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New Year’s Quiz

posted by Nell Minow

All of the answers to this quiz are people who have birthdays on January 1.  How many do you know? 1. This handsome leading man had his breakthrough role in “Boyz N the Hood” and later appeared opposite Gabrielle Union, […]

Happy New Year!

posted by Nell Minow

Ring in the new year with this classic romance!

A Movie to Ring-a-Ding-Ding In the New Year: The Apartment

posted by Nell Minow

Billy Wilder’s bittersweet masterpiece “The Apartment” is a Best Picture Oscar winner about a man in a soulless desk job who loans out his apartment to executives for assignations in order to get promoted.  Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine star. […]

Tonight on Punch Drunk Critics — The Year in Film

posted by Nell Minow

Please listen in at 7 pm Eastern tonight as I visit my friends at Punch Drunk Critics to talk about the best and worst of the year in film!

With All This Talk About Cliffs….

posted by Nell Minow

I keep thinking of this!  A fabulous movie moment from screenwriter William Goldman and stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford.  

The Best Deleted Scenes: Total Film

posted by Nell Minow

Total Film has a great list of the 50 best deleted scenes, and what kind of impact they would have on the storyline.  It’s a lot of fun to look at deleted scenes on DVDs, but it is usually easy […]

Free This Weekend: Ebook About Parenting

posted by Nell Minow

This weekend only, get Annie Fox’s ebook, Teaching Kids to Be Good People: Progressive Parenting for the 21st Century for free on Amazon. “Not all teachers are parents, but all parents are teachers. When we teach kids to be good […]

The Best (And Worst) Movies of 2012 — Plus Best Docs, Best for Families, Most Fun, and More

posted by Nell Minow

My list of the best movies of 2012:   Zero Dark Thirty Argo Lincoln Beasts of the Southern Wild Brave Silver Linings Playbook Middle of Nowhere The Avengers ParaNorman Runners-up: Life of Pi, Moonrise Kingdom, Arbitrage, The Sessions, Looper, Skyfall, […]

The Year in Film 2012

posted by Nell Minow

I look forward to this every year!  It is a brilliantly edited and scored little film of its own.  Look through the year in film and see how many you can identify.  The complete list is at the Filmographile tumblr.

A Blessed Kwanzaa!

posted by Nell Minow

Kwanzaa is a holiday created by Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor  and chair of Africana Studies at California State University, Long Beach. He holds Ph.D.s in political science with focus on the theory and practice of nationalism (United States International University) and in social ethics with a focus […]

Tributes: Jack Klugman and Charles Durning

posted by Nell Minow

The passing of Jack Klugman and Charles Durning, two actors with decades of fine performances in movies and television, reminds us that they made very significant contributions in other ways as well.  The New York Times points out that both […]

Contest: Pitch Perfect

posted by Nell Minow

My last contest of the year is a BIG one!  I have five copies of the delightful Pitch Perfect to give away!  I didn’t love the movie, primarily because of some unnecessary gross-out humor.  But I do love the brilliantly talented […]

The Christmas Song: Mel Torme and Judy Garland

posted by Nell Minow

Listen for Judy singing “rainbows” instead of “reindeer.”

Justin Bieber Sings “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”

posted by Nell Minow

From “Arthur Christmas:”

Andrea Bocelli Sings Adeste Fideles

posted by Nell Minow

Merry Christmas! “The Holly and the Ivy”

posted by Nell Minow

Hardrock, Coco, and Joe

posted by Nell Minow

Everyone who grew up in Chicago in the 50’s knows and loves this one:

“Carol of the Bells” With Jennifer Hudson and Sesame Street

posted by Nell Minow

Django Unchained

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong graphic violence throughout, a vicious fight, language, and some nudity
Movie Release Date:December 25, 2012
DVD Release Date:April 16, 2013
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong graphic violence throughout, a vicious fight, language, and some nudity
Movie Release Date: December 25, 2012
DVD Release Date: April 16, 2013

How do you solve a problem like Tarantino? The prodigiously talented writer/director is a master of style, sensation, and a uniquely muscular kind of cinematic storytelling that builds on a stunning ability to mash up high and low art in […]

