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Iconic Movie Moments

posted by Nell Minow

Beliefnet’s Mandi Fornes has created a gallery of iconic movie moments, from “We’ll always have Paris” (“Casablanca”) to “You’re gonna need a bigger boat” (“Jaws”). And of course there’s this one: And this one: Be sure to check out the […]

Ten Facts About the Lone Ranger

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out my gallery about the history of the Lone Ranger (Did you know he’s the Green Hornet’s uncle? Can you name Tonto’s horse? How did he get his name? Why does he use silver bullets?) as […]

Great Movie Lawyers

posted by Nell Minow

I’m a lawyer from a family of lawyers, and we all love law movies.  Be sure to check out Beliefnet’s list of courtroom dramas and Movie Unlimited’s list of great movie lawyers.

Beliefnet’s Movie of the Month: Field of Dreams

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out my essay on our latest Movie of the Month, Field of Dreams, starring Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Amy Madigan, Ray Liotta, and Burt Lancaster, and based on Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella.

Exclusive Clip from Les Miserables New DVD/Blu-Ray

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out this exclusive clip from the new “Les Miserables” DVD/Blu-Ray release. Bonus Features Exclusive to the Blu-rayTM ·         Les Misérables Singing Live:  The star-studded cast and production team discuss how the daunting challenge of singing live […]

Movie of the Month: The Passion of the Christ

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to the editors at Beliefnet for inviting me to write about our Movie of the Month, The Passion of the Christ. Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ” is both more and less than a movie. In one sense, it […]

My Thoughts on the Oscars — The Good, The Bad, and the Hair!

posted by Nell Minow

Did you watch the Oscars?  I did, and here’s what I thought.   1. Best Picture: “Argo.” 2. Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln.” 3. Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook.”4. Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained.” 5. Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, […]

Exclusive Clip from “Bless Me, Ultima”

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out our exclusive clip from the film “Bless Me, Ultima.”  Set in New Mexico during WWII, the the film is a beautiful coming of age story about a young Chicano boy and how his life is forever […]

Beliefnet’s Movie of the Month: “Sleepless in Seattle”

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Beliefnet for inviting me to write a tribute to our movie of the month, “Sleepless in Seattle.” Sleepless in Seattle is like a valentine to love itself, that exquisite balance of improbability and inevitability that can make people 3000 […]

Beliefnet’s Movie of the Month: To Kill a Mockingbird

posted by Nell Minow

I was thrilled to have a chance to write about one of the greatest movies of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird, the Movie of The Month for Beliefnet’s Entertainment Corner.  It is the rare case where a great book […]

Be Sure to Try Beliefnet’s Inspiring Movie Quotes Quiz!

posted by Nell Minow

Beliefnet has a terrific quiz about inspiring quotes from movies — I hope it leads you to explore some films you have missed!

Beliefnet’s Newest Newsletters: Movie Mom Reviews DVDs and Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Of course I hope you all visit me here every day or at least a couple of times a week, but if you think it is more convenient to get my movie and DVD/Blu-Ray/Streaming/Download/On Demand reviews each week via email, […]

My New Gallery on the Oscar Nominations — Biggest Surprises and Closest Races

posted by Nell Minow

Check out my new gallery about the Oscar nominations!

Nick Nolte on ‘Warrior’

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to take a look at our exclusive clip of Nick Nolte talking about what inspired him in his critically acclaimed role as the father of two MMA champions in Warrior, out today on DVD and Blu-Ray, In Demand […]

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

posted by Nell Minow

  Beliefnet has a great gallery on the subject of holiday greetings, from inclusive to religious, and I am proud to be included.  

Jewish Movies for Everyone

posted by Nell Minow

Malachi Kosanovich has a great Beliefnet gallery on six Jewish films everyone should see — all excellent choices. I’d also add: Fiddler on the Roof, Hester Street, Crossing Delancey, Gentleman’s Agreement, and Advice And Dissent.

