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Interview: Erin Bernhardt of “Imba Means Sing”

posted by Nell Minow

The African Children’s Choir is more than a performing group. It is a chance. Children from the direst poverty who tour with the group get to see the world. They go to school. And when they grow up, their education […]

Trailer: Barbershop – The Next Cut

posted by Nell Minow

Ice Cube and the gang are back for another “Barbershop” movie and it looks good!

Happy Thanksgiving! Alice’s Restaurant

posted by Nell Minow

Arlo Guthrie’s classic song, “Alice’s Restaurant,” is based on the true story of his arrest for, well, garbage.

Trailer: Miracles From Heaven

posted by Nell Minow

Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah star in “Miracles from Heaven,” based on Miracles from Heaven: A Little Girl and Her Amazing Story of Healing by Christy Wilson Beam. Annabel Beam spent most of her childhood in and out of hospitals […]

Brooklyn

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for a scene of sexuality and brief strong language
Movie Release Date:November 25, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for a scene of sexuality and brief strong language
Movie Release Date: November 25, 2015

“Brooklyn,” based on the book by Colm Tóibín, is exquisitely lyrical, the story of a young woman who immigrates from Ireland to New York in 1952. She is sad, homesick, and lonely at first, then just as she begins to […]

Pixar’s New Short is Really Special: Sanjay’s Super Team

posted by Nell Minow

The best part of “The Good Dinosaur” is the short film that comes before, “Sanjay’s Super Team.” The Pixar short films are gems but this one is really special. It is the first to feature non-white characters, the first to […]

Movie Addict Headquarters: Holiday Season Movie Releases 2015

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks as always to Betty Jo Tucker for inviting me on the Movie Addict Headquarters podcast to talk about what we’re looking forward to in theatrical releases and DVDs through the end of this year.

Thanksgiving Song — Mary Chapin Carpenter

posted by Nell Minow

What a gift to take this moment to consider our blessings and how we can do more for others.

Trailer for the New Captain America Movie — Coming May 2016

posted by Nell Minow

It’s called “Captain America: Civil War” and I can’t wait!

Independent Spirit Nominees 2015

posted by Nell Minow

The Spirit Awards are like the Oscars for independent films. Some of them have big stars and some are distributed by big studios. Some are made by first-time filmmakers on budgets that would barely pay for one day’s catering fees […]

Carol

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for a scene of sexuality/nudity and brief language
Movie Release Date:November 25, 215
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for a scene of sexuality/nudity and brief language
Movie Release Date: November 25, 215

The most romantic movie of the year is “Carol,” based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith, the author of Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley. But Carol, her second novel, was originally published under another title and […]

The Good Dinosaur

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for peril, action and thematic elements
Movie Release Date:November 25, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for peril, action and thematic elements
Movie Release Date: November 25, 2015

“The Good Dinosaur” is the good movie. Not the great movie. Not the especially memorable movie. Just the perfectly nice and pleasant movie, much stronger in visual splendor than in storyline. Delayed for 18 months as Disney replaced the original […]

Creed

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for violence, language and some sensuality
Movie Release Date:November 25, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for violence, language and some sensuality
Movie Release Date: November 25, 2015

Rocky had to find the eye of the tiger. When we first met him back in 1976, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) was an amiable, good-hearted lug who loved his pet turtles, Cuff and Link, and if he ever saw himself […]

Is “Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever” the Worst Movie of All Time?

posted by Nell Minow

It was a lot of fun to talk to Libby Coleman about “Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever.” In an article for Ozy, Coleman says that by one standard it is the worst film of all time (or at least since the […]

Win a Suffragette Prize Package!

posted by Nell Minow

Suffragette, directed by Sarah Gavron, is the story of the fight to give women the right to vote in the UK, as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were working for women’s suffrage in the United States. This 19-day […]

Minions Mini-Movie!

posted by Nell Minow

The minions are back! Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has just released a Minions mini-movies online in celebration of the Minions release on Digital HD on November 24 and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand December 8. The new mini-movie features Stuart, […]

Interview: “Shaun the Sheep” Co-Writer/Director Richard Starzak

posted by Nell Minow

Richard Starzak and Mark Burton wrote and directed the adorable “Shaun the Sheep,” and it was a lot of fun to talk to him about making a stop-motion animation movie with no words. The DVD/Blu-Ray, which will be available November […]

Exclusive Clip: Bryan Greenberg in “A Year and Change”

posted by Nell Minow

After falling off the roof at a New Year’s Eve house party, Owen (Bryan Greenberg) decides that it’s time to make some wholesale changes in his life. Over the next year, he quits drinking, reconnects with his son, reignites old […]

A Short Film About What We Really See in Each Other

posted by Nell Minow

Call Me Ishmael — Call This Number to Talk About a Book You Love

posted by Nell Minow

Call Me Ishmael (the name taken from the first line of Moby Dick) is a new crowd-funded project that invites everyone to call in to talk about a book they love. This is not a book report. It doesn’t have […]

Where You’ve Seen Him Before: Donald Sutherland

posted by Nell Minow

The evil dictator President Snow in “The Hunger Games” series is played by one of my favorite actors, Donald Sutherland, which gives me a chance to write about some of the outstanding work he has done over more than 50 […]

Movie Mom on Motley Fool Money — November 2015

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks as always to my pals at Motley Fool Money for inviting me on the podcast.  I always love it when I get to combine my interests in finance, investing, and movie!

Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow — Tonight on Lifetime!

posted by Nell Minow

Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company and daughter of Jim Henson, discovered an unproduced script by her father, a Thanksgiving story. Tonight, it premieres on Lifetime. “Turkey Hollow is an unproduced gem from our Company’s archives. I have […]

Interview: Jay Roach, Director of “Trumbo”

posted by Nell Minow

Jay Roach is best known for wild comedies like the Austin Powers and “Meet the Parents” films, but he also directed the sharp, fact-based political films “Recount” (about the Bush-Gore election) and “Game Change” (about Sarah Palin) for HBO. He […]

Shining a Light — A Concert and Conversation About Race, Tonight on Television

posted by Nell Minow

Tonight six television networks join together for Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America. Campus unrest over bigotry and complaints about racism in law enforcement demonstrate the urgency of constructive engagement on race. It is part […]

The Night Before

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for drug use and language throughout, some strong sexual content and graphic nudity
Movie Release Date:November 20, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for drug use and language throughout, some strong sexual content and graphic nudity
Movie Release Date: November 20, 2015

Seth Rogen. Not very surprising guest stars. Many mind-altering substances. Many bodily fluids and functions. Many bad choices. No ability to allow women to be funny, even with some of the best comic actresses of our time in the cast. […]

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

posted by Nell Minow

Can we all just agree that from now on we’ll try to keep it to one book/one movie? This final entry in the Hunger Games series will give the fans what they’ve been waiting for. It’s faithful to the book […]

