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The People and Movies That Inspired “Hail, Caesar!”

posted by Nell Minow

The Coen brothers love old movies, and we see evidence of that in many of their films, including “Barton Fink,” about a hapless playwright who come to Hollywood to write movies in the 1940’s, and with their remakes of the […]

Interview: Francis Gary Powers, Jr. on his Father, the Cold War, and “Bridge of Spies”

posted by Nell Minow

Bridge of Spies, out on DVD/Blu-Ray this week, tells the story of the tense negotiations for the exchange of a Soviet spy for an American U2 pilot and a graduate student. The pilot was Francis Gary Powers, who was flying […]

Interview: Nicholas Sparks on “The Choice”

posted by Nell Minow

Nicholas Sparks is one of the must successful and best-loved authors in the world. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 100 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages, including over 65 million […]

Black History Month 2016

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to take time during Black History month to watch movies the Civil Rights movement, (“Eyes on the Prize,” “Selma,” “Boycott”), and movies that are themselves a part of black history and film history (add to that list: “Killer of […]

A Moving Tribute to a Father Through Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Jessica Ritchey wrote a touching essay for Rogerebert.com about the movies she watched in the year after her father died, and how watching them helped her to keep him close. I’ve been published several times by the time I see […]

Trailer: LAIKA’s Kubo and the Two Strings

posted by Nell Minow

Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of Game of Thrones) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Akihiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But […]

New Music from Raffi: Owl Singalong

posted by Nell Minow

Owl Singalong, Raffi’s latest album (now available on CD and digital download) is one of his best. The title song is inspired by the owls that call to each other in his back yard, what he calls “the charming hooo […]

Trailer: Me Before You

posted by Nell Minow

Me Before You, the international best-seller by Jojo Moyes, is the story of a wealthy young man paralyzed in an accident and the happy — if sometimes hapless — girl who takes a job as his caregiver. Emilia Clarke (“Game […]

Behind the Scenes: JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

posted by Nell Minow

I’m so excited about “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” with the first-even screenplay from Harry Potter author JK Rowling. It’s her first story set in the past and her first set in the United States. Here’s a behind […]

The Original Starship Enterprise is Being Restored at the Smithsonian

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Post reports that the original “Star Trek” spaceship, the legendary Enterprise, is going to be restored in a delicate months-long process. Enterprise is a venerable ship — launched in 1964 at a Burbank, Calif., prop maker’s shop for […]

Interview: Producer Jim Whitaker on “The Finest Hour”

posted by Nell Minow

Producer Jim Whitaker says that when he first read The Finest Hours: The True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue, “every time it came to a different point in the story it just got more and more amazing. And in […]

Interview: Ilya Tovbis on the DC Jewish Film Festival

posted by Nell Minow

Ilya Tovbis is director of the Washington DC Jewish Film Festival, which will take place from February 24-March 6, 2016. In an interview, he talked about what it means to be a “Jewish movie.” “It’s on one hand easy and […]

Behind the Scenes: Hail, Caesar!

posted by Nell Minow

SAG Awards: DiCaprio, Larson, Vikander, Elba

posted by Nell Minow

Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson, Alicia Vikander, and Idris Elba won the Screen Actors Guild awards last night. Elba, who also won for his television series “Luther,” was not nominated for an Oscar (he should have been), but the other three […]

New on DVD — The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave

posted by Nell Minow

Five best friends set out on a courageous rescue packed with laughter, thrills and music in the all-new animated movie, The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave coming to DVD and Digital HD on February 2, 2016, from Universal […]

TCM 31 Days of Oscar 2016

posted by Nell Minow

I look forward to Turner Classic Movies’ 31 Days of Oscar every year in the month before the Oscar telecast. It is so much fun to see the nominees and winners from past years, not just for the big acting, […]

Behind the Scenes with Kung Fu Panda 3’s Bryan Cranston and Movietickets.com

posted by Nell Minow

The Finest Hours — The Real Story

posted by Nell Minow

“The Finest Hours,” in theaters today, stars Chris Pine and Eric Bana in the fact-based story of the greatest small-boat rescue in Coast Guard history. In February of 1952, two tanker ships were in distress during a terrible storm off […]

New Toys Reflect Diverse Bodies

posted by Nell Minow

This is progress. Barbie dolls will now come in diverse shapes, skin colors, and sizes, including petite and curvy. And LEGO is introducing disabled characters, including one in a wheelchair. It is wonderful that children will be able to play […]

Exclusive Clip from The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave

posted by Nell Minow

The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave will be available on Digital HD and exclusively on DVD at Walmart on February 2, 2016. We are delighted to present an exclusive clip.

