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Tribute: John Barry

posted by Nell Minow

Five-time Oscar-winning composer John Barry has died at age 77. His music includes “Born Free,” and scores for several James Bond films, with perhaps “Goldfinger” the best-remembered. He could evoke a sensual, jazzy contemporary setting, romantic classicism, an intimate romance […]

Alice in Wonderland

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:N/A
Movie Release Date:1951
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: N/A
Movie Release Date: 1951

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 […]

Ebert: Thumbs Down on 3D, Up on Maxivison48

posted by Nell Minow

Roger Ebert says the case is closed on 3D — it can never work. He has some powerful support for his position, a letter from Walter Murch, “the most respected film editor and sound designer in the modern cinema.” Murch […]

Sundance 2011

posted by Nell Minow

I am sitting by the fire in my Park City, Utah hotel, where the wall has enormous pictures of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (as portrayed by Paul Newman and Robert Redford) and a sign that says “No Skis […]

Willow Smith to Play ‘Annie’

posted by Nell Minow

“Whip my Hair’s” Willow Smith, the daughter of mega-stars Will and Jada Pinkett Smith and sister of “Karate Kid’s” Jaden Smith is going to have a big-screen remake of her own. She will play Little Orphan Annie in the third […]

The Rite

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material, violence, frightening images, and language including sexual references
Movie Release Date:January 28, 2011
DVD Release Date:May 20, 2011
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material, violence, frightening images, and language including sexual references
Movie Release Date: January 28, 2011
DVD Release Date: May 20, 2011

Actors! They just can’t help themselves when a juicy part comes along. And that is why Oscar-winner Sir Anthony Hopkins finds himself in “The Rite,” an “inspired by a true story” thriller about an exorcist who struggles with his own […]

Sneak Peek: ‘Gnomeo & Juliet’

posted by Nell Minow

I’m looking forward to Gnomeo & Juliet.  It’s Shakespeare’s story of star-crossed love — with garden gnomes — and an all-star voice cast of classically-trained British acting royalty including James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Dame Maggie Smith, Patrick Stewart, and….Dolly Parton, […]

Life in a Day — Watch it Online One Day Only

posted by Nell Minow

Do you remember where you were on July 24, 2010? I was at Comic-Con, and I was one of the thousands who sent in a video of what I was doing that day to directors Ridley Scott and Kevin MacDonald. […]

Oscar Nominations!

posted by Nell Minow

The nominations are out! Start your prediction calculations. Actor in a Leading Role * Javier Bardem in “Biutiful” * Jeff Bridges in “True Grit” * Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network” * Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech” * James […]

Beat Ebert’s Oscar Predictions and Win $100,000!

posted by Nell Minow

Ebert Presents, the Chicago Sun-Times and MUBI.com are challenging movie fans and odds-makers everywhere to out-guess Roger Ebert in predicting the winners of this year’s Oscars. The prize is an amazing $100,000. And entrants have one big advantage over Ebert. […]

Red

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence and brief strong language
Movie Release Date:October 15, 2010
DVD Release Date:January 25, 2011
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence and brief strong language
Movie Release Date: October 15, 2010
DVD Release Date: January 25, 2011

Give me Dame Helen Mirren with a semi-automatic weapon and Morgan Freeman smiling, “We’re getting the band back together,” and I will happily settle back and enjoy the popcorn. “RED” stands for “Retired Extremely Dangerous,” and this is the designation […]

Takers

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, a sexual situation/partial nudity and some language
Movie Release Date:August 27, 2010
DVD Release Date:January 18, 2011
C
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, a sexual situation/partial nudity and some language
Movie Release Date: August 27, 2010
DVD Release Date: January 18, 2011

Why make a movie with so many first-rate performers and give central roles to people who cannot act and have no star power on screen? For the answer, read the credits. Rap star T.I. and R&B star Chris Brown are […]

The Razzies!

posted by Nell Minow

The Razzies salute the worst movies of the year. A day before the Oscar nominations, they announce their candidates for the most excruciatingly painful cinematic experiences of the previous 12 months. The best thing about them — anyone can vote! […]

Secretariat

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:PG for brief mild language
Movie Release Date:October 8, 2010
DVD Release Date:January 25, 2011
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: PG for brief mild language
Movie Release Date: October 8, 2010
DVD Release Date: January 25, 2011

This is the story of two champions. One is the most celebrated horse of the 20th century, the only non-human athlete to be included on Sport’s Illustrated’s 1999 list of the top 100 athletes of the last hundred years for […]

