June 29, 2012 Ted, the first film from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, is about 35-year-old Johnny (Mark Wahlberg) and his decidedly adult talking teddy bear. NPR's Bob Mondello has to confess that in time, he warmed up to this movie for and about overgrown kids.
June 19, 2012 American movies have been telling stories that idealize hard work, strong character and the rise of the little man for decades. But there's always a catch. NPR's Bob Mondello looks at what Hollywood means when it talks about the American dream.
June 15, 2012 Lynn Shelton returns with Your Sister's Sister, an improvised comedy about the complications that arise from alcohol-fueled sex, starring Mark Duplass, Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt. Critic Bob Mondello says the film seduces through its spontaneous wit and understated charm.
May 17, 2012 Inspired by the popular board game, the summer blockbuster pits the U.S. Navy against an invading force of hostile aliens. NPR's Bob Mondello says the Transformers-like mayhem that ensues is more or less incoherent.
May 11, 2012 Tim Burton and Johnny Depp's latest collaboration adapts the vintage Gothic soap opera, focusing on aristocratic vampire Barnabas Collins as a fish out of water in the 1970s. NPR's Bob Mondello says that except for Depp's clever turn as Barnabas, there isn't much to sink your teeth into.
May 3, 2012 Marvel superheroes Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk and more band together to save the world. NPR's Bob Mondello says the Joss Whedon-directed genre flick is enjoyably zingy, delivering zippy banter, fun effects and spectacular battle scenes.
April 27, 2012 A smooth corporate headhunter who moonlights as a high-end art thief runs afoul of the wrong mark. NPR's Bob Mondello says the grisly, humorous and altogether fascinating Norwegian thriller boasts thorough storytelling worthy of Hitchcock. (Recommended)
April 20, 2012 A battle-of-the-sexes comedy adapts Steve Harvey's self-help book Act Like A Lady, Think Like a Man, illustrating the comedian's words of wisdom with familiar dating situations and stereotypes. NPR's Bob Mondello says it's part rom-com, part infomercial, but with a pleasantly broad sitcom vibe.
April 13, 2012 The Canadian drama Monsieur Lazhar, about a teacher who steps into a job no one else wants, was nominated for this year's Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. NPR's Bob Mondello says the Montreal middle school at the film's center is populated with intriguingly complicated characters. (Recommended)