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

posted by Nell Minow

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

A Possible Horror-Movie Museum in Colorado?

posted by Nell Minow

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

This Week at the Box Office — Record-Setting Flops

posted by Nell Minow

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

Juliette Binoche and Director Patricia Riggen on “The 33″

posted by Nell Minow

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

More Halloween Movies

posted by Nell Minow

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

Tribute: Maureen O’Hara

posted by Nell Minow

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

Julia — Sesame Street’s First Character with Autism

posted by Nell Minow

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

Interview: Leonard Maltin on His New Classic Movie Guide

posted by Nell Minow

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

Missing Movies from Classic Hollywood

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Behind the Scenes: Trumbo with Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

StoryCorps Asks Families to Record Stories at Thanksgiving

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

A Tribute to the 92nd Anniversary of Disney Animation

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: Star Wars — The Force Awakens

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

MVP of the Week: Amy Ryan

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Match Yourself With a Movie Character — Try Charactour!

posted by Nell Minow

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

Behind the Scenes: Crimson Peak

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: The Good Dinosaur

posted by Nell Minow

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

A Ballerina’s Tale

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

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

Interview: Brie Larson of “Room”

posted by Nell Minow

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

Trailer: the Jesse Owens Story, “Race”

posted by Nell Minow

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

Exclusive Clip: Lucky Dog

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Celebrate Columbus Day!

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Meryl Streep Calls for More Women Film Critics

posted by Nell Minow

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

Freeheld

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

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

Mr. Peabody to Appear on Jeopardy!

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Tribute: Kevin “Moochie” Corcoran

posted by Nell Minow

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

Contest: Signed Golden Shoes Shirts and Soccer Ball!

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

“Moana” will be in theaters Thanksgiving 2016.

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Interview: Adriana Trigiani of “Big Stone Gap”

posted by Nell Minow

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

Carolyn Hax on the Toughest Media Question Parents Face

posted by Nell Minow

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

Trailer: Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara in “Trash”

posted by Nell Minow

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Interview: Adam LaVorgna of “Masterless”

posted by Nell Minow

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

Lauren Bradshaw’s “Martian”-inspired Google Searches

posted by Nell Minow

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

Interview: Goran Visnjic of “The Journey Home”

posted by Nell Minow

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

Exclusive Clip: Golden Shoes

posted by Nell Minow

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

Fandango’s How to Survive in Space

posted by Nell Minow

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Happy 80th Birthday, Julie Andrews!

posted by Nell Minow

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

Trailer: “Truth” with Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett

posted by Nell Minow

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

Ever Wanted to Talk Back to a TV Ad?

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Nancy Meyers Talks About “The Intern”

posted by Nell Minow

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

Make Yourself Into a Peanuts Character!

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Interview: Randall Wallace on the Braveheart Life

posted by Nell Minow

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

Stonewall

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

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

Interview: Phil Vischer of VeggieTales in the House

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

This Week in Inscrutable MPAA Movie Ratings

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Interview: Writer-Director Carmen Marron of “Endgame”

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Emmy Red Carpet Interviews #AskHerMore

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Exclusive Clip: VeggieTales Season 2 on Netflix

posted by Nell Minow

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

Behind the Scenes: Pan

posted by Nell Minow

Emmys 2015: The Winners and the Show

posted by Nell Minow

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

Interview: Director Khoa Le of “Walt Before Mickey”

posted by Nell Minow

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

Trailer: The Point Break Remake

posted by Nell Minow

I couldn’t imagine why anyone would want to remake “Point Break,” because it is such a perfect combination of silly and awesome, with my all-time favorite movie stunt. What could a remake be but superfluous? But I have to say, […]

Exclusive Clip: Monkey Kingdom DVD Extra

posted by Nell Minow

We are delighted to present this exclusive behind the scenes clip from the DVD extras for the delightful Monkey Kingdom.