Secret in Their Eyes

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving disturbing violent content, language and some sexual references
Movie Release Date: November 20, 2015

A girl is murdered. That girl, that crime and the man who did it are seen very differently by different people, all of whom are in law enforcement and all who have sworn to devote their professional lives to justice […]

Harrison Ford Surprises “Star Wars” Fans — And You Can Win Tickets to the Premiere!

posted by Nell Minow

Harrison Ford surprises past contributors to Omaze, which gives away celebrity “experiences” to raise money for charity and announces a great new contest — you can win tickets to attend the premiere of the new “Star Wars” movie and meet […]

Rotten Tomatoes Ratings for the Most-Loved Christmas Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s a great chart showing the critics ratings for the most popular Christmas movies, thanks to Gracenote and Rottentomatoes. Just hover your cursor over a dot to see which movie it represents and how the reviews match up to the […]

Trailer: Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors”

posted by Nell Minow

Dolly Parton’s classic song “Coat of Many Colors” was inspired by her childhood in Tennessee. A movie inspired by the song will premiere on NBC December 10, 2015 at 9/8c.

Interview: Billy Ray on “Secret in Their Eyes”

posted by Nell Minow

It was a thrill to get a chance to interview one of my favorite screenwriters, Billy Ray (“Shattered Glass,” “Breach”) about the new film he both wrote and directed, “Secret in Their Eyes,” a thriller starring three Oscar winners, Julia […]

Now on DVD: The Great American Dream Machine

posted by Nell Minow

Between the anarchic comedy of “Rowen and Martin’s Laugh-In” and sketch comedy powerhouse “Saturday Night Live” was the outrageously funny PBS series The Great American Dream Machine from 1971-73. It was hosted by humorist and commentator Marshall Efron and featured […]

Exclusive Clip: Jedi Junior High

posted by Nell Minow

A bunch of junior high kids decide to put on a “Star Wars” musical in this adorable documentary, Jedi Junior High. It is available today on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vimeo and VUDU, as well as On Demand with AT&T, […]

Exclusive Clip: “The Letters,” Based on the Life of Mother Teresa

posted by Nell Minow

“The Letters,” coming to theaters December 4, 2015, is the story of one of the world’s great humanitarians, Mother Teresa, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Her commitment to the poorest of the poor inspired the world. In “The Letters,” […]

101 Movies to See Before You Grow Up — Great New Book by Suzette Valle

posted by Nell Minow

My friend Suzette Valle has a great new book for families, 101 Movies to See Before You Grow Up. It’s a colorfully illustrated list of classics for the whole family, from “The Goonies” to “Whale Rider,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Red […]

Make a Pitch to a Hollywood Producer! TrueSpark Auction

posted by Nell Minow

TrueSpark is a wonderful group that provides great films and curriculum materials to schools to help teach students about character and integrity. I am proud to be one of their advisors. They are having a fundraising auction with three great […]

Trailer: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

posted by Nell Minow

The adorable “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” is one of the most successful movies of all time, making more than $240 million (and being made for about $5 million by Tom Hanks’ Playtone Films). The endearing Cinderella story was written […]

Fully Charged — Finding Energy and Joy

posted by Nell Minow

Best-selling author Tom Rath writes books about how anyone can find more energy and joy. Now his work is explored fuller in a new documentary called “Fully Charged.” Rath and experts from academia, medicine, business, religion, and the military talk […]

Stephen King’s “Misery” — Now on Broadway with Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf

posted by Nell Minow

Stephen King’s novel about a deranged fan who captures her favorite author became the film Misery, with an Oscar-winning performance by Kathy Bates. Now it has been adapted for live theater, with a Broadway production starring Bruce Willis and Laurie […]

An 18 Year Old Interviews Himself at 56

posted by Nell Minow

Filmmaker Stoney Emshwiller is raising money to complete a film he began when he was 18 years old — in 1977. He recorded half of an interview, wondering how his life would turn out. Now at age 56 he is […]

List: Movie Nells

posted by Nell Minow

I’m sorry Sandra Bullock’s film, Our Brand is Crisis, isn’t getting more attention. I thought it was smart and funny and loved Bullock’s performance. But I admit another reason I liked it was that the wonderful actress Ann Dowd played […]

Trailer: Finding Dory

posted by Nell Minow

The sequel to “Finding Nemo” is “Finding Dory,” with Ellen DeGeneres as the forgetful blue tang. Pixar has just released the trailer for the film, which will be out in 2016.

My New Favorite Binge: The British Baking Show

posted by Nell Minow

I spent last weekend in bed with a cold and was immensely comforted by lots of chicken soup and binge-watching the British Bake-Off (called The British Baking Show on PBS), which I first heard about on the Slate Culture Gabfest. […]

Coming to Theaters: Women of Faith — An Amazing Joyful Journey

posted by Nell Minow

Women of Faith, the world’s largest producer of inspirational events for Christian women, announces the organization’s first-ever event for cinemas, Women of Faith: An Amazing Joyful Journey with screenings starting February 18, 2016. BY Experience, pioneers of live cinema events, […]

Trailer: Friends and Romans

posted by Nell Minow

Nick DeMaio, (Michael Rispoli) is an aspiring actor who is perpetually typecast as “Gangster # 3″ in films about the Mob. In an attempt to be taken seriously, he and his Staten Island buddies decide to stage a play—and not […]

The 33

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for a disaster sequence and some language
Movie Release Date:November 13, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for a disaster sequence and some language
Movie Release Date: November 13, 2015

There are other numbers they could have used in the title. 121 — that is how old the Chilean Copiapó mine was when it collapsed in 2010. 2300 — that is how many feet underground the men were when it […]

My All American

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rate PG for thematic elements, language and brief partial nudity
Movie Release Date:November 13, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rate PG for thematic elements, language and brief partial nudity
Movie Release Date: November 13, 2015

If I wrote this review the way writer-director Angelo Pizzo wrote the script for “My All American,” it would be something like this: I saw a movie. It was about football. Freddie Steinmark worked hard and inspired his team, but […]

Spotlight

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for some language including sexual references
Movie Release Date:November 13, 2015
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for some language including sexual references
Movie Release Date: November 13, 2015

“Spotlight” is about the ultimate betrayal of trust from an institution that literally represented the Word of God to many people. And it is about whether we will continue to have institutions that serve the essential function of monitoring the […]

Trumbo

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language including some sexual references
Movie Release Date:November 11, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language including some sexual references
Movie Release Date: November 11, 2015

The post-WWII era was one of great relief and great fear. The Nazis had been defeated, but at the cost of bringing into the world the horror of atomic weapons. It was a certainty that the next war would be […]

Interview: Gatlin Green of “Heroes Reborn”

posted by Nell Minow

In the sequel to the popular television series, “Heroes,” it’s been five years since the public became aware of the existence of evolved humans or “EVOs” who possess incredible, supernatural abilities. In that time, the public has grown to either […]