Join Me as a Beliefnet Blogger!

posted by Nell Minow

I’m thrilled to be one of the judges in Beliefnet’s competition to find a new blogger!   I can tell you from experience, being a Beliefnet blogger is a fabulous adventure, so come join me!  I look forward to reading your […]

Help Beliefnet Find the 100 Most Inspirational Movies of All Time

posted by Nell Minow

The folks at Idol Chatter are assembling a list of the most inspirational movies of all time.  I’ve sent in my suggestions!  Please visit and add your choices.

‘True Grit’s’ ‘Everlasting Arms’

posted by Nell Minow

I was pleased to see Beliefnet blogger Mark Roberts write about the use of the hymn “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” in its evocative soundtrack. Ironically, according to Ethan Coen, they knew “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” from another movie, […]

Top Christian Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Check out Kris Rasmussen’s list of the Ten Best Christian Movies of all time. It has some of my favorites like “Dead Man Walking” “Lilies of the Field,” and “Chariots of Fire.” I’d also include the allegorical “Strange Cargo,” the […]

Interview: Chris Epting, a ‘Pop Culture Junkie’

posted by Nell Minow

Beliefnet’s new blogger is Chris Epting, author of Hello, It’s Me: Dispatches from a Pop Culture Junkie, the story of his love for the television shows, movies, and music of his life and the unexpected encounters with the people behind […]

Beliefnet Gallery: The Best Movie Weddings

posted by Nell Minow

Dena Ross has put together a gorgeous gallery from my list of great movie weddings. It makes me want to throw some rice!

Movie Mom Minute #2 — What My Father Knew When I was Four

posted by Nell Minow

Check out Beliefnet’s Quiz on Screen Dads

posted by Nell Minow

Dena Ross has a great quiz about movie and television dads. How many do you know?

Beliefnet Channel on Hulu

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out Beliefnet’s channel on Hulu. Highlights include “The End of the Spear,” based on the true story of the widows of missionaries killed by one of the most brutal tribes in the world, who chose forgiveness, […]

My Look at This Summer’s Movies: Video

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Jennifer Kachler, Adam Donald, Daniel Sheppard, my homegirl Laine Kaplowitz, and everyone at the fabulous Bethesda Row Theatre .

Beliefnet’s List of Great Movie Marriages

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out Ten Movies that Celebrate Marriage by Kris Rasmussen. There are a zillion movies that celebrate falling in love but relatively few take on the more challenging task of showing what happens next — what living […]

Beliefnet Movie Awards

posted by Nell Minow

Congratulations to Beliefnet judges and community members for selecting an outstanding group of winners for the Beliefnet movie awards. Judges Best Spiritual Film: The Road Best Inspirational Film: Precious and Up (Tie) Best Spiritual Documentary: ‘More Than a Game’ People’s […]

Can You Help Me Do Better?

posted by Nell Minow

I love all of the comments I get, even the ones that tell me why I’m wrong. I’d love to hear more from you about how I can do better and what we at Beliefnet can do to make you […]

Movie Friends Quiz

posted by Nell Minow

I got 80% on this quiz about friendships in the movies. How about you? What are your favorite movie friendships? And what movie concludes with this line? “Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

Religion on ‘The Office’ — a Quiz

posted by Nell Minow

How well do you know the characters on “The Office?” Try our Idol Chatter quiz about religion on the hit series about paper company Dunder Mifflin. Like most American workplaces, this one includes employees with an assortment of views about […]

Movie Love Quote Quiz

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out Beliefnet’s quiz on movie quotes. I got 16 out of 20 — can you beat my score?

Interview: Martha Williamson of ‘Touched by an Angel’

posted by Nell Minow

It was a special treat to talk with Beliefnet’s own Martha Williamson about her beloved and groundbreaking television series, this week’s DVD pick: Touched by an Angel: Inspiration Collection NM: What is it like to be an open believer in […]

Jewish Characters on TV

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to take a look at Beliefnet’s gallery of Jewish television characters by Sharon Udasin. I like the range it covers — animated and live-action, comedy and drama, observant and cultural.

