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Trailer: If I Stay with Chloe Grace Moretz

posted by Nell Minow

Get out your handkerchiefs. If I Stay, based on the book by Gayle Forman, stars Chloë Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley.

Exclusive Clip: Ida — The Story of a Nun Who Learned Her Family Was Jewish

posted by Nell Minow

I am delighted to be able to present an exclusive clip from “Ida,” the new award-winning film written and directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, opening May 2. Poland 1962. Anna (newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska) is a beautiful eighteen-year-old woman, preparing to become […]

Trailer: The Normal Heart

posted by Nell Minow

Larry Kramer’s searing, Tony award-winning play “The Normal Heart” is coming to HBO with an all-star cast.

Trailer: Chef

posted by Nell Minow

Jon Favreau follows his big-budget special effects movies (“Iron Man,” “Cowboys and Aliens”) with a return to his small, indie roots (“Swingers”) as director/writer/star of the scrumptious-looking “Chef.”  (WARNING: Some strong language)

Trailer #2: The Box Trolls

posted by Nell Minow

Did I mention how excited I am about this?  Coming in September, from the people who did “Coraline” and “ParaNorman.”

Trailer: Gone Girl with Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike

posted by Nell Minow

Take a look at the very creepy trailer from director David Fincher for the upcoming “Gone Girl” based on the best-seller by Gillian Flynn.

Trailer: Dolphin Tale 2

posted by Nell Minow

Dolphin Tale 2” is the sequel to the successful 2011 family film “Dolphin Tale.”  Inspirational professional surfer Bethany Hamilton (the subject of the feature “Soul Surfer”) will join returning cast members Harry Connick, Jr., Morgan Freeman, Kris Kristofferson, Ashley Judd, […]

Trailer: Decoding Annie Parker

posted by Nell Minow

Helen Hunt, Samantha Morton, Aaron Paul, Rashida Jones, and Corey Stoll star in this fact-based story of two women, one with breast cancer and one trying to solve the genetic link in families with high incidence, research that led to […]

Exclusive Clip: Finding Vivian Maier

posted by Nell Minow

Vivian Maier never showed her photographs to anyone while she was alive.  After her death, some of her images were put online and she was quickly acclaimed as one of the foremost street photographers of the 20th century.  In this […]

April Releases

posted by Nell Minow

April led off with a bang, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Here’s what we have to look forward to the rest of the month. “Draft Day” stars Kevin Costner as the General Manager of the Cleveland Browns.  Should he trade […]

Trailer: Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley in “Begin Again” from the Director of “Once”

posted by Nell Minow

Can the man behind “Once” have the same luck twice? Writer/director John Carney returns with another bittersweet musical romance, this time starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo.

The History of the Movie Trailer

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to my friend Michael Mirasol for sharing this great look at the history of movie trailers.  

Trailer: Mila Kunis in “Jupiter Ascending”

posted by Nell Minow

Cannot wait for this one, from the Wachowskis and Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow Pictures.

Trailer: Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche Fall in Love in “Words and Pictures”

posted by Nell Minow

A smart, touching romance for grown-ups — hurray!

Exclusive Clip: The Little Rascals Save the Day

posted by Nell Minow

The Little Rascals are back!  The beloved comedy series from the earliest days of film featured the wild adventures of Spanky, Alfalfa, Darla, Buckwheat, their dog Petey, and the rest of the gang.  On April 1, the all-new story “The […]

Trailer: The Giver

posted by Nell Minow

Meryl Streep stars in this movie based on the Newbery award winning novel about a seemingly perfect world by Lois Lowry.

Trailer: Sophia Grace and Rosie’s Royal Adventure

posted by Nell Minow

In their first film, Ellen DeGeneres sends the adorable Sophia Grace and Rosie on a royal adventure.  The DVD will be out on May 20.

Exclusive Clip: Walking With Dinosaurs

posted by Nell Minow

Enjoy this exclusive clip from “Walking with Dinosaurs,” the gorgeously animated story of a young dinosaur, with the voice talents of Justin Long and John Leguizamo.  In a time when dinosaurs rule the Earth, the smallest of the pack — a […]

New Trailer: Amazing Spider-Man 2

posted by Nell Minow

The new trailer for “Spider-Man 2″ is all kinds of awesomesause!

Tom Hiddleston Sings in Disney’s “The Pirate Fairy”

posted by Nell Minow

Before he became Captain Hook, he was a cabin boy named James. From the world of Peter Pan comes The Pirate Fairy, a swashbuckling new adventure about Zarina (voice of Christina Hendricks), a smart and ambitious dust-keeper fairy who’s captivated […]

“God’s Not Dead” — Trailer and Clips

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s star Kevin Sorbo — interview with him coming next week.  

Trailer: Get On Up — The James Brown Story

posted by Nell Minow

Chadwick Boseman (“42″) looks electrifying as James Brown in this biopic directed by “The Help’s” Tate Taylor, produced by Ron Howard, and co-starring Viola Davis, Jill Scott, and Octavia Spencer.  It will be in theaters this summer.

