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Kids’ Toys and Costumes for the PG-13 “The Avengers”

posted by Nell Minow

“The Avengers” is a PG-13 superhero movie with “intense sequences of action violence throughout and a drug reference,” according to the MPAA.  So why is it marketing the film via action figures and costumes for children?  Alert reader Andreas U. […]

This Week: “The Avengers” and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”

posted by Nell Minow

Two movies are opening this week, both with all-star powerhouse ensemble casts.  “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” is a cheerful cozy of a film about English retirees living in India, based on the popular novel by Deborah Moggach originally titled “These […]

Happy Screen-Free Week!

posted by Nell Minow

Nationwide Screen-Free Week begins today through May 6. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has a list of some of the hundreds of activities planned by Screen-Free Week organizers: Read Boston has asked 4,000 students in 12 partner schools to take the screen-free […]

More from Ebertfest

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Melissa Merli of the News-Gazette for her superb coverage of Ebertfest, especially her fine pieces about the two events I moderated. She wrote about the discussion following “Higher Ground:” Nell Minow, who with Michael Barker, co-president of […]

Act Fast! This Amazing Disney Giveaway Ends Tomorrow!

posted by Nell Minow

Here today, gone tomorrow! This special Disney animation collection goes off the market April 30 and I have just one to give away! It includes: Beauty and the Beast: Diamond Edition 3D Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s Magical World Special […]

Greetings from Ebertfest 2012

posted by Nell Minow

Greetings from Roger Ebert’s legendary film festival in his home town of Champaign/Urbana Illinois, also the home of the state university.  Once again, Roger has curated an extraordinary collection of films from the under-seen (Ebertfest was originally known as Roger […]

Interview: Writer/Director Richard Linklater of “Bernie”

posted by Nell Minow

Richard Linklater has directed some of my favorite movies like “Waking Life,” “Before Sunset,” “School of Rock,” and “Dazed and Confused.”  He talked to me about his new film, “Bernie,” starring Jack Black as the real-life Bernie Tiede, the most […]

Contest: The Making of “Chimpanzee” Book

posted by Nell Minow

I am thrilled to have five copies to give away of a magnificent new book about the making of the extraordinary film, “Chimpanzee,” from DisneyNature.  This book is something very special, with spectacular photos and an astonishing behind-the-scenes story.  It […]

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for mild action, rude humor, and some language
Movie Release Date:April 27, 2012
DVD Release Date:August 27, 2012
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild action, rude humor, and some language
Movie Release Date: April 27, 2012
DVD Release Date: August 27, 2012

The Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) enjoys his life of adventure on the high seas, but there are a few problems. His crew is having a spirited debate about the best part of pirating – is it the cutlasses, the looting, […]

The Five-Year Engagement

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for sexual content and language throughout
Movie Release Date:April 27, 2012
DVD Release Date:September 4, 2012
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for sexual content and language throughout
Movie Release Date: April 27, 2012
DVD Release Date: September 4, 2012

Jason Segal co-wrote and stars in the latest in a genre he helped to pioneer — the raunchy but sweet-natured romantic comedy.  Films like “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “I Love You Man” put the misunderstandings and complications of the kind […]

Men, Women, and The Three Stooges

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Thelma Adams for her thoughtful discussion of two perennial questions: Why do men like The Three Stooges?  Why don’t women like The Three Stooges? “That’s Not Funny! Why Comedy is Different for Men and Women” is Adams’ post […]

My Interview with Adlai E. Stevenson III About Five Generations of Politicians and Statesmen

posted by Nell Minow

I was lucky enough to interview former Illinois senator Adlai E. Stevenson III about his new book collecting the wisdom of five generations of his family for the wonderful Viral History blog from Ken Ackerman.  Here is an excerpt:   Illinois has […]

Mo Willems’ Pigeon and Pals: Complete Cartoon Collection, Vols. 1 & 2

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:2012
DVD Release Date:April 26, 2012
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 2012
DVD Release Date: April 26, 2012