Interview: Karina Longworth on the “You Must Remember This” Podcast, Now on Panoply

posted by Nell Minow

Karina Longworth is the creator/narrator of the brilliant “You Must Remember This” podcast, which covers Hollywood history. Last season was entirely devoted to a mesmerizing narrative about the Charles Manson murders. The show has now moved to Slate’s Panoply podcast […]

Exclusive Clip: The Journey Home

posted by Nell Minow

When Luke Mercier (Dakota Goyo, Real Steel) heard some noise outside his house, he never could have guessed what he would find. Discovering a young polar bear cub that has been separated from its mother, Luke knows he has to […]

The Real Story: Whitey Bulger

posted by Nell Minow

“Black Mass” stars Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger, now serving two consecutive life terms plus five years in prison for racketeering, drug dealing, and multiple murders, just a small part of the crime, terror, and mayhem he was responsible for […]

Soledad O’Brien Tour for “I am Latino in America” Conversations

posted by Nell Minow

Award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien today will go on a national “I am Latino in America” tour to create conversations that amplify the Latino voices on critical community issues. O’Brien is the author of Latino in America The tour kicks off […]

Behind the Scenes: “The Young Messiah,” the Story of the Early Years of Jesus

posted by Nell Minow

At a time when Jesus begins to understand that He is different from the other children, He turns to His parents for answers. But in trying to protect their child, Mary and Joseph are afraid to reveal all that they […]

Jerry Lewis Donates Archive to the Library of Congress

posted by Nell Minow

Jerry Lewis has donated a large collection of movies and memorabilia to the Library of Congress, where it will be available for researchers, historians, and critics. “The Geisha Boy,” “The Bellboy,” “Cinderfella,” and “The Nutty Professor” are all among the […]

FREE TICKETS to a screening of “Captive” with Kate Mara and David Oyelowo in the True Story of the Hostage Who Read Purpose Driven Life to Her Captor

posted by Nell Minow

I have a limited number of tickets to give away to a Silver Spring, Maryland screening on September 17, 2015 of “Captive,” based on the true story of Ashley Smith, who was held hostage by a murderer and read aloud […]

Trailer: Michael Fassbender in “Steve Jobs”

posted by Nell Minow

Director: Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire”) Writer: Aaron Sorkin Subject: Steve Jobs Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, and Seth Rogen Opening: October 9, 2015 Me: there

Interview: Sarah Colt on the PBS Documentary “Walt Disney”

posted by Nell Minow

Sarah Colt’s two-part “American Experience” documentary about Walt Disney is a fascinating look at one of the towering figures not just of film history but of American history. Disney revolutionized film and the way we tell stories with his animated […]

FREE TICKETS to “The Intern” with Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro in Washington DC on Sept 17, 2105

posted by Nell Minow

Nancy Meyers (“It’s Complicated,” “The Holiday”) has a new film with Anne Hathaway as a young wife and mother who is the CEO of a fast-growing start-up company and Robert De Niro as a retired executive who needs something to […]

Trailer: Dad’s Army

posted by Nell Minow

This remake of the 1971 movie and 60’s television series about the WWII Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon, a visiting female journalist, and a German spy, stars Toby Jones, Catherine Zeta Jones, and Bill Nighy.

Interview: Patricia Clarkson on “Learning to Drive”

posted by Nell Minow

Patricia Clarkson stars as Wendy in Learning to Drive, the story of a New York writer who has to get her first driver’s license after her husband of 21 years leaves her for another woman. The license is just a […]

Trailer: The Finest Hours

posted by Nell Minow

A heroic action-thriller, “The Finest Hours” is the remarkable true story of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history. Presented in Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D, the film will transport audiences to the heart of the action, creating […]

Clip: Tom Hiddleston is Hank Williams in “I Saw the Light”

posted by Nell Minow

In Production: Rumors of Cate Blanchett as Lucille Ball and a “Galaxy Quest” TV Series

posted by Nell Minow

Exciting news! There are rumors that Cate Blanchett will be playing red-headed comedy icon Lucille Ball in a new film produced by Ball’s children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz, Jr. The screenplay will be by “West Wing’s” Aaron Sorkin, and […]

Trailer: Bradley Cooper Plays a Chef in “Burnt”

posted by Nell Minow

Interview: Director Morgan Matthews on “A Brilliant Young Mind”

posted by Nell Minow

Morgan Matthews made a documentary about brilliant teenagers competing in the Math Olympiad, many of whom were on the autism spectrum, and that inspired his feature film, “A Brilliant Young Mind,” with “Ender’s Game” and “Hugo” star Asa Butterfield. Sally […]