DVD: The Carol Burnett Show — Treasures from the Vault

posted by Nell Minow

This year’s Screen Actor’s Guild lifetime achievement award goes to Carol Burnett, whose 11-year weekly variety show was one of the greatest programs in the history of television. Yet the first five seasons have never been seen since their original […]

Guess the Oscars and Win 60 Years of Free Movies!

posted by Nell Minow

Dealflicks Inc, an online company offering movie ticket and concession deals for up to 60% off, has announced its national launch of their 1st annual “Predict the Oscars” contest. If someone guesses all 24 of the Oscars correctly, he or […]

Happy Birthday, Mozart!

posted by Nell Minow

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, born 260 years ago today, wrote eight operas by the age of 16 and produced over 600 works amounting to over 200 hours of music in his short 35 years. He was a brilliant composer whose work […]

Interview: Don Piper, who Spent “90 Minutes in Heaven”

posted by Nell Minow

The book 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life is the story of Don Piper, who was pronounced dead after a truck slammed into his car, and his long and painful recovery, with 34 surgeries. In […]

Tribute: Abe Vigoda

posted by Nell Minow

Was Abe Vigoda ever young? It seems hard to imagine. He is so indelibly fixed in our imaginations as the laconic, seen-in-all-and-was-not-impressed-by-it old guy. He has been old as long as most of us can remember. Today, we mourn his […]

Interview: Matt Charman, Co-Screenwriter of “Bridge of Spies”

posted by Nell Minow

Matt Charman is a British playwright whose first script (with the Coen brothers) was for the Steven Spielberg movie, Bridge of Spies. It is based on the true story of an insurance lawyer named James Donovan (Tom Hanks), who negotiated […]

Lessons from Kung Fu Panda

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out Angela Guzman’s thoughtful essay on the lessons we can learn from the “Kung Fu Panda” series — great preparation for the third film, in theaters this Friday, January 29, 2016.

Read 2015’s Best Screenplays — For Free

posted by Nell Minow

You can read some of the best screenplays of 2015 for free on the great Go Into the Story website. Even if I have seen the movie several times, I always learn more from reading the script, and especially enjoy […]

Oscar Talk on Movie Addict Headquarters

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks, as always, to Betty Jo Tucker for inviting me on her podcast, Movie Addict Headquarters. This time, we were joined by Mack Bates and Geoff Roberts to talk about the 2016 Oscars — the surprises and snubs, how we’d […]

Contest: Win a Pop Star Minnie Mouse Clubhouse DVD!

posted by Nell Minow

Join Minnie Mouse and Her Favorite Clubhouse Pals in the New Clubhouse Tour Bus Musical Adventure in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Pop Star Minnie on DVD February 2nd! It includes the Pop Star Minnie episode plus 4 additional music themed episodes […]

Exclusive Clips! LEGO Friends: Girlz 4 Life

posted by Nell Minow

We are delighted to be able to present two exclusive clips from LEGO Friends: Girlz 4 Life, available now on digital HD and February 2, 2016 DVD and Blu-Ray. Join Olivia, Stephanie, Emma, Mia and Andrea, as they learn about […]

Where You’ve Seen Her Before: Dame Maggie Smith (the Early Years)

posted by Nell Minow

Maggie Smith gives another beautifully complex performance this week as “The Lady in the Van,” based on the real-life story of a mentally ill woman who parked her van “temporarily” in the driveway of writer Alan Bennett and stayed for […]

Behind the Scenes and the Real Story of 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

posted by Nell Minow

“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” is based on the stories of CIA contractors who tried to make sense out of the chaos during an attack at a U.S. compound in Libya that resulted in the death of the […]

Did You Miss the Best Picture Oscar Nominees? See them All in an AMC Octo-Feature!

posted by Nell Minow

AMC’s Best Picture nominee showcase is your chance to see all eight nominees for the Best Picture Oscar. They are splitting the movies into two consecutive Saturdays, so you can choose to attend one day or both days — or, […]

Trailer: Hugh Jackman in the Ski-Jumper Story “Eddie the Eagle”

posted by Nell Minow

And here’s the real-life Eddie the Eagle in the 1988 Olympics.

