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Stand Up Guys

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language, sexual content, violence, and brief drug use
Movie Release Date:February 1, 2013
DVD Release Date:May 21, 2013
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language, sexual content, violence, and brief drug use
Movie Release Date: February 1, 2013
DVD Release Date: May 21, 2013

A little bit “Goodfellas” and a little bit “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” this is a life-in-a-day story about aging criminals.  Unlike Ferris, these guys have had too many days off and are very happy to return to their old haunts […]

Jen Chaney on Liz Lemon and “30 Rock”

posted by Nell Minow

Two television programs with almost-identical themes premiered in the fall of 2006.  They were both behind-the-scenes shows about the writers and performers on a late-night topical sketch comedy series. One was an hour-long drama from “The West Wing’s” Aaron Sorkin, […]

Happy 200th Birthday to Pride and Prejudice

posted by Nell Minow

Jane Austen’s beloved story of the headstrong Elizabeth Bennett and the arrogant Mr. Darcy is one of the most popular and influential books ever written.  Pretty much any story that involves a couple who battle until they fall in love […]

FREE Tickets to “Beautiful Creatures” — Supernatural Love Story

posted by Nell Minow

“Beautiful Creatures” is the supernatural love story based on the best-selling books by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stoh, in theaters February 14 for Valentine’s Day.  Alice Englert plays Lena, who has great powers and must decide on her sixteenth birthday whether to […]

Who Let the Dogs Out — New Hallmark Series About the Skateboarding Dog

posted by Nell Minow

Tillman the Skateboarding Dog, who surfs and snowboards, too, rolls onto the Hallmark Channel in the new original series “Who Let the Dogs Out,” premiering Friday, Feb. 1 (1 p.m. ET/PT, 12C).  “Who Let The Dogs Out” is the story […]

Tribute: Patty Andrews

posted by Nell Minow

The last of the WWII-era singing trio The Andrews Sisters died today at 94.  Patty Andrews was the middle of the three singing sisters whose close harmonies were part of the soundtrack of the 1940’s (and many, many films set […]

New From Scholastic: Stone Soup…and Other Stories from the Asian Tradition

posted by Nell Minow

My very favorite series for kids has a new release, Stone Soup…and Other Stories from the Asian Tradition from Scholastic Storybook Treasures. Scholastic takes the very best in children’s literature and makes them into DVDs that gently animate the original […]

What’s the Worst Sequel Ever Made?

posted by Nell Minow

I always enjoy the surveys from Criticwire, and this one was especially fun.  The question: What is the worst movie sequel ever made? I expected to see “Batman and Robin,” “Grease 2,” “Stayin’ Alive,” “Speed 2,” and “The Whole Ten […]

Nina Garcia’s New Series

posted by Nell Minow

Fans of “Project Runway” will be happy to hear that popular judge Nina Garcia, editor of Marie Claire and best-selling author, now has her own web series about fashion and style.  “Decoding Style,” a ten-episode makeover web series available on AOL On […]

Up for a Bit of English Mystery?

posted by Nell Minow

British TV specialist Acorn has the first complete collection of Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime: The Tommy & Tuppence Mysteries starring James Warwick and Francesca Annis as the lively detective duo; Agatha Christie’s Poirot & Marple Fan Favorites Collection featuring 11 […]

Oz the Great and Powerful Super Bowl Commercial

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s a sneak peek at the Super Bowl commercial for one of the movies I am most excited about right now:

House of Cards: Original and Remake

posted by Nell Minow

The new “House of Cards” series on Netflix starring Kevin Spacey is a remake of the brilliant original series from the BBC about a diabolical and ruthlessly ambitious politician.  Both are worth watching.