Trailer: Big Stone Gap with Ashley Judd, Whoopi Goldberg, Jenna Elfman, and Patrick Wilson

posted by Nell Minow

Set in 1978, “Big Stone Gap” tells the story of the ever-ordinary Ave Maria Mulligan (Ashley Judd) who lives a simple life with her mother, runs the pharmacy, directs The Trail of the Lonesome Pine outdoor Drama, and hopes that […]

Labor Day 2015: Movies About Workers

posted by Nell Minow

Today we pay tribute to workers, especially those who worked for better conditions for everyone. Sally Field won an Oscar for “Norma Rae,” a real-life story about a courageous woman who helped mill workers form a union. It was inspired […]

Celebrate Labor Day With “The Pajama Game!”

posted by Nell Minow

Pajama factory workers celebrate Labor Day in this musical number from “The Pajama Game” with Doris Day, John Raitt, and Carol Haney.

Interview: Alex Sheremet on Woody Allen (Part 2)

posted by Nell Minow

This is part 2 of my interview with Alex Sheremet about his book, Woody Allen: Reel to Real. You can read Part 1 here. He keeps coming back to a character’s taking moral judgement into his own hands to commit […]

Trailer: Victor Frankenstein

posted by Nell Minow

James McAvoy plays the doctor who tried to play God, Victor Frankenstein, in this latest film based on the classic novel by Mary Shelley.  Daniel Radcliffe plays his assistant, Igor, and the cast includes “Downton Abbey’s” Jessica Brown Findlay and […]

Simon Abrams Interviews Legendary Producer Roger Corman

posted by Nell Minow

One of my favorite critics interviewed Hollywood’s legendary producer, Roger Corman, for New York Magazine’s Vulture, and it is a treat to read. Corman is by many measures the most successful filmmaker of all time because he made ultra low-budget […]

Trailer: Barely Lethal with Jessica Alba, Samuel L. Jackson, and Hailee Steinfeld

posted by Nell Minow

A teenage special ops agent who wants to experience a “normal” adolescence fakes her own death and enrolls in a suburban high school. She quickly learns that surviving the treacherous waters of high school is more challenging than international espionage, […]

Interview: Kim Campbell on Caring for Glen Campbell and “I’ll Be Me”

posted by Nell Minow

Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me is a beautiful documentary about an ugly disease. Glen Campbell, one of the most popular and successful musical performers of all time, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011. As memories, words, and some basic concepts […]

The Adorable BB-8 Drone from the New “Star Wars” Meets Some Adorable Puppies

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: The Lobster, an Offbeat Sci-Fi Romance with Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz

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This is the most intriguing trailer I’ve seen in ages — a love story set in a world where everyone must be romantically paired and if they don’t get together fast enough they turn into animals.

Tribute: Dean Jones

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When the sad news came about the death of actor Dean Jones, those who remembered him most fondly mostly fell into two separate groups with not much overlap. Many baby boomers remembered him as the eternally fresh-faced star of Disney […]

Trailer: The True Story of “The Man Who Saved the World”

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Many feature films have imagined what would happen if a real or apparent nuclear attack precipitated war. None of them came close to the real-life story told in this documentary from Kevin Costner about Stanislav Petrov, the Russian Lt. Colonel, […]

What Screen Time Does to Developing Brains

posted by Nell Minow

As kids go back to school, it’s a good time to establish some rules about screen time.  My recommended rules are below. This is increasingly important as kids are surrounded by screens everywhere — and by adults who themselves have […]

In Theaters For One Night Only: How to Change the World

posted by Nell Minow

How to Change the World, the critically acclaimed, award-winning documentary, comes to select U.S. theaters this September 9, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. local time, presented by Fathom Events and Picturehouse Entertainment. The documentary looks at the very early days of […]

Opening This Month: September 2015

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Happy September! Fall is when we see fewer sequels, superheroes and shootouts, more dramas based on real stories or best-selling books. Here’s what we have to look forward to this month: September 2 A Walk in the Woods Bill Bryson’s […]

Trailer: Oscar Winner Eddie Redmayne in “The Danish Girl”

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Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander star in “The Danish Girl,” directed by Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”). It is the true story of transgender pioneer Lili Elbe and the artist Gerda Wegener who was first his wife and then her […]

Who is Surprised that a Faith-Based Film Beat Zac Efron and Owen Wilson?

