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The School of Rock Reunion

posted by Nell Minow

Can it be 10 years since “School of Rock?” Jack Black and the kids got together for a reunion.

Geena Davis Has Some Great New Guidance for Families

posted by Nell Minow

Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis has released a slew of exclusive videos with the LA-based video parenting site, Kids In The House, with thoughtful and heartfelt insights on hot topics in the entertainment industry as well as parenting.  Topics include: ·         Gender […]

Bring on the Bad Guys: Spader. Cranston…Timberlake?

posted by Nell Minow

I always say that superhero movies are defined by the villains.  So in the midst of all the debate about Ben Affleck as the new Batman, I am much more interested in the possibility that Bryan Cranston as bad guy […]

Win a DVD! Adventures of Bailey: A Night in Cowtown

posted by Nell Minow

Win a copy of this third story about the lovable dog Bailey! In this episode, Bailey falls in love with a dog from “the other side of the fence.” When her brother Felix is dognapped, Bailey and his brother Duke […]

Side By Side — From Film to Digital

posted by Nell Minow

Keanu Reeves — yes, Keanu Reeves — hosts a fascinating documentary about the impact of the switch from film to digital images in movies, tonight on PBS, and anyone who loves movies should take a look.  For me, the revelation […]

Getaway

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for intense action, violence, and mayhem throughout, some rude gestures and language
Movie Release Date:August 30, 2013
DVD Release Date:November 26, 2013
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense action, violence, and mayhem throughout, some rude gestures and language
Movie Release Date: August 30, 2013
DVD Release Date: November 26, 2013

There’s dumb fun and then there’s just dumb.  “Gateway” is closer to that second category, and worse, so forgettable that better title would be “Throwaway.”  This one has 99 cent DVD bin all over it. Ethan Hawke, believably seedy, plays […]

One Direction: This is Us

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for mild language
Movie Release Date:August 30, 2013
DVD Release Date:December 11, 2013
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild language
Movie Release Date: August 30, 2013
DVD Release Date: December 11, 2013

“They don’t know me, but they love me,” says one dewy-eyed One Direction fan, and that says it all. This 3D documentary and concert film gives us a peek at the moment in time when One Direction, a group of five […]

The Next Star Wars Films: Locations

posted by Nell Minow

Director J.J. Abrams is getting ready to begin filming of the next cycle of “Star Wars” movies.  And every studio and location in the world — literally — wants to host them.  Variety quotes Albuquerque Studios president Gary Arnold: “Every […]

Let Freedom Ring Today at 3 PM

posted by Nell Minow

Today three Presidents and thousands of people will gather on the National Mall in front of the Lincoln Memorial to observe the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the historic “I Have a Dream” speech by the Reverend […]

The Look of “Breaking Bad” — Part 2

posted by Nell Minow

I loved the piece on the use of colors in Breaking Bad.  And this IndieWire post on the look of the show, especially the use of light and dark, is, well, illuminating.

Coming Soon: Storm Rider

posted by Nell Minow

Kevin Sorbo, Kristy Swanson, C. Thomas Howell, and Dani Chuchran star in “Storm Rider,” coming on DVD and VOD on October 22, 2013.  Spoiled 18-year old Dani Fielding’s world is turned upside down when her father gets arrested for securities fraud. She has […]

Closed Circuit

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language and brief violence
Movie Release Date:August 30, 2013
DVD Release Date:January 7, 2014
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language and brief violence
Movie Release Date: August 30, 2013
DVD Release Date: January 7, 2014

Terrorism has killed thousands of people, destroyed buildings and property, and caused seismic rifts in our notions of who constitutes “us” and “them.”   What is even more terrifying is the damage it has inflicted on our most fundamental notions […]

Opening This Week: Two Thrillers and Something Really Thrilling — One Direction in 3D

posted by Nell Minow

The last week of August and the first weeks of January are traditionally the slowest times of the year for movie releases.  So any Labor Day weekend that does not include something like “Baby Geniuses 2″ looks pretty good to […]

