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.
September 9, 2013 Outkast's Andre 3000 stars as the 1960s superstar in All Is By My Side, which debuted at the Toronto Film Festival over the weekend.
September 2, 2013 With help from Men of Steel, Iron and some Despicable minions, Hollywood drew crowds to theaters this summer. So how to keep that hot streak going in cooler weather? With Enders Game, a sequel to Hunger Games, and and Her, a story about a lonely guy who falls in love with the world's first artificially intelligent operating system. Critic Bob Mondello gives his fall movie preview.
August 25, 2013 At a California facility, troubled teens are counseled by young adults who haven't entirely overcome their own adolescent traumas. Writer-director Destin Cretton drew on his experiences working with residents ordered to stay just a year. Brie Larson and John Gallagher Jr. star in Short Term 12.
August 7, 2013 In the latest installment of our library series, NPR's Bob Mondello visits some notable libraries in popular culture: Jorge Luis Borges' Library of Babel; Lucien's Library in Neil Gaiman's The Sandman; and the stacks in Buffy, Hogwarts, Doctor Who and Fahrenheit 451.
July 26, 2013 NPR's Bob Mondello reviews a documentary that raised hackles and inspired hosannahs when it played at the Telluride Film Festival. The Act of Killing includes images of an Indonesian genocide — re-enacted by the perpetrators — that add up to a singularly arresting act of cinema. (Recommended)
July 20, 2013 Movie star Ava Gardner agreed to write her memoirs with British journalist Peter Evans in 1988. Now, after the deaths of both Gardner and Evans, the results of their abortive collaboration are being published. Reviewer Bob Mondello says the book is dead on arrival.
July 12, 2013 An indie drama chronicles the real-life story of 22-year-old Oscar Grant, shot by San Francisco transit police in a New Year's Eve incident that shocked the nation. The film doesn't offer any shatteringly new observations on the case itself — though the story is plenty shattering enough on its own. (Recommended)