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Yabba-Dabba-Doo! Happy 50th to the Flintstones

posted by Nell Minow

Happy anniversary to the Flintstones, who were the first prime-time animated series fifty years ago (and who remembers the anniversary song from the show?) Inspired by “The Honeymooners,” it was a stone-age story of two couples, bombastic Fred and his […]

Tribute: Tony Curtis

posted by Nell Minow

Today we mourn the passing of one of Hollywood’s greatest leading men, Tony Curtis. He was born Bernie Schwartz to a very poor and troubled family in the Bronx and became determined to make it as a movie star. He […]

‘Sister Wives’ on TLC

posted by Nell Minow

America’s fascination with extreme family living has led to reality shows about very little people and very big families. The latest is TLC’s “Sister Wives,” about a real-life fundamentalist Mormon polygamous family living in Utah. We meed Kody and his […]

‘God in America’ Comes to PBS

posted by Nell Minow

The US Religious Knowledge Survey, released Tuesday from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, found that Americans are more willing to say that they are religious than they are willing to learn about the history and beliefs of […]

Tribute: Arthur Penn

posted by Nell Minow

Arthur Penn, director of hugely influential films that helped bring a new naturalism to movies, died today at age 88. “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Alice’s Restaurant,” both based on true stories, were very different in look and genre but both […]

Harry on Facebook, Draco on Twitter

posted by Nell Minow

My friend Dan Kois has created social media for the students at Hogwarts for New York Magazine’s Vulture blog and it is one of my favorite kinds of funny — not snarky but imbued with a deep knowledge of and […]

Celebrate Banned Books Week!

posted by Nell Minow

This is Banned Books Week, a national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than a thousand […]

Get Him to the Greek

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong sexual content and drug use throughout, and pervasive language
Movie Release Date:June 4, 2010
DVD Release Date:September 28, 2010
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong sexual content and drug use throughout, and pervasive language
Movie Release Date: June 4, 2010
DVD Release Date: September 28, 2010

“English rock stars don’t die,” explains record company CEO Sergio (Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, who almost steals the film with a slyly witty performance). He has evidence: Keith and Mick are still with us, and even the guys from Led […]

Iron Man 2

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence and some language
Movie Release Date:May 7, 2010
DVD Release Date:September 28, 2010
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence and some language
Movie Release Date: May 7, 2010
DVD Release Date: September 28, 2010

Let’s begin with a recap of Iron Man 1, not so much the plot (a man puts on an iron suit and beats the bad guys) as what it was that made it so successful, widely considered one of the […]

The Secret of Moonacre

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some mild peril and language
Movie Release Date:2008
DVD Release Date:September 21, 2010
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some mild peril and language
Movie Release Date: 2008
DVD Release Date: September 21, 2010

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is often asked what book she loved most when she was a child and she always answers The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge. It is the story of a little girl named Maria Merryweather […]

Interview: Amy Ryan of ‘Jack Goes Boating’

posted by Nell Minow

Amy Ryan gave my favorite performance of 2007 as the mother of a missing girl in “Gone Baby Gone.” And it has been a pleasure to see her since then in roles as varied as Holly the human resources manager […]

Babies

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for cultural and maternal nudity throughout
Movie Release Date:May 7, 2010
DVD Release Date:September 28, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for cultural and maternal nudity throughout
Movie Release Date: May 7, 2010
DVD Release Date: September 28, 2010

Don’t forget to enter the contest for a Blu-Ray/DVD or Babies carseat! Until they make a movie entirely consisting of raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, Hallmark cards, and puppies in the window, this will hold the record as the […]

Interview: Nev and Rel Schulman and Henry Joost of ‘Catfish’

posted by Nell Minow

Manhattan film-makers Rel Schulman and Henry Joost had no idea what movie they were making when they turned their camera on Rel’s brother Nev as he opened up a package sent to him from a little girl he had never […]

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:2008
DVD Release Date:March 9, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 2008
DVD Release Date: March 9, 2010

This tender tale of a loyal dog is inspired by a real story about a dog who has become a beloved legend in Japan and is memorialized in a popular statue. Richard Gere plays a professor who finds an abandoned […]

