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Contest Reminder: Frozen, Saving Mr. Banks, Little Rascals Save the Day, the Pirate Fairy, and Angels in Stardust

posted by Nell Minow

I’ve got a lot of contests going this week, with more to come!  So here’s a reminder — you still  have time to enter to win copies of Frozen, The Pirate Fairy, Saving Mr. Banks, Little Rascals Save the Day, […]

Three More J.K. Rowlings “MegaMovies” Planned: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

posted by Nell Minow

Great news from Warners!  According to a story in the New York times about studio executive Kevin Tsujihara, he has persuaded Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling to expand her “Fantastic Beasts” supplement to a three-movie series. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to […]

Farewell to HIMYM

posted by Nell Minow

Ted has met the woman who will become the mother of his children, Barney and Robin are married, and after nine seasons it is time for the beloved series How I Met Your Mother to come to an end.  Fans […]

The History of the Movie Trailer

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to my friend Michael Mirasol for sharing this great look at the history of movie trailers.  

Trailer: Mila Kunis in “Jupiter Ascending”

posted by Nell Minow

Cannot wait for this one, from the Wachowskis and Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow Pictures.

Interview: Rachel Boynton of Oil Business Documentary “Big Men”

posted by Nell Minow

Documentarian Rachel Boynton (Our Brand Is Crisis) spent seven years filming “Big Men,” a documentary about what happens when the American oil business meets a previously unknown oil reserve in Ghana.  Is it possible for American business, with its obligations […]

How Many of These Cartoon Theme Songs Can You Identify?

posted by Nell Minow

There are some cartoony hints to help you out. But if you want to see the entire list, it is here.

Contest: The Pirate Fairy

posted by Nell Minow

Disney’s latest Tinker Bell story stars Tom Hiddleston as James, the future Captain Hook, and “Mad Men’s” Christina Hendricks as Zorina, a fairy whose special blue dust gives James some piratical ideas.  If you’d like to win a DVD/Blu-Ray, send […]

Trailer: Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche Fall in Love in “Words and Pictures”

posted by Nell Minow

A smart, touching romance for grown-ups — hurray!

Contest: Saving Mr. Banks

posted by Nell Minow

I am thrilled to have five copies of Saving Mr. Banks to give away!  This is the behind-the-scenes story of Walt Disney’s efforts to persuade the author of Mary Poppins to let him make a movie musical about the magical […]

Contest: Frozen

posted by Nell Minow

This is really exciting!  I have five copies of the #1 DVD/Blu-Ray in the world to give away!  Yes, it’s “Frozen,” with all kinds of fabulous extras. Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with Frozen in the subject line and […]

Noah

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and brief suggestive content
Movie Release Date:March 28, 2014
DVD Release Date:July 28, 2014
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and brief suggestive content
Movie Release Date: March 28, 2014
DVD Release Date: July 28, 2014

“Noah” is a serious, thoughtful, reverent movie that, like its title character, wrestles with the big issues of morality, survivor guilt, and strengthening a connection to the divine.  It is also a big, grand adventure with drama and special effects. […]

Sabotage

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R For strong bloody violence, pervasive language, some sexuality/nudity and drug use
Movie Release Date:March 28, 2014
DVD Release Date:July 22, 2014
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Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R For strong bloody violence, pervasive language, some sexuality/nudity and drug use
Movie Release Date: March 28, 2014
DVD Release Date: July 22, 2014

“Sabotage” begins with two painful images.  A woman is being horribly tortured.  And Arnold Schwarzenegger, as the man watching it happen on video, is trying to act. As generic as its title, “Sabotage” wastes no time or effort on such, […]

Movies About Noah

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s release of the serious, thoughtful, provocative “Noah” is a good reminder to re-visit some earlier versions of the Bible story about the man chosen by God to lead the humans and animals to survive the flood. Noah’s Ark […]

A Place to Find Positive, Uplifting Films

posted by Nell Minow

Like movies? Like doing good? Check out www.eflixir.com. There are thousands of uplifting films and a portion of every fee goes to charity.

Here’s My Ebertchat

posted by Nell Minow

I got a lot of great questions, from guilty pleasures to the most important things I learned from Roger Ebert.  You can read it all here.

