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Digital Literacy and Citizenship: Report from Common Sense Media

posted by Nell Minow

Common Sense Media is an outstanding resource for parents and I am proud to be a member of their board of advisers. Their new report, “Digital Literacy and Citizenship in the 21st Century: Educating, Empowering, and Protecting America’s Kids,” and […]

Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:February 27, 2009
DVD Release Date:June 30, 2009
B
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: February 27, 2009
DVD Release Date: June 30, 2009

Jonas Brothers fans will feel like they are on stage with Joe, Nick, and Kevin in this immersive 3D concert film from the recent “Burning Up” tour. Brief backstage glimpses of the JoBros waking up, having breakfast, filming a music […]

Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter

posted by Nell Minow

i’m really looking forward to Tim Burton’s upcoming “Alice in Wonderland” more than ever after seeing this picture of Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. And just consider this: Alan Rickman as the Caterpillar. Brilliant!

Do the Right Thing

posted by Nell Minow
A
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:R
Movie Release Date:1989
DVD Release Date:June 30, 2009
A
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: R
Movie Release Date: 1989
DVD Release Date: June 30, 2009

Twenty years ago, Spike Lee made a tough, smart, and very provocative film that included an electrifying moment when the character played by Lee himself held up a trash can and aimed it at the glass window of a pizzeria […]

Secret Ballot

posted by Nell Minow
A
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:2001
DVD Release Date:2002
A
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 2001
DVD Release Date: 2002

Those who are interested in the Iranian election and protests should see this superb Iranian film that is one of the finest explorations of freedom, elections, democracy, and the rule of law I have ever watched on screen. It begins […]

Disney Karaoke Series: Disney Channel Vol 1

posted by Nell Minow

The latest in Disney’s popular karaoke series is Disney Channel, Vol. 1, with sixteen tracks, half with vocals and half without, so you can provide your own singing. Selections include songs from “High School Musicals” 1, 2, and 3, “Hannah […]

PS 22 Sings

posted by Nell Minow

In the documentary Young @ Heart, we saw how elderly people singing rock songs gave the music a resonance and power that even its platinum-record-selling originators could not have imagined. And now we see the way that children led their […]

Tribute: Michael Jackson

posted by Nell Minow

I saw Michael Jackson’s first appearance on national television. I was sitting on my parents’ bed with my sisters, watching a variety show called “The Hollywood Palace.” The Jackson 5ive came on stage and I was mesmerized. The lead singer […]

My Sister’s Keeper

posted by Nell Minow

How far would you go to save your child’s life? How far should you go? Those are the questions posed — and largely ducked — in this film based on the best-selling book, My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult. The […]

Tribute: Farrah Fawcett

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the loss of the beautiful and talented Farrah Fawcett, who died this morning after a long bout with cancer. She came to attention as the athletic Jill on “Charlie’s Angels.” Her dazzling smile and girl-you-wish-was-next door look quickly […]

‘Stoning of Soraya M’ Facebook Live Video Chat

posted by Nell Minow

This afternoon/evening at 4 pm PST there will be a live video chat on Facebook with writer/director Cyrus Nowrasteh to answer participant questions regarding his latest film. Based on a true story, “The Stoning of Soraya M.” stars Shohreh Aghdashloo […]

The Parents We Mean to Be: How Well-Intentioned Parents Undermine Children’s Moral and Emotional Development

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Richard Weissbourd, author of The Parents We Mean To Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children’s Moral and Emotional Development, for giving me permission to post this thoughtful conversation about parents, children, and what does and does not […]

List: Great Comedy Duos

posted by Nell Minow

As I was watching Year One, I thought about why the Michael Cera/Jack Black teaming does not work very well. They are both very funny guys, and they have that yin/yang element that propels most comedy teams, with one expansive […]

Buffy vs. Edward Cullen!

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Jezebel for finding this!

