The documentary about The Eagles is out today: It is a three-disc set including History of the Eagles Part One and History of the Eagles Part Two, as well as Eagles Live At The Capital Centre – March 1977, featuring never-before-released performances from the Eagles’ […]
I’m a lawyer from a family of lawyers, and we all love law movies. Be sure to check out Beliefnet’s list of courtroom dramas and Movie Unlimited’s list of great movie lawyers.
Tonight on “Frontline” is “Never Forget to Lie,” filmmaker Marian Marzynski explores, for the first time, his own wartime childhood and the experiences of other child survivors, teasing out their feelings about Poland, the Catholic Church, and the ramifications of identities […]
They’re back! Check out the returning soap operas One Life to Live and All My Children on Hulu today.
It used to be TV Turn-Off Week, but now we are surrounded by screens so it has to go farther. This is a great week to spend time outdoors, read books on paper, and use meal-time and travel time for […]
Summer movies are just too big to stay within the calendar months of the season this year. Officially, summer does not begin until June. At the box office, it begins this week, with the first of the year’s guaranteed blockbusters, […]
I love the NPR news quiz show “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me,” and listen every week. On May 2, fans will be able to watch the show live in theaters across the country. Tickets are available from Fathom Events. Peter Sagal and […]
I love this look at the world’s coolest movie theaters with features like double bed with cashmere blankets and haute cuisine. I’d add in local favorites — the fabulous Angelika Mosaic, with state of the art audiovisual equipment and the all-recliner […]
We mourn the passing of country legend George Jones, who died today at age 81. His life, filled with tragedy and resilience and love found and lost, was like a country song. As the New York Times wrote: “With a […]
One of the most anticipated movies of the year is “The Great Gatsby,” directed by Baz Luhrmann, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire and based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald Jazz Age novel. The movie will be in […]
A very happy birthday today to the magnificent Carol Burnett! Here’s a glimpse of her star-making performance as Princess Winifred in the delightful princess-and-the-pea musical “Once Upon a Mattress.” This is the song that brought her to national attention on […]
“Unfortunately, based on a true story,” we are warned as this film opens. In case we forget, or, more likely, in case we assume the usual Hollywood embellishments, we are reminded, when things get really bizarre and really, really, really […]
It is annoying, frustrating, embarrassing, and irresistible. It is a tradition that has transcended its origins and yet calls us back to the complicated feelings of our past. All of which makes it a perfect Rorschach test and intriguing metaphor for […]
This week’s release “Pain & Gain” opens with these words: “Unfortunately, a true story.” Indeed, three body builders from Dade County did come up with a plot to make money by kidnapping a wealthy businessman and having him sign over […]
Let the Scare Games begin!
New York Magazine’s Vulture blog says that a remake of the Frank Loesser classic musical “Guys and Dolls,” based on the stories of small-time gamblers and crooks by Damon Runyon. The original movie starred Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons, […]
Susan Wloszczyna writes in USA Today about teens and 20-somethings’ shift in movie watching from theaters to devices and the resulting focus on older audiences for theatrical releases. [F]ilms that cater to grown-up tastes are becoming a valuable commodity for studios […]
“True Blood’s” Alexander Skarsgård is in three movies opening up within a few weeks of each other, demonstrating impressive range. In “Disconnect” he plays a young husband whose grief over the death of his baby has made him feel isolated […]
We mourn the passing of one of the greats of 20th century children’s literature, E.L. Konigsburg. Her books included two that were made into movies. In fact, From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the story of a […]
Shirley Temple, at age six the biggest movie star in the world, turns 85 today. Here are three of my favorite moments from her movies. In “Poor Little Rich Girl,” she danced with Alice Faye and Jack Haley (“Wizard of […]
Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday with some of the many, many movie versions of, about, or inspired by his plays. Coming up this spring is the “Much Ado About Nothing” in a contemporary setting — it was filmed at director Joss Whedon’s […]
In this lovely underwater Deep End Dance, Conor Horgan dances with his 76-year-old mother.
In addition to previously recommended Earth Day movies, take a look at these gorgeous documentaries about the creatures with whom we share this great planet: 1. March of the Penguins This worldwide sensation takes us to Antarctica, where these elegant birds triumph over […]
Nickelodeon has introduced its first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles iPad app — Rooftop Run.
