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  • A+, A, A-
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Won’t Back Down — Quote About Education from John Adams

posted by Nell Minow

In the new movie “Won’t Back Down,” a teacher played by Viola Davis shares a quote about learning with her students.  It is especially apt for them because it comes from the man for whom their school was named, John […]

Happy Sukkot!

posted by Nell Minow

Critics on Their Favorite Time Travel Movies

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of today’s release of “Looper,” IndieWire asked a panel of movie critics about their favorite time travel movies.  The answers are a lot to read, with many mentions of blockbusters like “Back to the Future” (and “Back to […]

Contest: 50’s Television Classics

posted by Nell Minow

Experience the best of the Golden Age of Television with this collection of shows from TV’s early years. with 50’s TV Classics: Collector’s Edition you’ll enjoy over 10 hours of comedy, music, variety, game shows and drama starring some of […]

Pitch Perfect

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual material, language, and drug references
Movie Release Date:September 28, 2012
DVD Release Date:December 18, 2012
B
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual material, language, and drug references
Movie Release Date: September 28, 2012
DVD Release Date: December 18, 2012

The sensationally talented Anna Kendrick finally gets to play the lead in a story about the cutthroat world of a capella competitions.  It’s “Stomp the Yard” with singing, or  “Glee Goes to College.”  The songs are fabulously entertaining, the romance is sweet, […]

Won’t Back Down

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for thematic elements and language
Movie Release Date:September 28, 2012
DVD Release Date:January 15, 2013
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for thematic elements and language
Movie Release Date: September 28, 2012
DVD Release Date: January 15, 2013

What should have been a rousing, feel-good, “inspired by a true story” film about a mother and a teacher who take on the teacher’s union and the school board to turn around a failing elementary school benefits from strong performances […]

Looper

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong violence, language, some sexuality/nudity, and drug content
Movie Release Date:September 28, 2012
DVD Release Date:December 24, 2012
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong violence, language, some sexuality/nudity, and drug content
Movie Release Date: September 28, 2012
DVD Release Date: December 24, 2012

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis play the same man in a twisty time-travel thriller about “loopers,” assassins who use short-range guns called blunderbusses to kill targets sent back in time from the future.  The first thing we see is an […]

Hotel Transylvania

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some rude humor, action, and scary images
Movie Release Date:September 28, 2012
B
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some rude humor, action, and scary images
Movie Release Date: September 28, 2012

What scared me most about “Hotel Transylvania” was the prospect of another film starring Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg.  Their last collaboration was “That’s My Boy,” by far the most excruciatingly painful experience I’ve had at a theater this year. Thankfully, just […]

Won’t Back Down — The Real Story

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s feel-good movie “Won’t Back Down” is the “inspired by a true story” saga of a mother and a teacher who worked together to take over a failing school in Pennsylvania.  Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis star as the […]

For Yom Kippur — Kol Nidre

posted by Nell Minow

Exquisitely performed by the late Jacqueline du Pré, this sacred hymn calls the Jewish people to contemplate their sins and forgive others.  A blessed Yom Kippur to all who observe it.  

Breakthrough Star: Anna Kendrick

posted by Nell Minow

Anna Kendrick has been one of my favorite performers since I first saw her as a child belting out “Life Upon the Wicked Stage” in My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies. She provided the voice of the title character’s older […]

Gangnam Style: Robots and More

posted by Nell Minow

Psy has inspired more people to get up and dance than anyone since Los del Rio had everyone dancing the Macarena. Even robots are dancing gangnam style. And of course there are flash mobs.  Barcelona, Spain: Bergen, Norway: Cornell University I […]

Trailer: Yoga Is

posted by Nell Minow

Suzanne Bryant’s new documentary, Yoga Is: A Transformational Journey, will be available tomorrow on DVD.  She thought she had it all until she lost her beloved mother to cancer. Trying to process and understand her profound grief, Suzanne embarked on […]

Happy 50th Birthday to “The Jetsons!”

posted by Nell Minow

Fifty years ago this week, The Jetsons first appeared on television, a sort of spin-off/bookend to The Flintstones.  While “The Jetsons” did not have any characters to match the bombastic and iconic Fred Flintstone and lasted only 24 episodes in its […]

Steel Magnolias Remake Coming to Lifetime October 7

posted by Nell Minow

I’m very excited about the upcoming remake of “Steel Magnolias” coming to Lifetime on October 7.  Like the beloved 1989 original, it has an all-star cast with Queen Latifah, Jill Scott, Phylicia Rashad, and Alfre Woodward.  The movie was based […]

