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The Heat

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:June 28, 2013
DVD Release Date:October 14, 2013
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: June 28, 2013
DVD Release Date: October 14, 2013

By my count, I have seen some sixty jillion buddy cop movies, and they follow a format as rigid as a sonnet.  One cop is by-the-book.  One is free-wheeling and impulsive.  There is a frustrated superior officer.  There is a […]

Nelson Mandela on Film

posted by Nell Minow

Our thoughts are with the family of Nelson Mandela, the people of South Africa and the world community he inspires.

Two Great Documentaries Take You Behind the Scenes of Classic Rock, Pop, and Soul

posted by Nell Minow

Summer is a time of raunchy comedies, superheroes, and explosions, but you can find movies for grown-ups, too.  I highly recommend two outstanding documentaries that take the audience behind the scenes of some of the greatest music ever recorded. 20 […]

Civil War Movies to Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

posted by Nell Minow

This week is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, still the greatest loss of life in American history, the turning point of the war, and the inspiration for one of the greatest speeches in history, Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg […]

Ten Facts About the Lone Ranger

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out my gallery about the history of the Lone Ranger (Did you know he’s the Green Hornet’s uncle? Can you name Tonto’s horse? How did he get his name? Why does he use silver bullets?) as […]

White House Down

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for prolonged sequences of action and violence including intense gunfire and explosions, some language and a brief sexual image.
Movie Release Date: June 28, 2013
DVD Release Date: November 5, 2013

When the White House gets attacked, who better than SMA (Sexiest Man Alive) Channing Tatum and Django Unchained Jamie Foxx to save the day? And who better to blow stuff up than Roland Emmerich, who has his characters cheekily observe […]

Interview: “American Idol’s” Brooke White on Hallmark Channel’s “Banner 4th of July”

posted by Nell Minow

American Idol star Brooke White talked to me about her role in “Banner 4th of July,” premiering on the Hallmark Channel this Saturday at 9/8c.  White plays Desiree Banner, who once was in a successful band called The Banner Project […]

Classic Movie Bloggers Salute Great Movie Duos in July

posted by Nell Minow

I’m looking forward to participating in this classic movie blogathon about movie duos — romantic, adversarial, comic, and otherwise. My post will be up July 14, and I’ll also link to some of the best of the others.

Interview: Greg ‘Freddy’ Camalier, Director of the Music Documentary “Muscle Shoals”

posted by Nell Minow

I sat down to watch an early screener of “Muscle Shoals,” the new documentary about a tiny Alabama town and the two music studios that produced some of the biggest records of all time.  Ten minutes later, I stopped it […]

Quiz: White House Movies

posted by Nell Minow

The third movie of the year featuring an attack on the White House opens this week.  How many of these films featuring 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue do you know? 1. Jeff Bridges plays a President with a taste for sandwiches. 2. […]

David Foster Wallace on Being Aware

posted by Nell Minow

Interview: Henry Jackman, Composer for “Turbo” and “This is the End”

posted by Nell Minow

It was an absolute delight to talk to British musician/composer Henry Jackman about his two very different assignments in creating musical scores for the comic end-of-the-world movie featuring the Judd Apatow crew, “This is the End,” and the adorable animated […]

Apostles of Comedy: Onwards and Upwards

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:2012
DVD Release Date:June 25, 2013
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 2012
DVD Release Date: June 25, 2013

The very funny Jeff Allen (“Thou Shalt Laugh”), Ron Pearson (“Malcolm & Eddie”) and Keith Alberstadt (“Next Big Comic”) perform on tour in the family-friendly “Apostles of Comedy: Onwards and Upwards.”  It is nice to hear good, old-fashioned humor about the […]

Jim Carrey Says His New Movie Is Too Violent

posted by Nell Minow

The 2010 film Kick-Ass, about a group of young would-be superheroes who did not actually have any super powers, was controversial for its ultra-violence and for featuring a young girl, played by then-12-year-old Chloë Grace Moretz, who used extremely strong and […]

Help!

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:1965
DVD Release Date:June 25, 2013
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 1965
DVD Release Date: June 25, 2013

The Beatles’ second film is not the masterpiece of their first, “A Hard Day’s Night,” but it is colorful, funny, and exciting.  And it also has a fabulous soundtrack including the title song and “You’re Going To Lose That Girl,” […]

An Animated Gibran’s “Prophet”

posted by Nell Minow

Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, first published in 1923, has illuminated the concepts of love, intimacy, and spirituality for devoted readers for generations.  Its wisdom and quiet lyricism are deeply moving.  This passage is quoted in the classic movie, “The Women.” […]