My favorite series for children has a wonderful new collection: Mo Willems’ Pigeon and Pals: Complete Cartoon Collection Volumes 1 & 2.  Emmy Award winner and Sesame Street veteran Mo Willems is the author/illustrator of the delightful book series about […]

Watch Ebertfest Streaming and Follow on Twitter

posted by Nell Minow

Ebertfest began tonight and I’ll be there tomorrow.  You’ll hear my thoughts but you can also be there yourself — virtually.  And follow us on @ebertfest Note my appearances with “Higher Ground” and “A Separation.”   The intros will be […]

Interview: Philippe Falardeau of “Monsieur Lazhar”

posted by Nell Minow

“Monsieur Lazhar” is an Oscar-nominated Canadian film about an Algerian immigrant who takes a job as a substitute teacher even though he is not qualified and ends up learning a great deal from his students and teaching them more than […]

In Honor of Adminstrative Assistants/Secretaries Day

posted by Nell Minow

What They Changed in the “Five Year Engagement Trailer” and Why

posted by Nell Minow

It is not unusual for trailers to have slightly different takes than the final version of the movie or even to include moments that do not actually appear in the movie at all.  Trailers are prepared before the movie is […]

Smile of the Week: A Tribute to Moms for Olympics 2012

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to my brother-in-law, Rob, a great dad, for sharing this tribute to moms.

This Weekend at the Box Office: “Think Like a Man” Beats “Hunger Games”

posted by Nell Minow

“The Hunger Games” is no longer the #1 movie in America.  After four weeks on top, there’s a new champion, the ensemble romantic comedy “Think Like a Man,” inspired by Steve Harvey’s best-selling book, which made a robust $33 million, […]

Ask the Movie Mom

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks for the great questions! I’m trying to find out the name of a movie i saw back in the sixties, i’m not sure what year it was made. It was about a girl that just wants a simple married […]

Paul McCartney’s “My Valentine” Music Video with Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp Signing

posted by Nell Minow

This beautifully balletic version of Paul MCartney’s new song, “My Valentine” features Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp performing in sign language.  The song is featured in McCartney’s new standards collection, Kisses on the Bottom. NOTE: Do not pay attention to […]

Barbie’s Bald Friend

posted by Nell Minow

Mattel has announced that they will make a bald fashion doll, a “friend of Barbie,” to give to children with cancer and illnesses that cause hair loss, following a Facebook campaign co-founded by the mother of a girl who became […]

What Makes a Movie Line So Quotable?

posted by Nell Minow

The Huffington Post reports on a new computer analysis of the movies’ most quotable lines of dialog. [T]he study’s authors compiled scripts from 1,000 movies, and identified, using IMDb, Google and Bing, the lines from those movies that are quoted […]

What Inspires the Folks Behind “Chimpanzee”

posted by Nell Minow

   

How “Blue Like Jazz” Inspires the Audience

posted by Nell Minow

If you see the film, be sure to share your story.

Interview: Mark Linfield of DisneyNature’s “Chimpanzee”

posted by Nell Minow

Mark Linfield is the co-producer and co-director of DisneyNature’s Earth Day release, “Chimpanzee.”  I talked to him about some of the challenges of filming in the rainforest and how scientists who had been following the chimps for years saw things […]

Meryl Streep Narrates “To the Arctic”

posted by Nell Minow

Meryl Streep narrates  “To the Arctic,” which takes audiences on a never-before-experienced journey into the lives of a mother polar bear and her twin seven-month-old cubs as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home.

