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Happy New Year with Harry and Sally

posted by Nell Minow

Petition: Time for a Disabled American Girl Doll

posted by Nell Minow

I’m somewhat of a fan of the American Girl dolls and their stories. I wince at the prices and the constant up-selling, but the dolls themselves are well made and a fine counterpart to the dolls that are about nothing […]

Puppies and Kittens Re-Enact Movies: Adorable

posted by Nell Minow

From The Pet Collective: Kittens star in “The Lion King.” And puppies re-enact “Elf.”

Contest: Anything is Possible

posted by Nell Minow

Start the new year with a heartwarming family film starring musical prodigy Ethan Bortnick, who wrote the songs he performs in this film  “Anything is Possible”  is the story of ten-year-old Nathan (Bortnick), who is devastated when his mom is […]

Trailer: How to Train Your Dragon 2

posted by Nell Minow

This is one of the movies I am most looking forward to in 2014.  I met with the director and had glimpses of some of it and it looks sensational!

Trailer: 2014 Oscars with Ellen DeGeneres

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in “Edge of Tomorrow”

posted by Nell Minow

Coming: Summer 2014

Contest: The Best of Jack Hanna

posted by Nell Minow

The Best of Jack Hanna follows America’s most beloved animal adventurer and his family as he spends time with nature’s creatures across the continents, over the years, and through two different TV shows. This collector’s edition package includes 30 episodes […]

How 1964 Changed Everything

posted by Nell Minow

This year, we observe the 50th anniversary of many world-changing events and PBS’s “American Experience” will tell the story on January 14. 1964 was the year the Beatles came to America, Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali, and three civil rights […]

USAF: The Holly and the Ivy

posted by Nell Minow

Muppet Christmas: Carol of the Bells

posted by Nell Minow

Merry Christmas Bedford Falls!

posted by Nell Minow

Merry Christmas 2013!

posted by Nell Minow

The Wolf of Wall Street

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for sequences of strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language throughout, and for some violence
Movie Release Date:December 25, 2013
DVD Release Date:March 28, 2014
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Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for sequences of strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language throughout, and for some violence
Movie Release Date: December 25, 2013
DVD Release Date: March 28, 2014

Jordan Belfort is a selling machine the way a shark is a killing machine.  Every single element of his being is optimally designed for just one purpose, with no extraneous or pesky attributes like a conscience to slow him down. […]

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some crude comments, language and action violence
Movie Release Date:December 25, 2013
DVD Release Date:April 15, 2014
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some crude comments, language and action violence
Movie Release Date: December 25, 2013
DVD Release Date: April 15, 2014

We all know what it feels like to be Walter Mitty, imagining ourselves as achievers and darers far beyond our normal lives. The original short story by James Thurber is about a middle-aged, hen-pecked man who daydreams about dashing adventures […]

Her

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language, sexual content, and brief graphic nudity
Movie Release Date:December 25, 2013
DVD Release Date:May 12, 2014
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language, sexual content, and brief graphic nudity
Movie Release Date: December 25, 2013
DVD Release Date: May 12, 2014

“Transition objects” are usually thought of as the stuffed toys toddlers hold onto so as a way of feeling more secure as they begin to separate from their parents and navigate the bigger world.  But we all have them.  We […]

Grudge Match

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sports action violence, sexual content and language
Movie Release Date:December 25, 2013
DVD Release Date:April 8, 2014
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sports action violence, sexual content and language
Movie Release Date: December 25, 2013
DVD Release Date: April 8, 2014

Not that this is going to come as a surprise to anyone, but this movie is not just bad, it is sad.  The stars of two of the greatest boxing movies of all time are not just slumming here.  They […]

A Visit From Saint Nicholas: Disney Version

posted by Nell Minow

Pentatonix: Carol of the Bells

posted by Nell Minow

Merry Christmas from Elvis and Martina!

posted by Nell Minow

The Original Version: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

posted by Nell Minow

Humorist James Thurber’s most famous short story is “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” Like most of Thurber’s male characters, he was a milktoast, shy, repressed, and hen-pecked. On a shopping expedition with his wife, he daydreamed of adventure and […]

