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Halloween Quiz: Answers!

posted by Nell Minow

Congrats to Toby for the most right answers! 1. High school witches get revenge on a mean girl by making her hair fall out but then their spells become more deadly. “The Craft” 2. When attendees at a witch convention […]

Happy Halloween from The Muppets!

posted by Nell Minow

Everything You Need to Know About Zombies

posted by Nell Minow

This must have been a lot of fun to do!  Dan Kois put together a terrific guide to “Surviving a Zombie Attack” for New York Magazine, with all kinds of great tidbits from experts like the people behind “Walking Dead” […]

Happy Halloween!

posted by Nell Minow

A Wonderful Tribute to ‘Barney Miller’

posted by Nell Minow

What a delight to see the New York Times pay tribute to one of my all-time favorite television series, “Barney Miller.”  I’ve talked to a couple of cops who told me that it was not just funny — it was […]

Vanessa Redgrave’s Elizabethan Hat Trick

posted by Nell Minow

I did not like “Anonymous,” the new film speculating that Shakespeare’s plays were written by the Earl of Oxford. (They were not.)  But I did enjoy Vanessa Redgrave’s luminous performance as Queen Elizabeth, with her daughter Joely Richardson playing the […]

Roger Ebert’s 4-Star Memoir

posted by Nell Minow

Roger Ebert, not just the greatest movie critic of all time but one of the most influential thinkers and brilliant writers on any subject over the past four decades, has written his story in Life Itself: A Memoir.  When he lost […]

What is Left for the Muppets to Parody?

posted by Nell Minow

Interview: Lavinia Currier of ‘Oka!’

posted by Nell Minow

“Oka!” is a simply wonderful movie based on the real-life story of music scholar Louis Sarno, who left New Jersey to study the music of Central Africa.  I spoke to director Lavinia Currier about casting the film and what the […]

Amazing Halloween Light Show!

posted by Nell Minow

Teeny-Tiny and the Witch Woman…And 4 More Spine-Tingling Tales

posted by Nell Minow

Teeny-Tiny and the Witch-Woman… and 4 More Spine-Tingling Tales is a perfect Halloween treat for the littlest trick-or-treaters, with stories that are more fun than scary. Teeny-Tiny is the story of a boy who outsmarts the witch who wants to […]

The Rum Diary

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language, brief drug use, and sexuality
Movie Release Date:October 28, 2011
DVD Release Date:February 14, 2012
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language, brief drug use, and sexuality
Movie Release Date: October 28, 2011
DVD Release Date: February 14, 2012

22-year-old Hunter S. Thompson wrote a novel about men in their 30’s working for a Puerto Rican newspaper, equally soaked in the title libation and the brinier flavors of cynicism and failure, but it was not published until more than […]

Puss In Boots

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some adventure action and mild rude humor
Movie Release Date:October 28, 2011
DVD Release Date:February 21, 2012
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some adventure action and mild rude humor
Movie Release Date: October 28, 2011
DVD Release Date: February 21, 2012

The popular feline bandit of the “Shrek” series gets his own feature film, one that is less of a fractured fairy tale and more of a swashbuckler.  Antonio Banderas returns as the voice of Puss in Boots, the cat with […]

In Time

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for violence, some sexuality and partial nudity, and brief strong language
Movie Release Date:October 28, 2011
DVD Release Date:January 31, 2012
B
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for violence, some sexuality and partial nudity, and brief strong language
Movie Release Date: October 28, 2011
DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012

In the future, according to this film, our currency will not be money but time.  Everyone gets 25 years.  Then the clock starts ticking down.  If you have not earned, begged, borrowed, stolen, or inherited time, you die. Everything is […]

The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Not rated
Movie Release Date:October 27, 2011
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Not rated
Movie Release Date: October 27, 2011

