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Interview: Will Reiser and Seth Rogan of ’50/50′

posted by Nell Minow

Will Reiser and Seth Rogen were friends who worked together on “Da Ali G Show,” making fun of everything and everyone, especially the powerful.  So, when Reiser got cancer, they took it on in the same spirit.  Finding their own […]

What’s Your Number?

posted by Nell Minow
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for sexual content and language
Movie Release Date:September 30, 2011
DVD Release Date:January 10, 2012
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for sexual content and language
Movie Release Date: September 30, 2011
DVD Release Date: January 10, 2012

Even the delectable Anna Faris cannot get us to root for the character she plays in this charmless, distasteful dud.  The first scene is weirdly identical to the opening of “Bridesmaids,” and one of the movie’s scarce pleasures is the […]

50/50

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language throughout, sexual content and some drug use
Movie Release Date:September 30, 2011
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language throughout, sexual content and some drug use
Movie Release Date: September 30, 2011

When Seth Rogen’s friend Will Reiser got a rare form of cancer at age 24, they bolstered their courage by imagining a movie that would be true to their experience.  The movies they knew about people with cancer had characters […]

Break-Dancing Rosh Hashanah Celebration!

posted by Nell Minow

Mindy Kaling on Women in Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Producer/writer/actress Mindy Kaling of “The Office” has a great piece in the New Yorker about women characters in movies. [W]hat I’d really like to write is a romantic comedy. This is my favorite kind of movie. I feel almost embarrassed […]

Interview: Adam and Mark Kassen of ‘Puncture’

posted by Nell Minow

Brothers Adam and Mark Kassen co-produced and co-directed “Puncture,” the true story of an idealistic but drug-addicted young lawyer from Houston who took on the mammoth pharmaceutical  companies on behalf of a quirky inventor who came up with a simple […]

Interview: Claire LaZebnik of Epic Fail and Families and Other Non-Returnable Gifts

posted by Nell Minow

Claire LaZebnik is the witty and wise author of two new books, both highly recommended.  Families and Other Nonreturnable Gifts (for adults) is the story of Keats, the “normal” child in an unconventional family with poetically-named siblings Hopkins (a brilliant doctor) […]

Free Tickets to a DC Screening of ‘The Way’ — Revised RSVP Code

posted by Nell Minow

Sorry about that!  I have just twenty passes to give away (each admits two), so respond right away by clicking this movie pass link and entering RSVP code: BLFWJZ3

L’shana Tova — A Sweet New Year for All in 5772

posted by Nell Minow

May you and your families be inscribed in the Book of Life.

Free Tickets to a Washington DC Movie Screening: ‘The Way’ with Martin Sheen

posted by Nell Minow

If you live in the Washington DC area, I’d love to give you free tickets to see a special advance screening of The Way, Thursday, Oct. 6.  It stars Martin Sheen and was written and directed by his son, Emilio Estavez. […]

‘The Lion King’ Roars at the Box Office — Again

posted by Nell Minow

The Lion King, a 3D conversion of a 1994 Disney animated film that has been available on DVD and on video, cable, and broadcast television before that has stunned box-office predictors by out-grossing Brad Pitt’s very high profile baseball movie […]

Citizen Kane

posted by Nell Minow
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:1941
DVD Release Date:September 26, 2011
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 1941
DVD Release Date: September 26, 2011

“Citizen Kane” has topped more “all-time best” lists than any other movie and this 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition is a treat for passionate fans and those who still have the thrill of seeing it for the first time ahead of […]

Trailer: ‘We Bought a Zoo’

posted by Nell Minow

This looks like a perfect holiday release.  I love the idea of 20 seconds of insane courage!  

Sea Fever: The Lovely Poem from ‘Dolphin Tale’

posted by Nell Minow

“Dolphin Tale” features one of my favorite poems, “Sea Fever” by John Masefield.  Here it is: I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and […]

Giveaway: Dumbo!

posted by Nell Minow

I’m thrilled to have five copies of the gorgeous Blu-Ray/DVD restored 70th anniversary edition of Dumbo to give away!   Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with Dumbo in the subject line and tell me your favorite movie elephant.  Don’t […]

Elmo and Cookie Monster Do ‘The Office,’ ‘CSI:Miami,’ ‘Bored to Death,’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory’

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out Elmo and Cookie Monster as they perform their versions of the hit TV shows whose stars will be appearing on the new season of “Sesame Street!”

