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Parents fret over appropriateness of movies for kids (Appleton Post-Crescent)

posted by Nell Minow

Cheryl Sherry’s column in the Appleton Post-Crescent discusses a new survey showing that PG movies with strong language sell fewer tickets than those with other kinds of parental concerns like violence or sex. “The reality is that profanity, within PG, […]

The Sandlot

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some language and kids chewing tobacco.
Movie Release Date:1993
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some language and kids chewing tobacco.
Movie Release Date: 1993

Happy Baseball Season! I am not sure why baseball has inspired more great movies than any other sport. There are wonderful choices for every age and interest, from musical (Damn Yankees) to fantasy (Angels in the Outfield — I prefer […]

Gender — and Genre — bending in “CJ7″

posted by Nell Minow

“CJ7″ is the story of a little boy named Dicky who struggles with school bullies, extreme poverty, tough homework, a girl who likes him, a different girl that he likes, problems communicating with his father (writer-director Stephen Chow), and an […]

Miss Bimbo: As Bad as it Sounds and Then Some

posted by Nell Minow

“Miss Bimbo” is an online site popular with little girls in England, France, and Japan that bills itself as the “first virtual fashion game.” It encourages them to “Become the most famous and beautiful bimbo in the world.” They can […]

Raising Victor Vargas

posted by Nell Minow

Two of the best performances of the year so far were given by Victor Rasuk in “Stop Loss” and Melonie Diaz in “Be Kind Rewind.” Both got their start in a little-seen independent film called a “minor miracle” by Salon […]

And the good sportsmanship award goes to…Chicago newspapers!

posted by Nell Minow

Chicagoans are furious about the plans of new Chicago Tribune owner Sam Zell to sell the naming rights to Chicago’s hallowed ground, Wrigley Field. The Chicago Sun-Times had a video competition for those who wanted to object, and the winner […]

Beaufort

posted by Nell Minow
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Unrated
Movie Release Date:March 28, 2008
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Movie Release Date: March 28, 2008

‘Beaufort,” the first Israeli movie nominated for the best foreign film Oscar in 24 years, is a meditation on the tragic ironies that soldiers face while ending an 18-year occupation of a medieval fortress in Lebanon. Despite their valor, the […]

PBS Kids and PBS Kids Go movies available for download

posted by Nell Minow

Episodes of Boohbah, Caillou, Cyberchase, and Liberty’s Kids are now available for free download from public library patrons’ home computers. The award-winning series are designed to enhance child development with age-appropriate, diverse content focusing on social-emotional development, math skills and […]

Interview with Jeff Ma and Jim Sturgess of “21”

posted by Nell Minow

Jim Sturgess (“The Other Boleyn Girl,” “Across the Universe”) stars in “21,” the new movie based on the real-life story of a group of MIT math whizes who won millions of dollars in Las Vegas. The character he plays was […]

DVD Giveaway: Jimmy Carter documentary

posted by Nell Minow

I have three copies of the outstanding documentary about Jimmy Carter to give to readers. Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme follows Carter as he talks about his controversial book that termed the Israeli occupation of occupied territories “apartheid.” This is a […]

Believer’s annual Film Issue

posted by Nell Minow

My very favorite magazine, The Believer, has an annual issue on one of my very favorite topics: Movies. And this one is their best, yet, with Chuck Klosterman’s essay on what I always say is the single most popular theme […]

DVD Giveaway: Extreme ski documentary “Steep”

posted by Nell Minow

Think triple black diamond times, um, infinity. Steep is a documentary about people who ski down big mountains with sheer descents so steep they are just about perpendicular. I have three copies of the DVD to give away to my […]

Contest: Blackjack tip cards from “21”

posted by Nell Minow

Think you can beat the house in Blackjack? That’s what a group of MIT students did. By counting cards, which is perfectly legal, they won very big in Las Vegas. Their story was told in a book called Bringing Down […]