posted by Nell Minow

The end of August is traditionally one of the year’s low points when it comes to Hollywood releases. So it was not surprising that the powerhouse “Straight Outta Compton” lead the box office, far ahead of the two new releases, […]

Interview: Alex Sheremet on Woody Allen (Part 1)

posted by Nell Minow

Alex Sheremet is the author of Woody Allen: Reel to Real, an in-depth exploration of the work of one of the most prolific and singular directors in history. He generously took time to answer my questions. Part 2 will be […]

Tribute: Wes Craven

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the loss of director Wes Craven, who knew what scared us and knew how much we loved being scared.  His series films included “Scream,” “Nightmare on Elm Street,” and “The Hills Have Eyes.” My friend Simon Abrams interviewed […]

Interview: Rachel Hendrix of “77 Chances”

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Rachel Hendrix plays Mac in the faith-based romantic film “77 Chances.” It’s a “Groundhog Day”-style story about a young man who feels lost after the death of his mother. He meets a pretty girl and they have a wonderful evening […]

Tribute: Oliver Sacks

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the passing of neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks, who illuminated the workings of the brain and set an example of grace and compassion that extended to the way he shared his thoughts about his terminal diagnosis. I first […]

Three Hundred Year-Old Actors Are Still Working

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Scott Feinberg talked to three actors with a combined age of 302 for The Hollywood Reporter. Patricia Morison (age 100), Norman Lloyd (age 100) and Connie Sawyer (age 102) shared memories and offered tips. All are in good health. “I […]

Trailer: Youth with Michael Caine

posted by Nell Minow

Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel play friends on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred, a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick, a film director, is still working. They look with curiosity and tenderness […]

Worst Accents in Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Indiewire for including me in this great rundown of the all-time worst movie accents. Critics vented frustration and fury, many picking Quentin Tarantino and Dick van Dyke, but I went with two actors who played Robin Hood:

Rosenwald

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Not rated
Movie Release Date:August 28, 2015
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Not rated
Movie Release Date: August 28, 2015

Aviva Kempner, the director of the acclaimed documentaries about baseball star Hank Greenberg and television pioneer Gertrude Berg, has a new film about early 20th century Chicago businessman and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald. Like the prior films, this one is filled […]

Possibly the Greatest Pairing Since Lennon and McCartney: Lawrence and Shumer

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Jennifer Lawrence told the New York Times that she and Amy Schumer are writing a screenplay together! It’s about two sisters, to be played by Lawrence and Schumer themselves. “Amy and I were creatively made for each other. We have […]

Interview: Ravi and Geeta Patel on the Adorable Documentary “Meet the Patels”

posted by Nell Minow

“Meet the Patels” is a warm, funny, and irresistibly captivating romantic comedy documentary about Ravi Patel’s efforts to find love according to the traditions of his family’s culture. His parents, Vasant and Champa Patel, are immigrants from the Gujarati region […]

Trailer: Love the Coopers, a Family Christmas Story with Diane Keaton, John Goodman, and Olivia Wilde

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Trailer: Ashby with Mickey Rourke, Emma Roberts, and Nat Wolff

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Sara Silverman as the mother of a high school student? Even by Hollywood traditions of actresses being cast as mothers when they are barely older than the actors playing their children, that seems jarring. But Nat Wolff and Mickey Rourke […]

Coming on PBS: The Women’s List, With Margaret Cho, Madeleine Albright, Betsey Johnson, Shonda Rhimes, and More

posted by Nell Minow

The Women’s List is coming to PBS as a part of the American Masters series on September 25, 2015, featuring: Madeleine Albright, U.S. Secretary of State, 1997-2001 Gloria Allred, lawyer Laurie Anderson, artist Sara Blakely, entrepreneur Margaret Cho, comedian Edie […]

FREE Tickets to an August 31, 2015 Screening of “Learning to Drive”

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I am delighted to have some free passes to give away to a Washington DC, August 31, 2015 screening of “Learning to Drive“! It’s first come-first-served and tickets will go fast. To get your passes, click here. NOTE: Get there […]

A New Film About the Tortured Chess Genius, Bobby Fischer: Behind the Scenes

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Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber, and Peter Sarsgaard find the genius behind the madness of Bobby Fischer in the upcoming film, “Pawn Sacrifice,” from one of my favorite directors, Edward Zwick.