Seth Rogen, Bradley Cooper, Paul Dano, and Jake Gyllenhaal Audition as Cher in “Clueless”

posted by Nell Minow

W asked Seth Rogen, Bradley Cooper, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Paul Dano to audition for the part of Cher in “Clueless,” reading her famous speech about the “Hate-ians.” While they make the mistake of pronouncing it correctly, I’d love to see […]

Why Are the Acting Oscar Nominees All White AGAIN?

posted by Nell Minow

Spike Lee, who accepted a special Oscar award just two months ago, has said he will boycott the award show this year in protest of yet another all-white list of nominees. He is right to be outraged. How could Sylvester […]

Happy Birthday Dolly Parton!

posted by Nell Minow

Singer/songwriter/actress/businesswoman Dolly Parton turns 70 today! This song was inspired by her childhood, born the fourth child of 12, to mother, Avie Lee and father, Robert Lee, in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. Here she sings one of her […]

Tribute: Glen Frey

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the loss of Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey, who died today at age 69. His music was indelibly linked to “Miami Vice” and “Beverly Hills Cop.” You can also see him as an actor in “Miami Vice” and “Jerry […]

Happy Birthday, Cary Grant!

posted by Nell Minow

I love this tribute to Cary Grant by Michael Caine.

Critics Choice Awards 2016

posted by Nell Minow

TJ Miller hosted the first-ever combined Critics Choice film and television awards. I am not in any way objective because I’m a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, but I think it is a great show and I’m very […]

Trailer: Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon in “Elvis & Nixon”

posted by Nell Minow

It really happened. There’s a picture to prove it. And this is the story.

Watch Tonight! The 2016 Critics Choice Awards on A&E

posted by Nell Minow

This is the award show I love best because I get to vote! This year for the first time the Critics Choice TV and movie awards will be given out at the same ceremony. Be sure to tune in! And […]

Trailer: All Roads Lead to Rome

posted by Nell Minow

Sarah Jessica Parker and Rosie Day star in a romantic comedy about a mother-daughter trip to Rome and rekindling old flames.

Rawdon Messenger, CEO of TeenSafe, Talks About Online Safety

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Rawdon Messenger, CEO of TeenSafe, who answered my questions about keeping tweens and teens safe online. At what age do most kids get their first cell phone or iPad? The age is getting younger and younger. Pew […]

Norm of the North

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for mild rude humor and action
Movie Release Date:January 15, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild rude humor and action
Movie Release Date: January 15, 2016

“Norm of the North” is not awful, but it is also not special, not new, not funny, and not that interesting. The script is over-plotted but under-written, with confusing detours and uneven tone. It’s as though instead of coming up […]

Oscar Nominations 2016

posted by Nell Minow

The Oscar nominees for 2016 are out! Best Motion Picture The Big Short Bridge of Spies Brooklyn Mad Max: Fury Road The Martian The Revenant Room Spotlight Best Actor Bryan Cranston, Trumbo Matt Damon, The Martian Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant […]

Tribute: Alan Rickman

posted by Nell Minow

The great British actor Alan Rickman has died at age 69, a sad loss for fans throughout the world. He first came to wide attention and acclaim as the bad guy in the original Die Hard, a performance so sensational […]

Trailer: Jane Got a Gun with Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor

posted by Nell Minow

Alliance of Women Film Journalist (AWFJ) EDA Movie Awards 2016

posted by Nell Minow

I am very proud to be a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists and delighted to announce this year’s award winners: AWFJ EDA ‘BEST OF’ AWARDS These awards are presented to women and/or men. Best Film SPOTLIGHT Best […]

Adam Driver: Language is as Powerful as a Weapon

posted by Nell Minow

Adam Driver (Kylo Ren in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) is a former Marine who is bringing the skills of performing and expression to the military. VICE News follows Adam Driver and his fellow actors as Arts in the Armed […]

New on DVD: Captain Jake and the Neverland Pirates

posted by Nell Minow

Join newly promoted Captain Jake as he unites Never Land’s all-time greatest pirates! When evil mer-witch Ezmeralda tries to take over the Never Sea by awakening the Strake, a legendary three-headed sea serpent, Jake and his crew try to intervene […]

Contest: Special Edition of “Everest” With Carabiner!

posted by Nell Minow

I’m delighted to have a special edition of the “Everest” movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal to give away! The film is is available now on Digital HD and on Blu-ray and DVD January 19th. The movie features stunning photography that takes […]

Smile of the Week: Gratitude Paintings

posted by Nell Minow

Contest: Norm of the North Activity Book!

posted by Nell Minow

Win a Norm of the North activity book with word search, maze, scrambled letters, and connect the dots puzzles. Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with Norm in the subject line and tell me your favorite arctic animal. Don’t forget […]

Tribute: David Bowie

posted by Nell Minow

David Bowie has died of cancer at age 69.  So we did not lost one of the singular artists of the 20th century — we lost a dozen.  Bowie was a musician, a performance artist, and an actor whose constant […]

