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Interview: Michel Gondry of “Mood Indigo”

posted by Nell Minow

Michel Gondry is one of my favorite directors, with a distinctive style of romance and whimsy, best known for “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Be Kind Rewind.”  His films usually feature intricate contraptions with a very hand-made feeling. […]

Eyes On/In Film

posted by Nell Minow

My friend Alan Zilberman has a great essay on Rogerebert.com about the history of close-ups of the eye in films. The current release, “I Origins” is about scientists who study eyes professionally, one of whom has taken thousands of photographs […]

Girl in a Country Song — Maddie and Tae Reverse the Gender Roles

posted by Nell Minow

“Can I put on some real clothes now?”

Coming in August: Helen Mirren, Ninja Turtles, Step Up 5, If I Stay, The Giver, and More

posted by Nell Minow

August is traditionally a slow month for movies, with some of each year’s worst being released just before Labor Day. But this year, the last month of summer vacation leads off with a bang, Guardians of the Galaxy, plus the […]

Lucy and the Box Office: The Good News and the Bad News

posted by Nell Minow

Last week, “Lucy” beat “Hercules” at the box office, good news for those who still think that women-led action films can’t make money. As blog The Mary Sue put it succinctly: “Today In Female-Led-Movies-Obviously-Don’t-Make-Money News, Lucy Beat Out Hercules This […]

Get on Up

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug use, some strong language, and violent situations
Movie Release Date:August 1, 2014
DVD Release Date:January 5, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug use, some strong language, and violent situations
Movie Release Date: August 1, 2014
DVD Release Date: January 5, 2015

There are a lot of challenges in taking on the life story of James Brown, known variously as the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, the Godfather of Soul, Mr. Dynamite and others with variations on the term “Funk.” First […]

Exclusive Clip: Behind the Scenes on “Calvary”

posted by Nell Minow

Brendan Gleeson gives a magnificent performance as a warm-hearted priest in a sad and damaged world in “Calvary,” opening next week across the country.  Here’s an exclusive peek behind the scenes, featuring Gleeson and Director of the Pauline Center for […]

Tonight: The Last of Our Pre-Code Series, Jean Harlow in “Red Headed Woman”

posted by Nell Minow

Tonight is the last of the Pre-Code films Margaret Talbot and I will be presenting at Washington D.C.’s Hill Center.  And it’s a doozy, Jean Harlow in “Red Headed Woman.”  We’d love to see you there. Margaret and I will […]

Statler and Waldorf and “Muppets Most Wanted”

posted by Nell Minow

Featuring my favorite Muppet characters!  (Probably because they are critics.)

The Real Story: James Brown and “Ski Party”

posted by Nell Minow

One of the highlights of this week’s “Get on Up” is a scene where James Brown and his group appear in a teen movie set in a ski chalet. The fun of the scene is seeing the R&B performers so […]

Behind the Scenes Clip: Adam Levine in “Begin Again”

posted by Nell Minow

I have one copy of the wonderful soundtrack to give away!  Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with Levine in the subject line and tell me your favorite song of the summer.  Don’t forget your address!  (US addresses only).  I’ll […]

Interview: Thunder Levin of “Sharknado” and “Sharknado 2″

posted by Nell Minow

One of the highlights of Comic-Con was the chance to catch up with Thunder Levin, screenwriter of the sensation, “Sharknado” and the sequel, “Sharknado 2,” which premieres tonight on Syfy.  The original was remarkable for its over-the-top storyline and even […]

Contest Winner — “Earth to Echo’s” GoPro Camera

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to all who entered!  This contest had far more entries than any other I’ve ever run.  Congratulations to the lucky winner! WINNER OF THE GOPRO CAMERA: Susan D. Burkburnett, TX  

Interview: Joseph Nasser of “Amber Alert: Terror on the Highway”

posted by Nell Minow

Reserve Police Officer Joseph Nasser produced Amber Alert: Terror on the Highway to help raise awareness of the Amber Alert system. It stars Tom Berenger as a man on the edge, making a dead rush for Mexico and kidnapping two young […]

Comic-Con 2014: Day 2

posted by Nell Minow

Day 2 of Comic-Con included: an interview with “Sharknado” and “Sharknado 2″ screenwriter Thunder Levin, a buggy lunch with Boxtrolls, press events with the directors and casts of four films, and appearing on the Rotten Tomatoes panel, where each attendee was […]

Thank You! This Site is 19 Years Old This Week!

posted by Nell Minow

It seems like yesterday, but it was 19 years ago this week that I first began writing reviews online as The Movie Mom®.  Anyone remember Prodigy?  The first appearance of my website was via the Sears-owned online service, so long […]

Interview: Dan Cohen of “Alive Inside”

posted by Nell Minow

Dan Cohen is the gifted and passionately committed man who transforms the lives of people with dementia and other severely debilitating diseases.  He is featured in the documentary “Alive Inside.” He is the founder of Music and Memory, which provides […]

Contest: “Lullaby” — Family Drama With Amy Adams, Richard Jenkins, and Garrett Hedlund

posted by Nell Minow

Garrett Hedlund stars as Jonathan in this uneven but moving drama about a family facing the loss of a husband and father. The performances are excellent, especially Richard Jenkins as the father and “Downton Abbey’s” Jessica Brown Findlay as Jonathan’s […]

Comic-Con 2014: Day One

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s what’s at Comic-Con, which means here’s what’s coming everywhere else: affordable 3D printers with hand-held scanners that transmit 360 degree images to your tablet or laptop instantly. GoPro cameras. Google glasses. Even Oculus Rift, the totally immersive virtual reality […]

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 […]

Interview: Michael Rossato-Bennett of “Alive Inside”

posted by Nell Minow

Michael Rossato-Bennett agreed to spend one day filming Dan Cohen’s remarkable music therapy work with people struggling with dementia. He ended up spending three years there and the result is “Alive Inside,” an extraordinary documentary about the power of music […]

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 […]

How Do Movies Show Time Passing?

posted by Nell Minow

Someone once said that movies are “pieces of time.” A few take place in “real time.” Alfred Hitchcock’s experiment, “Rope,” unfolds in just the time it takes us to watch it, all in what appears to be one seamless shot. […]

Boring TV Makes You Fat

posted by Nell Minow

A new study finds that boring television leads to mindless snacking and that leads to putting on pounds. So, watch programs that excite and engage you. Or, if the show is boring, turn off the television.