Picture Lock: Women in Cinema, from the Bechdel Test to the Manic Pixie Dream Girl

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Kevin Sampson for including me in the Picture Lock Women’s History Month special, a panel discussion about the state of women in film, on and off screen.  And many thanks to my fellow panelists, casting director Kimberly Skyrme, […]

Contest: The Little Rascals Save the Day

posted by Nell Minow

In the spirit of the treasured Our Gang comedies, The Little Rascals Save the Day finds the most entertaining bunch of third graders in town hatching a series of madcap schemes to earn enough money to keep Grandma’s (Doris Roberts […]

Contest — Angels in Stardust

posted by Nell Minow

Alicia Silverstone, AJ Michalka, and Billy Burke star in Angels in Stardust, the story of a teenager with big dreams and the mystical cowboy who helps her find the courage to make those dreams come true.  This is an endearing […]

Join me on Twitter for an #ebertchat

posted by Nell Minow

The filmmakers behind “Life Itself,” a documentary about Roger Ebert’s life and legacy, are giving guest hosts control of their @Ebertmovie Twitter account. The hosts will be sharing their memories of Roger Ebert, their favorite reviews, and much more!  This […]

Tonight on PBS: The Story of the Jews

posted by Nell Minow

Starting tonight on PBS: Simon Schama hosts #StoryofTheJewsPBS – 3000 years of Jewish history, culture & identity. Prize winning author of fifteen books and Emmy-Award winner Simon Schama brings to life Jewish history and experience in a new five-part documentary series The Story of […]

Tribute: James Rebhorn

posted by Nell Minow

Today we mourn the loss of actor James Rebhorn, who appeared on “Homeland” and in films like “My Cousin Vinny” (the tire expert) and “Independence Day” (the Secretary of Defense).  He was one of those dependable familiar faces who always […]

Exclusive Clip: The Little Rascals Save the Day

posted by Nell Minow

The Little Rascals are back!  The beloved comedy series from the earliest days of film featured the wild adventures of Spanky, Alfalfa, Darla, Buckwheat, their dog Petey, and the rest of the gang.  On April 1, the all-new story “The […]

Interview: Overcoming Autism with Claire LaZebnik

posted by Nell Minow

A completely revised new edition of the indispensable book Overcoming Autism: Finding the Answers, Strategies, and Hope That Can Transform a Child’s Life comes out tomorrow. The original, published ten years ago, was written by Dr. Lynn Koegel, the nationally […]

Behind the Scenes: Island of Lemurs

posted by Nell Minow

Morgan Freeman narrates the IMAX 3D® documentary “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” the incredible true story of nature’s greatest explorers—lemurs.  Here’s an early peek at the film, coming soon to IMAX theaters across the country.

Exclusive Clip: Alpha and Omega 3 — The Great Wolf Games

posted by Nell Minow

“Alpha and Omega 3: The Great Wolf Games” comes out March 25 at Walmart, and on Digital HD and VOD. In the “Great Wolf Games,” all the alphas in the packs set aside their differences for some friendly competition. When […]

Interview: April Hernandez of 100 Huntley Street

posted by Nell Minow

April Hernandez and author Eric Metaxas will co-host host the syndicated talk show 100 Huntley Street, produced by Crossroads Media Group, featuring engaging conversations with extraordinary people to well-known celebrities.  The half-hour lifestyle show will  inspirational and uplifting stories, giving it […]

Trailer: The Giver

posted by Nell Minow

Meryl Streep stars in this movie based on the Newbery award winning novel about a seemingly perfect world by Lois Lowry.

How Well Do You Know the Muppets?

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of the eight Muppet movie, “Muppets Most Wanted,” out this weekend, I’ve got some questions to see how well you know the Muppets. 1. Can you guess the writer who provided the narration for this 1968 commercial featuring […]

Ebertfest 2014: Schedule

posted by Nell Minow

This looks amazing — I’m so glad I’ll be there.   WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23 7:30 PM Life Itself Steve James, director THURSDAY, APRIL 24 1:00 PM Museum Hours Jem Cohen, director 4:00 PM Short Term 12 Brie Larson, actor 9:00 […]

Religious Leaders Respond to Noah: Moving and Inspiring

posted by Nell Minow

Christian leaders are responding warmly to “Noah,” starring Russell Crowe.  I have not seen the film yet, but was moved by the response of my friend Rebecca Cusey, who has, unlike many of the people who have been complaining about […]

Trailer: Sophia Grace and Rosie’s Royal Adventure

posted by Nell Minow

In their first film, Ellen DeGeneres sends the adorable Sophia Grace and Rosie on a royal adventure.  The DVD will be out on May 20.