Exclusive Trailer: Robo-Dog

posted by Nell Minow

We are delighted to premiere the exclusive trailer for “Robo-Dog,”coming on January 5, 2016 on DVD and digital. He sits, plays fetch and he can move at super speed, bark at incredible volume and speak like a human being! He’s […]

Trailer: “Christmas Eve” with Patrick Stewart, Gary Cole, and Jon Heder

posted by Nell Minow

When a power outage traps six different groups of New Yorkers inside elevators on Christmas Eve, they find that laughter, romance, and a little holiday magic will get them through – and change their lives in unexpected ways. Sometimes life […]

Clip: The Best Years of Our Lives

posted by Nell Minow

“The Best Years of Our Lives” is about returning WWII veterans, very appropriate for Veteran’s Day. It is one of my favorite films, and this scene is one of my 101 Must-See Movie Moments. Here is what I wrote about […]

For Veteran’s Day: The Way We Get By

posted by Nell Minow

Director Aron Gaudet is the son of a “greeter,” one of the volunteers in Maine who make sure that every soldier coming through the airport gets a warm showing of appreciation. He told me, “We started seeing these parallels, too, […]

Lost Preston Sturges Film: Hotel Haywire

posted by Nell Minow

A column by Michael Hiltzik in the LA Times about 700 “lost” Paramount films caught my attention. The first paragraph mentioned one of my favorite movies, “Alias Nick Beal,” with Ray Milland as Satan bargaining for the soul of a […]

Trailer: Sally Field in “Hello, My Name is Doris”

posted by Nell Minow

Sally Field stars with Tyne Daly and Max Greenfield in “Hello, My Name is Doris,” about a woman who takes an unexpected adventure.

Google Star of the Day: Hedy Lamarr

posted by Nell Minow

Today’s Google Doodle pays tribute to one of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood history, Hedy Lamarr. She was also an inventor! Here she is with James Stewart. Happy 101st birthday, Hedy!

This Year’s Best New Show: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

posted by Nell Minow

The only new show to make it to my DVR series list is “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” co-created by its sensationally talented star, Rachel Bloom. Each episode is a full-on original musical that takes place mostly inside the head of its slightly […]

What are the Most Successful Film Franchises?

posted by Nell Minow

PrettyFamous examined the most successful film franchises of all time. [C}haracter-driven franchises with plenty of edge-of-the-seat moments can spur on the production of final chapters, sequels and prequels for years to come. The most recent example is, of course, the […]

Interview: Johann Johannsson, Composer of “Sicario”

posted by Nell Minow

Jóhann Jóhannsson is an Icelandic composer who created the moody, evocative score for the intense law enforcement drama, “Sicario.” Previously, he wrote the score for the Stephen Hawking film, “The Theory of Everything.” It was a pleasure to speak with […]

This Week at the Box Office — The G Sweet Spot

posted by Nell Minow

Why why why why why is it so hard for Hollywood to figure out that there is a wildly enthusiastic audience for G-rated movies? The only major G-rated release of the year is “The Peanuts Movie,” which opened last Friday […]

Interview: Sarah Gavron on “Suffragette”

posted by Nell Minow

Sarah Gavron directed “Suffragette,” starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham-Carter, and Meryl Streep in the story of some of the women who fought in the decades-long struggle to give women voting rights in the UK. I spoke to her in an […]

Trailer: Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong

posted by Nell Minow

I’m a big fan of Bryan Greenberg — and of movie romances — and this looks great. Greenberg and his co-star, Jamie Chung, just got married, so that chemistry between them is the real deal.

Trailer: Chi-Raq

posted by Nell Minow

Spike Lee updates the ancient Greek play “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes for this provocative new film about women who lead a rebellion against violence by withholding their…affection.

Spectre

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images, sensuality and languag
Movie Release Date:November 6, 2015
DVD Release Date:February 8, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images, sensuality and languag
Movie Release Date: November 6, 2015
DVD Release Date: February 8, 2016

I thought “Skyfall” was the best Bond film ever, from the Adele theme song to the storyline that literally brought Bond (Daniel Craig) home. “Spectre” picks up where “Skyfall” left off, M (Dame Judi Dench) dead, the headquarters destroyed, the […]

The Peanuts Movie

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:November 6, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: November 6, 2015

I admit that I approached this film with some of the same trepidation Charlie Brown approaches the football, knowing Lucy’s history of pulling it out of the way at the last second. I’m a fan of Charles Schultz’s original comic […]

Miss You Already

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:November 6, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: November 6, 2015

Friendship has the best aspects of romantic love and the best of family love, and the worst of both as well. Your friends as are close to you as anyone in the world, which means you can rely on them […]

Which Bond is the Best? Critics Pick

posted by Nell Minow

The International Family Film Festival — November 6-8 in Los Angeles

posted by Nell Minow

The 20th annual International Family Film Festival opens tomorrow in Hollywood with a great schedule of films and activities. They will bestow their “Friz” award on a Disney animation legend, Floyd Norman. There are panels for filmmakers on financing, producing, […]

#Playlikeahero with GoldieBlox

posted by Nell Minow

From Goldieblox: What if all the action heroes who saved the world, day in and day out… were girls? Only 12% of protagonists in major Hollywood films are female. Even in the background, in crowded wide shots, women only make […]

Interview: “Armor of Light,” the Documentary about Faith and Guns

posted by Nell Minow

Armor of Light is a thought-provoking new documentary with important insights for everyone on all sides of the debate on guns. Documentarian Abigail Disney made a film about two people who are making a faith-based case for addressing gun violence […]

Exclusive Clip — Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas

posted by Nell Minow

Our favorite elf is back! And we are thrilled to have an exclusive clip. Jim Parsons (“Big Bang Theory”) takes over the role of Buddy in this animated version to the family favorite, “Elf,” with songs from the hit Broadway […]

Interview: “Chaplains” Director Martin Doblmeier

posted by Nell Minow

Martin Doblmeier has made more than thirty movies about faith. The latest from his Journey Films is “Chaplains,” showing this month on PBS. It is a profound and moving documentary about chaplains of many different faiths in a variety of […]

Teens Spend More than a Full Workweek on Digital Media — Common Sense Media

posted by Nell Minow

A report published today by Common Sense Media revealed that 26% of American teenagers spend upwards of eight hours a day on entertainment media. The San-Francisco based non-profit, which tracks children and their technology use, found that teens divide their […]

Coming Soon to Syfy: “The Magicians” Based on the Book by Lev Grossman

posted by Nell Minow

Lev Grossman’s The Magicians Trilogy is like the Harry Potter series, about a school for magicians. It’s coming to the Syfy channel early next year.