Happy Poetry Month! The wonderful “pÕÎ-trÉ” blog has a terrific selection of poems about movies. And there have been great movies about poets like “The Barretts of Wimpole Street” (about the courtship of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning), An Angel […]
Every year I enjoy voting for the award the Alliance of Women Film Journalists’ “Most Egregious Age Difference Between The Leading Man and The Love Interest Award.” There are always a lot of contenders. Now New York Magazine charts the […]
Whether you’re a Watergate junkie like me or don’t know how a “third-rate burglary” toppled a President and changed the world of American politics — for good, for bad, and forever, be sure to watch the Discovery Channel’s “All the President’s […]
Viewers will spend much of this movie mentally imploring the characters on screen not to do what it is all too disturbingly clear that they are ineluctably drawn to do. This is a very scary movie with three stories about […]
The MPAA ratings board announced some new “check the box” enhancements to the movie ratings system to give parents better and clearer information about the content of the movies, along with an ad campaign, an updated website for checking ratings, […]
Happy Paul Revere Day! Here’s the classic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
This looks adorable. Did you recognize the voices? The cast includes Paul Giamatti, Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Peña, Snoop Dogg/Lion, Maya Rudolph, Ken Jeong, and Michelle Rodriguez. But “Push It” is becoming the new “I Feel Good.” It […]
Adventures in Zambezia is a colorful new animated film from South Africa and I have one copy plus an activity book to give away. It is the story of a falcon who leaves home in search of adventure and learns that […]
In celebration of tax day, enjoy two romantic comedies about IRS agents. “The Mating Game” stars Tony Randall and Debbie Reynolds in a rollicking story about a warm-hearted farm family that never pays taxes because they do everything on the […]
Just in time for Earth Day, Ms. Frizzles and the class go on three never-before-released episodes and a bonus from the popular series of animated adventures with science, with English and Spanish language options. The episodes are: “The Magic School […]
Thanks to all who responded! 1. Which actor in “Jurassic Park” appears in a 2013 #1 box office release? Joseph Mazzello, who played Tim, appears as Mouse in “GI Joe: Retaliation.” 2. Name two classic movies that have dinosaur skeletons in […]
The Marshall Plan has a terrific Pinterest featuring their list of the best book-to-movie adaptations. There have been so many disappointments, it’s great to see this reminder of the good ones.
“Mad Men” producer Matthew Weiner is famously obsessive about the authenticity of the period detail on the show, even making sure that a child did not play with an Etch-a-Sketch in an episode set in 1960 because it was not […]
Who inspires George Clooney, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, or Morgan Freeman? The answers will surprise you as Flavorwire lets us know who inspires today’s best actors.
It was an honor to interview Lynn Whitfield, co-star of the new faith-based film “King’s Faith,” about a couple who take in a teenage foster child. The scene where you are arranging the flowers while you were having a very […]
I can’t help thinking that even though this movie is based on a novel by Neil Gordon, it is primarily a trip down memory lane for director/star Robert Redford. Shia LeBeouf plays Ben, an idealistic investigative reporter a la Redford in […]
Before he was the establishment figure who won Oscars for prestige projects (“Slumdog Millionaire”) and masterminded the fabulous opening ceremonies for the London Olympics that had the Queen and James Bond jumping out of a plane, Danny Boyle was a […]
Director Terrence Malick has made a movie for those fans who loved “Tree of Life” but thought it was too linear and easy to follow. “To the Wonder” is an impressionistic story of love and loss. Theoretically it stars Ben […]
Jackie Robinson was the first black man to play major league baseball. His number, 42, is worn by every player once a year to commemorate his achievements as a baseball player and as a man. This version of the story […]
Chadwick Boseman plays Jackie Robinson in “42,” this week’s release about the first black player in major league baseball in the modern era. Robinson’s extraordinary talent and grace under pressure was a powerful rebuttal to the racism that perpetuated segregation in […]
Disney has a new app that lets kids create their own princess stories, even recording their own voices for the characters. It’s available on iTunes for $2.99.
This week’s release of “42,” the story of Jackie Robinson and the breaking of the color barrier in major league baseball should inspire families to learn more about this extraordinary athlete and groundbreaking figure in the early Civil Rights era. […]
Julianne Moore stars in this new film about an English teacher whose former student, a playwright, comes back to town. Michael Angarano and Lily Collins co-star.