Comic-Con 2014

posted by Nell Minow

It’s here!  San Diego Comic-Con begins Wednesday night in San Diego and I’ll be there.  This is my favorite event of the year, a chance to find out what everyone will be watching, listening to, playing, and otherwise enjoying over […]

Free! Planes: Fire & Rescue Activity Sheets

posted by Nell Minow

I have free activity sheets for Planes: Fire & Rescue! Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with “Planes!” in the subject line and I’ll write you back with the activity sheet attached. The offer is good until July 31, 2014.

Happy Anniversary of the First Moon Landing

posted by Nell Minow

45 years ago today, Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon, a powerful reminder of what is possible if we put no limits on our goals “for all mankind.”  I hope we never lose that sense […]

Tribute: James Garner

posted by Nell Minow

One of my favorite actors has left us. James Garner, handsome, wry, effortlessly masculine, all-purpose leading man for decades on television and in movies, has died at age 84. He had consummate skill in comedy, drama, and romance, and even […]

The Importance of Film Editing: Cinefix

posted by Nell Minow

I love this compilation from Cinefix of the top ten movie edits of all time.  I’ll bet you can guess at least a few.

Noel Langley and the Original Script for “The Wizard of Oz”

posted by Nell Minow

Wicked author Gregory Maguire has a wonderful essay on the Smithsonian website about the original screenplay for what is probably the greatest family movie of all time, The Wizard of Oz. By coincidence, I just finished a book by the […]

My Visit to LAIKA: Part 3

posted by Nell Minow

One of my favorite stops on our tour of LAIKA Studios to see the sets for “The Boxtrolls” was our visit with Georgina Hayns, Creative Supervisor for Puppet Fabrication. Is that the coolest job title ever or what? She described […]

Academy Originals: Creative Spark — Aline Brosh McKenna

posted by Nell Minow

Screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna (“We Bought a Zoo,” “The Devil Wears Prada”) talks about inspiration in this latest in the terrific Academy Originals series from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Exclusive Clip: Hope Davis and Timothy Hutton in “Louder Than Words”

posted by Nell Minow

How do you go on when everything that gives life meaning is gone? In this fact-based story, David Duchovny and Hope Davis play a married couple who must face this question when their daughter dies.  The movie is Louder than […]

Tribute: Elaine Stritch

posted by Nell Minow

The great Elaine Stritch has died at age 89. It is hard to imagine a world without that vibrant, brash, brassy, and utterly vital force of nature.  She was the kind of woman about whom it was not just apt […]

Interview: Richard Linklater of “Boyhood”

posted by Nell Minow

Richard Linklater is one of my favorite directors.  Films like “Waking Life,” “Before Sunrise”/”Before Sunset”/”Before Midnight,” “Dazed and Confused,” “School of Rock,” “Bernie,” and “Me and Orson Welles” display his restless intelligence and remarkable range.  His latest film, “Boyhood,” was […]

Contest: Win a Plushie Echo from “Earth to Echo”

posted by Nell Minow

I have some adorable plushies of the little alien in “Earth to Echo” to give away! Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with “Echo” in the subject line and tell me your favorite summer activity. Don’t forget your mailing address! […]

Exclusive Clip: Justin and the Knights of Valour

posted by Nell Minow

Freddie Highmore and Antonio Banderas star in the animated adventure Justin & The Knights of Valour, along with Charles Dance, Rupert Everett, Barry Humphries, Alfred Molina, Mark Strong, Julie Walters, Olivia Williams and Saoirse Ronan. I’m delighted to share an exclusive clip. […]

My Visit to LAIKA: Part 2

posted by Nell Minow

More from my enchanting visit to LAIKA Studios to see the sets and meet the filmmakers for “The Boxtrolls,” the upcoming stop-motion film: The story: A family event movie from the creators of “Coraline” and “ParaNorman” that introduces audiences to […]

Trailer: Kevin Kline and Maggie Smith in “My Old Lady”

posted by Nell Minow

Mathias Gold (Kevin Kline) is a down-on-his-luck New Yorker who inherits a Parisian apartment from his estranged father. But when he arrives in France to sell the vast domicile, he’s shocked to discover a live-in tenant who is not prepared […]

Trailer: Unbroken

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most anticipated films of the year is “Unbroken,” directed by Angelina Jolie, and based on Laura Hillenbrand’s best-seller, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.  It is the story of Louis Zamperini, who died […]

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.

Interview: Raffi and His New CD “Love Bug”

posted by Nell Minow

Raffi has a new CD! His first new music in twelve years is called Love Bug and it will be available tomorrow. It was a special thrill to talk to someone whose music has been so important to our family. […]

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.

Who Should Play Non-White Characters?

posted by Nell Minow

Amanda Scherker has an excellent piece in the Huffington Post about “whitewashing” in films — ethnically white actors playing non-white characters. We understand now how absurd it was to have John Wayne play Genghis Khan or Katharine Hepburn play “Dragon […]

Contest: A GoPro Video Camera from “Earth to Echo”

posted by Nell Minow

The kids in Earth to Echo use a snazzy GoPro Hero3 to record their adventures.  Now you can win GoPro and record your own!  Many thanks to “Earth to Echo” for making it possible for me to share this extraordinary prize. To […]

John Legend Thinks All Women and Girls Are Beautiful

posted by Nell Minow

Colbie Caillat is not the only one paying tribute to the full range of female beauty with a new video. John Legend’s “You & I” is a deeply moving tribute to the woman he loves, who appears in the video […]

Colbie Caillat’s Wonderful New Video

posted by Nell Minow

The video for Colbie Caillat’s new song, “Try,” from Gypsy Heart Side A, shows her struggle to be true to herself in a world that expects women, especially performers, to conform to a narrow and highly polished idea of beauty. […]