Les Misérables

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for suggestive and sensual material, violence, and thematic elements
Movie Release Date:December 25, 2012
DVD Release Date:March 22, 2013
B
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for suggestive and sensual material, violence, and thematic elements
Movie Release Date: December 25, 2012
DVD Release Date: March 22, 2013

Fair warning: I seem to be impervious to the appeal of “Les Misérables.”  I was not a fan of the stage show or the songs, but I understand that it is the most popular musical of all time, and I […]

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

posted by Nell Minow

A magical moment from “Meet Me in St. Louis” with Judy Garland and Margaret O’Brien:

Parental Guidance

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some rude humor
Movie Release Date:December 25, 2012
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some rude humor
Movie Release Date: December 25, 2012

This shtick-y, utterly synthetic sit-com of a movie telegraphs its every joke and then pounds the audience over the head to make sure we get them.  Oh, we get them.  We just wish we didn’t. Artie (Billy Crystal) is a […]

Merry Christmas! Vanessa Williams Sings “Go Tell It On the Mountain” and “Mary Had a Baby”

posted by Nell Minow

Children Tell the Nativity Story

posted by Nell Minow

This adorable film is the story of Christmas as told by the children of St Paul’s Church, Auckland, New Zealand.

Jack Reacher

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for violence, language, and some drug material
Movie Release Date:December 21, 2012
DVD Release Date:May 14, 2013
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for violence, language, and some drug material
Movie Release Date: December 21, 2012
DVD Release Date: May 14, 2013

Jack Reacher, the hero of a series of books by Lee Child, is as much an idealized fantasy figure as any adorkable chick-lit single girl rocking her Jimmy Choos and self-deprecating quips until Mr. Perfect puts a ring on it. […]

Vulture’s Top Ten Muppet Christmas Moments

posted by Nell Minow

Bravo to New York Magazine’s Vulture Blog for their impeccable selection of 10 classic Muppet Christmas moments.

2012 Additions to the National Film Registry

posted by Nell Minow

Each year, the Library of Congress announces the names of films added to the National Film Registry — an assortment that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically” significant.  This year’s selections bring the number of films in the registry to 600. […]

Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some dramatic images and mild sensuality
Movie Release Date:December 21, 2012
DVD Release Date:March 11, 2013
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some dramatic images and mild sensuality
Movie Release Date: December 21, 2012
DVD Release Date: March 11, 2013

Her curiosity overcoming her shyness, a girl with big eyes and a gamine haircut (Erica Linz) walks through the gate for the “Circus Marvelous.”   She sees “The Aerialist” (Igor Zaripov), first smiling a welcome as he helps install the […]

This is 40

posted by Nell Minow
C-
Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for sexual content, crude humor, pervasive language, and some drug use
Movie Release Date:December 21, 2012
DVD Release Date:March 22, 2013
C-
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for sexual content, crude humor, pervasive language, and some drug use
Movie Release Date: December 21, 2012
DVD Release Date: March 22, 2013

Writer-director Judd Apatow has made the mistake of believing that the audience will find his wife and children and mid-life crisis as relatable and endearing as he does. And there is nothing more fatal to a movie than a gross […]

Black Reel Award Nominees 2102

posted by Nell Minow

I am honored to be a vote for the Black Reel Awards and very proud of this year’s nominees. Outstanding Motion Picture Beasts of the Southern Wild | Michael Gottwald, John Penn & Dan Javey (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Django Unchained | Reginald […]

My Favorite Versions of “A Christmas Carol”

posted by Nell Minow

My favorite Christmas story is “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens and I enjoy as many versions as possible every year.  I love it in just about any of its movie incarnations. “Bah, humbugs” have been muttered by Scrooges played by […]

The Guilt Trip

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for language and some risque material
Movie Release Date:December 19, 2012
DVD Release Date:April 30, 2013
C
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for language and some risque material
Movie Release Date: December 19, 2012
DVD Release Date: April 30, 2013