What Was Really Wrong With Miley Cyrus on the VMAs

posted by Nell Minow

Another VMA broadcast on MTV, another morning-after round of horrified reactions.  This time, most of the criticism is focused on former Disney tween star Miley Cyrus, whose dance with Robin Thicke included the usual VMA trifecta for female performers: skimpy […]

Summer Movies 2013: Best, Worst, and Most Surprising

posted by Nell Minow

It seems like just days ago that I posted my discussion of what to expect from the summer movies of 2013.  There was no real smash hit and there were a couple of massive flops (though likely to make enough […]

Summer Movies 2013: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks once again to Betty Jo Tucker for inviting me on her Movie Addict Headquarters show. This time, the topic was the best and worst of 2013’s summer movie releases and I had a lot of fun sharing my […]

The World’s End

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references
Movie Release Date:August 23, 2013
DVD Release Date:November 18, 2013
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references
Movie Release Date: August 23, 2013
DVD Release Date: November 18, 2013

Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and co-writer/director Edgar Wright have re-united for the third in the genre-bending “Cornetto” series, which I refuse to call a “trilogy” because I want them to keep going.  In case you’re listening, guys: Please. “Shaun of […]

What Movies Scare Movie Critics the Most?

posted by Nell Minow

Have you ever wondered what movies scare professional movie-goers? I can’t really answer that as I don’t go to super-scary movies. Fortunately, there are some braver critics out there, and while I don’t like scary movies, I do like this […]

Kickstart a New Film about Movie Pioneer Alice Guy-Blanche

posted by Nell Minow

This is an astonishing true story about a woman who wrote and directed more than 1000 films, including the first-ever film starring African-American actors, and built and ran her own movie studio, all 100 years ago, before women even had […]

New on DVD: The Life of Muhammad

posted by Nell Minow

PBS distribution this week released “THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD” on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download. It is a three-part program, presented by acclaimed journalist and author Rageh Omaar, charting the extraordinary story of a man who, in little more than […]

Short Term 12

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language and brief sexuality
Movie Release Date:August 23, 2013
DVD Release Date:January 17, 2014
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language and brief sexuality
Movie Release Date: August 23, 2013
DVD Release Date: January 17, 2014

There is a look in the eyes of those who have seen the very worst that can happen.  Those who no longer have the blessing of living in denial.  Those who know, not just in their heads but in their […]

A New — and Free — Resource for Streaming Indie Films

posted by Nell Minow

Check with your local library to see whether your library card gives you access to IndieFlix, a free service with a wide selection of indie films you can stream online or through Roku or XBox, everything from Fred Astaire in […]

Ben Affleck is the New Batman

posted by Nell Minow

Adam West.  Michael Keaton.  Val Kilmer.  George Clooney.  Christian Bale.  And now the cape and cowl go to Ben Affleck, who has been announced as the next actor to play Batman, in the follow-up to this year’s “Man of Steel.” […]

Shrek the Musical — Now on DVD/Blu-Ray

posted by Nell Minow

Can’t make it to the theater to see “Shrek the Musical?” On October 15,  you will be able to get front-row tickets to a spectacular Broadway musical based on the beloved movie from DreamWorks Animation, which is itself based on […]

Austenland

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content and innuendo
Movie Release Date:August 24, 2013
DVD Release Date:February 11, 2014
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content and innuendo
Movie Release Date: August 24, 2013
DVD Release Date: February 11, 2014

Edward Arlington Robinson wrote a poem about a man named Miniver Cheevy who wished so much that he could have lived in the days of knights and ladies that he refused to participate in the life before him.  Author Shannon […]

Interview: Jerusha Hess and J.J. Feild of “Austenland”

posted by Nell Minow

No movie this year made me laugh more than “Austenland,” based on the novel by Shannon Hale. The film has Keri Russell as a Jane Austen fan who visits an immersive Jane Austen theme park/experience.  It was a lot of […]

Interview: “The World’s End” Composer Steven Price

posted by Nell Minow

The fifth and best end of the world movie of the summer is called “The World’s End,” and it is the last in what is now being called the Cornetto Trilogy from Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and co-writer and director […]