Owlegories

posted by Nell Minow

“Owlegories” is a new “gospel-centered” animated series and app for kids, designed to teach them about God through the amazing things found in nature. They are Biblical allegories told by owls. It is a bright, colorful, and accessible series. I […]

Toy Story that Time Forgot

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:2014
DVD Release Date:November 2, 2015
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 2014
DVD Release Date: November 2, 2015

Pixar’s adorable 2014 Toy Story holiday special is now available on DVD/Blu-Ray. In Toy Story that Time Forgot Bonnie brings her toys to a friend’s house and then leaves them to play a videogame. Buzz, Woody, and the gang discover […]

Clip and Contest: Shelby, a Magical Holiday Tail

posted by Nell Minow

New from Anchor Bay! “Shelby, A Magical Holiday Tail,” the Dove®-family-approved movie for all ages, arrives on Digital HD Oct. 23 and on DVD and On Demand Nov. 3, 2015. Rescue dog Shelby (voice of Rob Schneider) manages to escape […]

Coming to Theaters — November 2015

posted by Nell Minow

Some big names are coming to theaters this month! No name is bigger than Bond, James Bond, and Daniel Craig’s last Bond film opens this week, with Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci, and “Sherlock” star Andrew Scott. And, the new Peanuts […]

Trailer: Jake Gyllenhaal in “Demolition”

posted by Nell Minow

For Halloween — Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”

posted by Nell Minow

Crimson Peak: The Art of Darkness

posted by Nell Minow

Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, and Mia Wasikowska play the leads in Guillermo del Toro’s new psychological horror film, “Crimson Peak,” but it is the house that is the star of the film. Del Toro’s brilliant visuals immerse the audience in […]

Happy Halloween! Watch the Silly Symphonies Skeleton Dance!

posted by Nell Minow

What Halloween Movies Made the Most Money?

posted by Nell Minow

  Data curated by prettyfamous.com and findthedata.com and sourced from Gracenote.

A New Ad Shows What Barbie (Yes, Barbie!) Can Do for Girls

posted by Nell Minow

This ad for Barbie (yes, Barbie!) is captivating. It’s not about the dream house — it’s about the dreams.

Burnt

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language throughout
Movie Release Date:October 30, 2015
DVD Release Date:January 25, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language throughout
Movie Release Date: October 30, 2015
DVD Release Date: January 25, 2016

Tormented but brilliant chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) invites the sous chef he hopes to persuade to come work for him to lunch. At Burger King. They are both food snobs. She does not want to touch anything in the […]

Our Brand is Crisis

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language including some sexual references
Movie Release Date:October 30, 2015
DVD Release Date:February 1, 2016
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language including some sexual references
Movie Release Date: October 30, 2015
DVD Release Date: February 1, 2016

As we gear up for one of the most improbable and even outlandish Presidential campaigns in US history, we get a movie based on a real-life Presidential campaign in Bolivia, with imported American political consultants transplanting the media-savvy, scorched-earth, mud-slinging […]

Suffragette

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some intense violence, thematic elements, brief strong language and partial nudity
Movie Release Date:October 30, 2015
DVD Release Date:February 1, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some intense violence, thematic elements, brief strong language and partial nudity
Movie Release Date: October 30, 2015
DVD Release Date: February 1, 2016

How do you persuade politicians to give you the vote when you do not have the capacity to vote them out if they deny it? That was the problem faced by women in later 19th and early 20th century Great […]

Armor of Light

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for thematic content and brief strong language
Movie Release Date:October 30, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for thematic content and brief strong language
Movie Release Date: October 30, 2015

What does it truly mean to be “pro-life?” For many who consider themselves conservatives, it means to be anti-abortion. For many who consider themselves liberals, it means to be against gun violence. One leading evangelical minister, a founder of the […]

Inside Out: Behind the Scenes of Riley’s First Date

posted by Nell Minow

The cast of “Inside Out” takes us behind the scenes for the short sequel on the DVD/Blu-Ray: “Riley’s First Date.”

A Possible Horror-Movie Museum in Colorado?

posted by Nell Minow

Would you go to a museum devoted to horror movies? That’s the idea behind an $11.5 million proposal to turn the location used for one of the most terrifying movies of all time into a museum, archive, and film production […]

This Week at the Box Office — Record-Setting Flops

posted by Nell Minow

The Wall Street Journal reports that none of the new nationwide releases reached the top of the box office last weekend and one or two of them may end up breaking the record for worst-ever ticket sales. A frightening showing […]

Juliette Binoche and Director Patricia Riggen on “The 33″

posted by Nell Minow

At a special screening of “The 33″ at Washington DC’s Newseum, director Patricia Riggen, stars Juliette Binoche and Lou Diamond Phillips, and producer Mike Medavoy spoke about making a movie about the rescue of 33 Chilean miners. I was able […]

Toy Story of Terror

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:October 16, 2013
DVD Release Date:October 28, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: October 16, 2013
DVD Release Date: October 28, 2015

Pixar’s 21-minute “Toy Story of Terror,” made for television, is available on DVD and Blu-Ray and is a perfect Halloween treat for the whole family. The toys live with Bonnie now, and she and her mother are on a road […]

Halloween Lights 2015

posted by Nell Minow

More Halloween Movies

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of Halloween, the Indiewire critics discuss the non-horror movies that scared them most. There are some great choices on the list, including Julianne Moore in “Safe,” about a woman who is being poisoned — or thinks she is […]

The Gilmore Girls Final Season Fans Have Hoped For Is Coming…Probably

posted by Nell Minow

It is not 100% certain yet, but it appears that “Gilmore Girls” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino is getting the band back together for the last season she was deprived of when the series was on television and she left in a […]

Family Movies for Halloween 2015

posted by Nell Minow

  Halloween gives kids a thrilling opportunity to act out their dreams and pretend to be characters with great power. But it can also be scary and even overwhelming for the littlest trick-or-treaters. An introduction to the holiday with videos […]

Tribute: Maureen O’Hara

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the loss of one of the great stars of the golden age of Hollywood, Maureen O’Hara. The Irish-born actress was made for technicolor. Her fiery hair, creamy skin, and green eyes made her an icon of classic films, […]

Julia — Sesame Street’s First Character with Autism

posted by Nell Minow

Sesame Street’s newest resident is Julia, a green-eyed, orange-haired character with autism. There’s already a book about Julia online. It is a wonderful way to teach children not just about autism but about how to think about the best way […]

Interview: Leonard Maltin on His New Classic Movie Guide

posted by Nell Minow

The third edition of Leonard Maltin’s indispensible guide to older movies is now called Turner Classic Movies Presents Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide: From the Silent Era Through 1965. It is even more important than ever in the era of […]

Missing Movies from Classic Hollywood

posted by Nell Minow

Michael Hiltzik writes in the LA Times: [As many as] 700 titles [are] assumed to be nestled in the vaults of Universal Pictures, which inherited Paramount’s 1930s and 1940s film archive from its forebear MCA, which acquired the collection in […]

Concept Art for “Aladdin” — from the New Diamond Edition

posted by Nell Minow

It is a great treat to get to see the original designs for “Aladdin,” from the new Diamond Edition.