Clips: A Birder’s Guide to Everything

posted by Nell Minow

Lesson Number One: Don’t call them birdwatchers.  They are birders.  And in this movie three very dedicated high school birders want to find and document what may be a duck previously thought to be extinct.  Sir Ben Kingsley co-stars with […]

Trailer: The Boxtrolls

posted by Nell Minow

Coming this fall from Laika (“Coraline,” “ParaNorman”), “The Boxtrolls” stars Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, and Tracy Morgan in the story of a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly […]

A Sneak Peek at Disney’s new “Pirate Fairy”

posted by Nell Minow

From the world of “Peter Pan” comes “The Pirate Fairy,” a swashbuckling new adventure about Zarina (voice of Christina Hendricks), a smart and ambitious dust-keeper fairy who’s captivated by Blue Pixie Dust and its endless possibilities. When Zarina’s wild ideas get […]

Trailer–Transformers: Age of Extinction with Mark Wahlberg

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: “Annie” with Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx

posted by Nell Minow

Coming in December — this is the updated “Annie” with Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, and Rose Byrne.

Trailer: The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most touching moments of the Oscars was the award for a documentary short called “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life.”  It is the story of Alice Herz-Sommer, the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor, who died […]

Kristen Bell and Santino Fontana Sing “Love is an Open Door”

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s a great clip from Disney Movies Anywhere, Disney’s all-new, cloud-based digital movie service, where “Frozen” is now available.  [Spoiler Alert: Hans may be a bad guy, but this is still a great song!]  

Behind the Scenes: “300: Rise of an Empire”

posted by Nell Minow

Muppets Most Wanted: Opening Number

posted by Nell Minow

There may be someone out there who can resist posting everything the Muppets release about their new movie, but not me.  I love this!

Veronica Mars Movie: Watch the First Two Minutes

posted by Nell Minow

Cannot wait for this!

Trailer: Godzilla

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: Transcendence

posted by Nell Minow

I keep wanting to call this movie “Her 2: The Revenge of Him.”

Behind the Scenes: The Grand Budapest Hotel

posted by Nell Minow

The new film from quirky writer/director Wes Anderson is “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” with an all-star cast that includes Oscar-winners Adrian Brody and F. Murray Abraham, along with Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, Bob Balaban, and Anderson regulars Bill Murray and […]

Exclusive Clip: The Swan Princess: A Royal Family Tale

posted by Nell Minow

We are thrilled to have an exclusive clip from Swan Princess: A Royal Family Tale, out on DVD/Blu-Ray next Tuesday. In this fifth in the series, Princess Odette and Prince Derek adopt a young girl named Alise. Princess Alise is […]

Trailer: Guardians of the Galaxy

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most anticipated releases of the year is Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” starring Chris Pratt (“The LEGO Movie”), Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, and Lee Pace.  The trailer looks amazing. I love the use of the […]

Trailer: Authors Anonymous

posted by Nell Minow

“The Big Bang Theory’s” Kaley Cuoco stars in the romantic indie “Authors Anonymous,” along with the late Dennis Farina and “Election’s” Chris Klein.

Trailer: The Love Punch

posted by Nell Minow

Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan star as ex-spouses turned thieves in “The Love Punch.”

A Remake Planned of “The Incredible Mr. Limpet”

posted by Nell Minow

Richard Linklater (“Before Midnight,” “School of Rock”) is going to direct a remake of the Don Knotts fantasy The Incredible Mr. Limpet, made in 1964 but set in the early days of the second World War. It’s the story of […]

Trailer: The Fault In Our Stars

posted by Nell Minow

Get out your handkerchiefs for one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year, based on John Green’s book about the teenagers who meet in a cancer support group.

Trailer: Mr. Peabody and Sherman

posted by Nell Minow

I got to get an early glimpse of a couple of scenes from this reboot of the classic cartoon, and it looks like a lot of fun.  Recognize the voices?  The brilliant scientist and adoptive father who happens to be […]

Angelina Jolie’s “Malificent” — New Clip

posted by Nell Minow

Lana Del Ray sings “Once Upon a Dream” in this new peek at the upcoming “Malificent,” starring Angelina Jolie as Sleeping Beauty’s evil fairy.

Trailer: Summer in February

posted by Nell Minow

If you miss seeing Dan Stevens in “Downton Abbey,” here’s a chance to see him back in pre-WWI England again, here’s your chance, in “Summer in February,” based on the true story of painter A.J. Munnings (Dominic Cooper), known for […]

Trailer: The Pretty One with Zoe Kazan as Twins

posted by Nell Minow

The trailer for Zoe Kazan’s new film “The Pretty One” has her playing a pair of identical twins. The storyline reminds me of the classic Bette Davis film, “A Stolen Life.” (Davis also played identical twins in another film, “Dead […]

Trailer: Life of a King

posted by Nell Minow

Cuba Gooding, Jr. stars in this fact-based story about Washington D.C.’s Big Chair Chess Club. Here’s an interview with the real Eugene Brown.

New from “Muppets Most Wanted” — Across the Internet

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: Million Dollar Arm

posted by Nell Minow

A sports agent goes to India to recruit cricket players for major league baseball in “Million Dollar Arm,” starring Jon Hamm, Lake Bell, Aasif Mandvi, and Alan Arkin.

