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“Twilight: Eclipse” Poem and Music

posted by Nell Minow

“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” begins with a famous poem, recited by Bella, “Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost: Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those […]

Interview: Taylor Hackford of ‘Love Ranch’

posted by Nell Minow

How did director Taylor Hackford (“An Officer and a Gentleman,” “Ray“) get Dame Helen Mirren (Oscar-winner for “The Queen“) agree to appear in his film, “Love Ranch,” the story of Reno’s first legal brothel? It helped that she is his […]

‘Twilight’s’ Alex Merez: Interview of Paul from the Wolf Pack

posted by Nell Minow

Alex Merez is one of the wolf pack in this week’s release of “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” the third of the series based on Stephanie Meyer’s wildly popular books. The wolf pack are the Quileute people who become wolves. I […]

Hot Tub Time Machine

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, nudity, drug use and pervasive language
Movie Release Date:March 26, 2010
DVD Release Date:June 29, 2010
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, nudity, drug use and pervasive language
Movie Release Date: March 26, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010

I can understand why John Cusack, producer and star of this movie, would like to find a time machine to take him back to 1986. That was the last time he was making popular movies. With the most explanatory title […]

Smile of the Week: PS 22 Sings ‘Viva La Vida’

posted by Nell Minow

A gifted teacher named Gregg Breinberg has made an elementary school chorus from Public School 22 in Graniteville, Staten Island (New York) into an international sensation. Here they sing the Coldplay song “Viva La Vida,” and their sweet voices and […]

1776

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:PG
Movie Release Date:1972
A
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: PG
Movie Release Date: 1972

Happy Independence Day! This rousing musical about the Declaration of Independence makes the Founding Fathers vivid, human, and interesting characters, and is so involving that you almost forget that you already know how it all turned out. William Daniels is […]

Teen Girl Magazine Tips — And a Girl Who Is Living By Them

posted by Nell Minow

Eight years ago, I wrote an article for the Chicago Tribune about magazines for teen girls. Like Cosmo Girl, Twist, Teen and other magazines aimed at teenage girls, Seventeen strikes an uneasy balance between being empowering and being trashy. This […]

Interview: ‘The Lottery’s’ Madeleine Sackler

posted by Nell Minow

Too many children and too few spots — that is the story of The Lottery, a heart-wrenching documentary from Madeleine Sackler, the story of four children hoping to be the among the fortunate few chosen for admission to New York […]

Zach Has My Vote for an Oprah-Sponsored Talk Show

posted by Nell Minow

Vote here!

Tinker Bell Says ‘Happy Summer!’

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s a sneak peek from the upcoming “Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue,” coming this fall on DVD and Blu-Ray. In this new story, Tinker Bell meets a human for the first time – an 8-year old girl named […]

The Green Zone

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for violence and language
Movie Release Date:March 12, 2010
DVD Release Date:June 22, 2010
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for violence and language
Movie Release Date: March 12, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 22, 2010

The star and director of the last two “Bourne” movies are back and much is the same — the gritty, intimate, documentary feel, the sense of peril and dynamic staging of action, the able but conflicted leading man. But there […]

Remember Me

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content, language and smoking
Movie Release Date:March 12, 2010
DVD Release Date:June 22, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content, language and smoking
Movie Release Date: March 12, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 22, 2010

Robert Pattinson has gone from brooding, adoring Bella, saving Bella, and trying not to kill anyone in the Twilight movies to “Remember Me,” a J.D. Salinger-esque tale that has him brooding, adoring Ally (played by the vampire-esquely named Emilie de […]

Silverdocs

posted by Nell Minow

The greatest documentary film festival in America is Silverdocs, based in the American Film Institute’s gorgeous film exhibition spaces in Silver Spring, Maryland. It is an annual week-long festival that celebrates independent thinking, supports the diverse voices and free expression […]

Trailer: The Green Hornet

posted by Nell Minow

Seth Rogan and Jay Chou star in next January’s release, “The Green Hornet.” Not excited yet? Well, wait for this — it also includes Cameron Diaz and Tom Wilkenson (“Michael Clayton”) and as the bad guy, this year’s Oscar winner […]

Be a Movie Critic for Ovation TV

posted by Nell Minow

Want to be a movie critic? Here’s your chance! Ovation TV is showing some certified classics this summer and inviting viewers to submit their reviews. They will show landmark films from big-time directors like David Lynch, Francis Ford Coppola and […]

‘Day & Night’

posted by Nell Minow

Pixar began with short films and it still prefaces each of its features with a short that gives them a chance to try something or someone new. That’s the best place to see the up and coming talent who will […]