Behind the Scenes: Trumbo with Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren

posted by Nell Minow

Screenwriter Dalton Trumbo’s acclaimed career comes to a crushing halt in the late 1940s when he and other Hollywood figures are blacklisted for their political beliefs. Directed by Jay Roach, Trumbo recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win […]

The Last Witch Hunter

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images
Movie Release Date:October 23, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images
Movie Release Date: October 23, 2015

A witch would have to cast a spell over me to make me sit through this big, dumb, dull, dud again. And that’s too bad, because I like Vin Diesel and I can easily be put in the mood for […]

Truth

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language and a brief nude photo
Movie Release Date:October 23, 2015
DVD Release Date:February 1, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language and a brief nude photo
Movie Release Date: October 23, 2015
DVD Release Date: February 1, 2016

Often a movie “based on a true story” confirms and extends our understanding of what happened. This film, based on the “true story” that led to the departure of one of the most respected newsmen of all time, Dan Rather, […]

Steve Jobs

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language
Movie Release Date:September 23, 2014
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language
Movie Release Date: September 23, 2014

If you want a straightforward, fact-checked biography of Apple visionary Steve Jobs, watch Alex Gibney’s documentary, Steve Jobs: The Man In the Machine, or the Ashton Kutcher biopic (better than its reputation), simply titled Jobs. You can read the meticulously […]

Interview: James Vanderbilt on “Truth,” With Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford

posted by Nell Minow

James Vanderbilt wrote and directed Truth, based on journalist Mary Mapes’ book about the controversial story that ended her career at CBS News. Working with Dan Rather, she produced a news story with explosive allegations about President George W. Bush’s […]

StoryCorps Asks Families to Record Stories at Thanksgiving

posted by Nell Minow

Thanksgiving is about more than food and football. It is about family. As long as you are all together, how about putting down your devices and sharing some family stories? StoryCorps is asking high school teachers to assign their students […]

Happy Back to the Future Day! What Did the Movie Get Right?

posted by Nell Minow

A Tribute to the 92nd Anniversary of Disney Animation

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: Star Wars — The Force Awakens

posted by Nell Minow

Oh, boy! Get your tickets now. They’re going fast.

New Online Comedy Channel from NBCUniversal

posted by Nell Minow

NBCUniversal is starting a new streaming comedy channel called Seeso for $3.99 a month. According to Variety, it will include 40 years of “SNL,” including day-after-air episodes; “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”; “Late Night with Seth Meyers”; “Parks and […]

Interview: Reverend T.D. Jakes on His New Book, Destiny

posted by Nell Minow

It is always refreshing and inspiring to talk to Reverend T.D. Jakes, and it was a great pleasure to have a chance to hear more about his new book, Destiny: Step into Your Purpose, a follow-up to his best-seller, Instinct. […]

This Week at the Box Office: Goosebumps Beats Crimson Peak and Spielberg/Hanks

posted by Nell Minow

Once again, a PG-rated film wins the box office. “Goosebumps” came in ahead of the Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks drama, “Bridge of Spies,” and last week’s other scary movie, the big budget “Crimson Peak.” They were third and fourth, with holdover […]

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Better — Hilarious New Comic Essays by Monica Heisey

posted by Nell Minow

Monica Heisey’s fans include Lena Dunham (“Girls”) and Rob Delaney (“Catastrophe”), and, now that I’ve read her new book, me. I Can’t Believe it’s Not Better: A Woman’s Guide to Coping With Life. Heisey is here to counter all of […]

MVP of the Week: Amy Ryan

posted by Nell Minow

Our MVP this week is one of my favorite actresses, Amy Ryan. I have been a huge fan since I saw her in “Gone Baby Gone,” where she played the mother of the missing child. And she was wonderful with […]

Interview: Dan Romer, Composer of the Score for “Beasts of No Nation”

posted by Nell Minow

Dan Romer composed the score for Finders Keepers, a documentary about two men fighting over the ownership of a severed leg. “I saw the film and I mean I love it. You know I was laughing all the way through, […]

Animated Short: The Long Spoons

posted by Nell Minow

The parable of the long spoons is beautifully told in this short video, “One Human Family, Food for All.”

Match Yourself With a Movie Character — Try Charactour!

posted by Nell Minow

There’s a cool new website that is kind of like Match.com, except that it matches you with a movie character!  Charactour.com lets you find your movie dream date or remix your favorite character to create your own ideal match.

Costumes and Cosplay at New York Comic-Con 2015

posted by Nell Minow

I couldn’t be there this year, so I especially enjoyed this look at the costumes from New York Comic-Con 2015 posted by Aggressive Comix. I especially liked the Iron Man and Captain America who could not pick up Thor’s hammer. […]

Tales of Halloween

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong bloody horror violence throughout, language and brief drug use
Movie Release Date:October 16, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong bloody horror violence throughout, language and brief drug use
Movie Release Date: October 16, 2015

True to its name, “Tales of Halloween” is a collection of ten short horror stories of the type that Boy Scouts might tell around a campfire late at night. That’s both its strength and weakness. The movie begins on Halloween […]

Behind the Scenes: Crimson Peak

posted by Nell Minow

Bridge of Spies

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some violence and brief strong language
Movie Release Date:October 16, 2015
DVD Release Date:February 2, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some violence and brief strong language
Movie Release Date: October 16, 2015
DVD Release Date: February 2, 2016

Following World War II, Lord de l’Isle and Dudley was harshly criticized when he organized a legal defense fund for a Nazi general. He responded, “Had I met General Manstein during the war I would have shot him on sight. […]

Room

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language
Movie Release Date:October 16, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language
Movie Release Date: October 16, 2015

Jack (Jacob Tremblay) wakes up on his fifth birthday and says hello to everything in his world. Through his eyes, and his narration, we gradually come to understand that his world is so entirely circumscribed by the walls of his […]

Goosebumps

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for scary and intense creature action and images, and for some rude humor
Movie Release Date:October 16, 2015
DVD Release Date:January 25, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for scary and intense creature action and images, and for some rude humor
Movie Release Date: October 16, 2015
DVD Release Date: January 25, 2016

Screenwriters Mike White (“School of Rock”) and Darren Lemke (“Turbo,””Lost”) bring just the right blend of scary, funny, and heartwarming in this first film based on the books by tween favorite R.L. Stine, the man who put the BOO in […]

Trailer: The Good Dinosaur

posted by Nell Minow

Frances McDormand, Sam Elliott, Jeffrey Wright, Anna Paquin, and Steve Zahn provide the voices in “The Good Dinosaur,” with songs from Taylor Swift. It will be in theaters for Thanksgiving.