Just Announced: Redford as Rather and Another Biblical Epic from Ridley Scott

posted by Nell Minow

Two intriguing new announcements about upcoming films: As the first trailer for his Moses epic is released, starring Christian Bale (and a lot of other actors who are not of Middle Eastern ethnicity), Ridley Scott has announced that he will […]

A History of Apes In Movies from Michael Marisol

posted by Nell Minow

My friend Michael Mirasol has put together another magnificent compilation — this time it’s a history of apes and monkeys in film.  How many can you identify?  He writes: Non-human primates have existed on film from the art form’s inception, […]

Museum Exhibit Explores Illinois Film Censorship Bureau

posted by Nell Minow

Illinois’ Lisle Station Museum has an exhibit about the little-known and less-remembered history of film censorship in Chicago under the direction of what was originally called the Police Censor Board, formed in 1907, the first such oversight organization in the […]

Emmy Nominations: Looks a Lot Like Last Year

posted by Nell Minow

The Emmy nominations are in!  And they look a lot like last year. Reliable favorites like “Mad Men” and “Game of Thrones” garnered a lot of nods.  But once again the Academy overlooked Tatiana Maslany of “Orphan Black,” whose multiple […]

Trailer: Kevin Kline Plays Errol Flynn in “The Last of Robin Hood”

posted by Nell Minow

Errol Flynn became one of the greatest movie stars of all time, specializing in swashbucklers like “Captain Blood” and “The Adventures of Robin Hood.”  No one was better than Flynn at playing the dashing, gallant hero. But the Tasmanian actor […]

My Visit to LAIKA and Boxtrolls!

posted by Nell Minow

I’m excited to be able to share a secret I’ve been keeping since April. I got to cross a big item off my bucket list when I was invited to visit LAIKA Studios and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of their […]

Tribute: Carla Laemmle, 104-Year-Old Actress

posted by Nell Minow

The actress Carla Laemmle has died at age 104.  She is not widely known, but is well worth remembering for her role in film history and her incandescent spirit.  Her uncle Carl Laemmle, whose name she adopted (her given name […]

Coming Soon: The Hundred Foot Journey

posted by Nell Minow

DreamWorks Pictures has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette exploring director Lasse Hallström’s The Hundred-Foot Journey, starring Helen Mirren, Manish Dayal, Om Puri and Charlotte Le Bon.

Upcoming Show Business Memoirs

posted by Nell Minow

Mashable has a very intriguing list of upcoming show business memoirs, by everyone from Oprah Winfrey (What I Know For Sure) to rapper Ja Rule (Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Becoming a Man). I’m particularly looking forward to Yes […]

Exclusive Clip from “Wings: Sky Force Heroes”

posted by Nell Minow

Tomorrow the new DVD “Wings: Sky Force Heroes” will be available and I have an exclusive clip! Josh Duhamel (Transformers) is back as Ace in the thrilling story about a heroic pilot seeking redemption in the DOVE-approved family adventure, Wings: Sky […]

Rifftrax Takes on Sharknado — In Theaters July 10

posted by Nell Minow

Even better than Mecha-Shark vs. Godzilloctopus, the mad men of Rifftrax are taking on “Sharknado,” live on July 10 and transmitted in real time to theaters across the country. Just the thing to get you ready for “Sharknado 2,” coming […]

Disney Pays Tribute to Mary Blair

posted by Nell Minow

Mary Blair was the designer behind the look of Disney in the 1950’s.  You can learn more about her at The Disney Family Museum’s exhibit, MAGIC, COLOR, FLAIR: the world of Mary Blair.   Blair’s joyful creativity―her eye-appealing designs and exuberant […]

Interview: Director Steve James on the Roger Ebert Documentary “Life Itself”

posted by Nell Minow

Roger Ebert said that Steve James’ documentary “Hoop Dreams” was the greatest film of the first decade of the 21st century. He wrote, “A film like “Hoop Dreams” is what the movies are for. It takes us, shakes us, and […]

Interview: Joe Berlinger of “Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger”

posted by Nell Minow

Joe Berlinger is one of my favorite directors and it was a treat to talk to him about “Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger,” his new documentary on the trial of the notorious gangster. We know Bulgar […]

Life Itself

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated R for brief sexual images/nudity and language
Movie Release Date:July 4, 2014
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for brief sexual images/nudity and language
Movie Release Date: July 4, 2014

Roger Ebert, the most influential film critic of all time, gets the film he deserves directed by one of the many filmmakers he championed, Steve James (“Hoop Dreams,” “The Interrupters”).  It is co-produced by Martin Scorsese, whose emotional appearance in […]

Schoolhouse Rock Salutes the American Revolution

posted by Nell Minow

Academy Originals: Hollywood Filmmakers Talk About What Inspires Them

posted by Nell Minow

In this short from the terrific Academy Originals series, Seth Rogen says that it is friendship that is at the center of the stories he likes to write.  [Warning: Some strong language.]  “Academy Originals” is AMPAS’s first original digital series.  […]

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 […]

Interview: “Earth to Echo” star Astro

posted by Nell Minow

Brian “Astro” Bradley plays Tuck in this week’s “Earth to Echo,” the story of three friends who discover a stranded alien and help to rescue him. Astro talked to me about being in the film and the books and music […]

Trailer: A New Documentary About George Takei

posted by Nell Minow

I’m looking forward to this upcoming documentary about original “Star Trek” cast member George Takei, who is also a leader in LGBT rights and a pioneer in social media.