Interview: Nicholas Britell, Composer of “12 Years a Slave”

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most powerful moments in the extraordinary film 12 Years a Slave has its main character, Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) joining with the other slaves to sing a spiritual.  It was a great pleasure to speak with the talented […]

2013 at the Movies: The Best, The Worst, Breakthroughs, and Special Mentions

posted by Nell Minow

As I think back over the past year, these are the films I remember best: Top ten: Inside Llewyn Davis The Kings of Summer The Way Way Back The Wolf of Wall Street American Hustle 20 Feet from Stardom/Muscle Shoals […]

Battle Over “Love Actually”

posted by Nell Minow

“Love Actually” has become a Christmas tradition.  The assorted stories of romance, from comic to tender to bittersweet, take place at Christmastime, with a rousing performance of “All I Want for Christmas is You” from Olivia Olson. My friend Christopher […]

Contest: Journey to a Christmas Star

posted by Nell Minow

Norway’s most beloved Christmas story is directed by Academy Award nominee Nils Gaup. It is the story of a courageous girl who sets out on a hazardous journey across a gorgeous winter wonderland to find the Christmas Star in order […]

Christmas Movies: My Naughty/Nice List

posted by Nell Minow

There are a lot of Christmas movies.  Try to avoid the terrible ones.  Don’t forget to make time for the classics.  My favorites include: Any version of “A Christmas Carol,” but especially the 1951 version with Alistair Sim And the […]

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Crossword Puzzle with Google

posted by Nell Minow

Crossword puzzles began just 100 years ago today! And Google has a wonderful interactive puzzle on its home page. Give it a try, and then watch the wonderful documentary, Wordplay.

How to Respond to the Duck Dynasty Controversy

posted by Nell Minow

When you make an outspoken, irascible patriarch into a television star, he is going to say outspoken, irascible things.  And so “Duck Dynasty” dad Phil Robertson gave his views on homosexuality as a sin in an interview with GQ, using […]

The Real Story: American Hustle and Abscam

posted by Nell Minow

“American Hustle” is based on the real-life Abscam scandal of the 1970’s.  While many details have been changed, some of the most improbable characters and events really did happen. Christian Bale and Amy Adams play con artists who are caught […]

Online Film Critics Awards 2013

posted by Nell Minow

I am very proud to announce this year’s award winners (in bold) and nominees from the Online Film Critics Society: Best Picture ^ 12 Years a Slave^  American Hustle Before Midnight Blue Is the Warmest Color Drug War Gravity Her […]

Alliance of Women Film Journalist Awards 2013

posted by Nell Minow

I’m honored, as always, to be a part of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists and proud to announce our awards for 2013 AWFJ EDA ‘BEST OF’ AWARDS Best Film 12 Years a Slave Best Director (Female or Male) Steve […]

Walking with Dinosaurs 3D

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for creature action and peril, and mild rude humor
Movie Release Date:December 20, 2013
DVD Release Date:March 24, 2014
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for creature action and peril, and mild rude humor
Movie Release Date: December 20, 2013
DVD Release Date: March 24, 2014

Dinosaur movies pretty much all have the same plot.  Unless it is a fantasy like “Jurassic Park,” the story is pretty simple: the dinos have to migrate and there are a lot of encounters and adventures along the way. What […]

American Hustle

posted by Nell Minow
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and brief violence
Movie Release Date:December 25, 2013
DVD Release Date:March 18, 2014
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Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and brief violence
Movie Release Date: December 25, 2013
DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014

“Some of this actually happened,” the movie’s opening shot deadpans.  It is true that the United States government both threatened and paid a con man to help them con some bigger fish and then accidentally ended up conning some of […]

Inside Llewyn Davis

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language including some sexual references
Movie Release Date:December 20, 2013
DVD Release Date:March 10, 2014
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language including some sexual references
Movie Release Date: December 20, 2013
DVD Release Date: March 10, 2014