Monster Lessons from Paul Asay

posted by Nell Minow

Paul Asay has a terrific gallery list of life lessons from movie monsters. It is witty, erudite, and very insightful. Indeed, I think he has done a good job of setting out the reasons that monster movies are among the […]

Two Great Posts on Idol Chatter

posted by Nell Minow

I am honored to share coverage of popular culture with the thoughtful posters over at Idol Chatter. Two posts I have especially liked this week are Ellen Leventry’s commentary on the new homeless American Girl doll and the Mont Blanc […]

Life Lessons from Saturday Morning Cartoons

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to read Paul Asay’s entertaining and enlightening discussion of the lessons we learned from Saturday morning cartoon shows like “Scooby-Doo” (be careful of strangers) and “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids” (television can teach moral lessons). I especially […]

List: Angel Movies

posted by Nell Minow

My fellow Beliefnet blogger Susan Gregg, has a new post about her favorite angel characters in movies and a link to a Beliefnet gallery about angels in movies and television in the past 20 years. These are all good choices […]

Summer Camp Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Nametapes ironed on? Bugspray and sunscreen packed? As kids depart for camp, it is fun to watch some classic movies about the joys and terrors of life among the bunk beds and color wars. 1. Meatballs Bill Murray was the […]

Beliefnet Movie Highlights: Movie Underdogs

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out Kris Rasmussen’s great gallery on the top Hollywood underdogs (if that’s not a contradiction in terms). She includes some of my favorite movies, like “October Sky” and “Babe.” Some of my other favorite movie underdogs […]

List: Rainy Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Douglas Howe has a great list of rain scenes in movies over on Idol Chatter, including two of my favorites, “Singin’ in the Rain” with Gene Kelly and “Say Anything” with John Cusack. Cusack for some reason is always getting […]

List: Crunchy Conservative Movies

posted by Nell Minow

My fellow blogger (and movie maven) Ron Dreher is compiling a list of Crunchy Con movies on his blog, which promotes the ideas of traditionalist conservatives who support environmental conservation, frugal living, and the preservation of traditional family values. Take […]

Inspirational Movie Quotes: Gallery

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks so much to Dena Ross for making my list of inspirational movie quotes into a gorgeous gallery!

Movie Aliens

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out Paul Asay’s great gallery of movie aliens. I was very pleased to see that he included my beloved Galaxy Quest along with classics like E.T., “Cocoon,” and the original The Day the Earth Stood Still. […]

‘Law of Attraction’ Movie Gallery

posted by Nell Minow

Brent Marchant has written a book called Get the Picture: Conscious Creation Goes to the Movies, about movies that demonstrate the the idea that “that through our thoughts, beliefs, and feelings, we create our own reality.” For Beliefnet, he has […]

Beliefnet Movie Awards

posted by Nell Minow

Congratulations to Beliefnet judges and community members for selecting an outstanding group of winners for the Beliefnet movie awards. Judges Best Spiritual Film: The Road Best Inspirational Film: Precious and Up (Tie) Best Spiritual Documentary: ‘More Than a Game’ People’s […]

Beliefnet Spiritual Film Awards: We Want Your Vote

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out the nominees for Beliefnet’s Spiritual Film Awards and vote for your favorites.

‘Haunting’ Movie Moments from Idol Chatter

posted by Nell Minow

On Idol Chatter, Kris Rasmussen has come up with a two-part list of haunting moments in movies that is well worth exploring and every one of the films and those added by the commenters is a worthy addition to your […]

Memorable Movie Nuns

posted by Nell Minow

I love Beliefnet’s gallery of Memorable Movie Nuns from Paul Asay. He includes some of my favorites like Lilies of the Field, with Sidney Poitier building a chapel under the direction of flinty Lilia Skala and Susan Sarandon as real-life […]

