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Movies for Memorial Day

posted by Nell Minow

I’ve already written about great documentaries and feature films about the military to watch on Memorial Day.  These recent documentaries about our 21st century conflicts give the military a chance to tell their own story.  They are not pro-war or […]

Great Films with Philosophical Themes

posted by Nell Minow

Even the least ambitious films often include some philosophical questions about identity, meaning, and free will. But I enjoyed this list of philosophical films from The Guardian. All of them are worth seeing and all of the questions they raise […]

A Better Movie with Sofia Vergara

posted by Nell Minow

Do you want to see a wild comedy with Sofia Vergara? Don’t waste your time with the dreary Hot Pursuit. Take a look at a much better film, Big Trouble, made in 2002, with Tim Allen and Rene Russo, based […]

Great Movie Moms for Mother’s Day 2015

posted by Nell Minow

Some of my favorites from 50 Must-See Movies: Mothers (free this weekend!):

A Lovely Tribute to Movie Mothers

posted by Nell Minow

Orson Welles: Happy First Century

posted by Nell Minow

Happy 100th birthday to the writer/director/star of one of the greatest films of all time, Citizen Kane. Everyone should see that movie, and then everyone should see it again, listening to Roger Ebert’s shot-by-shot commentary, a master illuminating a master […]

Movies for Earth Day 2015

posted by Nell Minow

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

The Famous Families of the Longest Ride Cast

posted by Nell Minow

The cast of this week’s big release, the Nicholas Sparks movie “The Longest Ride,” includes three actors with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars in their family trees. It’s a good reminder to check out some of their best films. Scott […]

Cinderella-Thon Podcast: Movie Addict Headquarters

posted by Nell Minow

I had a blast talking all things Cinderella on Movie Addict Headquarters with Betty Jo Tucker, Mack Bates, and A.J. Hakari. Who’s the best evil stepmother? What little-known versions of the story should you be sure to see? And who’s […]

Faith-Based Movie Picks — The Today Show

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of Easter and Passover, the Today Show has some good suggestions for faith-based movies, from the very serious and respectful to the light-hearted.

Another “Star is Born” Movie? Possibly, with Bradley Cooper as Director and Beyonce to Star!

posted by Nell Minow

A movie that’s already been done three times (at least) may just get yet another remake if the rumors are true that Bradley Cooper will direct and Beyoncé will appear in “A Star is Born.”  The original 1937 version, said […]

Supercut: Gangsters

posted by Nell Minow

Movies have been fascinated by gangsters from the beginning, and this stylishly compiled supercut shows us some of the best well worth appreciating not just the art of the actor but also of the director, cinematographer, and production and costume […]

Want to See A Movie With Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, and Olaf the Snowman’s Josh Gad?

posted by Nell Minow

I am quite fond of a little film from 2008 called “The Rocker,” starring Rainn Wilson. And it’s even more fun now, as three of its actors have become big stars. Wilson plays a drummer who was let go just […]

For St. Patrick’s Day: Opening Scene of “The Quiet Man”

posted by Nell Minow

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

If You Miss Downton Abbey: More From Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern

posted by Nell Minow

“Downton Abbey’s” season is ending and it will be months before we get new episodes. Now might be a good time to check out some of the other roles played by your favorite Downton-ites. Maggie Smith (the Dowager Countess) may […]

What Movies Do You Watch Over and Over?

posted by Nell Minow

A couple of weeks ago, “The Best Years of Our Lives” was on TCM and I decided to watch the first few moments to enjoy again scenes I have enjoyed many, many times. I promised myself I would go to […]

List: The Best Movie Con Games and Grifters

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of this week’s release of “Focus,” here are some of my favorite movies about con games and grifters. Remember that “con” comes from “confidence.” A con man (or woman) makes you believe in them and have confidence in […]

The History of The Odd Couple

posted by Nell Minow

“The Odd Couple” is coming back to television, starring “Friends’” Matthew Perry as the slob and writer/actor Thomas Lennon as the neatnik. The long-running television series starred Tony Randall and Jack Klugman. There have also been versions with a black […]

Movies to Reconsider: Rogerebert.com’s “Unloved” Series

posted by Nell Minow

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan make a great romantic movie team, don’t they? “You’ve Got Mail” and “Sleepless in Seattle” are two of the most popular romantic comedies of the 90’s. But hardly anyone loves — or even remembers — […]

Movies for Black History Month 2015

posted by Nell Minow

Every family should observe Black History Month and movies like these are a good way to begin discussions and further study. Start with “Selma,” the brilliant film now in theaters, about Dr. Martin Luther King and the march for voting […]

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 […]

List: Movie Snowmen

posted by Nell Minow

The movies have included some memorable snowmen. Here are some of my favorites. The Snowman This exquisite wordless story about a boy and a snowman is bittersweet (their time together is limited) but exhilarating. Frozen Olaf is the most adorable […]

New Additions to the National Film Registry: 2014

posted by Nell Minow

The Library of Congress has announced this year’s additions to the National Film Registry. 25 “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant titles are added each year, under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act. The films must be at least […]

List: The Greatest Acts of Kindness on Film

posted by Nell Minow

I love this list of the most touching and inspiring moments of kindness in movies from BFI, including my favorite:

The 100 Best Action Movies: Time Out

posted by Nell Minow

Time Out Magazine went to the experts — action directors and stars — to make a rock ’em sock ’em list of the all-time best action films. I immediately guessed #1, did you? Here’s a hint — it was featured […]

CriticWire: Our Favorite Movies About Making Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to CriticWire for including me in this great survey about one of my favorite categories of movies: Movies About the Art, Craft, and Business of Movie-Making. There are some great choices here, including:

The All-Time Best Movie Sandwiches

posted by Nell Minow

Slate has a wonderful compilation of the top ten movie sandwiches of all time.  But they left out my favorite, which was the inspiration for my 101 Must-See Movie Moments, the sandwich made by the daughter of the main character […]