The “Veronica Mars” Movie Trailer Looks Great!

posted by Nell Minow

The Kickstarter-financed update to the beloved television series looks wonderful — a great combination of letting the main character grow up (she’s a lawyer now) but giving her a reason to go home and interact with the characters from her […]

Welcome to 2014! Movies to Look Forward To This Year

posted by Nell Minow

Sequels and reboots!  Here are some of the most anticipated releases of 2014. Superheroes:  “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”  “X-Men: Days of Future Past” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Sequels: “The Hunger Games: […]

Trailer: How to Train Your Dragon 2

posted by Nell Minow

This is one of the movies I am most looking forward to in 2014.  I met with the director and had glimpses of some of it and it looks sensational!

Trailer: Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in “Edge of Tomorrow”

posted by Nell Minow

Coming: Summer 2014

New Clip: Divergent

posted by Nell Minow

Exclusive Clip from “The Adventurer: Curse of the Midas Box”

posted by Nell Minow

Michael Sheen, Lena Headey, Sam Neill, Ioan Gruffudd, and Aneurin Barnard star in this film based on Mariah Mundi: The Midas Box by G.P. Taylor.  It’s about a fearless hero’s quest through a fantastical realm of steam-powered wonders and sinister magic.  Seventeen-year-old Mariah Mundi’s life […]

From “Inside Llewyn Davis” — Folksingers Perform “Please Mr. Kennedy”

posted by Nell Minow

In one of my favorite scenes from one of my favorite movies of the year, 1960’s folksingers played by Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake, and “Girls’” Adam Driver record a silly but very catchy novelty song about the space program called […]

Exclusive Clip: Harry Connick Talks About “Angels Sing”

posted by Nell Minow

Angels Sing stars Harry Connick, Jr. as Michael Walker, who, as a child, wished every day was Christmas, until a tragic accident crushed his holiday spirit. Thirty years later Michael still can’t muster any joy for Christmas despite encouragement from […]

Cute Clip from “The Naughty List”

posted by Nell Minow

I’m delighted to present a clip from the cute new holiday film, The Naughty List. Two young elves, Winter and Snowflake, have a hard time following the rules and are prone to sneaking off for some good elf playtime. But […]

Trailer: Muppets Most Wanted

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: Divergent

posted by Nell Minow

This looks every bit as awesome as I was hoping!  Coming in March of 2014.  In the meantime, read Divergent by Veronica Roth.

Trailer: Heaven is for Real

posted by Nell Minow

Coming to theaters for Easter 2014

Trailer: Maleficent

posted by Nell Minow

Angelina Jolie looks magnificent as Maleficent in the forthcoming Disney movie about Sleeping Beauty’s evil fairy.

Trailer — Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

posted by Nell Minow

Idris Elba stars as Nelson Mandela in this film, opening November 29.

“Frozen” from Disney — New Clip

posted by Nell Minow

Disney’s latest animated release will be out for Thanksgiving.  Here’s a sneak peek:

Coming Soon: The Veronica Mars Movie

posted by Nell Minow

The Kickstarter-funded Veronica Mars movie is coming at last! And I have a t-shirt to give away! Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with Veronica in the subject line and tell me your favorite character from the series. Don’t forget […]

I Can’t Wait to See this Documentary About Cup Stacking Competitions

posted by Nell Minow

Really!  It looks awesome, doesn’t it?

Featurette: 12 Years a Slave

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most acclaimed films of the year is “12 Years a Slave,” opening this week, based on the true story of a free black man sold  into slavery.  Here’s a sneak peek behind the scenes.

Dickens in Love — Trailer for “The Invisible Woman” with Ralph Fiennes and Felicity Jones

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer Premiere: Coming Home for Christmas

posted by Nell Minow

The Dove-approved Coming Home for Christmas will be available on DVD later this month — here’s an exclusive peek at the trailer.

October Releases: Awards Season Begins

posted by Nell Minow

Fall is here and that means we will start seeing some of the movies the studios are betting on for Oscars, Golden Globes, and Critics Choice Awards.  “Gravity” is a critical and box office hit already, just four days after […]

Trailer — The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: The Need for Speed

posted by Nell Minow

DreamWorks Pictures’ “Need for Speed” is a return to the great car culture films of the 1960’s and 70’s, when the authenticity of the world brought a new level of intensity to the action on-screen. Tapping into what makes the […]

Ender’s Game Clip: Welcome to Battle School

posted by Nell Minow

Harrison Ford welcomes his young students to battle school.

Trailer: Rio 2

posted by Nell Minow

Can’t wait!

