Marnie (Susan Sarandon) is the irresistible force who, just before this movie starts, meets the immovable object: devastating grief in the loss of her husband. She does not have the vocabulary to process this loss. And so she tries to […]
I laughed so much and so hard at this movie that by the time it was over I had become of those Key and Peele show parking valets. I just wanted to stand in front of a hotel in my […]
Roger Ebert famously declared that a video game could not be art, giving rise to howls of protest. I believe that videogames, like movies, can and will rise to the level of art. But movies like “Ratchet & Clank” will […]
I tried, Garry Marshall, I really did, but you finally broke me. I did my best to enjoy Valentine’s Day (I called it a tweet of a movie but gave it a B for being mildly entertaining) and New Year’s […]
Who ever said that fairy tales were for children? “Tale of Tales” is based on three stories from Giambattista Basile that go back a hundred years before the Brothers Grimm. Basile, whose book was subtitled “entertainment for little ones” was […]
Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart star in a futuristic story about a time when emotions are outlawed and love is the worst crime of all.
Today it does not seem at all odd to see Beyoncé hanging out with the Obamas or a reality television star as a popular Presidential candidate. But in the before-social media days of 1970, celebrity culture was not as all-encompassing […]
You’re a teenager. Suddenly, nothing you thought you knew seems certain anymore. Your parents do not understand you. Your siblings don’t understand you. Your teachers don’t understand you. You don’t understand yourself — everything outside and inside of you seems […]
With a storyline as awkward and unfocused as its unwieldy title, “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” is like a mashup of “Frozen,” “Lord of the Rings,” and the Narnia movies, without any of the heart or imagination of any of them. […]
“Hologram for the King” is an uneven but always-watchable film based on the book by Dave Eggers. Like Arthur Miller, David Mamet, and many others, Eggers chose a salesman as a central figure and metaphor to illustrate the mixture of […]
Jason Bateman directs and stars in “The Family Fang,” based on the book by Kevin Wilson, about the adult children of performance artists, who included them in their stunts, pranks, and displays. Nicole Kidman, Kathryn Hahn, and Christopher Walken co-star.
Roald Dahl’s book The BFG is about a Big Friendly Giant and a girl named Sophie. But not all giants are friendly. This trailer for the upcoming movie directed by Steven Spielberg looks every bit as magical as the story […]
This week’s splendid new “Jungle Book” from Disney may inspire families to check out the books that inspired it by Rudyard Kipling. Children may prefer his “Just-So” stories and “Rikki-tikki-tavi,” about a curious mongoose who saves the day. Families may […]
The SundanceNOw Doc Club observes Autism Awareness Month by showing three inspiring films that follow the triumphs and hurdles of individuals on the Autism spectrum. These stories show that through art and self expression, untraditional methods, and efforts of entire […]
The camera swoops behind the familiar Disney castle logo to take us to that magical place — you know, like the one that is found second star to the right and straight on ’til morning or through the wardrobe in […]
It would be so easy — and so wrong — to make this true story of a Maori chess champion who struggles with mental illness as he teaches underprivileged kids into a safe, simple, saccharine, uplifting story. But writer/director James […]
In 1991, Ice Cube was barely into his 20’s when he starred in Boyz N The Hood, one of the most powerful American films of the 20th century, a searing indictment of gang violence and a tribute to one of […]
James Napier Robertson is an actor turned writer and director from New Zealand who played hundreds of chess games with the real-life champion who inspired his film, “The Dark Horse,” and with the actor who had to learn chess — […]
Following a mysterious suicide at Niagara Falls, a low-rent detective unravels a conspiracy to build a revolutionary invention by the (real-life) enigmatic scientist, Nikola Tesla. This noir with a dark comic twist stars Matthew Broderick and Camilla Belle.