Never Let Me Go

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for some sexuality and nudity
Movie Release Date:September 24, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for some sexuality and nudity
Movie Release Date: September 24, 2010

Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel The Remains of the Day, about a butler who devoted his life to service without questioning his master’s authority or the validity of his judgment became a movie starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. And now his […]

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:PG
Movie Release Date:September 24, 2010
DVD Release Date:March 12, 2011
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: PG
Movie Release Date: September 24, 2010
DVD Release Date: March 12, 2011

Zack Snyder tries to do for feathers what he did for abs and biceps in “300” in this 3D animated adventure based on three books from the 15-book series of Ga’hoole novels by Kathryn Lansky. Every snowflake, feather, and talon […]

Contest: Babies! (and check out the Grand Prize!)

posted by Nell Minow

I loved “Babies” and I am very honored to be able to give away three copies of the Blu-Ray/DVD. As I said in my review, Until they make a movie entirely consisting of raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, Hallmark […]

Ushpizin: A Movie for Sukkot

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:PG for mild thematic elements
Movie Release Date:2005
DVD Release Date:2005
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: PG for mild thematic elements
Movie Release Date: 2005
DVD Release Date: 2005

Ushpizin is a quietly moving drama set in an almost-unseen world. It takes place in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem during the fall holiday of Sukkot, which falls this year on Sept 22-29. During Sukkot, families build tabernacles called […]

Dressing Gordon Gekko in ‘Wall Street 2′

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most iconic movie figures of the 1980’s was Michael Douglas as “Greed is good” Gordon Gekko in the original “Wall Street,” written and directed by Oliver Stone. The sequel, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” opens this week, […]

Opening this Week: ‘You Again,’ ‘Wall Street 2,’ ‘Catfish,’ ‘Never Let Me Go,’ and ‘Legends of the Guardians’

posted by Nell Minow

Hurray! The fall season is off to a grand start with three big feature films opening this week and there’s something for everyone. “You Again” looks like a hoot. It’s a “frenemy” movie. Kristen Bell plays a woman whose brother […]

Gwenyth Paltrow to Appear on ‘Glee!’

posted by Nell Minow

“Glee’s” visibility and panache has attracted the top talent from Broadway and is now drawing from Hollywood as well. Gwenyth Paltrow is rumored to be appearing on upcoming episodes as a substitute teacher — and yes, she will sing and […]

Robin Hood

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for violence including intense scenes of warfare and some sexual content
Movie Release Date:May 14, 2010
DVD Release Date:September 21, 2010
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for violence including intense scenes of warfare and some sexual content
Movie Release Date: May 14, 2010
DVD Release Date: September 21, 2010

If, as the Gothic calligraphy tells us as the beginning of this film, tyrants inspire heroes, then the clear implication is that heroes inspire movies. And Robin Hood, who stole from the rich to give to the poor, has been […]

Television: Fall Preview 2010

posted by Nell Minow

The fall season of television begins this week and there’s a lot to look forward to, from returning favorites to intriguing new shows. Here are some of the shows I’m most excited about. “Glee” returns with episodes celebrating Britney Spears […]

Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:2010
DVD Release Date:September 21, 2010
B
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 2010
DVD Release Date: September 21, 2010

Tinker Bell has found her voice in a popular series of DVDs that give Peter Pan’s sidekick a chance for her own adventures in her home town of Pixie Hollow. She and her fairy friends Rosetta, Silvermist, Fawn and Iridessa […]

Peter Sarsgaard Visits the Pirates Convention

posted by Nell Minow

Celebrate “Talk Like a Pirate Day” with a look at this delightful sketch from “Saturday Night Live” with Peter Sarsgaard visiting a Pirate’s Convention and finally figuring out why they really wanted him to be there. And don’t forget the […]

The Pirates of Penzance

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:G
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: G

Celebrate “Talk Like a Pirate Day” by talking like these delightful rascals! February 29 (Leap Day) comes only once every four years, a calendrical adjustment that is of the utmost importance in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance. It […]

Perry Como Sings the Yom Kippur Hymn Kol Nidre

posted by Nell Minow

Jonah and the Whale

posted by Nell Minow

On the holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, Jews study the story of Jonah and the Whale. The Jewish educational and outreach group AISH says In a certain sense it is very much the story […]