Roger was very excited about his new website and invited me to be a contributor, along with my friends Odie Henderson, Jim Emerson, Michal Oleszczyk, Thomas W Shales, Omer M. Mozaffar, and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky. We are going forward and will try […]
Do you remember a movie that really surprised you? Do you remember having a big movie surprise spoiled for you? Did that make the movie less powerful? Jennifer Richler has an excellent story in The Atlantic about spoilers and why […]
Once upon a time, there was a young Disney star who grew up to be lovely, gracious, stable, and every bit the sweetheart she always seemed. That was Annette Funicello, who died today at age 70. Disney’s original “Mickey Mouse […]
Henry-Alex Rubin, director of the new movie, “Disconnect,” and I were were talking about the movie when his phone beeped. He reached into his pocket to turn it off and we both laughed at the real-life example of the movie’s […]
Josh Duhamel narrates this extraordinary documentary about one of our planet’s most precious resources, our oceans. Filmed by directors Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot, along with an outstanding team of international underwater cinematographers in partnership with OMEGA and with the […]
No Place on Earth is the extraordinary new documentary about a small group of Jews from Ukraine who hid from the Nazis in two caves for almost two years. Interviews with the survivors, narration from a book written in the 1960’s […]
One of the films I’ve most enjoyed this year is the Sundance charmer, “The Kings of Summer,” the story of three teenage boys who run away from home to live in a house they built in the woods. I’ll be […]
Questions inspired by the 20th anniversary re-release of “Jurassic Park,” just converted to 3D. 1. Which actor in “Jurassic Park” appears in a 2013 #1 box office release? 2. Name two classic movies that have dinosaur skeletons in museums collapsed […]
It’s 1962 when recently widowed Beth and her son Arthur move to rural Granite Flats, Colorado. They meet a town thrown into fear and suspicion after a terrible explosion at the nearby air base. As the military and police investigate, […]
Here’s a new clip from Robert Redford’s new film, “The Company You Keep,” co-starring Shia LeBeouf, Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte, Julie Christie, Chris Cooper, Terrence Howard, and Stanley Tucci. It’s the story of a 60’s activist who goes on the […]
The animated films from Japan’s Studio Ghibli are adored by many American families for their lush and intricate hand-drawn animation and imaginative story lines. But others, like me, find many of them uneven and inaccessible. The latest, from Goro Miyazaki, son […]
Back in 1993, what was astonishing in “Jurassic Park” was the special effects that seemed to bring dinosaurs back to life. Two decades later, rediscovering Steven Spielberg’s mastery of cinematic storytelling is the best reason to go see it again. […]
Today, just one day after announcing he was taking a “leave of presence” to deal with a recurrence of cancer, Roger Ebert died at age 70. His influence, like his greatness, is incalculable. Ebert was a great critic, a […]
This week’s 20th anniversary re-release of “Jurassic Park” is a good reminder to check out some other dino delights. These are some family favorites, most of which have the same plot: the dinosaurs have to leave their home to move […]
Do you wish there was a movie and television version of Shazam or Soundhound, those apps that identify songs? It’s here. Amazon has X-Ray for movies and television, an app that works on its Kindle Fire series and lets you […]
Colin Firth and Emily Blunt star in this story about two dislocated people who assume a series of new identities.
Be sure to check out my essay on our latest Movie of the Month, Field of Dreams, starring Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Amy Madigan, Ray Liotta, and Burt Lancaster, and based on Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella.
The hit television series is now available on DVD. “Audiences embraced The Bible in numbers and with passion we never could have anticipated,” producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett said the morning after the finale aired on Easter. “What a great […]
Meryl Streep narrates “To the Arctic,” the story of twin polar bear cubs and their mother that is a great family film. And I have a copy to give away. It’s an extraordinary journey to the top of the world […]
Happy Spring! Celebrate with these wonderful films, all with “April” in the title: 1. Enchanted April Four women in post-WWI London get away from winter chill when they take a villa in Italy. All of their lives are transformed through the unexpected […]
In honor of the baseball season’s opening day, visit the brand-new virtual museum of baseball history, The National Pastime. It is an astonishing treasure trove, based on a collection of over 25,000 items, including equipment, contracts, photos, and artifacts. Gaze […]
This is a must-have for every family’s library — the latest in Warner Bros series of collections is its Romance series, with 20 of the all-time greatest movie love stories: timeless love, unforgettable affairs, and modern romance, filled with passion, […]