Contest: Hotel Transylvania Goodies!

posted by Nell Minow

The delightful animated film Hotel Transylvania comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray this week and I am excited to have a wonderful prize package to celebrate its release.  The lucky winner will receive a copy of the DVD/Blu-Ray, a bag, […]

Trailer: Inside Llewyn Davis from the Coen Brothers

posted by Nell Minow

I always look forward to a new movie from the Coen Brothers (“Fargo,” “No Country for Old Men,” “The Big Lebowski”), but this one has me especially excited because it stars one of my favorite actors, Oscar Isaac, reuniting with […]

Downton Abbey 3rd Season DVD!

posted by Nell Minow
A
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:NA
DVD Release Date:January 28, 2013
A
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: NA
DVD Release Date: January 28, 2013

The most popular television show in the world has a gorgeous new DVD/Blu-Ray release this week, Season 3 and some marvelous extras: –    Downton Abbey Behind the Drama –    Shirley MacLaine at Downton –    The Men of Downton –    […]

Watch Elton John’s Concert Tonight

posted by Nell Minow

Nothing like this has ever been attempted before!  Tonight, when Elton John plays on a Yamaha Disklavier piano, every touch of his fingers will be replicated at other Disklaviers around the world, and you can watch. His actual piano keystrokes […]

Happy Birthday, Maria Von Trapp

posted by Nell Minow

Julie Andrews, who played Maria Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music,” appears with Maria herself, who was born this day in 1905.

Trailer: Upside Down

posted by Nell Minow

Doesn’t this look mind-bendingly amazing?

J.J. Abrams to Direct the new Star Wars

posted by Nell Minow

I am delighted with the news that J.J. Abrams will direct the new Disney-produced “Star Wars” movie.  The man behind the “Lost,” “Fringe,” “Felicity,” and “Alias” television series has shown himself to be adept at being true to established franchises […]

If Bilbo Had a Lawyer….

posted by Nell Minow

James Daily writes intensive, witty, and very astute analyses of the legal issues raised in feature films.  I love his piece on the 5-foot long  contract between Bilbo Baggins and the dwarves in “The Hobbit.”  Here’s a sample on the very […]

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong fantasy horror violence and gore, brief sexuality/nudity, and language
Movie Release Date:January 25, 2013
DVD Release Date:June 11, 2013
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong fantasy horror violence and gore, brief sexuality/nudity, and language
Movie Release Date: January 25, 2013
DVD Release Date: June 11, 2013

Once upon a time, a brother and sister were left in the woods by their father.  They came upon a house made of candy that turned out to be owned by a witch, who used it to lure children and […]

Quartet

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and suggestive humor
Movie Release Date:January 25, 2013
DVD Release Date:June 18, 2013
B
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and suggestive humor
Movie Release Date: January 25, 2013
DVD Release Date: June 18, 2013

There is something splendid about seeing fine actors at the top of their game, still nailing it — in a movie about older performers, still nailing it.  Last year, it was Maggie Smith in “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”  On […]

Smile of the Week: Fireflies

posted by Nell Minow

“Everything Else Was True” — “Catfishing” with Manti T’eo and on MTV

posted by Nell Minow

Notre Dame football player Manti T’eo says that he was the victim of a heartless hoax.  He thought he had a girlfriend who died of cancer.  But no such person existed.  Although he told people he had seen and spoken […]

Win a Copy of My New Book: 101 Must-See Movie Moments

posted by Nell Minow

My new book is out in paperback! 101 Must-See Movie Moments is available on Amazon for $12, but I have three autographed copies to give away.  It’s 101 brief essays on great moments in neglected movies (like “Miss Tatlock’s Millions,” “The […]

Contest: Abel’s Field

posted by Nell Minow

“Abel’s Field” is the story of high school senior Seth McArdle (Samuel Davis), left motherless by tragedy, abandoned by his father, and under enormous pressure to support his little sisters. At school, he endures the daily bullying of the football team. When […]

Moonrise Kingdom: The Illustrated Screenplay

posted by Nell Minow

The Oscar-nominated screenplay for “Moonrise Kingdom” is available online, and, as Wes Anderson fans might expect, it is gorgeously illustrated and filled with rich detail.  Well worth a look and a download.

