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Happy Easter!

posted by Nell Minow

Mr. Selfridge — Starring Jeremy Piven

posted by Nell Minow

Emmy-winning actor Jeremy Piven (“Entourage”) stars in Mr. Selfridge, a new Masterpiece series on PBS about the larger than life American entrepreneur/impressario who created a retail revolution in early 20th century London.  The store he created, Selfridges, is still known for […]

Aretha Franklin Sings “Mary Don’t You Weep”

posted by Nell Minow

The Real Story: The Sapphires

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s release, “The Sapphires,” tells the story of a 60’s girl group from Australia that toured Viet Nam to perform for American military.  It is based on a play written by Tony Briggs, the son of one of the […]

Easter Movies for the Family

posted by Nell Minow

My gallery of Easter movies includes “Ben Hur,” several different movie versions of the life of Jesus, a couple of choices just for kids, and a classic musical named for a classic song, Irving Berlin’s “Easter Parade.”  There’s something for […]

2013 Post Peeps Competition

posted by Nell Minow

I love the Post Peeps Competition!  Every Easter, the Washington Post invites people to submit dioramas populated with the irresistible pink, yellow, and blue confections.  Many relate to the news (this year’s entries included Peep tributes to Zero Dark Thirty […]

The Sapphires

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexuality, a scene of war violence, some language, thematic elements, and smoking
Movie Release Date:March 22, 2013
DVD Release Date:August 15, 2013
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexuality, a scene of war violence, some language, thematic elements, and smoking
Movie Release Date: March 22, 2013
DVD Release Date: August 15, 2013

A very conventional story of a 60’s Australian girl group gains extra power from its context and setting in this fact-based story set to the beat of Motown soul.  Co-written by the son of one of the real-life singers and […]

The Host

posted by Nell Minow
C-
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:PG-13 for some sensuality and violence
Movie Release Date:March 29, 2013
C-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some sensuality and violence
Movie Release Date: March 29, 2013

The author of the Twilight series was showing signs of running out of ideas around the middle of the second volume, and this latest story shows more evidence of the pressure of producing a new series than anything approaching inspiration. […]

All My Children and One Life to Live are Back!

posted by Nell Minow

The two popular soap operas cancelled by ABC in 2011 are back at last!  The Online Network (available on Hulu and iTunes) will have new episodes starting on April 29.  Fans should know that “All My Children” is leaping five […]

G.I. Joe: Retaliation

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of combat violence and martial arts action throughout, and for brief sensuality and language
Movie Release Date:March 29, 2013
DVD Release Date:July 30, 2013
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of combat violence and martial arts action throughout, and for brief sensuality and language
Movie Release Date: March 29, 2013
DVD Release Date: July 30, 2013

As big, dumb, action and explosions and “hell, yeah, ooyah” movies based on toys go, this one is a lot of fun.  Jon M. Chu, director of two of the “Step Up” movies and producer of the third knows how […]

Tugg — Bringing Indie Films to a Theater Near You

posted by Nell Minow

You love movies, and love to read about those intriguing indies that somehow never make it to your local multiplex.  You’d like to see them in a theater, not on a laptop.  A company called Tugg has the answer.  You […]

Disney Announces Voice Cast for “Airplanes”

posted by Nell Minow

This summer’s Pixar release, Planes,is  an airplane saga “inspired by the world of ‘Cars,’” with Dane Cook as Dusty, a plane who dreams of competing in a big air race. It will star: ·         Stacy Keach (“The Bourne Legacy,” Alexander […]

“Oz the Great and Powerful” — Opening Credits

posted by Nell Minow

I was utterly captivated from the first moment of these magical opening credits.  This sequence welcomes us into the world of the man who will become the Wizard and the magic he will encounter.

Interview: The Rockin’ Rabbis from “The American Bible Challenge”

posted by Nell Minow

The American Bible Challenge returns for a second season on GSN, featuring host Jeff Foxworthy and musical co-host Kirk Franklin.  It airs Thursdays at 9 (8 central) I had a chance to speak with one of this season’s teams, the […]

Watch “Star Trek” Free on Hulu This Week

posted by Nell Minow

The original “Star Trek” series is free on Hulu this week and Slate has a great list of the essential episodes everyone needs to see. But — what, no tribbles?

