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Everyone Gets “Happy”

posted by Nell Minow

I love it when a song and video inspires tributes that pop up all over YouTube.  And Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” an irresistible tune with a simple video of people dancing, has inspired people all over the world to do their […]

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action/violence
Movie Release Date:May 2, 2014
DVD Release Date:August 18, 2014
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action/violence
Movie Release Date: May 2, 2014
DVD Release Date: August 18, 2014

This is not the angsty Spidey we know.  Just like the old television series theme song said, Peter Parker is “your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.”  We first see him exuberantly swinging through the skyscrapers, deliciously vertiginous in 3D.  His disposition is […]

Tribute: Bob Hoskins

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the loss of actor Bob Hoskins, who died today at age 71.  He was an actor of remarkable versatility, appearing in drama, comedy, crime stories, animation, and even an occasional romantic lead.  His breakthrough was his Oscar-nominated performance […]

Matt Zoller Seitz on How to Be a Movie Critic

posted by Nell Minow

People often tell me they’d like to be movie critics.  I usually say, “Okay, I just waved my invisible magic wand.  You’re a movie critic!  Now, if you want to be a professional critic, you need to do this: watch […]

The Cast of the New “Star Wars” Movie Includes Oscar Isaac

posted by Nell Minow

I’m delighted to hear that Oscar Isaac, whose performance as the title character in “Inside Llewyn Davis” was my favorite of 2013, will play a lead role in the new “Star Wars” movie.  Also announced for the cast: the legendary […]

The Real Story: Million Dollar Arm

posted by Nell Minow

It sounds like a movie.  No, it sounds like a fairy tale, but it really happened.  A sports agent named J.B. Bernstein found two cricket-playing Indian athletes named Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel by staging a reality television show and brought […]

Clip: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s release, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ with Andrew Garfield and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx.

More on Ebertfest, Including My Interview in the News-Gazette

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Roger Ebert’s favorite reporter covering Ebertfest, Melissa Merli, for a wonderful interview. This is her third year at Ebertfest, where she handled the onstage Q-and-A after “Short Term 12″ was shown Thursday afternoon. That movie made her […]

British Pathe Releases 85,000 Films to YouTube for Free

posted by Nell Minow

British Pathé, producer of thousands of news footage going back to the days before television, has released 85,000 of them to YouTube so that everyone can access them.  It’s like an online time machine, incomparable treasures of historical figures and […]

Ebertfest Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Two Classic Films: Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” and Oliver Stone’s “Born on the 4th of July”

posted by Nell Minow

As several people noted, 1989 was a remarkable year for movies and Ebertfest paid tribute to two of the best, Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” and Oliver Stone’s “Born on the 4th of July.”  Even for those who know […]

How Many Movies by Woman Directors Have You Seen?

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s a great quiz from Indiewire on films by woman directors, covering more than 170 films going back to the silent era and covering every category and budget size.

Statue of Roger Ebert Unveiled at Ebertfest — And We See “Museum Hours” and “Short Term 12″

posted by Nell Minow

The highlight of the first full day of Ebertfest was the unveiling of a new statue of Roger, at the movies, thumb up. The statue will be installed in front of Roger’s beloved Virginia Theater situated so that visitors can […]

Two Terrific New Books About Show Business by Judy Greer and Carol Leifer

posted by Nell Minow

Two smart, shrewd, and very funny women have written books about their lives in show business. Judy Greer has played the heroine’s best friend in romantic comedies like “13 Going on 30,” “27 Dresses,” and “Love Happens.” She has made […]

Trailer: Shirley Knight and Tom Skerritt in “Redwood Highway”

posted by Nell Minow

It is a pleasure to look forward to a movie that looks like it treats its older woman character and the great actress who portrays her with dignity and grace.

Trailer: If I Stay with Chloe Grace Moretz

posted by Nell Minow

Get out your handkerchiefs. If I Stay, based on the book by Gayle Forman, stars Chloë Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley.