Oscar Isaac gives the best performance of the year as the title character in the most intimate and profound movie yet from the Coen brothers.  The story is set in the New York folk music world of 1961 and the […]

New Clip: Divergent

posted by Nell Minow

The Real Story: Jordan Belfort, The Wolf of Wall Street

posted by Nell Minow

The most outrageous, over-the-top, and insanely unbelievable parts of Martin Scorsese’s new film, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” are true.  At least they are true as reported by the man portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the film, Jordan Belfort, who […]

A Book on Every Bed: Amy Dickinson

posted by Nell Minow

I love Amy Dickinson’s idea of “A Book on Every Bed,” a wonderful way to start Christmas (or any other special occasion). Here’s how it works: You take a book (it can be new or a favorite from your own […]

National Film Registry Additions 2013 Include “Mary Poppins” and “The Quiet Man”

posted by Nell Minow

Think of it as the Hall of Fame or a Historic Landmark designation. This year’s additions to the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress: Bless Their Little Hearts (1984) Part of the vibrant New Wave of independent African-American […]

The Real Story: P.L. Travers, Walt Disney, and the Inside Story of “Mary Poppins”

posted by Nell Minow

As “Saving Mr. Banks” shows, Walt Disney did really spend more than 20 years trying to persuade author P.L. Travers to let him make a movie from her story about the magical nanny, Mary Poppins. Many moments in the film […]

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 For crude and sexual content, drug use, language and comic violence
Movie Release Date:December 18, 2013
DVD Release Date:March 31, 2014
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 For crude and sexual content, drug use, language and comic violence
Movie Release Date: December 18, 2013
DVD Release Date: March 31, 2014

Will Ferrell and his crew beat the sophomore slump with just the right mix of stuff we want to see again (yes, there will be jazz flute, a rumble with the other news teams featuring wildly improbable surprise guest stars […]

Movie Literacy Test: How Many Have You Seen?

posted by Nell Minow

Jim Emerson has put together an excellent list of movies everyone should see.  What’s your score? And if you get a good score on that one, take a look at the list from the Alamo Drafthouse and this one from […]

I Hope This Idea from a New Jersey Restaurant Goes Viral

posted by Nell Minow

Cheers to The Station in Bernardsville, NJ.  They give patrons a basket for their phones and other devices.  And then if the customers make it to the end of the meal without using them, they give 5% off the bill. […]

Exclusive Clip from “The Adventurer: Curse of the Midas Box”

posted by Nell Minow

Michael Sheen, Lena Headey, Sam Neill, Ioan Gruffudd, and Aneurin Barnard star in this film based on Mariah Mundi: The Midas Box by G.P. Taylor.  It’s about a fearless hero’s quest through a fantastical realm of steam-powered wonders and sinister magic.  Seventeen-year-old Mariah Mundi’s life […]

Contest: The Naughty List

posted by Nell Minow

Even Santa’s elves sometimes find themselves on the naughty list.  In this very cute animated DVD, elf brothers named Winter (Sean Astin) and Snowflake (Drake Bell) have a hard time following the rules of the North Pole.  When they accidentally […]

Contest

posted by Nell Minow

“Contest” more than makes up for some first-time-filmmaker shortcomings with its sincerity and unexpected strengths in the storyline and cinematography. Tommy (Danny Flaherty) is a high school loner, often bullied by the swim team jocks led by Matt (Kenton Duty). […]

The Real Story: Inside Llewyn Davis

posted by Nell Minow

“Inside Llewyn Davis” is not a true story but elements of the plot and characters are based on real-life folk music characters and locations from the 1960’s.   The Coen Brothers painstakingly re-created the settings of the era and recorded all […]

Did You Spot the Hidden Images in “Frozen?”

posted by Nell Minow

Tribute: Joan Fontaine

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the loss of one of the last of the great stars of the golden age of Hollywood, Joan Fontaine, an Oscar-winner who co-starred with Cary Grant (Suspicion), Fred Astaire (A Damsel In Distress), and, in the Best Picture […]

Tribute: Peter O’Toole

posted by Nell Minow

I was very sad to hear of the passing of actor Peter O’Toole today at age 81.  The New York Times describes him well as “an Irish bookmaker’s son with a hell-raising streak whose magnetic performance in the 1962 epic […]

How Many of the Movies of 2013 Can You Spot in this Mash-Up?

posted by Nell Minow

I look forward to this every year, spotting all my favorites and thinking back over everything I’ve seen.  Here’s the list.