Snowpiercer

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for violence, language and drug content
Movie Release Date:July 2, 2014
DVD Release Date:October 20, 2014
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for violence, language and drug content
Movie Release Date: July 2, 2014
DVD Release Date: October 20, 2014

A French graphic novel by Jacques Lob about a post-apocalyptic train containing all that is left of humanity is now the first English-language film from Korean director Joon-ho Bong (“Mother,” “The Host”), with an international cast that includes Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Ed […]

What Does it Mean to “Throw Like a Girl?”

posted by Nell Minow

Always brought in Lauren Greenfield, is an award-winning American artist, and documentary photographer and filmmaker, to create their #likeagirl videos. What do we think of when we hear “throw like a girl,” “run like a girl,” or “fight like a girl?” […]

Where are the Cartoon Moms?

posted by Nell Minow

One of the questions I get asked most often is why parents in movies for children are always dead or otherwise out of the picture.  As I wrote in my book, The Movie Mom’s Guide to Family Movies: This is […]

Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig Star in “The Skeleton Twins”

posted by Nell Minow

I might have to suspend my rule against lip-synch scenes in movies for this one.

I’m Glad to Hear I’m Not the Only One Who Had No Idea What Was Happening in “Transformers: Age of Extinction”

posted by Nell Minow

Two writers from Slate couldn’t figure it out, either.  Except that “If I’m ever in Hong Kong in the midst of an apocalyptic battle between Dinobots, Autobots, reconstituted Decepticon leaders, evil CIA agents, venal tech CEOs, and Chinese nationals conveniently […]

Tribute: Mary Rodgers

posted by Nell Minow

Mary Rodgers, writer and composer, died on Thursday at age 83.  She was co-creator of the wonderful musical “Once Upon a Mattress,” based on the Princess and the Pea fairy tale.  It was a breakthrough role for Carol Burnett on […]

Another Bad Idea for a Remake: Wargames

posted by Nell Minow

Cinema Blend reports that a remake of the Matthew Broderick film “Wargames” is in the works, possibly with Ansel Elgort or Tye Sheridan in the lead role.  This is an awful idea.  What made WarGames so popular in 1983 was […]

Does the Dog Die? An Important Movie Question

posted by Nell Minow

Some people want to know if a movie has a good story, compelling characters, or stunning images.  You can come here to read my reviews and find answers to those questions. Some people just want to know if the dog […]

More on “Jersey Boys” Director Clint Eastwood

posted by Nell Minow

Clint Eastwood is not a favorite of mine as an actor or a director, though I appreciate some of his work. I think his best performance may have been in Gran Torino, which he also directed.  But as a director, […]

Transformers: The Premake from Kevin Lee

posted by Nell Minow

Go behind the scenes with film critic Kevin Lee to see a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the making of “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”  I love the way he incorporated the amateur videos made by fans as the big-budget studio film was […]

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 […]

Tribute: Eli Wallach

posted by Nell Minow

One of the all-time great character actors, Eli Wallach, has died at age 98.  He leaves behind an extraordinary range of work, from iconic bad guys (The Magnificent Seven), to sweet old guys (The Holiday). He appeared with Clark Gable, […]

From The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — President Snow’s Panem Address

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: The Book of Life from Guillermo del Toro

posted by Nell Minow

Director Guillermo del Toro has a fabulously imaginative visual style. From “Hellboy” to “Pan’s Labyrinth,” he has created strange and intricate worlds. His upcoming animated film, “The Book of Life,” looks dazzling.

How Do I Feel About the News that Pentatonix Will Appear in “Pitch Perfect 2?”

posted by Nell Minow

This should give you a clue.

Trailer: Postman Pat

posted by Nell Minow

The beloved television series Postman Pat is now a feature film! The animated story about the friendly postman has voices from Stephen Mangan (“Episodes”) as Postman Pat; recording star Ronan Keating, who provides the singing voice for Postman Pat; Academy […]

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 […]

Trailer: Home from Dreamworks Animation

posted by Nell Minow

My Interview at Rogerebert.com

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Rogerebert.com for interviewing me in their series on movie critics. Where did you grow up, and what was it like? I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. But when I was in 4th-5th grade, we lived […]

Interview: Robert May of “Kids for Cash”

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most outrageous scandals in the history of the U.S. justice system involved two judges who took undisclosed multi-million dollar payments from the developer of a privately owned and operated facility for incarcerating teenagers.  A “law and order” […]

Why Do We Sympathize with Unsympathetic Movie Characters?

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Jim Judy of Screenit for suggesting this terrific video essay by Jennine Lanouette on how even crooked, selfish, and powerful movie characters gain our sympathy.  I was delighted to see that she highlights one of the scenes featured in my […]

Trailer: “The Drop” with James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy

posted by Nell Minow

James Gandolfini’s last performance in is “The Drop,” with Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace.  Here’s the trailer:

Trailer: Simon Pegg in Hector and the Search for Happiness

posted by Nell Minow

Interview: Michael Ealy and Meagan Good of “Think Like a Man Too”

posted by Nell Minow

I am a huge fan of Michael Ealy and Meagan Good and it was a lot of fun to talk to them about “Think Like a Man Too.” Meagan, I loved your performance of Bell Biv DeVoe’s classic “Poison!” MG: […]

Fred MacMurray and Burt Lancaster: Tonight on PBS

posted by Nell Minow

PBS pays tribute to two of the all-time great leading men with documentaries airing tonight (check your local station for viewing times). Burt Lancaster: Daring to Reach  Learn more about the epic screen star Burt Lancaster who went from street-wise […]

John Green Profile by Margaret Talbot

posted by Nell Minow

My friend and Pre-Code movie series co-host Margaret Talbot has a thoughtful profile of The Fault in our Stars author John Green in The New Yorker.  He told her I love the intensity teen-agers bring not just to first love […]

Trailer: Robert Downey Jr. in “The Judge”

posted by Nell Minow

In “The Judge,” Downey stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way […]

Interview: Carl Deal and Tia Lessin of the Documentary “Citizen Koch”

posted by Nell Minow

“Citizens United has unleashed money that our disclosure laws are not equipped to reveal.” Tia Lessin and Carl Deal wanted to make a documentary about the toxic effect of corporate money on politics following the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens […]

Jersey Boys: The Real Story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

posted by Nell Minow

This week, Clint Eastwood’s film of the wildly successful, Tony Award-winning musical “Jersey Boys” opens in theaters. It is based on the real-life story of one of the most successful pop groups of the 1960’s, The Four Seasons, who produced […]