Where Did That Movie Catchphrase Come From?

posted by Nell Minow

Flavorwire has a great collection of movie catchphrases with the stories behind them.  A surprising number come from the actors improvising on the spot.  Some were in the script and credit goes to the screenwriter.  And one of the most […]

Divergent

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for intense violence and action, thematic elements and some sensuality
Movie Release Date:March 21, 2014
DVD Release Date:August 4, 2014
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense violence and action, thematic elements and some sensuality
Movie Release Date: March 21, 2014
DVD Release Date: August 4, 2014

Another day, another movie based on darkly dystopic book trilogy with a brave and beautiful teenaged girl who is the only one who can save the world. This time it is Tris (Shailene Woodley), who lives in a post-apocalyptic Chicago, […]

Muppets Most Wanted

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some mild action
Movie Release Date:March 21, 2014
DVD Release Date:August 11, 2014
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some mild action
Movie Release Date: March 21, 2014
DVD Release Date: August 11, 2014

The Muppets live up to the title in this adorable follow-up that is even truer to the essence of Muppetry than the Jason Segal predecessor because it puts the Muppets themselves at the heart of the story, not the humans. […]

A Birder’s Guide to Everything

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 on appeal for language, sex and drug references, and brief partial nudity
Movie Release Date:March 21, 2014
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 on appeal for language, sex and drug references, and brief partial nudity
Movie Release Date: March 21, 2014

First rule: do NOT call them bird watchers. These are seriously ornithophilic teenagers and the correct term is “birder.” Maybe one reason they like birds so much is that the three members of the high school birder society — all […]

Exclusive Clip: Walking With Dinosaurs

posted by Nell Minow

Enjoy this exclusive clip from “Walking with Dinosaurs,” the gorgeously animated story of a young dinosaur, with the voice talents of Justin Long and John Leguizamo.  In a time when dinosaurs rule the Earth, the smallest of the pack — a […]

All Children Need Books About All Children

posted by Nell Minow

Author Walter Dean Myers, former Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, wrote about a troubling issue in the New York Times: the lack of diversity in books for children. “Of 3,200 children’s books published in 2013, just […]

New Trailer: Amazing Spider-Man 2

posted by Nell Minow

The new trailer for “Spider-Man 2″ is all kinds of awesomesause!

Interview: David Kaplan and Mark Levinson of “Particle Fever”

posted by Nell Minow

I loved “Particle Fever,” the gripping, illuminating, inspiring story of the world’s most brilliant physicists searching for the answer of answers — the building blocks of the universe with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) .  So it was a special […]

Interview: David A.R. White of Pure Flix and “God’s Not Dead”

posted by Nell Minow

David A.R. White (“Evening Shade”) is the founder/writer/director of Pure Flix, which makes films that “uplift and inspire the human spirit.”  He graciously took time to answer my questions about making faith-based films and what he has learned.  New films […]

What! No Female Superhero Movies?

posted by Nell Minow

On top of the distressing news that Halle Berry’s Storm character in the new X-Men movie has been cut down to one scene — possibly just one line — and Anna Pacquin’s Rogue removed entirely, comes some more bad news. […]

Interview: Kevin Sorbo of “God’s Not Dead”

posted by Nell Minow

It was great to catch up with Kevin Sorbo to hear about his new role as an atheist professor with a student who is a committed Christian in “God’s Not Dead” from Pure Flix. The last time I talked to you, […]

Environmental Film Festival: Family and Children’s Program

posted by Nell Minow

Starting tomorrow, the 2014 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital will present narrative, animated and documentary films for children and families across the Washington area from March 18-30. These films are a section of the larger Festival, which will […]

Tom Hiddleston Sings in Disney’s “The Pirate Fairy”

posted by Nell Minow

Before he became Captain Hook, he was a cabin boy named James. From the world of Peter Pan comes The Pirate Fairy, a swashbuckling new adventure about Zarina (voice of Christina Hendricks), a smart and ambitious dust-keeper fairy who’s captivated […]

LEGO Movie/Simpsons Mash-Up — The Couch

posted by Nell Minow

What do the Simpsons and the LEGO movie characters have in common?  A couch!

For St. Patrick’s Day — This Great Guinness Commercial Has a Dog Shepherding Men to the Pub

posted by Nell Minow

Talking to WGN’s Nick Digilio About Movies

posted by Nell Minow

I always have a blast with my pal Nick Digilio — this weekend we talked about “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” John Turturro’s new film, “Fading Gigolo,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” and the upcoming Ebertfest.

