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Summer Summer-y: The Summer Movies of 2014

posted by Nell Minow

A few concluding thoughts on the summer movies of 2014: A good summer for food movies: “The Chef,” “The 100-Foot Journey,” and “The Trip to Italy” had some big-time actors but the real stars were the luscious meals. Special mention […]

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 […]

The Real Story: Philomena

posted by Nell Minow

“Philomena,” star Dame Judi Dench, screenwriters Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, and composer Alexandre Desplat are all nominated for Oscars this year.  It is the real-life story of Philomena Lee, who joined Coogan at the Golden Globes as a presenter earlier […]

What is the Science Behind “Gravity?”

posted by Nell Minow

Alfonso Cuarón told Wired Magazine about the 4 1/2 years he spent making “Gravity.”   We had to do the whole film as an animation first. We edited that animation, even with sound, just to make sure the timing worked […]

The Real Story: “Rush” and the Formula One Rivalry Between Hunt and Lauda

posted by Nell Minow

“Rush,” directed by Ron Howard and written by Peter Morgan, is the story of the rivalry between 1970’s Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda.  Much of it is true, including many of the statements made by the characters […]

Are Spoilers Really That Bad?

posted by Nell Minow

I love this “Portlandia” skit about spoilers. The whole issue of spoilers has become very complicated because of all the time-shifting and binge-watching in the way we consume media.  I don’t like spoilers and really work hard to keep them […]

Game of Thrones and the Red Wedding

posted by Nell Minow

Spoiler Alert!  Spoiler Alert! If you are a Game of Thrones fan, you already know the bad news.  Those who know the books knew it was coming.  In theory, fans understand that one of the elements that makes George R. […]

John Hanlon’s 10 Differences Between the Hunger Games Book and Movie

posted by Nell Minow

My friend John Hanlon launched his new website today with a terrific list of the 10 biggest differences between the Hunger Games book and movie.  Big spoilers alert, but when you know them both, it is both thoughtful and lots […]

Spoiler Alert: What This Week’s Two Big Action Blockbusters Have In Common

posted by Nell Minow

Just in time for the holidays, two huge Hollywood action films are arriving in theaters.  One is set in Victorian times and one in present-day.  But they have more in common than mysteries, chases, explosions, trains, and meaningless after-the-colon titles. […]

In Defense of ‘Hangover 2′ (Spoiler Alert)

posted by Nell Minow

“Hangover 2″ got slammed by the critics, with only a 35 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  But I liked it.  I don’t usually comment on other critics’ reviews, but this time I think it is worth taking a moment […]

Who Has Died Most Often On Screen? (Spoiler Alert!)

posted by Nell Minow

It’s a big moment in any movie when one of the main characters dies, whether in battle, by accident, foul play, or natural causes. The nice people at the information site ChaCha have done the math and figured out which […]

The Rest of the ‘Catfish’ Review (Spoiler Alert!)

posted by Nell Minow

If you have seen “Catfish” and are ready for the rest of my review, here it is: In the early days of the World Wide Web, a widely-circulated New Yorker cartoon showed a dog sitting up before a computer, paws […]

Interview: Nev and Rel Schulman and Henry Joost of ‘Catfish’

posted by Nell Minow

Manhattan film-makers Rel Schulman and Henry Joost had no idea what movie they were making when they turned their camera on Rel’s brother Nev as he opened up a package sent to him from a little girl he had never […]

Never Let Me Go

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for some sexuality and nudity
Movie Release Date:September 24, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for some sexuality and nudity
Movie Release Date: September 24, 2010

Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel The Remains of the Day, about a butler who devoted his life to service without questioning his master’s authority or the validity of his judgment became a movie starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. And now his […]

Deeper into ‘Inception’ (Spoiler Alert)

posted by Nell Minow

I love all the crowd-sourcing on the internet about “Inception,” with all kinds of theories and explanations. If you’ve already seen the movie, check out these: Cinematical has a sensational chart from an artist named Dehahs showing all of “Inception’s” […]

After You’ve Seen ‘Inception’ (Spoiler Discussion)

posted by Nell Minow

For those who have seen “Inception” and want to hear some other people think it through, listen in to this discussion with Matt Atchity (Editor-In-Chief, Rottentomatoes.com) and Christy Lemire (AP). And if you want more — check out the Daily […]

More Thoughts on ‘Avatar’ (Spoiler Alerts)

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks for the very thoughtful comments on my post about the commentary that “Avatar” has inspired. I was particularly glad to be directed to some thoughtful assessments of the film I had not seen. Thanks to Sheherazahde and Cheryl […]

New Moon: Book vs. Movie

posted by Nell Minow

Spoiler alert: My pal Jen Yamoto has put together a great list of differences/improvements comparing Stephanie Meyers’ book, New Moon, and the movie.

Knowing

posted by Nell Minow
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for disaster sequences, disturbing images and brief strong language
Movie Release Date:March 20, 2009
DVD Release Date:July 7, 2009
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for disaster sequences, disturbing images and brief strong language
Movie Release Date: March 20, 2009
DVD Release Date: July 7, 2009

When MIT astrophysics professor John Koestler (Nicolas Cage in one-note mournful mode) looks distracted and thoughtful as he invites his class to debate randomness vs. determinism, you don’t have to be much of a determinist to figure out that as […]

Which is Dirtier — ‘Land of the Lost’ or ‘Hangover?’ (Spoiler Alert)

posted by Nell Minow

The Hangover and Land of the Lost opened on the same day. Other than that, they have little in common. The Hangover is a raunchy comedy about the aftermath of a Las Vegas bachelor party that would have been unforgettable […]

‘Star Trek’ and ‘Terminator Salvation’ — Spoiler Alert Discussion

posted by Nell Minow

I love the Slate Spoiler Specials, discussions of movies for you to listen to on the way home from the theater. Because they allow the participants to include spoilers in the conversation, they are more satisfying than a review can […]

Marley & Me

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:PG
Movie Release Date:December 25, 2008
DVD Release Date:March 31, 2009
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: PG
Movie Release Date: December 25, 2008
DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009

Life is messy. And in this movie, that very important lesson is embodied by Marley, affectionately dubbed “the worst dog in the world” by his loving family. Jennifer (Jennifer Aniston) and John (Owen Wilson) Grogan are newlywed newspaper writers who […]

Debate: Is ‘The Reader’ Great Art or Hackneyed Tripe?

posted by Nell Minow

“Don’t Give an Oscar to ‘The Reader’” is the headline of an angry Slate essay by Ron Rosenbaum, author of Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His Evil. Rosenbaum says it is “a film in which all the […]

Is ‘Coraline’ Too Scary for Kids?

posted by Nell Minow

It is always a challenge to guide parents about how scary a movie is, but it is especially difficult with this week’s release of “Coraline,” the 3D stop-motion animated film based on a popular book for children by Neil Gaiman. […]

The ‘Traitor’ Commercial Gives Too Much Away

posted by Nell Minow

It infuriates me when trailers and ads give away too much of the movie. This often happens when all the best jokes or special effects are strung together to get you to buy a ticket but once in a while […]

Inappropriate Themes in ‘Ratatouille’ and ‘Nancy Drew?’

posted by Nell Minow

Two movies for kids coming out this month devote a significant amount of story-telling time to plot twists involving secret out-of-wedlock children whose fathers were never told that they existed. One is the PG “Nancy Drew” and the other is […]

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