If you know the title, you know the painfully unfunny movie with this dull slog across America that Barbara Streisand inexplicably selected for her first lead role in 16 years.  Seth Rogen plays chemist-turned-cleaning product inventor Andy Brewster, who never […]

Monsters, Inc. 3D

posted by rkumar
A
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:December 19, 2012
A
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: December 19, 2012

According to this movie by the “Toy Story” folks at Pixar, that monsters are more afraid of children than children are of monsters. But monsters need to collect the screams of children to fuel their world, and children are getting […]

Contest: Trouble With the Curve

posted by Nell Minow

I’m delighted to have a copy of the brand-new DVD/Blu-Ray release, Trouble with the Curve, starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, and Justin Timberlake.   Eastwood plays an old-school baseball scout, the opposite of the “Moneyball” guys with their computer models. […]

Opening This Week: “The Guilt Trip,” “This is 40,” “Jack Reacher,” “Monsters Inc.,”

posted by Nell Minow

This is one of the biggest weeks of the year for movies, as families come together to celebrate the holidays and studios release some of their most highly anticipated films.  Get ready for: “Monsters, Inc. 3D” Preparing us for next […]

Monsters, Inc. — Now in 3D

posted by Nell Minow

Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc.” returns to theaters this week in 3D.

Behind the Scenes — Comedy Writers

posted by Nell Minow

The new issue of Vanity Fair is all about comedy, with guest editor Judd Apatow presiding.  I especially enjoyed the interview with the deliriously nutty and all-around nice guy Martin Short and the conversation with comedy legends Mike Nichols and […]

Happy Birthday, Beethoven!

posted by Nell Minow

Happy birthday to Ludwig van Beethoven, born on this day in 1770. Movies about one of the greatest artists in history: In Search of Beethoven Copying Beethoven Beethoven Lives Upstairs And Immortal Beloved, starring Gary Oldman.  From one of the letters […]

A Book on Every Bed: Amy Dickinson’s Proposal for Every Child

posted by Nell Minow

It is a pleasure to once again endorse “Ask Amy‘s” program to encourage parents to share the love of reading by putting a book on every child’s bed so that the first thing they see when they wake up is […]

The Sugar Plum Fairy: A Christmas Tradition

posted by Nell Minow

“The Nutcracker Suite” is a Christmas tradition.  There have been a couple of movie versions, but none as good as this exquisite moment with Natalya Arkhipova as the Sugar Plum Fairy from the 1989 Bolshoi version:

“Becoming Santa” — OWN Documentary

posted by Nell Minow

The wonderful, poignant OWN documentary “Becoming Santa” is now available on DVD.  I wrote about the movie when it was shown on OWN.

Support the Troops and Their Families — Christmas 2012

posted by Nell Minow

Please take a moment during the holiday season to remember those who make great sacrifices to protect our freedoms.  You can send Christmas boxes to the troops or even Christmas stockings.  And Operation Ensuring Christmas cares for the families of fallen military, […]

Dr. Who Christmas Special 2012

posted by Nell Minow

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images
Movie Release Date:December 14, 2012
DVD Release Date:November 4, 2013
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images
Movie Release Date: December 14, 2012
DVD Release Date: November 4, 2013

As the second in the Hobbit trilogy is about to be released, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Extended Edition).  Director Peter Jackson returns to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth for this “Lord of the Rings” prequel, the adventure of young Bilbo […]

Hyde Park on Hudson

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for brief sexuality
Movie Release Date:December 14, 2012
DVD Release Date:April 9. 2013
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for brief sexuality
Movie Release Date: December 14, 2012
DVD Release Date: April 9. 2013

When Franklin Roosevelt’s sixth cousin Margaret “Daisy” Suckley (pronounced “sook-lee”) died at age 99, a cache of letters was found in a suitcase under her bed.  Everyone knew she had spent years working near Roosevelt, and most thought he had […]

“Les Miserables” — Stage and Screen

posted by Nell Minow

As we prepare for the release of one of the year’s most anticipated films, “Les Miserables,” starring Hugh Jackman and sure-Oscar-bet Anne Hathaway, take a look at the earlier filmed non-musical movie versions.  Both the 1935 & 1952 versions will […]

