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.
August 24, 2012 Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a Manhattan bike messenger dodging a corrupt cop who wants a look at the package he's carrying. NPR's Bob Mondello says David Koepp's brisk actioner doesn't trouble itself with weighty themes — it's just a bona fide thrill ride.
August 23, 2012 As the party conventions approach, elaborate theatrics on the part of presidential candidates are at the forefront. NPR critic Bob Mondello takes a look at the ways campaigns frame their candidates to make them stand out like Broadway stars.
August 11, 2012 NPR's Bob Mondello recounts one of his worst days as a reporter. While watching a play in Stratford, Ontario, the movie critic misses the return of the town's biggest star.
August 9, 2012 The current nationwide drought won't let up — it's being compared to other drawn-out dry spells in the '30s and '50s. NPR's Bob Mondello looks at how droughts have inspired Hollywood over the decades. The results vary in tone but always highlight people's resilience — the simple stubbornness of life.
August 7, 2012 When it opened in 1953, nobody expected much of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. But what began 60 years ago as two plays in a tent is now a major theater festival. It attracts half a million ticket-buyers a year to the small Ontario town — which also boasts homegrown heartthrob Justin Bieber.
August 3, 2012 The Bourne Legacy is the latest movie to recast a main character in order to continue the franchise. But from Bond to Bewitched, Batman to Dumbledore, Hollywood has never been afraid to dump old stars and seek fresh blood for the sake of a character's longevity.
July 19, 2012 The Dark Knight Rises places Batman in contemporary New York amid familiar economic and social unrest. NPR's Bob Mondello says the film is as big and loud as expected. The biggest surprise is how satisfying an end it provides to Christopher Nolan's trilogy.