Dann Gire’s Take on Santa Movies

posted by Nell Minow

My friend Dann Gire writes about Santa Claus movies, from the naughty to the nice. Traditional Christmas movies showcase St. Nicholas as a generically sweet, generous fellow with a belly filled with jelly and the gentle disposition of a giant […]

Contest: Want to Join Me At the Critics Choice Awards?

posted by Nell Minow

I’ll be going to the Critics Choice Awards again this year — can’t wait to see all the stars who attend.  Want to come along?  Los Angeles Tourism is giving away a pair of tickets. To enter, simply snap a […]

Ten Christmas Movies That Don’t Feature the Grinch, Tiny Tim, Bing Crosby, Lassoing the Moon, or a Dog Eating the Turkey

posted by Nell Minow

It is wonderful to share holiday classics like “A Christmas Carol,” “White Christmas,” “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” “A Christmas Story,” and “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and family favorites should be a family tradition.  But make some time for some […]

Wait, Disney Animation Villains Got Married?

posted by Nell Minow

Disney is planning something called “The Descendants.”   In a present day idyllic kingdom, the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from Disney’s iconic Beauty and the Beast) is poised to take the throne. His […]

Saving Mr. Banks: Behind the Scenes

posted by Nell Minow

A conversation between legendary composer Richard Sherman and actor Jason Schwartzman (who plays Richard Sherman in Saving Mr. Banks) about writing songs for Mary Poppins.

Interview with Existimatum

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to “Marcus Julianus” of Existimatum for this lovely interview about how I became a movie critic and how I approach my reviews. Early Career EX: Tell us about where you grew up and what kind of childhood you […]

Saving Mr. Banks

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 For thematic elements including some unsettling images
Movie Release Date:December 13, 2013
DVD Release Date:March 18, 2014
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 For thematic elements including some unsettling images
Movie Release Date: December 13, 2013
DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014

For most of this story, Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) and P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) are on opposite sides.  He has been trying for twenty years to persuade her to let him make a movie based on her books about the […]

Geena Davis Can Fix Hollywood Gender Stereotypes in Two Steps

posted by Nell Minow

Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis has been a leader in understanding and improving the role of women in media.  The founder of her namesake Institute on Gender in Media wrote a piece for the Hollywood Reporter citing data showing that there are […]

Contest: Step Dogs

posted by Nell Minow

I’m delighted to have a copy of this cute DVD to give away! Meatball is a carefree, wisecracking country dog. Cassie is Hollywood’s most pampered pet They couldn’t be more different, and when their owners marry and move the entire […]

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 For extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images
Movie Release Date:December 13, 2013
DVD Release Date:April 7, 2014
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 For extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images
Movie Release Date: December 13, 2013
DVD Release Date: April 7, 2014

Everybody ups his game in this second of the three-part Peter Jackson version of J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit; or, There and Back Again.  The first one courageously tried out the new hyper-clear technology with twice as many frames per second […]

Golden Globe Nominations 2013 (Movies)

posted by Nell Minow

Best Picture, Drama 12 Years a Slave Captain Phillips Gravity Philomena Rush Best Picture, Comedy American Hustle Her Inside Llewyn Davis Nebraska The Wolf of Wall Street Best Director Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips Steve McQueen, 12 Years […]

List: Movie Dragons

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of this week’s release of the second Hobbit movie, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as the dragon Smaug, here are some of my other favorite movie dragons. 1. How to Train Your Dragon One of the best animated movies in the […]