Return to Middle Earth: The Hobbit and More

posted by Nell Minow

This week we return to Middle Earth as Peter Jackson goes back 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings” for the story of Bilbo Baggins and his adventure with a brave band of dwarves who journey to a mountain […]

Critic’s Choice Nominations 2012

posted by Nell Minow

I am, as ever, honored to be a part of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which selects the Critics Choice Awards (be sure to watch the award ceremony live on the CW January 10 — I’ll be there!!)  Here are […]

Gift Guide from UltraViolet: Freeing Kids from Gender Stereotypes

posted by Nell Minow

McKenna Pope, a 13-year-old from Garfield, New Jersey, wondered why she saw men cooking all the time on television but the Easy-Bake Oven was being marketed as though it was just for girls.  She started a petition on Change.org and […]

121212 — The Concert for Sandy Relief

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to tune in tonight at 7:30 Eastern for 121212: The Concert for Sandy Relief in support of the Robin Hood Foundation.  Jersey boy Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kick things off, followed by Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, […]

Preview of “The Bible” With Cee Lo’s “Mary Did You Know”

posted by Nell Minow

“The Bible” is an epic 10-hour television series produced by Roma Downey (Touched By an Angel) and Mark Burnett (The Voice, Survivor, Shark Tank, Celebrity Apprentice) premiering on March 3, 2013, and Blu-ray and DVD soon after. Here is a preview, set to Cee […]

The Real Story: Franklin Roosevelt and His Cousin Daisy

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s release, “Hyde Park on Hudson,” tells the story of the visit by King George V (“The King’s Speech” king) and Queen Elizabeth (the parents of the present queen) to the home of President Franklin Roosevelt, played by Bill […]

Interview: Roger Michell of “Hyde Park on Hudson”

posted by Nell Minow

Roger Michell is the director of beloved films like “Notting Hill” and “Persuasion.”  His latest is this week’s “Hyde Park on Hudson,” based on the real-life visit of the King and Queen of England to the home of President Franklin […]

Gift Guide 2012: Kids

posted by Nell Minow

Is there a Wimpy Kid in your life? Fans of the movie series will enjoy the box set of the books by Jeff Kinney and the Don’t Scramble The Egg Game. My very favorite DVD series for children is the […]

The Washington Area Film Critics Awards 2012

posted by Nell Minow

This morning, the Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) announced their winners for 2012, honoring a wide sweep of films, from musicals to science fiction. And while only three films garnered more than one award, it was clear that […]

Gift Guide 2012: Teens and Adults

posted by Nell Minow

My top gift ideas for 2012, part 1: Your favorite TV fan already has the boxed set of every series?  Here’s something different.  The Paley Center for Media has tributes to many great television shows, featuring interviews with the casts […]

Pineapple Pete’s Remarkable Feat

posted by Nell Minow

Miniver Press is proud to announce a new children’s book written by my mother! Pineapple Pete wants to make friends with the other fruits in his class but they think his scaly face is scary — until they need help […]

More Christmas Movies You Might Not Know But Should

posted by Nell Minow

My lists of 12 Christmas movies that don’t feature Tiny Tim, Linus, Bing Crosby, the Grinch, or Clarence the Angel, or a Leg Lamp, Twelve More Great Christmas Movies Without Santa, Tiny Tim, or a Message from Ovaltine, and Worst Christmas […]

Movie Addict Headquarters: Holiday Gift Guide

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Betty Jo Tucker for inviting me back to the Movie Addict Headquarters podcast, this time to discuss movie-related gifts with “Mad Movie Man” A.J. Hakari!   And thanks to Betty Jo for making one of her recommendations my […]

Sesame Street Celebrates Hanukkah!

posted by Nell Minow

Hannukah Holiday Party!

posted by Nell Minow

Celebrate Hanukkah with the Maccabeats!

posted by Nell Minow

Light the Hanukkah Candles — With a Rube Goldberg Contraption!

posted by Nell Minow

A Rube Goldberg-inspired machine for lighting the Hanukkah candles: And behind the scenes:   Don’t try this at home!