The Abolitionists

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Not rated
DVD Release Date:January 21, 2013
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Not rated
DVD Release Date: January 21, 2013

The new release from the PBS series “The American Experience” is a three-part story called “The Abolitionists,” the story of the fight to end slavery in the United States.  They were called radicals, agitators, and troublemakers. They thought of themselves […]

Inauguration Day

posted by Nell Minow

With all good wishes to the President, Congress, and the Senate! Check out the Washington Post’s interactive guide to all of the previous inaugurations.

Trailer: Red 2

posted by Nell Minow

What could be more fun than the first “Red?”  Putting the band back together and adding Sir Anthony Hopkins!

Model Cameron Russell on What She Really Looks Like

posted by Nell Minow

Cameron Russell admits she won “a genetic lottery”: she’s tall, pretty and an underwear model. But don’t judge her by her looks. In this fearless talk, she takes a wry look at the industry that had her looking highly seductive […]

Happy birthday, Dolly Parton!

posted by Nell Minow

I love Dolly Parton’s jubilent spirit.  When she is asked if she minds being thought of as a dumb blonde, she just smiles and says, “Not at all, because I know I’m not dumb, and I know I’m not blonde!” […]

KISS Book FREE — This Weekend Only!

posted by Nell Minow

Happy birthday, Paul Stanley! The KISS Starchild superstar turns 60 tomorrow and the fans get the gift! Miniver Press is making Chris Epting’s ebook All I Need to Know I Learned from KISS: Life Lessons from the Hottest Band in […]

The Bible on Television

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 3/3/13 on History Channel, and Blu-ray and DVD soon after. Downey plays Mother Mary and Emmy-winner Keith David provides voice-overs throughout. Oscar- and Grammy-award winning […]

Broken City

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content, and violence
Movie Release Date:January 18, 2013
DVD Release Date:April 30, 2013
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content, and violence
Movie Release Date: January 18, 2013
DVD Release Date: April 30, 2013

Another January weekend, another dumb shoot-out. Last weekend, it was 1950’s Los Angeles.  This week, it’s contemporary New York.  It’s still about corruption, betrayal, and bang-bang.  Co-producer Mark Wahlberg plays Billy, a cop exonerated after he killed a suspect because […]

The Last Stand

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, and language
Movie Release Date:January 18, 2013
DVD Release Date:May 21, 2013
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, and language
Movie Release Date: January 18, 2013
DVD Release Date: May 21, 2013

The NRA should forget that ad about the Obama girls and use this movie instead. The entire storyline can be summarized in the words of NRA head Wayne LaPierre: “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun […]

Tonight! See Nicholas Sparks in a Live Interview about “Safe Haven”

posted by Nell Minow

Tonight only, fans can get a VIP first-look at favorite scenes from “Safe Haven,” the new movie based on the best-seller by Nicholas Sparks.  Moderated by Maria Menounos with Sparks, stars Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough, and producers Marty Bowen and Wyck […]

The Media and Violence — Changing Perspectives After Sandy Hook

posted by Nell Minow

The comprehensive public safety reform package proposed by President Obama today includes new programs and proposed rules to increase support for the mentally ill, restrict access to the most deadly weapons, and provide additional security through more funding for law […]

The Worst Movies of 2012

posted by Nell Minow

I’m honored to be included in New York Magazine’s round-up of the worst movies of 2012.  You can see the full ballots of all of the critics, too.

Which Classic 20th Century Fox Film Should Be on Blu-Ray?

posted by Nell Minow

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced today a one-of-a-kind campaign, VOICE YOUR CHOICE, allowing film enthusiasts to decide which classic films they would like to see digitally restored and transferred to Blu-ray for the very first time. The program celebrates […]

Critics Choice and Golden Globes

posted by Nell Minow

I’m back from Los Angeles and an amazing night of glamour and excitement at the Critics Choice Awards.  All the star were there — from the youngest-ever Best Actress Oscar Nominee, Quvenzhané Wallis to Daniel Day-Lewis, Stephen Spielberg, and Sally […]

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: “I Have a Dream”

posted by Nell Minow

(The holiday is next week, but tomorrow would have been Dr. King’s 84th birthday.)

