in his 23rd movie, Skyfall, and the franchise's 50th-anniversary release doesn't disappoint, says NPR's Bob Mondello: With director Sam Mendes' sleek vision and a superb supporting cast, Skyfall may be one of the best Bond films to date. (Recommended)
November 5, 2012 Abraham Lincoln's likeness adorns everything from the penny to a South Dakota mountain. Naturally, such a heroic and tragic American figure has been a subject for the silver screen since its early days. NPR's Bob Mondello surveys some of the most memorable big-screen Lincolns.
October 26, 2012 A combined effort from the Wachowski siblings and Tom Tykwer, Cloud Atlas adapts David Mitchell's seemingly unfilmable novel. NPR critic Bob Mondello explains that despite its all-star cast, which includes Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, the film highlights the downside to making the literary literal.
October 11, 2012 Ben Affleck's new film chronicles the CIA's rescue of six U.S. Embassy workers held hostage during the 1979 Iranian revolution. Critic Bob Mondello says the fine balance struck between Argo's snappy script and heart-stopping thrills makes the film worthy of Oscar buzz. (Recommended)
October 5, 2012 There have been a slew of animated family comedies based on horror classics in theaters recently — ParaNorman, Hotel Transylvania and Frankenweenie, to name a few. NPR's Bob Mondello explores the monster movie's transition from scream-inducing to family fodder.
September 21, 2012 Bob Mondello tells the story of the Toronto gala screening of Dustin Hoffman's directing debut.
September 16, 2012 Audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival handed the fest's top prize, the Peoples Choice Award, to the comedy starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert DeNiro and Jackie Weaver. It beat out high-profile competition, including Anna Karenina and Argo.
September 7, 2012 Ira Sachs' reportedly semi-autobiographical romantic drama, Keep the Lights On, follows the nine-year relationship between a filmmaker and a drug-addicted lawyer. The couple on screen is falling apart, but the film itself is sure-footed and satisfying, says critic Bob Mondello.