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Faith-Based Oscar Disqualified Song Creates Controversy

posted by Nell Minow

For the first time ever, the Motion Picture Academy has disqualified a nominee for ethical reasons.  The nomination of “Alone Yet Not Alone” as best song came as a surprise.  Most people had not heard of the song or the […]

Quaker Parody: What Does George Fox Say?

posted by Nell Minow

The Ylvis song What Does the Fox Say is an international hit and there have been many parodies, like the Kerry Washington skit on SNL.  I love this Quaker tribute to founder George Fox, funny, sweet, and inspiring at the same […]

Two Film Noir Classics Now Free Streaming

posted by Nell Minow

“Film Noir” (“black films”) usually refers to the stylized dark crime films of the 1940’s, usually made by German directors who came to the United States to escape the Nazis.  Their cynicism, sense of dread and loss, and themes of […]

A Remake Planned of “The Incredible Mr. Limpet”

posted by Nell Minow

Richard Linklater (“Before Midnight,” “School of Rock”) is going to direct a remake of the Don Knotts fantasy The Incredible Mr. Limpet, made in 1964 but set in the early days of the second World War. It’s the story of […]

Labor Day

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for thematic material, brief violence and sexuality
Movie Release Date:January 31, 2014
DVD Release Date:April 29, 2014
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for thematic material, brief violence and sexuality
Movie Release Date: January 31, 2014
DVD Release Date: April 29, 2014

On the surface, “Labor Day” feels like would-be Nicholas Sparks, a syrupy romance about two people with damaged hearts finding a healing love in a picturesque setting. But like a pretty chocolate candy with a filling that turns out to […]

That Awkward Moment

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for sexual content and language throughout
Movie Release Date:January 31, 2014
DVD Release Date:May 13, 2014
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for sexual content and language throughout
Movie Release Date: January 31, 2014
DVD Release Date: May 13, 2014

A cast of exceptionally appealing performers and some very funny lines are not enough to make this raunchy comedy overcome its essential charmlessness.  At its heart, it wants to be a romantic comedy, a chick flick from the perspective of […]

Movies for the Year of the Horse

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Jana Monji and rogerebert.com for including me in this wonderful round-up (especially apt term) of movies inspired by the Chinese New Year.  This year it is the Year of the Horse, so Jana and some of the […]

Exclusive Clips: The Gabby Douglas Story

posted by Nell Minow

Olympic champion Gabby Douglas plays herself in a new Lifetime movie called “The Gabby Douglas Story” premiering Friday, February 1 at 8 Eastern.  The superb cast includes Regina King, S. Epatha Merkerson, Imani Hakim, and Sydney Mikayla. A prodigy from a […]

Adorable “Sweded” Trailers for “The Lego Movie”

posted by Nell Minow

The delightful Be Kind Rewind introduced the concept of “sweding” a film — remaking it with whatever low-tech, analog materials are on hand.  The makers of next week’s “Lego Movie” asked fans to “swede” their trailer and you must see the […]

Nick and Nell’s Infinite Playlist of Movies — Nick Diglio Asks Me About the Best and Worst of 2013

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks as always to Nick Digilio for inviting me onto his WGN radio show to talk about the best and worst movies of 2013.

Trailer: The Fault In Our Stars

posted by Nell Minow

Get out your handkerchiefs for one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year, based on John Green’s book about the teenagers who meet in a cancer support group.

Abandoned Screenplays by Famous Writers

posted by Nell Minow

Flavorwire has a very intriguing list of “abandoned screenplays” by famous writers like Robert Towne (“Chinatown”), the Coen brothers (“Fargo,” “Inside Llewyn Davis”), Orson Welles (“Citizen Kane”), and Kevin Smith (“Clerks”).  The one I most wish had actually been made […]

Jaguar Super Bowl Ad Explains Why the Best Bad Guys are British

posted by Nell Minow

Tribute: Pete Seeger

posted by Nell Minow

We bid a sad farewell to activist/musician Pete Seeger today.  He has died at age 94.  His songs provided the soundtrack for protest movements over decades, pushing for peace, justice, protection of the environment, equality, and economic opportunity.  His songs […]

