Movie Mom
December 2007 Archives

The author and star of this year’s most popular and critically acclaimed independent film talked with me about “Juno,” a smart, funny, touching film about a pregnant teenager who decides to give her baby to a childless couple. This is […]

Thanks to Eric Bateman for this update: The Catholic News Service reports that the Conference of Catholic Bishops has withdrawn its review of “The Golden Compass.” There are news reports that the US Bishops have been asked to fire the […]

There is not much story here. The set-up was two movies ago, when a man with a gunshot wound was fished out of the water. He had no memory but when it came to the tricks of the spy trade, […]

Everything is changing again for Harry Potter. Back when Hagrid explained to him for the first time at age 11 that his parents had not died in a car crash but in a battle with an evil wizard and that […]

The Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) today announced its selection of the gritty thriller No Country for Old Men as Best Film of 2007. In total, the Miramax/Paramount Vantage film won four awards including Best Director for Joel […]

Very worthwhile readings on “The Golden Compass” and the controversy: In the LA Times, Laura Miller talks about the emailed claims that author Philip Pullman is anti-relgion. Snopes lists this particular rumor as “true,” presumably because the e-mails use a […]

Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I hope you will check in often and I would be very happy to hear your comments, questions, and suggestions — even your corrections. I’ll be reviewing movies and DVDs every week and […]

Gift ideas for the whole family: For the preschooler-2nd grader Scholastic’s Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics is my very favorite DVD series ever for 3-8 year olds, with the very best in children’s books. The visuals, narration, and musical accompaniment […]

The 2007 Washington Jewish Film Festival included nearly 60 films. Some highlights: Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soapbox A documentary telling the story behind the toiletries sold in health food stores and follows Bronner’s son as he carries forth his father’s message […]

Little toy jungle animals are lined up on the rug. Typewriter keys bang like gunshots. Briony (Saoirse Ronan) is writing a play called “The Trials of Arabella.” It is 1935 England, a dream of a summer afternoon on a sleepy […]