Veteran’s Day 2014: Paying Tribute

posted by Nell Minow

As we remember and thank those who have served our country and defended our freedom, these movies help us begin to understand their contribution. The Messenger One of the finest young actors working today, Ben Foster, stars with Woody Harrelson […]

Are Romantic Comedies About Love or Money?

posted by Nell Minow

I really enjoyed this essay by Meredith Haggerty at Medium about the way that romantic comedies have dealt with money issues through the years. Of course, all movies reflect the economic environment of their eras — the eras in which […]

Three Films About What We Discover About Others and Ourselves When We See and Hear What People Do When They Think No One is There

posted by Nell Minow

Professor Drew Morton deftly shows the connections between three films about listening or looking in secret and what secrets are discovered or uncovered: Blow Up, Blow Out, and The Conversation

List: My Favorite Movie Ghosts

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Halloween! Here are ten of my favorite movie ghosts.  (NOTE: Some of these have inferior remakes — stick with the originals.) Topper Cary Grant and Constance Bennett are the most sophisticated, witty, and glamorous ghosts ever in this delightful […]

List: Sam Rockwell

posted by Nell Minow

Sam Rockwell is one of the most versatile leading me in Hollywood. This week, he stars with Keira Knightley in “Laggies,” playing a single dad. Here are some of my favorite Sam Rockwell performances: Moon Rockwell takes on the biggest […]

What Makes Scary Movies Scary

posted by Nell Minow

Vox has a very good essay on what makes scary movies so scary, illustrated by thirteen classic scenes that demonstrate different techniques: introducing the monster, building suspense, silence and noise, and looong takes.

Family Movies for Halloween

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 […]

Best Movies About Writers

posted by Nell Minow

Flavorwire has put together a great list of the 50 best movies about writers. It’s always tricky to make a writer interesting on film. On one hand, you have the advantage of a character who is likely to be witty […]

What Movies Would You Give to Aliens to Explain Life on Earth?

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Criticwire for inviting me to participate in an intriguing survey: what films would you give to aliens to explain life on earth?  Here’s what I wrote: I’d have to include a silent comedy, something that would be […]

Fifty Years of Fiddler on the Roof

posted by Nell Minow

The Yiddish-language stories of Sholem Alechim, collected as Tevye the Dairyman and The Railroad Stories (Library of Yiddish Classics), inspired one of the most successful, influential, and widely performed Broadway musicals of all time, “Fiddler on the Roof,” which opened […]

Academy Originals: The First Film That Made You Laugh, Featuring Daniel Radcliffe, Ralph Fiennes, Lupita Nyong’o and More

posted by Nell Minow

I love the Academy Originals series on YouTube.  The latest asks actors, directors, screenwriters, and producers to name the first film that made them laugh.

List: Movies About Chefs

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of this week’s release about competing chefs, “The Hundred Foot Journey,” I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite movies about cooks and chefs. Julie & Julia Meryl Streep plays legendary chef Julia Child and Amy Adams […]

Remembering the Vietnam War: 10 Movies

posted by Nell Minow

As we observe the 50th anniversary of the War in Vietnam, here are ten of the best of the movie and documentary depictions of the war and its impact on history and culture in the United States. The best-known films […]

Movies’ Greatest Mirror Scenes

posted by Nell Minow

Anne Billson has a great piece in The Telegraph on mirror scenes in movies, from the Marx brothers clowning in “Duck Soup” and the shootout in “The Lady from Shanghai” to Elizabeth Taylor scrawling on the mirror with lipstick in […]

For Bastille Day: A Tale of Two Cities

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Bastille Day!   This is a great time to watch the classic “A Tale of Two Cities,” based on the book about the French Revolution by Charles Dickens.

Brits on Vacation

posted by Nell Minow

Summer is a time for travel, and, whether you’re traveling or not, it’s a great time for movies about travel as well. Film Forever has an excellent list of movies about Brits traveling abroad. Here are my favorites.

Summer Movie Catch-Up: Lists for Kids, Couples, and Hipsters

posted by Nell Minow

Summer is a great time to catch up on some classic and even not-so-classic films, the movie version of beach books.  The nice folks at Entertainment Weekly have come up with a terrific list of films all children should see […]

Michael Mirasol: Movie Robots

posted by Nell Minow

My friend Michael Mirasol has put together a wonderful supercut of movie robots in honor of this week’s release of the new Transformers movie.  How many can you identify?

Our Second Pre-Code Series Starts Tomorrow with Barbara Stanwyck’s “Ladies They Talk About”

posted by Nell Minow

Margaret Talbot and I will kick off our second series of Pre-Code films at Washington, D.C.’s Hill Center tomorrow night with “The Ladies They Talk About.” As Margaret says, it’s Depression-era “Orange is the New Black,” much of it set […]

Movie Greats: John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands

posted by Nell Minow

John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands were at the forefront of a revolution in cinema that led to a new era of naturalism in subject matter and performance. Cassavetes, best known as an actor for starring opposite Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s […]

Superb Essay on the Objects in “All that Heaven Allows”

posted by Nell Minow

Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman starred in two films directed by Douglas Sirk in the 1950’s, All That Heaven Allows and Magnificent Obsession.  When they were released, they were considered glossy, if soapy, romantic dramas without much insight or artistic […]

Michael Mirasol’s Tribute to Movie Fathers

posted by Nell Minow

My friend Michael Mirasol has created a beautiful tribute to some of the greatest fathers in the movies.

List: 10 Great Movie Dads

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Father’s Day!  Check out Turner Classic Movies’ great line-up of movies about fathers.  And here are some of my favorite movie dads. 1. Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) in “To Kill a Mockingbird” The last line of the movie says […]

Happy Flag Day! James Cagney as George M. Cohan in “Yankee Doodle Dandy”

posted by Nell Minow

What Were The Best Films of the 60’s?