Interview: Stars of “Walking With the Enemy” Jonas Armstrong, Simon Kunz, and Simon Dutton

posted by Nell Minow

Jonas Armstrong, Simon Kunz, and Simon Dutton talked to me about appearing in the Holocaust story “Walking with the Enemy.” I first asked them about their accents.  Two Brits and an Irishman were cast as Hungarian Jews who spoke both […]

The Other Woman

posted by Nell Minow
C-
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, sexual references and language (on appeal from the original R rating)
Movie Release Date:April 25, 2014
DVD Release Date:July 29, 2014
C-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, sexual references and language (on appeal from the original R rating)
Movie Release Date: April 25, 2014
DVD Release Date: July 29, 2014

The latest in a female-centered revenge comedy genre that extends from “9 to 5″ through “She-Devil,” “The Other Woman” is intended to be a merry little tale of female empowerment and grrrl power.  Instead it is soggy, haphazard, poorly paced […]

Finding Vivian Maier

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Not rated
Movie Release Date:April 11, 2014
DVD Release Date:July 29, 2014
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Not rated
Movie Release Date: April 11, 2014
DVD Release Date: July 29, 2014

Vivian Maier was a Chicago-area nanny.  Only the children in her care knew how much she loved taking pictures.  After her death, the possessions she had in storage were auctioned off and a man named John Maloof bought some boxes […]

Walking With the Enemy

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Not rated
Movie Release Date:April 28, 2014
B
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Not rated
Movie Release Date: April 28, 2014

Why do we keep making movies about the Holocaust? Because we are still trying to understand one of the most shocking, inhumane tragedies in history. Because it is the essence of heightened, dramatic storylines, with the most depraved real-life villains, […]

Ebertfest Kicks Off With “Life Itself”

posted by Nell Minow

Steve James (“Hoop Dreams”) presented “Life Itself,” the documentary about Roger Ebert, last night at the majestic Virginia Theater in Roger’s home town of Urbana, Illinois, where Roger watched films as a boy and as a college student at the […]

Cameron Diaz

posted by Nell Minow

Cameron Diaz stars in the revenge comedy, “The Other Woman” this week, so it is a good time to look back at some of the highlights of her remarkably varied career. Director Charles Russell said he wanted to give Diaz […]

Exclusive Clip: Ida — The Story of a Nun Who Learned Her Family Was Jewish

posted by Nell Minow

I am delighted to be able to present an exclusive clip from “Ida,” the new award-winning film written and directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, opening May 2. Poland 1962. Anna (newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska) is a beautiful eighteen-year-old woman, preparing to become […]

Join Me at Ebertfest!

posted by Nell Minow

I’ll be at Ebertfest through Sunday and will update when I can.  Tonight I’ll be at the opening event, a screening of “Life Itself,” the crowd-funded documentary about festival founder, Roger Ebert.

Trailer: The Normal Heart

posted by Nell Minow

Larry Kramer’s searing, Tony award-winning play “The Normal Heart” is coming to HBO with an all-star cast.

The Top 100 Animated Films of All Time: The Animators Pick

posted by Nell Minow

Time Out New York asked top animators to pick the greatest 100 animated films of all time.  All the Disney, Pixar, and Miyazaki classics are there, plus some surprises.  I have some disagreements, but am entirely in favor of the […]

Interview: Daniel Licht, Composer of “Dexter”

posted by Nell Minow

Daniel Licht composed the music for “Dexter” as well as two of the “Silent Hill” video games and films including “Permanent Midnight” and “Stephen King’s Thinner.”  He talked to me about the difference between composing for thrillers and comedy and […]

Happy Earth Day! Movies About Our Planet

posted by Nell Minow

Celebrate Earth Day with some of these great films about our planet, its beauties and its challenges: 1. An Inconvenient Truth Al Gore’s Oscar-winning documentary makes a powerful case for the dire effects of climate change — and an even […]

Smithsonian: Earth Day Movies for Kids

posted by Nell Minow

The Smithsonian has a terrific list of movies for kids about the environment — great films for Earth Day or any day.

