Bob Mondello en Oh, 'Boyhood!' Linklater's Cinematic Stunt Pays Off Filmmaker Richard Linklater breezed through plenty of genres in his career, establishing that he's comfortable making loose comedies like <em>Slacker,</em> animated sci-fi thrillers like <em>A Scanner Darkly,</em> and even messing with longer-form studies in time with his <em>Before</em> trilogy, <em>Before Sunset</em>, <em>Before Sunrise</em> and <em>Before Midnight</em>.<p>Still, it's safe to say that he's never done anything even remotely like <em>Boyhood,</em> his latest film, because neither has anyone else.<p>It sounds like the most ordinary of stories: just a boy growing up. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Bob Mondello 58773 at Oh, 'Boyhood!' Linklater's Cinematic Stunt Pays Off Sci-Fi Kid Flick 'Earth To Echo' Broadens The 'E.T.' Formula Movie theaters were swarming with <em>Transformers</em> this past weekend, and that'll also be true over the July 4 weekend. So this may not seem to be the best moment to bring out a sci-fi flick made on a budget that wouldn't cover catering for Optimus Prime. But "small" has its virtues sometimes, and the kid flick <em>Earth to Echo</em> is one of those times.<p>It opens with eighth-grader Tuck about to lose his two best buds. Their families are moving from Nevada, and it's their last night together, so they're doing what kids do — taping goodbyes for YouTube. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Bob Mondello 58508 at Sci-Fi Kid Flick 'Earth To Echo' Broadens The 'E.T.' Formula James McAvoy As A Creep? In 'Filth,' The Anti-Typecasting Works Bruce Robertson (James McAvoy) swaggers down the street at the start of <em>Filth</em> swiping balloons from children, ogling their mothers, flipping off foreigners and smirking as he ticks down a list of what makes Scotland a place where he feels he can be cock-of-the-walk.<p>"This nation brought the world television, the steam engine, golf, whiskey, penicillin and, of course, the deep-fried Mars bar," he snorts. "We're such a uniquely successful race."<p>He's the kind of soulless, racist, drug-and-alcohol-addled operator you might call the police to protect you from. Fri, 30 May 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Bob Mondello 57192 at James McAvoy As A Creep? In 'Filth,' The Anti-Typecasting Works Multiplexes Heat Up For Summer Blockbuster Season Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block. The long Memorial Day weekend usually marks the start of Hollywood blockbuster season. But it's been well underway with "Godzilla" and "X-Men" already in theaters. That said, there are another 87 would-be hits scheduled before Labor Day. We asked critic Bob Mondello for a selective preview.<p>BOB MONDELLO, BYLINE: What's the plural of apocalypse? Apocali (ph)? Apocalypses (ph)? Whatever. A whole bunch of coming to the multiplex. Mon, 26 May 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Bob Mondello 57006 at Seeing The New 'X-Men'? Take Along A Teenager To Explain The final "X" in the 20th Century Fox logo glows for an extra second as <em>X-Men: Days of Future Past</em> gets started, but what follows is darker than dark — a bleak, dire future in which all of Manhattan is a mutant prison camp. Fri, 23 May 2014 20:43:00 +0000 Bob Mondello 56918 at Seeing The New 'X-Men'? Take Along A Teenager To Explain