Smile of the Week: Professor and His Shadow

posted by Nell Minow

I love the gentle trick Biola math professor Matthew Weathers played on his class (with a little help from the University President at the end). If I can just be a movie nerd here for a moment, I’ll point out […]

The Other Toy Story

posted by Nell Minow

It’s a shame that a movie about the enduring pleasures of imagination and re-purposing and recycling treasured toys is also one long infomercial for more than 300 new products specifically tied to “Toy Story 3.” Susan Linn of the Center […]

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for action violence and peril, some scary images and suggestive material, and mild language
Movie Release Date:February 12, 2010
DVD Release Date:June 22, 2010
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for action violence and peril, some scary images and suggestive material, and mild language
Movie Release Date: February 12, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 22, 2010

A teenager feels like he doesn’t fit in anywhere. It all comes together when he finds out that he has inherited some special powers from the father he last saw when he was seven months old. And he soon finds […]

She’s Out of My League

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language and sexual content
Movie Release Date:March 12, 2010
DVD Release Date:June 22, 2010
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language and sexual content
Movie Release Date: March 12, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 22, 2010

“She’s Out of My League” recognizes that raunchiness is easy, but sweetness is the challenge. Making both parts of the equation work is something of a struggle but this movie comes closer than many. The title says it all, and […]

Fantasia

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:1940
DVD Release Date:2010
A
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 1940
DVD Release Date: 2010

Disney’s glorious “Fantasia” and its sequel, “Fantasia 2000″ are out for a limited time in a spectacular 4-DVD blu-ray package. Considered a failure on its original release, “Fantasia’s” eight-part combination of images and music is now indisputably a classic. Musicologist […]

How I Predicted My Future Careers at Age 17

posted by Nell Minow

I enjoy writing short pieces for the Washington Post’s On Success page, and one of the most fun was today’s answer to the question of when I knew what career(s) I wanted. The answer to that one surprised even me.

Shooting ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’

posted by Nell Minow

One of my all-time favorite movie moments is in the original “Fantasia” (and included in “Fantasia 2000″ as well), the “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” sequence when Mickey Mouse, as the trainee working for a powerful wizard, decides to try a little magic […]

Opening This Week: ‘Knight and Day’ and ‘Grown-Ups

posted by Nell Minow

Just to make things confusing, the short film that precedes “Toy Story 3″ is called “Day & Night” and the big summer movie opening up on Wednesday is called “Knight and Day.” One is a 3D animated short (more about […]

Could a Girl in Your Life be ‘Judy Moody?’

posted by Nell Minow

“Totally awesome” Judy Moody is an exuberant, funny, “hair-challenged” third grader and force of nature who appears in a series of books. Now a movie called “Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer” is in the works and they are […]

Great Movie Dads for Father’s Day

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Father’s Day! 1. Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) in “To Kill a Mockingbird” The last line of the movie says it all: “He turned out the light and went into Jem’s room. He would be there all night and he […]

Interview on ‘8: The Mormon Proposition’

posted by Nell Minow

A new documentary called 8: The Mormon Proposition exposes the $22 million secret program to defeat gay marriage in California sponsored by the Mormon church. After a court ruled that gay couples could get married, a ballot initiative called “Proposition […]

A Useless and Stupid Product for Expectant Mothers

posted by Nell Minow

Children should be exposed to music as early and as often as possible and there is nothing wrong with pregnant women doing the best they can to surround themselves with soothing and beautiful sounds for their own benefit and the […]

Find the Easter Eggs in ‘Toy Story 3′

posted by Nell Minow

The crew at Pixar loves to hide references to their other films for careful repeat viewers to find. And the crew at Comingsoon.net loves to tell you where to find them. Take a look to help you discover the film’s […]

Happy Birthday Roger Ebert!

posted by Nell Minow

Happy birthday wishes to my friend and the greatest movie critic of them all, Roger Ebert. Here’s to a year of great movies and great reviews of awful movies! Be sure to check out his classic “glossary” of movie cliches […]

John C. Reilly Talks About ‘Cyrus’

posted by Nell Minow

John C. Reilly is one of the most versatile actors working today. He has appeared in outrageous comedies (“Step Brothers,” “Walk Hard”), dramas (“Magnolia,” “The Aviator”), and even a musical — he was nominated for an Oscar for “Chicago.” He […]

Celebrate the World Cup with Soccer Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Is this the year the US finally gets it about soccer, I mean football? The biggest sporting event on the planet is the World Cup, taking place this year in South Africa. Now is a great time to recognize the […]

Check out Beliefnet’s Quiz on Screen Dads

posted by Nell Minow

Dena Ross has a great quiz about movie and television dads. How many do you know?