Opening This Week: Labor Day and That Awkward Moment

posted by Nell Minow

The movie doldrums of January are lifting and this week we’re getting two films that show some promise. Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin star in “Labor Day,” based on Joyce Maynard’s novel about a single mother struggling with depression and […]

Trailer: Mr. Peabody and Sherman

posted by Nell Minow

I got to get an early glimpse of a couple of scenes from this reboot of the classic cartoon, and it looks like a lot of fun.  Recognize the voices?  The brilliant scientist and adoptive father who happens to be […]

More on Paul Williams

posted by Nell Minow

If you saw Paul Williams on the Grammys last night and want to know more, take a look at the superb documentary Paul Williams Still Alive. Williams was ubiquitous in the 70’s, both on the music charts and the party […]

The Real Story: Philomena

posted by Nell Minow

“Philomena,” star Dame Judi Dench, screenwriters Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, and composer Alexandre Desplat are all nominated for Oscars this year.  It is the real-life story of Philomena Lee, who joined Coogan at the Golden Globes as a presenter earlier […]

Angelina Jolie’s “Malificent” — New Clip

posted by Nell Minow

Lana Del Ray sings “Once Upon a Dream” in this new peek at the upcoming “Malificent,” starring Angelina Jolie as Sleeping Beauty’s evil fairy.

Trailer: Summer in February

posted by Nell Minow

If you miss seeing Dan Stevens in “Downton Abbey,” here’s a chance to see him back in pre-WWI England again, here’s your chance, in “Summer in February,” based on the true story of painter A.J. Munnings (Dominic Cooper), known for […]

Sing Along with “Frozen”

posted by Nell Minow

“Let it Go!” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and, my favorite, “Fixer-Upper!” You know you want to sing along. Now you can. “Frozen” is going to have a sing-along night on January 31. And just in case you […]

Evolution of the Dolly Zoom — the “Spielberg Shot”

posted by Nell Minow

Most associated with Steven Spielberg, the “dolly zoom” shot is the vertiginous technique that has the camera moving backward as the lens zooms in.  Here’s a terrific compilation — hold on tight!

Interview Jose Prendes of “Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark”

posted by Nell Minow

“Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark” had to be made.  And someone had to write it.  I got to talk to the man who took that on, Jose Prendes. When you were growing up did you enjoy watching a lot of […]

German Seniors Re-Create Classic Movie Poses for a Calendar

posted by Nell Minow

Residents of a German home for seniors have re-created twelve classic movie poses for a calendar. The models range in age from 75 to 98, and the movies they pay tribute to include “Titanic,” “Easy Rider,” “The Seven Year Itch,” […]

2014’s Movies Based on Books — Start Reading

posted by Nell Minow

Buzzfeed has a list of 16 movies coming out in 2014 that are based on books, including two crime novels by Gillian Flynn. Gone Girl is the story of a beautiful young woman (Rosamund Pike) who disappears on her wedding […]

Gimme Shelter

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving mistreatment, some drug content, violence, and language, all concerning teens
Movie Release Date:January 24, 2014
DVD Release Date:April 28, 2014
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving mistreatment, some drug content, violence, and language, all concerning teens
Movie Release Date: January 24, 2014
DVD Release Date: April 28, 2014

Vanessa Hudgens gives a touching and sensitive performance in this fact-based story of a pregnant, homeless teenager. Both Hudgens and writer/director Ron Krauss moved into a shelter so that they could do justice to the stories of these young women. […]

Tarantino’s Producer Says It’s Time to Cut Back on Movie Violence

posted by Nell Minow

Producer Harvey Weinstein, producer of some of Quentin Tarantino’s ultra-violent films like “Django Unchained,” told Piers Morgan he is not going to make movies like that anymore. “You have to look in the mirror, too. I have to choose movies […]

Slate’s New Parenting Podcast

posted by Nell Minow

I am a big fan of Slate’s podcasts, especially the Culture Gabfest, and am delighted that Dan Kois (of the excellent Book Club) is co-hosting a new one about parenting.  Kois and his co-host, Alison Benedikt, lead off with their […]