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Sam Fragoso and his colleagues at Movie Mezzanine for including me in their round-up of the best films of the 1960’s.  I really enjoyed reading through all the different selections.  Check it out and add your own […]

List: Sarah Lawrence College and Movies

posted by Nell Minow

This weekend my husband and I are attending a reunion at our alma mater, Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. Our son also graduated from Sarah Lawrence, and our niece will enroll in the MFA program in writing there […]

List: Comedy Westerns

posted by Nell Minow

Movies and westerns were made for each other.  Hollywood came along not long after the era of westward expansion and access to the stunning landscapes of Monument Valley and endless vistas of desert and sagebrush was nearby.  The earliest commercial […]

The Five Meanest Mothers in Movies

posted by Nell Minow

I’ve posted several times about my favorite movie mothers, all loving, kind, supportive, and wise.  I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite mean movie mothers, too. 1. Now, Voyager Bette Davis is a repressed single […]

Kevin B. Lee Rates and Ranks Movie Explosions

posted by Nell Minow

Take a look at this exploration of movie explosions from Kevin B. Lee.  I remember Sylvester Stallone on the “Expendables” panel at Comic-Con saying that they had to film in South America to evade US restictions on firepower.  I like […]

Google Salutes Audrey Hepburn

posted by Nell Minow

Today Google pays tribute to Audrey Hepburn, a movie star of impeccable elegance and grace on what would have been the 85th birthday.  It’s a great reason to watch these unmissable classics. Roman Holiday Hepburn became a star and won her […]

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Happy Earth Day! Movies About Our Planet

posted by Nell Minow

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

What’s the Biggest, Baddest Disaster Film Disaster?

posted by Nell Minow

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

Movies About Noah

posted by Nell Minow

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

A Dad and His Daughter Make Time for Movies

posted by Nell Minow

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

Some Great Irish Movies for St. Patrick’s Day

posted by Nell Minow

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

Happy Pi Day: Pie Movies

posted by Nell Minow

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

List: Airplane Movies

posted by Nell Minow

What movies will you never see on an airplane?  Airplane movies!  The last thing they want you to think about up in the sky is the risk of disaster.  But airplanes are a perfect setting for movies, providing the unities […]

What Movies Make Men Cry?

posted by Nell Minow

I really enjoyed Alan Zilberman’s list of movies that make men cry on Brightest Young Things.  But he left off the one men mention most when the subject comes up.  See if you can guess….now get out your handkerchief because […]

Movies for Black History Month

posted by Nell Minow

Every family should observe Black History Month and movies like these are a good way to begin discussions and further study. 1. “Glory” The true story of the US Civil War’s first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of their own […]

President Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Why have there been no great films about George Washington? And why are there so many films featuring Abraham Lincoln? From the John Ford classic Young Mr. Lincoln, starring Henry Fonda, to Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, there is something about the […]

Free This Weekend: My eBook on Must-See Movie Weddings

posted by Nell Minow

This weekend only: the Kindle version of my book, 50 Must-See Movies: Weddings is free! What’s your favorite movie wedding scene?

Original Version: Endless Love

posted by Nell Minow

Scott Spencer’s book Endless Love is, as its title suggests, a deeply romantic story about a teenager utterly swept away by a love that consumes him, and ultimately everyone around him.  When the girl’s father says he cannot see her, he […]

Original Version: About Last Night…

posted by Nell Minow

First there was a play about what was not then yet called “hookup culture” or “booty calls” by pre-“Glengarry Glen Ross”/”The Verdict” David Mamet.  The title was “Sexual Perversity in Chicago.”  Both the title and the script were softened for […]

Half a Century of The Beatles!

posted by Nell Minow

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first performances in the United States — and the half century of great music — be sure to watch the CBS Grammy tribute tomorrow night, featuring Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. […]

Family Movies for the Olympics

posted by Nell Minow

The First Olympics: Athens 1896, one of my very favorite sports movies ever, is a made-for-TV miniseries about the first modern-day Olympics. We take the Olympics as a given now, but there were 1500 years between the time of the […]

Movies for the Year of the Horse

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Jana Monji and rogerebert.com for including me in this wonderful round-up (especially apt term) of movies inspired by the Chinese New Year.  This year it is the Year of the Horse, so Jana and some of the […]

Nextflix Micro-Genres Are Amazing

posted by Nell Minow

The closing of the last Blockbuster stores has led to some “end of an era” pontificating and even some meta “end of the era of end of the eras” commentary from Monica Hesse in the Washington Post.  For me, it is […]

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Crossword Puzzle with Google

posted by Nell Minow

Crossword puzzles began just 100 years ago today! And Google has a wonderful interactive puzzle on its home page. Give it a try, and then watch the wonderful documentary, Wordplay.

National Film Registry Additions 2013 Include “Mary Poppins” and “The Quiet Man”

posted by Nell Minow

Think of it as the Hall of Fame or a Historic Landmark designation. This year’s additions to the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress: Bless Their Little Hearts (1984) Part of the vibrant New Wave of independent African-American […]

Movie Literacy Test: How Many Have You Seen?

posted by Nell Minow

Jim Emerson has put together an excellent list of movies everyone should see.  What’s your score? And if you get a good score on that one, take a look at the list from the Alamo Drafthouse and this one from […]

Dann Gire’s Take on Santa Movies

posted by Nell Minow

My friend Dann Gire writes about Santa Claus movies, from the naughty to the nice. Traditional Christmas movies showcase St. Nicholas as a generically sweet, generous fellow with a belly filled with jelly and the gentle disposition of a giant […]

Ten Christmas Movies That Don’t Feature the Grinch, Tiny Tim, Bing Crosby, Lassoing the Moon, or a Dog Eating the Turkey

posted by Nell Minow

It is wonderful to share holiday classics like “A Christmas Carol,” “White Christmas,” “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” “A Christmas Story,” and “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and family favorites should be a family tradition.  But make some time for some […]

List: Movie Dragons

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of this week’s release of the second Hobbit movie, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as the dragon Smaug, here are some of my other favorite movie dragons. 1. How to Train Your Dragon One of the best animated movies in the […]

List: Sister Movies!

posted by Nell Minow

As the oldest of three girls, I have a soft spot for movies about sisters, and this week’s release of Frozen made me think of some of my favorites. If you haven’t seen these, give them a try. If you […]