Title Collision: Paradise

posted by Nell Minow

In movie world, ideas seem to percolate in different places at the same time.  A while back, the number nine showed up in four titles at once.  And right now, the always-popular word “paradise” seems to be having a particular moment. […]

Fall Movie Preview 2013

posted by Nell Minow

Fall doesn’t start officially for another few weeks, but the fall movie season won’t wait that long.  Traditionally, fall is when we start seeing some movies for grown-ups after all of the chases and explosions of the summer.  Let’s take […]

Coming Soon: Storm Rider

posted by Nell Minow

Kevin Sorbo, Kristy Swanson, C. Thomas Howell, and Dani Chuchran star in “Storm Rider,” coming on DVD and VOD on October 22, 2013.  Spoiled 18-year old Dani Fielding’s world is turned upside down when her father gets arrested for securities fraud. She has […]

Coming from Ben Stiller: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

posted by Nell Minow

James Thurber’s most fondly remembered story is probably “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” which invites us into the daydreams of a mild-mannered and slightly henpecked husband.  While he tries to remember what it was his wife wanted him to […]

The Author Who Tried to Disappear: A New Documentary About J.D. Salinger

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most influential writers of the 20th century was J.D. Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye.  He spent the last decades of his life living quietly, almost reclusively, writing but not publishing anything more from 1960 […]

Trailer: Monuments Men

posted by Nell Minow

This looks great — a real-life heist film where the good guys are the ones protecting the world’s art treasures from the ravages of WWII, with George Clooney, John Goodman, Cate Blanchett, “The Artist’s” Jean DuJardin, and Matt Damon.  Kind […]

Tina Fey Meets the Muppets: “Muppets Most Wanted” Sneak Peek

posted by Nell Minow

The Last Keepers — Aidan Quinn, Zosia Mamet, and Virginia Madsen in a Story About Female Mystics

posted by Nell Minow

Coming on September 10: Aidan Quinn (TV’s Elementary, Unknown, Allegiance, Rushlights, The Greening of Whitney Brown) Virginia Madsen (The Hot Flashes, The Number 23, The Astronaut Farmer), Zosia Mamet (HBO’s Girls, The Kids are Alright), and Olympia Dukakis (Picture Perfect, Mr. […]

“Standing Up” — Exclusive Clip of a New Film Based on “The Goats”

posted by Nell Minow

“Standing Up” is a new movie based on Brock Cole’s popular YA novel, The Goats.  It is about an 11-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl (Chandler Canterbury and Annalise Basso) who are ostracized by their peers at summer camp are […]

Trailer: Final Cut, A Movie for People Who Love Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Hungarian director György Pàlfi worked for three years and assembled 450 selections from movies to put together this love letter to the history of film.  Can’t wait to see it.

August 2013: Movie Release Highlights

posted by Nell Minow

Studios often wait for August to release the films they think won’t get much of an audience, but this year August has some releases that could end up on the end of the year top ten lists.  I’m especially looking […]

Trailer: Anything Is Possible

posted by Nell Minow

The gifted young pianist Ethan Bortnick stars in “Anything is Possible,” about a young boy who becomes separated from his mother, Army Lieutenant Margaret Peters (Lacy Chabert), when she goes missing during a tsunami rescue mission in Japan.  Back home in Detroit, […]

Trailer: The Box Trolls

posted by Nell Minow

Laika, the stop-motion animation studio behind two of my favorite films of the past ten years, “ParaNorman” and “Coraline,” has released the teaser trailer for its 2014 release, “The Box Trolls,” and it looks amazing.  Nice nod to non-traditional families […]

Trailer: “Terms and Conditions May Apply” — a Documentary About What Corporations Know About You and How They Use It

posted by Nell Minow

Are you worried about what the NSA knows about you?  Then this is ten times scarier.

Trailer: When Comedy Went to School

posted by Nell Minow

This documentary is a portrait of the generation of the mid-century Jewish comics that includes Jerry Lewis, Sid Caesar, Jackie Mason, Mort Sahl, and Jerry Stiller, who appear telling jokes and telling their stories. And it is the story of […]

First Kiss: “The Spectacular Now”

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s a lovely scene from one of this year’s best independent films, “The Spectacular Now,” starring Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller (who will also both appear in the upcoming “Divergent”). Director James Ponsoldt says: This is one of my favorite scenes […]

Trailer: “Gravity”

posted by Nell Minow

I attended the press conference for “Gravity” at Comic-Con and can tell you it looks like one of the most extraordinary films of the year.  Take a look at the new trailer:

Trailer: “Saving Mr. Banks,” When P.L. Travers Met Walt Disney

posted by Nell Minow

Coming in December is one of this year’s biggest holiday releases, “Saving Mr. Banks,” the story of Walt Disney’s efforts to persuade British author P.L. Travers to allow him to make a movie about Mary Poppins.  Emma Thompson and Tom […]

Trailer: “The Lego Movie” — and It Looks Adorable

posted by Nell Minow

I admit it.  I’m hooked.  Coming in 2014.

Exclusive Clip! Ricky Schroder in “Our Wild Hearts”

posted by Nell Minow

We are very excited to present an exclusive look at the new film starring Ricky Schroder, a family western called “Our Wild Hearts.” This is a family movie on and behind the screen.  Schroder’s wife and daughter approached him with […]

Trailer: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

posted by Nell Minow

Yes, it has nothing whatsoever to do with the classic book, but the original was a lot of fun and this one looks like a blast.

Trailer: Romeo and Juliet

posted by Nell Minow

“Downton Abbey’s” Julian Fellowes has adapted a new version of “Romeo and Juliet,” starring “True Grit’s” Hailee Steinfeld, Damian Lewis, and Paul Giamatti, premiering in October.