Jon and Kate Plus D-I-V-O-R-C-E

posted by Nell Minow

The big announcement by Jon and Kate Gosselin that they are divorcing comes as no surprise. While they used the word “separate,” the program acknowledged that it has gone farther than that and that they have filed for dissolution of […]

Happy Birthday to The Worst Director Ever

posted by Nell Minow

Uwe Boll is now pretty much universally considered the worst movie director alive, if not the worst ever. Not only are five of his films in the IMDB’s all-time worst 100 list (a record), but Boll has inspired a petition […]

Confessions of a Shopaholic

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some mild language and thematic elements
Movie Release Date:February 13, 2009
DVD Release Date:June 23, 2009
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some mild language and thematic elements
Movie Release Date: February 13, 2009
DVD Release Date: June 23, 2009

Even the endlessly talented and infinitely adorable Isla Fisher cannot overcome the script problems in this unfrothy romantic comedy about a writer who just can’t stop shopping. As hard as they try to make her irresistable, the character she plays […]

The Pink Panther 2

posted by Nell Minow
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:PG for some suggestive humor, brief mild language and action
Movie Release Date:February 6, 2009
DVD Release Date:June 23, 2009
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: PG for some suggestive humor, brief mild language and action
Movie Release Date: February 6, 2009
DVD Release Date: June 23, 2009

I have seen taxidermy livelier than this moribund mess which further sullies the reputation of the original series of films starring Peter Sellers as well as those of everyone associated with this unwelcome sequel to the awful 2006 Pink Panther. […]

Behind the Scenes with ‘Shopaholic’

posted by Nell Minow

“Shopaholic” comes to DVD this week. Here is a glimpse behind the scenes: • The film shot inside of some of the most exclusive stores and boutiques in New York, including Barneys New York flagship store on Madison Avenue, Henri […]

Steve Jobs/Apple

posted by Nell Minow

In my corporate governance role, I appeared on CNBC today to discuss Steve Jobs and what Apple should disclose about his health.

Toy Story 3 (Coming in 2010)

posted by Nell Minow

Oh, boy!

An Age Old Problem– What Hollywood is Not Letting You See

posted by Nell Minow

My brilliant and talented friend Robert J. Elisberg writes an outstanding column about politics and culture in “The Huffington Post.” I told him how much I admired his most recent piece about the way that Hollywood’s obsession with youth interferes […]

Quote of the Week: Dana Stevens on Michael Cera

posted by Nell Minow

Dana Stevens liked “Year One” more than I did and she nailed the Black-Cera chemistry with this beautifully written assessment: [Michael Cera] has a way of stepping on the very end of Black’s lines with quickly blurted put-downs that gets […]

Did Board Games Cause the Financial Meltdown?

posted by Nell Minow

The Big Money has an interesting — and thought-provoking — slide show suggesting that the roots of the financial crisis come from the lessons we learned as children playing board games. Just look at these directions from Monopoly: Monopoly has […]

What does PG-13 Mean?

posted by Nell Minow

Two movies are opening this week, both rated PG-13, but they are at opposite ends of that very broad spectrum that reaches from the suitable-for-grade-school PGs to the 17-and-up R rating. I will go into more detail in the reviews, […]

Dan Savage Takes on “The Suite Life of Zach and Cody”

posted by Nell Minow

I am a huge fan of advice columnist Dan Savage and his essays for “This American Life.” His recent commentary on the death of his mother brought me to tears. And I am very impressed with his thoughtful assessment of […]

Inkheart

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:PG for fantasy adventure action, some scary moments and brief language
Movie Release Date:January 23, 2009
DVD Release Date:June 16, 2009
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: PG for fantasy adventure action, some scary moments and brief language
Movie Release Date: January 23, 2009
DVD Release Date: June 16, 2009

Inkheart is a best-selling novel by Cornelia Funke about the power of reading. There is something truly meta-magical about reading a book about reading a book, with a character who brings book characters to life. And no matter how creative […]

List: Happiness Movies

posted by Nell Minow

I believe that happiness is a choice, and one that requires courage and honesty. And I believe that happiness is a moral choice. We spend so much time thinking that we would be happy if we only had this or […]

Paperclips

posted by Nell Minow
A
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:2004
DVD Release Date:2005
A
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 2004
DVD Release Date: 2005

The tragic shooting at the Holocaust Museum in Washington DC last week reminds us yet again of the importance of making sure that future generations do not just learn the statistics but truly understand the near-incomprehensible devastation of genocide and […]