Turner Classic Movies Has a New Sightseeing Tour of Movie New York

posted by Nell Minow

Would you like to see where classic movie scenes happened?  You couldn’t ask for a better guide than the folks at Turner Classic Movies, who now offer a new tour of New York City. Hop on tour with Turner Classic […]

Interview: Atli Örvarsson, Composer of “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”

posted by Nell Minow

The Icelandic composer Atli Örvarsson was attending the premiere of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.  Director Harald Zwart was so impressed with the score that he offered Örvarsson the job of creating the score for his new project, a film based on […]

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence and action and some suggestive content
Movie Release Date:August 21, 2013
DVD Release Date:December 2, 2013
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence and action and some suggestive content
Movie Release Date: August 21, 2013
DVD Release Date: December 2, 2013

The first volume of Cassandra Clare’s popular YA The Mortal Instruments series has been respectfully brought to screen in another attempt to tap into the Harry Potter/Twilight/Hunger Games/Buffy audience.  The problem is that fans of those series may find that too […]

New Resource for Parents on Games

posted by Nell Minow

Engaged Family Games is a very promising new site to provide some guidance for parents on computer/video games.  I like the approach: helping families to make the most of the time they spend with games.  Take a look!

The Writer’s Room on the Sundance Channel

posted by Nell Minow

Oscar-winning writer Jim Rash (with Nat Faxon he co-wrote “The Descendants” and “The Way Way Back”) hosts one of the best new shows on television, “The Writer’s Room.”  The writers and key cast members of Breaking Bad, Parks & Recreation, Dexter, New Girl, Game of […]

Why Conservatives Should Appreciate “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”

posted by Nell Minow

I highly recommended my friend Rebecca Cusey’s very thoughtful essay on Patheos, Hey Conservatives, Don’t Blast ‘The Butler’ (From a Conservative).  I am strongly opposed to reducing complex human stories to us-vs-them political bullet points (indeed, opposed to us-vs-them political […]

Interview: Lily Collins of “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”

posted by Nell Minow

It was great to catch up with Lily Collins, star of this week’s release “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones,” based on the best-selling series by Cassandra Clare.  The last time I spoke to Lily, she was playing a princess […]

Smile of the Week: On the Day You Were Born

posted by Nell Minow

For more, check out Frances England’s new Blink of an Eye CD.

What the Colors of the Clothes on Breaking Bad Tell You About the Characters and Story

posted by Nell Minow

I love stories like this wonderful analysis by John LaRue about the way the costume designers on “Breaking Bad” use the colors of the characters’ clothes to tell you what is going on. There are a lot of patterns that […]

MVP of the Month: Brie Larson

posted by Nell Minow

I had the great pleasure of speaking to Brie Larson in 2006 about her film, “Hoot,” and I thought she was terrific, both in person and in the film. Last week, I had the even greater pleasure of seeing her […]

“Casting By” — HBO Documentary About Casting Directors

posted by Nell Minow

Anyone who cares about movies should see “Casting By,” a new documentary on HBO about casting directors.  It is a rare opportunity to see early glimpses of some of the greatest actors live in their first roles and even never-seen […]

Interview: Cuba Gooding, Jr. of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”

posted by Nell Minow

I spoke to Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. about his role in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” as Carter, a colleague and friend of Cecil, the character played by Forest Whitaker. My favorite scene with your character is when you had to […]

Interview: David Oyelowo of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”

posted by Nell Minow

David Oyelowo (“Red Tails”) plays the son of the title character in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”  Louis is a rebellious young man who becomes deeply involved in the 1960’s and 70’s struggle for equal rights, first through sit-ins and voter […]

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some violence and disturbing images, language, sexual material, thematic elements and smoking
Movie Release Date:August 16, 2013
DVD Release Date:January 13, 2014
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some violence and disturbing images, language, sexual material, thematic elements and smoking
Movie Release Date: August 16, 2013
DVD Release Date: January 13, 2014

Washington Post reporter Wil Haygood was covering the 2008 Obama campaign when some young black women told him that they were going to vote for America’s first major party Presidential candidate who was African-American, even though their fathers told them […]