Why it’s time to tell the story again: The voice talent:
Tonight and tomorrow, watch the extraordinary story of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play major league baseball, on PBS: April 11-12, 2016, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET. It’s also the story of his wife, Rachel. As Michelle Obama points out in […]
As the title suggests, this is a movie about taking things apart, literally and spiritually. And Jake Gyllenhaal gives a performance of shattering intensity as Davis, a finance executive whose wife is killed in a car accident. At the hospital, […]
Here is what Judd Apatow and Paul Feig know that Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone do not: a character can be hilariously obnoxious or endearing but not both, even when played by the irresistible McCarthy. Apatow and Feig have made […]
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, and Forest Whitaker. It’s clear from the storm troopers and the musical theme that we’re in the “Star Wars” universe, but these are new characters and a new look […]
The faith-based action drama “The Masked Saint” is now available on VOD. The film won the award for Best Picture at the International Christian Film Festival in 2015. Inspired by true events in the life of former wrestler and pastor […]
The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw writes: Matteo Garrone’s Tale of Tales is fabulous in every sense: a freaky portmanteau film based on the folk myths collected and published by the 16th-century Neapolitan poet and scholar Giambattista Basile – Garrone worked on […]
“Finding Dory” writer/director Andrew Staunton says that we’ve been missing the ultimate Pixar secret hiding in every one of their movies.
What would happen if someone appeared with strange special powers? What if the person with special powers was an eight year old boy? Would a religious group consider him an angel or maybe a savior? Would the government consider him […]
“Everybody Wants Some!!,” the “spiritual sequel” to Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused, is so much fun that it is easy to overlook how sweet it is and how smart it is. Those who are hoping for the same combination of […]
Jane Auten’s unfinished novel Lady Susan is an epistolary story — told via letters. The title character is a scheming, manipulative woman determined to find rich husbands for herself and her daughter. It is the basis for “Love and Friendship,” […]
Easter always makes me think of this Disney classic.
Based on a true story and from Bradley Cooper’s production company, “War Dogs” follows two friends in their early 20s (Jonah Hill and Miles Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that […]
I can’t say I recommend buying a ticket for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, but anyone who decides to go should check out this primer to bring you up to date. It has some interesting background (Jenna Malone as […]
The original “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” was a charming surprise, a fresh, honest story about a young woman trying to find a way to be true to herself despite her loving but overwhelmingly intrusive Greek-American family. This 15-years-later sequel […]
This looks SO much better than “Batman v. Superman.”
After the refreshing superhero palate-cleanser that was “Deadpool,” it’s tough to get back into the ponderous, self-important, choir-of-angels soundtrack, too long by at least 45 minutes, even the title is much too long, do we really need another scene (and […]
It looks a little bit “The In-Laws,” a little bit “Spy,” and a lot every Kevin Hart movie ever made, but it also looks like it might be fun.
Morgan Freeman and Jack Huston star in this remake of the Charlton Heston classic, “Ben-Hur,” the story of a falsely accused Jewish nobleman in the time of Jesus (Rodrigo Santoro).
From DreamWorks Animation comes season 3 of VeggieTales in the House, only on Netflix. The faith‐based adventures of Bob, Larry, and their veggie housemates continue in season 3, only on Netflix, debuting March 25, 2016. The Veggies learn important lessons […]
“Everything is Copy,” the documentary about Nora Ephron by her son, premieres tonight at 9:00 on HBO. Ephron was the daughter of Hollywood screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron (“Desk Set”), who named her after Ibsen’s famous heroine of “A Doll’s […]
“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” based on the book by Ransom Riggs, stars Eva Green as a Professor X-style collector of young people with an assortment of special powers. Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, and Kim Dickens co-star, and […]
Tonight on Fox (and later streaming on Netflix) “The Passion,” the story of the crucifixion and resurrection, told with contemporary music, musical stars, and a parade of 1000 through the streets of New Orleans. Tyler Perry hosts and narrates the […]
I can’t help it. They’re all beginning to run together in my head. How many post-apocalyptic stories featuring hot young stars as the brave teen heroes who are the only ones who can save the day for freedom and middle […]
Thank you, Michael Showalter, for giving American treasure Sally Field a role that gives her a chance to show us not just what she is capable of but what it means to fully inhabit a character with enough sensitivity and […]