Trailer: Midnight Special

posted by Nell Minow

Michael Shannon plays the father of a boy with special powers in “Midnight Special,” from writer/director Jeff Nichols (“Take Shelter”). The cast includes Adam Driver (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), Kirsten Dunst (“Fargo” TV series), Sam Shepard (“August: Osage County”), […]

The Winners! Golden Globes 2016

posted by Nell Minow

Bring back Tina and Amy! Ricky Gervais was so intent on being outrageous he forgot to be funny for much of the 2016 Golden Globes broadcast. A running gag about being bored was just, well, boring. And the insults he […]

Trailer: A Monster Calls with Liam Neeson and Felicity Jones

posted by Nell Minow

Free from the New York Public Library: Digital Archive of 180,000 Files

posted by Nell Minow

The New York Public Library is one of the world’s great repositories and now 180,000 items in its collections are available to anyone with online access. That means everyone has the freedom to enjoy and reuse these materials in almost […]

PBS Special “Web Junkie” on the Impact of Screen Time on Children

posted by Nell Minow

The New York Times reports that “Web Junkie,” a special to be shown January 11, 2016 on PBS, has some disturbing data for parents about the impact of screen time on children. Excessive use of computer games among young people […]

Interview: Thelma Todd Biographer Michelle Morgan

posted by Nell Minow

Michelle Morgan has followed her books on Marilyn Monroe and Madonna with a meticulously researched and insightfully written biography of Thelma Todd, a star of early Hollywood who appeared in films with the Marx Brothers and Buster Keaton but who […]

Golden Globe Nomination Chart

posted by Nell Minow

Data curated by PrettyFamous

Trailer: Disneynature’s Born in China

posted by Nell Minow

This year’s upcoming release from DisneyNature showcases the spectacular wildlife and natural beauty of China, including rare footage of endangered snow leopards.

Where You’ve Seen Them Before: The Revenant

posted by Nell Minow

Director Alejandro González Iñárritu and his cast spent months in remote, frozen locations in Ontario, standing in for the frontier of the United States in the early 1800’s. Underneath the beards and fur, you’ve seen many of the actors before. […]

Happy Birthday, Elvis Presley!

posted by Nell Minow

Tribute: Pat Harrington of “One Day at a Time”

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the loss of Pat Harrington, best remembered as “One Day at a Time’s” Dwayne Schneider, the building superintendent who thought of himself as a ladies man, but had a genuine affection for the single mom played by Bonnie […]

Trailer: Helen Mirren Stars in “Eye in the Sky”

posted by Nell Minow

Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul star in “Eye in the Sky,” a military thriller about using drones for recon and weapons. Do you drop a bomb on a terrorist if there is a child playing nearby?

Guidelines for Parents: Is My Child Old Enough for This Movie?

posted by Nell Minow

Betsy Bozdech of Common Sense Media gives Cricket’s Circle some tips on determining whether your child is old enough to understand and appreciate a movie. The most important factors to keep in mind: (1) Do your homework — just because […]

Elvis Presley Rings and Memorabilia to Be Auctioned January 7, 2016

posted by Nell Minow

Invaluable auction house is putting Elvis Presley items up for auction on January 7, 2016, including his signature on a library checkout card for a book called Courageous Heart. Starting bid: $5000. If you have a bit more to spend […]

TCM Salutes Fred MacMurray

posted by Nell Minow

Turner Classic Movies is leading off 2016 with a great choice for their star of the month: Fred MacMurray. I grew up watching him as the genial single dad in “My Three Sons,” and the inventor of flubber (flying rubber) […]

#WheresRey in the Star Wars Monopoly Game?

posted by Nell Minow

Jenna Busch asked Hasbro to explain why [spoiler alert] the main character of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is not represented in their Star Wars Monopoly game. Even though [another spoiler alert] one of the four figures in the game […]

Other 2015 Bests: Character Actors, Kisses, Indies, Docs

posted by Nell Minow

The Golden Globes will be awarded this week, followed by the Broadcast Film Critics Awards on January 17, 2016 and the Oscars next month. But none of them are likely to mention the following, which I came across in year-end […]

When Will the Next Star Wars Films Be Released?

posted by Nell Minow

Can’t wait for more? Well, Disney says this is what we have to look forward to in the “Star Wars” universe. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (takes place before Episode IV, about obtaining the plans Leia will stash in […]

Concussion is About Football — and About Faith

posted by Nell Minow

The New Yorker has a thoughtful essay by Ian Crouch about the spiritual and religious themes in Will Smith’s fact-based movie, “Concussion.” Smith plays real-life doctor Bennet Omalu, who insisted on pursuing the issue of head trauma in professional football […]

