Movie Mom
July 2013 Archives

The gifted young pianist Ethan Bortnick stars in “Anything is Possible,” about a young boy who becomes separated from his mother, Army Lieutenant Margaret Peters (Lacy Chabert), when she goes missing during a tsunami rescue mission in Japan.  Back home in Detroit, […]

Laika, the stop-motion animation studio behind two of my favorite films of the past ten years, “ParaNorman” and “Coraline,” has released the teaser trailer for its 2014 release, “The Box Trolls,” and it looks amazing.  Nice nod to non-traditional families […]

Are you worried about what the NSA knows about you?  Then this is ten times scarier.

Caldecott award-winner Paul O. Zelinsky (Z Is for Moose) was asked for some of his favorite illustrated books for children. He provided two lists, one of classics and another of lesser-known books that are worth seeking out.  I was especially […]

Two of the all-time great actresses play a long-time couple who must find a way to cope with the indignities of aging — and the greater indignities of the way they are treated by their families and the legal system. […]

This documentary is a portrait of the generation of the mid-century Jewish comics that includes Jerry Lewis, Sid Caesar, Jackie Mason, Mort Sahl, and Jerry Stiller, who appear telling jokes and telling their stories. And it is the story of […]

Director Spike Lee has assembled a list of movies that he says all aspiring filmmakers should see.  It’s a list everyone should look at, filled with canon classics like “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “Hoop Dreams,” and “Dog Day […]

In honor of this week’s release of “Smurfs 2,” how many of these questions can you answer? 1.  The Smurfs were created by a comic artist from what country? 2.  How tall are Smurfs? 3.  Who created Smurfette? 4.  What […]

He has a couple of Oscars and is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, but I don’t think we fully appreciate Denzel Washington, in my opinion the finest actor working in Hollywood today.  As we look forward to “2 […]

I’m quoted in this story about films for children that have material that may be too complicated or adult for their level of maturity. “I think the real issue is the quicker cuts and more explosive effects,” Minow told […]