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Far from the Madding Crowd
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and violence
Release Date:
May 1, 2015

 

Paddington
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG for mild action and rude humor
Release Date:
January 16, 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action, violence and destruction, and for some suggestive comments
Release Date:
May 1, 2015

 

The Boy Next Door
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:
Rated R for violence, sexual content/nudity and language
Release Date:
January 23, 2015

Welcome to Me
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating:
Rated R for sexual content, some graphic nudity, language and brief drug use
Release Date:
May 1, 2015

 

Big Eyes
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong language
Release Date:
December 25, 2014

New in Theaters

grade:
B+

Far from the Madding Crowd

Lowest Recommended Age:
Middle School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and violence
Release Date:
May 1, 2015
grade:
B+

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Lowest Recommended Age:
Middle School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action, violence and destruction, and for some suggestive comments
Release Date:
May 1, 2015
grade:
C

Welcome to Me

Lowest Recommended Age:
Adult
MPAA Rating:
Rated R for sexual content, some graphic nudity, language and brief drug use
Release Date:
May 1, 2015

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pick of the week
grade:
B

Paddington

Lowest Recommended Age:
All Ages
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG for mild action and rude humor
Release Date:
January 16, 2015
grade:
D

The Boy Next Door

Lowest Recommended Age:
Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:
Rated R for violence, sexual content/nudity and language
Release Date:
January 23, 2015
grade:
B+

Big Eyes

Lowest Recommended Age:
High School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong language
Release Date:
December 25, 2014

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Trailer: Woody Allen’s “Irrational Man”

posted by Nell Minow

Woody Allen’s new movie has Joaquin Phoenix as a depressed middle-aged professor who finds new joy and meaning in the love a beautiful young student. This is a recurring theme in Allen’s films, but this trailer suggests that it may take a different direction. I hope so!

Wit and Wisdom in The Jottery by Andy Selsberg

posted by Nell Minow
Copyright 2015 Perigee

Copyright 2015 Perigee

I really enjoyed The Jottery: Thought Experiments for Everyday Philosophers and Part-Time Geniuses by Andy Selsberg. Each page has a question or mental challenge — think of it as something between a really high-end fortune cookie, a profound zen koan, and a really great late-night dorm room discussion. Next time you’re going to be in the car for more than half an hour with a friend or family member, bring this book instead of listening to music or letting the kids watch a movie.

In ten words or fewer, explain why it’s useful or stupid to ask people to explain things in ten words or fewer.

List a handful of elevator tension-breakers, and a handful of elevator tension-makers.

A service specializes in planning vacations that seem unremarkable at the time, but that people look back on with an almost unbearable fondness and longing. Suggest a few itineraries.

List at least ten groups about which you could grandly announce, “These are my people!”

Selsberg’s books (Dear Old Love: Anonymous Notes to Former Crushes, Sweethearts, Husbands, Wives, & Ones That Got Away, You Are Good at Things: A Checklist) have been featured by The New Yorker, NPR, The Chicago Tribune, The Guardian, and Penthouse, and he has also written for GQ, The Believer, Oxford American, and Salon.

Trailer: What Happened, Miss Simone? — Nina Simone Documentary

posted by Nell Minow

I was privileged to hear Nina Simone perform in concert and can’t wait to see this film.

Tomorrowland Contest: The Museum of Science Fiction Wants Your Ideas About Tomorrow

posted by Nell Minow
Copyright Disney 2015

Copyright Disney 2015

The Museum of Science Fiction today announced the launch of an online contest to celebrate the opening of Disney’s new film “Tomorrowland.” Fans can submit their vision of tomorrow for a chance to win a prize pack including promotional items and tickets to the film.

The Vision of Tomorrow Contest invites fans ages 13 and up to create a display that reveals their predicted landscape of the future. Using any materials, entrants will create and photograph their design for submission via email. Visions can be built from, but are not limited to, drawings, blocks, paper clips, 3D printing – whatever captures the builder’s imagination. As in the world of Tomorrowland, the sky is the limit.

The contest runs May 1 – May 18, 2015. Two winners will be selected by the judging committee based on the qualities of: originality, detail, scope of vision and overall creativity.  Another 25 entries will be selected for showcase on The Museum of Science Fiction Facebook page, where fans can vote for one “People’s Choice” Award. Three total winners from the two categories will each receive a prize pack including promotional items from “Tomorrowland” and a $50 gift card for a theater chain in their area to see the movie.

Entries must consist of no more than four photos of the creation, showcasing different angles, and each photo must be 1MB or smaller in size. They may be submitted to tomorrowland@museumofsciencefiction.org and include the creator’s full name, address and date of birth. Complete rules of this contest are available at www.museumofsciencefiction.org/tomorrowland

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Trailer: Woody Allen's "Irrational Man"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OKBz-1tpUo Woody Allen's new movie has Joaquin Phoenix as a depressed middle-aged professor who finds new joy and meaning in the love a beautiful young student. This is a recurring theme in Allen's films, but ...

posted 8:00:22am May. 03, 2015 | read full post »

Wit and Wisdom in The Jottery by Andy Selsberg
I really enjoyed The Jottery: Thought Experiments for Everyday Philosophers and Part-Time Geniuses by Andy Selsberg. Each page has a question or ...

posted 3:39:37pm May. 02, 2015 | read full post »

Trailer: What Happened, Miss Simone? -- Nina Simone Documentary
I was privileged to hear Nina Simone perform in concert and can't wait to see this film. [iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/moOQXZxriKY?rel=0&controls=0&showinfo=0" frameborder="0"] ...

posted 8:00:35am May. 02, 2015 | read full post »

Tomorrowland Contest: The Museum of Science Fiction Wants Your Ideas About Tomorrow
The Museum of Science Fiction today announced the launch of an online contest to celebrate the opening of Disney’s new film “Tomorrowland.” Fans ...

posted 5:29:31pm May. 01, 2015 | read full post »

Interview: Alex Garland of "Ex Machina"
Alex Garland is the screenwriter of thought-provoking sci-fi films like "28 Days Later" and "Never Let Me Go."  He wrote and for the first time ...

posted 3:39:58pm May. 01, 2015 | read full post »

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