Trailer: Jennifer Hudson in “Black Nativity”

posted by Nell Minow

Oscar winners Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker star in this musical opening in November about a struggling single mother who sends her son to her parents’ home for Christmas. It is adapted from a Langston Hughes story and directed by […]

Trailer: Still Mine

posted by Nell Minow

The wonderful James Cromwell (“Babe”) and Genevieve Bujold star in “Still Mine,” a touching love story, opening July 12.

Behind the Scenes: Pacific Rim

posted by Nell Minow

New Documentary About the Mysterious, Fascinating J.D. Salinger

posted by Nell Minow

The author of Catcher in the Rye, one of the most popular and influential books of the 20th century, made no public appearances and published no new writing for the last forty years of his life.  A new documentary reveals […]

Trailer: Paranoia with Harrison Ford and Liam Hemsworth

posted by Nell Minow

I’m a big fan of Joseph Finder, thriller-writer superstar, and this movie version of his book Paranoia looks terrific!

Trailer: Mob Comedy “The Family” With DeNiro and Pfeiffer

posted by Nell Minow

Coming in September, produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Luc Besson.

Trailer: About Time

posted by Nell Minow

I wonder if Rachel McAdams has a sense of deja vu — this feels a lot like “The Time Traveler’s Wife.”  And a lot like “Groundhog Day.”  But, coming from the guy who wrote “Notting Hill” and “Love Actually,” it […]

New Clips from “Monsters University”

posted by Nell Minow

In theaters for the 4th of July!

More from Disney’s Next Release: Planes

posted by Nell Minow

This video, featuring music by the film’s composer, Mark Mancina, is much more appealing than the trailer.  I’m beginning to look forward to it.  And do we get a hint that train and boat movies may follow?

Jerry Lewis is Back (in France) With a New Movie — A Drama

posted by Nell Minow

They really do love Jerry Lewis in France, so where better to premiere his first movie in 23 years than Cannes?  The 87-year-old legendary funny man appears in a drama called “Max Rose,” about an elderly widower, co-starring with Claire […]

Trailer: The Butler Tells the Story of A Man Who Served Eight Presidents

posted by Nell Minow

Lee Daniels (“Precious”) directs this story of Cecil Gaines, the White House butler who served eight Presidents, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, with Robin Williams as Harry Truman, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda […]

Trailer: Tom Hanks Stars in Somali Pirate Drama “Captain Phillips”

posted by Nell Minow

A Monsters University Tribute to Mother’s Day

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: Ender’s Game

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Clip: Iron Man 3

posted by Nell Minow

Summer Movie Preview: 2013

posted by Nell Minow

Summer movies are just too big to stay within the calendar months of the season this year. Officially, summer does not begin until June. At the box office, it begins this week, with the first of the year’s guaranteed blockbusters, […]

New Trailer: Monsters University

posted by Nell Minow

Let the Scare Games begin!

Trailer for “Thor: The Dark World”

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: Turbo

posted by Nell Minow

This looks adorable. Did you recognize the voices?  The cast includes Paul Giamatti, Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Peña, Snoop Dogg/Lion, Maya Rudolph, Ken Jeong, and Michelle Rodriguez. But “Push It” is becoming the new “I Feel Good.”  It […]

Trailer: Man of Steel

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: Now You See Me

posted by Nell Minow

This looks amazing!

Trailer: The English Teacher

posted by Nell Minow

Julianne Moore stars in this new film about an English teacher whose former student, a playwright, comes back to town.  Michael Angarano and Lily Collins co-star.  

Sneak Peek: Pixar’s “Planes”

posted by Nell Minow

Robert Redford’s New Film: The Company You Keep

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s a new clip from Robert Redford’s new film, “The Company You Keep,” co-starring Shia LeBeouf, Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte, Julie Christie, Chris Cooper, Terrence Howard, and Stanley Tucci.  It’s the story of a 60’s activist who goes on the […]

Trailer: Arthur Newman

posted by Nell Minow

Colin Firth and Emily Blunt star in this story about two dislocated people who assume a series of new identities.

Pacific Rim — Sweded

posted by Nell Minow

One of this year’s biggest summer releases is Guillermo Del Toro’s “Pacific Rim,” a big, big, big summer action movie. It was the delightful “Be Kind Rewind” that established the term “Sweding” for home-made, frankly cheap but wholehearted and joyful […]

Trailer: Epic

posted by Nell Minow

Really looking forward to this one, featuring the voices of Amanda Seyfried, Jason Sudeikis, Beyoncé, Aziz Ansari, Christoph Waltz, and Colin Farrell.

Much Ado about Much Ado: Trailer

posted by Nell Minow

The trailer for Joss Whedon’s new version of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” is spectacular. It will be out in June.  In the meantime, enjoy Kenneth Branagh’s more traditional version, with Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, Kate Beckinsale, and Michael Keaton.

Trailer: Hunky Dory

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

posted by Nell Minow

This one looks every bit as adorable (and as unrelated to the book) as the first one.

New Clip from “Oz the Great and Powerful”

posted by Nell Minow

Costumes and Make-Up in the Upcoming “Oz the Great and Powerful”

posted by Nell Minow

Ever since last summer at Comic-Con, I have been looking forward to the prequel to “The Wizard of Oz” with James Franco, Michelle Williams, and Mila Kunis.  Here’s a sneak peek.