My Two Favorite Thanksgiving Movies

posted by Nell Minow

I admit it.  I’m not a fan of “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles,” which always strikes me as nasty and mean-spirited.  For me, the two movies that best sum up all that is stressful and complicated and wonderful about Thanksgiving are: […]

Veteran’s Day 2013: Movies to Pay Tribute

posted by Nell Minow

As we remember and thank those who have served our country and defended our freedom, these movies help us begin to understand their contribution. The Messenger One of the finest young actors working today, Ben Foster, stars with Woody Harrelson […]

List: Texas Movies

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s release of the fact-based “Dallas Buyer’s Club” inspired me to recommend some of my favorites of the dozens of other movies set in the Lone Star State. 1. Giant This massive epic, based on the novel by Edna […]

For Election Day: The Great McGinty

posted by Nell Minow

This delicious political satire from the incomparable Preston Sturges is the story of a homeless man whose enterprising attitude (offered $2 to vote for a machine candidate, he votes 37 times) leads to his rise in politics all the way […]

Desperate Acts of Magic — Now on DVD/Streaming

posted by Nell Minow

Magic is in the air. “Now You See Me” had an all-star cast and one of the most entertaining scripts of the year. 17-yearo-old Collins Key wowed the judges on “America’s Got Talent” and how has millions of fans called […]

The Uninvited: Now on Criterion

posted by Nell Minow

Just in time for Halloween, one of my very favorite ghost stories has been released in a beautifully restored edition from the wonderful folks at Criterion. It is The Uninvited, starring Ray Milland (“Love Story”) and Ruth Hussey (“The Philadelphia […]

50 Must-See Movies: Fathers

posted by Nell Minow

I’m delighted to announce publication of my newest book, 50 Must-See Movies: Fathers. Earlier volumes in the series include the print and ebook 101 Must-See Movie Moments, and the other 99 cent ebooks 50 Must-See Movies: Mothers and 50 Must-See […]

Dancing! Tributes on Slate and at the National Portrait Gallery

posted by Nell Minow

Washington DC’s National Portrait Gallery is one of my favorite museums, and yesterday I had the great treat of visiting a special exhibit on the history of dance with photos, paintings, drawings, and video.  Josephine Baker’s famous banana dance shows […]

How Many Versions of Carrie Have There Been (So Far)?

posted by Nell Minow

The 1976 Carrie, based on the Stephen King novel about a bullied girl whose telekinetic powers cause mass destruction after she is humiliated at the prom, is still one of the most unforgettable horror movies of all time.  Both Sissy […]

Interview: Dustin Putman on The Fright File: 150 Films to See Before Halloween

posted by Nell Minow

It was a special treat to interview my friend Dustin Putman about his new book, The Fright File: 150 Films to See Before Halloween. As horror director Scott Derrickson says on the cover, “Dustin Putman knows the horror genre inside […]

List: Movies About Racing Cars

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of this week’s release of “Rush,” based on the real rivalry of Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, take a look at these movies about racing, some featuring actors who raced cars off screen as well. […]

List: Witness Protection Movies

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of this week’s release of “The Family,” check out some of these movies about characters in the witness protection program.  And no, I am not going to suggest the movies starring Tyler Perry, Larry the Cable Guy, or […]

Labor Day Movies 2013

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of the people who brought us the 40 hour work week, weekends off, and major advances in workplace safety and all those who work to contribute to society and care for their families: Harlan County, U.S.A. This classic […]

Spike Lee’s Must-See List for Aspiring Filmmakers

posted by Nell Minow

Director Spike Lee has assembled a list of movies that he says all aspiring filmmakers should see.  It’s a list everyone should look at, filled with canon classics like “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “Hoop Dreams,” and “Dog Day […]

Great Movie Duos: Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins

posted by Nell Minow

I’m delighted to be participating in the classic movie blogathon about great film duos.  My choice is Miriam Hopkins and Bette Davis, who co-starred in two classics, “The Old Maid” and “Old Acquaintance.”  They were natural opposites, and their battles […]

Five Great Movie Robots

posted by Nell Minow

Did you know that the word “robot” was invented by Czech writer Karl Capek for a play produced in 1920 called R.U.R? In honor of today’s release of “Pacific Rim,” take a look at some of the other great movie […]

See “Star Trek: Into Darkness” Stars in This Underrated British Gem

posted by Nell Minow

Long before they starred in this week’s “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” Benedict Cumberbatch and Alice Eve appeared in the sweet indie romantic comedy “Starter for 10,” also featuring James McAvoy (“X-Men First Class”) and Rebecca Hall (“Iron Man 3″).

Mother’s Day Movies

posted by Nell Minow

For Mother’s Day, share some of these movies featured in my book, 50 Must-See Movies: Mothers. Claudia Before they went on to co-star in the luminous romance, “The Enchanted Cottage,” Dorothy McGuire and Robert Young played a young married couple […]

The Best Movie Versions of Books — From The Marshall Plan

posted by Nell Minow

The Marshall Plan has a terrific Pinterest featuring their list of the best book-to-movie adaptations.  There have been so many disappointments, it’s great to see this reminder of the good ones.

April Movies!