Trailer: Lucky Stiff — A Musical About Death, Money, Love, and Theft

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A young down-and-out British shoe salesman named Harry Witherspoon takes his dead American uncle to Monte Carlo for the best time of his life—a week of fun, dancing, gambling and sun. If the young man fulfills his uncle’s request to […]

Interview: Neil Citron Talks About the Music in Meryl Streep’s “Ricki and the Flash”

posted by Nell Minow

Neil Citron was the Musical Director for Ricki and The Flash starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, and Rick Springfield, written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jonathan Demme. It was a lot of fun talking to him about helping Streep […]

Trailer: Dane Dehaan as James Dean and Robert Pattinson as his Photographer Friend in “Life”

posted by Nell Minow

Photographer Dennis Stock befriended James Dean and saw him as the symbol of a cultural upheaval that inspired him to a naturalism with his photos like what Dean was doing with his acting. Pattinson plays Stock and Dane Dehaan plays […]

Reading to Children Boosts Their Brains

posted by Nell Minow

The New York Times reports: This month, the journal Pediatrics published a study that used functional magnetic resonance imaging to study brain activity in 3-to 5-year-old children as they listened to age-appropriate stories. The researchers found differences in brain activation […]

Contest: Win a DVD of the Football Drama “Catching Faith”

posted by Nell Minow

I am pleased to have two copies of “Catching Faith” to give away. It is a faith-based story about a high school football star whose family is not as perfect as they seem. When he is caught drinking, he risks […]

Interview: Raffey Cassidy of “Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism”

posted by Nell Minow

Raffey Cassidy gives a performance of endless charm in “Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism,” following her breakthrough appearance in “Tomorrowland,” where she stole the film from the grown-up stars including George Clooney. I was thrilled to get […]

New Christian Series for Kids: Galaxy Buck

posted by Nell Minow

From VeggieTales® and What’s in the Bible? creator Phil Vischer, Galaxy Buck – Mission to Sector 9 is a wild, galactic adventure that teaches kids a powerful lesson about trusting God. “‘Galaxy Buck’ is a new take on a classic […]

Interview: Daniel Pemberton, Composer of the “Man from UNCLE” Score

posted by Nell Minow

When director and co-screenwriter Guy Ritchie needed someone to write a cool, sexy, sophisticated score for “The Man from UNCLE,” he went to Daniel Pemberton. The soundtrack is one of the best of the year and I had a lot […]

Trailer: Nick Nolte and Robert Redford Hike the Appalachian Trail in “A Walk in the Woods”

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Writer Bill Bryson came back to the US after 20 years in Great Britain and decided to reacquaint himself with his home country by walking the Appalachian Trail. And he took along a friend, or maybe a friend-ish, a cranky […]

Trailer: Tennis Comedy “Break Point”

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Trailer: Slow Learners

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Trailer: Trumbo with Bryan Cranston

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Bryan Cranston plays Dalton Trumbo, the brilliant screenwriter whose experiences during the McCarthy era inspired some of the greatest movies ever made about freedom. Trumbo was blacklisted but continued to write screenplays by having them attributed to “fronts,” men who […]

D23 Expo’s Glimpse of a Short Sequel to “Inside Out”

posted by Nell Minow

The D23 Expo for Disney fans featured surprise star appearances and glimpses of upcoming films, including this moment from a new “Inside Out” short to be included in the DVD release. It’s called “Riley’s First Date.”

Three Superb “Driveway Moment” Podcasts: The Moment, Mystery Show, and You Must Remember This

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While we wait for “Serial” to start up again, here are three podcasts so enthralling you may find yourself taking the long way home so you can keep listening, or just sit in the car on the driveway because you […]

Trailer: The Dressmaker with Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth

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Kate Winslet plays a glamorous woman who returns to her small town in rural Australia. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.

