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Over Her Dead Body

posted by Nell Minow
D
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language.

This movie starts out badly, gets much worse, and then after it is just dull for a while, it veers off into a whole new category of awful. Stay away. The premise is promising. How do we know? Because it […]

Beliefnet salutes 2008 movies and the all-time top Westerns

posted by Nell Minow

This is my third year as one of the nominators for Beliefnet’s annual awards that pay tribute to the most spiritually nourishing and inspiring films of the year. Each of the candidates is presented with pro and con statements (mine […]

James C. Strouse of “Grace is Gone”

posted by Nell Minow

“Grace is Gone” is the story of a father who cannot bear to tell his daughters that their mother has been killed in Iraq, so he takes them on a road trip to a theme park called Enchanted Garden. It […]

Jeneé Osterheldt Recommends the Classics

posted by Nell Minow

The Kansas City Star’s Jeneé Osterheldt has a great column with the solution for television fans suffering from writers’ strike doldrums: go to Turner Classic Movies and enjoy the classics. When Martin Scorsese met with the Museum of the Moving […]

The Invasion

posted by Nell Minow
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and terror.
Movie Release Date:August 17, 2007
DVD Release Date:January 29, 2008
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and terror.
Movie Release Date: August 17, 2007
DVD Release Date: January 29, 2008

This fourth movie version of the Jack Finney story about “body-snatchers” again reminds us that the scariest enemies are not creatures with sharp talons and teeth, aliens with super-powerful weapons, or enormous dinosaurs with powerful jaws but the prospect of […]

Daddy Day Camp

posted by Nell Minow
D
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for mild bodily humor and language.
DVD Release Date:January 29, 2008
D
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild bodily humor and language.
DVD Release Date: January 29, 2008

This farm team follow-up to “Daddy Day Care” puts Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Paul Raye as Charlie and Phil, the parts originated by Eddie Murphy and Jeff Garlin. Note that the ads proclaim this is “from the studio” that gave […]

Rocket Science

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated R for some sexual content and language.
Movie Release Date:2007
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for some sexual content and language.
Movie Release Date: 2007

Hal (Reece Thompson) has something say but he has a lot of trouble saying it. On the bus, he can practice asking for pizza, but when it comes to the moment and he is standing in the cafeteria line, he […]

Interview: Aria Wallace of “Roxy Hunter”

posted by Nell Minow

Aria Wallace plays Roxy Hunter, a clever young sleuth whose persistance and inquisitiveness sometimes gets her into trouble but often solves mysteries. I interviewed Ms. Wallace via email. What’s the best thing about playing Roxy Hunter? I love the different […]

U2 3D

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:January 23, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: January 23, 2008

“U2 in 3D” doesn’t just give you the feeling of being at a rock concert. It gives you the feeling of being a rock star. Super-big, super-close, super-clear, and super-charged, it broke the record for the most 3-D cameras used […]

How She Move

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some drug content, suggestive material and language.
Movie Release Date:January 25, 2008
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some drug content, suggestive material and language.
Movie Release Date: January 25, 2008

Raya Green (Rutina Wesley) has to go back home because her Caribbean immigrant parents can no longer afford the tuition at her tony private school. They spent that money on drug rehab for Raya’s sister. But they were unable to […]

Remembering Heath Ledger

posted by Nell Minow

Heath Ledger’s death is a terrible loss. He was an actor of great sensitivity and commitment. Most of the appreciations and obituaries focus on his Oscar-nominated performance in Brokeback Mountain

The Hunting Party

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:September 7, 2007
DVD Release Date:January 22, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: September 7, 2007
DVD Release Date: January 22, 2008

Crazy times require crazy tactics. And so just because the UN can’t seem to find Bosnia’s most notorious war criminal does not mean that a gonzo journalist shouldn’t track him down for an interview. Based on a 2002 Esquire Magazine […]

The Game Plan

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:PG
Movie Release Date:September 28, 2007
DVD Release Date:January 22, 2008
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: PG
Movie Release Date: September 28, 2007
DVD Release Date: January 22, 2008

