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Happy Halloween!

posted by Nell Minow

From The Nightmare Before Christmas. Happy trick or treating!

‘Avatar’ Trailer — Watch Sunday’s NFL Pre-game Show

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most eagerly anticipated movies of the year will have a record-breaking extended trailer debut this Sunday November 1, when it debuts on the world’s largest video display — Cowboy Stadium’s Diamond Vision Screen – while millions of […]

Interview: Lone Scherfig of ‘An Education’

posted by Nell Minow

Danish director Lone Scherfig (“Italian for Beginners”) has garnered a lot of attention for her first English language film, “An Education.” It is the story of a young woman impatient to be independent and sophisticated, and what happens when she […]

Interview: Tinker Bell (Part 2)

posted by Nell Minow

Part 2 — from an online press briefing with “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure” director Klay Hall and producer Sean Lurie.” And don’t forget to enter the contest for the Tinker Bell DVD and wings! Q: Can you talk […]

This is It

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some suggestive choreography and scary images
Movie Release Date:October 28, 2009
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some suggestive choreography and scary images
Movie Release Date: October 28, 2009

“This is It” is here to rescue us from the tabloids and remind us what true star power looks like. There are moments of aching sadness as we get a behind-the-scenes look at the concert tour that never happened, but […]

List: Great Movie Coaches

posted by Nell Minow

The athletes have worked harder than they ever imagined, pushing themselves to the limits of their endurance. They’ve learned how to run faster and hit, kick, or shoot harder. They’ve watched tape of the other team, the champions, the ones […]

List: Halloween Movie Tricks and Treats!

posted by Nell Minow

Halloween gives kids a thrilling opportunity to act out their dreams and pretend to be characters with great power. But it can also be scary and even overwhelming for the littlest trick-or-treaters. An introduction to the holiday with videos from […]

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some mild rude humor and peril
Movie Release Date:July 1, 2009
DVD Release Date:October 27, 2009
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some mild rude humor and peril
Movie Release Date: July 1, 2009
DVD Release Date: October 27, 2009

This third in the Ice Age series is a bit sweeter and gentler than the first two, perhaps less ambitious in scope than the first but much more engaging than the second. The 3D animation is beautifully immersive and the […]

Talking to Nick Digilo

posted by Nell Minow

One of my all-time favorite movie pals is WGN’s Nick Digilio. I love to talk to him when we agree and I love it even more when we don’t! Here’s yesterday’s broadcast.

Interview: Tinker Bell (Part 1)

posted by Nell Minow

Continuing this week’s celebration of all things Tinker Bell, I spoke to Ellen Jin Over, Art Director for the new DVD, Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure. I was really lucky that Tinker Bell historian Mindy Johnson was there, too. […]

Disney Admits that Baby Einstein Does Not Help Babies

posted by Nell Minow

Disney, which had to drop the word “educational” from its marketing of Baby Einstein DVDs following complaints from the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), has now had to back down further and offer a refund. The New York Times […]

Ludacris at the National Press Club

posted by Nell Minow

My good friend and fellow critic Tim Gordon and I went to hear hip-hop artist/actor/philanthropist Ludacris speak at the National Press Club on Friday. He was there to talk about his foundation and the work it does in Atlanta and […]

Tallgrass Film Festival

posted by Nell Minow

I am thrilled to have been asked to attend the Tallgrass Film Festival in Wichita, Kansas, later this month and especially looking forward to spending time with my beloved B98 buddies, Brett and Tracy and am forever grateful to them […]

Monster Lessons from Paul Asay

posted by Nell Minow

Paul Asay has a terrific gallery list of life lessons from movie monsters. It is witty, erudite, and very insightful. Indeed, I think he has done a good job of setting out the reasons that monster movies are among the […]

Contest: Tinker Bell DVD and Wings!

posted by Nell Minow

One of the biggest and best giveaways ever! Five lucky families will win not just the gorgeous new Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure but a beautiful set of fairy wings to turn any child into a fairy! Send me […]