Interview with Hugh Welchman of “Peter and the Wolf”

posted by Nell Minow

Peter and the Wolf,” this year’s Oscar-winner for best short animated film will be shown on PBS this Wednesday from 8-9 Eastern Time. It is a brilliantly imaginative film and well worth setting aside some family time to watch it […]

Trevor Romain’s DVDs about Kid Problems

posted by Nell Minow
B+
B+

Trevor Romain knows how to talk to kids about the problems they think no one understands. His DVDs are a great way to begin conversations at home, in school, in Scout troops, religious groups, or in other community gatherings. They […]

Interview with Ilana Trachtman, director of “Praying with Lior”

posted by Nell Minow

Ilana Trachtman found the subject of her documentary, “Praying with Lior,” at Rosh Hashanah services. Lior has Down syndrome. His devotion to prayer has inspired the members of his close and loving Jewish community in Philadelphia. But the movie is […]

List: 10 movies that feature God

posted by Nell Minow

Rotten Tomatoes has a new list of movies that feature God. Not long ago, Beliefnet had its own list of memorable portrayals of God in the movies and television. I contributed a brief commentary on one of my favorites, Howie […]

Do women critics review differently?

posted by Nell Minow

Jennifer Merin of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists invited me to respond to a blog post from Gary Susman of Entertainment Weekly on whether we need more female critics.

Remembering Paul Scofield

posted by Nell Minow

Paul Scofield, who died today at age 86, will be best remembered for his Oscar-winning performance in “A Man for All Seasons.” My favorite moment is when he is saying goodbye to his family shortly before he will be beheaded. […]

Remembering Ivan Dixon

posted by Nell Minow

Ivan Dixon, who died this week, is best known for appearing on “Hogan’s Heroes.” But I believe he will be best remembered for his pioneering work as one of the first African-American directors and for his work on behalf of […]

Can you spot “Enchanted’s” Disney connections?

posted by Nell Minow

“Enchanted” teases and pays tribute to many of Disney’s classics. How many can you name? Here are some hints: Enchanted quiz 1 Enchanted quiz 2 Enchanted quiz 3

Anthony Minghella

posted by Nell Minow

It is a terrible loss to the world of film that Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella has died suddenly of complications following surgery. I am very much looking forward to his final film, based on the best-selling book, The No. 1 […]

Arhur C. Clarke

posted by Nell Minow

Science fiction luminary Arthur C. Clarke has died at age 90. His pioneering theoretical work on orbits made possible the development of communication satellites and the author of over 100 books. His thoughtful interview in 1999 covers his experience writing […]

I am Legend

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence.
Movie Release Date:December 14, 2007
DVD Release Date:March 18, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence.
Movie Release Date: December 14, 2007
DVD Release Date: March 18, 2008

Will Smith plays the last man on earth in this third movie based on Richard Matheson’s novella. Scientist Robert Neville was immune to the virus that wiped out everyone. He spends his days hunting for food in the deserted streets […]

Enchanted

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some scary images and mild innuendo
Movie Release Date:November 21, 2007
DVD Release Date:March 18, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some scary images and mild innuendo
Movie Release Date: November 21, 2007
DVD Release Date: March 18, 2008

Fairy tales and modern-day Manhattan find a way to live happily ever after in this adorable Disney story about the adventures of a prince, an almost-princess, and an evil queen in New York City.

Interview with Ira Sachs of “Married Life”

posted by Nell Minow

Ira Sachs is the writer/director of “Married Life,” a story set in 1949 about a married man (Chris Cooper) who falls in love with a young widow (Rachel McAdams). He believes that it would be kinder to kill his wife […]

Arranged

posted by Nell Minow
B
DVD Release Date:March 11, 2008
B
DVD Release Date: March 11, 2008

This quiet little independent film is the story of the friendship between two New York City schoolteachers, an Orthodox Jew and a Muslim, who transcend the assumptions of those around them. They quickly realize that they have more in common […]

Entertainment Weekly’s Best Movies for Kids

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of this week’s release of “Horton Hears a Who,” the best movie for the family in a long time, Entertainment Weekly has put together a list of the 20 all-time best movies for kids. These are not movies […]