Opening of the Angelika Mosaic

posted by Nell Minow

It was a thrill to attend the glamorous opening night of the Angelika Mosaic and see one of the fall’s most eagerly anticipated releases, “Hyde Park on the Hudson,” in one of their state-of-the art theaters, with impeccable projection and sound. […]

The Brat Pack Becomes a Book Club

posted by Nell Minow

Andrew McCarthy, now a distinguished travel writer as well as an alumnus of Brat Pack movies like Pretty in Pink, has a new book called The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down, the story […]

Contest: Downton Abbey, Seasons 1 and 2

posted by Nell Minow

I’m thrilled to have this very special limited edition release to give away to one lucky fan.  Downton Abbey Seasons 1 and 2 will be released on Oct 2.  While we wait until January for Season 3 (now showing in the […]

Smile of the Week: Matt Dances All Over the World

posted by Nell Minow

Here he explains how he got thousands of people to dance with him on camera. Thanks to my wonderful sister-in-law Lise for sharing this with me!

Sesame Street’s New Season: An Elmo Musical and More

posted by Nell Minow

Sesame Workshop has announced the plans for Sesame Street‘s upcoming 43rd season, debuting on September 24th.  It will include a new segment called “Elmo the Musical” as a part of its continued focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.  Elmo will […]

Trouble With the Curve

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for language, sexual references, some thematic material, and smoking
Movie Release Date:September 21, 2012
B
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for language, sexual references, some thematic material, and smoking
Movie Release Date: September 21, 2012

“Trouble with the Curve” pitches softballs to power hitters.  It has major league players and a bush league script. Clint Eastwood plays — surprise! — a grumpy old guy, a role he is too comfortable in, on and off screen. […]

The Master

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, and language
Movie Release Date:September 21, 2012
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, and language
Movie Release Date: September 21, 2012

In the sixth movie from virtuoso writer-director P.T. Anderson (“There Will be Blood,” “Boogie Nights”), we see Freddie (Joaquin Phoenix) pause on the dock to look at what seems like the ultimate dream of civilization, a party on board a […]

American Graduate Day on NYC’s Channel 13

posted by Nell Minow

American Graduate Day is a national broadcast and outreach event on Saturday, September 22 from 1-8 pm, dedicated to engaging our country around the dropout crisis. Broadcast nationally from the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center, the seven-hour special highlights Community […]

The Credits — New Website from MPAA

posted by Nell Minow

The Motion Picture Association has a fabulous new website called The Credits with trailers, features, and background information about movies and the people who make them.  You can watch an interview with “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and The Up Series director Michael […]

“Sneakers” Rediscovered

posted by Nell Minow

I have fond memories of the neglected gem Sneakers, with Robert Redford as the leader of a ragtag group of quirky geniuses, written and directed by Phil Alden Robinson, who wrote “Field of Dreams.”  This has some of the same off-beat […]

Interview: Muse Watson

posted by Nell Minow

Actor Muse Watson is a familiar face.  He has been a regular on “NCIS” and “Prison Break” and has appeared in movies that range from “Austin Powers II” to “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”  I’m a fan of his […]

Vanity Fair Salutes Half a Century of James Bond

posted by Nell Minow

Vanity Fair has a gorgeous tribute to 50 years of James Bond in the movies in the current issue.  Despite the fact that his business partner told Bond creator Ian Fleming that “these books are not even good enough for […]

MVP of the Week: Amy Adams

posted by Nell Minow

MVP of the week is Amy Adams, who stars in two of the fall’s biggest releases, both in theaters this Friday.  In “Trouble with the Curve” she plays the estranged daughter of Clint Eastwood, a baseball scout who is losing […]

Opening This Week: “The Master,” “Trouble With the Curve,” “End of Watch,” “Dredd 3D”

posted by Nell Minow

There’s been something of a slow patch at the box office for the last couple of weeks, but the fall season of potential Oscar-winners really starts up this week with “The Master,” P.T. Anderson’s ambitious new film starring Philip Seymour […]

Contest: Free Ebook from Miniver Press

posted by Nell Minow

I am very proud to celebrate my new publishing company, Miniver Press, by offering the first five people to respond a free copy of one of our first three ebooks.  Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with the name of […]

L’Shana Tova! Rosh Hashanah Wishes for a Sweet New Year

posted by Nell Minow

“From Dust to Dreams” PBS Concert Special

posted by Nell Minow

Neil Patrick Harris hosts an all-star concert special to be shown on PBS next week, celebrating the opening of the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. The concert features superstars from the world of country music (Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, […]