Smooch — on the Hallmark Channel

posted by Nell Minow

There’s something just so likable about Kellie Martin, isn’t there? I’ve been a fan since her “Life Goes On” days. She has such a sweetness about her, but strength, too. I really began to appreciate her as an actress in […]

Contest: Alice in Wonderland

posted by Nell Minow

I am overjoyed to have two copies of one of my very favorite Disney classics to give away. This is the Blu-Ray/DVD 60th anniversary edition of “Alice in Wonderland.” I have loved this film since we watched it at my […]

Skins — Another Challenge for Parents of Teens

posted by Nell Minow

MTV’s latest series is Skins, an American version of a controversial British television show about teenagers and starring teenagers. It was co-created by a teenager, the son of a television writer who was challenged by his father to come up […]

Ebert’s New Show Premieres This Weekend!

posted by Nell Minow

Roger Ebert’s new show, Ebert Presents At the Movies, debuts this week on PBS stations across the country. The original show was an inspiration and a guide to me and I am honored beyond words to be invited to contribute […]

The Company Men

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language and brief nudity
Movie Release Date:December 10, 2010
DVD Release Date:June 8, 2011
B
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language and brief nudity
Movie Release Date: December 10, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 8, 2011

Remember all those executives George Clooney fired last year in Up in the Air? Here is their story. Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, and Tommy Lee Jones play characters who work at an enormous conglomerate and feel confident in their value […]

Celebrate Tu B’Shvat

posted by Nell Minow

I don’t have an embed code, but you can visit YouTube to see an animated version of a Talmudic story in honor of today’s celebration of the Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shvat that gives thanks for trees and other things […]

Remembering JFK

posted by Nell Minow

Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of John F. Kennedy with a look at these films: JFK – A Presidency Revealed The History Channel’s balanced view is candid about the President’s shortcomings and mistakes but also captures his optimism […]

‘True Grit’s’ ‘Everlasting Arms’

posted by Nell Minow

I was pleased to see Beliefnet blogger Mark Roberts write about the use of the hymn “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” in its evocative soundtrack. Ironically, according to Ethan Coen, they knew “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” from another movie, […]

Interview: John Wells of ‘The Company Men’

posted by Nell Minow

“The Company Men” is a recession-era drama that follows three downsized executives at a huge conglomerate. Writer/director John Wells (producer of “ER” and “West Wing”) talked to me about the research that helped him to develop the script, how he […]

Kennedy Miniseries Rejected Again

posted by Nell Minow

As the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s inauguration is celebrated in Washington this week, there are headlines in the entertainment news about a miniseries about the Kennedy family that has been pulled from the broadcast schedule. Greg […]

Smile of the Week: A Flash Wedding

posted by Nell Minow

Regis Says Goodbye to Daytime

posted by Nell Minow

Regis Philbin has announced that he will leave his daily “Live” show sometime this year. He is 79 years old and has been doing the show for 28 years. His many television appearances have made him the Guiness Book of […]

I’m in a Movie — And Going to Sundance!

posted by Nell Minow

This time, I’m not reviewing a film; I am appearing in one! And I am very excited. “The Flaw,” a documentary about the financial meltdown, includes me as one of its interview subjects. And it has been accepted at Sundance […]

We Shall Overcome

posted by Nell Minow

Have a blessed and inspiring Martin Luther King Day!

Eyes on the Prize (Part 1)

posted by Nell Minow
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:NR
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: NR

This is the story of the civil rights movement, from 1952-1965. Interviews and archival footage tell the story of the 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education that declared school segregation unconstitutional and the Montgomery bus boycott […]

Winners: Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards

posted by Nell Minow

It’s looking good for “The Social Network,” Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, and Trent Reznor as the leading predictors of the Oscar race gave out their awards this weekend. Golden Globe winners: MOTION PICTURES: — Picture, Drama: […]

Downton Abbey

posted by Nell Minow

I love the new Masterpiece Theatre series, “Downton Abbey.” It’s a gripping story of fascinating characters and an enthralling depiction of a society undergoing seismic changes. English society flourished for centuries based on a system that kept property from being […]

Film Your Favorite Newbery Award Winner!

posted by Nell Minow

The Newberry Award is the highest honor awarded to the author of a children’s book and the list of winners includes some classics for every age. James Kennedy (The Order of Odd-Fish) and the New York Public Library have invited […]

Trailer: ‘Born to be Wild’

posted by Nell Minow

“Born to be Wild” is a new 3D IMAX documentary about orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them – saving endangered species one life at a time. It opens April 8.