The Lucky One

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and violence
Movie Release Date:April 20, 2012
DVD Release Date:August 29, 2012
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and violence
Movie Release Date: April 20, 2012
DVD Release Date: August 29, 2012

Director Scott Hicks pours enough syrup over this film to supply an IHOP.  Every shot of the golden sunlight on the Louisiana bayou or the perfectly tousled angelic curls of the perfectly precocious angelic boy or the perfect smile of the […]

Think Like a Man

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual content, some crude humor, and brief drug use
Movie Release Date:April 20, 2012
DVD Release Date:August 28, 2012
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content, some crude humor, and brief drug use
Movie Release Date: April 20, 2012
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2012

A gimmicky best-selling book about love, sex, and marriage has been made into a high-concept romantic comedy with an all-star cast.  “He’s Just Not That Into You”?  No, that was so 2009.  This time the inspiration is the book by […]

Blue Like Jazz

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, sexuality, drug and alcohol content, and some language
Movie Release Date:April 20, 2012
DVD Release Date:August 6, 2012
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, sexuality, drug and alcohol content, and some language
Movie Release Date: April 20, 2012
DVD Release Date: August 6, 2012

Donald Miller’s best-selling collection of essays, Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality has become a crowd-financed and lightly fictionalized film about a Texas teenager from a sheltered Baptist community who goes to the famously free-thinking Reed College in Portland, Oregon. […]

Chimpanzee

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:April 20, 2012
DVD Release Date:August 20, 2012
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: April 20, 2012
DVD Release Date: August 20, 2012

DisneyNature’s fourth in its series of nature documentaries released for Earth Day is gorgeously photographed, heartwarming, inspiring, and adorable. It combines astonishingly vivid and intimate footage of animal life with narration that sometimes crosses the line between accessible and intrusive.  […]

Tribute: Dick Clark

posted by Nell Minow

“The world’s oldest teenager,” Dick Clark, passed away this week at age 82.  He is best remembered as the host of “American Bandstand” and the Pyramid game show, but the scope of his influence on broadcasting and entertainment goes much […]

Smile of the Week: Golden Gate Bridge Love Story

posted by Nell Minow

A kid writes to an address he sees written on the Golden Gate Bridge — and meets his future wife.    

The Wedding of the Year: MLPFIM

posted by Nell Minow

This Saturday, winged unicorn Princess Cadance and her handsome groom (bridal, not stable) Shining Armor will be married on “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic,” shown on The Hub. Children and the adult fans known as bronies and pegasisters will […]

Talking about Fairy Tales on WAMU

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to the Kojo Nnamdi Show for inviting me on to talk about fairy tales — their enduring popularity and their prevalence in today’s media — with two men whose books I have read and enjoyed, Jack Zipes and […]

Interview: “Blue Like Jazz” Director Steve Taylor

posted by Nell Minow

I love Steve Taylor’s new film, “Blue Like Jazz” and I loved talking to him about it.  Based on the best-selling book of essays about faith, Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality by Donald Miller, it is the […]

Early Alfred Hitchcock Film Discovered in New Zealand

posted by Nell Minow

An Alfred Hitchcock silent film thought lost for more than half a century has been discovered and restored and I got to see it tonight at the Motion Picture Association of America with a musical score composed for the film […]

Contest: Nicholas Sparks’ The Lucky One

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of this week’s release of “The Lucky One,” I am giving away a copy of the Nicholas Sparks novel it is based on.  Zac Efron stars as a U.S. Marine who finds a photograph of a beautiful woman. […]

An Inconvenient Tax

posted by Nell Minow

As you file your tax return today and listen to the candidates debate the “Buffett rule” and terms like “carried interest,” here is a look at one perspective on the complexity of the tax code.