Documentaries made by adult children about their fathers have become a significant new genre.  My Architect is the story of Louis Kahn by the son he never publicly acknowledged.  In Tell Them Who You Are, filmmaker Mark Wexler trains his camera […]

Mark Jenkins on ‘Margin Call’ — Quoting Me

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to my friend Mark Jenkins for including me in his insightful piece for the Washington Post about the timeliness of the new movie, Margin Call. As the Occupy Wall Street protests continue and expand, “Margin Call” might seem the right […]

Reports of a Grace Kelly Biopic in the Works

posted by Nell Minow

Cinema Blend reports that Grace Kelly might be the subject of a new feature film. Producer Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, who recently launched the Stone Angel production and financing company, has acquired the rights to Arash Amel’s spec script titled Grace of […]

Watch Coldplay Live Today!

posted by Nell Minow

You can watch Coldplay perform live today on YouTube at 1:00 Eastern/4:00 Pacific!  If you miss it, try later as it will replay all day.

Interview: Andy Borowitz of The 50 Funniest American Writers*

posted by Nell Minow

Andy Borowitz really understands what it means to be funny.  He is the first recipient of the National Press Club’s humor award and his @BorowitzReport Twitter feed is constantly circulated with LOLs.  His new book is The 50 Funniest American […]

Movie Mom Favorites for a Happy Halloween

posted by Nell Minow

Miss Representation

posted by Nell Minow

Every parent, educator, and teenager should watch the documentary “Miss Representation,” about the way that media shapes our perceptions of what it means to be male and female.  

Joss Whedon and Nathan Fillion Do a Secret Shakespeare!

posted by Nell Minow

Joss Whedon has just finished shooting a secret production on Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” starring “Firefly’s” Nathan Fillian!  “Much Ado” is the play with the comically battling romance, with and earlier film starring Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branaugh.   […]

Do Trailers Spoil Movies?

posted by Nell Minow

My friend and fellow critic Kevin McCarthy has a blog post about a woman who filed a lawsuit accusing the “Drive” trailer of false advertising.  She claims the studio, FilmDistrict, misled her into thinking that it would be a car […]

Quiz: How Well Do You Know Halloween Movies?

posted by Nell Minow

Get into the spooky spirit of Halloween with this quiz that covers movies with ghosts, goblins, and witches.  How many do you know? 1. High school witches get revenge on a mean girl by making her hair fall out but […]

Sale on Spooky Movies from the Warner Archive

posted by Nell Minow

The Warner Archive is celebrating Halloween with a sale on some of their scariest movies, some that are silly scary, and some that are not that scary at all. As the classic children’s book “The Phantom Tollbooth” celebrates its 50th […]

Halloween Books for Kids from Reading Rockets

posted by Nell Minow

Reading Rockets has ten books for families about Halloween, including A Newbery Halloween : A Dozen Scary Stories by Newbery Award-Winning Authors, Hoodwinked (a little witch finds a surprising pet), and Pumpkin Pumpkin (a tiny seed grows into a pumpkin which makes […]

Google Salutes Mary Blair

posted by Nell Minow

Today’s Google Doodle salutes the wonderful Disney artist, Mary Blair. My favorite moment in the documentary Walt & El Grupo, about a trip to South America that Walt Disney and his colleagues took just before America entered WWII, is when […]

Interview: J.C. Chandor of ‘Margin Call’

posted by Nell Minow

J.C. Chandor wrote and directed “Margin Call,” a sharply-scripted thriller about one night at a never-named Wall Street firm.  The top executives discover that they are at risk of catastrophic failure and have to decide before the markets open in […]

Margin Call

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language
Movie Release Date:October 21, 2011
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language
Movie Release Date: October 21, 2011

Investors can make bets by promising to buy stock at a higher or lower price than the current day’s valuation.  If all goes well, they never actually have to buy the stock.  They can keep buying and selling the bets […]

The Mighty Macs

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:October 21, 2011
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: October 21, 2011