Interview: Civil War Filmmaker Ron Maxwell of “Copperhead”

posted by Nell Minow

Copperhead is a new movie based on the novel by Harold Frederic, who witnessed these conflicts firsthand as a small child, Copperhead tells the story of Abner Beech, a stubborn and righteous farmer of Upstate New York, who defies his […]

Interview: Mike Canning of Hollywood on the Potomac

posted by Nell Minow

Mike Canning generously took the time to answer my questions about his marvelous book, Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington, DC. It is a comprehensive and completely fascinating discussion of more than 50 movies set in Washington, […]

Father’s Day Quiz: Answers

posted by Nell Minow

Answers to the Father’s Day Movie Quiz — thanks to all who answered!   1. Cheaper by the Dozen (original version) 2. The Courtship of Eddie’s Father 3. The Parent Trap 4. Three Men and a Baby 5. John Houston […]

What Happened to the G Rating?

posted by Nell Minow

I’m quoted in this NBC article about the MPAA ratings system and the disappearance of the G-rated movie. “The G rating has all but disappeared from theatrical releases other than one or two animated films each year,” said Nell Minow, […]

The New York Public Library Salutes Children’s Books

posted by Nell Minow

Today the New York Public Library opens a new show about children’s literature. The ABC of It is an examination of why children’s books are important: what and how do they teach children, and what do they reveal about the societies […]

Monsters University

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:June 21, 2013
DVD Release Date:October 28, 2013
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: June 21, 2013
DVD Release Date: October 28, 2013

“Monsters Inc.” is one of my favorite Pixar movies, filled with wit, imagination, and heart. This prequel is a lot of fun, still very funny and wildly imaginative, but a little hollow where the heart should be. One problem Pixar […]

Much Ado About Nothing

posted by Nell Minow
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexuality and brief drug use
Movie Release Date:June 21, 2013
DVD Release Date:October 7, 2013
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexuality and brief drug use
Movie Release Date: June 21, 2013
DVD Release Date: October 7, 2013

Joss Whedon’s take on Shakespeare’s classic tale is swanky, sexy, and sophisticated, as crisp as a dry martini poured from a silver shaker on a summer night. In many of his best-loved romantic comedies, William Shakespeare sends his mixed-up couples […]

Tribute: James Gandolfini

posted by Nell Minow

Today we mourn the loss of James Gandofini, who died suddenly to day at age 51 while he was vacationing in Italy with his family.  He will always be remembered for his iconic role as Tony Soprano, the mob guy […]

Interview: Joel Smallbone of “The Book of Esther” and For King and Country

posted by Nell Minow

Joel Smallbone of King and Country plays Xerxes in “The Book of Esther,” his first film role.  He was nice enough to take some time off from his For King and Country tour to talk to me about playing the […]

MVP of the Week: Nathan Fillion

posted by Nell Minow

Nathan Fillion is this week’s MVP, with performances in two very different films. In Pixar’s animated “Monsters University,” he provides the voice for the obnoxious campus jock. And in Joss Whedon’s swanky, black and white, modern-dress version of Shakespeare’s “Much […]

New From SpiritClips: Hallmark Hall of Fame and More For Families

posted by Nell Minow

New from SpiritClips: unlimited access to Hallmark Hall of Fame movies, thoughtfully selected Hollywood classics and original short films via the web and stream-to-TV devices.  This is a great source for inspiring, heartwarming stories that you won’t find anywhere else. […]

Linda Holmes: Where Are the Women in Movies?

posted by Nell Minow

Linda Holmes of NPR’s Monkey See blog has written a piece that is more than the usual “Why aren’t there more women in/making movies?” There are 617 movie showings today — that’s just today, Friday — within 10 miles of […]

Claire LaZebnik Remembers A Visit from Patricia Neal

posted by Nell Minow

Claire LaZebnik wrote a beautiful piece in the Wall Street Journal about a visit from the late Oscar-winning actress Patricia Neal.  The first movie I ever reviewed — for my high school paper — was Neal’s comeback film, “The Subject Was […]

Opening This Week: World War Z and Monsters University

posted by Nell Minow

It’s one of the biggest weeks of the year at the movies with two huge openings.  It’s the zombie apocalypse vs. monsters, Brad Pitt vs. Mike and Sully. Pitt stars in a movie based on World War Z, a book […]

Contest: Jack the Giant Slayer — and An Exclusive Look at the New “Jack the Giant Slayer” Game for Kids

posted by Nell Minow

I really enjoyed Jack the Giant Slayer, next week’s DVD/Blu-Ray Pick of the Week, and I am very excited to have five copies to give away.  Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with “Jack” in the subject line, and tell […]

Quiz: Father’s Day Movies

posted by Nell Minow

How many of these can you identify? 1. This movie is based on the true story of a pioneering “motion study” couple (efficiency, occupational safety, and ergonomics) engineer who brought their techniques to family life. 2. What movie has a […]

Father’s Day on TCM: Mankiewicz and Mankiewicz

posted by Nell Minow

Celebrate Father’s Day on Turner Classic Movies with the father and son team of Ben and Frank Mankiewicz picking the line-up.  The TCM host and his politico father are the grandson and son of the legendary Herman Mankiewicz, who wrote the […]

Some of the Best Movie Dads are Animated

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Father’s Day!

