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Trailer: The Magnificent Seven (and the Earlier Versions)

posted by Nell Minow

Denzel Washington, Vincent D’Onofrio, Matt Bomer, Ethan Hawke, Vinnie Jones, Peter Sarsgaard, and Chris Pratt star in the remake of “The Magnificent Seven,” and they’ve released a teaser trailer: This is a good reminder to catch up on the two […]

The Jungle Book: Original Versions

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s splendid new “Jungle Book” from Disney may inspire families to check out the books that inspired it by Rudyard Kipling. Children may prefer his “Just-So” stories and “Rikki-tikki-tavi,” about a curious mongoose who saves the day. Families may […]

Clip: Mowgli Meets Kaa in “The Jungle Book”

posted by Nell Minow

Scarlett Johansson plays Kaa the snake in this clip from the new live-action “Jungle Book.” Sterling Holloway, who also played Winnie the Pooh, provided the mesmerizing voice in the animated original.

Original Version: The Man from UNCLE

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s 1960’s spy story, “The Man from UNCLE” is based on a television series from the 1964-68 of the same name. It was inspired by the James Bond films, and Bond creator Ian Fleming even contributed to the original […]

A “Star Wars” Superfan Breaks Down All the Changes and Tweaks

posted by Nell Minow

The Imaginative Short Film that Inspired “Pixels”

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to my friend and fellow film critic Eddie Pasa for sharing this short film by Patrick Jean, the inspiration for this week’s “Pixels.”

Original Version: Far from the Madding Crowd

posted by Nell Minow

Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Far from the Madding Crowd is the story of headstrong Bathsheba Everdene, who inherits a farm and who receives marriage proposals from three very different men. A new version starring Carey Mulligan, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge, […]

The Other Stephen Hawking Movie — With Benedict Cumberbatch

posted by Nell Minow

Before “The Theory of Everything” with Eddie Redmayne as cosmologist Stephen Hawking, there was “Hawking” with Benedict Cumberbatch. You can see it on YouTube.

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 […]

Original Version: Robocop

posted by Nell Minow

The original version of RoboCop in 1987 and its two sequels are set in the near future.  Decades later, the idea of cyborg law enforcement still feels pretty far off.  So, why not have another go at it? Original co-screenwriter Edward Neumeier […]

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 […]

Opening February 2014 — Back to the 80’s

posted by Nell Minow

When you look at the list of movies opening this month, you may feel you’re in a time warp.  We have three different remakes of films from the 1980’s. The 1987 film Robocop starred Peter Weller as a law enforcement […]

The Original Version: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

posted by Nell Minow

Humorist James Thurber’s most famous short story is “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” Like most of Thurber’s male characters, he was a milktoast, shy, repressed, and hen-pecked. On a shopping expedition with his wife, he daydreamed of adventure and […]

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 […]

Gatsby on Film

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of this week’s release of the lastest movie version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s jazz age novel, The Great Gatsby, revisit the book and take a look at four earlier versions: The Great Gatsby (1949) Alan Ladd and Betty Field […]

House of Cards: Original and Remake

posted by Nell Minow

The new “House of Cards” series on Netflix starring Kevin Spacey is a remake of the brilliant original series from the BBC about a diabolical and ruthlessly ambitious politician.  Both are worth watching.

“Les Miserables” — Stage and Screen

posted by Nell Minow

As we prepare for the release of one of the year’s most anticipated films, “Les Miserables,” starring Hugh Jackman and sure-Oscar-bet Anne Hathaway, take a look at the earlier filmed non-musical movie versions.  Both the 1935 & 1952 versions will […]

The Original “Sparkle”

posted by Nell Minow

The remake of “Sparkle” with Jordin Sparks, Derek Luke, and Whitney Houston opens this week, so it is a good time to revisit the original version with Irene Cara and Lonette McKee and especially the soundtrack: Sparkle: Music From The Warner […]

The Original: “Total Recall” With Arnold Schwarzenegger (1990)

posted by Nell Minow

The remake with Colin Farrell opens this week, so here is a quick look at the original, with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, and Sharon Stone.

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 […]

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 […]

Trailer: The Three Musketeers

posted by Nell Minow

I’m always excited about another version of The Three Musketeers! As we wait for this acrobatic remake from the director and star of “Resident Evil,” we can revisit some of the best of the previous versions.  Here’s Gene Kelly showing […]

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Janis Joplin on PBS American Masters
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Trailer: Snowden
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