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Spring! Celebrate with these wonderful films, all with “April” in the title: 1. Enchanted April Four women in post-WWI London get away from winter chill when they take a villa in Italy. All of their lives are transformed through the unexpected […]

Easter Movies for the Family

posted by Nell Minow

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

Movies to Celebrate Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day

posted by Nell Minow

St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend and one way to celebrate is to watch one of these great movies from or set in Ireland: 1. The Quiet Man John Wayne plays American Sean Thornton (John Wayne), who returns to in Innisfree, the […]

Return to Middle Earth: The Hobbit and More

posted by Nell Minow

This week we return to Middle Earth as Peter Jackson goes back 60 years before “The Lord of the Rings” for the story of Bilbo Baggins and his adventure with a brave band of dwarves who journey to a mountain […]

More Christmas Movies You Might Not Know But Should

posted by Nell Minow

My lists of 12 Christmas movies that don’t feature Tiny Tim, Linus, Bing Crosby, the Grinch, or Clarence the Angel, or a Leg Lamp, Twelve More Great Christmas Movies Without Santa, Tiny Tim, or a Message from Ovaltine, and Worst Christmas […]

Anna Karenina on Film

posted by Nell Minow

Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina,” with a screenplay by Tom Stoppard, opens in limited release this week, with Kiera Knightley in the title role as Tolstoy’s tragic heroine who loves not wisely but too well.  The novel has one of the […]

The Best of Bond: The Women! The Theme Songs! The Cars! The Chases! The Villains!

posted by Nell Minow

As “Skyfall” opens, we look back on 50 years of James Bond on screen, and that means some great assessments of the best of Bond.  My favorite Bonds are Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan, but “Skyfall” may be my favorite […]

Celebrate Presidents on Election Day

posted by Nell Minow

After you vote, take a break from red and blue maps to enjoy some of the portrayals of real US Presidents on screen.  This week, the second 2012 movie about our 16th President opens — Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” starring Daniel […]

List: Movies About Pilots

posted by Nell Minow

Denzel Washington’s magnificent performance in Flight made me think of some of my other favorite movies about airplane pilots.  These are all worth a look: The Spirit of St. Louis  James Stewart was a couple of decades older than Charles Lindburgh […]

100 Years of Tarzan

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Post has a wonderful tribute to Tarzan in honor of the 100th anniversary of first Tarzan story by Edgar Rice Burroughs, with a fascinating gallery of portrayals of this now-iconic character.  Burroughs had no special calling to be […]

Leslie Combernale’s Top 10 Little-Seen Zombie Movies

posted by Nell Minow

I am not a horror fan, but I still like to read about horror films, and I was delighted to see that my friend and fellow critic Leslie Combernale has put together a list of little-seen zombie films she thinks […]

Critics on Their Favorite Time Travel Movies

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of today’s release of “Looper,” IndieWire asked a panel of movie critics about their favorite time travel movies.  The answers are a lot to read, with many mentions of blockbusters like “Back to the Future” (and “Back to […]

List: Warehouse Movies

posted by Nell Minow

I love it when people who work in a specialized industry make lists of the movies that reflect their work lives.  Here’s a list of the best movies with warehouse scenes.  I can think of a couple they forgot: “Reservoir […]

Is “Vertigo” the Greatest Movie of All Time?

posted by Nell Minow

Every ten years, the prestigious film journal Sight & Sound polls critics and film-makers on the greatest films of all time.  Citizen Kane has led the list for decades, but this year it was toppled by Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. While […]

Celebrate America with “America’s Heart and Soul”

posted by Nell Minow

If you want to watch a movie that will remind you of what we love most about the wonderful country we celebrate this week, try America’s Heart and Soul.  If Norman Rockwell made a movie, this would be it. If […]

EW’s 50 Must-See Movies You’ve Never Heard Of

posted by Nell Minow

I love Entertainment Weekly‘s lists of under-appreciated films and the current issue’s list includes some of my favorites, the movies I am constantly begging people to try.  It is a great chance to see some wonderful films, and in may […]

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!

List: Scottish Movies and Actors

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of Pixar’s “Brave,” this week’s release about a Scottish princess, here are some of my favorite films about Scots and Scotland and some of my favorite Scottish performers. 1. Brigadoon Lerner and Lowe’s first musical is the fanciful story […]

Movie Critics’ Advice on Films for a Bright 14-Year-Old

posted by Nell Minow

Indiewire asked its panel of critics to respond to a great question from a critic who is mentoring a film-loving 14-year-old. “I mentor a 14-year-old from Harlem and nothing would make me happier then to have her enjoy ‘art house’ […]

Happy 90th Birthday, Judy Garland

posted by Nell Minow

This musical number, the last she filmed for MGM, is one of my favorites. It’s at the end of Summer Stock. And here is another, “The Man That Got Away,” from A Star Is Born. Judy Garland, who would have […]

Celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee Year

posted by Nell Minow

This week, Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 60th anniversary on the throne. Helen Mirren won an Oscar for her performance in The Queen. And Colin Firth won an Oscar for his performance as her father, King George V, in The […]

List: June Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Happy June!  Here are some of my favorite movie Junes. 1. Carousel One of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most joyous songs is this tribute to the sixth month. 2. Seven Brides For Seven Brothers The girls captured by the seven Pontipee brothers […]

Movies that Pay Tribute to Our Armed Forces

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of Memorial Day, take a break from picnics and sales and share one of these great films about American soldiers, sailors, and Marines. And be sure to take time thank the military and veterans in your life for […]

List: The Best Movie Moms

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers and children! Here are 10 great movie mothers every family should enjoy. Many were based on real-life mothers, with stories and screenplays in some cases written by their grateful families.  And don’t forget my […]

A Movie For Tax Day: The Mating Game

posted by Nell Minow

A romantic comedy about an audit from the IRS?  Yes, it’s “The Mating Game,” with Tony Randall as the straight-laced, pencil-sharpening auditor who thinks he understands the value of things until he meets up with a genial farmer who does […]

Lists: The Funniest Movies and the All-Time Best

posted by Nell Minow

I always quote Mrs. Miniver when the subject of making “best of” lists of movies.  She wasn’t talking about movies but her comment is applicable in many contexts: “Indefensible but irresistible.”  And they’re a great way of finding some good […]

Peter Dinklage of “Game of Thrones” — by Dan Kois

posted by Nell Minow

My friend Dan Kois has a terrific profile of one of my favorite actors, Peter Dinklage, in the New York Times, who plays Tyrion in HBO’s Game of Thrones. [H]e couldn’t book commercial jobs, because he wasn’t interested in the […]

“The Best Man” and My Dad’s Un-Conventional Idea

posted by Nell Minow

I’m very proud of my dad’s piece in Politico today about the advantages of a brokered convention. I’ve been at a brokered convention and worked for a candidate who came out of it. Even though my candidate lost the general […]