Star Trek Stamps from USPS

posted by Nell Minow

The US Postal Service is commemorating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek with a new set of stamps that have four digital illustrations inspired by classic elements of the television program: the Starship Enterprise inside the outline of a Starfleet […]

Happy 2016! Here’s What’s Coming to Theaters This Year

posted by Nell Minow

Happy new year! Here’s some of what we’re looking forward to seeing in theaters in 2016. As usual, we have sequels, remakes, superheroes, movies based on best-selling books, and movies based on real-life stories. And, as usual, what I look […]

120 Years of Cinema in 120 Seconds

posted by Nell Minow

The Moon Film team tells the story of cinema: After a brief overview of the processes that led to Cinema, from Nicéphore Niépce’s oldest surviving photograph in 1826 or 1827 to Charles-Émile Reynaud’s Théâtre optique in 1892, you’ll find 75 […]

Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn Dance in the New Year

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s a scene from my favorite New Year’s movie, Holiday, starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and Lew Ayres. Happy new year to all!

Looking Back: David Erlich’s 25 Best Films of 2015

posted by Nell Minow

The Year in Pop Culture

posted by Nell Minow

From Costume Supercenter

Movies in 2015 — Best, Worst, and Final Thoughts

posted by Nell Minow

A final round-up on the movies of 2015 The best: Tied For First: “The Big Short” and “Chi-raq,” both all the more ferocious for being as funny and purely entertaining as they are angry Tied For Second: “Brooklyn” “Carol” “Ex […]

Rogerebert.com Round-Up of 2015’s Best Performances

posted by Nell Minow

A living legend. A lonely shopgirl. A scientist. A spy. Several assassins. The best performances of 2015 came from various corners of the world, from actors who we expect to see in features like this to ones we had never […]

#Where’sRey — Why Do “Star Wars” Action Figure Sets Leave Out the Main Character?

posted by Nell Minow

Jen Yamato writes on The Daily Beast about the infuriating and inexplicable omission of Rey toys from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” sets. The #WheresRey hashtag first trended over a month ago when Star Wars fans noticed a shocking lack […]

Chaz Ebert on the Need for Diverse Voices in Film Criticism

posted by Nell Minow

Chaz Ebert of rogerebert.com writes in The Daily Beast about the importance of more diverse voices in movie criticism — and in those who make movies, too. Meryl Streep’s use of the word “infuriating” to describe the disproportionate ratio of […]

Alliance of Women Film Journalist Nominations 2015

posted by Nell Minow

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced its nominations for the best (and some of the worst) in film for 2015.  I have already voted my ballot for the final awards and look forward to the winners. Best Film […]

Ann Hornaday on Watching Ultra-Violence

posted by Nell Minow

Washington Post critic Ann Hornaday has a thoughtful piece about the violence in two end-of-the-year western-style frontier stories, “The Revenant,” from the director of last year’s Best Picture “Birdman,” Alejandro González Iñárritu and Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight.” Both “The […]

New Paramount Films Available Free on YouTube

posted by Nell Minow

Now free on YouTube via The Paramount Vault: a digital cinematic collection of films sorted into Classics, Comedy, Action/Adventure, Drama, Horror, Westerns, Science Fiction, and Thrillers. Many of them are B-movies and oddities, but there are treasures for movie fans, […]

Debbie Reynolds’ New Book: Make ‘Em Laugh: Short-Term Memories of Longtime Friends

posted by Nell Minow

Debbie Reynolds can be described with the term used for one of her most memorable characters, Molly Brown. Indeed, her previous memoir is called Unsinkable. On screen, she has appeared in classic films like “Singin’ in the Rain” (when she […]

Tribute: Haskell Wexler

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the loss of Haskell Wexler, one of the greatest cinematographers in Hollywood history, the director of the pioneering film “Medium Cool,” and the subject of a documentary by his son, Tell Them Who You Are. The International Cinematographers […]

Christmastime is Here from A Charlie Brown Christmas

posted by Nell Minow

Christmas Movie Clip Countdown: The Nativity Play from “Bells of St. Mary’s”

posted by Nell Minow

This adorable Nativity play is endearingly natural and the enjoyment we see in Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman seems entirely authentic. The play’s dialogue was indeed made up by the children themselves, with the lead played by the son of […]

Christmas Movie Clip Countdown: An Affair to Remember

posted by Nell Minow

Director Leo McCarey remade his own wonderful film, Love Affair, starring Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne, as An Affair to Remember with Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant. Forget the third version, with Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, but don’t overlook […]

A Christmas Story: Dinner in a Chinese Restaurant

posted by Nell Minow

A Christmas Story, based on the childhood of writer Jean Shepherd, is a cherished holiday classic, with one of the greatest endings of any movie ever as the family, a bit dazed after the upheavals of the day that including […]