Interview: James Ward Byrkit of “Coherence”

posted by Nell Minow

James Ward Byrkit wrote “Rango” and designed the visual effects for the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies.  His new movie, “Coherence,” is a nifty little mind-bender of a psychological thriller that makes the most of its micro-budget.  He talked to […]

Join Chaz Ebert for a Google Hangout Today Celebrating Roger Ebert’s Birthday

posted by Nell Minow

Today, Wed, Jun 18, from 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM, you can join Chaz Ebert and Steve James, the director of the Roger Ebert documentary, “Life Itself,” in a Google Hangout. Participants can win tickets to the Los Angeles, Chicago […]

Explaining “Edge of Tomorrow’s” End

posted by Nell Minow

A lot of people complained about the ending of “Edge of Tomorrow,” but I liked it.  And I really liked this explanation of what it all meant from my friend Hamilton Whitney at FilmHamster.  [Spoiler alert, of course.]  Here’s the […]

Great News About What’s Coming from Pixar, Kristin Wiig, and The Magic Schoolbus

posted by Nell Minow

Great news about three upcoming projects! * Pixar has announced that its summer 2015 release will be “Inside Out,” which takes place inside the mind of an 11 year old girl.  Her emotions will be the characters: Anger (Lewis Black), Sadness […]

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 […]

New Clip: What If with Daniel Radcliffe

posted by Nell Minow

What If, with Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan, seems like a 21st century “When Harry Meant Sally….”  I hope so!

EW Explains the Inside Jokes from “22 Jump Street”

posted by Nell Minow

I got most of these, and especially enjoyed the “Benjamin Hill Center for Film Studies,” glimpsed during the silly chase scene.  But I didn’t know anything about this one. [Directors] Lord and Miller treated fans with another Easter egg when they […]

Tribute: Casey Kasem

posted by Nell Minow

Casey Kasem, whose Top 40 Countdown was the most popular radio program in history, died today at age 82. People turned in for his long distance dedications, his commentary about the artists and songs, and above all his warm, confiding […]

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.

Dove Loves Dads

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

The Flag That Inspired “The Star Spangled Banner”

posted by Nell Minow

Francis Scott Key wrote “The Star Spangled Banner” about this flag, now hanging in the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington D.C.  Happy Flag Day!

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

posted by Nell Minow

Criticwire Survey: Should You Look Down on YA Movies?

posted by Nell Minow

The folks at Criticwire have a weekly survey of questions for movie critics.  This week’s question is especially important. Q: Many of the positive reviews for “The Fault in Our Stars” boil down to either “It’s good for what it […]

Movies Get Wiser About GLBT: How To Train Your Dragon 2 and 22 Jump Street

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s two big national releases are both sequels featuring Jonah Hill.  But they have something more important in common: Both reflect a wiser, kinder, more just treatment of GLBT characters.  It was only a few years ago that I […]

M. Knight Shyamalan at the National Press Club

posted by Nell Minow

Writer/director M. Knight Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense,” “Unbreakable,” “The Last Airbender,” “After Earth”), appeared at the National Press Club this week to talk about his side project, an intensive assessment of American schools and proposals for reform, as described in […]

Interview: Dean DeBlois of “How to Train Your Dragon 2″

posted by Nell Minow

Writer/director Dean DeBlois is one of my favorite people to interview and it was delightful to talk to him about the wonderful “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” Just give me the basics just to set the stage. Tell me […]

Free This Weekend: My eBook on Movie Dads

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of Father’s Day, my eBook, 50 Must-See Movies: Fathers is FREE through Monday, June 16, 2014. What do “Wall Street” and the “Star Wars” saga and, seemingly, about half the movies ever made have in common? They are about […]

Tribute: Ruby Dee

posted by Nell Minow

We lost one of the greats today, the actor and activist Ruby Dee. Kennedy Center honoree with her husband, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee is as much a legend for her pioneering work as a leader of the Civil Rights movement […]

Interview: “Obvious Child’s” Jenny Slate and Gillian Robespierre

posted by Nell Minow

Jenny Slate gives a star-making performance in “Obvious Child,” a romantic comedy about Donna, a young stand-up comic who becomes pregnant and has an abortion. Her decision is not presented in a comic or light-hearted way. What is revolutionary is […]

Trailer: “The Box Trolls” from LAIKA

posted by Nell Minow

From the brilliant folks behind Paranorman and Coraline, “The Box Trolls,” coming this fall.

Interview: Children’s Music Star Alex Mitnick

posted by Nell Minow

Alex Mitnick stars in Alex & The Kaleidoscope, a fun and friendly series on YouTube and NYC-TV.  Mitnick uses music and colorful, inviting adventures to engage children’s curiosity.  I really enjoyed talking to him about what makes music such a powerful […]

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Top Sci-Fi Movies

posted by Nell Minow

A strophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, star of this week’s DVD/Blu-Ray Pick of the Week, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, may be critical of the science howlers in some sci-fi movies, but he gave Giant Freakin Robot a list of his sci-fi […]

Trailer: Believe Me

posted by Nell Minow

Coming this fall: “Believe Me,” about colleges students who start a sham Christian charity, from writer/director Will Bakke.

Interview: Dave Clark of the Dave Clark Five

posted by Nell Minow

It was a tremendous thrill to speak to Dave Clark, from the Dave Clark Five, one of the greatest pop groups of all time.  Their string of classic hits include “Glad All Over,” “Bits and Pieces,” “Because,” and “Catch Us […]

Interview: Don McKellar of “The Grand Seduction”

posted by Nell Minow

Before we talked about his charming new film, “The Grand Seduction,” I just had to ask Don McKellar about the plans to make the sensational Broadway musical he co-wrote, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” into a film. He assured me that while […]

Exclusive Clip: A Basketball Player Finds His Faith in “Midrange”

posted by Nell Minow

I am delighted to have five copies of the new faith-based film “Midrange” to give away.  If you’d like to enter, send an email to moviemom@moviemom.com with “Midrange” in the subject line and tell me your favorite athlete.  Don’t forget […]