Let It Go from “Frozen” — in 25 Languages

posted by Nell Minow

And the LA Times explains how they do it. As the film business has become an increasingly global one, [Rick] Dempsey’s job has become ever more complex, with languages in emerging territories added every year. The newest additions include Bengali, […]

Interview: Vanessa Hudgens on Playing a Pregnant, Homeless Teenager in “Gimme Shelter”

posted by Nell Minow

Vanessa Hudgens gives a performance of extraordinary courage and sensitivity in “Gimme Shelter,” based on the true story of a teenage girl who is pregnant and homeless. Her name is Agnes, but she insists on being called Apple.  Both Hudgens […]

Interview: Writer-Director Anthony Joseph Giunta of “Contest”

posted by Nell Minow

I really enjoyed writer-director Anthony Joseph Giunta’s first film, “Contest,” a smart, funny, thoughtful story about high school bullying — and a televised cooking competition.  It was a pleasure to talk to him about making the film. How did this […]

Exclusive Excerpt: The Film Crew of Hollywood by James Udel

posted by Nell Minow

I am thrilled to be able to share with you exclusive excerpts from one of the best books ever to take you behind the scenes in film production — The Film Crew of Hollywood: Profiles of Grips, Cinematographers, Designers, a […]

Janelle Monae on Sesame Street and the Power of Yet

posted by Nell Minow

Steve James Talks About His Roger Ebert Documentary

posted by Nell Minow

Rogerebert.com editor Matt Zoller Seitz spoke to Steve James, one of Roger Ebert’s favorite filmmakers, and the man behind the crowd-funded documentary about Ebert, based in part on his autobiography, Life Itself: A Memoir.  Seitz writes It seems fitting that […]

To Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

posted by Nell Minow

May his words inspire us all to heal the world.

It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:1963
DVD Release Date:January 20, 2014
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 1963
DVD Release Date: January 20, 2014

What could be better than a 2 1/2 hour movie with every comedian and comic actor in Hollywood in a madcap masterpiece about the race to a hidden fortune?  A new Blu-Ray edition with deleted scenes, commentary, and interviews! Directed […]

Trailer: The Pretty One with Zoe Kazan as Twins

posted by Nell Minow

The trailer for Zoe Kazan’s new film “The Pretty One” has her playing a pair of identical twins. The storyline reminds me of the classic Bette Davis film, “A Stolen Life.” (Davis also played identical twins in another film, “Dead […]

And NBC’s Next Live Musical Performance Will Be….Peter Pan!

posted by Nell Minow

NBC pledged to follow up it’s live production of “The Sound of Music” with another family musical and they’ve announced what the next one will be — another classic that originally starred Mary Martin, “Peter Pan.” There have been many […]

Can A Movie Change Your Mind About Politics?

posted by Nell Minow

A provocative new study measured the effects of movies on the viewers’ thoughts about political/public policy issues like the environment, abortion, and health care, even the viewers’ overall faith in the political system.  Mother Jones explains some of the findings […]

Tribute: Two 60’s Television Icons, The Professor and Reuben

posted by Nell Minow

This week we say a sad farewell to two of the best-loved television stars of 1960’s sitcoms, Russell Johnson, who played The Professor on “Gilligan’s Island,” and Dave Madden, who was the long-suffering manager Reuben on “The Partridge Family.”  The […]

Contest: Win a DVD of “The Fifth Estate”

posted by Nell Minow

The NSA snooping on cell phones. Bradley Manning on trial. The people behind a 40-year-old robbery of FBI files that revealed extensive abuses finally coming forward. Target getting hit by hackers who steal thousands of credit card numbers. There is […]

Smile of the Week: Bringing Rembrandt’s Night Watch to Life

posted by Nell Minow

The Rijksmuseum museum in Holland took one Rembrandt painting from 1642, Night Watch and brought it to life the characters in a busy mall. Thanks to my mom for sending me this one!

“New Girl” Gets a Purple Guest Star — Prince!

posted by Nell Minow

The Artist Currently Known as Prince will guest star on “The New Girl!” Apparently, he is a fan of the show and will be playing himself. Think he’ll do a duet with Jess?