Silverdocs 2009

posted by Nell Minow

Silverdocs is now the biggest documentary film festival in the United States. It opens tomorrow in Silver Spring, Maryland, with an outstanding line-up of documentaries — old, new, long, short, funny, sad, domestic and international. Some of the highlights include […]

Pixar’s First Live Action Movie

posted by Nell Minow

After ten blockbuster movies that transformed the world of animation, Pixar has announced its first live action film, based on the outer-space series by “Tarzan” author Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Adventures of John Carter on Mars. It will star Taylor […]

Michael Moore’s Next Movie

posted by Nell Minow

Michael Moore has taken on General Motors, the Bush administration, and insurance companies. What’s next? A very timely film on corporate corruption, due to be released this fall. Since it relates to both of my interests and both of my […]

Contest: ‘Imagine That’

posted by Nell Minow

The nice people from “Imagine That” have sent me some cute prizes related to the film. It is the story of a busy and distracted daddy (Eddie Murphy) who starts to pay attention to his young daughter when he finds […]

Disney’s Coming Releases

posted by Nell Minow

I was very lucky this week to have a special private briefing about some of what Disney has coming up in the next few months. The newly remastered Diamond edition of “Snow White” is a marvel, with all kinds of […]

Beliefnet Movie Highlights: Movie Underdogs

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out Kris Rasmussen’s great gallery on the top Hollywood underdogs (if that’s not a contradiction in terms). She includes some of my favorite movies, like “October Sky” and “Babe.” Some of my other favorite movie underdogs […]

Crossing Over

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for pervasive language, some strong violence and sexuality/nudity
Movie Release Date:February 27, 2009
DVD Release Date:June 9, 2009
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for pervasive language, some strong violence and sexuality/nudity
Movie Release Date: February 27, 2009
DVD Release Date: June 9, 2009

A well-intentioned but ham-handed exploration of U.S. immigration policies, this movie’s message is undermined by its cardboard characters and clunky script. Like “Babel” and “Crash” it is a multi-story exploration of one theme, but it is formulaic and uninvolving. It […]

Fired Up

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, partial nudity, language and some teen partying
Movie Release Date:February 20, 2009
DVD Release Date:June 9, 2009
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, partial nudity, language and some teen partying
Movie Release Date: February 20, 2009
DVD Release Date: June 9, 2009

Yes, this is a dumb little teen sex comedy that repeatedly tries to generate hilarity with a cheer involving the initials of its title. Yes, it spends a lot of camera time focusing on tight little shorts on tight little […]

The International

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for some sequences of violence and language
Movie Release Date:February 13, 2009
DVD Release Date:June 9, 2009
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for some sequences of violence and language
Movie Release Date: February 13, 2009
DVD Release Date: June 9, 2009

This thriller about a multi-national bank with innumerable tentacles and immeasurable power has two problems and the worst is bad timing. It’s just a little bit more difficult these days to feel pleasurably shaken up while watching a story about […]

Which is Dirtier — ‘Land of the Lost’ or ‘Hangover?’ (Spoiler Alert)

posted by Nell Minow

The Hangover and Land of the Lost opened on the same day. Other than that, they have little in common. The Hangover is a raunchy comedy about the aftermath of a Las Vegas bachelor party that would have been unforgettable […]

‘Billy Elliot’ — Before the Tony

posted by Nell Minow

Last night, “Billy Elliot” and its three young stars won Tony awards. Now is a good time to watch the movie about the boy who wants to dance that inspired it all (rated R for constant very bad language but […]

Shaun the Sheep: Sheep on the Loose

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
DVD Release Date:June 9, 2009
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
DVD Release Date: June 9, 2009

The latest Shaun the Sheep movie is “Sheep on the Loose” The people who created “Wallace and Gromit” are behind this wonderful new series about a sheep who does not follow the flock — but sometimes gets the flock to […]

The Original: The Taking of Pelham 123

posted by Nell Minow

The 1974 version of “The Taking of Pelham 123″ is one of my favorite thrillers, with a brilliant cast that includes Robert Shaw, Walter Matthau, and Jerry Stiller and a terrific score by David Shire. I’m hoping that this week’s […]