Exclusive Clip from “Bless Me, Ultima”

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out our exclusive clip from the film “Bless Me, Ultima.”  Set in New Mexico during WWII, the the film is a beautiful coming of age story about a young Chicano boy and how his life is forever […]

Trailer: Now You See Me

posted by Nell Minow

I love heist films, and this one looks amazing!

A Free Issue of Roger Ebert’s Newsletter

posted by Nell Minow

I have been a proud and happy subscriber to Roger Ebert’s wonderful newsletter, always filled with intriguing trailers and commentary and much more.  Check out this free issue of the Ebert Club Newsletter and sign up for the teeny price […]

Oz the Great and Powerful Super Bowl Commercial

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s a sneak peek at the Super Bowl commercial for one of the movies I am most excited about right now:

Trailer: Inside Llewyn Davis from the Coen Brothers

posted by Nell Minow

I always look forward to a new movie from the Coen Brothers (“Fargo,” “No Country for Old Men,” “The Big Lebowski”), but this one has me especially excited because it stars one of my favorite actors, Oscar Isaac, reuniting with […]

Trailer: Upside Down

posted by Nell Minow

Doesn’t this look mind-bendingly amazing?

Trailer: Red 2

posted by Nell Minow

What could be more fun than the first “Red?”  Putting the band back together and adding Sir Anthony Hopkins!

Monsters University: Would You Like to Apply?

posted by Nell Minow

Pixar has created a wonderfully entertaining new website for “Monsters University,” its upcoming prequel to “Monsters, Inc.”   It’s set up just like a real university website, with information about how to apply and a “student-produced” recruitment video.

Coming Attractions: The Big Films of 2013

posted by Nell Minow

Happy new year!  Some of the most anticipated movies of the new year include: January “Gangster Squad” Sean Penn plays 1940’s mobster Mickey Cohen and Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin are the cops who must be as ruthless as he […]

Trailer: Every 2012 Movie

posted by Nell Minow

Fabulous mash-up of every movie released this year: I love Michael Sheen’s “Oh, my” from “Breaking Dawn, Part 2.”  And the “Step Up: Revolution” dancers. How many movies can you identify?  The full list is here.

Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogan Live Q&A After “Guilt Trip” Screening

posted by Nell Minow

Audiences in 20 cities will have a special opportunity to see “The Guilt Trip” on December 2, followed by a Q&A with the film’s stars Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen, to be streamed live via satellite from Los Angeles. The movie […]

New “Hunger Games” Poster! “Catching Fire”

posted by Nell Minow

Preview: The Big December Holiday Movies

posted by Nell Minow

December is always a great month for movies and this year we will have some guaranteed blockbusters.  Here are some of the most promising titles opening this month. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14 “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”  J.R.R. Tolkein’s prequel to […]

Thanksgiving Classic: “What’s Cooking?”

posted by Nell Minow

This is my favorite Thanksgiving movie, the story of four families preparing for their Thanksgiving dinner, directed by Gurinder Chada (“Bend it Like Beckham”) and starring “The Good Wife’s” Juliana Margulies, “The Closer’s” Kyra Sedgwick, and two of my favorites, […]

Thanksgiving Classic: “Pieces of April”

posted by Nell Minow

I love this indie charmer about a girl who makes a Thanksgiving dinner for her family.

Thanksgiving Classic: “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles”

posted by Nell Minow

Which is your favorite scene?

56 Up — The New Chapter

posted by Nell Minow

There is no movie I anticipate more eagerly than the new episodes of the “Up” series that come out every seven years.  The first one came out in 1964, when Britain’s Grenada Television interviewed 14 7-year-olds to ask them about […]

Trailer: “42,” the Story of Jackie Robinson

posted by Nell Minow

This movie about the first black player in major league baseball looks terrific: While you wait for the movie’s 2013 release, take a look at Jackie Robinson playing himself (with Ruby Dee as his wife) in The Jackie Robinson Story

“Wreck-It Ralph” — A Commercial for the Litwak Arcade

posted by Nell Minow

Disney’s upcoming “Wreck-It Ralph” is the story of a 70’s-era 8-bit video game character who is tired of being the bad guy and escapes to try out other games.  Disney has released this very cute commercial that almost makes it […]

Another New Clip from “Wreck-It Ralph”

posted by Nell Minow

Another adorable glimpse of the movie described as the “Roger Rabbit of video games,” opening on Friday.

