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Dr. Seuss’s “The Lorax” — The Book and the TV Movie

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s release of “The Lorax,” the Dr. Seuss story about protecting the environment starring Danny DeVito, should inspire families to read the the book and check out the animated television version with Eddie Albert as the narrator.

“Passion of Mind” — Like Tonight’s Premiere TV Show, “Awake”

posted by Nell Minow

Jason Isaacs (“Harry Potter’s” Lucius Malfoy) stars in “Awake,” a new drama series premiering tonight on NBC.  He plays a man who survived an automobile accident that split his life in two. In one, his wife was killed in the […]

Happy Leap Day!

posted by Nell Minow

Celebrate the day we observe just once every four years with The Pirates of Penzance, the delightful Gilbert and Sullivan musical about a man who thinks he is turning 21 but, because he was born on leap day, has had […]

Petition to give “Bully” a PG-13 Rating

posted by Nell Minow

“Bully,” which will be released on March 3o, is a powerful and critically important documentary about the tragic consequences of bullying on children and teenagers.  It can no longer be dismissed as an inevitable part of growing up or something […]

Dancing with the Stars — and Urkel!

posted by Nell Minow

“Dancing with the Stars” has announced its new line-up:   Jack Wagner – Actor, “The Bold and the Beautiful” Melissa Gilbert – “Half Pint” Laura Ingalls from “Little House on the Prairie” and star of many made-for-TV movies Donald Driver – Green […]

FTC Approves Children’s Protection Program I Supported

posted by Nell Minow

I am very pleased that the Federal Trade Commission has voted unanimously to approve a program I supported to increase the protection of children and teens online. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) requires operators of websites and online […]

My Gallery on the Oscars is Up!

posted by Nell Minow

Take a look at my Gallery on the Oscars to see my thoughts on the best and worst of last night’s broadcast, and let me know what you thought!

Sneak Preview for “Titanic 3D”

posted by Nell Minow

The Best Picture Oscar winner and box office record-breaker is back to remind us that our hearts will go on.   Moviegoers across the U.S. and Canada will be among the first audiences anywhere to experience Titanic in 3D at […]

And the Oscars Go To…..

posted by Nell Minow

There were no big surprises but there were many touching and inspiring moments in the midst of the glamour at the Oscar ceremony.  Billy Crystal returned for the ninth time as the modern era’s most adept host, making gentle fun […]

Happy Oscar Day!

posted by Nell Minow

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, and the Very, Very Independent — the Spirit Awards and the Razzies

posted by Nell Minow

The Spirit Awards for independent film were announced yesterday, as were the Razzie nominations for the worst films and performances of 2011.  Good news for “The Artist,” not such good news for Adam Sandler, who broke the record for the […]

Teenage Paparazzo Empowerment Tour

posted by Nell Minow

The Teenage Paparazzo Empowerment Tour is raising money to deliver messages about media and celebrity to high schools across the country.  Adrian Grenier (HBO’s Entourage) gets behind the camera to explore the concepts of celebrity and fame in today’s media saturated […]

British Teenager Creates Lego Tribute to 10 Classic Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Congratulations to Harry Bossert — how many of these scenes can you identify?

Paulzeye Interviews Me!

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Paulzeye for the opportunity to answer very thoughtful questions about being a movie critic.  I was very touched by his kind words: Whether Minow’s busy being a mom or busy being the Movie Mom, one thing is […]

Slate Analyzes Oscar Acceptance Speeches

posted by Nell Minow

The dresses and the acceptance speeches are often more hotly debated than the awards on Oscar night.  Everyone remembers Sally Fields’ famous, “You like me!” speech and Cuba Gooding, Jr.’s impetuous, “I love you!” Jack Palance did one-handed push-ups.  Adrian […]

Interview: ‘Act of Valor’

posted by Nell Minow

“Act of Valor” features active duty Navy SEALS re-enacting some of their most dangerous missions.  The situations are fictional, but the tactics and operations are real.  So is the ammunition.  Instead of blanks and squibs, the SEALS used live ammo, […]