How Groucho’s Grandson Saved “You Bet Your Life”

posted by Nell Minow

I am too young to have watched Groucho Marx’s famous game show, “You Bet Your Life” when it originally aired, but I loved watching the reruns late at night when I was in college.  The story of how those shows […]

Interview: Wayne Blair of “The Sapphires”

posted by Nell Minow

Wayne Blair is an actor who starred in the live theatrical version of “The Sapphires,” the true story of three sisters and a cousin who became a successful girl group in 1960’s Australia.  He directed the feature film based on […]

Frog Song — for Passover

posted by Nell Minow

Classics on Sale at Turner Classic Movies

posted by Nell Minow

If you act fast, you can get some great bargins at Turner Classic Movies.  Films like “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “Captains Courageous,” “They Died With Their Boots On,” “Captain Blood,” “Maltese Falcon,” “Mr. Skeffington,” and “Blackboard Jungle” are […]

Happy Passover!

posted by Nell Minow

Passover Movies

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, […]

Iconic Movie Posters

posted by Nell Minow

Trailers are so accessible these days that we sometimes overlook the power of a really great movie poster.  I like this list of the greatest movie posters of all time because it is a great reminder of some iconic images and […]

Contest! Charlie: A Toy Story

posted by Nell Minow

Charlie: A Toy Story will be out next week, but I have an early copy to give away. It’s the story of 10 year-old Caden and his best friend Charlie, a golden retriever. They visit Caden’s father Jack at his […]

Admission

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for language and some sexual material
Movie Release Date:March 22, 2013
DVD Release Date:July 9, 2013
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for language and some sexual material
Movie Release Date: March 22, 2013
DVD Release Date: July 9, 2013

Tina Fey and Paul Rudd seem perfect for each other. The characters they play in this movie are not as persuasive.  Fey is so much better than the adorkable rom-com role assigned to her here and Rudd is capable of […]

The Croods

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some scary action
Movie Release Date:March 22, 2013
DVD Release Date:October 1, 2013
B
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some scary action
Movie Release Date: March 22, 2013
DVD Release Date: October 1, 2013

I think we can all agree that at least in some respects all children are Neanderthals. It is the grand challenge of parenthood to civilize these sometimes savage little creatures by teaching them language, manners, and keeping safe.  And some […]

Exclusive Clip from Les Miserables New DVD/Blu-Ray

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out this exclusive clip from the new “Les Miserables” DVD/Blu-Ray release. Bonus Features Exclusive to the Blu-rayTM ·         Les Misérables Singing Live:  The star-studded cast and production team discuss how the daunting challenge of singing live […]

Pacific Rim — Sweded

posted by Nell Minow

One of this year’s biggest summer releases is Guillermo Del Toro’s “Pacific Rim,” a big, big, big summer action movie. It was the delightful “Be Kind Rewind” that established the term “Sweding” for home-made, frankly cheap but wholehearted and joyful […]

Character Actor Tributes on Huffington Post: Beth Grant

posted by Nell Minow

I’m a huge fan of character actors and always try to feature them in my reviews.  I highly recommend the documentary shown on showtime about male character actors called “That Guy….Who Was In That Thing.”  So I was really glad […]

Carter Goodrich and “The Croods”

posted by Nell Minow

I love the work of Carter Goodrich, an artist and illustrator who has worked on films like “Despicable Me” and “Hotel Transylvania.”  I was delighted to see that he has made his sketches for this week’s release, “The Croods,” available […]

Interview: Tom Bancroft of “Mulan”

posted by Nell Minow

One of my favorite Disney movies is out in a glorious new Blu-Ray/DVD release this week, Mulan and its sequel, Mulan II. “Mulan” is a gorgeously hand-animated film based on a traditional Chinese folktale about a girl who dresses as […]

Trailer: Epic

posted by Nell Minow

Really looking forward to this one, featuring the voices of Amanda Seyfried, Jason Sudeikis, Beyoncé, Aziz Ansari, Christoph Waltz, and Colin Farrell.

A St. Patrick’s Day Tribute to Some of the Greatest Irish Actors

posted by Nell Minow

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with movies starring some of the greatest stars in movie history.  If you haven’t seen all of these, you deserve a pinch! 1. Maureen O’Hara — the fiery red hair was made for technicolor and she […]

For the Bullied and Beautiful: Shane Koyczan’s Ted Talk

posted by Nell Minow

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s “Flickering Lights” Movie

posted by Nell Minow

The Ides of March: Julius Caesar

posted by Nell Minow

Today is March 15, the day Julius Caesar was famously told to beware.  Here is a scene from the Joseph Mankiewicz movie, starring Marlon Brando, James Mason, Sir John Gielgud, and Louis Calhern.    