Interview: E.G. Daily of “The Voice” and “Rugrats”

posted by Nell Minow

E.G. Daily is best known as the voice of ‘Tommy Pickles’ on Nickelodeon’s hit cartoon “Rugrats” and ‘Dottie’ from the iconic 80’s cult classic movie Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. E.G. stunned the judges with her moving rendition of Faith Hill’s “Breathe” […]

Critics Choice Awards 2014

posted by Nell Minow

I’m very proud of all of our nominees and winners: BEST PICTURE 12 Years a Slave BEST DIRECTOR Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity BEST ACTOR Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club BEST ACTRESS Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR […]

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and intense action and brief strong language
Movie Release Date:January 17, 2014
DVD Release Date:June 9, 2014
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and intense action and brief strong language
Movie Release Date: January 17, 2014
DVD Release Date: June 9, 2014

There are three conclusions to draw from this reboot of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan character. First, it plays like an infomercial for NSA access to, well, pretty much everything. Second, no matter how attractive the actors and how thrilling the […]

Ride Along

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, sexual content and brief strong language,
Movie Release Date:January 17, 2014
DVD Release Date:April 22, 2014
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, sexual content and brief strong language,
Movie Release Date: January 17, 2014
DVD Release Date: April 22, 2014

Ice Cube and Kevin Hart have such a devoted fan base that they can count on them to buy a ticket to anything they do, and that is pretty much what they have done here in a generic buddy cop […]

The Nut Job

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for mild action and rude humor
Movie Release Date:January 17, 2014
DVD Release Date:April 15, 2014
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild action and rude humor
Movie Release Date: January 17, 2014
DVD Release Date: April 15, 2014

I miss the days when the economics of animation were so daunting that we were assured a certain level of quality. Yes, there were some low points that don’t even qualify for a Disney re-issue (I could find some affection […]

And the Oscar Will Go To….Oscar Nominations 2014

posted by Nell Minow

This year’s Oscar nominees were announced this morning. I’m sorry to see “Inside LLewyn Davis,” “The Butler,” “Fruitvale Station,” “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Enough Said” overlooked and I really wanted to see Scarlett Johansson get a nomination for “Her,” but […]

Must-Listen Movies: Great Soundtracks and Scores

posted by Nell Minow

Salon has a great list of must-hear movie soundtracks.  It’s wonderfully varied, with everything from “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” to an Elmer Fudd cartoon.  Composers include Duke Ellington, Ornette Coleman, Ennio Morricone, Willie Nelson, Prince, and Michael Jackson. […]

A New Television Series Explores Contemporary Issues in the Ten Commandments

posted by Nell Minow

WGN America and he Weinstein Company are joining together to produce “Ten Commandments,” a 10-part scripted series that with directors including Gus Van Sant, Lee Daniels, Jim Sheridan, Wes Craven and Michael Cera each taking on a different commandment and giving […]

Amazing Footage of the Movie Magic in “Wolf of Wall Street”

posted by Nell Minow

This remarkable footage shows some of the special effects used to create the fabulous visuals of Jordan Belfort’s over-the-top world in “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

G.B.F.

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for sexual references
Movie Release Date:2013
DVD Release Date:January 11, 2014
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for sexual references
Movie Release Date: 2013
DVD Release Date: January 11, 2014

Writer George Northy and director Darren Stein manage to subvert and salute the traditions of the high school comedy in this smart, fresh, and funny story that shakes up the classic elements of teen movies but recognizes their eternal verities. […]

Be Sure to Watch the Critics Choice Awards on Thursday

posted by Nell Minow

I love the Critics Choice Awards, and not just because I get to vote.  The critics are the only ones who sit through most of the movies released each year and who have no ties to the industry to influence […]

Smile of the Week: Instructions for a Bad Day

posted by Nell Minow

A compilation of worldwide YouTube content, the crowd-sourced documentary “Life in a Day” by Kevin Macdonald, and local footage by Jon Goodgion. Audio is the spoken word poem “Instructions For a Bad Day” by Shane Koyczan.