“The Ten Commandments” is coming back to theaters for two days only, March 20 and 23, 2016, in more than 650 cinemas nationwide. Truly, this is a film that must be seen on the big screen to experience the epic […]
Tony Award-winner John O’Boyle has written a new musical, the Easter Mysteries, and it will be in theaters for one night only: March 22, 2016. It features Broadway performers from Les Misérables, Mary Poppins, Porgy and Bess, Phantom of The Opera, and more, […]
Clear your calendars for July 19, 2019 — Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford are teaming up for a fifth Indiana Jones movie. Producers Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall are also returning, but George Lucas is not. “Indiana Jones is one […]
Easter Mysteries is an original, musical theater production about Christ’s death and resurrection, seen through the lens of his disciples and followers. It is the first Passion Play ever told from Peter’s perspective, with iconic biblical characters portrayed by an […]
Christy Wilson Beam’s book title says it all: Miracles from Heaven: A Little Girl and Her Amazing Story of Healing. In the book, she tells the story of her daughter Annabel, critically ill with an incurable digestive disorder, who fell […]
Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies will present Cecil B. DeMille’s classic “The Ten Commandments” in more than 650 theaters around the country on March 20 and March 23, providing a rare opportunity to see one of the highest-grossing and […]
In the film, Joe Cross travels across America to talk to a dozen nutrition experts who are making headway in conquering childhood obesity, including Food Network star Rachael Ray, former White House Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Sam Kass, and […]
“Love — the only reason that we’re alive.”
One of my favorite directors (Stephen Frears of “The Queen”) and two of my favorite actors, Ben Foster and Chris O’Dowd star in the story Lance Armstrong, who was a worldwide symbol of determination and resilience until he was disgraced […]
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service, PBS and all affiliate stations will rebroadcast The National Parks: America’s Best Idea April 25-30. 2016. The six-episode series was produced by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan and written by Dayton […]
“Eye in the Sky” is a rare thriller that grips the mind and heart equally. Drones take our military closer than we have ever been before to the people and the activities of the enemy as they remove us further […]
We have a very clear picture of Jesus’s birth, and it is endlessly re-enacted and depicted each year at Christmas time. But we know almost nothing about His childhood, other than his astonishing the elders with his depth of knowledge. […]
Four of the funniest women in the world star in the “Ghostbusters” reboot.
The Dinotrux have figured out a new building tool that helps Skya save the day. Watch Skya take on D-Structs head on when Dinotrux Season 2 comes to Netflix March 11, 2016 from Dreamworks Animation. Ty and his best friend […]
Dawn Porter is the lawyer-turned-documentarian who directed and co-produced Trapped, a film about the new laws limiting access to abortion. Known as TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws, they are described by legislators as protecting the health and safety […]
“London Has Fallen” is a love letter from producer-star Gerard Butler to himself and every bit as dumb and dreary as that sounds. This sequel to the more violent of the two attack on the White House movies of 2013 […]
When Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times reviewed the book that inspired “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” the memoir of journalist Kim Barker about her days covering US military operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan, she wrote: What’s remarkable about “The Taliban […]
TRAP stands for Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers. “Trapped” is a powerful new documentary that focuses on efforts to cut off women’s access to abortion by imposing requirements and restrictions on clinics that have no relationship to health or safety. […]
Simmer down, out there. In this, the craziest of all political moments in US history, some people are going to tell you that Disney’s adorable “Zootopia” is full of subtext about issues like immigration and terrorism and the role of […]
The excited filmmakers noted that this was Chile’s first Oscar — for this animated short about a bear taken from his family to be in a circus, an allegory for the families torn apart by Pinochet’s regime.
Becoming Bulletproof is the story of a movie-making group, many with disabilities, that gets together every summer in Vermont. The documentary about them is available now on iTunes and Amazon.
“Gods of Egypt” has more gods than IQ points. There are some grand and striking visuals and some well-staged fight scenes, but there are also effects that look like they were created for a 64-bit computer game and lines of […]
There are heroes who inspire us because they win, showing indomitable determination and courage, like Jesse Owens in Race. And then there are heroes who inspire us when they lose. They also have indomitable determination and courage. They just do […]
Scarlett Johansson, Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Nick Kroll, and Leslie Jones star in “Sing,” about a singing competition.