Interview: Jay Sullivan of Raising Gentle Men

posted by Nell Minow

Jay Sullivan‘s new book, Raising Gentle Men: Lives at the Orphanage Edge, is the story of his experience as the only man living in a Kingston, Jamaica convent, helping to care for 250 orphan boys. It is a beautifully written […]

Upside Down

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some violence
Movie Release Date:March 15, 2013
DVD Release Date:June 25, 2013
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some violence
Movie Release Date: March 15, 2013
DVD Release Date: June 25, 2013

 Argentinean writer-director Juan Solanas has created a work of bracingly singular imagination that is sheer visual pleasure, with some mind-bending ideas and a deeply romantic sensibility. We are told by Adam (Jim Sturgess) that throughout the universe, there is only one solar […]

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual content, dangerous stunts, a drug-related incident and language
Movie Release Date:March 15, 2013
DVD Release Date:June 25, 2013
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content, dangerous stunts, a drug-related incident and language
Movie Release Date: March 15, 2013
DVD Release Date: June 25, 2013

Everyone on screen seems to be having a blast, but this story of rival magicians in Las Vegas is not as much fun for the audience.  It wants to pull a rabbit out of a hat, but there’s really nothing […]

Veronica Mars Movie Funded by Kickstarter

posted by Nell Minow

It’s the ultimate fan dream come true!  The fans of the Kristen Bell television series Veronica Mars have come together on Kickstarter to raise more than $2 million to make a feature film. I love the thank you note from Kristen […]

Movies to Celebrate Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day

posted by Nell Minow

St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend and one way to celebrate is to watch one of these great movies from or set in Ireland: 1. The Quiet Man John Wayne plays American Sean Thornton (John Wayne), who returns to in Innisfree, the […]

Down Syndrome Model Audition in DC March 15

posted by Nell Minow

Fashion savvy models with Down syndrome are auditioning on March 15 to star in the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s (GDSF) May 8th Be Beautiful Be Yourself Gala, a high-style fashion show and fundraiser taking place at the Ritz Carlton in […]

Smile of the Week: Her Morning Elegance

posted by Nell Minow

How did they do it?

Much Ado about Much Ado: Trailer

posted by Nell Minow

The trailer for Joss Whedon’s new version of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” is spectacular. It will be out in June.  In the meantime, enjoy Kenneth Branagh’s more traditional version, with Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, Kate Beckinsale, and Michael Keaton.

A Lost Song from “The Music Man”

posted by Nell Minow

“The Music Man” is my all-time favorite musical, so I was especially intrigued by this great blog post by Bob Elisberg about the “lost song” from the show.  It is hard to imagine that a musical that seems so organically […]

Fred Astaire Dances on the Ceiling — And Glee Pays Tribute

posted by Nell Minow

I held out longer than most but am now among the many whose enthusiasm for “Glee” has wavered.  But you know I loved this week’s tribute to classic songs from movies.  The “Top Gun”/”Risky Business” mash-up was fabulous.  And I […]

Bindi Irwin Stars in Hallmark Channel’s “Return to Nim’s Island”

posted by Nell Minow

Bindi Irwin, the 14-year-old daughter of wildlife enthusiast Steve Irwin, stars in “Return to Nim’s Island,” a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere on Friday, March 15 (8 p.m. ET/PT, 7C). “Return to Nim’s Island” kicks off Hallmark Channel’s new […]

Casting Challenges: Can A Guy With Pierced Ears Play Lincoln?

posted by Nell Minow

The LA Times has a great article by Rebecca Keegan about the challenges of casting actors in period movies because of changing body types and choices. With his concave cheekbones, lanky build and grooved brow, Daniel Day-Lewis replicates Abraham Lincoln more accurately than the […]

Trailer: Hunky Dory

posted by Nell Minow

Oz the Great and Powerful

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for sequences of action and scary images and brief mild language
Movie Release Date:March 8, 2013
DVD Release Date:June 10, 2013
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for sequences of action and scary images and brief mild language
Movie Release Date: March 8, 2013
DVD Release Date: June 10, 2013

A prequel to one of the most beloved films of all time is a daunting challenge, but Disney’s prequel to “The Wizard of Oz” manages to balance respect for the original with some fresh and appealing insights into the story. […]

Greedy Lying Bastards

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
Movie Release Date:March 8, 2013
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
Movie Release Date: March 8, 2013