‘When in Rome’ Contest Winners!

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks so much to all who entered my contest for “When in Rome” DVDs! The good news is that it was my most popular contest ever. The bad news is that I have only five copies to give away. Thanks […]

‘Twilight: Eclipse’ — Yamato Meets the Cast

posted by Nell Minow

Lucky Jen Yamato got to meet with Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner to talk about “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.” Her piece for Fearnet.com, “Ten Truths Uncovered at the ‘Twilight: Eclipse’ Junket” has lots of great background. Pattinson just […]

Can Drunkenness Be Funny Anymore?

posted by Nell Minow

One of the many unpleasant elements of The Killers was the light-hearted portrayal of one of the main characters as a substance abuser. Catherine O’Hara plays the mother of Katherine Heigl’s character. Her role is one drunk joke after another. […]

Happy Birthday Stan Laurel!

posted by Nell Minow

‘Toy Story 3′ creates commercials for Lots-o-Huggin Bear

posted by Nell Minow

The “Toy Story” movie characters have a warm, retro feel. For parents and grandparents, one of the many pleasures of the movies is the evocative memory they bring back of the beloved toys of our own childhoods. Woody, Jessie, and […]

Great Dads on Film and TV

posted by Nell Minow

My gallery of great movie dads and list of daddy-daughter movies include wonderful films for families to watch together and talk about the great fathers in their own families. Some of the best dads on film appear on television, which […]

Opening this Week: Toy Story 3 (in 3D!) and Jonah Hex

posted by Nell Minow

Can it really be only 15 years since Pixar first introduced us to Woody and Buzz Lightyear and the world of computer animation? The 1995 release of Toy Story didn’t seem revolutionary at the time. But its impact on not […]

When in Rome

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content
Movie Release Date:January 29, 2010
DVD Release Date:June 15, 2010
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content
Movie Release Date: January 29, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 15, 2010

An exceptionally strong cast makes this fantasy romantic comedy trifle pleasantly watchable despite its chick-lit conventions. Kristen Bell is Beth, the (of course) supremely competent museum “curator,” who is so devoted to her work that she has never figured out […]

‘Father of the Year’ on ‘Father Knows Best’

posted by Nell Minow

In this episode from the classic golden-age television series “Father Knows Best,” the three Anderson children try to explain — in 25 words — why their father deserves to win the local newspaper’s “Father of the Year” prize.

Father’s Day Gift Guide

posted by Nell Minow

After breakfast in bed and hand-made Father’s Day cards, let Dad settle back into his favorite chair with a great new DVD. My suggestions: Foyle’s War The 6th set of this superb British miniseries has just been released, with Michael […]

Little Orphan Annie Says Goodbye

posted by Nell Minow

The sun’ll come out tomorrow, but Little Orphan Annie won’t be there to see it come up in the morning. After 86 years, the daily comic strip about the plucky redhead and her dog, Sandy has come to an end. […]

Interview: John Ratzenberger of ‘Toy Story 3′

posted by Nell Minow

John Ratzenberger is Pixar’s favorite all-star, the only actor to appear in every single Pixar film. His face is known to “Cheers” fans as the know-it-all mail carrier Cliff Clavin, but his voice is Pixar’s good luck charm and he […]

Toy Story

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:1995
DVD Release Date:March 30, 2010
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 1995
DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010

Celebrate the release of “Toy Story 3″ with another look at the original — Pixar’s first feature release was the first theatrical released animated entirely by computer. It is now available in a pristine Blu-Ray version that pops off the […]

Trailer: Megamind

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s an early peek at “Megamind” an animated superhero (and super-villain) movie featuring the voices of Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, and Brad Pitt. It looks delightful!

Original ‘Karate Kid’ Marathon on Encore

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of the new film with Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, Encore is running a “Karate Kid” marathon tonight. Enjoy! The Karate Kid

From Paris With Love

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, drug content, pervasive language and brief sexuality
Movie Release Date:February 5, 2010
DVD Release Date:June 8, 2010
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, drug content, pervasive language and brief sexuality
Movie Release Date: February 5, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 8, 2010

John Travolta loves to be bad. And so he is clearly having a blast — in both senses of the word — in this film, playing a bald guy with an earring who likes to shoot first and think later. […]

Best Movies of All Time: The Chart

posted by Nell Minow

This chart by David Honnorat is an astonishingly elegant display of classic movies. (Click on the link in the last sentence for a larger view.)