Father’s Day Movie List from Sandie Angulo Chen

posted by Nell Minow

I’ve already created a gallery about some of my favorite movie dads and will post some more when my forthcoming book, 50 Must-See Movies: Fathers, is released.  So, I thought for this year’s Father’s Day celebration I would share the […]

Tonight on TNT: The American Film Institute Tribute to Mel Brooks

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to tune in tonight at 9 (8 Central) for the American Film Institute Tribute to Mel Brooks, writer/director/actor and very, very, very funny guy. From his early days as a writer on the legendary Sid Cesar television variety […]

This Weekend Only: Sheldon Seigel’s Terrific Mysteries for Only 99 Cents

posted by Nell Minow

Looking for a great beach read?  The electronic versions of Criminal Intent, Final Verdict and The Confession will be available on Kindle and Nook for 99 cents each this weekend only.  Author Sheldon Seigel writes smart, engrossing mysteries with great characters […]

Behind the Scenes: Pacific Rim

posted by Nell Minow

Outdoor Movies in DC — I Talk to Kojo Nnamdi

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Washington radio superstar Kojo Nnamdi for inviting me on the show to talk about why watching outdoor movies is so much fun and where the best places in the DC area are to watch movies under the stars.

New Documentary About the Mysterious, Fascinating J.D. Salinger

posted by Nell Minow

The author of Catcher in the Rye, one of the most popular and influential books of the 20th century, made no public appearances and published no new writing for the last forty years of his life.  A new documentary reveals […]

Fill the Void

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief smoking
Movie Release Date:June 14, 2013
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief smoking
Movie Release Date: June 14, 2013

A young woman about to choose the man she will marry is torn between her own desires and the wishes of her devout family, ultra-Orthodox Jews.  We know where the American version of this story would go — the triumph […]

Behind the Scenes of “The Lone Ranger”

posted by Nell Minow

Man of Steel

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, and for some language
Movie Release Date: June 14, 2013

Come on, guys, can’t you give us one superhero who is not all angsty and conflicted? Director Zack Snyder, who presided over the ultimate superhero deconstruction in Watchmen, and producer/co-screenwriter Christopher Nolan, who put the cinematic “dark” in Batman’s Dark […]

My Visit to Movie Addict Headquarters To Talk About the Best and Worst Movie Dads

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of Father’s Day, I visited Movie Addict Headquarters to talk about the book I am working on, 50 Must-See Movies: Fathers.  Thanks to Betty Jo Tucker for having me back on, and to A.J. Hakari for joining the discussion. […]

The Ones Who Sing Behind the Scenes Or 20 Feet From the Front of the Stage

posted by Nell Minow

Sunday’s Washington Post and New York Times had two marvelous tributes to the people (mostly women) whose voices are all around us but whose names and faces we do not know.  The magnificent new documentary “20 Feet from Stardom,” opens […]

The Teenagers Who Created Superman

posted by Nell Minow

Seventy-five years ago, two teenage boys created Superman, the most enduring superhero of all time.  He has appeared with great success in every possible form of media, starting in comic books and radio and then in movies and several television […]

At Long Last: At Long Last Love

posted by Nell Minow

“At Long Last Love” was one of the most derided films of its era, mostly for reasons that had nothing to do with the film.  Director Peter Bogdanovich had left his wife for his star, Cybill Shepherd, and ticket-buyers were […]

Interview: Joey King of “Oz the Great and Powerful”

posted by Nell Minow

I loved Joey King in “Beezus and Ramona” and very much enjoyed her performance as China Girl and the girl in the wheelchair in “Oz the Great and Powerful,” which is out on DVD and Blu-Ray this week.  She talked […]

Interview: Nick Robinson of “The Kings of Summer” (and the Hilarious Cox Commercials)

posted by Nell Minow

I love the hilarious Cox commercials, with Nick Robinson as the perpetually-humiliated teenager whose father thinks he is super-cool as he shows off all of the great features of Cox television, internet, and phone.  And I love “The Kings of […]

Interview: Steve Taravella, Author of a New Book about Mary Wickes

posted by Nell Minow

I love the great character actress Mary Wickes, who was the nun who was replaced by Whoopi Goldberg as choir director in “Sister Act,” the nurse who was “a treasure” opposite Bette Davis in “Now Voyager,” and the hotel staff […]

Trailer: Paranoia with Harrison Ford and Liam Hemsworth

posted by Nell Minow

I’m a big fan of Joseph Finder, thriller-writer superstar, and this movie version of his book Paranoia looks terrific!