A Ballerina’s Tale

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Not rated
Movie Release Date:October 16, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Not rated
Movie Release Date: October 16, 2015

“A Ballerina’s Tale” — the title suggests a fairy story, with sugar plums and a happily ever after ending. But this documentary about Misty Copeland is a story about the brutal hard work and resolve necessary to create those exquisitely […]

Interview: Brie Larson of “Room”

posted by Nell Minow

Brie Larson is one of the most talented and dedicated young actors in Hollywood and also one of my favorite people to interview. We first spoke when she was still a teenager about her appearance in Hoot. And I was […]

Trailer: the Jesse Owens Story, “Race”

posted by Nell Minow

Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons, Carice van Houten, Shanice Banton, and William Hurt star in this film about Jesse Owens, who defied Hitler’s claims about Aryan supremacy to win four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Here […]

Exclusive Clip: Lucky Dog

posted by Nell Minow

We are delighted to share an exclusive clip from a new family film, Lucky Dog, available today on VOD, Amazon streaming, and iTunes. Lucky (David DeLuise) and Amy (Cat Deely) are dogs in puppy love! When their human owners start […]

Trailer: “Hail, Caesar!” from the Coen Brothers

posted by Nell Minow

I don’t just want to see this movie. I want to see all the movies that they are making in it. With Channing Tatum as a Gene Kelly-style dancer in a sailor’s uniform, George Clooney as the star of a […]

A Look at Remakes (And Not All of Them Are Terrible)

posted by Nell Minow

The blogger behind Phyllis Loves Classic Movies held an invitational blogathon on a subject many people have strong feelings about: remakes. Phyllis herself took on one, or I should say, two of my favorites: “My Favorite Wife” with Irene Dunne […]

Celebrate Columbus Day!

posted by Nell Minow

Christopher Columbus has not yet had the movie he deserves, but I prefer the Fredric March version to the later movies.  And I recommend a brilliant and completely engrossing biography from biographer Laurence Bergreen called Columbus: The Four Voyages.  He […]

Interview: Writer-Director John Swetnam of the Dance film “Breaking Through”

posted by Nell Minow

John Swetnam is the director of “Breaking Through,” the story of a young dancer who achieves viral fame and then sees it strain her relationships with her friends. I talked to him about the best way to film dancers “There […]

The Art of More — Coming to Crackle November 19, 2015

posted by Nell Minow

An intense, one-hour drama set in the high-stakes world of New York auction houses, “The Art of More” stars Dennis Quaid, Cary Elwes, and Christian Cooke. The series follows Graham Connor (Cooke), a blue-collar young man who leverages his way […]

Interview: Jon Gries of “Endgame” (and “Get Shorty” and “Napoleon Dynamite”)

posted by Nell Minow

I’m a big fan of actor Jon Gries, who always brings something very specific and interesting to his roles. In “Endgame,” the story of a championship chess team from a school in a poor community from writer/director Carmen Marron, it […]

Meryl Streep Calls for More Women Film Critics

posted by Nell Minow

The Hollywood Reporter quotes Meryl Streep on the disproportionate number of male film critics on Rotten Tomatoes:  “The word isn’t ‘disheartening,’ it’s ‘infuriating,’” she said. “I submit to you that men and women are not the same. They like different […]

Big Stone Gap

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for brief suggestive material
Movie Release Date:October 9, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for brief suggestive material
Movie Release Date: October 9, 2015

Even in small towns, big things can happen. Sometimes the most famous movie star in the world stops by and makes international headlines. And even bigger things happen, too — they just don’t get into the newspapers. Adriana Trigiani’s best-selling […]

Freeheld

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements, language and sexuality
Movie Release Date:October 9, 2015
DVD Release Date:February 2, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements, language and sexuality
Movie Release Date: October 9, 2015
DVD Release Date: February 2, 2016

Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore), a 23-year veteran of the police force, learns that she has terminal cancer. And then she learns something even more devastating — that her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree (Ellen Page) is not eligible for the […]

Mr. Peabody to Appear on Jeopardy!

posted by Nell Minow

Everyone’s favorite educated canine appears tonight on Jeopardy to match his matchless historical knowledge against the contestants. He will be the first dog to host an entire category. “The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show” premieres on October 9th, 2015 exclusively […]

Exclusive Clip: Romantic Comedy “You Cast a Spell on Me”

posted by Nell Minow

We are delighted to premiere an exclusive clip from the bewitching romantic comedy “You Cast A Spell On Me,” starring Ryan McPartlin (“Chuck”) and Nikki Deloach (“Awkward”), now available on Digital HD and On Demand.

Tribute: Kevin “Moochie” Corcoran

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the loss of actor/producer Kevin Corcoran, a child star in classic Disney movies and then a producer and director. Kevin was one of several Corcoran siblings to appear on television and in movies in the 1950’s-60’s. His sister […]

Contest: Signed Golden Shoes Shirts and Soccer Ball!

posted by Nell Minow

I am delighted to be able to share a really exciting giveaway! You can win signed shirts and a soccer ball from the new family movie “Golden Shoes.” A boy whose dad is missing in action and mom is in […]

Auli’i Cravalho Finds Out She Has Been Cast as Moana, the Heroine of Disney’s New Animated Feature!

posted by Nell Minow

“Moana” will be in theaters Thanksgiving 2016.

Interview: Bryan Carberry and J. Clay Tweel on the Documentary “Finders Keepers”

posted by Nell Minow

Bryan Carberry and J. Clay Tweel have made some of my favorite documentaries, including “King of Kong” and “Make Believe,” bringing us into worlds that at first seem exotic and downright weird and seamlessly making us feel a part of […]

List: Movies about Peter Pan

posted by Nell Minow

James M. Barrie’s play “Peter Pan” premiered in 1904 and the story of the boy who wouldn’t grow up is still one of the best-loved of all time. This week the prequel “Pan” opens up in theaters, with Hugh Jackman, […]

Interview: Adriana Trigiani of “Big Stone Gap”

posted by Nell Minow

Adriana Trigiani really is from a coal mining town in Virginia called Big Stone Gap and the biggest movie star in the world did choke on a chicken bone there. Now if that is not enough to inspire a book […]

Carolyn Hax on the Toughest Media Question Parents Face

posted by Nell Minow

I am a huge fan of advice columnist Carolyn Hax, whose compassionate and insightful responses are always illuminating and often very funny. And I love the witty meta-commentary in the accompanying illustrations from Nick Galifianakis. Today, Hax was asked the […]

Trailer: Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara in “Trash”

posted by Nell Minow

John Hanlon Interviews Beth Kushnick on Designing for “The Good Wife”

posted by Nell Minow

“The Good Wife” has one of the best production design teams on television, so I was especially interested to read the interview my friend John Hanlon did with Beth Kushnick, set designer Beth Kushnick for The Credits. I loved the […]

Trailer: “Back in Time” — Documentary About the Making of “Back to the Future”

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: A Bigger Splash with Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, and Dakota Johnson

posted by Nell Minow

The lives of a famous rock star and a filmmaker, (Tilda Swinton and Matthias Schoenaerts) vacationing on the idyllic sun-drenched and remote Italian island of Pantelleria are disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter (Ralph […]

Interview: Adam LaVorgna of “Masterless”

posted by Nell Minow

Adam LaVorgna became an actor very young and was in the cast of the television series “Brooklyn Bridge” and “7th Heaven” before he was out of his teens. He loved the cast but he felt lost. He tried to use […]

Lauren Bradshaw’s “Martian”-inspired Google Searches

posted by Nell Minow

I love this wonderful article by my friend and fellow critic, Lauren Bradshaw, about the ten Google searches she made after viewing “The Martian.”