DVD Giveaways

posted by Nell Minow

Don’t forget — DVD giveaways are still going on. Secrets of the Mountain, When in Rome, One Hot Summer, and Harlem Hostel DVDs are still available, so click on the links for information about how to qualify. Good luck, and […]

Opening this Week: ‘The Karate Kid’ and ‘The A-Team’

posted by Nell Minow

It’s “I Love the 80’s Week” as the summer kicks off into high gear. I call these “Lunchbox Movies” because I believe the only reason remakes like this get made is that the now-grown-up studio executives were such fans as […]

Shutter Island

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for disturbing violent content, language and some nudity
Movie Release Date:February 19, 2010
DVD Release Date:June 8, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for disturbing violent content, language and some nudity
Movie Release Date: February 19, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 8, 2010

Dennis Lehane, author of gritty crime novels like Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone and one of the writers of “The Wire,” and director Martin Scorsese, best known for movies like “Goodfellas” and “Casino,” about wiseguys, hitmen, and omertas, have […]

Talking to Nick Digilo on WGN

posted by Nell Minow

I love talking to Nick Digilio, especially when I can be in the studio and we had a lot of fun talking yesterday about “Floored,” the great documentary about the Chicago pit traders and about what’s in theaters and upcoming […]

25 Years of ‘The Goonies’

posted by Nell Minow

Hey you guys!!! Can it really be 25 years since the release of The Goonies? It is not exactly a classic. It is probably best remembered as an early effort from people like teen-ager Josh Brolin and director Richard Donner […]

Interview: Brian Wells of ‘Secrets of the Mountain’

posted by Nell Minow

One of the happiest surprises of the year on television so far is “Secrets of the Mountain,” an excellent movie for the whole family that premiered on April 16, 2010 on NBC. I interviewed the executive producer, Brian Wells, who […]

Trailer: Morning Glory

posted by Nell Minow

A comedy with Diane Keaton, Harrison Ford, and Rachel McAdams? Oh, yes, please! “Morning Glory,” in theaters this fall, is the story of a harried morning talk show producer who brings in a once-great television journalist to improve ratings. Ford […]

Contest: When In Rome

posted by Nell Minow

I have five copies of this romantic fantasy comedy starring Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Danny DeVito, and Jon Heder for my beloved readers. Bell plays Beth, a museum employee who is unlucky in love. To show her defiance, instead of […]

Movie Mom Q&A

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to everyone for these great questions!I am trying to remember the name of this movie but for the life of me I can’t. The basics are the boy was kidnapped on the way to school and at first they […]

Beliefnet Channel on Hulu

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out Beliefnet’s channel on Hulu. Highlights include “The End of the Spear,” based on the true story of the widows of missionaries killed by one of the most brutal tribes in the world, who chose forgiveness, […]

An App for Gleeks

posted by Nell Minow

Are you a “Glee” fan? Do you like to sing? Smule has an app that will let you submit your versions of “Glee” songs. You can create and share songs with friends or sing with the Glee cast. They will […]

Smile of the Week: Happy June!

posted by Nell Minow

From “Carousel,” the musical about a carnival barker whose love for a sweet small-town girl ends in tragedy when he tries to steal some money to take care of her. He gets a chance to come back from heaven for […]

Happy Birthday YouTube

posted by Nell Minow

Can it be that YouTube is only five years old? It began in May of 2005 and was bought by Google for $1.6 billion just over a year later. Now it has twice as many viewers every day as all […]

Marmaduke, Killers, and Get Him to the Greek

posted by Nell Minow

Think of this week as a sorbet to cleanse the palate between the last four weeks of spring blockbusters and the big, big movies coming our way throughout June and July. Sequels! Remakes! Romance! Explosions! That’s all ahead. This week […]

Alice in Wonderland

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for fantasy action/violence involving scary images and situations, and for a smoking caterpillar
Movie Release Date:March 5, 2010
DVD Release Date:June 1, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for fantasy action/violence involving scary images and situations, and for a smoking caterpillar
Movie Release Date: March 5, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 1, 2010

Almost 150 years ago Oxford mathematician Charles Dodgson published his wildly imaginative story about Alice’s adventures down a rabbit hole. And now the wildly imaginative director Tim Burton has brought Wonderland to the 3D movie screen. It is less faithful […]

Spellbound

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:2003
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 2003

In honor of this week’s Scripps Spelling Bee finals, every family should see this m-a-r-v-e-l-o-u-s movie about the national spelling bee because it is about so much more. It is about the strength of American diversity and the commitment of […]

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