My List of Comfort Movies

posted by Nell Minow

My gallery about the best movies to watch when you’re in bed with the sniffles or flu has been posted. The right movies can help you pass the time until you feel better. They can even help you recover faster, […]

Holiday Movie Moments

posted by Nell Minow

I love Kris Rasmussen’s list of favorite holiday movie moments from Idol Chatter. Some of my favorites are included and I was especially happy to see one most people overlook, the Cary Grant/Katharine Hepburn movie “Holiday:” Made by the same […]

Horton’s Lessons

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to look at the wonderful gallery of “Twelve Lessons Horton Taught Me” by Hillary Fields. Inspired by the upcoming release of the DVD, Fields describes the spiritual lessons of the Dr. Seuss classic from “a person’s a person, […]

Idol Chatter’s Comfort Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Kris Rasmussen’s comfort movie list from Idol Chatter is filled with great choices, including You’ve Got Mail (and don’t miss the two earlier versions, The Shop Around the Corner with Jimmy Stewart and In the Good Old Summertime with Judy […]

Win some HSM3 Goodies!

posted by Nell Minow

An incredible bonanza for “High School Musical” fans — Beliefnet’s Idol Chatter is giving away some special HSM3 treats. Post a comment (on Idol Chatter, not here), answering this question: Have you ever been separated from a close friend? How […]

Steve Russo’s Biblical Lessons from HSM

posted by Nell Minow

Steve Russo, author of Wildcats in the House: Spiritual Stuff You Can Get From High School Musical, has given Beliefnet 10 Biblical lessons from “High School Musical,” like relying on faith, gratitude for God’s gifts, and keeping your priorities clear.

Beliefnet’s Movies about Faith in Love

posted by Nell Minow

Idol Chatter has a great post with a list of the best movies about putting your faith in love (and cry in the process). I don’t agree with all of the choices — I find “The Other Sister” and “Stepmom” […]

Religion on ‘The Simpsons’

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out this terrific Beliefnet gallery from Mark I. Pinsky on the best Simpsons episodes about religions. It includes “Like Father, Like Clown” (written with the help of three rabbis, about Krusty the Clown’s exploration of his […]

Beliefnet on “Religulous”

posted by Nell Minow

Beliefnet bloggers speak out on Bill Maher’s new movie: From Rabbi Brad Hirschfield of Windows and Doors: [F]or starters, let’s stop giving Maher credit for attacking all religion. He doesn’t. Instead, Maher selects the worst of religion and compares it […]

Anti-Islam DVD Circulated By Anonymous Group in Battleground States

posted by Nell Minow

I am grateful to Beliefnet blogger Aziz Poonawalla for bringing to my attention the 28 million free DVDs that were delivered with the Sunday newspaper throughout battleground states last month. The movie is called Obsession. According to Poonawalla, it is […]

Religulous — Bill Maher Attacks Religion

posted by Nell Minow

Professional Enfant Terrible Bill Maher has a new movie called Religulous in which he attacks religion, religious beliefs, and believers. Beliefnet founder Steven Waldman discusses his decision to run ads for this movie on his blog. He says the movie […]

John Voight, Joey Tribiani, and Chabad

posted by Nell Minow

There’s a terrific Idol Chatter post about the Chabad telethon with clips from John Voight, Matt LeBlanc as Joey, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and a lot of men dancing together. Chabad’s 2008 telethon broadcasts tomorrow, September 14.

Beliefnet’s Most Inspiring Sports Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Beliefnet has assembled a great gallery of the most inspiring sports movies. Most are based on true stories, like Miracle (the 1980 Olympic hockey team), Seabiscuit (horse-race champion), Friday Night Lights (Texas high school football team), The Rookie (middle-aged teacher […]

How Would Wall?E Vote?

posted by Nell Minow

The chattering classes are already going after that sweet little robot Wall?E. Some on the right accused the film of being leftist propaganda because of its environmental message. As the New York Times points out: Blogland moves at the speed […]