Don’t Trust the Toy Lady

posted by Nell Minow

The LA Times reports that back to school reports on a number of national and local newscasts have included commentary from “a young mother and ‘toy expert’ named Elizabeth Werner,” described as “perky and positive-plus” in her demonstration of seven […]

Teen Sex in the Movies — What Has and Hasn’t Changed

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s releases include two films different in tone and style but both about the same time-honored subject of teenagers and sex. Every generation of teens thinks it invented sex and every generation of novelists and film-makers finds some new […]

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action
Movie Release Date:May 28, 2010
DVD Release Date:September 14, 2010
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action
Movie Release Date: May 28, 2010
DVD Release Date: September 14, 2010

Roger Ebert launched a thousand blog posts with howls of protest by asserting that a video game could never be a work of art. I don’t say “never” when it comes to art, but by all evidence to this point, […]

Letters to Juliet

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for brief rude behavior and sensual images, some language, and incidental smoking
Movie Release Date:May 14, 2010
DVD Release Date:September 14, 2010
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for brief rude behavior and sensual images, some language, and incidental smoking
Movie Release Date: May 14, 2010
DVD Release Date: September 14, 2010

Two bad signs. One is when you spend the entire movie thinking that a couple of Google searches would have made it possible for everyone in the story to save a week’s effort and everyone in the audience about an […]

Just Wright

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some suggestive material and brief language
Movie Release Date:May 14, 2010
DVD Release Date:September 14, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some suggestive material and brief language
Movie Release Date: May 14, 2010
DVD Release Date: September 14, 2010

If you’ve seen the trailer, you know exactly what’s coming here, but there’s nothing wrong with that. After all, you know what’s coming when you combine eggs, flour, sugar, and vanilla to make a cake, and you still enjoy eating […]

Clip: ‘Alpha and Omega’

posted by Nell Minow

Two young wolves are told that everyone is either an “alpha” (pack leader) or “omega” (fun-loving comic relief). When they are captured and have to find their way home together, they learn that you can decide who you want to […]

Amish Grace

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:March 28, 2010
DVD Release Date:September 14, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: March 28, 2010
DVD Release Date: September 14, 2010

The highest-rated Lifetime Movie Network film, “Amish Grace,” is out on DVD this week and well worth viewing. It is based on the true story of a devastating tragedy and the example of courage, compassion, and forgiveness that inspired the […]

Interview: Lauren Mote of ‘Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue’

posted by Nell Minow

Everyone’s favorite fairy has a new adventure: Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue. And this one is special because for the first time she meets a human. I was lucky enough to interview Lauren Mote, who plays Tink’s first […]

Remembering 9/11/01

posted by Nell Minow

As we remember the unspeakable losses of September 11, 2001, we also remember the immeasurable gallantry, courage, and devotion it inspired. “Metal of Honor” is a heart-wrenching documentary about the iron workers who arrived as the World Trade Center buildings […]

Trailer: Something’s Gonna Live

posted by Nell Minow

I’m looking forward to this film about the unsung people who are responsible for some of the most indelible movie moments, cinematographers, production designers, storyboard artists, and others. Without them, the movies would be empty.

Return of ‘At the Movies!’

posted by Nell Minow

Most welcome news! Roger and Chaz Ebert have announced a new edition of the legendary movie review show, “At the Movies,” featuring AP movie critic Christy Lemire, with help from luminaries like Elvis Mitchell and Omar Moore. “This is the […]

Big Break Movie Contest

posted by Nell Minow

Want to have your movie reviewed by real critics, fine-tuned by real professionals and shown in real theaters? Enter Rogue’s Big Break Movie Contest before October 15, co-sponsored with AMC Independent. The panel of judges includes actress Kate Bosworth, Relativity’s […]

Eid Mub?rak!

posted by Nell Minow

Legendary

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for suggestive material, brief partial nudity and some fighting scenes
Movie Release Date:September 10, 2010
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for suggestive material, brief partial nudity and some fighting scenes
Movie Release Date: September 10, 2010

A skinny teenager wants to wrestle in this unpretentious film with a predictable storyline (it even gives away the ending in the first minute) but benefits from some sharp dialog and the always watchable Patricia Clarkson. Cal Chetley (Devon Graye) […]