Liberal Arts

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Unrated
Movie Release Date:September 14, 2012
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Movie Release Date: September 14, 2012

It is true.  At heart, everyone is 19, except for the people who actually are.  “How I Met Your Mother” star Josh Radnor has followed his promising debut as a writer/director with the uneven but intriguing “Liberal Arts,” a throwback […]

Finding Nemo 3D

posted by Nell Minow
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:September 14, 2012
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: September 14, 2012

“Finding Nemo” is an ideal choice for a 3D re-release. Its Pacific Ocean setting is majestic, immersive, not intrusive, in evoking the vast sweep of the water and bringing us into the world of the tiny fish characters. Digital and […]

A New Trailer for “Wreck-It Ralph”

posted by Nell Minow

A Documentary About Roger Ebert

posted by Nell Minow

I was moved and inspired by Roger Ebert’s book Life Itself: A Memoir and I’m thrilled to hear that it may become a documentary thanks to three brilliant filmmakers, Martin Scorsese (“Goodfellas,” “Hugo,” “Raging Bull”), Steven Zaillian (“Schindler’s List,” “Moneyball,” “Searching for […]

Last Ounce of Courage

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for thematic elements, some war images, and brief smoking
Movie Release Date:September 12, 2012
D
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for thematic elements, some war images, and brief smoking
Movie Release Date: September 12, 2012

It is truly disappointing that a film that is intended to be in favor of “peace and joy and love,” faith, freedom and Christmas is instead about being a bully and being a phony. Last Ounce of Courage is the story […]

600 Criterion Collection Films in Two Minutes

posted by Nell Minow

The Criterion Collection is the canon of film, every DVD beautifully presented and every movie certified as ambitious, significant, and challenging.  Don’t have time to watch all 600?  Here’s a supercut that includes them all.

Kennedy Center Honors Announced: Dustin Hoffman, Led Zeppelin, David Letterman, and More

posted by Nell Minow

This year’s Kennedy Center honors have been announced: Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman, blues musician Buddy Guy, dancer Natalia Makarova and the rock band Led Zeppelin.  Led Zeppelin is being honored as a band, but keyboardist-bassist John Paul Jones, guitarist Jimmy […]

Interview: The Directors of the New Toastmaster Documentary “Speak”

posted by Nell Minow

Jerry Seinfeld pointed out that when people are asked what scares them the most, more people say public speaking than death — which means that at a funeral, most people would rather be the person who died than the person […]

New Clip from “Frankenweenie”

posted by Nell Minow

9/11 Television Archive

posted by Nell Minow

The Internet Archive has assembled a comprehensive resources on 9/11 and the way the terrorist attacks were covered by the media.  It will be an essential resource for students and scholars who want to understand the way the events unfolded […]

Weekend Box Office a New Low

posted by Nell Minow

Message to Hollywood: If you don’t build it, they won’t come. The boox office results over the weekend were the lowest in a decade.  At the top was last week’s horror release, “The Possession.”  Not a single movie made as […]

Interview: Nicholas Jarecki of “Arbitrage”

posted by Nell Minow

Documentary-maker Nicholas Jarecki wrote and directed his first feature film, “Arbitrage,” with Richard Gere giving one of his best performances as a hedge fund manager hiding massive losses who gets caught up in an even bigger cover-up when he and […]

Women’s Films at the Toronto Film Festival

posted by Nell Minow

The Cannes film festival was widely criticized for failing to include films made by women so it is especially satisfying to see that the prestigious Toronto Film Festival is filled with exciting films from female directors, producers, and writers.  The extraordinarily […]

Bill Murray Plays FDR in “Hyde Park on the Hudson”

posted by Nell Minow

We’ve seen Bill Murray turn in some impressive performances in dramas as well as comedies, but it still seems like quite a challenge for him to take on the part of and icon like patrician four-time President  Franklin Delano Roosevelt. […]

No, Your Baby Can’t Read

posted by Nell Minow

Did you see those commercials for a product that would help you teach your baby to read?  Well, I hope it does not come as too much of a surprise to find out that it was a fraud. The Federal […]

Happy Anniversary Star Trek — From Google

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out Google’s adorable tribute today to the original Star Trek.  Entertainment Weekly spoke to Ryan Germick, who headed up this particular Google Doodle, about Star Trek’s pop-culture significance. “We often talk at Google about how awesome it […]

The Words

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and smoking
Movie Release Date:September 7, 2012
DVD Release Date:December 24, 2012
C
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and smoking
Movie Release Date: September 7, 2012
DVD Release Date: December 24, 2012