Network Television’s Distressing New Word

posted by Nell Minow

Years ago, “Saturday Night Live” had a funny “Wayne’s World” sketch with Bruce Willis as the high school cool kid, who appeared on the show to reveal to Wayne and Garth what the new cool insult word of the year […]

Interview: Sam Childers, the ‘Machine Gun Preacher’

posted by Nell Minow

Sam Childers is the “Machine Gun Preacher” who inspired a movie by that name, starring Gerard Butler.  His book, Another Man’s War: The True Story of One Man’s Battle to Save Children in the Sudan tells the story of his journey […]

Dolphin Tale

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some mild thematic elements
Movie Release Date:September 23, 2011
DVD Release Date:December 12, 2011
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some mild thematic elements
Movie Release Date: September 23, 2011
DVD Release Date: December 12, 2011

It won’t be available for sale until next week but I just can’t wait to feature this terrific film.  I have a copy to give away so if you’d like to enter, send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with Dolphin […]

Killer Elite

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong violence, language, and some sexuality/nudity
Movie Release Date:September 23, 2011
DVD Release Date:January 10, 2012
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong violence, language, and some sexuality/nudity
Movie Release Date: September 23, 2011
DVD Release Date: January 10, 2012

Like this year’s “The Devil’s Double,” this film would be much more satisfying and believable if it was not so self-serving in favor of the people telling the story. The oddest part is that the fight scenes are brutally, authentic […]

Moneyball

posted by Nell Minow
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some strong language
Movie Release Date:September 23, 2011
DVD Release Date:January 9, 2012
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some strong language
Movie Release Date: September 23, 2011
DVD Release Date: January 9, 2012

Brad Pitt is underrated as an actor.  But he is the best there is when it comes to calibrating the deployment of his onscreen star power, which he uses as expertly as Meryl Streep does accents.  Pitt can dial it […]

The Return of ‘The Sing-Off’

posted by Nell Minow

“The Sing-Off” is back and it is bigger!  One of my favorite reality shows is Nick Lachey’s a capella competition.  This year, Sara Bareilles joins Shawn Stockman and Ben Folds as judges.  The contestants this year are:   AFRO-BLUE – Washington, […]

Interview: Jason Keller of ‘Machine Gun Preacher’

posted by Nell Minow

Jason Keller wrote the screenplay for “Machine Gun Preacher,” based on the true story of Sam Childers, whose book, Another Man’s War: The True Story of One Man’s Battle to Save Children in the Sudan, tells the story of his […]

Interview: Paige Hemmis of ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’

posted by Nell Minow

Paige Hemmis of “Extreme Home Makeover” has enough warmth and enthusiasm to power the show’s bus across the country.  It was a lot of fun to talk to her about the show’s 9th season, which starts this Sunday with a […]

On The Hub: Majors & Minors

posted by Nell Minow

Grammy® Award-winning superstar Will.i.am (Black Eyed Peas) and Grammy® and Academy Award®-winning Jennifer Hudson have joined an all-star lineup of industry artists and professionals serving as mentors for The Hub TV Network’s new original reality music series “Majors & Minors,” premiering Friday, […]

Winter the Dolphin: The True Story

posted by Nell Minow

Winter the dolphin plays herself in this week’s terrific family film, “Dolphin Tale,” directed by Charles Martin Smith.  While the movie’s human characters are fictional, the story of Winter is true, and Winter herself is already a star, having appeared […]

Interview: Charles Martin Smith of ‘Dolphin Tale’

posted by Nell Minow

Before he was a director, Charles Martin Smith was a teen actor who appeared as “Terry the Toad” in “American Graffiti.”  He starred in Carroll Ballard’s “Never Cry Wolf” and appeared in films like “The Untouchables” and “Starman.”  While he […]

Contest: Spooky Buddies!

posted by Nell Minow

I have three more copies of the new Spooky Buddies DVD!  Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com and tell me your favorite Buddies movie.   Don’t forget your address!  I’ll pick three winners at random this weekend.  Good luck!

Interview: David Code on How Parental Stress is Toxic for Kids

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to author David Code for answering my questions about his new book,  Kids Pick Up On Everything: How Parental Stress Is Toxic To Kids. As featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CBS and Fox News, […]

Dumbo

posted by Nell Minow
A
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:1941
DVD Release Date:September 19, 2011
A
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 1941
DVD Release Date: September 19, 2011

A gorgeous new 70th anniversary “Dumbo” Blu-Ray DVD pack is the Pick of the Week. The stork delivers babies to the circus animals, including Mrs. Jumbo’s baby, an elephant with enormous ears. The other elephants laugh at him and call […]

John Wayne’s Personal Collection to be Auctioned

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s your chance to own an item from the personal collection of one of the biggest movie stars of all time, John Wayne. Among the items in the collection are one of the iconic black eye-patches worn by John Wayne […]

Happy Birthday June Foray (Voice of Rocky)

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s a tribute to one of the all-time greatest voice actresses, June Foray, who celebrates her 94th birthday today.  Best known as Rocky the flying squirrel, she also provided voices for Lucifer the cat in “Cinderella,” Grandmother Fa in “Mulan,” […]