New Clip from “Wreck-It Ralph”

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Trailer: Yoga Is

posted by Nell Minow

Suzanne Bryant’s new documentary, Yoga Is: A Transformational Journey, will be available tomorrow on DVD.  She thought she had it all until she lost her beloved mother to cancer. Trying to process and understand her profound grief, Suzanne embarked on […]

A New Trailer for “Wreck-It Ralph”

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New Clip from “Frankenweenie”

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Bill Murray Plays FDR in “Hyde Park on the Hudson”

posted by Nell Minow

We’ve seen Bill Murray turn in some impressive performances in dramas as well as comedies, but it still seems like quite a challenge for him to take on the part of and icon like patrician four-time President  Franklin Delano Roosevelt. […]

Fall Movies 2012

posted by Nell Minow

Summer is about chases, explosions, and superheroes.  In the fall, things get a little more serious, and there are some promising prestige films coming out in the next few months.  Some I am especially excited about are: Looper This trippy […]

This American Life’s New Movie: Ira Glass and Mike Birbiglia

posted by Nell Minow

I’m a huge fan of NPR’s “This American Life” and very pleased that they have produced their first film, “Sleepwalk With Me,” based on comedian Mike Birbiglia’s story about a rare sleep disorder that nearly cost him his life. My interview […]

Side by Side — Documentary About Film-Making

posted by Nell Minow

This looks fabulous!  

A New Clip About the Basketball Fantasy “Thunderstruck”

posted by Nell Minow

Kevin Durant plays himself in this upcoming fantasy about a boy named Brian who wishes he could have Durant’s skills.  Brian becomes the star of his high school team, but Durant now has Brian’s skills — or lack of skills, […]

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Trailer: “Cloud Atlas”

posted by Nell Minow

Take an early look at what promises to be one of the most intriguing and ambitiously mind-bending movies of the year, “Cloud Atlas,” based on the novel by David Mitchell.  Six interlocking stories follow characters from the mid-19th century to […]

Trailer: “The Life of Pi”

posted by Nell Minow

This looks wonderful.  Have you read the book?  Are you looking forward to the movie?  

Trailer: “Monster University” from Pixar (Summer 2013)

posted by Nell Minow

Before they went to work for Monsters, Inc., Sully (John Goodman) and Mike (Billy Crystal) had to go to college to learn how to be scary.  Next summer’s release from Pixar is “Monster University,” which shows us what their school […]

Coming Soon: American Girls’ “McKenna: Shoots for the Stars”

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s an early sneak peek at a wonderful new DVD, based on the American Girls series about McKenna, the young gymnast, and the American Girls “Girl of the Year.”

More from “Brave”

posted by Nell Minow

This cute new fake “commercial” from Pixar’s “Brave” reminds me of some of Disney’s classic animated witches like Ursula from “The Little Mermaid” and the great battle between Merlin and Madame Mim in “The Sword in the Stone.”

A Fan’s Paper Trailer for “Prometheus”

posted by Nell Minow

Fan Travis Betz made this astounding trailer for “Prometheus” with paper:    

Trailer: “Wreck-It Ralph”

posted by Nell Minow

An 8-bit video-game character attempts to shed his bad-guy image by escaping into a popular first-person shooter, but inadvertently wreaks havoc in the video-game universe by freeing a digital villain.  Here’s the first look at Disney’s big end-of-year release, featuring […]

Trailer: “Les Miserables”

posted by Nell Minow

Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway star in the movie version of the international blockbuster musical based on Victor Hugo’s story about Jean Valjean, a prisoner who steals a loaf of bread to feed his sister’s starving children, is sent to […]

Trailer: “Stella Days” with Martin Sheen

posted by Nell Minow

In Martin Sheen’s new film, “Stella Days,” he plays a priest in a small town in rural Ireland of the 1950’s.  It is a story about the excitement of the unknown versus the security of the familiar, as those in […]

The First Glimpse of the New Bond Film: “Skyfall”

posted by Nell Minow

Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in “Skyfall.”

Another Wonderful Clip From “Brave”

posted by Nell Minow

I love this adorable faux ad for a bagpipe collection!  They sure know how to have fun at Pixar.

A New Clip from Pixar’s “Brave”

posted by Nell Minow

A new clip from one of the movies I am most looking forward to, Pixar’s “Brave.”  

Trailers: “Ruby Sparks” and “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”

posted by Nell Minow

Yes, these trailers look a lot alike and are both stories about people who create imaginary ideals who come to life, but I can’t help it — I want to see them both!  

Trailer: Step Up Revolution

posted by Nell Minow

Step Up gets all Occupy in its next installment and it looks like a blast!

Summer Movie Preview: 2012

posted by Nell Minow

The summer movie season kicks off this week with the year’s most eagerly anticipated superhero movie, “The Avengers,” with an all-star cast of Marvel characters including returning stars Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), […]

In Honor of Adminstrative Assistants/Secretaries Day

posted by Nell Minow

An Inconvenient Tax

posted by Nell Minow

As you file your tax return today and listen to the candidates debate the “Buffett rule” and terms like “carried interest,” here is a look at one perspective on the complexity of the tax code.

Trailer: “I Know That Voice!”

posted by Nell Minow

I love voice actors and I’m very excited to see what looks like a great documentary.  

More about Pixar’s “Brave”

posted by Nell Minow

“The Lucky One” — Behind the Scenes

posted by Nell Minow

Zac Efron stars in “The Lucky One,” opening April 20.

Trailer: Blue Like Jazz

posted by Nell Minow

Can’t wait to tell you more about this excellent film, based on the best-selling book about a young man from an evangelical family in Texas who finds himself as far from home as possible at free-thinking Reed College in Portland, […]

Trailer: “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”

posted by Nell Minow

Coming in June — Steve Carell and Kiera Knightly star in “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” about making the most of every day you have.