Basketball coach Cathy Rush (Carla Gugino) arrived at tiny Immaculata College in 1972, at just the right moment for her, for the team, and for the game. Restrictive rules that had “protected” female players from a full-court game had just […]

Johnny English Reborn

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for mild action violence, rude humor, some language and brief sensuality
Movie Release Date:October 21, 2011
DVD Release Date:February 28, 2012
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild action violence, rude humor, some language and brief sensuality
Movie Release Date: October 21, 2011
DVD Release Date: February 28, 2012

The first Johnny English spy spoof came out in 2003.  The spy parts were not exciting enough and the comedy parts were not funny enough to make material that has been done by everyone from James Coburn and Dean Martin to […]

Café

posted by Nell Minow

Café is about that place we all wish we could find, a coffee shop that makes its customers feel at home.  Jennifer Love Hewitt plays the girl behind the counter who provides advice and support for the regulars.  But then a […]

The Return of Statler and Waldorf

posted by Nell Minow

On “The Muppet Show,” Statler and Waldorf (named for stately old hotels) were the two cranky old guys in the balcony who comment sarcastically on the performance.  I’m glad to see that they are on top of internet culture!  Looking […]

Interview: Elizabeth Olson of ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’

posted by Nell Minow

“Martha Marcy May Marlene” is the story of a young woman who returns after living off the grid in a remote group home with a predatory, cult-like leader.  She moves in with her newlywed sister (Sarah Paulson) after years of […]

The Real Story: Immaculata’s Mighty Macs

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s release “The Mighty Macs” is inspired by the true story of coach Cathy Rush, who took the basketball team from the tiny women’s college to three national championships in the early 1970’s, the dawn of women’s basketball.  Now […]

Interview: Coach Cathy Rush of ‘The Mighty Macs’

posted by Nell Minow

Coach Cathy Rush arrived at tiny Immaculata College at a moment when there were big changes in women’s basketball.  The rules were changed to allow women for the first time to play the all-out game by the same rules as […]

The Pediatricians Really Mean It: No TV, Movies, or Computers for Under-Twos

posted by Nell Minow

The American Academy of Pediatrics has said it again.  They do not recommend any screen time for children under two.  They first issued this recommendation in 1999.  But in the last 12 years, family media use has skyrocketed. The temptation to […]

It’s Not Your Daddy’s ‘Star Wars’

posted by Nell Minow

Just last week, I decided to watch the original 1977 “Star Wars” again and enjoyed it very much.  I’ve lost count of how many times I have seen it, but I can tell you that when my then-fiance and I […]

Interview: Mark Henn of ‘The Lion King’

posted by Nell Minow

I had a lot of fun talking to animator Mark Henn about “Winnie the Pooh” last summer so it was a pleasure to get to talk to him again, this time about The Lion King, which has had surprise box […]

‘Lion King’ Winners!

posted by Nell Minow

Wow, thanks to all who entered!  I wish I had one for each of you.  The winners are: Kathy T, Temecula CA Tim D, Deer Park, WA Stephen N, Romeoville IL Lindsay H, Peabody KS Tim G, Ramona CA Kim […]

The Worst Witch

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:1986
DVD Release Date:October 16, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 1986
DVD Release Date: October 16, 2011

Thanks to my godson, Theo Leiss, for reminding me of this Halloween treat! The Worst Witch is based on a pre-Harry Potter series of books by Jill Murphy about a school for young witches.  Fairuza Balk, who would later play a […]

New Sesame Street Character Teaches Kids About Food — And Hunger

posted by Nell Minow

In observance of World Food Day, “Sesame Street” has a new toolkit to help families make good decisions about food, so that even those on a limited budget can make meals that help families grow and stay healthy.  A new […]

Blog Action Day: Food

posted by Nell Minow

  This year’s Blog Action Day theme is food in recognition of World Food Day. Some top documentaries about food sustainability and wholesomeness: 1. The End of the Line  The rise of industrialized fishing, the current demand for fish and the […]

MVP of the Week: Ray McKinnon

posted by Nell Minow

As I have often said, I love character actors, and I am delighted to see one of my favorites in three movies that are now in theaters.  You know Ray McKinnon’s face — probably from “The Blind Side,” where he […]

Trailer: ‘Joyful Noise’

posted by Nell Minow

I am so excited about this new movie about a gospel choir led by Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton!  It co-stars one of my favorite young actresses, Keke Palmer of Akeelah and the Bee.  Can’t wait!