Interview: Goran Visnjic of “The Journey Home”

posted by Nell Minow

Goran Visnjic stars in the family movie adventure The Journey Home, with Dakota Goyo as an Canadian boy who is determined to bring a polar bear cub back to its mother. The scenery is spectacular and the story is heartwarming […]

Exclusive Clip: Golden Shoes

posted by Nell Minow

We are delighted to present an exclusive clip from the new family movie about soccer, “Golden Shoes.” As long as he could remember, eight-year-old Christian Larou (Christian Koza) dreamed of being a great soccer player like his idol, Cristiano Ronaldo. […]

Fandango’s How to Survive in Space

posted by Nell Minow

The Martian

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some strong language, injury images, and brief nudity
Movie Release Date:October 2, 2015
DVD Release Date:January 11, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some strong language, injury images, and brief nudity
Movie Release Date: October 2, 2015
DVD Release Date: January 11, 2016

In a crackling sharp movie about brilliant people solving very tough problems, it is endearing that the first and most important involves one of the earliest skills developed by mankind. Indeed, it is the skill that made it both possible […]

99 Homes

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language including some sexual references, and a brief violent image
Movie Release Date:October 2, 2015
DVD Release Date:February 8, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language including some sexual references, and a brief violent image
Movie Release Date: October 2, 2015
DVD Release Date: February 8, 2016

It’s not called “99 Houses” or “99 Foreclosures,” though that is how they are seen by some of the characters in the film. The banks and the predatory dealmakers may think of these buildings as “assets” or “derivatives” following the […]

October 2015: Movies Opening This Month

posted by Nell Minow

Happy October! This is going to be a great month for movies, with some scary Halloween stories and some big, awards-worthy dramas, mostly based on true stories, and featuring some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Here’s what’s coming this month: FRIDAY, […]

Interview: Giulio Ricciarelli of Holocaust Drama “Labyrinth of Lies”

posted by Nell Minow

Giulio Ricciarelli co-wrote and directed the German film “Labyrinth of Lies,” based on the real-life story of the courageous post-WWII German prosecutors who insisted on investigating the atrocities of the concentration camps and prosecuting those responsible. Surrounded by former Axis […]

Exclusive Trailer: Full of Grace, The Gospel from a Mother’s Viewpoint

posted by Nell Minow

We are honored to present this exclusive trailer for “Full of Grace,” the story of the Gospel from a mother’s point of view. Mary (Bahia Haifi) and Peter “The Rock” (Noam Jenkins) prepare to embark on a divine mission to […]

Happy 80th Birthday, Julie Andrews!

posted by Nell Minow

Happy 80th birthday, Julie Andrews! With not one but two iconic movie musical roles, Julie Andrews will always be remembered for “The Sound of Music” and “Mary Poppins.” But this multi-talented performer with one of the clearest sopranos ever recored […]

The Walk

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for thematic elements involving perilous situations, and for some nudity, language, brief drug references and smoking
Movie Release Date:October 2, 2015
DVD Release Date:January 4, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for thematic elements involving perilous situations, and for some nudity, language, brief drug references and smoking
Movie Release Date: October 2, 2015
DVD Release Date: January 4, 2016

If you have vertigo or acrophobia, you will have trouble with “The Walk,” the story of Frenchman Philippe Petit’s tightrope walk between the towers of the World Trade Center. If you don’t have vertigo or acrophobia, you might have after […]

The Voice Judges Cover Each Other’s Songs

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: “Truth” with Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett

posted by Nell Minow

Robert Redford plays Dan Rather, one of the most respected journalists in television, whose career collapsed after he reported a story about George W. Bush’s military service that turned out to be based on forged documents. Cate Blanchett and Topher […]

Ever Wanted to Talk Back to a TV Ad?

posted by Nell Minow

Have you ever wanted to let an advertiser know what you thought of the commercial? Or just checked out the actor or theme music? Ispot.tv is a great site with commercials and background info, with comments from viewers on what […]

FREE Tickets to TONIGHT’s showing of “Just Let Go”

posted by Nell Minow

I have FREE tickets for tonight’s 8:00 pm showing of “Just Let Go” at both the AMC Hoffman Theater in Alexandria, Virginia and the AMC Tyson’s Corner, also in Virginia. To get your free tickets, send me an email ASAP […]

FREE Tickets to “Pan” this Saturday Morning in Washington DC

posted by Nell Minow

This “Peter Pan” prequel opens next week but I am giving away tickets for a special pre-opening screening this Saturday morning in Washington, D.C.. You win a family pack of FOUR tickets if you are one of the first people […]

Indian Summers on PBS, Starting Tonight on Masterpiece

posted by Nell Minow

Indian Summers premieres tonight on PBS “Masterpiece,” likely to be the biggest fan favorite since “Downton Abbey.” Set in a subtropical paradise during the twilight era of the British Empire, Indian Summers explores the collision of the ruling class English […]

Tomorrow Night Only: Forgiveness Story “Just Let Go”

posted by Nell Minow

One night only in theaters: Just Let Go. Fathom Events, in partnership with Delilah Radio, Excel Entertainment and Propel Pictures, invites you to experience the inspirational true story of Chris Williams when Just Let Go comes to cinemas nationwide for […]

A NICU Nurse Is Thanked by the Babies She Cared For and Their Families

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to nurses everywhere.

Join Me in Washington DC for The Third Series of Saucy Pre-Code Films

posted by Nell Minow

I am delighted to be joining Margaret Talbot for our third series of pre-code films at Washington DC’s Hill Center, starting October 4, 2015 at 4 pm, with the delectable “Madam Satan.” It is one of the nuttiest films ever […]

Nancy Meyers Talks About “The Intern”

posted by Nell Minow

Writer/director Nancy Meyers talks about getting the idea for “The Intern” and the title character played by Robert De Niro.

Make Yourself Into a Peanuts Character!

posted by Nell Minow

Ever wanted to pal around with Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Pigpen, Marcy, and the gang? This app will let you turn yourself into a Peanuts character!