Remembering the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King

posted by Nell Minow

As we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, every family should take time to talk about this great American leader and hero of the Civil Rights Movement. There are outstanding films and other resources for all ages. King: A […]

Contest: The Book About the Real-Life Butler

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of my DVD Pick of the Week, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, I’m giving away a copy of the book that inspired it, the true story of Eugene Allen, the man who served as a White House butler.  The […]

Interview: James Udel Takes Us Behind the Scenes in The Film Crew of Hollywood

posted by Nell Minow

James Udel is the author of a magnificent new book, The Film Crew of Hollywood: Profiles of Grips, Cinematographers, Designers, a Gaffer, a Stuntman and a Makeup Artist.  He goes behind the scenes, interviewing ten people who created movie magic […]

Golden Globes 2014: Highlights and Lowlights

posted by Nell Minow

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey stole the show again in their second year as hosts of the first big awards show of the season, The Golden Globes.  The Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s 72nd award ceremony spread the wealth, with several […]

I Liked the Cute Older Couple in the Swiffer Commercials But I LOVE This New Couple

posted by Nell Minow

The 90-year-old lovebirds Morty and Lee are adorable, but this new couple, the Rukavinas, is even more heartwarming.  Zack Rukavina is from South Dakota.  He lost part of his arm to cancer.  If he looks familiar, you may have seen […]

List: Jack Ryan

posted by Nell Minow

As we prepare for this week’s release of the Jack Ryan prequel, “Shadow Recruit,” you might want to take a look at the other thrillers based on Tom Clancy’s dashing hero.  Watch how each one of these stories reflects its […]

Chaz Ebert Carries Roger’s Legacy Forward

posted by Nell Minow

My friend Chaz Ebert is profiled in today’s Chicago Tribune as she prepares to go to the Sundance Film Festival for the first time since Roger’s death last April.  This time, she is not going as the wife of a critic. […]

Trailer: Life of a King

posted by Nell Minow

Cuba Gooding, Jr. stars in this fact-based story about Washington D.C.’s Big Chair Chess Club. Here’s an interview with the real Eugene Brown.

Interview: Drew Waters of “The Ultimate Life”

posted by Nell Minow

The Ultimate Gift, based on the book by JIm Stovall had James Garner as a wealthy man who left his grandson twelve “gifts” to teach him that the true meaning of life is not about money but about love, compassion, […]

Harry Belafonte on Movies and Race

posted by Nell Minow

There has been a lot of conversation about whether enfant terrible critic Armond White heckled director Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) at the New York Film Critics Circle awards ceremony.  What was far more significant were the thoughtful comments […]

Chewbacca’s Private Pictures

posted by Nell Minow

The actor who played Chewbacca in the original “Star Wars” trilogy has been tweeting his utterly charming backstage photos of everything from a birthday celebration for Alec Guinness to, yes, Carrie Fisher and her stand-in wearing the harem outfit.  Be […]

List: Hercules Movies

posted by Nell Minow

2014 will see not one but two different movies about Hercules, the mythical half-god who had super-strength. This week’s release stars “Twilight’s” Kellan Lutz and upcoming we have “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Joseph Fiennes, and […]

Where Does the Code in Movies Come From and Will it Work?

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Slate’s Aisha Harris for finding this great Tumblr about the code used in movies and on television.  Most of us are, you know, paying attention to the characters and storyline, but some people can do that and look at […]

The Legend of Hercules

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense combat action and violence, and for some sensuality
Movie Release Date:January 10, 2014
DVD Release Date:April 29, 2014
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense combat action and violence, and for some sensuality
Movie Release Date: January 10, 2014
DVD Release Date: April 29, 2014

Director Renny Harlin has made a Hercules epic with drab, washed-out cinematography, poorly staged action scenes, incompetent acting, bad hair, terrible computer effects, and dialogue that lands more heavily than the title character’s punch. Even at just over 90 minutes […]

Lone Survivor

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong bloody war violence and pervasive language
Movie Release Date:January 10, 2014
DVD Release Date:June 3, 2014
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong bloody war violence and pervasive language
Movie Release Date: January 10, 2014
DVD Release Date: June 3, 2014

Director Peter Berg is as good as it gets when it comes to putting a particular kind of male chemistry on screen. If he was writing instead of filming, he would dunk his pen in testosterone, beard stubble, and sweat. […]