Disney’s remake of “Pete’s Dragon” looks more like “How to Train Your Dragon” or “The Jungle Book” than the original musical version with Helen Reddy.
When Adolf Hitler wanted to send the world his message of German/Aryan supremacy at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, African-American runner Jesse Owens won four gold medals. It was the first time that Olympic events were seen everywhere via the films […]
“Risen” is a sober, reverent story of Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a Roman soldier ordered to witness the crucifixion of Jesus and prevent his body from being stolen. When the rock placed in front of the tomb and sealed by Clavius […]
“Race” is the story of Jesse Owens, one of the greatest athletes of all time, and an African-American whose four gold medals in the 1936 Berlin Olympics showed the world that Hitler’s propaganda — and America’s Jim Crow laws — […]
The landmark documentary series about civil rights in America, Eyes on the Prize I and II as well as a special new 30 minute episode Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now are being shown on public television’s WORLD Channel […]
This is a lovely film — highly recommended for all families.
Happy birthday, Abraham Lincoln! Celebrate the birthday of our 16th President with some of the classic movies about his life. Reportedly, he has been portrayed more on screen than any other real-life character. I was honored to be invited to […]
Drew Barrymore — you know I love you but how does your Flower Films production company produce a film about female friendship and empowerment that barely passes the Bechdel test? And did we really need a thinly disguised remake of […]
Kind of like fashion itself, we don’t really care whether “Zoolander 2″ is any good. We go because it is silly fun. The original Zoolander, released in 2001 just after the attacks on 9/11, was based on shorts Ben Stiller […]
Movies are fascinated with mentally ill people but they usually do not do a very good job of portraying them accurately or compassionately. Too often they are serial killers (“Silence of the Lambs”). Even worse, many times they are adorable […]
Keanu Reeves, Renee Zellweger, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw star in the courtroom drama “The Whole Truth,” directed by “Frozen River’s” Courtney Hunt.
Frankly, exuberantly nasty — in the nicest possible way, Deadpool is not your father’s superhero. That is, unless your father is more like “Who’s your daddy?” all snarky wisecracks, 90’s pop culture references, and joyous mayhem. Deadpool is the po-mo […]
Marilyn Meberg knows how to make everyone feel like an old friend. Counselor, author, and part of the Women of Faith tour of inspirational events, her kindness and warmth are illuminated with a wonderful humor, all grounded in a deep […]
Every parent should see “Screenagers,” which explores the unprecedented challenges families face over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Insights from authors and brain scientists provide a context for thoughts about how to best empower kids to navigate […]
Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s HitRECord project has a new initiative. He’s asking everyone to answer these questions: 1. Is today’s technology good or bad for Democracy? 2. How might the technology of the future be BAD for Democracy? 3. How might the […]
The Coen brothers love old movies, and not just the classics. I remember reading an interview where they discussed their affection for “With Six You Get Eggroll,” which even Doris Day’s most fervent fans do not consider one of her […]
Nicholas Sparks is one of the rare authors who has become a brand of his own, bigger than any of his movies. One reason is their predicability; fans know what to expect and they won’t be disappointed. The other reason […]
Me Before You, the international best-seller by Jojo Moyes, is the story of a wealthy young man paralyzed in an accident and the happy — if sometimes hapless — girl who takes a job as his caregiver. Emilia Clarke (“Game […]
Oscar-winner Richard Dreyfuss stars in the story of one of the biggest financial frauds of all time, Bernie Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme, with Blythe Danner as his wife. People who want to know more should watch the documentary “Chasing […]
I’m so excited about “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” with the first-even screenplay from Harry Potter author JK Rowling. It’s her first story set in the past and her first set in the United States. Here’s a behind […]
The Washington Post reports that the original “Star Trek” spaceship, the legendary Enterprise, is going to be restored in a delicate months-long process. Enterprise is a venerable ship — launched in 1964 at a Burbank, Calif., prop maker’s shop for […]
How many “Groundhog Days” did Bill Murray spend in Punxsutawney?