A Dad and His Daughter Make Time for Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Cinema Blend has a terrific new series called Parental Guidance, the saga of a devoted dad and his 15 year old daughter who’ve agreed to watch some of the dad’s favorite movies together.  So far, they’ve watched “Raiders of the […]

Some Great Irish Movies for St. Patrick’s Day

posted by Nell Minow

These are some of my favorite movies set in Ireland. 1. The Quiet Man John Wayne plays American Sean Thornton (John Wayne), who returns to in Innisfree, the small, beautiful Irish village where he was born, to buy his family’s old home. […]

Opening This Week: Divergent and Muppets Most Wanted

posted by Nell Minow

The winter movie doldrums are over and there are two terrific movies opening this week.  If you haven’t heard about the best-selling “Divergent” series of books, think “Hunger Games” (dystopian YA trilogy with a plucky female heroine) and read this […]

Dazzling Compilation of 1001 Movies to See Before You Die

posted by Nell Minow

This fabulous compilation/supercut was made by Jonathan Keogh and inspired by the terrific 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die by Stephen Jay Schneider. For a DVD featuring this and other magnificently edited compilations by Keogh ($10), email Bluefishfilms@aol.com.

“God’s Not Dead” — Trailer and Clips

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s star Kevin Sorbo — interview with him coming next week.  

Trailer: Get On Up — The James Brown Story

posted by Nell Minow

Chadwick Boseman (“42″) looks electrifying as James Brown in this biopic directed by “The Help’s” Tate Taylor, produced by Ron Howard, and co-starring Viola Davis, Jill Scott, and Octavia Spencer.  It will be in theaters this summer.

Happy Pi Day: Pie Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Happ Pi day!  (3-14)  And happy Pie Day (for me, that’s every day).  I love the list of pie movies my friend and fellow Ebert-ite Jana Monji brought together and Chaz Ebert published on rogerebert.com.   Here are two of […]

Want to Live in the Dunphy’s House?

posted by Nell Minow

The house Phil and Claire and their children live in on “Modern Family” is for sale! The idea of a realtor like the one Phil plays on the show showing this house is kind of mind-bending.  Hope they fixed that […]

Sam Mendes Has Advice for Directors

posted by Nell Minow

Director Sam Mendes (“Skyfall,” “American Beauty”) has some advice for directors.  In accepting an award, he listed 25 recommendations that are well worth reading.  Some are particular to his profession (“If you have the chance, please work with Dame Judi […]

The Grand Budapest Hotel

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language, some sexual content, and violence
Movie Release Date:March 8, 2014
DVD Release Date:June 16, 2014
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language, some sexual content, and violence
Movie Release Date: March 8, 2014
DVD Release Date: June 16, 2014

Writer/director Wes Anderson loves precious little worlds and his movies are not just created, they are curated. There’s a reason that this film is named for its location, not its characters or plot. Anderson is the master of “saudade,” the […]

Need for Speed

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sequences of reckless street racing, disturbing crash scenes, nudity and crude language
Movie Release Date:March 14, 2014
DVD Release Date:August 4, 2014
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of reckless street racing, disturbing crash scenes, nudity and crude language
Movie Release Date: March 14, 2014
DVD Release Date: August 4, 2014

Important tip: If the word “speed” is in the title of the movie, don’t make it over two hours long. And especially, don’t make it feel even longer than that. Clearly going for the “Fast and Furious” vibe with a […]

Veronica Mars

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexuality including references, drug content, violence and some strong language
Movie Release Date:March 14, 2014
DVD Release Date:May 5, 2014
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexuality including references, drug content, violence and some strong language
Movie Release Date: March 14, 2014
DVD Release Date: May 5, 2014

NOTE: I can’t pretend any objectivity here — I am a fan of the television series, a Kickstarter supporter of the film, and a friend of one of the producers.  I think I would have been capable of writing a […]

Honey Maid Graham Crackers and Beta Brands Decide to Put Real People in Ads

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Jezebel for highlighting these great new ads.  Honey Grahams emphasize their wholesomeness with an ad that pays tribute to a range of happy, loving families. And Betabrand has women with PhDs modeling its line of “smart fashions.”  This […]