There is undeniable little girl appeal in this story of a big, selfish meanie of a quarterback who is tamed by the 8-year-old daughter he never knew he had. Some audiences will find it as sugary as a fruit-scented princess […]

Interview: John Sayles of “Honeydripper”

posted by Nell Minow

Writer-director-editor-actor John Sayles has made some of the most consistently literate, subtle, and engaging films of the last three decades, including The Secret of Roan Inish, Lone Star, Casa de los Babys, Passion Fish, and Eight Men Out. I spoke […]

Sydney White

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Movie Release Date:September 21, 2007
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Movie Release Date: September 21, 2007

This updated fairy tale has some clever riffs on “Snow White” but never makes use of the considerable talents of its star, Amanda Bynes. Sydney (Bynes) is a college freshman who wants to join Kappa, the most exclusive sorority on […]

Rudy

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:PG
Movie Release Date:1993
DVD Release Date:1994
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: PG
Movie Release Date: 1993
DVD Release Date: 1994

In this true story of determination and courage, a young man from a blue collar family wants to play football for Notre Dame, despite the fact he has neither the athletic nor the academic skills. Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger (Sean Astin) […]

A Fresh Tomato for RT’s New Look

posted by Nell Minow

Yes, most critics love to read what our colleagues think about movies. And so I spend time just about every day on the wonderful Rotten Tomatoes website, the best place to read what everyone has to say, from Roger Ebert […]

27 Dresses

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for language, some innuendo and sexuality.
Movie Release Date:January 18, 2007
B
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for language, some innuendo and sexuality.
Movie Release Date: January 18, 2007

Jane has a special closet in her apartment filled with 27 dresses so ugly that only two things can be true: (1) they were all bridesmaid’s dresses, and that means (2) all 27 brides assured her that they could be […]

Darkon interview: Andrew Neel and Luke Meyer

posted by Nell Minow

Andrew Neel and Luke Meyer are the writer-directors of an exceptionally entertaining and engrossing film called “Darkon,” a documentary about LARPers — participants in live action role-playing games. Think of a mash-up between Civil War reenactors, a “Star Trek” convention, […]

Mr. Woodcock

posted by Nell Minow
D
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, thematic material, language and a mild drug reference.
Movie Release Date:September 11, 20007
DVD Release Date:January 15, 2008
D
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, thematic material, language and a mild drug reference.
Movie Release Date: September 11, 20007
DVD Release Date: January 15, 2008

If Sophocles knew that this would be the result, he would never have allowed “Oedipus” to see the light of day. “Mr. Woodcock” is an Oedipal comedy about a man who loves his mother and who becomes very, very upset […]

Good Luck Chuck

posted by Nell Minow
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for sequences of strong sexual content including crude dialogue, nudity, language and some drug use.
Movie Release Date:2007
DVD Release Date:January 15, 2008
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for sequences of strong sexual content including crude dialogue, nudity, language and some drug use.
Movie Release Date: 2007
DVD Release Date: January 15, 2008

At age 10, following an awkward Spin the Bottle encounter, a little goth girl puts a hex on Charlie so that he will be surrounded by love but never find it himself. But it is the audience who will feel […]

Flanagan’s Infuriating Mis-Read of “Juno”

posted by Nell Minow

Caitlan Flanagan’s elegant prose and exceptional grasp of vital detail make it easy to miss the single most important fact about what she writes — her absence of any insight about anything outside her own experience and her own head. […]

J.J. Abrams: “Sometimes Mystery is More Important than Knowledge”

posted by Nell Minow

At Ted Talks, J.J. Abrams spoke about his lifelong love of mystery because of its “infinite possibility and a sense of potential” and how that passion influences his creation of stories like Lost and the upcoming movie “Cloverfield.” And here […]

The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything-A Veggie Tales Movie

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Preschool
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:January 11, 2008
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Preschool
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: January 11, 2008