Greedy Lying Bastards is a documentary that takes on two problems — the pernicious impact of industry on the environment and the effect of those changes on communities and the even more pressing problem of the pernicious impact of a […]

Remember The Cowsills? Here’s Their Movie!

posted by Nell Minow

The Cowsills were the real-life 1960’s singing group that inspired “The Partridge Family,” a top recording group made up of a mother and her children, ages 8-19.  Their crystal harmonies and upbeat songs like “The Rain, the Park, and Other […]

Contest: H2O — Just Add Water

posted by Nell Minow

“H2O” is the delightful Nickelodeon series about three teenage girls who gain special powers after a visit to a mysterious island.  And I have copies of the whole first season to give away, with a special bonus — a 90-minute […]

Veggie Tales: The Little House That Stood

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
DVD Release Date:March 5, 2013
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
DVD Release Date: March 5, 2013

  Bob and Larry bring humor and wisdom to a classic story sure to delight kids and their families in The Little House That Stood, an Easter-themed story inspired by “The Three Little Pigs” and the parable of the wise […]

The Best Family Movie of All Time: The Wizard of Oz (and Other Versions)

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s release of the prequel, “Oz the Great and Powerful” is a good reason to take another look at what may be the greatest family movie of all time, the classic MGM musical version of “The Wizard of Oz,” […]

Unconditional

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some violent content and mature thematic elements
Movie Release Date:September 21, 2012
DVD Release Date:March 5, 2013
B
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some violent content and mature thematic elements
Movie Release Date: September 21, 2012
DVD Release Date: March 5, 2013

This faith-based drama stars two top performers who give its fact-based story the sweetness and spirit that is sometimes lacking in the heartfelt but uneven script. Lynn Collins (“The Merchant of Venice,” “John Carter”) plays author Samantha Crawford, who is […]

A Little Help from a Friend Named Spielberg

posted by Nell Minow

The New York Times has a very sweet article about how the most successful director in Hollywood acts as a sort of fairy godfather to other directors, giving them advice about cinematic storytelling. Mr. Spielberg, 66, is considered the most […]

Floor Plans of Movie and Television Living Spaces

posted by Nell Minow

On Etsy, you can find floor plans of the homes of movie and television characters by Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde that are works of art in themselves.  Look at the homes of Will and Grace, Carrie Bradshaw, Dexter, the Golden Girls, Monica, Rachel, […]

An All-ASL Episode of “Separated at Birth”

posted by Nell Minow

I am a huge fan of “Separated at Birth” and especially appreciate its respectful portrayal of Deaf culture.  Tonight’s episode, which deals with the pending shut-down of a school for the deaf, is all-ASL (with subtitles).  Not to be missed. […]

Trailer: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

posted by Nell Minow

This one looks every bit as adorable (and as unrelated to the book) as the first one.

Bill Harley: Win a CD!

posted by Nell Minow

Here is how much my family loves the brilliant and hilarious singer/songwriter/story-teller Bill Harley.  Even though we played and played and played his music until we all knew it inside out, we would still sit in the driveway until the […]

Contest: The Intouchables

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most popular movies of 2012 is out on DVD this week and I have one copy to give away.  The Intouchables is a French film (with subtitles) based on the true story of a friendship between a […]

Movie of the Month: The Passion of the Christ

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to the editors at Beliefnet for inviting me to write about our Movie of the Month, The Passion of the Christ. Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ” is both more and less than a movie. In one sense, it […]

On CNN: The Bully Effect

posted by Nell Minow

Every family should sit down together to watch CNN’s follow-up to the documentary, “Bully,” March 3 and 9 at 10 Eastern.    

New on Blu-Ray: Laura

posted by Nell Minow

The classic noir mystery/romance Laura is just out on Blu-Ray, and it is magnificent.  It has one of the all-time great movie twists, so I won’t give much away except to say that it stars the exquisitely beautiful Gene Tierney, […]

Interview: Ben Mankiewicz

posted by Nell Minow

“I have only one thing in common with Martin Scorsese,” I confided to Ben Mankiewicz.  “We both pretty much keep Turner Classic Movies on all day.” Mankiewicz, who introduces many of the films on TCM, was in town for a special […]

Maltin on Music: Old Songs in New Movies

posted by Nell Minow

One of my very favorite writers on film is Leonard Maltin so I was delighted to see his new essay on the use of classic or obscure older songs in new movies. Classic songs and selections from what’s now called […]

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