50th Anniversary of the ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ with Carl Reiner and Dick van Dyke

posted by Nell Minow

My all-time favorite television show is “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”  The wit, sophistication, and charm of the show and the marvelous performances by its talented cast have made it an enduring classic, with many of its best episodes available […]

The Spooky Buddies Are Coming!

posted by Nell Minow

Spooky Buddies are coming to DVD on September 20, just in time for Halloween! Disney’s irresistible talking puppies are back in an all-new movie that takes them far across town to a mysterious mansion where something very spooky is going […]

I Don’t Know How She Does It

posted by Nell Minow
C-
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual references throughout
Movie Release Date:September 16, 2011
DVD Release Date:January 3, 2012
C-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual references throughout
Movie Release Date: September 16, 2011
DVD Release Date: January 3, 2012

This film takes the most wrenching and universal dilemma of family life and turns it into a sitcom-y love letter to Sarah Jessica Parker.  Not the character she plays, the whippet-thin, stiletto-wearing financial whiz with the adorably mussed hair, but […]

I Met the Terminator!

posted by Nell Minow

My two jobs collided last week when I got to introduce Arnold Schwarzenegger at a business conference!  

The Lion King 3D

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:1994
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 1994

One of Disney’s most popular animated features (and the inspiration for one of Broadway’s biggest blockbuster) has been re-issued in 3D.  “The Lion King” is sort of a cross between “Richard III” and “Hamlet,” the story of Simba (voice of […]

Drive

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong brutal bloody violence, language, and some nudity
Movie Release Date:September 16, 2011
DVD Release Date:January 31, 2012
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong brutal bloody violence, language, and some nudity
Movie Release Date: September 16, 2011
DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012

Danish director Nicholas Winding Refn said that “Drive” is his vision of a contemporary fairy tale about a princess who has to be rescued from a dragon.  It is a highly stylized, brilliantly acted, and brutally violent story about a man […]

Smile of the Week: The Latest ‘Muppet Movie’ Parody Trailer

posted by Nell Minow

This makes me very, very happy.  For more, check it out on Facebook.

My Dad at Harvard

posted by Nell Minow

My wonderful dad, Newton Minow, was honored at Harvard this week for half a century of public service in working to make the greatest amount of choice and the broadest range of media resources available.  He talked about the five […]

Great Movie Moments: ‘The Apostle’ — Billy Bob Thornton Wants to Bulldoze a Church

posted by Nell Minow

As I wrote earlier, my new book, which should be out by the end of the year, is about some of my favorite movie moments.  I’m having a lot of fun writing about them but one thing I can’t do […]

Jim Emerson Deconstructs ‘The Dark Knight’ Action Sequence

posted by Nell Minow

Jim Emerson of Indiewire takes viewers through the truck chase scene in “The Dark Knight” and explains how an action sequence works (and does not work). This is a superb lesson on visual story-telling, highly recommended.

Contest: Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin and More

posted by Nell Minow

I’m very excited to have a gorgeous DVD box set from the Scholastic Storybook series, my very favorite family DVDs to give away. And this one is really special, with three different collections that will inspire children to use their […]

The Fall TV Season is Tough on Men

posted by Nell Minow

It’s funny the way there often seems to be a cosmic convergence in the fall TV season.  One year it was two different shows about people behind the scenes of a thinly disguised version of “Saturday Night Live.”  If you […]

More 3D Conversions: Top Gun is Next

posted by Nell Minow

The re-release of “The Lion King” in 3D is coming this month and now the Hollywood Reporter says that “Top Gun” is being adapted for a 3D release.  Apparently, director Tony Scott has not yet given his approval. As I […]

A Controversial Choice for a Judah Maccabee Film

posted by Nell Minow

The story of Judah Maccabee, one of the greatest warrior heroes in Jewish history, could make a great movie.  He led the first revolt against religious oppression in 167 BCE.  His victory is celebrated by Jews around the world each […]

9/11 in the Comics

posted by Nell Minow

Today nearly 100 cartoonists in the Sunday comics observe the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  Every family should take some time to read through them to appreciate the many ways the comic artists and writers […]

Tell Your 9/11 Story

posted by Nell Minow

The New York Times and YouTube have created a site for people to share their memories of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and how it has affected our families and the world. The PBS NewsHour is also collecting […]

Tribute: Cliff Robertson

posted by Nell Minow

Oscar-winner Cliff Robertson died today at age 88.  He is best remembered for his portrayal of a young John F. Kennedy in PT-109 and for the role that won him the industry’s top acting prize, Charly, a mentally disabled man […]

Cyber-bullying Toolkit from Common Sense Media

posted by Nell Minow

Common Sense Media has prepared a free cyber-bullying toolkit for educators with materials designed to show students how to stand up when they see digital harassment happening and to help create a positive school culture where kids can thrive – both online […]

Warrior

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense martial arts fighting, some language, and thematic material
Movie Release Date:September 9, 2011
DVD Release Date:December 20, 2011
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense martial arts fighting, some language, and thematic material
Movie Release Date: September 9, 2011
DVD Release Date: December 20, 2011

Imagine if Rocky, instead of fighting Apollo Creed, got into the ring with another Rocky.  And they were brothers. I know, I know, but somehow it works in a surprisingly affecting story of the sons of an abusive alcoholic who […]

Up From Zero — 9/11 Documentary

posted by Nell Minow

“Up From Zero” is a US Department of Labor documentary about the construction workers who helped to clear ground zero after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, now available on YouTube.  