Smile of the Week: Movies do the Neutron Dance

posted by Nell Minow

Critics on Critics: What Words Would You Ban from Reviews?

posted by Nell Minow

Indiewire’s weekly poll turns the critics on themselves, asking them to disclose what words they would ban from reviews.  From “epic” to “game-changer” to “Oscar-worthy,” they tell us what terms are overused, under-specific, and just too easy.   I admit […]

The Original “Please Mr. Kennedy” Song

posted by Nell Minow

My favorite movie of 2013 is “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and I love the scene where the very serious folksinger title character (Oscar Isaac) gets hired as a studio musician to perform a silly novelty song. Justin Timberlake plays the musician […]

Movie Addict Headquarters: Our Thoughts on the Golden Globes

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks, as always, to Betty Jo Tucker for having me on her wonderful Movie Addict Headquarters show to talk about the Golden Globes with our pals A.J. Hakeri and Mack Bates.

Exclusive Director’s Cut of Salinger Biography on PBS

posted by Nell Minow

American Masters launches its 28th season with the series’ 200th episode: the exclusive director’s cut of Shane Salerno’s documentary, Salinger, premiering nationally Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 9-11:30 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) with 15 minutes of new material not seen in theaters.

Screenwriters Talk About 2013’s Toughest Scenes to Write

posted by Nell Minow

New York Magazine’s Vulture blog has some fascinating interviews with the screenwriters behind some of the year’s best films, “Fruitvale Station,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Philomena,” “The Butler,” “Iron Man 3,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Before Midnight,” “The Spectacular Now,” “Saving […]

Happy Birthday Elvis Presley!

posted by Nell Minow

Celebrate Elvis on Turner Classic Movies: 7:45 AM Live A Little, Love A Little (1968) 9:15 AM Double Trouble (1967) 11:00 AM Spinout (1966) 12:45 PM Tickle Me (1965) 2:30 PM Girl Happy (1965) 4:15 PM Kissin’ Cousins (1964) 6:00 […]

P&G Thanks the Moms Who Raised the Kids Who Are Going to Sochi

posted by Nell Minow

The Critics Choice Awards 2014 — Don’t Miss It!

posted by Nell Minow

This year, I’ll be watching from home, too!  Be sure to tune in to see the Critics Choice Awards on January 16, 2014, 8 Eastern and Pacific, on the CW.  The host is “The Talk’s” witty and beautiful Aisha Tyler.

New from “Muppets Most Wanted” — Across the Internet

posted by Nell Minow

Google Pays Tribute to Zora Neale Hurston

posted by Nell Minow

  Today Google pays tribute to one of America’s greatest writers, Zora Neale Hurston, on the 123rd anniversary of her birth.  She was a folklorist as well as an author, and I love the echoes of the oral tradition of […]

The Cast of “The Good Wife” Dances to Thicky Trick

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s a treat to warm up this cold snap!  This week’s case on “The Good Wife” concerned the use of a song on a “Glee”-style television show.  The cast decided to engage in some very un-courtroom-like behavior.  I got a […]

1976: Hunt vs. Lauda

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:2013
DVD Release Date:January 7, 2014
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 2013
DVD Release Date: January 7, 2014

Ron Howard’s “Rush” was the story of the Formula One rivalry between the reckless and handsome James Hunt from Great Britain and the cool, hyper-rational Niki Lauda from Austria. In the extraordinary season of 1976, Lauda was in a terrible […]

SNL Adds A New Cast Member: Sasheer Zamata

posted by Nell Minow

Saturday Night Live has added Sasheer Zamata to the cast.   She graduated from the University of Virginia and has performed with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.   SNL producer Lorne Michaels has been criticized for the lack of diversity in the […]

“Frozen” Tops the Box Office

posted by Nell Minow

In its seventh week out, Disney’s animated musical treat “Frozen” tops the box office, leading off 2014 with another powerful reminder of the market for top quality family movies.  The story of the sister princesses did not just beat out […]

Nextflix Micro-Genres Are Amazing

posted by Nell Minow

The closing of the last Blockbuster stores has led to some “end of an era” pontificating and even some meta “end of the era of end of the eras” commentary from Monica Hesse in the Washington Post.  For me, it is […]

Costume Designers Tell the Story

posted by Nell Minow

I love behind the scenes glimpses of the unsung heroes of film-making like The Hollywood Reporter’s great look at five costume designers who worked on some of the biggest films of the year.  Costume designers do much more than create […]

Guaranteed To Improve Your Life, Your Job, and Your Relationships: 365 Grateful

posted by Nell Minow

Start the new year by joining this wonderful project and find out how being grateful will transform your life.