Interview: Michael Madsen

posted by Nell Minow

Michael Madsen is a favorite actor of writer/director Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill: Volume One). He appeared in Thelma & Louise and on the television series “24.”  And he is a published poet, about to release his second collection. […]

Opening This Week: Three Movies Based on Best-Sellers and a DisneyNature Documentary About Chimps

posted by Nell Minow

A sheltered Christian student finds himself at a notoriously free-thinking college, women learn to play the game of romance a man’s way, and a former Marine finds the woman whose photograph was his lucky talisman in this week’s feature films, […]

A Movie For Tax Day: The Mating Game

posted by Nell Minow

A romantic comedy about an audit from the IRS?  Yes, it’s “The Mating Game,” with Tony Randall as the straight-laced, pencil-sharpening auditor who thinks he understands the value of things until he meets up with a genial farmer who does […]

Watch “The Jackie Robinson Story” on the Anniversary of His First Major League Game

posted by Nell Minow

Today Major League Baseball celebrates the 65th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s first game as a Brooklyn Dodger.  Continuing a tradition begun in 2007, all uniformed personnel in the league wear Robinson’s number 42.  Branch Rickey (soon to be played by […]

Ebertfest: The Schedule

posted by Nell Minow

I’m thrilled to be attending Roger Ebert’s film festival again this year.  Next week, I will return to Champaign-Urbana Illinois to help present two magnificent films, “Higher Ground” and this year’s Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film, “A Separation.” […]

Bill Murray Reads Billy Collins and More — National Poetry Month

posted by Nell Minow

Flavorwire has a sensational collection of actors reading poems in honor of National Poetry Month.  Here, Bill Murray reads to the construction workers building a new poetry center.  Other readers include Alan Rickman, Bill Clinton, and Anthony Hopkins.

This American Life — Live on Screen May 10

posted by Nell Minow

The popular WBEZ Chicago radio show This American Life and host Ira Glass bring radio to the big screen with This American Life – Live!, a special live performance from the Skirball Center at New York University.  This event will […]

War Horse Winners!

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to all who entered.  I loved reading about your favorite horse movies and was glad to find many of my favorites on your lists.  Reminder — some people did not qualify because you forgot your address.  I promise, […]

What Movie Theaters Don’t Tell You….

posted by Nell Minow

Did you know that all ticket receipts for the first two weeks go to the movie studio?  That’s why the food at movie theaters is so outrageously expensive.  And why they tell you the movie is starting earlier than it […]

Trailer: “I Know That Voice!”

posted by Nell Minow

I love voice actors and I’m very excited to see what looks like a great documentary.  

Mel Gibson’s Maccabee Movie Falls Apart with Angry Accusations of Anti-Semitism

posted by Nell Minow

It is hard to imagine a more explosive combination than Mel Gibson and Joe Eszterhas.  Both are famously volatile and outspoken.  Mel Gibson is a devout Catholic, an actor, writer, and director whose many appearances in the tabloids have included […]

Bully

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for language
Movie Release Date:March 30, 2012
DVD Release Date:February 12, 2013
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for language
Movie Release Date: March 30, 2012
DVD Release Date: February 12, 2013

This is a message for Alex.  You are a great kid.  You will be a great, happy, successful adult.  And those high school boys who torture you so brutally on the school bus every day will spend their adult lives […]

The Three Stooges

posted by Nell Minow
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for slapstick action violence, some rude and suggestive humor including language
Movie Release Date:April 13, 2012
DVD Release Date:July 17, 2012
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for slapstick action violence, some rude and suggestive humor including language
Movie Release Date: April 13, 2012
DVD Release Date: July 17, 2012

I believe it was the great philosopher Curly Joe who first said that you cannot step in the same stream twice.  And perhaps it was Shemp who said that you can’t go home again.  Okay, that was the great ancient […]

A Night to Remember — The Other Titanic Movie

posted by Nell Minow

On the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic this week, I want to recommend the other Titanic movie, “A Night to Remember” with Clifton Webb. And here is the striking memorial in Washington DC, put up by the […]

More about Pixar’s “Brave”

posted by Nell Minow

Filmfest DC April 12-22

posted by Nell Minow

Filmfest DC begins tomorrow with a great line-up including “Starbuck” (a Canadian film about a middle-aged loser who discovers that he has 533 children thanks to his involvement with a sperm bank in the 1980’s), “The Intouchables” (the second most […]

Lockout

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and language including some sexual references
Movie Release Date: April 13, 2012

You know what was cool?  “Die Hard!”  One smart-ass guy who has a problem with authority Yippie-ky-ay-ing as he outsmarts a dozen bad guys in an LA skyscraper.  And “Under Siege,” with a smart-ass guy who has a problem with […]

“The Lucky One” — Behind the Scenes

posted by Nell Minow

Zac Efron stars in “The Lucky One,” opening April 20.