God Bless Anita Renfroe

posted by Nell Minow

I was delighted to see a terrific article about the fabulous Anita Renfroe in the New York Times. It is especially gratifying to see the mainstream media embrace a performer who is frank and upfront about her Christianity. It is […]

Speed Racer

posted by Nell Minow

Andy and Larry Wachowski, the folks behind the Matrix trilogy, have taken the iconic but decidedly low-tech 1960’s Japanese cartoon character and put the pedal to the metal with dazzling effects and electrifying action. Do what Speed Racer does — […]

Never Back Down

posted by Nell Minow

There have been a number of very successful films lately that show one or more high school kids participating in some form of ultimate competition, usually involving dance or sports. The form is as predictable as a limerick: Good-hearted but […]

Horton Hears a Who

posted by Nell Minow

They finally got Dr. Seuss right in this warm-hearted and heart-warming story of the elephant who is “faithful 100 percent” and the world on a little speck of dust that he rescues. Jim Carrey provides the voice of Horton, an […]

Political scandal and The Politician’s Wife

posted by Nell Minow

Once again a politician is in disgrace and once again his wife appears at his side at the press conference. While he admits his mistakes, she stands there in silent support. What is she thinking? Of the sacrifices she made […]

No Country for Old Men

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong graphic violence and some language.
Movie Release Date:November 9, 2007
DVD Release Date:March 11, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong graphic violence and some language.
Movie Release Date: November 9, 2007
DVD Release Date: March 11, 2008

“I’m fixin to go do somethin dumbern hell but I’m goin anyways. If I don’t come back tell Mother I love her.” “Your mother’s dead Llewelyn.” “Well I’ll tell her myself then.” For the Coen brothers’ first-ever adaptation of another […]

Nancy Drew: Mystery in the Hollywood Hills

posted by jmiller
C
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for mild violence, thematic elements and brief language.
Movie Release Date:2007
DVD Release Date:March 11, 2008
C
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild violence, thematic elements and brief language.
Movie Release Date: 2007
DVD Release Date: March 11, 2008

Part of the appeal of Nancy Drew through the decades has been the way she has continually been updated while remaining essentially the same. The problem with this movie is that the updates are poorly chosen, awkwardly inserted, and inappropriate […]

August Rush

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some thematic elements, mild violence and language
Movie Release Date:November 21, 2007
DVD Release Date:March 11, 2008
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some thematic elements, mild violence and language
Movie Release Date: November 21, 2007
DVD Release Date: March 11, 2008

Those who are willing to open their hearts to this urban fairy tale will find its pleasures, as long as they they don’t think about it too hard.

Dan in Real Life

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some innuendo.
Movie Release Date:October 26, 2007
DVD Release Date:March 11, 2008
B
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some innuendo.
Movie Release Date: October 26, 2007
DVD Release Date: March 11, 2008

No one is better than Steve Carell at playing clenched. In “Dan in Real Life,” he plays a character so clenched he just about levitates off the ground. Dan is an advice columnist and a single parent. He cares for […]

The Quiet Man

posted by Nell Minow
A
A

I grew up in Chicago, a city that really knows how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. There’s the parade, of course, and every year they dye the Chicago River green. And every year WGN shows The Quiet Man, the unabashed […]

Bee Movie

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Preschool
MPAA Rating:PG for mild suggestive humor.
Movie Release Date:November 2, 2007
DVD Release Date:March 11, 2008
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Preschool
MPAA Rating: PG for mild suggestive humor.
Movie Release Date: November 2, 2007
DVD Release Date: March 11, 2008

Jerry Seinfeld will always be remembered for creating a brilliant and beloved television show about…nothing. His unbreakable rule was “no learning, no hugging.” Popular sitcoms had always been about learning and hugging and “very special episodes.” But Seinfeld created four […]

Special offer for Public Libraries on Films of Frederick Wiseman

posted by Nell Minow

Pioneering documentarian Frederick Wiseman is one of the key developers of what is sometimes called “observational” or “direct” cinema. These days, our concept of documentaries is often shaped by Michael Moore or Al Gore, unabashedly advocacy movies that are more […]

Family Matters radio interview

posted by Nell Minow

I had a lot of fun talking to Caroline and Jacquie of Family Matters radio about the Oscars and other movie topics. You can hear the interview here and here.