Jobs

posted by Nell Minow

Even the most fascinating character, a true visionary with a transformative impact on the world and a story with one of the most wallopingly vindicating comebacks in business history, cannot always translate into a great movie.  A straight-on biopic cannot […]

Kick-Ass 2

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, crude and sexual content, and brief nudity
Movie Release Date:August 16, 2013
DVD Release Date:December 20, 2013
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Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, crude and sexual content, and brief nudity
Movie Release Date: August 16, 2013
DVD Release Date: December 20, 2013

The first Kick-Ass was entertaining as an over-the-top response to true-blue superhero movies.  The Dark Knight might think he’s angsty and tortured and tough, but he has nothing on the merry band of misfits who form a sort of Justice […]

Coming from Ben Stiller: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

posted by Nell Minow

James Thurber’s most fondly remembered story is probably “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” which invites us into the daydreams of a mild-mannered and slightly henpecked husband.  While he tries to remember what it was his wife wanted him to […]

In a World….

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language including some sexual refeences
Movie Release Date:August 16, 2013
DVD Release Date:January 23, 2014
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language including some sexual refeences
Movie Release Date: August 16, 2013
DVD Release Date: January 23, 2014

Writer/director/star Lake Bell has produced a smart, fresh, and funny film that sends up Hollywood, sexism, and the conventions of the romantic comedy and yet somehow has us rooting for the characters to find a happy ending.  And she has […]

The Author Who Tried to Disappear: A New Documentary About J.D. Salinger

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most influential writers of the 20th century was J.D. Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye.  He spent the last decades of his life living quietly, almost reclusively, writing but not publishing anything more from 1960 […]

Shakespeare’s Hollow Crown Plays Coming on DVD

posted by Nell Minow

Executive producer Sam Mendes (“American Beauty,” “Skyfall”) is presenting four stunning adaptations of some of William Shakespeare’s most revered historical plays.  The all-star cast includes Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers), Patrick Stewart (X-Men, Star Trek franchises), Jeremy Irons (Margin Call), Ben Whishaw […]

Interview: Kirk Cameron on “Unstoppable”

posted by Nell Minow

Kirk Cameron is one of the leading figures in faith-based and inspirational entertainment.  For the first time he has taken on the role of producer for a film he calls his most personal project.  It is the story of his […]

Chihuahua Too!

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:Not rated
Movie Release Date:2013
DVD Release Date:August 13, 2013
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: Not rated
Movie Release Date: 2013
DVD Release Date: August 13, 2013

If you like “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” and the Buddies movies, you will enjoy this story of a lonely dog looking for a family.  One problem — she’s a ghost. The Fastener family inherits a vacation home. Only their golden retriever […]

The Real Story: “The Butler” and the Real Man Who Served Eight Presidents

posted by Nell Minow

“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” has Forest Whitaker as a man who worked for eight Presidents in the White House from the time of Jim Crow segregation to the Civil Rights era.  It was inspired by the real-life story of Eugene […]

Interview: Lee Daniels of “The Butler”

posted by Nell Minow

“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” is inspired by the real-life story of a black man who worked in the White House for decades, serving eight Presidents from Truman to Reagan.  Born in the Jim Crow-era South of lynchings and segregation, he […]

This Week’s Releases: “The Butler,” “Kick-Ass 2,” “JOBS,” and “Paranoia”

posted by Nell Minow

It’s another big week at the movies, with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars in two fact-based prestige movies with awards potential, a superhero sequel, and a twisty thriller based on a best-selling novel. Formally called “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” following […]

Shushers vs. Texters at the Movies — Which Side Are You On?

posted by Nell Minow

In what may be one of the biggest online troll posts of all time, Anil Dash has come out in favor of texting and talking while watching a movie at the theater.  He thinks it is unfair and unrealistic to […]

Before You Download that “Educational” App for Your Baby

posted by Nell Minow

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission charging that “educational” apps for babies do not have any documented value.  This is the same group that made the charges against Baby Einstein that […]