Trailer: Million Dollar Arm

posted by Nell Minow

A sports agent goes to India to recruit cricket players for major league baseball in “Million Dollar Arm,” starring Jon Hamm, Lake Bell, Aasif Mandvi, and Alan Arkin.

The Present NOT to Buy Your Children Next Christmas

posted by Nell Minow

Dreamworks is teaming up with Fuhu, the maker of tablets  for children to create the first tablet in which the content provider controls what the user sees.  In other words, it’s more like a television.  While Amazon sensibly makes sure […]

Television to Watch for in Winter 2014

posted by Nell Minow

Yes, I want you to limit everyone in the family’s screen time, even when it’s cold out.  But there’s something to reward you — some great stuff to watch for your select television time. Returning favorites: Community: Creator Dan Harmon […]

The “Veronica Mars” Movie Trailer Looks Great!

posted by Nell Minow

The Kickstarter-financed update to the beloved television series looks wonderful — a great combination of letting the main character grow up (she’s a lawyer now) but giving her a reason to go home and interact with the characters from her […]

Big Bang Theory en Francais est Magnifique!

posted by Nell Minow

Salon has an article about the success of American television series in France. It’s hard to underestimate the impact of “Friends” in paving the way for “The Big Bang Theory” and “How I Met Your Mother,” not just in terms […]

Limiting Screentime

posted by Nell Minow

It’s a challenge to keep kids away from television and computers and tablets and smartphones, especially in the winter when they are indoors much of the time, and when they’re out of school.  And it is a challenge to make […]

Worst Movies of 2013 — Round-Up

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to New York Magazine’s Vulture column for including my thoughts in the round-up of the worst films of 2013.  Here’s the consolidated list. As always, there are some movies that end up on both best and worst lists, notably […]

Tribute: James Avery of “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the loss of actor James Avery, who starred with Will Smith as Uncle Phil in Fresh Prince of Bel Air.  Avery was a Vietnam veteran who became a writer, actor, and voice talent. He was a great foil […]

Tribute: Juanita Moore

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the loss of actress Juanita Moore, who died today at age 99. She was one of the first African-Americans to be nominated for an Oscar, and is still best remembered for that role, in “Imitation of Life.” The […]

Angela Lansbury Becomes a Dame — The Queen’s Honours List 2014

posted by Nell Minow

The magnificent Angela Lansbury will become a Dame (female equivalent of a knighthood), announced today as a part of Queen Elizabeth II’s annual honours (British spelling) list.  From her earliest appearances as the insolent maid in “Gaslight” and Elizabeth Taylor’s […]

Welcome to 2014! Movies to Look Forward To This Year

posted by Nell Minow

Sequels and reboots!  Here are some of the most anticipated releases of 2014. Superheroes:  “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”  “X-Men: Days of Future Past” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Sequels: “The Hunger Games: […]

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The Film Experience has a put together a list of the 200 oldest movie stars, from age 82-105.  It includes two-time Oscar winner Olivia de Havilland ("Gone With the Wind"), John Wayne c0-star Maureen O'Hara, and century-old Norman Lloyd, who ...

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Tom Cruise Runs -- Supercut
I love this supercut of Tom Cruise's best running scenes, first because it shows the range of films he's worked in over the decades, and the different ways different directors and cinematographers shoot the scenes (and some similarities), and ...

posted 10:17:54pm Aug. 01, 2015 | read full post »

You Can Help Support This new Ed Asner Film on Indiegogo
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posted 4:18:09pm Aug. 01, 2015 | read full post »

Opening this Month: August 2015
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Trailer: On Beauty
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