American Dream Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Idol Chatter has posted a list of the five best movies celebrating the American Dream. All good choices: Avalon and An American Tail (about the immigrant experience), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington about an idealistic young Senator, and Rocky, the […]

Movies about Values

posted by Nell Minow

Beliefnet has posted my gallery of movies that illustrate important values like integrity, courage, courtesy, learning, and peace. Movies are our sagas, our myths, our touchstones, and our collective cultural heritage. They are also one way that we teach ourselves […]

Is ‘The Love Guru’ offensive or funny or both?

posted by Nell Minow

Mike Myers’ new comedy “The Love Guru,” which opens on Friday, has already led to complaints from members of the Hindu community for “lampooning Hinduism and Hindus and using Hindu terms frivolously.” Beliefnet has invited Hindu leaders, publications and groups, […]

Movies about the End of the World

posted by Nell Minow

Beliefnet’s Paul Asay has put together a gallery list of movies about the apocalypse or the end of the world. Some are better as movies than others — I thought “The Day After Tomorrow” was pretty poor. Some deal with […]

It Isn’t Fattening If It’s On the Screen — OLWL’s best food scenes

posted by Nell Minow

Beliefnet’s delightful Our Lady of Weight Loss is having a contest — tell her your favorite food scene in a movie and you could win a copy of her book! Take a look and see if you can write a […]

Indiana Jones Spirituality Quiz

posted by Nell Minow

As Indiana Jones embarks on his fourth adventure, Beliefnet offers a quiz on some of the details of the past three films, which, like the new one, draw on myths and religious beliefs from a wide range of world faith […]

Life-saving Movies (Flower Mandelas blog)

posted by Nell Minow

David J. Bookbinder of the Flower Mandelas blog has a post titled “How Movies Saved My Life.” “Star Trek” and “Twilight Zone” opened my eyes to fundamental truths of human behavior and the workings of the human heart, filtered through […]

Get ready for Prince Caspian

posted by Nell Minow

Opening day for the second film in the Narnia series is less than a month away, and Beliefnet has created some wonderful resources to help families get ready for it. Take a quiz to find out which Narnia character most […]

List: 10 movies that feature God

posted by Nell Minow

Rotten Tomatoes has a new list of movies that feature God. Not long ago, Beliefnet had its own list of memorable portrayals of God in the movies and television. I contributed a brief commentary on one of my favorites, Howie […]

Religion in film: characters, themes, resources

posted by Nell Minow

Beliefnet’s Kris Rasmussen has a list of 10 positive Christian characters in recent films. I was pleased to see Amy Adams’ performance in Junebug included, though for me the most spiritually touching moment in the movie was when Alessandro Nivola, […]

Great movies you just don’t get

posted by Nell Minow

Beliefnet’s Crunchy Con asked readers to fess up — which “great” movies don’t work for you? Many certified classics show up on the list, from Citizen Kane to 2001 – A Space Odyssey. Unsurprisingly, nearly every movie dissed by one […]

And the winner is…

posted by Nell Minow

Better than the Oscars! Beliefnet announces its picks for the best spiritual movies and performances of last year. I like these awards because they honor what is inspiring and moving, because they let both professionals and movie fans vote, and […]

VOTE: Beliefnet Spiritual Movie Awards

posted by Nell Minow

What were the best spiritual movies and performances of last year? See this year’s nominees for Best Spiritual Film, Best Spiritual Performance, and Best Spiritual Documentary. Then watch clips, join the debate, and vote on your favorites. Nominees: Best Spiritual […]

Beliefnet salutes 2008 movies and the all-time top Westerns

posted by Nell Minow

This is my third year as one of the nominators for Beliefnet’s annual awards that pay tribute to the most spiritually nourishing and inspiring films of the year. Each of the candidates is presented with pro and con statements (mine […]

Best Spiritual Films of 2007 — Beliefnet Group Discussion

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out the new Beliefnet Discussion Group on the Best Spiritual Films of last year and let us hear about the movies that inspired and nourished you.

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