No Heene Family Wife Swap

posted by Nell Minow

The savagely funny Washington Post television columnist Lisa de Moraes takes on the Heene family’s lust for reality television fame. The Heenes and the family behind the balloon boy hoax and subsequent media blitz. Slate’s Culture Gabfest noted that it […]

Tribute: Soupy Sales

posted by Nell Minow

Kids’ television pioneer Soupy Sales died this week at age 83. Back before there were whole channels devoted to children’s programming, and back way before children’s television was certified wholesome and educational, Soupy Sales was just plain deliriously silly, pie-in-the-face […]

My Other Job

posted by Nell Minow

I’ve been speaking out a lot on overpaid executives this week and commenting on the pay cuts imposed by the Obama adminstration’s on the top executives of seven of the bailout companies. I appeared on Bloomberg, the Nightly Business Report, […]

Interview: Tinker Bell’s Raven-Symone

posted by Nell Minow

Talking with Raven-Symone on the telephone, it was easy to imagine that I was really speaking to Iridessa, the character she plays in the new DVD, Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure. She has such a sparkly quality, I could […]

The Worst Surprise Endings in Movie History

posted by Nell Minow

Huffington Post has got a list of the nine worst surprise endings in movie history (well, in the past few years). I was pleased to see three of my Gothika Rule picks on the list, “Perfect Stranger,” “23,” and “The […]

Paranormal Activity: Marketing or Art?

posted by Nell Minow

Jen Chaney has an astute article in the Washington Post about the latest movie phenomenon, “Paranormal Activity.” Like The Blair Witch Project, it is more concept than movie, taking advantage of what most would consider a disadvantage: no money. The […]

Happy 40th Monty Python!

posted by Nell Minow

And be sure to watch the riotous series exploring the history of the group. Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut) – The Ultimate Holy Grail Episode

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action violence, language, some crude and sexual material, and brief drug material
Movie Release Date:June 25, 2009
DVD Release Date:October 20, 2009
C
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action violence, language, some crude and sexual material, and brief drug material
Movie Release Date: June 25, 2009
DVD Release Date: October 20, 2009

Oh, dear. #TransformerFail I truly loved the first Transformers movie. It was everything you need in a big summer explosion movie, with stupendous special effects, shot through with heart-thumping adrenaline, with just enough character and storyline to allow us to […]

Reviews this Week: Astro Boy, Amelia, and More

posted by Nell Minow

Opening this week are “Amelia,” with Hillary Swank as the famous aviator, Amelia Earhart, “Astro Boy,” an animated film based on the classic Japanese character, and “Cirque du Freak,” based on the popular series of books by Darren Shan. Stay […]

Maurice Sendak on DVD

posted by Nell Minow
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
DVD Release Date:2008
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
DVD Release Date: 2008

If you saw Where the Wild Things Are this week and loved it — or if your children are too young for it but want to enjoy Sendak on film, try the Sendak collection from my favorite Scholastic Storybook series. […]

Four Questions for the Movie Mom

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks very much to Professor Michael Ebner and Ageless North Shore for inviting me to answer four very intriguing questions for its website. Nell Minow: The Four Questions Why is this profile different from all other profiles? Because today’s guest […]

Astro Boy (old school)

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of next week’s release of the new version of “Astro Boy,” here’s the opening of the 1980’s television series (English version).