FREE Tickets to “99 Homes” with Laura Dern and Andrew Garfield

posted by Nell Minow

I have 40 pairs of ticket to give away to the outstanding drama “99 Homes,” starring Andrew Garfield as a construction worker who loses his home in a post-subprime meltdown foreclosure. Desperate to support his mother and son, he takes […]

Interview: Randall Wallace on the Braveheart Life

posted by Nell Minow

Randall Wallace tells his story, from seminarian to songwriter to screenwriter of the Oscar-winning “Braveheart” and other inspiring films in his new book, Living the Braveheart Life: Finding the Courage to Follow Your Heart. It was a great pleasure to […]

The BBC Will Launch Its Own Streaming Service

posted by Nell Minow

If you’re a Masterpiece Theatre/BBC in America fan, prepare for greatness. The BBC is going to start its own channel for streaming video in 2016. According to the Atlantic: The archives the BBC (affectionately called “The Beeb” in the U.K.) […]

Stonewall

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for sexual content, language throughout, some violence and drug use
Movie Release Date:September 25, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for sexual content, language throughout, some violence and drug use
Movie Release Date: September 25, 2015

In 1969, when the federal government prohibited the firing of gays and lesbians, when it was illegal for them to congregate in a bar or even to have consensual sex, when police harassment and brutality was not only permitted but […]

Interview: Phil Vischer of VeggieTales in the House

posted by Nell Minow

Phil Vischer is co-creator of the popular VeggieTales characters and videos and still provides the voice of Bob the Tomato. It was a lot of fun to talk to him about the characters and their new series, VeggieTales in the […]

The Intern

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for suggestive content and brief strong language
Movie Release Date:September 25, 2015
DVD Release Date:January 18, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for suggestive content and brief strong language
Movie Release Date: September 25, 2015
DVD Release Date: January 18, 2016

Oh, to live in Nancy Meyers-land, where the 60’s and 70’s really are a golden age, where AARP-eligible Oscar winners go to be universally adored by bright young people, and where every sumptuously spacious but cozy home has the kitchen […]

Hotel Transylvania 2

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some scary images, action and rude humor
Movie Release Date:September 25, 2015
DVD Release Date:January 12, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some scary images, action and rude humor
Movie Release Date: September 25, 2015
DVD Release Date: January 12, 2016

Vampire Mavis (Selena Gomez) and human Jonathan (Andy Samberg) fell in love in the first “Hotel Translyvania,” and in this sequel they get married and have a baby named Dennis. He has his father’s unruly red curls. But his grandfather […]

Finders Keepers

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:September 18, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: September 18, 2015

You might not think that a documentary about two men fighting over a severed leg would be funny, touching, and insightful, but it is. You might think that it would be a carnival freak show for the age of YouTube […]

Yoko Ono Wants Us to Smile

posted by Nell Minow

My ultimate goal in film-making is to make a film which includes a smiling face snap of every single human being in the world. yoko ono Yoko Ono said that in 1967. Now she is trying to make it come […]

Black-ish Starts the New Season with the N-Word

posted by Nell Minow

I loved the first season of “Black-ish” and am delighted that the first episode of its sophomore season is, if anything, even better. The youngest son in the family, Jack Johnson (Miles Brown), gets in trouble for using the n-word […]

This Week in Inscrutable MPAA Movie Ratings

posted by Nell Minow

Here is the MPAA rating for “Hotel Transylvania 2″ Rated PG for some scary images, action and rude humor And here is the rating for the first “Hotel Transylvania” Rated PG for some rude humor, action and scary images Can […]

Two Teenagers Watched Every Oscar-Winning Movie and the AFI Top 100 and Wrote About It

posted by Nell Minow

It is a lot of fun to see what a couple of Gen Z teenagers have to say about classic films. It turns out that when these two teenage sisters sat down to watch every Best Picture Oscar winner and […]

Interview: Writer-Director Carmen Marron of “Endgame”

posted by Nell Minow

“Endgame” is a heartwarming family film inspired by the true story of a championship middle school chess team from a school in a poor Texas community. It stars “Modern Family’s” Rico Rodriguez and two actors from “Napoleon Dynamite,” Efran Ramirez […]

Kol Nidre: Yom Kippur 2015/5776

posted by Nell Minow

Recorded live in Amsterdam’s historic 17th Century, Portuguese Synagogue, the concert features three of the world’s greatest cantors performing with a 46 piece orchestra and choir, Alberto Mizrahi of the Anshe Emet Synagogue, Chicago, Naftali Herstik of Great Synagogue Jerusalem […]

Trailer: The Big Short with Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, and Christian Bale

posted by Nell Minow

There is no movie I am looking forward to this year more than “The Big Short,” based on the best book I read about the 2008 financial meltdown, written by Michael Lewis. It is directed by Adam McKay, who was […]

Emmy Red Carpet Interviews #AskHerMore

posted by Nell Minow

Those “who are you wearing” questions on the red carpet are so tiresome and annoying, aren’t they? Especially now that it is so commercial and orchestrated. Everyone knows that stylists are paid a fortune and fashion houses lend their clothes […]

Guest Post from Tara Sonenshine on “Meet the Patels,” Marriage, Yom Kippur, and the Pope

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Tara Sonenshine for this thoughtful commentary: It’s Yom Kippur, The Pope is Arriving, and “Meet the Patels” is in Theaters….Let’s Celebrate “Tradition” I am very glad to have met the Patels last night via the new film, […]

Interview: Ashley Smith Robinson, the Real-Life Captive Who Inspired the Movie

posted by Nell Minow

Ashley Smith Robinson was a recovering drug addict, a widow in her 20’s, and a mother who desperately wanted to be able to prove that she could care for her little girl. Brian Nichols was a desperate man about to […]

Exclusive Clip: VeggieTales Season 2 on Netflix

posted by Nell Minow

Season 2 of DreamWorks Emmy-nominated series VeggieTales in the House premieres on September 25 with 11 new episodes, exclusively on Netflix. Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber meet more lovable new characters including Tina Celerina, Callie Flower, Gary Garlic, […]

Thanks to KOST for Including My Reviews on Their Great New Website!

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks so much to Mark Wallengren and the gang at KOST for including my weekly radio spots about each week’s movie and DVD releases on their awesome new website! I love being on every week with you guys!

Behind the Scenes: Pan

posted by Nell Minow

Emmys 2015: The Winners and the Show

posted by Nell Minow

Despite Andy Samberg’s subpar hosting (“I didn’t see ‘Olive Kitteridge,’ only half of Kitteridge” — really? The take-off on the “Mad Man” Coke commercial couldn’t come up with anything other than killing someone with an Emmy? Really?) and truly awful […]

Interview: Director Khoa Le of “Walt Before Mickey”

posted by Nell Minow

“Walt Before Mickey” is the story of Walt Disney’s earliest years in animation, filled with passion and imagination but also plagued by failures and setbacks. “American Pie’s” Thomas Ian Nicholas and “Napoleon Dynamite’s” Jon Heder play brothers Walt and Roy […]

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