Roger Ebert’s List of the Best 2010 Documentaries

posted by Nell Minow

For me, the big story of the movie of 2010 was the animated films and the documentaries — we had more great films in both categories than ever before. So I was delighted to see Roger Ebert’s list of the […]

Tonight: Critic’s Choice Awards!

posted by Nell Minow

The first big awards show of the year is the one from the Broadcast Film Critics Association. I am a proud member, and spent a lot of time making sure my votes on the impressive list of nominees were just […]

The Worst Movies of 2010

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Dan Kois of New York Magazine’s culture blog for including me in the round-up of the movies that made critics miserable in 2010. Jean Kerr, who was married to the legendary New York Times drama critic Walter Kerr, […]

Movies to Celebrate the Life and Work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

posted by Nell Minow

This weekend we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King and every family should take time to talk about this great American leader and hero of the Civil Rights Movement. There are outstanding films for all ages. Every family should […]

Interview: Tom Hooper of ‘The King’s Speech’

posted by Nell Minow

Tom Hooper, nominated for Golden Globe and satellite awards as best director for his acclaimed film, “The King’s Speech,” spoke to me about what made the movie especially meaningful to him, why the MPAA’s decision to give it an R-rating […]

Tribute: David Nelson

posted by Nell Minow

I loved “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” one of the most enduring sitcoms from the early days of television. Ozzie Nelson, bandleader turned radio and then television personality, played “Ozzie Nelson,” perpetually genial but often befuddled suburban father. His […]

Trailer: I Am

posted by Nell Minow

Director Tom Shadyac directed some of Hollywood’s biggest and wildest and highest-grossing (in both senses of the word) comedies: “Ace Ventura,” “The Nutty Professor,” “Liar, Liar,” and “Bruce Almighty.” He had everything money could buy. And then he almost lost […]

Duet that Inspired Glee

posted by Nell Minow

The repeat of the duets episode of Glee reminded me of how much I enjoyed Kurt and Rachel singing “Happy Days are Here Again” and “Get Happy.” I wonder how many viewers know that it was inspired by the classic […]

Bond is Back!

posted by Nell Minow

Last summer, I reported that the Sam Mendes-directed James Bond movie with Daniel Craig had been canceled due to the bankruptcy of the studio, MGM. Today, it seems hopeful that it is back on track. Craig’s availability has not been […]

Slate’s Movie Club

posted by Nell Minow

Slate movie critic Dana Stevens brought together an enormously engaging and thoughtful group for the annual “movie club” round-up discussion of the year in film. Reviewing films is a lot of fun, but one of the drawbacks is that we […]

Alpha and Omega

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for rude humor and some mild action
Movie Release Date:September 17, 2010
DVD Release Date:January 11, 2011
C
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for rude humor and some mild action
Movie Release Date: September 17, 2010
DVD Release Date: January 11, 2011

Two young Canadian wolves representing the extremes of the social scale join forces in the animated “Alpha and Omega,” which keeps them stuck in the bland middle. Though the visuals are in 3D, the film barely manages to register in […]

The Social Network

posted by Nell Minow
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug and alcohol use and language
Movie Release Date:October 1, 2010
DVD Release Date:January 11, 2011
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug and alcohol use and language
Movie Release Date: October 1, 2010
DVD Release Date: January 11, 2011

Change is not polite. The bigger the change, the more likely that it is messy and painful and ugly. Even its beginnings are often disturbingly uninspired and uninspiring. Despite what Hollywood and history books tell us, change is less often […]

Contest for Teachers Only: DVDs on Presidents and Martin Luther King

posted by Nell Minow

I have two DVDs to give away — for teachers only, this time. These are from my very favorite series for kids, Scholastic’s Storybook Treasures and they are perfect for celebrating Martin Luther King Day, Black History Month, Women’s History […]

Happy Birthday, Elvis!

posted by Nell Minow

TV Guide on Faith on Television

posted by Nell Minow

Craig Tomashoff’ has a thoughtful article in TV Guide about the portrayal of religion and spirituality on television. It has some surprising examples. The often-outrageous animated series “The Simpsons” was praised for using “Christian faith, religion and questions about God” […]

Tribute: Doonesbury’s Mom and Marshall’s Dad

posted by Nell Minow

We don’t often see death in comic strips and sit-coms. But on “How I Met Your Mother,” Marshall Erickson (Jason Segal) lost his beloved father Marvin (played by Bill Fagerbakke). And the title character in Garry Trudeau’s comic strip, currently […]

A Map of Movie Sequels

posted by Nell Minow

What’s the worst movie sequel you ever saw? I’d have to say the sequels to “Grease,” “Men in Black,” “Get Shorty,” and “The Whole Nine Yards” are tied for last place. Many thanks to my dear friend and fellow critic […]