Interview: Joe Berlinger of ‘Crude’

posted by Nell Minow

Crude is the latest documentary from Joe Berlinger, whose last film was the award-winning “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster.” This movie explores a large, complex, international environmental lawsuit over damage allegedly inflicted by an oil company on a community in […]

Climate Change

posted by Nell Minow

The theme of Blog Action Day this year is Climate Change. Observe this day by watching one of the many documentaries about the environment like An Inconvenient Truth , FLOW: For Love of Water, “No Impact Man,” or Wall?E. And […]

More (and Less) on ‘The Invention of Lying’

posted by Nell Minow

In Washington DC’s City Paper, Tricia Olszewski cites my fellow-Beliefnet blogger Michele McGinty (who has not seen the film) and me about the surprisingly lukewarm reaction to the anti-religious elements engendered by the Ricky Gervais film “The Invention of Lying.” […]

The Proposal

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual content, nudity and language
Movie Release Date:June 19, 2009
DVD Release Date:October 13, 2009
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content, nudity and language
Movie Release Date: June 19, 2009
DVD Release Date: October 13, 2009

Think “Taming of the Shrew Wears Prada.” Book editor Margaret (Sandra Bullock) is whip-smart and whippet-thin, ferociously competent, ruthlessly demanding, and just plain scary. When she strides into the office in her spike Christian Louboutin heels, IMs radiate through the […]

Parental Guidance on Web Videos

posted by Nell Minow

The New York Times has an excellent article about the way children today are watching as much programming online as they do on television and DVDs, giving them an unprecedented bounty of choices and giving their parents an unprecedented range […]

Land of the Lost

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, and for language including a drug reference
Movie Release Date:June 5, 2009
DVD Release Date:October 13, 2009
C
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, and for language including a drug reference
Movie Release Date: June 5, 2009
DVD Release Date: October 13, 2009

“Land of the Lost” features two funny actors and a criminally underused actress tramping around an alternate reality in search of comedy but not finding much for us to laugh at. Too raunchy for kids, too dull for anyone else, […]

American Violet

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for thematic material, violence, drug references and language
Movie Release Date:April 17, 2009
DVD Release Date:October 13, 2009
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for thematic material, violence, drug references and language
Movie Release Date: April 17, 2009
DVD Release Date: October 13, 2009

Meet two extraordinary women — Dee Roberts, based on a real-life single mother who took on corrupt and racist law enforcement officials in Texas and Nicole Beharie, the woman who plays her, who makes one of the most thrilling feature […]

Opening This Week

posted by Nell Minow

This week I will be reviewing “Where the Wild Things Are,” based on the classic book by Maurice Sendak, and “Law Abiding Citizen,” a thriller with Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx. Stay tuned!

A Very Brave Witch

posted by Nell Minow
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:NR
DVD Release Date:2009
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: NR
DVD Release Date: 2009

Here’s a great new DVD from my all-time favorite series, just in time for Halloween — A Very Brave Witch…and more Halloween stories. In the title story, a little witch who has been taught that humans are scary decides to […]

Reading Rockets: Where the Wild Things Are Family Kit

posted by Nell Minow

Get ready for the release of “Where the Wild Things Are” by reading the book! Reading Rockets has a great site with resources including an interview with author Maurice Sendak. Did you know he originally wrote it as a story […]

Viral Video Film School/Rotten Tomatoes Show

posted by Nell Minow

I’m a big fan of Current TV’s weekly Rotten Tomatoes Show with Brett Erlich and Ellen Fox. They have smart, funny reviews of each week’s movies with their own take and comments from viewers, looks at what’s coming next, top […]

‘Mad Men’ — Sesame Street Style

posted by Nell Minow

Wait, Archie Will Marry Betty?

posted by Nell Minow

Now that Archie has not just proposed to Veronica (issue 600), but actually married her, gone on a honeymoon, and is going to be a father (issue 601), the comic is hitting rewind and sending Archie down the literal road […]

Two Great Posts on Idol Chatter

posted by Nell Minow

I am honored to share coverage of popular culture with the thoughtful posters over at Idol Chatter. Two posts I have especially liked this week are Ellen Leventry’s commentary on the new homeless American Girl doll and the Mont Blanc […]

Interview: Michael Stuhlbarg of ‘A Serious Man’

posted by Nell Minow

NM: You conveyed so much in your body language when you get hugged by the Sy character. How did you create that physicality? MS: You know what? It just happens. It just naturally happened that way. We did it once […]