Chipotle Blurs the Lines Between Content and Advertising/Branding

posted by Nell Minow

A new series on Hulu blurs the lines between content and advertising in a way we haven’t seen since George Burns and Gracie Allen started talking about Carnation Evaporated Milk in the middle of their sitcom. “Farmed and Dangerous” is […]

Should We Ban Hand-Held Devices for Kids?

posted by Nell Minow

Cris Rowan has a provocative but compelling piece in Huffington Post arguing that no one under 12 should use smart phones, tablets, or other devices.  Her reasons include studies linking the amount of screen time to radiation exposure, obesity, and […]

New Report: Female Characters Still Under-Represented in Films

posted by Nell Minow

Despite the critical and financial success of “Gravity” and “The Hunger Games,” it is still hard to find movies with strong leading female characters.  A new report from Women in TV and Film shows little progress.  The title is pointed: […]

Long-lost George Lucas “Star Wars” Film

posted by Nell Minow

Esquire has a fascinating story about a short film called “Black Angel,”  “created to accompany The Empire Strikes Back in theaters. It was the directorial debut of Star Wars‘ pioneering set decorator Roger Christian and a special request by the big man himself, […]

Interview: Author, Game Creator, History Buff Arie Kaplan

posted by Nell Minow

The multi-talented Arie Kaplan (From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books)graciously took time to answer my questions about his latest projects.  He wrote the story, dialogue, and in-game fiction for the new videogame PARANORMAL STATE: POISON SPRING (based on the […]

Women’s History Month: American Masters Tribute

posted by Nell Minow

The PBS series “American Masters” pays tribute to 10 great American women in honor of Women’s History Month.  Here is one of my favorites, about Aretha Franklin.

Premiering Tonight on Fox: Cosmos with Neil DeGrasse Tyson

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to tune in for the spectacular return of “Cosmos,” hosted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, premiering tonight on Fox.

Downton Abbey Costumes on Display at Winterthur

posted by Nell Minow

The fabulous museum and garden at Delaware’s Wintherthur is well worth a visit, especially now through January 4, 2015, when 40 costumes from Downton Abbey will be on display.  It is a spectacular show, brilliantly displayed.  It covers the real-life […]

Watch the Oscar-Winning Animated Short Film: Mr. Hublot

posted by Nell Minow

In this charming story, a man finds his life transformed by a robot pet.

Clips: A Birder’s Guide to Everything

posted by Nell Minow

Lesson Number One: Don’t call them birdwatchers.  They are birders.  And in this movie three very dedicated high school birders want to find and document what may be a duck previously thought to be extinct.  Sir Ben Kingsley co-stars with […]

The $11 Billion Year — Anne Thompson’s New Book About Hollywood

posted by Nell Minow

One of the sharpest observers of the business of making movies is Anne Thompson, and I am very excited about her new book, The 1 Billion Year: From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System.  There […]

Behind the Scenes: “Noah”

posted by Nell Minow

Facts of Life Stars Reunite in a New Hallmark Channel Movie

posted by Nell Minow

  “Facts of Life” co-stars Lisa Whelchel and Kim Fields will reunited in “For Better Or For Worse,” a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World coming this fall. The film, which is an adaptation of the bestselling novel For Better or […]

Dave Barry at the National Press Club: You Can Date Boys When You’re 40

posted by Nell Minow

I had the great pleasure of hearing humorist Dave Barry speak at the National Press Club yesterday. His new book is the very funny You Can Date Boys When You’re Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very […]

My Radio Reviews on WTOP

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Dimitri Sotis for inviting me onto WTOP to review “300: Rise of an Empire” and “Mr. Peabody & Sherman.”

Trailer: The Boxtrolls

posted by Nell Minow

Coming this fall from Laika (“Coraline,” “ParaNorman”), “The Boxtrolls” stars Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, and Tracy Morgan in the story of a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly […]

Mr. Peabody & Sherman

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some mild action and brief rude humor
Movie Release Date:March 7, 2014
DVD Release Date:October 14, 2014
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some mild action and brief rude humor
Movie Release Date: March 7, 2014
DVD Release Date: October 14, 2014

Jay Ward’s irresistibly daffy cartoons of the early 1960’s were charming and witty, with a post-modern meta wink at the fourth wall, wacky puns, and jokes that kids would suddenly remember and understand years later.  This reboot is smarmy, overblown, […]