Footloose

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some teen drug and alcohol use, sexual content, violence, and language
Movie Release Date:October 14, 2011
DVD Release Date:March 6, 2012
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some teen drug and alcohol use, sexual content, violence, and language
Movie Release Date: October 14, 2011
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2012

Director Craig Brewer doesn’t so much remake 1984’s Footloose as tweak it.  At times, it feels almost identical, with small changes that are as likely to be commentary as updates.  But the most important thing this version has in common with […]

The Big Year

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for language and some sensuality
Movie Release Date:October 14, 2011
DVD Release Date:January 31, 2012
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for language and some sensuality
Movie Release Date: October 14, 2011
DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012

“The Big Year” would be a lot better if it didn’t try so hard to be The Big Movie.   This over-Hollywood-ized take on the real-life story of passionate-to-obsessed birders (don’t say “bird-watchers”) makes us wish for a documentary instead.  Everything […]

Free Tickets to a Screening of ‘The Mighty Macs’

posted by Nell Minow

“The Mighty Macs” is the heartwarming and inspiring true story of the basketball team at tiny Immaculata College in the 1970’s and how coach Cathy Rush (played by Carla Gugino) took the team to a national championship.  It is rated […]

Are We Finally Going to See ‘Fireflies in the Garden?’

posted by Nell Minow

Can you believe that a movie starring Julia Roberts, Willem Dafoe, Emily Watson, and Ryan Reynolds has been sitting on a shelf someplace in a studio archive since 2008?   And that Julia Roberts plays Ryan Reynolds’ mother?  The film […]

EW: Reunions, Featuring ‘The Princess Bride’

posted by Nell Minow

I always love the Entertainment Weekly “Reunions” issues, where they bring back co-stars to talk about favorite projects.  This year’s features classics like “Fatal Attraction,” “Office Space,” “The Carol Burnett Show,” and “Home Improvement” (those boys are all grown up!). […]

‘Footloose’ — ‘Let’s Hear it for the Boy’

posted by Nell Minow

One more treat from the original Footloose, “Let’s Hear it for the Boy” sung by Deniece Williams, featuring the late and much-missed Chris Penn.

Opening this Week: Two Remakes and a Bird-Watching Competition

posted by Nell Minow

Opening this week, we have two remakes and a movie about birding. The original Footloose came out in 1984, starring Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, and John Lithgow. This remake has Dennis Quaid as the minister in a town so shattered […]

Trailer: ‘The Other F-Word’

posted by Nell Minow

What happens when a rock star whose music and lifestyle are based on anarchy and living for the moment becomes a dad?  That’s the subject of this documentary that presents a slightly more extreme form of what every parent discovers.

Happy Columbus Day!

posted by Nell Minow

Christopher Columbus has not yet had the movie he deserves, but I prefer the Fredric March version to the later movies.  And I recommend a brilliant and completely engrossing new book from biographer Laurence Bergreen called Columbus: The Four Voyages. […]

The Original: ‘Footloose’ (1984)

posted by Nell Minow

The original Footloose was one of the decade-defining movies of the 1980’s, with a sensational soundtrack that included the title song by Kenny Loggins, “Let’s Hear it for the Boy” (Deniece Williams), “Dancing in the Sheets” (Shalimar), and “Holding Out […]