New on DVD: The Classic King Family Specials

posted by Nell Minow

King Family’s Classic Television Specials Collection Volume One comes out on DVD tomorrow. It is a lot of fun to visit the wonderfully wholesome King Family — the six singing King sisters and their spouses and children, who all seemed […]

Joss Whedon’s New Film is a Surprise VOD Release: In Your Eyes

posted by Nell Minow

Joss Whedon made a surprise announcement after the premiere of his new film, “In Your Eyes” at the Tribeca Film Festival. Instead of a theatrical release, it is immediately available through Video on Demand. Here’s the synopsis: In the frozen […]

The Ultimate Book About “2001: A Space Odyssey”

posted by Nell Minow

Fifty years after Stanley Kubrick began work on “2001: A Space Odyssey,” the ultimate behind-the-scenes story will be out next month in a limited edition $750 four-volume history by Piers Bizony, an expert on both Kubrick and space exploration. Made […]

Disney Classic: Funny Little Bunnies

posted by Nell Minow

Tribute: Hurricane Carter

posted by Nell Minow

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter died at home at age 76.  A prize fighter who was wrongly convicted of murder and released after serving 19 years in prison, he devoted the rest of his life to helping others. Denzel Washington portrayed Carter […]

Celebrate Easter!

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: Chef

posted by Nell Minow

Jon Favreau follows his big-budget special effects movies (“Iron Man,” “Cowboys and Aliens”) with a return to his small, indie roots (“Swingers”) as director/writer/star of the scrumptious-looking “Chef.”  (WARNING: Some strong language)

Have a Blessed Easter: Movies for the Family

posted by Nell Minow

My gallery of Easter movies includes “Ben Hur,” several different movie versions of the life of Jesus, a couple of choices just for kids, and a classic musical named for a classic song, Irving Berlin’s “Easter Parade.” There’s something for […]

A Dramatic Commercial for TNT

posted by Nell Minow

I love this commercial for TNT!

Movie Stingers: Scenes After the Credits

posted by Nell Minow

Ferris Bueller had one.  Marvel superhero movies sometimes have two.  When did it become a thing to have a scene after the credits (sometimes called a stinger)? New York Magazine’s Vulture column has the history of these extended post-credit scenes, […]

Fading Gigolo

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for some sexual content, language and brief nudity
Movie Release Date:April 19, 2014
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for some sexual content, language and brief nudity
Movie Release Date: April 19, 2014

John Turturro wrote, directed, and stars in “Fading Gigolo,” a bittersweet meditation on the ways we seek and hide from intimacy, sometimes at the same time. Turturro plays Fioravante, a florist who works part-time for Murray (Woody Allen), the third-generation […]

Transcendence

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence, some bloody images, brief strong language and sensuality
Movie Release Date:April 19, 2014
DVD Release Date:July 22, 2014
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence, some bloody images, brief strong language and sensuality
Movie Release Date: April 19, 2014
DVD Release Date: July 22, 2014

Think of it as “Her 2: The Revenge of Him.” Or Samantha infected by Heartbleed. Just as in last holiday season’s Her, “Transcendence” is the story of an artificial intelligence contained in a computer program that becomes or is seen […]

Bears

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:April 19, 2014
DVD Release Date:August 12, 2014
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: April 19, 2014
DVD Release Date: August 12, 2014

This year’s Disney Nature release for Earth Day is “Bears,” the story of an Alaskan bear named Sky and her twin cubs, Scout and Amber, their trek from the den where they’ve hibernated all winter to a place where they […]

Interview: Martha Williamson of “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”

posted by Nell Minow

Talking to Martha Williamson is pure positive energy and a real treat. The creator of “Touched by an Angel” has a new series on the Hallmark channel. It’s called “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and it is about a USPS dead letter […]

Trailer #2: The Box Trolls

posted by Nell Minow

Did I mention how excited I am about this?  Coming in September, from the people who did “Coraline” and “ParaNorman.”

Heaven is for Real

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for thematic material including some medical situations
Movie Release Date:April 16, 2014
DVD Release Date:July 21, 2014
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for thematic material including some medical situations
Movie Release Date: April 16, 2014
DVD Release Date: July 21, 2014

A movie like “Heaven is for Real” requires two different reviews, one for believers/fans of the 1.5 million-volume best-selling book, one for those who are unfamiliar with the book and whose views about faith and heaven and proof may differ […]

Heaven is for Real: The Real Story

posted by Nell Minow

“Heaven is for Real” opens tomorrow, with Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo, a Nebraska pastor whose four-year-old son says that he visited heaven during surgery for a ruptured appendix.  It is based on a best-selling book Heaven is for Real: […]

Movie Critic Ann Hornaday Comes Out as…a Christian

posted by Nell Minow

Washington Post movie critic Ann Hornaday wrote a brave and very moving essay about being a writer sustained by Christian faith and how that affects the way she approaches all films and especially those with religious themes. As a critic, […]

Trailer: Gone Girl with Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike

posted by Nell Minow

Take a look at the very creepy trailer from director David Fincher for the upcoming “Gone Girl” based on the best-seller by Gillian Flynn.