AWFJ Nominations: Women Journalists Pick the Best of This Year’s Movies

posted by Nell Minow

I am very proud to be a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists headed by Jennifer Merin.  In addition to the usual assortment of awards, we also honor the contributions of women who make films and films that […]

Free Book About Saving Mr. Banks — And Mary Poppins

posted by Nell Minow

Walt Disney Studios is celebrating its new film about its own history with Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multi-touch Book.   Walt Disney spent 20 years trying to persuade author P.L. Travers to allow him to make a movie based […]

Sesame Street Does “The Hunger Games”

posted by Nell Minow

The Music of “Inside Llewyn Davis”

posted by Nell Minow

One of my favorite movies of the year is the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis,” the story of one week in the life of a folk singer in 1961.  Oscar Isaac gives a performance of astonishing depth of emotion and […]

Interview: Daniel Ferguson of “Jerusalem”

posted by Nell Minow

Daniel Ferguson told an audience that making his extraordinary 3D IMAX film about Jerusalem required four years and “thousands of cups of tea.”  It took four years.  But he was able to persuade Muslims, Christians, and Jews to allow him […]

Rogerebert.com has All Women Writers This Week

posted by Nell Minow

Chaz Ebert has announced that everything posted on rogerebert.com this week will be written by a woman.  I’m delighted to kick it off with my tribute to Barbara Stanwyck, inspired by the Pre-Code film series I am co-hosting with Margaret Talbott […]

More Awards: LA Film Critics

posted by Nell Minow

A very tight contest, with ties for best picture, best actress, and best supporting actor.  The biggest surprise was the award for James Franco’s “Alien” in “Spring Breakers,” an over-the-top performance in a film that divided critics between those who […]

New on HBO: Six by Sondheim

posted by Nell Minow

HBO’s new documentary is “Six by Sondheim,” the story of six songs from the remarkable lyricist of “West Side Story” and “Gypsy” and composer/lyricist of “A Little Night Music,” “Sweeny Todd,” “Company,” “Follies,” “Into the Woods,” and many, many more. […]

Washington Area Film Critics Association: 2013 Awards

posted by Nell Minow

And the winners are…. Best Film: 12 Years a Slave Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity) Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) Best Actress: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) Best Supporting Actress: […]

Washington Area Film Critic Awards: The Nominees are Out!

posted by Nell Minow

It’s awards season! I’m voting in at least four different critics awards groups and will keep posting updates. Despite the manipulation of the awards process and questions about the relevance of critic awards, I think they are meaningful. First, critics […]

Ten Lessons from Schindler’s List

posted by Nell Minow

Steven Spielberg’s film about Oskar Schindler and the 1200 Jews he saved from being killed by the Nazis came out twenty years ago, based on the novel by Thomas Keneally (originally titled Schindler’s Ark).  Keneally happened on the story when he […]

Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Tribute

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Betty Jo Tucker for inviting me on her show to talk about the upcoming 50th anniversary of one of the greatest family films of all time, Mary Poppins. Stay tuned for my review of “Saving Mr. Banks,” […]

Teach Kids to Write Letters With a Free Postcard from Spongebob!

posted by Nell Minow

If children will be receiving holiday gifts, they should be getting ready to write their thank-you notes.  A great way to begin is with SpongeBob Squarepants — I mean SpongeBob Mailpants — who is teaching children to write letters and […]

Jews Telling Jokes and Stories: Doc Club

posted by Nell Minow

“Jews Telling Jokes & Stories” on Doc Club in December The Jewish legacy of storytelling and humor enlivens December Doc Club’s  diverse selection of films on IFC’s SundanceNOW, a virtual destination for streaming independent films online. From classic Jewish comedy to a look into […]

Tribute: Nelson Mandela

posted by Nell Minow

Nelson Mandela, one of the most inspiring figures of modern history, died yesterday and the world joins together in mourning his loss and paying tribute to his courage, integrity, and vision.  There are many movie portrayals of this extraordinary man, […]

From “Inside Llewyn Davis” — Folksingers Perform “Please Mr. Kennedy”

posted by Nell Minow

In one of my favorite scenes from one of my favorite movies of the year, 1960’s folksingers played by Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake, and “Girls’” Adam Driver record a silly but very catchy novelty song about the space program called […]