List: Daddies and Daughters in Movies

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of Eddie Murphy’s new release, “Imagine That,” Father’s Day, and the two best dads I know, my own dear father and my darling husband, here’s a list of great movie dads and daughters. 1. A Little Princess I […]

Tribute: David Carradine

posted by Nell Minow

Fans throughout the world mourn the loss of David Carradine. The son of actor John Carradine (“The Grapes of Wrath”), he first achieved success as the star of the television series “Kung Fu,” where he played a mysterious Western character […]

Interview: Rufus Sewell of ‘Downloading Nancy’

posted by Nell Minow

In “Downloading Nancy,” British actor Rufus Sewell plays the husband of a troubled woman (Maria Bello) who develops a tragic relationship with a man she met online (Jason Patric). Sewell often appears as smoldering, brooding characters and is perhaps most […]

Come ‘Home’ with a One-Time Chance to See An Amazing Documentary

posted by Nell Minow

Home is a gorgeous new documentary with a haunting musical score about the planet we live on. It is from internationally renowned French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand and produced by award-winning director Luc Besson. HOME is narrated in English by Glenn […]

Nancy Drew: Sotomayor’s Childhood Influence

posted by Nell Minow

Judge Sonia Sotomayor, like Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was a big Nancy Drew fan when she was a young girl. I’ve been touched by the reports of Judge Sotomayor, growing up in a housing project, devouring […]

The Last of the New York Jewish Movie Comedies?

posted by Nell Minow

New York Magazine uses the upcoming release of a new film by Woody Allen to consider whether this may be the last of the kind of comedy he exemplifies, the New York Jewish schnook, nebbish, and shlemiel comedy, focusing on […]

Interview: Mike Nelson of MST3000 and RiffTrax

posted by Nell Minow

Michael J. Nelson is the former host and writer of the Emmy-nominated, Peabody Award-winning Mystery Science Theater 3000 and the author of the hilarious Mike Nelson’s Movie Megacheese. His witty commentary on movies is wildly funny but also very clever […]

BFCA Summer Movie Predictions

posted by Nell Minow

The Broadcast Film Critics have announced their predictions for the movies of summer 2009: Summer Blockbusters: Star Trek Up Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Summer Sleepers: Away We Go 500 Days of Summer The Hurt Locker Outstanding Performances […]

Revolutionary Road

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language and some sexual content/nudity
Movie Release Date:December 31, 2008
DVD Release Date:June 2, 2009
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language and some sexual content/nudity
Movie Release Date: December 31, 2008
DVD Release Date: June 2, 2009

It may be, as Thoreau said, that “most men lead lives of quiet desperation,” but in the movies, desperation is much more likely to be loud. “Revolutionary Road” is another movie about unhappiness, phoniness, and corrosive dysfunction behind the manicured […]

He’s Just Not That Into You

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual content and brief strong language
Movie Release Date:February 6, 2009
DVD Release Date:June 2, 2009
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content and brief strong language
Movie Release Date: February 6, 2009
DVD Release Date: June 2, 2009

It turns out that it all goes back to the playground. What did our moms tell us when boys teased us and knocked us down? “He only does it because he likes you!” This leads to two consequences. First, women […]

Defiance

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for violence and language
Movie Release Date:January 16, 2009
DVD Release Date:June 2, 2009
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for violence and language
Movie Release Date: January 16, 2009
DVD Release Date: June 2, 2009

Cowriter-director Edward Zwick, who also made “Glory,” the story of an all-black Union regiment in the Civil War, spoke to me about why it was important to tell the story of the Bielski brothers, who kept 1200 Jews hidden from […]

The Seven Little Foys

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Not Rated
Movie Release Date:1955
DVD Release Date:2007
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Movie Release Date: 1955
DVD Release Date: 2007

Bob Hope would have turned 106 this week, and his birthday and the upcoming Father’s Day reminded me of one of my favorite of his films. It’s also one of the least characteristic because he is playing a real-life character […]

Jon and Kate: Can Their Marriage Be Saved?

posted by Nell Minow

Why do we care so much about Jon and Kate? Why is the show about these two people and their twins and sextuplets so popular? And why are their marital problems getting so much attention? I feel terribly sad for […]

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