SFX: The Foundry’s Dazzling Reel of Special Effects

posted by Nell Minow

From top special effects firm The Foundry.  Enjoy!

Interview: John Turturro of “Fading Gigolo”

posted by Nell Minow

John Turturro may be the most versatile actor in films.  Who else has worked so often with such a wide range of directors, from the Coen brothers (“The Big Lebowski,” “Barton Fink,” “O Brother Where Art Thou?” and “Miller’s Crossing”) […]

Passover 2014

posted by Nell Minow

Hag Sameach! Passover is not just about remembering the story of the Exodus from Egypt. It is about telling the story.  The word “haggadah,” the name of the book we read aloud every year at the meal (seder) to remember […]

For Earth Day: A New Series About Climate Change

posted by Nell Minow

Some people do not believe scientists or the global community, who are united in the warnings about climate change.  Maybe they will believe celebrities.  That’s the idea behind this series, “The Years of Living Dangerously.”  It premieres tonight on Showtime […]

Let Us Go — Two Let It Go Parodies for Passover

posted by Nell Minow

One a little silly, one very sweet.

Under the Skin

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for graphic nudity, sexual content, some violence and language
Movie Release Date:April 11, 2014
DVD Release Date:July 15, 2014
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for graphic nudity, sexual content, some violence and language
Movie Release Date: April 11, 2014
DVD Release Date: July 15, 2014

This haunting, provocative film is the essence of what it means to call a work of art “adult,” not because of its explicit nudity and sexual situations but because of the way it presents and engages with them. It is […]

Jaws Turns 40

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of the 40th anniversary of Peter Benchley’s Jaws, the book that inspired the first big summer blockbuster movie, Oxford University’s blog has a great tribute by Kirk Curnutt, focusing on the novel, now almost, well, swallowed up in public consciousness […]

Kristin Chenoweth Sings “Poisonous Love” in Rio 2

posted by Nell Minow

Broadway diva Kristin Chenoweth sings a love song in a highlight of “Rio 2″ with co-star Jermaine Clement.

What’s the Biggest, Baddest Disaster Film Disaster?

posted by Nell Minow

The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum is conducting a survey: What’s the biggest disaster movie of all time?  Zombies?  Comets?  Flood?  Fire?  Sharknado? You can pick one from their list of 25 action-packed greats or write in your favorite. 2012, 2009 28 […]

Trailer: Dolphin Tale 2

posted by Nell Minow

Dolphin Tale 2” is the sequel to the successful 2011 family film “Dolphin Tale.”  Inspirational professional surfer Bethany Hamilton (the subject of the feature “Soul Surfer”) will join returning cast members Harry Connick, Jr., Morgan Freeman, Kris Kristofferson, Ashley Judd, […]

Rio 2

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:April 11, 2014
DVD Release Date:July 14, 2014
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: April 11, 2014
DVD Release Date: July 14, 2014

Just because a South American frog has toxic venom that can cause instant death does not mean she cannot be adorably lovesick.  Broadway belter Kristin Chenoweth (“Wicked,” “Glee”) steals the show right under the Brazil nut-cracking beaks of our old […]

Draft Day

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 on appeal for brief strong language and sexual references
Movie Release Date:April 11, 2014
DVD Release Date:September 2, 2014
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 on appeal for brief strong language and sexual references
Movie Release Date: April 11, 2014
DVD Release Date: September 2, 2014

How do you choose? That is a critical and daunting question for anyone. And a defining one, too. How can we take what we know now and figure out what we will need in the future? In this film, set […]

Rodgers and Hammerstein Musicals Get New Releases from Fox

posted by Nell Minow

Fox Home Entertainment is releasing the Rodgers & Hammerstein Blu-ray Collection on May 6. This Amazon-exclusive collection will feature six of the 15-time Academy Award-winning movie musicals by the EGOT and Pulitzer Award-winning team of Rodgers & Hammerstein, including Best […]