‘Henry Poole’ — Now Family-Friendly

posted by Nell Minow

A lovely film that was neglected on its release last year will now be available in a slightly edited version that is suitable for family viewing. It is called “Henry Poole is Here,” and it is the story of a […]

Interview: Aron Gaudet of ‘The Way We Get By’

posted by Nell Minow

Near the northernmost part of the eastern seaboard of the United States, tens of thousands of American military fly in and out on their way to tours of duty or on their way home. A tiny group of people, many […]

Anvil: The Story of Anvil

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Not rated
Movie Release Date:April 10, 2009
DVD Release Date:October 6, 2009
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Not rated
Movie Release Date: April 10, 2009
DVD Release Date: October 6, 2009

If this story wasn’t true, they’d have to invent it. Indeed, they already did. “This is Spinal Tap,” one of the most outrageous, influential, and utterly hilarious movies ever made, is a “mockumentary,” a fake documentary about a heavy metal […]

My Life in Ruins

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual content
Movie Release Date:June 5, 2009
DVD Release Date:October 6, 2009
C
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content
Movie Release Date: June 5, 2009
DVD Release Date: October 6, 2009

Everything that made the adorable “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” so winning is missing from this tired and formulaic sitcom of a movie about an American tour guide in Greece. “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” with writer/star Nia Vardalos, was […]

Year One

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, brief strong language and comic violence
Movie Release Date:June 19, 2009
DVD Release Date:October 6, 2009
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, brief strong language and comic violence
Movie Release Date: June 19, 2009
DVD Release Date: October 6, 2009

The two-doofus comedy probably goes back to ancient times, so why not set it there? The always-funny Michael Cera and the frequently-funny Jack Black join forces like Hope and Crosby in an only intermittently-funny movie that is just a series […]

Imagine That

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some mild language and brief questionable behavior.
Movie Release Date:February 12, 2009
DVD Release Date:October 6, 2009
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some mild language and brief questionable behavior.
Movie Release Date: February 12, 2009
DVD Release Date: October 6, 2009

Title aside, there is not much imagination in this formulaic story of a daddy who discovers the value of his daughter’s imaginary friends — and then learns that it is his daughter who matters most of all. But I am […]

What is That?

posted by Nell Minow

Take a moment to watch this brief film about love and patience. It is worth your time. Thanks to Jeffrey Seglin for bringing this to my attention.

Interview: Tiffany Thornton

posted by Nell Minow

Disney star Tiffany Thornton sings the classic “Some Day My Prince Will Come” on the spectacular new release of Disney’s very first animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It is a two=DVD set with both Blu-Ray and regular […]

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

posted by rkumar
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:1937
DVD Release Date:2009
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 1937
DVD Release Date: 2009

Disney’s 70th anniversary release of its first animated feature film on Blu-Ray is gorgeously restored and filled with behind-the-scene extras and a wonderful opportunity to catch up with the one that is still “the fairest of them all.” Snow White […]

Roller Skating on Film

posted by Nell Minow

Rotten Tomatoes salutes “Whip It” with a list of the best roller skating scenes in movies. My favorite is this one, with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers skating to “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.” And I also love Gene […]

Two ‘Toy Stories” in Three Dimensions!

posted by Nell Minow

In anticipation of the release of Toy Story 3 in 3D, Disney is issuing the first two as a 3D double feature. The original Toy Story was the first computer-animated feature film but what make it successful was its heartwarming […]

The “Christmas Carol” Train Tour

posted by Nell Minow

If the “Christmas Carol” train comes to your town, try to get to see it. Robert Zemeckis, who made “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “Forrest Gump,” and “Back to the Future,” loves to push the technology envelope, and this time he […]

The (Real) Informant

posted by Nell Minow

If you saw the new Matt Damon movie, The Informant! and would like to know more about the real-life Mark Whitacre, the highest-level and most productive white collar informant in history, listen to the episode of This American Life that […]

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