Wanderlust

posted by Nell Minow

It is painful to watch Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd, who were superb together in “The Object of My Affection,” try to make the most from the fourth-rate Judd Apatow gross-out comedy “Wanderlust.”  It wastes a situation filled with comic […]

Act of Valor

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong violence including some torture, and for language
Movie Release Date:February 24, 2012
DVD Release Date:June 6, 2011
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong violence including some torture, and for language
Movie Release Date: February 24, 2012
DVD Release Date: June 6, 2011

The Navy SEALS approached the Bandito Brothers film-makers about telling their story, years before they became headline heroes by finding and killing Osama Bin Laden.  After spending time with the SEALS and learning about their extraordinary missions and their extraordinary devotion to their […]

‘Act of Valor’s’ Inspiring Quotation from Tecumseh

posted by Nell Minow

The stirring words of the great Native American leader Tecumseh are movingly read in this week’s release featuring active duty Navy Seals.  Here they are: So live your life so the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble […]

A New Novel from J.K. Rowling!

posted by Nell Minow

Great news from the author of the Harry Potter series!  J.K. Rowling has a new book, this time for adults.  Yes, I agree, the Harry Potter books have millions of adult fans, and I am among them.  But books featuring […]

Hunger Games Mall Tour

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most eagerly anticipated movies of the year is “The Hunger Games,” based on the international blockbuster trilogy about a dystopian world in which teenagers compete in a deadly reality show.  The stars of the movie are going […]

Interview: Emilio Estevez of “The Way”

posted by Nell Minow

I spoke to Martin Sheen when The Way opened in theaters last year.  So it was a special treat to speak to the writer and director of the film about its DVD release — Emilio Estevez, Sheen’s son, who also appears briefly […]

This Means War

posted by Nell Minow
C-
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:PG-13 for sexual content including references, some violence and action, and language
Movie Release Date:February 14, 2012
DVD Release Date:May 22, 2012
C-
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content including references, some violence and action, and language
Movie Release Date: February 14, 2012
DVD Release Date: May 22, 2012

In the world of this film, American spies work in stylish and luxurious L.A. offices and live in cool apartments that look like the ads in Maxim with people toasting each other with expensive vodka.  One of the apartments is […]

The Secret World of Arrietty

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:February 17, 2012
DVD Release Date:May 22, 2012
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: February 17, 2012
DVD Release Date: May 22, 2012

A spirited young heroine and an enchantingly beautiful setting make a story of friendship and courage beguiling in Studio Ghibli’s adaptation of Mary Norton’s popular series of “Borrower” books.  First published in the mid-1950’s, the stories are on based on […]

Winner: Lady and the Tramp Giveaway

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to all who entered!  The lucky winner is Patricia C. of Bakerstown, PA    

You Will Never See a Sweeter Valentine Love Story Than This One

posted by Nell Minow

Suggested by my darling daughter:  

The Loving Story

posted by Nell Minow

Tonight HBO premieres a new documentary about one of the most important marriages in American history.  And their name was Loving. They should have been able to have the quiet life they hoped for.  Mildred and Richard Loving were residents […]

Interview: The Real Couple Behind “The Vow”

posted by Nell Minow

“The Vow,” starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams, is based on the real-life story of Kim and Krickett Carpenter, who wrote a book about their experience after a traumatic brain injury shortly after their wedding erased all of Krickett’s memory […]

List: Movies for Your Valentine

posted by Nell Minow

Some of my favorite movie romances are just right for Valentine’s Day.  Cuddle up with your valentine and a bowl of popcorn and enjoy these movies about how love makes us crazy and immeasurably happy at the same time. 1. […]

A Wrinkle in Time: 50th Anniversary Interview with Madeleine L’Engle’s Granddaughter

posted by Nell Minow

Madeleine L’Engle’s classic book A Wrinkle in Time celebrates its 50th anniversary this week with a sumptuous new edition. It includes photos and biographical information about L’Engle, an introduction by US Ambassador for Children’s Literature Katherine Paterson, discussion questions, pages […]

Celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday

posted by Nell Minow

Celebrate the birthday of our 16th President with some of the classic movies about his life. Ahead of us this are are the Steven Spielberg epic, based on Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns […]

Tribute: Whitney Houston

posted by Nell Minow

Was there ever anyone more gifted than Whitney Houston?  She had the face and voice of an angel.  She had beauty, talent, and success including an unprecedented seven number one songs in a row and with Dolly Parton’s song “I […]

Trailer: Darling Companion

posted by Nell Minow

Kevin Kline, Diane Keaton, and Richard Jenkins star in the upcoming “Darling Companion,” about a lost dog, coming in April.  