For Harry Potter Fans: A Potter-esque Place to Stay While Visiting the Sets

posted by Nell Minow

Warner Bros. Studio’s new Harry Potter tour in London gives fans a chance to explore the enchanting sets where the eight Harry Potter films were made.  And they can now live out their fantasy in a luxurious apartment in the rafters of […]

Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson to Star in New “Mary Poppins” Story

posted by Nell Minow

Exciting movie news!  Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson are in talks to appear in a new movie about Walt Disney’s efforts over 14 years to persuade “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers to allow him to make a movie about the […]

Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope

posted by Nell Minow

There’s an old joke about a woman who goes to a therapist.  “Why are you here?” he asks.  “My family wants me to come because I love pancakes,” she answers.  “Well,” he says reassuringly, “that’s perfectly normal!  I love pancakes, […]

Interview: Brian Presley of “Touchback”

posted by Nell Minow

Brian Presley starred in the soap opera “Port Charles” and “General Hospital” and now makes faith-based films with his production company, Freedom Films.  He graciously made time to talk with me about his new film, “Touchback,” where he plays a […]

Happy Easter — “Don’t Cry (He Has Risen)”

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Easter! Elvis Sings “Oh Happy Day”

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Easter!

posted by Nell Minow

Lists: The Funniest Movies and the All-Time Best

posted by Nell Minow

I always quote Mrs. Miniver when the subject of making “best of” lists of movies.  She wasn’t talking about movies but her comment is applicable in many contexts: “Indefensible but irresistible.”  And they’re a great way of finding some good […]

Grateful Dead Night at the Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Deadheads, get ready to have your world rocked!  On April 19, Grateful Dead Second Annual Meet-Up At The Movies 2012 will take audiences on a flashback trip to the summer of ‘89 for a one-night in-theater concert event. Recorded July 18, […]

Interview: Morgan Spurlock of “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope”

posted by Nell Minow

I was especially excited to talk to Morgan Spurlock about his newest documentary because it is about one of my favorite events of the year, San Diego’s Comic-Con.  Produced by Comic-Con heroes Stan Lee and Joss Whedon, the film follows […]

American Reunion

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for crude and sexual content throughout, nudity, language, brief drug use and teen drinking
Movie Release Date:April 7, 2012
DVD Release Date:July 10, 2012
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for crude and sexual content throughout, nudity, language, brief drug use and teen drinking
Movie Release Date: April 7, 2012
DVD Release Date: July 10, 2012

The first indication of a problem with this fourth in the series that began with the ground-breaking (and pastry-breaking) “American Pie” is that stars Jason Biggs and Seann William Scott are listed as co-producers.   Very few actors understand their characters […]

Peter Dinklage of “Game of Thrones” — by Dan Kois

posted by Nell Minow

My friend Dan Kois has a terrific profile of one of my favorite actors, Peter Dinklage, in the New York Times, who plays Tyrion in HBO’s Game of Thrones. [H]e couldn’t book commercial jobs, because he wasn’t interested in the […]

Passover in the Age of the Internet

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to my mom for sending me this cute Passover video!