Trailer: DVD/Blu-Ray of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

posted by Nell Minow

Coming in September — one of this year’s most entertaining films, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Not rated
Movie Release Date:2014
DVD Release Date:June 9, 2014
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Not rated
Movie Release Date: 2014
DVD Release Date: June 9, 2014

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s marvelous “Cosmos” reboot comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray this week and it is well worth adding to every family and classroom library.  It is a very worthy successor to Carl Sagan’s classic PBS series of the […]

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 […]

Trailer: Spooky “The Congress” With Robin Wright

posted by Nell Minow

Robin Wright stars as..Robin Wright, well, a version of herself anyway, in this futuristic thriller about an actress who agrees to turn over her cyber-persona to a movie studio so she can get the money she needs to care for […]

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 […]

Yes, Trailers Get Awards, Too

posted by Nell Minow

It’s a different kind of artistry and it is a lot of fun to check out the winners of the 15th annual Golden Trailer Awards.  After all, who can resist a selection that includes an award for “Trashiest Trailer?”

Trailer: Big Hero 6

posted by Nell Minow

Disney’s “Big Hero 6″ will be out this fall, featuring Maya Rudolph.

John Green and Nerdfighters

posted by Nell Minow

John Green, author of Fault in Our Stars, and his brother Hank have created a terrific series of videos called Nerdfighters to “increase awesome and decrease suck.” It’s a great place to hang out. DFTBA Oh, and watch John Green’s […]

Trailer: Earth to Echo

posted by Nell Minow

It looks pretty “ET”-ish, but I’m still intrigued.

Fault in Our Stars: The Real Story

posted by Nell Minow

The film of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, 72 weeks on the best-seller list, comes to theaters this week, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as teenagers with cancer who manage to find love and meaning in a […]

MVP of the Month: Brendan Gleeson

posted by Nell Minow

This month’s Most Valuable Player has to be the brilliant Irish actor Brendan Gleeson, a mountain of a man with great physical power but great subtlety as an actor. He has two very different roles in this week’s sci-fi action […]

Can You Identify The Films From One Line in a Review?

posted by Nell Minow

I had a lot of fun taking this quiz from Politix — and it got even more fun when I found out that one of the answers came from one of my reviews.  (P.S. I got a perfect score.)

Lupita Nyong’o Joins the Cast of the New “Star Wars”

posted by Nell Minow

Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o and “Game of Thrones” star Gwendoline Christie have been added to the cast of the new “Star Wars” film. Very exciting news!

Interview: Fred Schepisi of “Words and Pictures”

posted by Nell Minow

Fred Schepisi is a soft spoken Australian director whose films include “Roxanne,” the charming update of “Cyrano de Bergerac” starring Steve Martin, and the thoughtful drama about connection and disconnection, “Six Degrees of Separation,” starring Will Smith. His new movie […]

Interview: Legion of Leia Founder Jenna Busch

posted by Nell Minow

I’m a huge fan of Jenna Busch, co-host of Most Craved for CraveOnline. She co-hosted ‘Cocktails With Stan’ with the legendary Stan Lee and she’s written for sites like Zap2it, After Buzz TV, Fanhattan, Screen Crave, Inside Horror, Huffington Post, […]

Trailer: “Lullabye” With Garrett Hedlund, Amy Adams, and Richard Jenkins

posted by Nell Minow

Once you’ve dried your tears from this week’s “Fault in Our Stars,” keep a little extra Kleenex around for “Lullabye,” starring Garrett Hedlund, Richard Jenkins, Anne Archer, Amy Adams, Terrence Howard, and Jennifer Hudson.

Tribute: Ann B. Davis of “The Brady Bunch”

posted by Nell Minow

We bid a sad farewell to the wonderful actress Ann B. Davis, who died today at 88 following a fall in her home.  She is best known as the beloved housekeeper Alice in the blended family sitcom, The Brady Bunch. […]

John Hanlon Remembers Drive-Ins

posted by Nell Minow

I have some great memories of drive-ins and never miss a chance to visit Disney World’s Sci-Fi Drive-In Restaurant.  So I got a special kick out of seeing my friend and fellow critic John Hanlon interviewed about his drive-in memories. […]

How Did They Do That Quicksilver Scene in “X-Men: Days of Future Past?”

posted by Nell Minow

The most mind-blowing scene in the blockbuster “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is when the Quicksilver character played by Evan Peters stops time and rearranges everything from the trajectories of bullets seemingly suspended in air to the positions of the […]

Trailer: Magic in the Moonlight from Woody Allen

posted by Nell Minow

Woody Allen’s latest seems like a variation on many of his favorite themes, from magicians (“Curse of the Jade Scorpion,” “Scoop,” “New York Stories”) to the disruptive impact of a lovely young woman (many, many films).  And, as always, he […]

Contest: A Tiger’s Tail

posted by Nell Minow

This is the story of young boy named Billy, his lovable dog, Buster, an adorable, curious tiger cub named Luna.  When Billy accidentally brings home Luna from a wild animal park, he turns to his best friend, Koby, and his […]

Adam Levine Sings “Lost Stars” in “Begin Again”

posted by Nell Minow

More About Maleficent

posted by Nell Minow

My friend Leslie Combemale, movie critic and animation expert, wrote a great post about the Maleficent character.  I was so glad she included information about the great character actor Eleanor Audley. who voiced Maleficent and also the evil stepmother in […]

Helping Visually Impaired “See” Movies

posted by Nell Minow

“Not Much to See” explores the impact of movies on people with visual impairment.

Interview: Bishop T.D. Jakes on His Best-Seller “Instinct”

posted by Nell Minow

Bishop T.D. Jakes’ new book, Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive is an instant best-seller. Combining historical, cultural, and personal examples with biblical insights, in INSTINCT Bishop Jakes outlines how to re-discover your natural aptitudes and re-claim the wisdom […]

LeVar Burton Wants to Bring Back Reading Rainbow!

posted by Nell Minow

I’m proud to be a Kickstarter supporter of LeVar Burton’s effort to bring back the wonderful series “Reading Rainbow.”