List: Women’s History Month Documentaries

posted by Nell Minow

For Women’s History Month, check out this documentaries about extraordinary American women: 1. Ahead of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber She was the youngest PhD in the world, assistant to a member of FDR’s Cabinet, went on a […]

“Passion of Mind” — Like Tonight’s Premiere TV Show, “Awake”

posted by Nell Minow

Jason Isaacs (“Harry Potter’s” Lucius Malfoy) stars in “Awake,” a new drama series premiering tonight on NBC.  He plays a man who survived an automobile accident that split his life in two. In one, his wife was killed in the […]

List: Movies for Your Valentine

posted by Nell Minow

Some of my favorite movie romances are just right for Valentine’s Day.  Cuddle up with your valentine and a bowl of popcorn and enjoy these movies about how love makes us crazy and immeasurably happy at the same time. 1. […]

List: Amnesia Movies

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of this week’s romantic, fact-based movie, “The Vow,” here are some of my favorite movies featuring memory loss.  You know what I’m going to say — the characters may lose their memories, but these movies are unforgettable. I […]

A Birthday List for Charles Dickens

posted by Nell Minow

Happy 200th birthday, Charles Dickens! In honor of the birthday of one of the greatest novelists of all time, Masterpiece on PBS has announced two new series based on Dickens novels:   A new “Great Expectations” miniseries starring Gillian Anderson […]

January Quiz Answers

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to all who participated!   The answers to all of these questions relate in some way to the first month of the year. 1.  Kevin Kline starred in a film about a serial killer with what timely title? The […]

New to the National Film Registry: ‘Forrest Gump,’ ‘Bambi,’ ‘Stand and Deliver,’ ‘Silence of the Lambs,’ ‘The Lost Weekend,’ ‘Norma Rae,’ and More

posted by Nell Minow

Each year the Librarian of Congress announces 25 titles to be added to the National Film Registry, created in 1988 in response to Ted Turner’s controversial efforts to colorize black and white films.  It is a sort of virtual library, […]

A Christmas Carol — The Top Five Versions

posted by Nell Minow

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is my favorite Christmas story and I love it in just about any of its movie incarnations. “Bah, humbugs” have been muttered by Scrooges played by top-notch dramatic actors like George C. Scott and Albert Finney, former Miss America Vanessa Williams, […]

Sherlock Holmes on Screen

posted by Nell Minow

Sherlock Holmes is one of the most popular fictional characters of all time.  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a physician who also write science fiction, romance, and poetry, but he is best remembered for his creation of the detective with the […]

Twelve Christmas Movies That Don’t Feature Tiny Tim, Linus, Bing Crosby, the Grinch, Clarence the Angel, or a Leg Lamp

posted by Nell Minow

I love the Christmas classic movies and watch as many as I can every year.  But there are many great Christmas films that don’t get mentioned as often and I like to remind families that these are worth making time […]

World AIDS Day

posted by Nell Minow

In observance of World AIDS Day, I recommend these films: Longtime Companion The first feature film to address the AIDS epidemic is this wrenching story of love and loss with beautiful performances from Campbell Scott, Bruce Davison, and Mary-Louise Parker. […]

Your Week with Marilyn — Monroe’s Best Films

posted by Nell Minow

“My Week With Marilyn” is a new film based on the memoirs by Colin Clark about his time as a third assistant director (basically a gofer) on the set of a movie she made in England with Sir Laurence Olivier.  You […]

The Muppets!

posted by Nell Minow

Hurray for the Muppets and hurray for Disney and Jason Segal for bringing them back! “The Muppets” is one of the best movies of the year. When your children want more, try The Muppet Show, The Muppet Movie, and The […]

Ask the Movie Mom

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks for the great questions! I’m trying to find out the name of a movie I saw back in the sixties, i’m not sure what year it was made. It was about a girl that just wants a simple married […]

Hand in Hand

posted by Nell Minow

I was delighted to see that one of my favorite childhood films, Hand in Hand (1960), is now available on DVD.  This is the very sweet story of an Irish Catholic boy and a Jewish girl who become friends in early […]

Movie Mom Favorites for a Happy Halloween

posted by Nell Minow

The Worst Witch

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:1986
DVD Release Date:October 16, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 1986
DVD Release Date: October 16, 2011

Thanks to my godson, Theo Leiss, for reminding me of this Halloween treat! The Worst Witch is based on a pre-Harry Potter series of books by Jill Murphy about a school for young witches.  Fairuza Balk, who would later play a […]

Blog Action Day: Food

posted by Nell Minow

  This year’s Blog Action Day theme is food in recognition of World Food Day. Some top documentaries about food sustainability and wholesomeness: 1. The End of the Line  The rise of industrialized fishing, the current demand for fish and the […]

The Original: ‘Footloose’ (1984)

posted by Nell Minow

The original Footloose was one of the decade-defining movies of the 1980’s, with a sensational soundtrack that included the title song by Kenny Loggins, “Let’s Hear it for the Boy” (Deniece Williams), “Dancing in the Sheets” (Shalimar), and “Holding Out […]

10 Great Movie Robots

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of this week’s “Real Steel,” here are 10 movie robots worth watching.  The term “robot,” by the way, was invented by playwright Karl Capek in his 1920 play, “R.U.R.” 1.  Transformers The first in the series was a […]

Citizen Kane

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:1941
DVD Release Date:September 26, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 1941
DVD Release Date: September 26, 2011

“Citizen Kane” has topped more “all-time best” lists than any other movie and this 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition is a treat for passionate fans and those who still have the thrill of seeing it for the first time ahead of […]

A Treat for ‘Say Anything’ Fans — Deleted Scenes!

posted by Nell Minow

It’s the movie Entertainment Weekly called the greatest romance of the past 25 years.  Boom boxes have come and gone, but the iconic image of John Cusack holding his over his head so that Ione Skye can hear their song […]

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.