Christmas Movie Clip Countdown: “Comfort and Joy”

posted by Nell Minow

This bittersweet moment from the lovely Christmas film “Comfort and Joy” pays tribute to those who give up their holidays to make ours a little brighter. I love this film — and all my radio friends who let me talk […]

Interview: Will Poulter on “The Revenant”

posted by Nell Minow

I’ve been a big fan of Will Poulter since he played a young filmmaker in the delightful Son of Rambow, and it has been a lot of fun to watch him grow up — and grow as an actor — […]

“Miracle on 34th Street” — Santa Lessons

posted by Nell Minow

“White Christmas” with Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, and Danny Kaye

posted by Nell Minow

This Christmas classic needs no introduction:

“Meet Me in St. Louis” — “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

posted by Nell Minow

Judy Garland sings this bittersweet classic to Margaret O’Brien as they prepare for what they think will be their last Christmas in the home they love.

The Razzleberry Dressing Song from “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol”

posted by Nell Minow

Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol has some of the best movie songs of all time, from “Funny Girl’s” composer Jule Styne and lyricist Bob Merrill. This is one of my favorites, with Jack Cassidy as Bob Cratchit.

Interview: Lawrence Kasanoff on the New Documentary “Mindfulness — Be Happy Now”

posted by Nell Minow

Hollywood producer Lawrence Kasanoff makes movies like Mortal Kombat. But his interest in mindfulness and its link to happiness has inspired a documentary called Mindfulness: Be Happy Now. In an interview, he talked about the difference between mindfulness and meditation […]

Amy Dickinson’s Great Idea: A Book on Every Bed

posted by Nell Minow

My annual reminder about Ask Amy’s “book on every bed” advice for families, a wonderful annual tradition: You take a book (it can be a new book or a favorite from your own childhood). You wrap it. On Christmas Eve […]

Die Hard: McClane Meets Hans

posted by Nell Minow

Yes, Die Hard is a Christmas movie. And this scene, featured in my book, 101 Must-See Movie Moments, is one of my favorites. Writer Rodrick Thorp saw the movie, “The Towering Inferno,” and that night he dreamed of a man […]

Where You’ve Seen Them Before: the Cast of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

posted by Nell Minow

Of course we all know Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca). But do some of the other cast members of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” look familiar? Here’s where you’ve seen them. Daisy […]

Claymation Carol of the Bells

posted by Nell Minow

Number 4 in my series of great Christmas movie moments is one of our family favorites, from the wonderful master of claymation, Will Vinton. That expression of disgust followed by helplessness is hilarious. It’s on Will Vinton’s Claymation Christmas.

Trailer: Storks

posted by Nell Minow

“Storks” is an animated film with the voice talents of Andy Samberg, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Kelsey Grammer.

Interview: Oscar Isaac in 2006

posted by Nell Minow

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” star Oscar Isaac played Joseph in The Nativity Story and I have been a huge fan ever since. Here’s the interview I did with him back in 2006. Oscar Isaac plays Joseph in the respectful […]

It’s a Wonderful Life: The Phone Scene

posted by Nell Minow

This is my favorite scene in a movie that is just about everyone’s favorite at this time of year: It’s a Wonderful Life. George tries to pretend that he doesn’t love Mary and almost fools even himself. But when they […]

Star Wars Light Saber Battles

posted by Nell Minow

Data curated by PrettyFamous

A Christmas Carol: Alastair Sim’s Scrooge Visits Fred

posted by Nell Minow

The one movie I make sure to watch every year at Christmas is the Alastair Sim version of “A Christmas Carol.” The final scene always brings me to tears.

Interview: Kent Jones on the Documentary “Hitchcock/Truffaut”

posted by Nell Minow

If you are very lucky, some day a book will change your life. And no book changed my life more profoundly than Hitchcock/Truffaut, a book-length interview of one of the world’s greatest movie directors by another who happened to be […]

This Christmas: Line Dance

posted by Nell Minow

I’m going to post clips from ten of my favorite holiday films, starting with one I recommend every year, This Christmas. This delightful line dance scene comes at the very end and it is especially fun because it is the […]

Win a DVD and Signed Poster — Angels Sing with Connie Britton and Harry Connick Jr.

posted by Nell Minow

You can win a DVD of Angels Sing, a warm-hearted holiday treat featuring singing greats Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Kris Kristofferson, Harry Connick, Jr. and Connie Britton. And it comes with a signed poster! As a child Michael wished every […]

Critics Choice Nominees 2015

posted by Nell Minow

I am honored to be a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and excited that we’ve joined forces with the Broadcast Television Journalists Association to announce this year’s nominees. Be sure to tune in for our Critics Choice Awards […]