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 […]

Tribute: Maya Angelou

posted by Nell Minow

A mighty voice has been stilled. We mourn the loss of the magnificent author, memoirist, activist, and poet Maya Angelou.  Her books include seven autobiographical works, from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings to Mom & Me & Mom. […]

Trailer: This Is Where I Leave You

posted by Nell Minow

I just finished reading Jonathan Tropper’s This Is Where I Leave You, the story of adult siblings sitting shiva following the death of their father. So I am really looking forward to the upcoming film starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, […]

Interview: John Ottman, Editor and Composer of “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

posted by Nell Minow

I last talked to editor/composer John Ottman about “Jack the Giant Slayer” and loved hearing about his unique combination of roles, often working with his former classmate, director Bryan Singer.  They collaborated again on X-Men: Days of Future Past and it […]

The All-of-a-Kind Family is Back!

posted by Nell Minow

I am very happy that one of my favorite book series is back in print, Sydney Taylor’s warm, funny All of a Kind Family stories about a turn-of-the-last century Jewish family in New York, inspired by Taylor’s own family. The […]

Cliff Curtis is a New Zealander Who Plays All Ethnicities

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to take a look at this extraordinary compilation of clips showing off the astonishing versatility of a actor Cliff Curtis.  And I love his comment on being cast as characters of so many different ethnicities in an interview […]

Interview: Sister Stephen, End of Life Nurse from “American Nurse”

posted by Nell Minow

Director Carolyn Jones told me that she learned more from Sister Stephen than anyone she has ever met.  Sister Stephen is an end-of-life nurse featured in Jones’ documentary, The American Nurse.  I also learned a great deal from her, even […]

Disney Imagineers Take Audio-Animatronics To a New Level — For an Old Movie

posted by Nell Minow

Disney’s first feature-length animated film was “Snow White,” so it is fitting that their first use of stunning new technology for animating life-size figures should be a return to those beloved characters.  Take a look at this — it will […]

Contest: Win a DVD of “A Short History of Decay” Starring Bryan Greenberg

posted by Nell Minow

Short History of Decay will be out on DVD June 10, 2014, and I am delighted to have copies to give away. Bryan Greenberg (Friends with Benefits, Bride Wars, Prime), Linda Lavin (“Alice”), Harris Yulin (Training Day), Kathleen Rose Perkins […]

Exclusive Clip: Sophia Grace and Rosie’s Royal Adventure

posted by Nell Minow

I am delighted to be able to present an exclusive clip from the adorable DVD Sophia Grace & Rosie a Royal Adventure, which will be released tomorrow. Enjoy!

Interview: Carolyn Jones of “American Nurse”

posted by Nell Minow

“American Nurse” is a deeply moving documentary about the men and women who are, as the bumper sticker says, “patient people.”  The film explores aging, war, poverty, and prisons through the work and lives of nurses.  Jason Short drives up a […]

Musical Chairs on HBO

posted by Nell Minow

Try to find time to catch the touching “Musical Chairs” on HBO this month from director Susan Seidelman (“Desperately Seeking Susan”).  EJ Bonilla, Leah Pipes, and Laverne Cox (“Orange Is The New Black”) star in this inspiring romance about a wheelchair […]

Interview: Gia Coppola of “Palo Alto”

posted by Nell Minow

Gia Coppola is the 27-year-old writer/director of a new film called “Palo Alto,” based on a book of stories by James Franco, who appears in the film.  Other performers in the movie are, like Coppola, Hollywood-bred.  Coppola is the granddaughter […]

The “Airplane” Guys Are Back With Ads Touting Their Home State of Wisconsin: Go Cheeseheads!

posted by Nell Minow

My friend Robert Elisberg always has a delightful selection of treats on his blog, almost always items I never see anywhere else.  I loved his post about a new series of ads for Travel Wisconsin from the zany guys who made […]

Interview: Sarah Drew of “Moms’ Night Out”

posted by Nell Minow

“Grey’s Anatomy” star Sarah Drew stars in the delightful “Moms’ Night Out.”  I was thrilled to get a chance to interview her. One of my favorite things about this movie was the way it avoided the usual daffy misunderstandings between […]

Trailer: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day

posted by Nell Minow

Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner star in this new Disney film based on one of my favorite books by one of my favorite people. The book has already been filmed twice, once as an animated musical with songs by “Annie’s” […]

Interview: Mark Ciardi, Producer of “Million Dollar Arm”

posted by Nell Minow

Mark Ciardi is an athlete turned producer who specializes in taking real-life sports stories that sound like Disney movies into actual Disney movies: “The Rookie” and “Miracle.”  His latest is the Cinderella story “Million Dollar Arm” about sports agent J.B. […]

“Story of the Jews” Contest Winners!

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to all who entered! The winners of the “Story of the Jews” DVDs are: Evan M. Highland Park, IL Jonathan B. New York, New York Yusuf N. Boston, MA Sheryl K. Tampa, Florida Dave D. Sharon, MA

Trailer: Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas in “And So It Goes”

posted by Nell Minow

Interview: Sophia Grace and Rosie

posted by Nell Minow

Sophia Grace & Rosie’s Royal Adventure comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray on May 20. I am a big fan of these cute little British girls, and it was a treat to get to talk to them. Sophia Grace, tell […]

Focus on the Family Responds to My F Review of “Irreplaceable”

posted by Nell Minow

I am most grateful to Focus on the Family for their very courteous response to my review of their film “Irreplaceable,” one of the harshest I have ever published.  I strongly encourage everyone who wants to understand our disagreement to […]

The Story Behind Hollywood’s Love for Superheroes

posted by Nell Minow

There seems to be a new superhero movie every month or two this year.  We’ve already had “Captain America: The Winter Solider” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ and in a couple of weeks we’ll get the new X-Men film.  Quartz […]

List: Godzilla Movies

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most famous movie monsters of all time, Godzilla, returns to the screen this week in a big-budget film starring Bryan Cranston.  It’s a good time to take a look at all the various versions of Godzilla that […]