The Worst Movie Bosses

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s release of “Horrible Bosses” made me think of some of the other terrible bosses in movies.  Here are some of the bosses we love to hate on screen.  Who am I leaving out?  And which movie boss is […]

1776

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for language
Movie Release Date:1972
DVD Release Date:July 2, 2012
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for language
Movie Release Date: 1972
DVD Release Date: July 2, 2012

Happy Independence Day!  There’s only one possible pick of the week for the 4th of July. This rousing musical about the Declaration of Independence makes the Founding Fathers vivid, human, and interesting characters, and is so involving that you almost […]

The Other Summer Movies: Documentaries to Make You Gasp, Laugh, Cry, and Cheer

posted by Nell Minow

I love summer movies with their crashes, chases, explosions, superheroes, and sequels as much as anyone, but after a while they all run together.  But good documentaries are unforgettable.  There is something about real-life characters inviting us into their lives […]

On DVD This Week

posted by Nell Minow

DVD pick of the week: The Adjustment Bureau is thought-provoking, exciting, and swooningly romantic. Writer/director George Nolfi takes on the biggest questions of all — faith and doubt, fate and free will, God, love, the meaning of existence — with […]

A Father’s Day Tribute to My Favorite Movie Fathers

posted by Nell Minow

My updated gallery of the greatest movie dads is now up, with some new additions including “Up” and “The King’s Speech.”  Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, especially my own magnificent dad and to my kids’ wonderful […]

Happy Birthday, Marilyn Monroe!

posted by Nell Minow

Happy birthday to Marilyn Monroe, that star of stars.  She continues to bewitch us nearly a half century after her death.  Yet another movie about her is currently in the works, with Michelle Williams as the former Norma Jean Baker. […]

What A Newcomer Can Do That a Star Can’t

posted by Nell Minow

Jessica Winter has a great list on Slate of breakthrough performances with an unusual focus.  I always love the thrill of discovering a new talent; it is one of the greatest pleasures the movies bring us.  But Ms. Winter makes […]

Remembering Our Military

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of Memorial Day, take a break from picnics and sales and share one of these great films about American soldiers, sailors, and Marines. And be sure to take time thank the military and veterans in your life for […]

Happy Mother’s Day!

posted by Nell Minow

I’ve written about my favorite moms on television and my favorite movie moms.  But the best movie to share on Mother’s Day is the one your mother picks because she loves it.  My best to all the mothers out there […]

Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare!

posted by Nell Minow

Don’t start with me about who wrote Shakespeare.  Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare and today is his birthday.  Celebrate with some of the many, many movie versions of, about, or inspired by his plays.  Here are some of my favorites: 1. The […]

List: Passover Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Reposting — Hag Sameach! Passover is not just about remembering the story of the Exodus from Egypt. It is about telling the story. Thousands of years before people talked about “learning styles,” the Seder included many different ways of telling […]

Happy Birthday, Charlie Chaplin!

posted by Nell Minow

And be sure to see Robert Downey, Jr.’s brilliant performance in “Chaplin.” I also recommend Stephen Weissman’s superb biography, Chaplin: A Life.

List: Movies with a Touch of Brazil

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of this week’s release of “Rio,” an animated film set in Brazil, put on some samba music and think about some of these Brazilian-flavored films for your Netflix queue.  (No, I am not including the superb film actually […]

List: Civil War Movies

posted by Nell Minow

As we observe the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, a defining moment for good and bad in American history, it is a good time to watch some of these great films that show how we continue to try to […]

The Corporate Villain in Movies — My First Appearance on Ebert Presents

posted by Nell Minow

I was thrilled that my first appearance on Ebert Presents At the Movies was a discussion of corporate villains on screen from 1909 to the present — why they are so popular and how the portrayals have evolved to reflect […]

Tracy and Hepburn: The Definitive Collection

posted by Nell Minow
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Not Rated
Movie Release Date:1940's
DVD Release Date:April 12, 2011
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Movie Release Date: 1940's
DVD Release Date: April 12, 2011

Now this is a pure movie magic. There has never been an on- and off-screen romance like the nine-movie pairing of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. When writer-director Joseph Mankiewicz introduced them, Hepburn, who was wearing special heels that added […]

National Velvet

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:Not Tated
Movie Release Date:1944
DVD Release Date:2000
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: Not Tated
Movie Release Date: 1944
DVD Release Date: 2000

In memory of Elizabeth Taylor, this week’s DVD pick has the performance that made her a star, along with Anne Revere, who won an Oscar for her role as Elizabeth Taylor’s mother in “National Velvet.” Mi Taylor (Mickey Rooney) arrives […]

Spring Movie Favorites

posted by Nell Minow

Can’t wait for spring? Check out my gallery of spring movies I love.

St. Patrick’s Day Movies: Eireann go Brea!

posted by Nell Minow

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here are five great movies from or set in Ireland to enjoy: 1. The Quiet Man John Wayne plays American Sean Thornton (John Wayne), who returns to in Innisfree, the small, beautiful Irish village where he […]

Mildred Pierce

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:1945
DVD Release Date:2005
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 1945
DVD Release Date: 2005

The upcoming five-part miniseries starring Kate Winslet is a good reason to visit the original movie version of Mildred Pierce, with an Oscar-winning performance by Joan Crawford. She plays the title character, who sacrifices everything to give her daughter the […]

For Women’s History Month: Documentaries

posted by Nell Minow

Jennifer Merin has a terrific list of great documentaries by and about women. It includes the Joan Rivers story “A Piece of Work” and “A Film Unfinished” by Yael Hersonski. I’d also add Laura Waters Hinson of “As We Forgive,” […]

Between Two Worlds

posted by Nell Minow

Between Two Worlds, released in 1944, is the story of a mysterious voyage from London to America. As they sail, each of them guesses or is told that they are dead and on their way to where they will be […]

List: Movies for Women’s History Month

posted by Nell Minow

For Women’s History Month, try some of these feature films about women of extraordinary courage, intelligence, determination, and achievement. 1. Erin Brockovich Julia Roberts won an Oscar for this story about a clerk in a law firm who helped win […]

Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Taylor

posted by Nell Minow

Today we send birthday and get well greetings to one of Hollywood’s all-time most enduring and alluring stars, Elizabeth Taylor. Here are some of my favorite Taylor movies for family viewing: 1. Lassie Come Home Taylor co-stars with Roddy McDowall […]

Nora Ephron’s Valentine Movie List

posted by Nell Minow

Nora Ephron (“You’ve Got Mail,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “Julie & Julia”) made a list of her top 11 romantic Valentine’s Day movies to the Daily Beast. You can see the inspiration for her witty, sophisticated love stories in the […]

List: Movies to Share With Your Valentine

posted by Nell Minow

In 2008, I did a Valentine’s Day tribute to great movie couples, from Mickey and Minnie to The Princess Bride and with suggestions for all ages. Here’s a list of five of my all-time favorite falling-in-love (or realizing you’re in […]

List: A Tribute to Ronald Reagan

posted by Nell Minow

As we celebrate the 100th birthday of Ronald Reagan this week, most of the focus will be on his years in politics. But it is also a good opportunity to take another look at some of his best performances as […]

Black History Month Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Instead of the usual list of movies about famous historical figures, I thought this year I would suggest some movies that are themselves a part of the history of African-Americans as well as a part of the history of movies […]

Contest: Alice in Wonderland

posted by Nell Minow

I am overjoyed to have two copies of one of my very favorite Disney classics to give away. This is the Blu-Ray/DVD 60th anniversary edition of “Alice in Wonderland.” I have loved this film since we watched it at my […]

Remembering JFK

posted by Nell Minow

Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of John F. Kennedy with a look at these films: JFK – A Presidency Revealed The History Channel’s balanced view is candid about the President’s shortcomings and mistakes but also captures his optimism […]

Johnny Belinda

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:1948
DVD Release Date:2006
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 1948
DVD Release Date: 2006

Celebrate the birthday of Jane Wyman with her Oscar-winning performance in the classic Johnny Belinda. Belinda (Jane Wyman) lives with her father and aunt on a farm on an island off the coast of Nova Scotia. Her father, Black McDonald, […]

Movies to Ring in the New Year

posted by Nell Minow

Rotten Tomatoes has a list of New Year’s Movies. Here is my list, which I first posted in 2007: When Harry Met Sally… is a sweet, funny love story starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal as two people who took […]

Twelve More Great Christmas Movies Without Santa, Tiny Tim, or A Message from Ovaltine

posted by Nell Minow

I love the classics, but if you’ve seen them all and want to try something new, take a look at these holiday gems: Desk Set Before smart phones and Google, there were people like the character played by Katherine Hepburn […]

Fantasia

posted by Nell Minow
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:1940
DVD Release Date:December 7, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 1940
DVD Release Date: December 7, 2010

Disney’s glorious “Fantasia” and its sequel, “Fantasia 2000″ are out for a limited time in a spectacular 4-DVD blu-ray package. Considered a failure on its original release, “Fantasia’s” eight-part combination of images and music is now indisputably a classic. Musicologist […]

Twelve Great Christmas Movies That Don’t Feature Clarence the Angel, Bing Crosby, Tiny Tim, or a Leg Lamp

posted by Nell Minow

Reprising from 2007: I love It’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, and A Christmas Story as much as anyone. I love the bittersweet struggles of George Bailey and never get tired of seeing him try to resist falling in love […]

In Honor of William and Kate: Royal Wedding

posted by Nell Minow

Cheers to Prince William and his bride-to-be, Kate Middleton! Celebrate with a classic Fred Astaire musical that features glimpses of his grandparents’ wedding back in 1951. Fred Astaire and Jane Powell play a brother-and-sister act (inspired by Astaire’s real-life vaudeville […]

Movies for Veteran’s Day

posted by Nell Minow

As we remember and thank those who have served our country and defended our freedom, these movies help us begin to understand their contribution. The Messenger One of the finest young actors working today, Ben Foster, stars with Woody Harrelson […]

List: The Best Fall Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Salon has a great gallery of the all-time best autumn movies, including “Rushmore” and one of Hitchcock’s most underrated films, “The Trouble With Harry,” Shirley MacLaine’s feature film debut. Here are some of my favorites: 1. “The Four Seasons” Alan […]

Water: Blog Action Day 2010

posted by Nell Minow

I am proud to be a part of Blog Action Day 2010. This year, the issue is vitally important — water. Blog Action Day 2010: Water from Blog Action Day on Vimeo. Some great movies about water: 1. Oceans Huge, […]

Christopher Columbus

posted by Nell Minow

Christopher Columbus has not yet had the movie he deserves, but I prefer the Fredric March version to the later versions. Happy Columbus Day and cheers to all adventurers and explorers!

The 100 Best First Films

posted by Nell Minow

The Online Film Critics Society has published our list of the 100 best FIRST films. Number one is, of course, “Citizen Kane,” which usually tops the list of best films in any category. The list includes some neglected gems by […]

List: Movies for World Habitat Day

posted by Nell Minow

Today is the United Nations’ World Habitat Day, dedicated to the principle that affordable, adequate housing should be a priority everywhere. Take a moment today to be grateful for your home, for the warmth and comfort it provides for you […]

List: Movie Mom’s Favorites for Halloween

posted by Nell Minow

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

Great Movie Teachers, Part 3: Grade and Middle School

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of the first day of school, I am reposting my list of some of my favorite movie teachers in elementary and middle school. Note that not all movies about kids this age are intended to be viewed by […]

Life After Divorce: The Movie Version

posted by Nell Minow

As “Eat Pray Love’s” saga of Elizabeth Gilbert finding herself after a devastating divorce comes to theaters, Slate has a terrific gallery of classic post-divorce movie moments, with women signaling their liberation through dancing, revenge, substance abuse — and of […]

Movie Blogs: Best of the 80’s and You Pick the Classics

posted by Nell Minow

On The 80’s Movie Project you can weigh in with your thoughts on the best, the worst, and the most outrageous from the decade that included “American Gigolo,” “Anaimalymics,” and “Every Which Way You Can.” And Baltimore Examiner movie critic […]

My Most Inspiring Film-Makers

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.

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