December 19, 2012 Zero Dark Thirty tells a story most Americans know all too well, detailing the search for Osama bin Laden from Sept. 11, 2001, to the SEAL strike on his compound in 2011. NPR's Bob Mondello says the film brings a degree of complexity to a story with a very dark side. (Recommended)
December 13, 2012 Peter Jackson takes his audience back to Middle-earth in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, set in a time before the Lord of the Rings films. NPR's Bob Mondello says that where the Rings films struggled with what to omit, The Hobbit labors to justify its three-hour running time.
December 7, 2012 When we go to the movies, we want our heroes big and our villains bigger. But Hollywood actors are only slightly taller, on average, than their fans. NPR critic Bob Mondello takes a look at actors' heights: who's commandingly short, or diminutively tall.
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.