Contest: Transformers Rescue Bots – Heroes on the Scene

posted by Nell Minow

Transformers Rescue Bots: Heroes On The Scene is the latest in the popular series about the Autobot first responders, Chase, Heatwave, Blades, and Boulder, who work together and with their human friends to keep the little town of Griffin Rock […]

Contest: Bella Sara – Emma’s Wings

posted by Nell Minow

Win a DVD based on the popular Bella Sara cards and books. Bella Sara: Emma’a Wings is an animated fantasy that takes place in “North of North,” a land once filled with beautiful horses.  Emma must triumph over the evil Ivenna who […]

Interview: “Fed Up’s” Laurie David and Stephanie Soechtig

posted by Nell Minow

Oscar-winning producer Laurie David is back with an even more inconvenient truth: our food is killing us and the government is powerless to stop food companies from making it worse. I spoke to David and director Stephanie Soechtig about the […]

Interview: James Levine, Composer of “American Horror Story,” “Royal Pains,” and “Glee”

posted by Nell Minow

Composer James S. Levine worked on two of my favorite television series, so I was especially delighted to get a chance to speak to him.  I love “Glee’s” fabulously curated choral selections.  And I love the soundtrack to “Royal Pains,” […]

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 […]

Is Television Still a “Vast Wasteland?”

posted by Nell Minow

  53 years ago today my dad, the new 35-year-old Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission appointed by President John F. Kennedy, made a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters that was on every list of the most influential […]

Belle: The Real Story

posted by Nell Minow

“Belle,” expanding to theaters across the country tomorrow, is based on the real-life 18th century story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate daughter of a titled British Naval officer (played in the film by Matthew Goode of “A Good Wife”) […]

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 […]

My eBook About Moms in Movies is FREE Until Sunday

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of Mother’s Day, my ebook 50 Must-See Movies: Mothers will be free on Amazon through Sunday. No relationship is more primal, more fraught, more influential, more worried over, more nourishing when good and more devastating when bad that […]

You Can Win a Million Dollar Arm Contest

posted by Nell Minow

Disney is giving amateur baseball pitchers in the nation a chance to compete for a $1 million prize in the Million Dollar Arm Pitching Contest, being held to celebrate the opening of Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm,” an incredible true story […]

Contest: Win a DVD of “The Story of the Jews”

posted by Nell Minow

I am delighted to have five copies of the outstanding PBS series The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama to give away.  The DVD is being released tomorrow from PBS Distribution, and it is also available on digital download. […]

Interview: Priest Tyaire of “Mrs. Independent”

posted by Nell Minow

It was a very great pleasure to talk to writer/star Priest Tyaire about his new play, “Mrs. Independent,” currently on tour and opening in Washington D.C.’s Warner Theater May 8-11 for Mother’s Day next weekend. Can a woman still be […]

Moms’ Night Out

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for mild thematic elements and some action
Movie Release Date:May 9, 2014
DVD Release Date:September 1, 2014
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild thematic elements and some action
Movie Release Date: May 9, 2014
DVD Release Date: September 1, 2014

It may feel like a kinder, gentler, sweeter version of “Adventures in Babysitting” or “The Hangover,” but this charming story manages to avoid getting syrupy, even when everyone settles down in the midst of chaos for a little talk about […]

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 […]

Screen-Free Week 2014 Starts Tomorrow

posted by Nell Minow

Check out these ideas to help your family detox from television and the internet.  And before you turn off your computers for a week, watch this to remind you what we miss when we look at screens instead of each […]

App — A New Movie to Watch With Your SmartPhone On

posted by Nell Minow

It was only a question of time.  If people are going to check their phones while they’re watching a movie, then why not make an app specifically designed to accompany the movie?  The movie is called (of course) “APP.” By […]

Creativity Conference 2014: Joe Biden, “Scandal’s” President Fitzgerald Grant, 3D Printing, and a Minion!

posted by Nell Minow

If you get invited to a conference on creativity featuring Vice President Joe Biden, 3D printers, President Fitzgerald Grant from “Scandal” (that’s actor/director Tony Goldwyn), a minion, and a chance to sit on the Iron Throne from “Game of Thrones,” […]

Superhero Night Lights

posted by Nell Minow

I love these!

Summer Movies 2014

posted by Nell Minow

Hurry for summer movies!  Sequels!  Superheroes!  Cars!  Kisses!  YA books!  Gross-out comedies!  Quirky indies! Summer movie season kicks off in a big way tomorrow with “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”  Other comic book superheroes coming soon to a theater near you […]

Tribute: Bob Hoskins

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the loss of actor Bob Hoskins, who died today at age 71.  He was an actor of remarkable versatility, appearing in drama, comedy, crime stories, animation, and even an occasional romantic lead.  His breakthrough was his Oscar-nominated performance […]

Matt Zoller Seitz on How to Be a Movie Critic

posted by Nell Minow

People often tell me they’d like to be movie critics.  I usually say, “Okay, I just waved my invisible magic wand.  You’re a movie critic!  Now, if you want to be a professional critic, you need to do this: watch […]

The Cast of the New “Star Wars” Movie Includes Oscar Isaac

posted by Nell Minow

I’m delighted to hear that Oscar Isaac, whose performance as the title character in “Inside Llewyn Davis” was my favorite of 2013, will play a lead role in the new “Star Wars” movie.  Also announced for the cast: the legendary […]

The Real Story: Million Dollar Arm

posted by Nell Minow

It sounds like a movie.  No, it sounds like a fairy tale, but it really happened.  A sports agent named J.B. Bernstein found two cricket-playing Indian athletes named Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel by staging a reality television show and brought […]

Clip: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s release, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ with Andrew Garfield and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx.

British Pathe Releases 85,000 Films to YouTube for Free

posted by Nell Minow

British Pathé, producer of thousands of news footage going back to the days before television, has released 85,000 of them to YouTube so that everyone can access them.  It’s like an online time machine, incomparable treasures of historical figures and […]

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 […]

How Many Movies by Woman Directors Have You Seen?

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s a great quiz from Indiewire on films by woman directors, covering more than 170 films going back to the silent era and covering every category and budget size.

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