Testimony about overpaid CEOs and subprime mortgages

posted by Nell Minow

Update for anyone who wants to see my testimony: On the CSPAN website look for the Waxman hearing on CEO compensation and click on Panel 1. I’m about halfway through. My presentation is under five minutes but I also got […]

10,000 B.C.

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence.
Movie Release Date:March 7, 2008
C
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence.
Movie Release Date: March 7, 2008

If you are ten years old, a fan of video games, and have a short attention span and no knowledge of history, you will love this movie. The further you stray from these core qualifications, the less you will love […]

TV tomorrow

posted by Nell Minow

When I’m not being The Movie Mom, I speak out often on corporate abuses. Tomorrow, I will testify about the CEOs who made millions while their companies, investors, and customers were losing millions on subprime mortgages before the U.S. Congress […]

The Bank Job

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for sexual content, nudity, violence and language.
Movie Release Date:March 7, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for sexual content, nudity, violence and language.
Movie Release Date: March 7, 2008

Ah, the pleasures of the heist film. Something for nothing. Sticking it to The Man. Tricky problems solved by clever people both in the planning stages and on the spot. And, just to make it really fun, sometimes, as here, […]

Interview: Blindsight

posted by Nell Minow

Producer Sybil Robson-Orr talks to Erik Weihenmeyer and Sabriye Tenberken about the documentary “Blindsight” — the story of six blind Tibetan teenagers who climbed the Lhakpa-Ri peak of Mount Everest, led by Weihenmeyer, the first blind man to climb Everest. […]

Purple State of Mind: A movie about faith, politics, and connections

posted by Nell Minow

Craig Detweiler and John Marks have known each other for twenty-five years. When they roomed together as sophomores at Davidson College, they were devout Christians. It was Craig’s first year in the faith, John’s last. After college, they parted ways, […]

One Hundred and One Dalmatians

posted by Nell Minow
A
Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:1961
DVD Release Date:February 9, 2015
A
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 1961
DVD Release Date: February 9, 2015

“One Hundred and One Dalmatians” is one of the best-loved Disney classics (and the first of its animated films to take place in a contemporary setting). There is nothing more irresistible than 99 frisky spotted puppies and there has never […]

Into the Wild

posted by Nell Minow
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language and some nudity.
Movie Release Date:September 21, 2007
DVD Release Date:March 4, 2008
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language and some nudity.
Movie Release Date: September 21, 2007
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2008

Every one of us at times hears the call of the wild, to match the wild of the outdoors to the wild that is inside us, to leave behind all of the petty complications of civilization and test ourselves down […]

Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:November 16, 2007
DVD Release Date:March 4, 2008
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: November 16, 2007
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2008

There’s nothing harder to get right in a movie than whimsy. And there are few clumsier crashes when it goes wrong. What could have been a charmingly whimsical children’s book becomes an arch and sugary movie, its failures of tone […]

Religion in film: characters, themes, resources

posted by Nell Minow

Beliefnet’s Kris Rasmussen has a list of 10 positive Christian characters in recent films. I was pleased to see Amy Adams’ performance in Junebug included, though for me the most spiritually touching moment in the movie was when Alessandro Nivola, […]

Great movies you just don’t get

posted by Nell Minow

Beliefnet’s Crunchy Con asked readers to fess up — which “great” movies don’t work for you? Many certified classics show up on the list, from Citizen Kane to 2001 – A Space Odyssey. Unsurprisingly, nearly every movie dissed by one […]

DVD giveaway: for children under age 6

posted by Nell Minow

This time, I have free DVDs for ages 2-5 for the first five readers who email me at moviemom@moviemom.com. You do not need to send your address until I let you know that you have won. As always, I love […]

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