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Bob Mondello

Bob Mondello
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
8/10 95% Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2017) Jacobs argued that what looks to officialdom like disorder is actually what makes a crowded human landscape function - it's just a more complex order. This compelling documentary lets you see the beauty she found in that complexity.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
9/10 98% Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa.) (2017) It's both gorgeous enough and emotionally engaging enough to be worth seeking out.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
7/10 81% God Knows Where I Am (2017) They're using the pacing and the lachrymose visuals to get us inside Linda's head, giving us a sense of how she saw the world as it closed in on her: the loneliness, the ever-slowing pace of a life ebbing.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
8/10 93% All This Panic (2017) [Filmmakers Jenny Gage and Tom Betterton] got close to them as Brooklyn neighbors and spent three years following them as they matured and began to separate from parents and forge their own identities.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
99% Get Out (2017) Get Out is more a very smart satire with scares, than a full-on horror movie. But if it makes you think while it's making you jump there's much to be said for that.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2017
6.5/10 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) With all the aerial dogfights, armored combat vehicles, grenades, flame-throwers and snipers, Rogue One feels like a film for those who think that most Star Wars movies are insufficiently like World War II flicks.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
8.5/10 84% Deepwater Horizon (2016) You can't help marveling at the tightrope the filmmakers walk: honoring their courage and sacrifice while making an action flick entertaining enough to justify the more than $100 million it took to make it come alive on-screen.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 30, 2016
7/10 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) If body count is what you go to Westerns for, by all means drift into this one's corral. ‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
7/10 51% Genius (2016) Is it too much? Well, sure. Genius is more Thomas Wolfe than Max Perkins, you might say. ‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
78% From Afar (Desde Allá) (2016) A relationship drama with societal implications, Desde Allá (From Afar) hails from afar - specifically, from Venezuela - and marks a striking debut for first-time writer director Lorenzo Vigas.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
8/10 90% Art Bastard (2016) 'Art Bastard' is a film about a man who has tilted - and continues to tilt - at the art-world equivalent of Don Quixote's windmills. ‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2016
9/10 89% The Lobster (2016) plays cleverly with the compatibility assumptions behind, say, singles groups and online dating sites.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016
8/10 95% The Jungle Book (2016) Most of the real world challenges that Leo DiCaprio faced in The Revenant, 10-year-old Neel Sethi faces plenty persuasively in The Jungle Book's digitized world. ‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 16, 2016
28% Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) It's freighted not so much with entertainment value as it is with enough talk of fallen gods, absent parents, and dissolute heroes to fuel a Greek tragedy. And ... director Zack Snyder seems convinced that that's what he's making.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2016
90% The Clan (El Clan) (2016) An intriguingly unnerving little civics lesson.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2016
95% Marguerite (2016) Meryl Streep will soon play Jenkins in another movie, but it's hard to imagine anyone improving on the mix of hilarity and heartbreak this transplanted, fictional version achieves.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2016
98% Zootopia (2016) Credit the Disney folks with making what could have been a lecture on stereotypes into one of the more amusing animated kidflicks of recent vintage.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 4, 2016
84% Deadpool (2016) Deadpool ... has the singular virtue of being funnier than we've been led to believe a superhero film can be.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2016
96% Rams (Hrútar) (2016) A drama that offers a portrait of dedication and alienation, as well as of an unspoken, honored-entirely-in-the-breach bond between brothers who've spent a lifetime butting heads near the top of the world.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2016
93% Anomalisa (2015) What's fascinating is how the things that make the film different are the very things that make it emotionally engaging.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2015
97% Chimes at Midnight (1965) Sprawling, and hugely ambitious, and containing a glorious Wellesian Falstaff who's as majestic in folly as he is in girth.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2015
81% The Revenant (2015) What elevates this standard, if relentless, plot line is that The Revenant feels like high-wire work without a net.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2015
97% 45 Years (2015) A devastatingly intimate tale about a couple unsettled late-in-life, by an unexpected revelation.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 23, 2015
10/10 96% Son of Saul (2015) It's not an easy sit, but it is a riveting, effective one.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2015
92% Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) All you really want to know is whether it's good, right? Well, in fact, it is better than it had to be.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2015
91% James White (2015) Mond, making his feature directing debut after producing a slew of intriguing indies, brings intensity to an intimate domestic drama about a feckless New York City slacker who appears to have a fight-or-flight approach to a familial crisis.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2015
7/10 64% Spectre (2015) It remains a decently robust and entertaining mid-level Bond movie - just one that's haunted by the specter of its predecessor.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2015
91% Bridge of Spies (2015) Apart from Hanks, and an understated, scene-stealing turn by Mark Rylance as the Soviet spy Abel, Bridge of Spies mostly settles for being solidly told and atmospheric.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2015
9/10 86% Steve Jobs (2015) The film feels so electric while you're watching, it's hard to believe that after two hours, it doesn't even get to the iPod, let alone the iPhone.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2015
9/10 96% Jafar Panahi's Taxi (2015) [Panahi has] created his most accessible nonfilm yet. ‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2015
9/10 90% Coming Home (2015) Coming Home can be understood as both a Nicholas Sparks-style weepie, and a social commentary about the Cultural Revolution.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2015
88% Mr. Holmes (2015) Even those who've read the book can be startled by what happens in Mr. Holmes, while they're being moved by McKellen in a role he's come to late, but with his customary elegance.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2015
44% Irrational Man (2015) Woody Allen's writing is as sharp as his leading character's morality is fuzzy. And if the director is revisiting territory from Crimes and Misdemeanors in spots, he's working some decently amusing variations here.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2015
10/10 89% The Tribe (2015) By the end, The Tribe has revealed itself as so original, and so chilling, it's likely to leave you speechless.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2015
8/10 82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) At once earnest and flip, capturing teen angst without wallowing in teen drama.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2015
94% Charlie's Country (2015) The film gets some of its power from the fact that Charlie's story tracks pretty closely with that of the actor playing him. But just some of its power.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2015
9/10 94% Spy (2015) Feig's cheerfully feminist script makes only as much sense as it absolutely must, while providing McCarthy with chances to crack wise, show vulnerability and class, and do some of the more elegant pratfalls you'll have seen in a while.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2015
8.5/10 87% Heaven Knows What (2015) Heaven Knows What [has] a backstory precisely as fraught as what happens on screen. And that's pretty fraught.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 29, 2015
5/10 49% Tomorrowland (2015) While Tomorrowland's sermonizing left me feeling grumpy... it may well have an entirely different effect on impressionable children.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 22, 2015
9/10 97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) A gorgeous, scrap-metal demolition derby of a popcorn picture.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 15, 2015
80 48% The Film Critic (2015) A gentle wake-up call for reviewers who see themselves as movie gatekeepers rather than movie analysts.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 15, 2015
85% Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) The madding now comes so close on the heels of the gladding and the sadding, that it isn't until the very end, that you realize you've been artfully shepherded - stampeded, really - right off an emotional cliff.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted May 1, 2015
88% Tangerines (2015) Tangerines becomes an object lesson in the resilience of ancient animosities, and the limits, sadly, of common sense.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2015
9/10 99% About Elly (2015) A thriller perched right on the fault line between modern thinking and Islamic tradition.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2015
7/10 43% Effie Gray (2015) ...attractively shot, appealingly acted, and decorously eye-opening.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2015
5/10 54% Woman in Gold (2015) Director Simon Curtis is lucky to have Helen Mirren on hand, since she can turn the film's art history speeches into something that sounds like conversation. But the screenplay doesn't do either of them any favors.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2015
9/10 95% The Salt of the Earth (2015) Wenders, hoping to illuminate not just these images but the man who made them, has found an intriguing way to capture both Salgado and his work simultaneously.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2015
97% It Follows (2015) From the opening moments, the one thing clear about It Follows is that it will not follow in everyone else's footsteps.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2015
91% Eastern Boys (2015) Both surprisingly resonant, and something of a thrill-ride.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2015
95% Wild Tales (2015) The film is an anthology - a collection of six separate and unrelated stories - every one of which lives up to that title.‐ NPR
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2015