Interview: Jared Hess on the Biblical Archeology Comedy “Don Verdean”

posted by Nell Minow

Jared and Jerusha Hess are best known as the co-screenwriters of the offbeat comedy Napoleon Dynamite, which Hess also directed. Their latest film is “Don Verdean,” with Sam Rockwell as a hapless Biblical archeologist who commits fraud to satisfy backers […]

2015 Awards — Online Film Critics Society

posted by Nell Minow

I’m proud to be a member of the Online Film Critics Society, and proud of our 2015 awards. Best Picture: Mad Max: Fury Road Best Animated Feature: Inside Out Best Film Not in the English Language: The Assassin (Taiwan) Best […]

Happy 90th Birthday to Dick van Dyke!

posted by Nell Minow

Happy happy 90th birthday to one of my all-time favorites, Dick van Dyke!

Interview: Juliet Stevenson on Playing Mother Teresa in “The Letters

posted by Nell Minow

Juliet Stevenson plays Mother Teresa in William Riead‘s The Letters. In our interview, I began by asking her about playing the famously tiny nun when she is a tall woman. ” You’re absolutely right and one of the first things […]

Happy 100th Birthday, Frank Sinatra!

posted by Nell Minow

Happy centenary to the Chairman of the Board, the Voice, Old Blue-Eyes, Frank Sinatra, one of the greatest stars of all time. These are some of my favorite Sinatra movies. On the Town, with Gene Kelly and Jules Munchin He […]

Trailer: Roald Dahl’s “The BFG”

posted by Nell Minow

Roald Dahl’s book about The BFG (big friendly giant) is coming to theaters, directed by Steven Spielberg and with a script from “E.T” screenwriter Melissa Mathison. (It has a bit of an “E.T.” feel to it, don’t you think?)

Trailer: LAIKA’s “Kubo and the Two Strings”

posted by Nell Minow

Coming next summer: “Kubo and the Two Strings” is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of “Game of Thrones”) ekes out a humble living, telling stories […]

Interview: Trevor Habberstad on the Stunts in “Ant-Man”

posted by Nell Minow

Trevor Habberstad, a second generation stuntman, coordinated the stunts for the Marvel movie, Ant-Man. In an interview, we talked about the special challenges of creating stunts for a superhero who is only a fraction of an inch high. “We had […]

Behind the Scenes: “Hateful Eight’s” Ultra-Panavision Panoramas

posted by Nell Minow

Quentin Tarantino’s new film, “The Hateful Eight,” was filmed in Ultra-Panavision for a rare experience of totally immersive vistas. Be on the lookout for the old-school “roadshow” release, with overture, intermission, and program!

Contest: Win a DVD of the Disney Story “Walt Before Mickey”

posted by Nell Minow

I am delighted to have three copies of “Walt Before Mickey” to give away. Thomas Ian Nicholas plays Walt and Jon Heder plays his brother Roy in this low-key story of the early years of big dreams and big challenges. […]

Interview: Bill Riead of the Mother Teresa Film, “The Letters”

posted by Nell Minow

William Riead is the writer/director of the lovely film about Mother Teresa called The Letters. It was a great pleasure to talk to him about his dedication to sharing her story. “I wanted the story to be accurate when I […]

Interview: The Blonde at the Film

posted by Nell Minow

Cameron is The Blonde at the Film, and her blog on vintage movie classics is one of my favorites. I especially love the History Through Hollywood series where she traces technology and culture as portrayed over the years in films. […]

Exclusive Clip: Puss in Boots Season 2 on Netflix

posted by Nell Minow

Puss in Boots is bringing the charm in an all-new season of The Adventures of Puss in Boots from Dreamworks Animation only on Netflix, available December 11, 2015.

Online Film Critics Nominations 2015

posted by Nell Minow

The Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) – the oldest and most prominent society for online film critics in the world – recognized the year’s best films with nominations for their 19th annual awards. “Carol” and “Sicario” led the race with […]

Washington Critics Awards for 2015: Spotlight, Mad Max, Inside Out

posted by Nell Minow

D.C. Film Critics Shine a ‘Spotlight’ on Award Winners Washington, D.C. — When the dust settled and the votes were counted, two very different films led the way as the Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) announced their honorees […]

Washington Area Film Critics Nominations 2015

posted by Nell Minow

The 2015 WAFCA nominees for the best we saw on screens this year: Best Film: Brooklyn Mad Max: Fury Road The Revenant Sicario Spotlight Best Director: Alex Garland (Ex Machina) Todd Haynes (Carol) Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant) George Miller […]