Interview: Charles Humbard of UPTV on “The Passion of the Christ”

posted by Nell Minow

Charles “Charley” Humbard, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of UP, is a 32-year entertainment industry veteran.  Since the network’s inception, he has led the channel’s overall business strategy and growth and maintained the network’s mission to uplift, inspire and entertain viewers through […]

Trailer: Decoding Annie Parker

posted by Nell Minow

Helen Hunt, Samantha Morton, Aaron Paul, Rashida Jones, and Corey Stoll star in this fact-based story of two women, one with breast cancer and one trying to solve the genetic link in families with high incidence, research that led to […]

Interview: Tom Allen on “The Passion of the Christ”

posted by Nell Minow

The Passion of The Christ is making its commercial television debut on UP TV on Palm Sunday night, April 13, with limited commercial interruptions and edits approved by the producers.  I spoke to Tom Allen who worked closely with Mel Gibson […]

Exclusive Clip: Finding Vivian Maier

posted by Nell Minow

Vivian Maier never showed her photographs to anyone while she was alive.  After her death, some of her images were put online and she was quickly acclaimed as one of the foremost street photographers of the 20th century.  In this […]

Tribute: Mickey Rooney

posted by Nell Minow

One of the last remaining links to the golden age of Hollywood left us this week when Mickey Rooney died at age 93. That means he was in show business for more than 90 years, from his first performance in […]

Free Movies Online

posted by Nell Minow

Open Culture has a great list of free movies available online, from cult rarities (Jean Genet’s only film, “A Song of Love”) to early works by top directors (Wes Anderson’s early short version of “Bottle Rocket”).  One of my favorites […]

Contest: The Jungle Book

posted by Nell Minow

I’m thrilled to have one of my all-time favorite Disney classics to give away: The Jungle Book.  The last film personally supervised by Walt Disney himself, this one has brilliant voice talent (Phil Harris, Louis Prima, Sebastian Cabot) and some […]

Noah: Reactions and Responses

posted by Nell Minow

Noah may be controversial, but it is also a box office success.  Literalists complained about its departure from the Biblical text.  There were also some complaints about what some viewers interpreted as too much emphasis on environmentalism, and those who wanted […]

April Releases

posted by Nell Minow

April led off with a bang, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Here’s what we have to look forward to the rest of the month. “Draft Day” stars Kevin Costner as the General Manager of the Cleveland Browns.  Should he trade […]

White Actors Cast In “The Gods of Egypt”

posted by Nell Minow

I’m in favor of race-blind casting except when race is a part of the story.  And that seems to be the case in a $450 million epic film called “The Gods of Egypt” that takes place in Egypt.  But instead […]

Interview: Amy Powers on the “Heathers” Musical

posted by Nell Minow

Can it be possible that “Heathers,” the highly quotable ultimate mean girl story, was made 25 years ago? As Entertainment Weekly dishes with the actors and filmmakers to mark its anniversary and The Atlantic’s Alan Zilberman considers its impact, a […]

What Happens When a Movie Opens Cold?

posted by Nell Minow

It’s not unusual for low-budget horror films, movies based on video games, and Tyler Perry movies to open “cold,” without giving critics a chance to see and review them before they are in theaters.  The usual reason is that the […]

Interview: “Island Of Lemurs” Filmmakers

posted by Nell Minow

I spoke with the humans behind the gorgeous new IMAX nature film, “Island of Lemurs 3D: Madagascar,” Drew Feldman (writer/producer), David Douglas (director/cinematographer), and Dr. Patricia Wright, about the challenges of making the film and the more daunting challenges of […]

Captain America’s To-Do List of Cultural Touchstones — US and International Versions

posted by Nell Minow

IGN has a fascinating post about an important difference in the US and international versions of this week’s “Captain America: Winter Soldier.” As we remember, Cap was a WWII soldier whose abilities were enhanced in a special experimental program. He […]

In Memory of Roger Ebert — One Year Later

posted by Nell Minow

A year after his death, some of the writers Roger Ebert encouraged remember him with words and pictures. And the love of his life, Chaz Ebert, writes movingly about her year without him.

Trailer: Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley in “Begin Again” from the Director of “Once”

posted by Nell Minow

Can the man behind “Once” have the same luck twice? Writer/director John Carney returns with another bittersweet musical romance, this time starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo.