Maps of Enchanted Places

posted by Nell Minow

The Awl has a wonderful illustrated story by Victoria Johnson featuring maps of the imaginary worlds of children’s literature.  The maps of The Phantom Tollbooth, The Princess Bride, Winnie the Pooh, The Wizard of Oz, The Hobbit, and more are […]

Black Reel Awards Pay Tribute to “The Help”

posted by Nell Minow

It is an honor and a privilege to be invited to participate in one of my very favorite annual movie awards presentations, the Black Reel Awards, which pay tribute to the greatest achievements of the African-American community to the year […]

Brother Francis DVD Series for Catholic Children

posted by Nell Minow

The Brother Francis series is a gentle, accessible animated series for Catholic children with inviting and entertaining explanations of rituals and beliefs. “The Rosary” DVD includes the prayers of the Rosary and the Apostles’ Creed and a touching version of Mary’s […]

The Vow

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for an accident scene, sexual content, partial nudity, and some language
Movie Release Date:February 10, 2012
DVD Release Date:May 8, 2012
B
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for an accident scene, sexual content, partial nudity, and some language
Movie Release Date: February 10, 2012
DVD Release Date: May 8, 2012

More than any other attribute, memory is what defines our identity and our connections to each other.  When a young woman’s traumatic brain injury erases her memory not just of having married her husband but even of having met him, […]

Safe House

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong violence throughout and some language
Movie Release Date:February 10, 2012
DVD Release Date:June 5, 2012
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong violence throughout and some language
Movie Release Date: February 10, 2012
DVD Release Date: June 5, 2012

Denzel Washington is the vodka and Ryan Reynolds is the orange juice in this spy story with top-notch action, middle-notch story, and bottom-notch ending, with a “surprise” plot twist that is obvious from the first 10 minutes. Apparently, the CIA […]

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some mild adventure action and brief mild language
Movie Release Date:February 10, 2012
DVD Release Date:June 4, 2012
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some mild adventure action and brief mild language
Movie Release Date: February 10, 2012
DVD Release Date: June 4, 2012

Like its predecessor, Journey to the Center of the Earth, this is a well-paced and highly entertaining family film made with good humor, panache, and imagination.  Josh Hutcherson returns as Sean Anderson, a teenager whose last expedition was in search […]

Giveaway: ‘Geek Charming’ with ‘Modern Family’ Star Sarah Hyland

posted by Nell Minow

Sarah Hyland stars in the very cute Disney Channel movie Geek Charmingas Dylan, a popular high school princess whose only aspiration is to be even more of a popular high school princess.  Matt Prokop is Josh, the “film geek” who […]

List: Amnesia Movies

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of this week’s romantic, fact-based movie, “The Vow,” here are some of my favorite movies featuring memory loss.  You know what I’m going to say — the characters may lose their memories, but these movies are unforgettable. I […]

Truly Spectacular Contest: Win Plush ‘Lady and the Tramp’ Toys and DVD!

posted by Nell Minow

    Wow!  I have never had anything so cool to give away.  The prize winner will get a full collection of plush toys from the Disney classic Lady and the Tramp plus the Diamond Edition Blu-Ray Combo Pack.  This is […]

Interview: Michael Caine of “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”

posted by Nell Minow

Michael Caine stars in the new 3D family movie “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” inspired by the Jules Verne adventure saga.  I spoke to him about what inspired him to take on the role and how it felt to ride […]

Oprah Visits the Hasidic Jewish Community

posted by Nell Minow

Next on Oprah’s new series is a two-part visit to the cloistered world of Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn, a branch of Orthodox Judaism with strict observance of religious laws and traditions. Tune in to OWN on Sunday, February 12, at […]