Interview: “The Nun Who Kissed Elvis” — Actress Turned Nun R.M. Delores Hart O.S.B.

posted by Nell Minow

How could I throw away a promising acting career for the monastic life of a cloistered nun? I left the world I knew in order to reenter it on a more profound level. Many people don’t understand the difference between […]

Add Your Vote to the Critics Choice Television Awards

posted by Nell Minow

The Broadcast Film Critics awards for television will be given out on the Reelz Channel on June 16.  Viewers will decide the winner of the best TV moment award.  Was it the finale of “The Office?”  The sad death on […]

Trailer: Mob Comedy “The Family” With DeNiro and Pfeiffer

posted by Nell Minow

Coming in September, produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Luc Besson.

The Internship

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexuality, some crude humor, partying, and language
Movie Release Date:June 7, 2013
DVD Release Date:October 22, 2013
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexuality, some crude humor, partying, and language
Movie Release Date: June 7, 2013
DVD Release Date: October 22, 2013

Co-writer and star Vince Vaughn brings us what is basically a remake of his “Old School,” a sort of “Revenge of the Un-Nerds” with a little “Legally Blonde,” and a lot from pretty much every story about  a group of […]

The Kings of Summer

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language and some teen drinking
Movie Release Date:Jun3 7, 2013
DVD Release Date:September 24, 2013
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language and some teen drinking
Movie Release Date: Jun3 7, 2013
DVD Release Date: September 24, 2013

When Mark Twain had Huck Finn leave the kind-hearted widow who hoped to “civilize” him to “light out for the territories,” he tapped into the dream of all teenagers and the teenagers inside all of us to escape from all […]

Interview: Stuntwoman Gaelle Cohen

posted by Nell Minow

It was a great treat to talk with Gaelle Cohen, the French fencing champion turned stunt woman behind some of the movies’ most remarkable action scenes.  She told me the unexpected extra challenge faced by a woman doing stunts and […]

“The Emperor’s New Groove” — A Neglected Gem from Disney

posted by Nell Minow

I am really pleased that one of my favorite Disney animated movies, “The Emperor’s New Groove,” will be out on Blu-Ray next week.  It is a neglected gem, colorful and very funny, with wonderfully executed sight gags and action and […]

My Thoughts on Happiness, Work, and Family

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to the Huffington Post for publishing my thoughts on happiness, work, and family in connection with this week’s Third Metric Conference. Pretty much everything you’ve ever been told about what will make you happy and secure is wrong. […]

Interview: Jordan Vogt-Roberts of The Kings of Summer

posted by Nell Minow

Jordan Vogt-Roberts’s first feature film is “The Kings of Summer,” the story of three teenage boys who run away and build a house in the woods.  It’s one of my favorite movies of the year, so I was very glad […]

Interview: Rama Burshtein and Hadas Yaron of “Fill the Void”

posted by Nell Minow

“Fill the Void” is an Israeli film with a rare, intimate, and very sympathetic portrayal of a very observant Orthodox Jewish community.  It is the story of a young woman, still in her teens, who is under pressure to marry […]

Game of Thrones and the Red Wedding

posted by Nell Minow

Spoiler Alert!  Spoiler Alert! If you are a Game of Thrones fan, you already know the bad news.  Those who know the books knew it was coming.  In theory, fans understand that one of the elements that makes George R. […]

The Real Story: What Really Happened in Movies from “The Bling Ring” to “Dog Day Afternoon”

posted by Nell Minow

Slate has a great list of magazine articles that were turned into movies, from “Adaptation” (Susan Orlean’s “The Orchid Thief”) to the upcoming “The Bling Ring” (“The Suspects Wore Louboutins” by Nancy Jo Sales).  Take a look to find out the real […]

Interview: Gabriel Basso of “The Kings of Summer”

posted by Nell Minow

“The Kings of Summer” is the story of three teenage boys who run away from home and build a house in the woods, and it is one of my favorite films of the year.  One of the boys is played […]

Tribute: Jean Stapleton

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the loss of television great Jean Stapleton, who died today at age 90.  Best known as Edith, the sweet-natured wife of the bombastic Archie Bunker on “All in the Family,” she was often the target of his insults […]

Happy Birthday Marilyn Monroe!

posted by Nell Minow

I’ll Be At the Third Metric Conference: Huffington/Brzezinski

posted by Nell Minow

I’m honored to be participating in a conference organized by Arianna Huffington and Mika Brzezinski in New York next week called “The Third Metric.” The current (predominantly male) model of success virtually requires driving ourselves into the ground.  What if as […]

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