Interviews: Jewish Views on Sex and Intimacy in “The Lost Key”

posted by Nell Minow

“The Lost Key” is a documentary that explores contemporary society’s confusion of sex and intimacy, and how the ancient principles from Jewish theology can restore the holy connection between husbands and wives. I spoke to director Ricardo Adler, whose own […]

New Report: Same Disappointing Results on Diversity on Film and in the Film Industry

posted by Nell Minow

A new study from USC’s Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism documents the vastly over-proportionate portrayals of white males on film and in filmmaking. Their review of 700 top-grossing films from 2007-2014 found: Gender. Only 30.2% of the 30,835 speaking characters […]

Trailer: A Brilliant Young Mind with Asa Butterfield

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Straight Outta Compton

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B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language throughout, strong sexuality/nudity, violence, and drug use
Movie Release Date:August 14, 2015
DVD Release Date:January 18, 2016
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language throughout, strong sexuality/nudity, violence, and drug use
Movie Release Date: August 14, 2015
DVD Release Date: January 18, 2016

“What does NWA stand for?” asks Jerry Heller (Paul Giamatti), who is offering to become the manager of a new rap group from the Compton area of Los Angeles. “No Whites Allowed?” “No,” Eric “Eazy-E” Wright answers: “N**** Wit Attitude.” […]

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 […]

Trailer: About Ray with Dakota Fanning as a Trans Teen

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Trailer: Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

posted by Nell Minow

The smart alecks behind the Harvard Lampoon magazine parodies of Cosmopolitan and Time created their own magazine, the National Lampoon, in 1970, and it was like taking everything the Baby Boomers loved about the subversive humor of MAD Magazine and […]

Billy Ray on Hollywood’s Writer Problems

posted by Nell Minow

Oscar nominated screenwriter Billy Ray (“The Hunger Games,” “Shattered Glass”) has a warning for “our next great screenwriters.” Hollywood will not help you. It will work against you. In a speech later adapted for an article on Medium, he explained: […]

TCM Star of the Day: Ann-Margret

posted by Nell Minow

The Star of the Day tomorrow on Turner Classic Movies is Ann-Margret. Her most iconic roles showcased her fiery hair, creamy skin, flashing turquoise eyes, gorgeous figure, seductive purr, and the unmatched energy and flair of her dancing. She was […]

Behind the Scenes: Straight Outta Compton

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And a special tribute to the late Eric “Eazy-E” Wright: And here is Fab Five Freddy back in the day taking to NWA for “Yo! MTV Raps” In the movie, we get a glimpse of the famous pool parties — […]

Trailer: The Squeeze

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John Hanlon Rounds Up The Best Bad Reviews of “Fantastic Four”

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to John Hanlon for including me in his new “Must-Read Reviews” feature, rounding up the sharpest, funniest, and angriest critic responses to “Fantastic Four.” Plus one from a guy who liked it! Be sure to check out his […]

Edward Norton Speaks Out About Oscar Campaigns

posted by Nell Minow

Awards are big money, a huge influence on ticket-buyers. And that means studios spend big money to try to get them. Three-time Oscar nominee Edward Norton spoke out about the abuses of the system in an Indiewire interview. Not to […]

Exclusive Clip from Dinotrux, a New Netflix Series for Kids

posted by Nell Minow

We are delighted to have an exclusive clip from “Dinotrux,” the new series for kids on Netflix, available August 14, 2015.

Identifying “Lost” Silent Films

posted by Nell Minow

This is a fascinating article about the “Mostly Lost Films” festival at the Library of Congress theater. Experts of all kinds come together to try to identify the films through the smallest details indicating a time or place. [T]he “Mostly […]

Contest: Mockingjay Pin

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I have an official Mockingjay pin to give away! To enter the contest, send an email to moviemom@moviemom.com and put Mockingjay in the subject line. Tell me your favorite character in “The Hunger Games” and don’t forget your address! (US […]

What if the (Dead) Subject of the Movie Would Have Objected?

posted by Nell Minow

David Foster Wallace was a very private person who committed suicide in 2008. He is also one of the foremost authors of contemporary literature. After his death, writer David Lipsky published a book based on the audiotapes from a four-day […]

New on DVD: The Beginners Bible — Jesus and His Miracles, The Good Samaritan, The Prodigal Son

posted by Nell Minow

New from The Beginners Bible — Three New Testament stories: Jesus and His Miracles, The Good Samaritan, and The Prodigal Son, featuring an original theme song from Kathie Lee Gifford. This is a simple, accessible introduction to these timeless stories […]