A Birthday List for Charles Dickens

posted by Nell Minow

Happy 200th birthday, Charles Dickens! In honor of the birthday of one of the greatest novelists of all time, Masterpiece on PBS has announced two new series based on Dickens novels:   A new “Great Expectations” miniseries starring Gillian Anderson […]

Giveaway: Activity Books for “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”

posted by Nell Minow

I have some very cool activity books for the new movie, “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” starring Duane “The Rock” Johnson, Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson, and Vanessa Hudgens.  They have puzzles and information about the film.  If you’d like one, […]

The Real Story: The Couple Behind the Amnesia Romance, ‘The Vow’

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s romantic drama, “The Vow” starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams, is based on the real-life story of a newlywed whose memory was wiped out in an injury and the patience and devotion of her husband in staying with […]

Black History Month: DVDs for Families

posted by Nell Minow

Great choices for Black History Month from Scholastic: Duke Ellington… and more stories to celebrate great figures in African American history. The DVD includes gently animated and beautifully narrated versions of four books about important figures in black history. Duke […]

Movies for Black History Month

posted by Nell Minow

I have previously published a list of movies about famous historical figures for Black History Month, and all of those movies are well worth watching.  In addition I suggest some movies that are themselves a part of the history of African-Americans as well […]

A Dad Collects Jokes for His Son with Cancer

posted by Nell Minow

The father of a son with brain cancer is collecting 5000 jokes on Jokes4Miles “to show him he’s not alone in his fight.”  They also plan to open it up to other kids battling cancer, so that their friends and anyone […]

Behind the Scenes: Lady and the Tramp

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of the release of Disney’s Diamond edition of the classic, “Lady and the Tramp,” here is a glimpse behind the scenes:

Big Miracle

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for language
Movie Release Date:February 3, 2012
DVD Release Date:June 18, 2012
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for language
Movie Release Date: February 3, 2012
DVD Release Date: June 18, 2012

“You’re not as easy to hate as I thought,” an oil man tells an environmental activist in “Big Miracle,” the heartwarming true story of a 1987 effort to rescue three Alaskan whales. It could just as well have been said […]

The Real Story: ‘Big Miracle’ and the Alaskan Whale Rescue

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s “Big Miracle” is about the real-life story of the 1988 rescue effort to save three trapped whales in Alaska.  The film is based in part on Big Miracle, the book by journalist Tom Rose, who covered the story. […]

Happy Groundhog Day!

posted by Nell Minow

Bing! Ali Arikan has a brilliant assessment of “Groundhog Day” at Slant Magazine.

Interview: Ali Landry of ‘Me Again’

posted by Nell Minow

Have you ever wished you had taken another path?  We all wonder what our lives would be like if we had made a different choice and movies like “Me Myself I,” “The Family Man,” and “Sliding Doors” feature characters who […]

Jerry Seinfeld’s Super Bowl Ad for Acura

posted by Nell Minow

Best Actress Roundtable: The Critics Debate

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Thelma Adams for including me in her critics roundtable discussion of this year’s Best Actress Oscar nominees.  I found the debate fascinating!

Sneak Peek: ‘The Avengers’ Super Bowl Ad

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most eagerly anticipated movies of 2012 is “The Avengers.”  Here’s a teaser ad to be shown during the Super Bowl.

Tribute: Don Cornelius

posted by Nell Minow

A sad farewell to Don Cornelius, television pioneer and the host of the popular music and dance series, “Soul Train” for two decades.  There were very few opportunities for audiences to see African-American culture in its own context when “Soul […]

Oscar-Winner Joins Downton Abbey for Season Three

posted by Nell Minow

One of my favorite “Downtown Abbey” characters is Cora, Countess of Grantham, played by Elizabeth McGovern.  She is an American heiress whose marriage to a titled but cash-poor nobleman resulted in the most unexpected of romances.  The producers announced this […]

Washington DC’s first Reelabilities Film Festival

posted by Nell Minow

Today Washington DC will begin its first-ever Reelabilities Film Festival, in association with the NY Disabilities Film Festival, the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with […]

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