“Bully” to Get a PG-13 Rating

posted by Nell Minow

After appeals and a petition from a teenager that got half a million signatures, the documentary “Bully” will receive a “PG-13” rating from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in time for the film’s April 13 expansion to 55 […]

List: Movies for Passover

posted by Nell Minow

Hag Sameach! Passover is not just about remembering the story of the Exodus from Egypt. It is about telling the story. Thousands of years before people talked about “learning styles,” the Seder included many different ways of telling the story, […]

Surprising Facts about “Singin’ in the Rain”

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of the 60th anniversary of Singin’ in the Rain, MovieFone’s Gary Susman has composed a list of 25 little-known facts about the film, one of the best-loved classics in movie history (and about movie history).  Most recently, it […]

New Contest: “The War Horse”

posted by Nell Minow

I have two wonderful prizes to give away for The War Horse. Second prize is the new DVD/Blu-Ray of Steven Spielberg’s epic story of a farm horse in WII and the boy who loves him. First prize is the DVD/Blu-Ray […]

Titanic 3D

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for disaster-related peril and violence, nudity, sensuality, and brief language
Movie Release Date: April 4, 2012

Classic Greek tragedies explored the theme of hubris as human characters dared to take on the attributes of the gods only to find their hopes crushed. This is a real-life story of hubris, as the ship declared to be “unsinkable” […]

The Only Shot James Cameron Changed in “Titanic” for the Re-release

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to my pal Brandon Fibbs for sharing the story.  James Cameron decided not to pull a “Han shot first” George Lucas move and make any tweaks to “Titanic” for the 3D re-release.  Except for one change. There is one […]

Happy Birthday, Doris Day!

posted by Nell Minow

Happy, happy birthday to Doris Day.  Born April 3, 1924 as Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff in Cincinnati, Ohio, she planned to be a ballet dancer until an injury to her leg made her switch to singing.  She began to appear in […]

Two-Night Titanic Event from National Geographic

posted by Nell Minow

National Geographic is observing the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic with a two-part event that includes discussions with “Titanic” director and new deep-diving record-breaker James Cameron and diver Robert Ballard, who was the first to locate the […]

April’s TV Highlights

posted by Nell Minow

There’s good news for television viewers this month as there are fresh episodes of favorite series, big-time guest stars, and premieres of high-profile new shows.  I’m especially looking forward to: Scandal This show, inspired by a real-life (and very low-profile) White […]

Easter Movie Gallery

posted by Nell Minow

  Be sure to check out my special gallery of Easter films.

Wocka Wocka Winners! Muppet Giveaway

posted by Nell Minow

Congrats to the winners of “The Muppets” on Blu-Ray/DVD! This was one of my most popular contests ever and I wish I had one for everyone. Amanda J, Dahlonega GA Jennifer F, Chicago, IL Ari S, Rockville, MD NOTE: SOME […]

Opening this Week: “Titanic 3D” and “American Reunion”

posted by Nell Minow

It’s nostalgia week for those who came of age in the late 90’s.  James Cameron’s Oscar-winning and box office record-setting “Titanic,” originally released in 1997, will be back in theaters as we observe the 100th anniversary of the ship’s tragic […]

Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee Tonight on PBS

posted by Nell Minow

Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee, authors of two of the most popular and influential books of the 20th century are the subject of documentaries tonight on PBS.  Both films will stream after the premiere on the American Masters website. Both were Southern […]

Interview: Lee Hirsch, Director of “Bully”

posted by Nell Minow

Lee Hirsch is the director of “Bully,” the new documentary about the painful and pervasive problem of bullying in schools.  The movie is being released without a rating from the MPAA, after an appeal and a petition signed by more […]

The Song That Changed My Life

posted by Nell Minow

BYUtv’s original new TV series, The Song That Changed My Life, tells the story behind an artist’s inspiration and reveals the song that changed the entire direction of their life. Following the 3/31 premiere, an episode featuring Duncan Sheik will […]

A Short Love Story in Stop Motion

posted by Nell Minow

In a lovely short film by Carlos Lascano, reminiscent of the opening sequence in “Up,” two birds from a young girl’s drawing take flight to explore her dreams for her future.        

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Mad Men Fan Cuts
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Ebertfest 2015, Part 1
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