Trailer: Monuments Men

posted by Nell Minow

This looks great — a real-life heist film where the good guys are the ones protecting the world’s art treasures from the ravages of WWII, with George Clooney, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett, “The Artist’s” Jean DuJardin, and Matt Damon.  Kind […]

Tina Fey Meets the Muppets: “Muppets Most Wanted” Sneak Peek

posted by Nell Minow

The Last Keepers — Aidan Quinn, Zosia Mamet, and Virginia Madsen in a Story About Female Mystics

posted by Nell Minow

Coming on September 10: Aidan Quinn (TV’s Elementary, Unknown, Allegiance, Rushlights, The Greening of Whitney Brown) Virginia Madsen (The Hot Flashes, The Number 23, The Astronaut Farmer), Zosia Mamet (HBO’s Girls, The Kids are Alright), and Olympia Dukakis (Picture Perfect, Mr. […]

Interview: “Elysium” Villain Faran Tahir

posted by Nell Minow

Faran Tahir comes from a family of actors.  He was born in Los Angeles to Pakistani parents and studied theater at UCLA and Harvard.  He has appeared in “Star Trek” and “Iron Man” and on the television series “Warehouse 13.” […]

Elysium

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong bloody violence and language throughout
Movie Release Date:August 9, 2013
DVD Release Date:December 17, 2013
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong bloody violence and language throughout
Movie Release Date: August 9, 2013
DVD Release Date: December 17, 2013

The best science fiction acts like a narrative Rorschach test, taking specific elements of our current condition, extrapolating into the future (usually dystopically), and allowing the audience to project our assumptions — and our fears — onto it.  “Elysium” is […]

Planes

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some mild action and rude humor
Movie Release Date:August 9, 2013
DVD Release Date:November 19, 2013
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some mild action and rude humor
Movie Release Date: August 9, 2013
DVD Release Date: November 19, 2013

“Planes” literally takes off from the retro world of “Cars” and “Cars 2,” with the story of a brave little crop-duster named Dusty (Dane Cook) who wants to compete in an international air race. A couple of problems for Dusty: […]

“Standing Up” — Exclusive Clip of a New Film Based on “The Goats”

posted by Nell Minow

“Standing Up” is a new movie based on Brock Cole’s popular YA novel, The Goats.  It is about an 11-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl (Chandler Canterbury and Annalise Basso) who are ostracized by their peers at summer camp are […]

Are Spoilers Really That Bad?

posted by Nell Minow

I love this “Portlandia” skit about spoilers. The whole issue of spoilers has become very complicated because of all the time-shifting and binge-watching in the way we consume media.  I don’t like spoilers and really work hard to keep them […]

Interview: Phil Hall on “The Greatest Bad Movies of All Time”

posted by Nell Minow

I always enjoy interviewing film expert Phil Hall, and it was a special treat to hear his thoughts about his new book, The Greatest Bad Movies of All Time. The bad movies in your book fall into several different categories, […]

We’re the Millers

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for crude sexual content, pervasive language, drug material and brief graphic nudity
Movie Release Date:August 7, 2013
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Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for crude sexual content, pervasive language, drug material and brief graphic nudity
Movie Release Date: August 7, 2013

Thankfully, we are spared the dreary backstories in this saga of a small-time drug dealer who recruits a stripper, a homeless girl, and a neglected teenage neighbor to provide cover for crossing the border by posing as his family. But […]

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for fantasy action violence, some scary images, and mild violence
Movie Release Date:August 7, 2013
DVD Release Date:December 16, 2013
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for fantasy action violence, some scary images, and mild violence
Movie Release Date: August 7, 2013
DVD Release Date: December 16, 2013

The second in the series of films based on Rick Riorden’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians is even better than the first.  The young actors are more comfortable, their characters better established, and the special effects more, well, special. We learned […]

Interview: “Sharknado” Screenwriter Thunder Levin

posted by Nell Minow

Amid all the summer superheroes and blockbuster sequels, no movie has captured the 2013 movie zeitgeist as much as a low-budget movie for the Syfy channel.  Of course, I am speaking of “Sharknado.”  And yes, it is about a shark-filled […]