The Veggie Tales have produced a series of popular computer-animated videos for children and their families, with fruit and vegetable-inspired characters in engaging and funny stories with gentle moral overtones. Their new feature film does not mention God, as the […]

Interview: Regina Hall of “First Sunday”

posted by Nell Minow

Regina Hall has been the best thing in many movies that were either not worthy of her talents (the “Scary Movie” series), overlooked (Malibu’s Most Wanted), or just plain awful (“The Honeymooners,” “King’s Ransom”). She has an extraordinary ability to […]

Best Spiritual Films of 2007 — Beliefnet Group Discussion

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out the new Beliefnet Discussion Group on the Best Spiritual Films of last year and let us hear about the movies that inspired and nourished you.

First Sunday

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for language, some sexual humor, and brief drug references.
Movie Release Date:January 11, 2008
C
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for language, some sexual humor, and brief drug references.
Movie Release Date: January 11, 2008

Ice Cube was once a member of the fiercely provocative gangsta rap group N.W.A. (for N****** With Attitude). He is now a prolific Hollywood producer with franchise films from R-rated (the Friday series) to family-friendly (Are We There Yet?). He […]

Hollywood Escapes tour

posted by Nell Minow

Another highlight of my visit in Los Angeles was a personal tour from Harry Medved, co-author of the wonderful Hollywood Escapes: The Moviegoer’s Guide to Exploring Southern California’s Great Outdoors. Harry drove me around Santa Monica to show me the […]

The Critics Choice Awards

posted by Nell Minow

Last night, my husband and I attended our first-ever red carpet event, the Critics Choice Awards, which were broadcast on VH1. It was a lot of fun, especially the end, when all of the critics went up on stage to […]

Sunshine

posted by jmiller
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated R for violent content and language.
Movie Release Date:July 17, 2007
DVD Release Date:January 8, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for violent content and language.
Movie Release Date: July 17, 2007
DVD Release Date: January 8, 2008

The sun is dying. A rocket ship from earth, meaningfully named “Icarus,” failed in its mission to reboot the sun with a supercharged nuclear payload designed to “create a star within a star.” Now the earth’s last chance is Icarus […]

Critics Choice Awards

posted by Nell Minow

Watch the Critics Choice Awards hosted by D.L. Hughley tonight on VH1 and look for me in the silver dress!

Why (and how) do we like to be scared? What do you think is scary?

posted by Nell Minow

Before there were scary movies, there were scary plays. Before there were scary plays, there were scary stories. Scary has been very popular for a very long time. The top twenty box office champs are all scary, from Titanic to […]

There Will Be Blood

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:R for some violence
Movie Release Date:January 4, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: R for some violence
Movie Release Date: January 4, 2008

It opens with a scorching contrast of light and darkness. Alone at the bottom of a dark pit, Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) stubbornly scratches and claws in the mud. High above, a pitiless sun bleaches a remote desert landscape. Plainview […]

Reminding Oscar voters of great performances of 2007

posted by Nell Minow

Scott Bowles in USA Today quoted me in his story about performances that should not be overlooked by Oscar voters. I’d add Joseph Gordon-Levitt (and the rest of the cast, who were all brilliant) in The Lookout and Irfan Kahn […]

Will Smith — the Hitler flap

posted by Nell Minow

It is a shame that Will Smith’s reasonable comments have been taken out of context and he has been forced to apologize. Here is what he said: Even Hitler didn’t wake up going, ‘let me do the most evil thing […]

Shoot ‘Em Up

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:R for pervasive strong bloody violence, sexuality, and some language
Movie Release Date:September 7, 2007
DVD Release Date:January 1, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive strong bloody violence, sexuality, and some language
Movie Release Date: September 7, 2007
DVD Release Date: January 1, 2008

Writer-director Michael Davis has stripped the action movie down to its essence in a mind-blowing mash-up fueled with testosterone, adrenaline, and weapons-grade plutonium. No esoteric references in the title. No Robert McKee-mandated 10 pages at the beginning to make us […]

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