Righteous Women: Documentaries about Jewish Heroines

posted by Nell Minow

George Heymont has an excellent column in the Huffington Post about three new tributes to real-life Jewish heroines, all shown at the recent San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. “Ahead of Time” is the story of Ruth Gruber. The first journalist […]

Interview: Lainie Kazan and Linda Gray of ‘Expecting Mary’

posted by Nell Minow

“Expecting Mary” is a heart-warming story of a pregnant teenager (the utterly winning Olesya Rulin of “High School Musical”) who runs away from home and is taken in by the quirky residents of a trailer park. It has an exceptionally […]

Barbra Sings a Rosh Hashanah Hymn

posted by Nell Minow

Barbra Streisand sings the traditional Rosh Hashanah song, Avinu Malkeinu – Our Father Our King. L’Shana Tova! A sweet new year to all.

Killers

posted by Nell Minow
D
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for violent action, sexual material, and language
Movie Release Date:June 4, 2010
DVD Release Date:September 7, 2010
D
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for violent action, sexual material, and language
Movie Release Date: June 4, 2010
DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010

This is not just a bad movie. It is three bad movies. “Killers” is trying to be a romantic action comedy and it fails all three times. Katherine Heigl plays Jen, on vacation in the French Riviera with her overprotective […]

MacGruber

posted by Nell Minow
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, violence, language and some nudity
Movie Release Date:May 21, 2010
DVD Release Date:September 7, 2010
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, violence, language and some nudity
Movie Release Date: May 21, 2010
DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010

A one-joke “Saturday Night Live” skit based on a television series that ended in 1992 has been turned into a no-joke movie that ended 99 painful minutes after it began. It is of interest only to people who think that […]

Labor Day: Thanks to Workers Everywhere

posted by Nell Minow

The Rocker

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for drug and sexual references, nudity and language.
Movie Release Date:August 20, 2008
DVD Release Date:January 27, 2009
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for drug and sexual references, nudity and language.
Movie Release Date: August 20, 2008
DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009

Emma Stone’s breakthrough role in next week’s “Easy A” makes this a good time to look at some of her earlier work. She is terrific in this story of a high school rock group. Pete Best, who was famously kicked […]

Time for Dinner: Resource for Families to Help Maintain Connections

posted by Nell Minow

The best way to keep families close and teach children essential life skills is to keep family dinner time a priority. No matter what else is going on, families should stop everything else at least five times a week for […]

Keeping it Reel with Film Gordon

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks so much to my dear friend Tim Gordon for including me on his fall preview show along with film critics Dann Gire (Chicago Daily Herald), Eli Savada (FilmThreat), Wilson Morales (Black Film), Arch Campbell (WJLA-TV), Daryle Lockhart (The Black […]

Movie Mom Minute: Watching Movies Again, Again

posted by Nell Minow

Find out why children (and some adults) love to watch movies over and over. Then share your favorite movies to re-watch.

Fall Movie Preview

posted by Nell Minow

Here are my thoughts on fall movies: Sept 24 “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” Director Zach Snyder is known for striking visuals (“300″ and “The Watchmen”) so his first family-friendly film, the 3D animated story of Kathryn […]

Camp Rock 2

posted by Nell Minow

The Jonas Brothers are back with a sequel to their popular “Camp Rock.” Returning to jam with the JoBros are Demi Lovato and “Step Up 3D” star Alyson Stoner. Will there be romance? Will there be music? Will there be […]

Interview: Nanette Burstein of ‘Going the Distance’

posted by Nell Minow

Drew Barrymore and her real-life on-and-off boyfriend Justin Long appear together in a very contemporary romantic comedy called “Going the Distance.” I spoke to director Nanette Burstein about why it had to be R-rated, working with actors who have their […]

Interview: the Stars of ‘Flipped’

posted by Nell Minow

Madeline Carroll (now 14) and Callan McAuliffe (now 15) star in a sweet story of first love called “Flipped,” based on the popular book by Wendelin Van Draanen. I spoke to them about acting in a story set three decades […]

List: Math Movies

posted by Nell Minow

On the first day of the first school, thousands of years ago, some student probably complained about math and said he’d never have to use it because he had an abacus. But we do use math all the time and […]

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