Oliver & Company

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:1987
DVD Release Date:August 6, 2013
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 1987
DVD Release Date: August 6, 2013

Disney is celebrating the 25th anniversary of this tuneful animated classic loosely based on Dickens’ Oliver Twist with a new Blu-Ray release.  It is the story of an orphaned cat named Oliver (Joey Lawrence) who is befriended by vagabond dogs […]

Robin Hood

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:1973
DVD Release Date:August 6, 2013
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 1973
DVD Release Date: August 6, 2013

Disney is celebrating the 40th anniversary of one of its most beloved animated musicals with a gorgeous new Blu-Ray. It is based on the classic Robin Hood story of the man who robbed from the rich to give to the […]

Interview: “Elysium” Composer Ryan Amon

posted by Nell Minow

Ryan Amon talked to me about the YouTube video that led to his first feature film score, in this week’s “Elysium,” directed by Neil Blomkamp (“District 9″) and starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster and how two notes create a […]

The Sword in the Stone

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:1963
DVD Release Date:August 5, 2013
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 1963
DVD Release Date: August 5, 2013

Disney is celebrating the 50th anniversary of one of its animated classics with a beautiful new Blu-Ray edition.  Based on The Once and Future King by T.H. White that also inspired the musical “Camelot,” “The Sword in the Stone” is the […]

Trailer: Final Cut, A Movie for People Who Love Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Hungarian director György Pàlfi worked for three years and assembled 450 selections from movies to put together this love letter to the history of film.  Can’t wait to see it.

The New Dr. Who: Peter Capaldi

posted by Nell Minow

And the new Dr. Who is…Peter Capaldi, most recently seen in “World War Z” but perhaps most memorably seen in “In the Loop,” as the purveyor of the most impressively, explosively, excoriatingly profane tirades of invective ever put on screen. […]

Folklore is Still Embedded in Today’s Movies

posted by Nell Minow

I was very pleased to be included in a new article about the way folklore continues to be at the heart of 21st century storytelling. Folklore is the mother of all stories – “every story told since stories began has […]

Guest Post: Tara Sonenshine on Movie Portrayals of Aging

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Tara D. Sonenshine for allowing me to post this guest commentary about the portrayal of aging in recent film: Movies come in thematic waves.  Recently I’ve noticed many new releases about—well, getting old. Aging actors playing aging characters.  Are baby boomers running Hollywood […]

Manic Pixie Dream Girls — Christy LeMire’s Top Five

posted by Nell Minow

I am so happy that Christy Lemire, former movie critic for AP, now has her own website and I look forward to checking in often to see what she has to say.  One of her first posts is about the popular […]

2 Guns

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for violence throughout, language and brief nudity
Movie Release Date:August 2, 2013
DVD Release Date:November 19. 2013
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for violence throughout, language and brief nudity
Movie Release Date: August 2, 2013
DVD Release Date: November 19. 2013

The couple with the most electrifying chemistry on screen so far this year is Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg in “2 Guns.” As the title of the the graphic novel by Steven Grant and Mateus Santolouco suggests, it is a […]

Blue Jasmine

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, language and sexual content
Movie Release Date:July 26, 2013
DVD Release Date:Januar
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, language and sexual content
Movie Release Date: July 26, 2013
DVD Release Date: Januar

Two sisters. One imagines herself living a life of ease, comfort, graciousness, and elegance that does not really exist. The other is more accepting of her lower middle class life, her carnality, her limited expectations. The first sister loses everything […]

August 2013: Movie Release Highlights

posted by Nell Minow

Studios often wait for August to release the films they think won’t get much of an audience, but this year August has some releases that could end up on the end of the year top ten lists.  I’m especially looking […]

Interview: Bishop T.D. Jakes Talks About the New Faith and Family Film Festival

posted by Nell Minow

Bishop T.D Jakes, who serves on the board of Beliefnet, has added a Faith and Family Film Festival to his inspirational MegaFest gathering, this year taking place in Dallas on August 29-31.  Bishop Jakes spoke to me about why film […]

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