Vote on the Ending of a “Hawaii 5-0″ Episode

posted by Nell Minow

For the first time in television history, a primetime drama will allow viewers to choose the ending of an episode in real time when CBS’s HAWAII FIVE-0 lets fans vote on CBS.com or Twitter during the East and West Coast broadcasts,Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 (10:00-11:00 […]

Movies for Families about the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

posted by Nell Minow

As we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, every family should take time to talk about this great American leader and hero of the Civil Rights Movement. There are outstanding films and other resources for all ages. I highly […]

My Book is Free — Three Days Only!

posted by Nell Minow

My book, 101 Must-See Movie Moments, soon to be published on paper, is already an ebook and for three days — January 13-15, it is available for free!  You don’t need to have a Kindle to read it.  You can […]

Interview: Cederick Tardy on the Best Movies About Single Moms

posted by Nell Minow

Cederick Tardy is the author of four books for mothers raising boys. He is also the founder of STRONG Inc., a nonprofit focused on Strengthening, Training and Redefining Our Next Generation.  “I love movies about single moms because they often […]

Beliefnet’s Movie of the Month: To Kill a Mockingbird

posted by Nell Minow

I was thrilled to have a chance to write about one of the greatest movies of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird, the Movie of The Month for Beliefnet’s Entertainment Corner.  It is the rare case where a great book […]

Zero Dark Thirty

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong violence including brutal disturbing images, and for language
Movie Release Date:January 11, 2013
DVD Release Date:March 18, 2013
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong violence including brutal disturbing images, and for language
Movie Release Date: January 11, 2013
DVD Release Date: March 18, 2013

It begins with heart-breaking audio of 911 calls from the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.  A frantic woman who asks if she is going to die is soothed by the operator until she is suddenly gone and we […]

A Game of Thrones Tribute: In Gingerbread!

posted by Nell Minow

  Bravo to blogger Liquorsnapper for this magnificent re-creation of Winterfell!  

Does This Place Look Familiar?

posted by Nell Minow

Cracked has a marvelously entertaining compilation of six very popular locations that have appeared in a wild variety of films.  Look at the cafe that appears in “Seinfeld” AND “Training Day” to the grand home that is a setting for […]

Amazing New Movie Technologies

posted by Nell Minow

It seems like something from “The Jetsons,” but according to The Creators Project, these new technologies will help us literally see and make movies in new ways very soon, including 3D without glasses, laser projection for sharper, more high-contrast images, […]

Tweet Seats in Movie Theaters?

posted by Nell Minow

Before the movie begins we all sit through those clever reminders to turn off our phones.  But of course people who are inconsiderate enough to use their phones in a movie theater are not going to to pay attention.  Minnesota’s […]

Happy Birthday, Elvis!

posted by Nell Minow

My favorite Elvis song is “Burning Love.” But I love to hear him sing gospel. Celebrate his birthday with a movie like “Blue Hawaii.” Or, even better, watch him in concert.

The Real Story: “Zero Dark Thirty” and the Hunt for Bin Laden

posted by Nell Minow

Letter from Senators Feinstein, Levin, and McCain“Zero Dark Thirty” is a leading contender for the Best Picture Oscar.  Following her Best Picture and Best Director Oscars for “The Hurt Locker,” Kathryn Bigelow began work on what she thought would be […]

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards for 2012

posted by Nell Minow

  AWFJ EDA ‘BEST OF’ AWARDS:   Best Film:  “Zero Dark Thirty”   Best Director:  Kathryn Bigelow – “Zero Dark Thirty”   Best Screenplay, Original:  Mark Boal – “Zero Dark Thirty”   Best Screenplay, Adapted:  Chris Terrio – “Argo”   […]

Online Film Critics Awards

posted by Nell Minow

I’m proud to be a member of the Online Film Critics Society.  This year’s awards are: Best Picture: “Argo” Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, “The Master” Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln” Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty” Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The […]