Metal of Honor — 9/11 Documentary

posted by Nell Minow

The full-length touching documentary “Metal of Honor” is the story of the ironworkers who arrived as the towers were collapsing and stayed for up to eight months to make sure the area was cleared safely.  It is on Youtube, and is […]

Highlights of the New Fall Season on TV

posted by Nell Minow

The 2011 Fall Season on television has some exciting new stars and appealing new shows. Most intriguing ideas: Comedy: In “Suburgatory,” a mouthy teenager moves from Manhattan to the suburbs with her single dad (Jeremy Sisto) and finds a lot to […]

Great Movie Moments: ‘The Company’s’ “My Funny Valentine”

posted by Nell Minow

My new book, which should be out by the end of the year, is about some of my favorite movie moments.  I’m having a lot of fun writing about them but one thing I can’t do in a book is […]

George Lucas’ New Film About the Tuskegee Airmen: Red Tails

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s a glimpse of next year’s upcoming film co-written by George Lucas about the Tuskegee Airmen, “Red Tails.”  It stars Terrence Howard, Nate Parker, Byran Cranston, and Brandon T. Jackson. It looks great.  Everyone should learn about these great heroes, […]

A Treat for ‘Say Anything’ Fans — Deleted Scenes!

posted by Nell Minow

It’s the movie Entertainment Weekly called the greatest romance of the past 25 years.  Boom boxes have come and gone, but the iconic image of John Cusack holding his over his head so that Ione Skye can hear their song […]

Labor Day Tribute to Workers!

posted by Nell Minow

From “The Pajama Game” with Doris Day.        

Labor Day Tribute to Working Women: ‘9 to 5′

posted by Nell Minow

The technology has changed and the opportunities for women and minorities have widened, but the frustrations of the workplace continue.  Take a moment today to thank the working people in your life.  

New ‘Star Wars’ Blu-Ray Creates Controversy

posted by Nell Minow

George Lucas can’t stop fiddling with “Star Wars.” This week’s highly anticipated Blu-Ray release of Star Wars: The Complete Saga films has 40 hours of extra material, which will make the fan-boys happy, but it also tinkers with the original […]

Fall Movies 2011 — Miss Piggy, Double Clooneys, Spaceys, and Lautners, the First Silent Film in 80 Years, and Brad Pitt Plays Ball

posted by Nell Minow

Summer is time for superheroes, remakes, raunchy comedies, and sequels.  As the leaves begin to fall, movies get a little more ambitious, a little edgier, a little weightier, with less CGI and a bit more depth.  But that doesn’t mean […]

The Twin Towers on Film

posted by Nell Minow

As we approach the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, one of the most poignant tributes to the World Trade Center is this compilation of the twin towers’ iconic appearances in feature films. My favorite […]

Labor Day Tribute to Norma Rae and the Woman Who Inspired Her

posted by Nell Minow

Sally Field won an Oscar for her performance as Norma Rae, inspired by the real-life Crystal Lee Sutton.  She died in 2009 of brain cancer following a fight with her insurance company to get the treatment she needed.  Her papers […]

Family Movie Night: ‘Game Time — Tackling the Past’

posted by Nell Minow

The latest Family Movie Night, sponsored by Wal-Mart and P&G, is “Game Time: Tackling the Past,” about a pro football player named Jake (“Chuck’s” Ryan McPartlin) who has been estranged from his family.  He reluctantly returns home for the first […]

Seven Days in Utopia

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:September 2, 2011
DVD Release Date:November 29. 2011
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: September 2, 2011
DVD Release Date: November 29. 2011

Sports psychologist David L. Cook wrote a book called Seven Days in Utopia: Golf’s Sacred Journey about a young golfer who runs away after a meltdown at a big tournament, gets stuck in a small town, and meets a mentor who […]

9/11 Movie: ‘Rebirth’

posted by Nell Minow

Jennifer Merin, About.com’s documentary expert, has a review of a documentary about five survivors of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011.  It is called Rebirth.  Merin says: The film doesn’t replay the well-known but still shocking footage of airplanes […]

Smile of the Week: What Inspires You?

posted by Nell Minow

Another inspiring short from Nationlight.

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