Awards 2013: Gotham, National Board of Review, NY Film Critics

posted by Nell Minow

The first movie awards of 2013 are in.  I’ve already cast my first round of votes for three more upcoming awards and will vote on the Washington Area Film Critics Awards over the weekend. National Board of Review Best Film:  HER […]

Out of the Furnace

posted by Nell Minow
C-
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R For strong violence, language and drug content
Movie Release Date:December 6, 2013
DVD Release Date:March 11, 2014
C-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R For strong violence, language and drug content
Movie Release Date: December 6, 2013
DVD Release Date: March 11, 2014

“Out of the Furnace” gets no credit for its good intentions because it collapses under the combined weight of pretentiousness and condescension. This is Hollywood’s idea of a searing drama about life in recession-era heartland, as phony as a painted […]

Exclusive Clip: Harry Connick Talks About “Angels Sing”

posted by Nell Minow

Angels Sing stars Harry Connick, Jr. as Michael Walker, who, as a child, wished every day was Christmas, until a tragic accident crushed his holiday spirit. Thirty years later Michael still can’t muster any joy for Christmas despite encouragement from […]

Gift Guide 2013

posted by Nell Minow

One of the great pleasures of the holiday season is finding just the right gift for someone special in your life.  These are some of my favorites. For the sports fan: 2013 World Series Collector’s Edition Relive the Cardinals vs. […]

Movie Music — Alan Zilberman on How Film Scores Tell the Story

posted by Nell Minow

Rogerebert.com has a fascinatng piece by Alan Zilberman about movie scores and the way certain notes, chords, pauses, and instruments affect our feelings and help the film tell the story. He aske Nicholas Britell of “12 Years a Slave” (soon […]

Kevin Bacon Tells You How to Give Two Gifts With One Purchase

posted by Nell Minow

Kevin Bacon’s adorable parody commercial has a lot of heart — and a great idea.   You can support local businesses and your own favorite charities.  Shift Your Shopping For Good involves hundreds of local, independent businesses, including dozens with […]

Interview: Playwright Jason Odell Williams of “Handle With Care”

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to playwright Jason Odell Williams for taking time to talk to me about his romantic comedy, Handle With Care, opening tonight in New York, and starring Broadway legend Carol Lawrence, the original Maria in “West Side Story.” It tells […]

Can You Glimpse the Couple from “Tangled” in “Frozen?”

posted by Nell Minow

Some sharp-eyed fans have spotted Rapunzel and Flynn/Eugene in “Frozen!“

One-Line Movies With the Year’s Best Actors

posted by Nell Minow

The actors who created some of this year’s most intriguing performances each appear in a eleven original (very) short films directed by Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski.  The one-line scripts are from the year’s best screenwriters, from Lake Bell of “In a […]

Carrie Underwood’s Live Sound of Music — Dec 5

posted by Nell Minow

Carrie Underwood stars as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s live broadcast of “The Sound of Music” on December 5. Stephen Moyer of “True Blood” plays the Captain, “Smash’s” Christian Borle plays Max, and, thrillingly, Tony winner Audra McDonald plays the […]

Contest: Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas

posted by Nell Minow

Veggie Tales: Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas is the latest holiday treat from Bob and Larry and the gang, and it is one of their best.  “Merry Larry” is an enthusiastic employee of the Spring Valley Mall who […]

Tribute: Paul Walker (1973-2013)

posted by Nell Minow

Paul Walker, the handsome and charismatic star of the Fast & Furious series of films, was killed in a car crash yesterday as he was returning from a fund-raiser for his Reach out Worldwide charity, to benefit the survivors of […]

MVP: Josh Gad

posted by Nell Minow

Josh Gad is a highlight of “Frozen” as the adorable Olaf, a snowman who loves warm hugs.” It is the fourth of his very impressive performances on screen this year. (We won’t speak about his awful television series, “1600 Penn.”) […]

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