Happy Hanukkah!

posted by Nell Minow

Make a Paper Menorah

posted by Nell Minow

From Papertoys.com: Happy Hanukkah! (And thanks to my friend Kathy Deane for sharing!)

And the Winner for Worst Toy of the Year Is….

posted by Nell Minow

..the Fisher-Price™ Laugh & Learn™ Apptivity™ Monkey.  The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has once again put the worst toys of the year to a vote, with nominees that are designed to promote commercial brands or media  rather than performing the […]

Biggest Giveaway of 2012!

posted by Nell Minow

I have TWENTY copies of “The Heart of Christmas” to give away!  The first 20 people to write to me at moviemom@moviemom.com with “Heart” in the subject line will get the DVD of this heartwarming true story about a whole […]

Jimmy Fallon, the Roots, and Mariah Carey sing “All I Want for Christmas is You”

posted by Nell Minow

One of my favorite modern Christmas songs is Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You,” memorably sung in “Love Actually” by the young Olivia Olson. That performance can’t be topped, but I think it is now tied with […]

National Board of Review Kicks Off the 2012 Awards With “Zero Dark Thirty”

posted by Nell Minow

The first big movie awards announcement each year comes from the National Board of Review, a group of film academics, students, and professionals.  The Osama Bin Laden manhunt drama “Zero Dark Thirty” from “The Hurt Locker’s” Kathryn Bigelow, tops the […]

Behind the Scenes of “Argo”

posted by Nell Minow

Shalom Sesame DVD Club

posted by Nell Minow

The popular Shalom Sesame DVD series has announced a Shalom Sesame DVD Club.  Grover the Muppet and Anneliese van der Pol (That’s So Raven, Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast) travel to Israel to meet new people and learn new things in this 12-part DVD series co-produced by Sesame […]

Interview: Julie Locke of “The Heart of Christmas”

posted by Nell Minow

Julie Locke‘s two-year-old son Dax was critically ill with cancer.  He loved Christmas lights, so although it was only October, she put them up.  When their neighbors found out why the Lockes had Christmas decorations up before Halloween, they came […]

Trailer: Every 2012 Movie

posted by Nell Minow

Fabulous mash-up of every movie released this year: I love Michael Sheen’s “Oh, my” from “Breaking Dawn, Part 2.”  And the “Step Up: Revolution” dancers. How many movies can you identify?  The full list is here.

The Man Behind “It’s A Wonderful Life” — Philip Van Doren Stern

posted by Nell Minow

It was an honor to interview Marguerite Stern Robinson about Beliefnet’s Movie of the Month, It’s a Wonderful Life. Dr. Robinson’s father, Philip Van Doren Stern, wrote the short story, “The Greatest Gift,” and when no one would publish it, […]

Contest: Life of Pi Book

posted by Nell Minow

Have you seen “Life of Pi?”  Would you like to read the book?  I have a copy of the movie tie-in edition of the book by Yann Martel to give away.  Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with “Pi” in […]

Oprah Interviews “Lincoln’s” Spielberg, Day-Lewis, and Field

posted by Nell Minow

Tomorrow at 9:30 (eastern) on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Oprah interviews the people behind “Lincoln:” Academy Award winners Steven Spielberg, Daniel Day-Lews and Sally Field talk about the making of the film and the history behind it.  

Helping Families Celebrate Hanukkah

posted by Nell Minow

Jewish Holidays in a Box has some help for families celebrating Hanukkah this week: Hanukkah in a Box features Hanukkah Bingo Game for 4 Dreidels for 4 with How-to-Play Instructions Hanukkah Blessings and Candle-Lighting Tips (laminated) Hanukkah Songs (laminated) Hanukkah Primer with […]

Contest: 12 Christmas Wishes for My Dog

posted by Nell Minow

Be careful what you wish for!  Having her dog taken away by an uptight landlord was heartbreaking for Laura (Elisa Donovan of “Clueless”). Willing to try anything to transform her life – and get her dog back – Laura follows […]

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