Interview with FutureDude Jeffrey Morris

posted by Nell Minow

Jeffrey Morris is known as FutureDude. He took that name because he was “frustrated as the guy who was into science and into arts and culture interconnected to science and technology and humanity and that sort of thing. I couldn’t […]

New on Netflix: Dinotrux

posted by Nell Minow

New on Netflix: Dinotrux! It’s based on the books by Chris Gall. Dinotrux are huge creatures are half dinosaur, half construction vehicle. Ty Rux is a Tyrannosaurus Trux, and his best friend Revvit is a razor-sharp Reptool. Together they fight […]

Interview: Disney Animator Dorothy McKim on the Disney Short Film Collection

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Dorothy McKim produced one of my favorite of the recent Disney short films, “Get a Horse,” which brought old-time Mickey Mouse into the era of 3D CGI with an eye-popping, with a hilariously intricate choreography that literally jumps out of […]

Trailer: A Politician’s Downfall in “Zipper”

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Interview: Nancy Porter and Harriet Reisen on Louisa May Alcott

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No writer has influenced me more than Louisa May Alcott, and it runs in the family. My mother’s name is Josephine, like Alcott’s most famous (and most autobiographical) character, and she was inspired by Little Women to insist on being […]

The Real Story: Ashley Smith and “Captive,” Based on Her Life

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Ashley Smith made headlines when she touched the heart of the man who took her captive by reading to him from Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life. Her own book is Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage […]

Trailer: Meet the Patels

posted by Nell Minow

The brother and sister team of Geeta V. Patel and Ravi V. Patel made this documentary romantic comedy about a 21st century Indian-American man facing some 16th century ideas about arranged marriages.

MVP of the Week: Mamie Gummer

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I am a big fan of Mamie Gummer, who has a recurring role on “The Good Wife” as opposing counsel Nancy Crozier and who played medical professionals in two television series, “Emily Owens, M.D.” and “Off the Map.” This week, […]

Trailer: Meet the Crew of “The Martian”

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Slate’s Compilation of Movie Scenes With Teenagers Climbing Through Bedroom Windows

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Slate has a very funny supercut inspired by a scene in “Paper Towns,” where Cara Delevingne climbs through the window of her next door neighbor, played by Nat Wolff. Apparently every movie about teenagers features someone climbing through a window.

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

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The Oldest Living Movie Stars

posted by Nell Minow

The Film Experience has a put together a list of the 200 oldest movie stars, from age 82-105.  It includes two-time Oscar winner Olivia de Havilland (“Gone With the Wind”), John Wayne c0-star Maureen O’Hara, and century-old Norman Lloyd, who appeared […]

Tom Cruise Runs — Supercut

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I love this supercut of Tom Cruise’s best running scenes, first because it shows the range of films he’s worked in over the decades, and the different ways different directors and cinematographers shoot the scenes (and some similarities), and because […]

You Can Help Support This new Ed Asner Film on Indiegogo

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Ed Asner stars in this new film about a young man who finds a book at his grandmother’s memorial, with a series of fantastical tales that his grandfather wrote for his grandmother. Each is a different romantic fantasy about how […]

Trailer: On Beauty

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Rent This Instead: A Better Ed Helms Raunchy Comedy (that isn’t “Hangover”)

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“Vacation” is a gross, dumb disappointment. If you want to see Ed Helms in a much better raunchy comedy, try the neglected gem Cedar Rapids. Helms plays a mild-mannered, small town insurance guy who is tapped at the last minute […]

Superhero Origami

posted by Nell Minow

DC Super Heroes Origami: 46 Folding Projects for Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and More! is filled with great craft projects that incorporate some sneaky math lessons into origami versions of iconic superheroes.

Interview: Joshua Oppenheimer of “The Look of Silence”

posted by Nell Minow

Joshua Oppenheimer has made “a companion piece” to his stunning documentary about government-sanctioned gangster killings of more than a million Indonesians in the mid-1960’s, “The Act of Killing.” In “The Look of Silence,” we see Adi, the brother of one of […]

Tom Cruise Tells Kevin McCarthy about the Airplane Stunt in “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”

posted by Nell Minow

My friend Kevin McCarthy asked Tom Cruise how he shot that incredible stunt that has him holding onto the side of a plane while it takes off for “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.” The 53-year-old actor did the stunt himself, […]

Trailer: “Risen,” with Cliff Curtis as Jesus

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“Risen” is the story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer played by “Shakespeare In Love’s” Joseph Fiennes. It will be in theaters in January 2016.