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:April 4, 2014
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: April 4, 2014

The people behind the marvelous 3D IMAx Born to be Wild have made another awwww-inspiring story of some of the world’s least-known and most adorable and intriguing creatures, the more than a hundred species of lemurs, found only on the […]

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

posted by Nell Minow
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, gunplay and action throughout
Movie Release Date:April 3, 2014
DVD Release Date:September 8, 2014
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, gunplay and action throughout
Movie Release Date: April 3, 2014
DVD Release Date: September 8, 2014

This is how you make a superhero movie. Director brothers Joe and Anthony Russo are best known for sitcoms with few but passionate fans (“Community,” “Happy Endings,” “Arrested Development”) and the underrated crime comedy “Welcome to Collinwood.” That is not […]

The Unknown Known

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some disturbing images and brief nudity
Movie Release Date:April 3, 2014
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some disturbing images and brief nudity
Movie Release Date: April 3, 2014

Errol Morris turns his famous “interrotron” camera on two-time Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld for something between a bookend and a counterpoint to his Oscar-winning The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara. But this […]

Anita: Speaking Truth to Power

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Not rated
Movie Release Date:April 4, 2014
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Not rated
Movie Release Date: April 4, 2014

It was a galvanizing moment.  A divisive moment.  An iconic moment. President George H.W. Bush had just nominated Clarence Thomas to be the second black man and the first black Republican Supreme Court justice.  The Senate Judiciary Committee was conducting […]

Interview: Stephen Endelman, Composer for “Rob the Mob”

posted by Nell Minow

“Rob the Mob” is a fact-based story about a couple named Tommy and Rosie who thought they had a foolproof way to make some money.  Since Mafia members were not allowed to bring weapons into their social clubs, why not […]

Can a Movie Help You Remember? Write Your Memoir Says It Can

posted by Nell Minow

Writeyourmemoir.com has wonderful advice and support for people who want to tell their stories.  I love Martha Jewett’s suggestion of using movies to jar memories. Rita’s mother was a hidden child during the Holocaust. She never talked about it. Then she fell and broke […]

Exclusive Clip: Jesus Washes Feet in “The Passion of the Christ”

posted by Nell Minow

“Remember also that no servant is greater than his master.” The Passion of The Christ is making its commercial television debut on UP TV on Palm Sunday night, April 13.

Windy Day by John and Faith Hubley

posted by Nell Minow

This time of year always makes me think of “Windy Day,” one of my favorite short films.  John and Faith Hubley created this wonderfully impressionistic animation using a recording of their daughters playing together as a soundtrack.

Answers: Muppet Quiz

posted by Nell Minow

1. Can you guess the writer who provided the narration for this 1968 commercial featuring The Muppets? William Burroughs 2.  What Oscar-winning actor co-starred with the Muppets as Scrooge in “A Muppet Christmas Carol?” Michael Caine 3.  Which Muppet is […]

Must-See Movie Moment: The April Fools

posted by Nell Minow

Happy April! This is from my book, 101 Must-See Movie Moments. The April Fools is a 1969 film starring Jack Lemmon and Catherine Deneuve that, if remembered at all, is thought of as a dated mid-life crisis romance and a […]

Stripped: Amazing New Documentary on Comics Now Available on iTunes

posted by Nell Minow

I’m a big fan of comic strips and a proud Kickstarter contributor to the new documentary “Stripped,” out today on iTunes. There is no better way to celebrate April 1st, spring, or just the joy of laughter than this look […]

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Director Max Joseph brings some of the "Catfish" sensibility to "We Are Your Friends," with an intimate, documentary feel and a storyline ...

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Z for Zachariah
In 1959, a movie called The World, The Flesh And The Devil imagined a post-apocalyptic world with three surviving humans. In the words of the 1960's television series, "The Mod Squad," they could be described as "one black, one white, one ...

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Being Evel
Evel Knievel was an international celebrity in the 1960's-70's, known for three things: showmanship, stunts that succeeded, and stunts that failed. He was recognized for jumping over 19 cars in his motorcycle, for crash-landing after trying to ...

posted 5:13:51pm Aug. 27, 2015 | read full post »

Rosenwald
Aviva Kempner, the director of the acclaimed documentaries about baseball star Hank Greenberg and television pioneer Gertrude Berg, has a new film about early 20th century Chicago businessman and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald. Like the prior ...

posted 12:10:06pm Aug. 27, 2015 | read full post »

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