Who Has Died Most Often On Screen? (Spoiler Alert!)

posted by Nell Minow

It’s a big moment in any movie when one of the main characters dies, whether in battle, by accident, foul play, or natural causes. The nice people at the information site ChaCha have done the math and figured out which […]

Season of the Witch

posted by Nell Minow
C-
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, violence and disturbing content
Movie Release Date:January 7, 2011
DVD Release Date:June 28, 2011
C-
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, violence and disturbing content
Movie Release Date: January 7, 2011
DVD Release Date: June 28, 2011

This is sword-and-sorcery film named after a Donovan song that features a joke swiped from “Jaws” — a priest looks balefully up at a looming demon and actually says, “We’re going to need more holy water.” It is a hopeless […]

Change of Plans — Family Movie Night on FOX

posted by Nell Minow

The latest in the WalMart and P&G-sponsored Family Movie Night series is “Change of Plans,” starring “American Idol’s” Brooke White as a free-spirited singer married to an engineer and pilot (Joe Flanigan of “Stargate Atlantis”). When her one-time best friend, […]

Dorothy’s Ruby Slipper on Ebay!

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s your chance! A piece of movie magic is for sale on Ebay — one of the ruby slippers made for “The Wizard of Oz.” At least seven pair were made for the film and you can see one pair […]

Tough Teen Girls in the Movies of 2010

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Post’s Ann Hornaday has a terrific year-end round-up about an unusual trend in 2010 movies, tough teen girls. From gritty dramas like “Fish Tank” and “Winter’s Bone” to ultra-violent fantasies like “Kick-Ass” and “Let Me In” (both starring […]

Contest for Teachers Only: Toy Story 3 Art Book

posted by Nell Minow

I have one copy of this gorgeous book about the artwork behind “Toy Story 3″ for some lucky teacher. Little kids will enjoy seeing pictures of their favorite characters, older kids will appreciate the behind-the-scenes information and everyone will learn […]

Johnny Belinda

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:1948
DVD Release Date:2006
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 1948
DVD Release Date: 2006

Celebrate the birthday of Jane Wyman with her Oscar-winning performance in the classic Johnny Belinda. Belinda (Jane Wyman) lives with her father and aunt on a farm on an island off the coast of Nova Scotia. Her father, Black McDonald, […]

Roger Ebert’s New Show!

posted by Nell Minow

I am thrilled that I have been invited to be one of the correspondents for Roger Ebert’s new show, “Ebert Presents At the Movies.” With AP’s Christy Lemire and the 24-year-old Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of MUBI.com as co-hosts and Roger and […]

Dinner for Schmucks

posted by Nell Minow
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sequences of crude and sexual content, some partial nudity and language
Movie Release Date:July 30, 2010
DVD Release Date:January 3, 2011
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of crude and sexual content, some partial nudity and language
Movie Release Date: July 30, 2010
DVD Release Date: January 3, 2011

The truest comedy is the laugh of recognition and enlightenment. You won’t find much of that in this crass and crude remake of the French film, “The Dinner Game.” What you will find instead is that easier and far less […]

The Rest of the ‘Catfish’ Review (Spoiler Alert!)

posted by Nell Minow

If you have seen “Catfish” and are ready for the rest of my review, here it is: In the early days of the World Wide Web, a widely-circulated New Yorker cartoon showed a dog sitting up before a computer, paws […]

Tribute: Anne Francis

posted by Nell Minow

The lovely actress Anne Francis has died at age 80. She is best remembered for two classic movies in which she had the only female role, the post-WWII drama Bad Day at Black Rock with Spencer Tracy and the first […]

Catfish

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some sexual references
Movie Release Date:September 17, 2010
DVD Release Date:January 3, 2011
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some sexual references
Movie Release Date: September 17, 2010
DVD Release Date: January 3, 2011

Let’s say you’re a guy. And the girl you really like has finally agreed to go out with you. You’re at the restaurant ordering pizza. And she says her favorite pizza is Hawaiian, with pineapple. The idea makes you feel […]

Oprah’s OWN Is Here!

posted by Nell Minow

An hour a day just is not enough for all that Oprah wants to share with us. Starting today, Oprah takes over the old Discovery Health Channel, now known as OWN — the Oprah Winfrey Network. Some of the programs […]

A Very Movie 2011 — Coming Attractions

posted by Nell Minow

Happy 2011! We’ll be seeing more superheros this year (two Green — Hornet with Seth Rogan and Lantern with Ryan Reynolds, plus Thor and X-Men and Captain America) and sequels (the last of the Twilight and Harry Potter movies, plus […]

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