What’s the Worst Toy of 2015?

posted by Nell Minow

It’s time for the TOADY Awards again. The most oppressive, destructive, exploitative, media-saturating, imagination-killing products on the market. The Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood has posted the TOADY nominees, and now is your chance to vote. Will it be the spy […]

Interview: Jake Morrison on the Special Effects in “Ant-Man”

posted by Nell Minow

Jake Morrison is the guy behind the visual effects for Marvel movies like “Thor” and “The Avengers” and for Ant-Man, which is out on DVD December 8, 2015. He’s already working on the next “Thor” movie. It was a lot […]

Exclusive Clip: Don Verdean

posted by Nell Minow

“Napoleon Dynamite” co-writer/director Jared Hess has a new film called “Don Verdean” and we are delighted to present an exclusive clip. Sam Rockwell, Amy Ryan, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Bibb, Will Forte, and Danny McBride star in a story about a […]

Where You’ve Seen Her Before: Juliet Stevenson

posted by Nell Minow

Juliet Stevenson gives a performance of haunting beauty as Mother Teresa in this week’s film, “The Letters.” She is one of my favorite actors, and if you have not seen her in these films, now is a good time to […]

Exclusive Clip: Christmas Eve

posted by Nell Minow

In this exclusive clip from “Christmas Eve,” the ensemble film opening today, several groups are stuck in elevators around New York City just hours before Christmas. In this exclusive clip, Gary Cole and Shawn King talk about faith, disappointment, and […]

Exclusive Clip: Walt Disney Dreams Big in “Walt Before Mickey”

posted by Nell Minow

Khoa Le directed Walt Before Mickey, the story of Walt Disney’s early years of big dreams and big failures. It’s now available on DVD and we are pleased to present an exclusive clip.

Interview: Teyonah Parris and Spike Lee on “Chi-Raq”

posted by Nell Minow

“Chi-Raq” is one of the best films of the year and one of the most important films of many years. It is a searing wail of love, grief, and fury inspired by “Lysistrata,” a play written in 411 BC. A […]

2015 Movie Trailer Mash-Up from Sleepy Skunk

posted by Nell Minow

I look forward to this every year and it is always better than I hoped — this compilation of the year in movies is simply spectacular. Here’s the list of films in order.

Interview: Roque Banos, Composer of “In the Heart of the Sea”

posted by Nell Minow

Roque Baños composed the haunting score for Ron Howard’s new film, “In the Heart of the Sea,” based on the real-life whaling expedition that inspired Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. “I got involved at the very beginning of the shooting,” he […]

Trailer for Bill Murray’s Christmas Special — Coming on Netflix

posted by Nell Minow

Bill Murray’s Christmas special will be available on Netflix December 4, 2015.

Exclusive Clip and Contest: 90 Minutes in Heaven

posted by Nell Minow

We are pleased to present an exclusive clip from “90 Minutes in Heaven,” starring Hayden Christensen and Kate Bosworth and based on the real-life story of Baptist Minister Don Piper, who says he experienced heaven when he was declared clinically […]

Olivia Gentile on the Best Grandparents in Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Olivia Gentile‘s terrific Grandparent Effect blog has an outstanding new list of the best movie grandparents. Some of the films are not for kids (or adults who don’t like bad language) but all of them are terrific. I’d add to […]

Trailer: Now You See Me 2

posted by Nell Minow

I loved the first one and can’t wait to see this — Daniel Radcliffe joins the group of magician/thieves in “Now You See Me 2,” coming next summer.

Rosa Parks Was Arrested 60 Years Ago Today

posted by Nell Minow

Today and every day we pay tribute to one of the greatest heroes of the 20th century, Rosa Parks, who would not give up her seat on the bus and fought all her life for equal rights. “Some people say […]

Interview: Shepherd Frankel, Production Designer for “Ant-Man”

posted by Nell Minow

Shepherd Frankel is the production designer who created the world of “Ant-Man,” the Marvel film about the teeny little superhero named Scott Lang and played by Paul Rudd. It will be released on DVD/Blu-Ray December 8, 2015. I loved the […]

Exclusive Clip: Merry Kissmas

posted by Nell Minow

Karissa Lee Staples (“Necessary Roughness”) and Brant Daugherty (“Pretty Little Liars”) star in the cheerful romantic comedy, “Merry Kissmas,” available on Digital HD and On Demand December 1, 2015 from MarVista Digital Entertainment. Directed by Michael Feifer, the film also […]

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!

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 […]

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.

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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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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!

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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.

Which Bond is the Best? Critics Pick

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#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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Trailer: Jake Gyllenhaal in “Demolition”

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