Bugs Bunny Turns 75

posted by Nell Minow

A fascinating look at what made Warner Brothers cartoons work. Surprisingly, within these anarchic worlds, there were a lot of rules. This video has some very thoughtful commentary, including Leonard Maltin and Steven Spielberg.

4 Family DVD Giveaway! A Little Game, Horse Camp, Justin and the Knights of Valor, and An Evergreen Christmas

posted by Nell Minow

This is a great time of year for families to share wonderful movies, and I am thrilled to have a terrific prize package of four great family movies to give away. To enter, send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with […]

Trailer: Nicole Kidman Plays Gertrude Bell in “Queen of the Desert”

posted by Nell Minow

Nicole Kidman plays Gertrude Bell, the first woman to earn top honors in history at Oxford, fluent in six languages, and one of the great adventurers and scholars of the 20th century. Her spiritual home was the Middle East, where […]

Trailer: Mississippi Grind with Ryan Reynolds

posted by Nell Minow

Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn star in “Mississippi Grind,” about two gamblers, one successful, one not, who join forces and go on the road together.

Trailer: Mockingjay 2, the Last Chapter of The Hunger Games

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Behind the Scenes: Making Michael Douglas Younger in “Ant-Man” and Wigs and Makeup for Key and Peele

posted by Nell Minow

“Ant-Man” begins with a flashback to 1989, with Michael Douglas appearing not as he looks to day but as he looked 25 years ago. How did they do that? Special effects that are called “digital make-up.” New York Magazine’s Vulture […]

New on DVD: Tales from the Royal Wardrobe

posted by Nell Minow

New from PBS: Tales From the Royal Wardrobe. Historian Dr. Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, explains that the fascination with the clothes worn by the royals is not a recent development. And the monarchs have used and […]

Spoiler Alert: What Really Doesn’t Work in “Trainwreck” — and the Surprising Moments that Do

posted by Nell Minow

SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT I had a few more thoughts about Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck” that didn’t fit into my review because they are too spoilery. First, our concerns over Schumer’s party girl character, also called Amy, are supposed […]

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.”

The 100 Best American Films — From Movie Critics Around the World

posted by Nell Minow

The American Film Institute has its top 100 list and the Library of Congress has its National Film Registry.  But how do movie critics around the world see our films?  The BBC prepared a list of the 100 greatest American […]

Cut to the Chase: A Brilliant Compilation of Movie Chase Scenes from Michael Mirasol

posted by Nell Minow

My friend and fellow critic Michael Mirasol has shared another of his brilliantly edited supercuts of movie moments, and this is one of his best. There’s nothing the movies do better than chases!

Interview: Lillete Dubey of “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”

posted by Nell Minow

Lillete Dubey stars with Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, and Richard Gere in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, available now on DVD, Blu-Ray, and streaming video. Dubey plays the formidable Mrs. Kapoor, the disapproving mother of the eternally optimistic proprietor […]

Trailer: Goosebumps with Jack Black

posted by Nell Minow

The wildly popular Goosebumps horror-comedy series for kids by R.L. Stine is now a movie!

Trailer: Before We Go

posted by Nell Minow

Yes, a bit “Before Sunrise,” but there’s nothing wrong with that.  And I love Chris Evans and Alice Eve.  And love stories.

An App to Teach Tweens About Online Safety

posted by Nell Minow

Common Sense Media has developed Digital Compass to help tweens learn about safety, privacy, and “digital citizenship,” as they begin to go online by themselves and get their first smartphones. Designed by Common Sense for middle schoolers, this engaging game helps […]

Trailer for the new James Bond Film: Spectre

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Happy 20th Anniversary of the Movie Mom Website!

posted by Nell Minow

Twenty years ago this week, when there were only a few thousand websites and not one from a corporation or publication, I decided to publish movie reviews online from a parent’s point of view. In honor of that anniversary two […]

Tribute: Theodore Bikel

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the loss of actor/singer/activist Theodore Bikel, who has died at age 91. The multi-lingual performer was the original Captain Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” on Broadway and played the role of Tevye in “Fiddler on the […]

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