Trailer: The Three Musketeers

posted by Nell Minow

I’m always excited about another version of The Three Musketeers! As we wait for this acrobatic remake from the director and star of “Resident Evil,” we can revisit some of the best of the previous versions.  Here’s Gene Kelly showing […]

Trailer: Oka!

posted by Nell Minow

Louis Sarno was from New Jersey, but he fell in love with the music of the pygmy people of Central Africa.  He went there in the mid-1980’s to record their music and returned because he fell in love with their […]

For Yom Kippur: Louis Armstrong Sings ‘Jonah and the Whale’

posted by Nell Minow

Tide Commercial Gets It Wrong About Moms, Daughters, and Gender Roles

posted by Nell Minow

I try to maintain a sense of humor about ads, but I really do not like the new series of commercials for Tide with people explaining how they get their clothes dirty.  I know they are intended to be funny […]

Kol Nidre

posted by Nell Minow

Warn greetings to all who are observing Yom Kippur.  May you and all you love be inscribed in the Book of Life.

The Way

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements, drug use, and smoking
Movie Release Date:October 7, 2011
DVD Release Date:February 21, 2012
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements, drug use, and smoking
Movie Release Date: October 7, 2011
DVD Release Date: February 21, 2012

In honor of this DVD Pick of the Week, I have three copies to give away.  Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with “The Way” in the subject line and tell me your favorite Martin Sheen movie.  Don’t forget your […]

Real Steel

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some violence, intense action, and brief language
Movie Release Date:October 7, 2011
DVD Release Date:January 24, 2012
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some violence, intense action, and brief language
Movie Release Date: October 7, 2011
DVD Release Date: January 24, 2012

The robot has the heart and the human has to learn to feel again in this unabashedly cheesy but irresistible fairy tale about a father, a son, and robots who bash the heck out of each other in a boxing […]

Ides of March

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for pervasive language
Movie Release Date:October 7, 2011
DVD Release Date:January 17, 2012
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for pervasive language
Movie Release Date: October 7, 2011
DVD Release Date: January 17, 2012

Beau Willimon took his experience on the Howard Dean campaign and turned it into a play called “Farragut North,” for the Metro stop near the fancy Washington D.C. offices occupied by political consultants.  Working with George Clooney and Grant Heslov, […]

Toast

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Not rated
Movie Release Date:October 7, 2011
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Not rated
Movie Release Date: October 7, 2011

“Being normal is overrated,” a young boy’s friend assures him.  “You’ll probably turn out to be very interesting.” He was right.  British chef and food writer Nigel Slater tells his own story in “Toast”. His mother was a terrible cook. […]

10 Great Movie Robots

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of this week’s “Real Steel,” here are 10 movie robots worth watching.  The term “robot,” by the way, was invented by playwright Karl Capek in his 1920 play, “R.U.R.” 1.  Transformers The first in the series was a […]

Tribute: Steve Jobs

posted by Nell Minow

I like President Obama’s observation on the passing of Steve Jobs: “The world has lost a visionary. And there may be no greater tribute to Steve’s success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a […]

New From Shalom Sesame!

posted by Nell Minow

I have three great new Shalom Sesame DVDs to give away!  Celebrate Sukkoth with Monsters in the Sukkah! Welcome the new year with The Sticky Shofar and explore the Holy Land with Adventures in Israel. I have one copy of […]

Thunder Soul

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for brief language and momentary historical smoking
Movie Release Date:October 6, 2011
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for brief language and momentary historical smoking
Movie Release Date: October 6, 2011

A real-life “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” this is the inspiring story of a dedicated teacher who transformed the lives of his students and the gathering 35 years later, when he was 92 years old, to perform a concert in his honor. […]

Interview: Martin Sheen of ‘The Way’

posted by Nell Minow

There I was, at the Georgetown Ritz hotel, and Martin Sheen walked into the room.  President Bartlett from “The West Wing,” Kit from “Badlands,” star of movies from “Apocalypse Now” to “Catch Me if You Can,” to “The American President.” […]

Sesame Street Does ‘The Heaviest Catch’

posted by Nell Minow

This adorable parody of “The Deadliest Catch” has the cutest squid ever!