Trailer: Pixar’s Newest, “Brave”

posted by Nell Minow

“Brave” is Pixar’s first film with a female lead character.  She is a medieval Scottish princess named Meridia, with the voice of Kelly Macdonald of “Boardwalk Empire” and “No Country for Old Men.” The current issue of Time has a […]

Sarah Palin and the Battle of the Trailers

posted by Nell Minow

The new HBO movie from the people behind the sharp political drama “Recount” is about the McCain-Palin campaign.  It stars Ed Harris, Woody Harrelson, and Julianne Moore. The movie has not been on the air yet, but Sarah Palin has […]

Trailer: Darling Companion

posted by Nell Minow

Kevin Kline, Diane Keaton, and Richard Jenkins star in the upcoming “Darling Companion,” about a lost dog, coming in April.  

Happy Groundhog Day!

posted by Nell Minow

Bing! Ali Arikan has a brilliant assessment of “Groundhog Day” at Slant Magazine.

Sneak Peek: ‘The Avengers’ Super Bowl Ad

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most eagerly anticipated movies of 2012 is “The Avengers.”  Here’s a teaser ad to be shown during the Super Bowl.

Trailer: ‘Complaints Choir: The Movie’

posted by Nell Minow

I love complaints choirs, so I am delighted to report that there is a forthcoming documentary that asks what people have to complain about and shows them having a wonderful time singing about their complaints.  When I get an update […]

Exclusive Clip: ‘Declaration of War’

posted by Nell Minow

We are very proud to present an exclusive clip from Valerie Donzelli’s “Declaration of War,” the moving true-life tale of two resilient young parents’ (Valerie and her co-writer/star Jeremie Elkaim) struggle with their child’s illness. The film premiered at the Cannes […]

Clip: Tangled 2 (Rapunzel and Flynn Get Married)

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s a clip from the delightful short accompanying “Beauty and the Beast 3D,” now in theaters. “Tangled 2″ will be shown on the Disney Channel later this year.

What I’m Looking Forward to in Early 2012

posted by Nell Minow

January is chronically the worst month of the year for movies as the studios release their back inventory of duds.  But this month looks unusually promising.  “Beauty and the Beast 3D” opens on January 13.  That ballroom scene is going […]

Now I Am Getting Excited About ‘Avatar 2′

posted by Nell Minow

I just read something that made me very excited about James Cameron’s upcoming sequel to “Avatar.”  The first one was a leap forward in technology of 3D and motion capture (now often called “performance capture” to emphasize the contribution of […]

Trailer: Men in Black 3

posted by Nell Minow

The first “Men in Black” is one of my favorite films of the 1990’s.  The second was a terrible disappointment and clearly hacked up before release as shown by its slim running time and unsatisfying and conclusion.  I keep hoping […]

Pete Docter’s New Pixar Project

posted by Nell Minow

Pete Docter is the guy behind some of Pixar’s best films.  He wrote and directed “Up” and “Monsters, Inc.” and provided the story for “Wall•E.”  Any time there’s an announcement about a new Docter project it is exciting but this […]

The Heart of Christmas — Exclusive Clip From The Inspiring New Film

posted by Nell Minow

The Heart of Christmas is based on the inspiring true story of a community that came together to give one very ill little boy one last Christmas.  It will be broadcast this Sunday at 7 and 9 Eastern and we are […]

Which Snow White Will Be the Fairest?

posted by Nell Minow

Next year will bring not one but two new movies about Snow White.  One looks like an “Ella Enchanted“-style or “Shrek“-ish post-modern version, with Julia Roberts as the evil queen and Lily Collins (daughter of rocker Phil Collins, last seen […]

Ten Releases to Look for This Holiday Season

posted by Nell Minow

This is the busiest time of year for movies with a bunch of holiday releases for families, big-budget and high profile films to check out while shopping or celebrating, and end-of-year prestige films opening in time to be considered for […]

Trailer: ‘The Artist’

posted by Nell Minow

“The Artist” is a brand new black and white silent movie.  It has James Cromwell, John Goodman, and Penelope Ann Miller in supporting roles and two actors new to America in a story about a silent-era star whose career crumbles […]

New Trailer: ‘The Hunger Games’

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Trailer: ‘Arthur Christmas’

posted by Nell Minow

I’m really looking forward to Arthur Christmas, the latest stop-motion animated film from the folks behind “Wallace and Gromit” and “Flushed Away.”  This one features the voices of Hugh Laurie (“House”), Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent, and James McAvoy in the […]

What is Left for the Muppets to Parody?

posted by Nell Minow

Joss Whedon and Nathan Fillion Do a Secret Shakespeare!

posted by Nell Minow

Joss Whedon has just finished shooting a secret production on Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” starring “Firefly’s” Nathan Fillian!  “Much Ado” is the play with the comically battling romance, with and earlier film starring Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branaugh.   […]

Trailer: ‘Joyful Noise’

posted by Nell Minow

I am so excited about this new movie about a gospel choir led by Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton!  It co-stars one of my favorite young actresses, Keke Palmer of Akeelah and the Bee.  Can’t wait!

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