A Sneak Peek at Disney’s new “Pirate Fairy”

posted by Nell Minow

From the world of “Peter Pan” comes “The Pirate Fairy,” a swashbuckling new adventure about Zarina (voice of Christina Hendricks), a smart and ambitious dust-keeper fairy who’s captivated by Blue Pixie Dust and its endless possibilities. When Zarina’s wild ideas get […]

300: Rise of an Empire — The Real Story

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s release “300: Rise of an Empire” is a highly fictionalized version of a real-life episode in ancient Greek history that included a massive sea battle.  It is a “side-quel,” depicting events that occurred around the same time as […]

Trailer–Transformers: Age of Extinction with Mark Wahlberg

posted by Nell Minow

300: Rise of an Empire

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s a new term: this movie is neither a sequel nor a prequel to 300, the story of the 300 Spartans who died battling the vastly greater army of the Persians. This is a “side-quel,” a “meanwhile” story about what […]

Trailer: “Annie” with Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx

posted by Nell Minow

Coming in December — this is the updated “Annie” with Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, and Rose Byrne.

Tablet Says The Best Movies Are Religious (Even If They Are Not Bible Stories)

posted by Nell Minow

In the midst of the silly battles over “Noah,” Liel Leibovitz has a superb piece on the Tablet website about how the best movies always have a religious component. As is often the case when we strive to talk seriously […]

Let the Fire Burn — Coming to George Mason University March 19, 2014

posted by Nell Minow

“In the masterfully crafted Let the Fire Burn, viewers are thrown back into a time that seems both ancient and wrenchingly immediate, when mutual fear, suspicion and misunderstanding combusted in a grievous, literally fatal, explosion.” Ann Hornaday, Washington Post The GMU FAMS […]

Trailer: The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most touching moments of the Oscars was the award for a documentary short called “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life.”  It is the story of Alice Herz-Sommer, the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor, who died […]

Contest Winners: Legos and Grace Unplugged

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to all who entered!  I wish I had a prize for everyone. Winners: “The Lego Movie” minifigs: Zach J., Jefferson City, MO “Grace Unplugged” DVD and CD: V Franz, Haysville KS

Idina Menzel, Jimmy Fallon, and The Roots Perform “Let it Go” with Kindergarten Instruments

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s the Oscar-winning song, a knockout no matter the instruments (or how her name is pronounced).

Contest: Bible Secrets Revealed

posted by Nell Minow

The History Channel’s Bible Secrets Revealed premieres on DVD today and I have three copies to give away! The series covers the history of the Bible and its translations and editors over the centuries, from the moral codes of the Old Testament […]

What’s the Deal with Swords and Sandals?

posted by Nell Minow

It’s only the first week of March and already we are getting our third sword-and-sandal movie.  In January, there was The Legend of Hercules.  February was Pompeii.  This week is the follow-up to 300, based on the Frank Miller graphic […]

Will Kids Today Ever Understand These Classic Movies?

posted by Nell Minow

Amanda Scherker has a very funny piece on Huffington Post about the way that changes in technology make it hard to understand what the big deal is in a lot of movie classics. Is it possible to be terrified by […]

Kristen Bell and Santino Fontana Sing “Love is an Open Door”

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s a great clip from Disney Movies Anywhere, Disney’s all-new, cloud-based digital movie service, where “Frozen” is now available.  [Spoiler Alert: Hans may be a bad guy, but this is still a great song!]  

Oscars 2014: Best and Worst Moments and List of Winners

posted by Nell Minow

Highlights of the Oscar award show: Ellen DeGeneres was a great host, funny and irreverent but respectful of the event and the fans.  The photo that brought down Twitter was a hoot.  But the pizza thing was not so great. […]

Behind the Scenes: “300: Rise of an Empire”

posted by Nell Minow

Muppets Most Wanted: Opening Number

posted by Nell Minow

There may be someone out there who can resist posting everything the Muppets release about their new movie, but not me.  I love this!

Lupita Nyoung’o Made a Beautifully Gracious Statement

posted by Nell Minow

I hope Lupita Nyoung’o wins the Best Supporting Actress award tomorrow night.  She deserves it.  But there’s another reason: I want to hear her acceptance speech.  Her speech at the Essence Awards this week was beautifully heartfelt, gracious, and wise. […]

Interview: Joshua Oppenheimer of “The Act of Killing”

posted by Nell Minow

If I were voting, “The Act of Killing” would not only win the Best Documentary Oscar, it would be a contender for Best Picture as well.  Director Joshua Oppenheimer broke through barriers from the secrecy and denial of government-sanctioned gangster […]

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