Smile of the Week: One Step Forward

posted by Nell Minow

This charming and romantic little film from Ben Crawford won best film, best directing, best cinematography, best editing, and the group c audience award at the Boston 48 Hour Film Project. All films had to be made in 48 hours and have these elements: […]

More Disney/Pixar Classics Coming to Theaters in 3D

posted by Nell Minow

The success of “Lion King 3D” has led Disney/Pixar to move forward with theatrical 3D releases for some of its other family favorites.  Look for Beauty and the Beast in 3D, finally, in theaters January 13th, 2012.  My favorite Pixar […]

Five New Films About Breast Cancer Premiere Oct 10 on Lifetime

posted by Nell Minow

Every life has been touched by breast cancer. About 1 in 8 women in the United States (12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Although death rates have been decreasing since 1990 due to earlier […]

Spooky Buddies Winners!

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to all who entered and Happy Halloween!  The winners are: Kay H., Edina MN Cheryl W., Coalgate OK Jamie B., Laurel MD Yahara, Juana Diaz, PR Thanks to all who entered and if you didn’t win, keep checking as […]

Reality TV: Pro and Con

posted by Nell Minow

“Does Reality Television Do More Harm Than Good?” Fans and foes of reality television and fans of the art of argument and persuasion of all kinds will want to tune in as the debate teams from Harvard and Columbia rev […]

Last Chance to Win Tickets to See Martin Sheen in ‘The Way’ in Washington DC

posted by Nell Minow

I have just twenty passes to give away for The Way this Thursday, October 6 (each admits two), so respond right away by clicking this movie pass link and entering RSVP code: BLFWJZ3 NOTE: A TICKET DOES NOT GUARANTEE A SEAT.  PLEASE BE SURE TO […]

Dumbo Contest Winners!

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks for all the wonderful entries!  I wish I had one for each of you! The winners are: Breanne T., Honolulu, HI LaKeisha R., Hoover AL Heather S., Port Townsend, WA Chris D., Rancho Cucamonga CA Penny A., Victorville CA […]

Elizabeth Taylor’s Collection to be Auctioned

posted by Nell Minow

The biggest movie star of all time deserves the biggest celebrity auction of all time. Christies has announced five separate auctions from the collection of Elizabeth Taylor.  Her couture gowns, the costumes and props and scripts from her films, and […]

The Lion King

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:1994
DVD Release Date:October 3, 2011
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 1994
DVD Release Date: October 3, 2011

“The Lion King” finishes its record-breaking theatrical re-release in 3D with its first Blu-Ray in a superpack and I have five to give away!  Details below. One of Disney’s most popular animated features (and the inspiration for one of Broadway’s […]

Exclusive Clip — ‘@urFRENZ,’ a Movie About Online Dangers

posted by Nell Minow

We teach our children not to talk to strangers and then we send them out into the internet where it is impossible to tell strangers from friends.  Inspired by real events, “@urFRENZ” was written to help families discuss the complicated […]

This Week at the Box Office: ‘Dolphin Tale’ is #1!

posted by Nell Minow

I’m delighted that Dolphin Tale topped the box office this week with a healthy $14.2 million, very impressive for its second week of release.  It shows that the movie has strong word of mouth — people who have seen it […]

Interview: Tiffany Shlain of ‘Connected’

posted by Nell Minow

Tiffany Shlain’s new film is “Connected,” a personal memoir and broader exploration of the ways we connect and misconnect through technology.  The film is opening in select theaters across the country: It opened in LA at the Arclight Theater in Hollywood on […]

Smile of the Week: ‘Sesame Street’ Does ‘Glee!’

posted by Nell Minow

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