CW to Broadcast the Critics Choice Awards on January 10th

posted by Nell Minow

I’m thrilled to be attending the Critics Choice Awards on Thursday evening — be sure to watch it on the CW network at 8:00 pm (ET/PT) and see if you can glimpse me in my fabulous blue ball gown!  And […]

Interview: Atticus Shaffer of “Frankenweenie”

posted by Nell Minow

It was a lot of fun to talk to “The Middle’s” Atticus Shaffer about his performance in “Frankenweenie,” which comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray this week.  Shaffer provides the voice of Edgar “E.” Gore, the cheerfully ghoulish friend of […]

Monsters University: Would You Like to Apply?

posted by Nell Minow

Pixar has created a wonderfully entertaining new website for “Monsters University,” its upcoming prequel to “Monsters, Inc.”   It’s set up just like a real university website, with information about how to apply and a “student-produced” recruitment video.

How Were Women Portrayed in the Movies of 2012?

posted by Nell Minow

The terrific Vitamin W website has a video reminding us that we can and must do better than the way women were portrayed on screen in 2012.

Downton Abbey is Back!

posted by Nell Minow

The war is over, but intrigue, crisis, romance, and change still grip the beloved estate in the thrilling new season of Downton Abbey. Written and created by Julian Fellowes, with its all-star returning cast and Oscar-winning guest star Shirley MacLaine as […]

Great Reviews of Awful Movies by Roger Ebert

posted by Nell Minow

January is traditionally the worst month of the year for movies, as the studios take a break from releasing their big, ambitious, awards contenders.  That makes it a perfect time to read Roger Ebert’s series of books about the movies […]

Internet Film Critic Society Awards for 2012

posted by Nell Minow

I’m honored to be a part of the Internet Film Critic Society and pleased to announce our awards for 2012 (except for the “worst film” selection — I liked “Battleship!”) Best Drama: Argo Best Comedy: 21 Jump Street Best Horror […]

More about Fracking: Gasland

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s release of “Promised Land,” with Matt Damon and Frances McDormand as representatives of a natural gas extraction company trying to persuade residents of a farm community to permit drilling, should inspire viewers to find out more about the […]

Rules for a Middle Schooler’s iPhone

posted by Nell Minow

I love the rules from a mom to her son about the use of his new iPhone, among them: 6. If it falls into the toilet, smashes on the ground, or vanishes into thin air, you are responsible for the […]

Promised Land

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language
Movie Release Date:January 4, 2012
DVD Release Date:April 23, 2013
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language
Movie Release Date: January 4, 2012
DVD Release Date: April 23, 2013

“Promised Land,” written by stars Matt Damon and John Krasinski is smart, sincere, and timely, well directed by Gus Van Sant and with thoughtful, intelligent performances by everyone, especially Frances McDormand (“Fargo”) and Titus Welliver (“The Good Wife”). It’s a […]

Washington DC Jewish Film Festival

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Jewish Film Festival starts today with a spectacular line-up of movies that reflect Jewish experience and culture.  The opening night show is “Paris Manhattan,” a French film about a young woman obsessed with Woody Allen. Other highlights include the […]

Contest Winners! “Trouble With the Curve” and “Pitch Perfect”

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to all who entered and congratulations to the winners! Trouble With the Curve Cary V., Burlingame, CA Pitch Perfect Ann B., White Plains, NY Amanda J., Dahlonega, CA Sammie Y., Manassas, VA Julie R., Charlottesville, VA Ken W., Fishers, […]

Angels and Ghosts Today on TCM

posted by Nell Minow

Turner Classic Movies starts off the new year with a day of movies about angels and ghosts, including some of my favorites: “A Guy Named Joe” Spencer Tracy is a fighter pilot who is killed in action and returns as […]

Behind the Scenes: The Avengers

posted by Nell Minow

Look at all that went into creating this amazing shot from “The Avengers.”

Coming Attractions: The Big Films of 2013

posted by Nell Minow

Happy new year!  Some of the most anticipated movies of the new year include: January “Gangster Squad” Sean Penn plays 1940’s mobster Mickey Cohen and Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin are the cops who must be as ruthless as he […]

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