This movie about an unsuccessful writer who appropriates an old manuscript and sells it as his own feels like a movie made by a writer who has the same problem. This is an idea that has already been explored by […]

Recipes for Children’s Book Favorite Foods

posted by Nell Minow

Have you ever wanted to taste one of the delicious concoctions described in one of your favorite books?  Huffington Post has gathered some recipes inspired by classic books for children, from Harry Potter’s butterbeer and Narnia’s Turkish Delight to Anne […]

Grading School Movies

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of the start of the school year, Cinema Blend grades twenty movies about school.  Note that the grades were not awarded on artistic merit but on different critera: sexiness of the hot girls and guys, awesomeness of the […]

Wow! I Attended a Taping of “Big Bang Theory”

posted by Nell Minow

Because I go to movies almost every weeknight, I don’t get to watch much series television, so I was late to catch on to “Big Bang Theory.” But once it went into syndication, I had a chance to catch up […]

Movies About Writers

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of this week’s release of “The Words,” the story of a writer who passes off another man’s book as his own, I thought I’d suggest some other movies about writers.  Movies are, after all, written by writers, so […]

Interview: Jamie Bradshaw of “Branded”

posted by Nell Minow

Jamie Bradshaw and Alexander Doulerain are advertising executives and brand specialists who have written and directed “Branded,” set in a dystopian future where corporate brands have created a disillusioned population and one man’s effort to unlock the truth behind the […]

Utah NBC Affiliate Rejects “The New Normal”

posted by Nell Minow

The Mormon-owned Utah NBC affiliate station KSL-TV is refusing to carry one of the network’s new television series.  It is produced by Ryan Murphy of “Glee” and “Nip/Tuck” and it is the story of a gay couple who use a surrogate […]

Contest: Blue Like Jazz

posted by Nell Minow

I am thrilled to give away a copy of one of my favorite films of the year, Blue Like Jazz.  Director Steve Taylor raised the money for the film $10 at a time on Kickstarter.  Fans of the inspirational book […]

Tribute: Michael Clarke Duncan

posted by Nell Minow

The towering, powerful, magnetic actor Michael Clarke Duncan has died at age 54.  Best remembered for his Oscar-winning performance in “The Green Mile” as a prisoner with extraordinary grace and powers of healing, Duncan showed off his skill as a […]

Contest Winners! Chimp and Magic Schoolbus

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to all who entered!  For those who entered but forgot the address — please try again and remember the address next time! Magic School Bus: The Complete Series Dyer C, Houston TX Chimpanzee Mary K, San Diego CA Geza […]

Bessie Coleman: Pioneering Black Woman Aviator

posted by Nell Minow

I am delighted that the small publishing firm I founded, Miniver Press, has produced our first Kindle ebook.  Today, on the anniversary of the first public flight of a black woman in the United States on this date 90 years […]

Documentaries about Work

posted by Nell Minow

Documentary filmmaker David Kraus is making a series of documentaries about work.  He says his films capture “the sights, sounds, and textures of different American jobs, without the accompaniment of interviews or a musical score. Each chapter reveals the surprising, […]

Touchback

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some mature thematic elements
Movie Release Date:April 13, 2012
DVD Release Date:September 3, 2012
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some mature thematic elements
Movie Release Date: April 13, 2012
DVD Release Date: September 3, 2012

Haven’t we all wished for a chance to live that one moment over again? Scott (Brian Presley, who also produced) has that opportunity in “Touchback,” the story of a man who wants to go back to his days as a […]

Tips for School: Reading Rockets on Reading Fluency

posted by Nell Minow

Happy back to school!  Reading Rockets has some great ideas for parents about improving reading fluency, like “paired reading” (reading together) and rereading favorite books.  The most important thing is for parents to realize that their involvement is critical.  And, […]

For Labor Day: Movies About Work

posted by Nell Minow

For Labor Day, some of my favorite movies about the workplace: The Pajama Game He (John Riatt — Bonnie’s father) is the new boss at the pajama factory.  She (Doris Day) represents the union.  Can this relationship work?  This tuneful […]

Melanie Lynskey — Actress Turned Movie Blogger

posted by Nell Minow

I am a huge fan of actress Melanie Lynskey.  Most people will recognize her from “Two and a Half Men,” but it is her deft, varied, and utterly natural performances in small, independent films that have made her one of […]

School Movie Quiz: Answers

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to all who tried!  Here are the answers: 1.  A tough cop goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher. “Kindergarten Cop” 2. This classic based on a true story is about an English woman who travels to the other side […]

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