Five best friends set out on a courageous rescue packed with laughter, thrills and music in the all-new animated movie, The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave coming to DVD and Digital HD on February 2, 2016, from Universal […]
I look forward to Turner Classic Movies’ 31 Days of Oscar every year in the month before the Oscar telecast. It is so much fun to see the nominees and winners from past years, not just for the big acting, […]
“In the Coast Guard they say you gotta go out. They don’t say you gotta come back in.” It was a big nor’easter storm off the coast of Massachusetts. It was February 1952, so communications technology was limited. And not […]
The only panda more “aw-worthy” than Po (Jack Black), is the National Zoo’s Tian Tian rolling in the snow. In this third outing, the roly poly martial arts hero is still kind, humble, brave, and wiser than he knows. And, […]
The book 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life is the story of Don Piper, who was pronounced dead after a truck slammed into his car, and his long and painful recovery, with 34 surgeries. In […]
It looks like a lot of fun — but caution, parents, there is some material in the show (based on the original play as well as the film) that may not be appropriate for younger children, including references to a […]
New on Pivot TV: Truth and Power, a 10-part series of films about protest, activism, and change. Maggie Gyllenhaal narrates the series, which covers #blacklivesmatter, government spying on US citizens, privately-run prisons, animal rights, and more.
Join Minnie Mouse and Her Favorite Clubhouse Pals in the New Clubhouse Tour Bus Musical Adventure in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Pop Star Minnie on DVD February 2nd! It includes the Pop Star Minnie episode plus 4 additional music themed episodes […]
What connects us to each other? What creates a sense of obligation? Why is it that we somehow find ourselves alone when we don’t want to be and with others when we don’t want to be? Are there secrets that […]
Fathom Events, in partnership with SpectiCast, presents the “Art & Architecture” series in select U.S. cinemas from January through July 2016. The program will feature seven different titles (one each month) and bring the world’s greatest works of art and […]
“How I Met Your Mother’s” Josh Radnor stars in the first full-scale PBS-produced miniseries in a long time, “Mercy Street,” the story of a Civil War hospital in Union-occupied Alexandria, Virginia. As always happens in wartime, when there are vast […]
And here’s the real-life Eddie the Eagle in the 1988 Olympics.
It really happened. There’s a picture to prove it. And this is the story.
Army Rangers, Seal Team members, and other special forces tell the stories of some of their most dangerous and exciting missions in “Live to Tell,” from producer Peter Berg (“Friday Night Lights,” “Lone Survivor”), on the History Channel. Tomorrow night’s […]
Morgan Freeman’s new series for the National Geographic Channel is The Story of God, premiering April 3, 2016. Freeman, who has played God in films, has put together footage and interviews that cover all religions, cultures, and eras, even the […]
As we move past the time when there are living witnesses to the Holocaust who can tell us their stories, we need more than ever voices like first-time writer/director László Nemes to tell the stories. I know there are those […]
“Norm of the North” is not awful, but it is also not special, not new, not funny, and not that interesting. The script is over-plotted but under-written, with confusing detours and uneven tone. It’s as though instead of coming up […]
Join newly promoted Captain Jake as he unites Never Land’s all-time greatest pirates! When evil mer-witch Ezmeralda tries to take over the Never Sea by awakening the Strake, a legendary three-headed sea serpent, Jake and his crew try to intervene […]
This year’s upcoming release from DisneyNature showcases the spectacular wildlife and natural beauty of China, including rare footage of endangered snow leopards.
The “Fregoli delusion” sometimes called the delusion of doubles, is a rare disorder that makes people believe that everyone else in the world is in fact a single person who changes appearance or is in disguise. When Michael Stone (David […]
In the 1820’s, ladies of fashion liked fur trim. And, true then as now, men like money. So frontiersmen went on trapping expeditions into the wilderness of the young country of the United States of America (played here by British […]
Toothless and Hiccup go nose-to-nose with Skrill in an electrifying battle. Watch all the action unfold in an all-new season of Dragons: Race to the Edge on Netflix, January 8th, 2016.
Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul star in “Eye in the Sky,” a military thriller about using drones for recon and weapons. Do you drop a bomb on a terrorist if there is a child playing nearby?
Can’t wait for more? Well, Disney says this is what we have to look forward to in the “Star Wars” universe. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (takes place before Episode IV, about obtaining the plans Leia will stash in […]
The New Yorker has a thoughtful essay by Ian Crouch about the spiritual and religious themes in Will Smith’s fact-based movie, “Concussion.” Smith plays real-life doctor Bennet Omalu, who insisted on pursuing the issue of head trauma in professional football […]
The US Postal Service is commemorating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek with a new set of stamps that have four digital illustrations inspired by classic elements of the television program: the Starship Enterprise inside the outline of a Starfleet […]
Jennifer Lawrence is “Joy,” reuniting with her “American Hustle” and “Silver Linings Playbook” #squad, director David O. Russell and co-stars Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper. She plays real-life consumer products inventor and television sales mogul Joy Mangano, who lived […]
It is sometimes said that competition between men is a substitute for comparing their male body parts. In “Daddy’s Home,” the men actually lower their trousers — in front of a doctor and a woman who has been married to […]
Judy Garland sings this bittersweet classic to Margaret O’Brien as they prepare for what they think will be their last Christmas in the home they love.
Hollywood producer Lawrence Kasanoff makes movies like Mortal Kombat. But his interest in mindfulness and its link to happiness has inspired a documentary called Mindfulness: Be Happy Now. In an interview, he talked about the difference between mindfulness and meditation […]
BFFs Amy Poehler and Tina Fey clearly had a whale of a good time making this movie. Watching it is another story, and not nearly as good. Yes, I suppose it’s fair to say that women’s humor can be as […]
About five minutes after it began, the long-suffering Dave (Jason Lee, looking tired and oh so over this) comes home to find that the irrepressable little singing chipmunks in the midst of a wild party with a half-pipe set up […]
This is my favorite scene in a movie that is just about everyone’s favorite at this time of year: It’s a Wonderful Life. George tries to pretend that he doesn’t love Mary and almost fools even himself. But when they […]
The one movie I make sure to watch every year at Christmas is the Alastair Sim version of “A Christmas Carol.” The final scene always brings me to tears.
The force is strong in this thrilling new chapter in the story set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Fans will get goosebumps right from the start as the familiar logo and musical theme are followed […]
Roald Dahl’s book about The BFG (big friendly giant) is coming to theaters, directed by Steven Spielberg and with a script from “E.T” screenwriter Melissa Mathison. (It has a bit of an “E.T.” feel to it, don’t you think?)
Coming next summer: “Kubo and the Two Strings” is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of “Game of Thrones”) ekes out a humble living, telling stories […]
Director Adam McKay is so obsessed with the 2008 financial meltdown that he inserted a series of charts and graphs and statistics about it over the closing credits of the silly buddy-cop comedy, The Other Guys. Yes, there was a […]
Herman Melville’s Moby Dick is a brilliant novel about humanity, nature, obsession, power, and pretty much everything else, with a lot of technical information about whaling thrown in for good measure and metaphor. Nathaniel Philbrick’s acclaimed book about the tragic […]
Puss in Boots is bringing the charm in an all-new season of The Adventures of Puss in Boots from Dreamworks Animation only on Netflix, available December 11, 2015.
It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but the Christmas season is also the most hectic and the most fraught. Our to-do lists are overwhelming. Our expectations are even more so. And then there are the expectations […]
The fantasy of royalty mingling among the commoners goes back as far as royalty itself, turning up in classic stories from the Arabian nights to Mark Twain’s Prince and The Pauper to Audrey Hepburn’s Oscar-winning Roman Holiday, and in civilian […]
Mother Teresa, the Albanian nun who devoted her life to “the poorest of the poor” in India, is one of the foremost figures of the 20th century, and on the way to being recognized as a saint by the Catholic […]
“WAKE UP!” Laurence Fishburne pleads at the end of Spike Lee’s incendiary movie, “School Daze,” not just one of Lee’s best films but one of the most important films of the 1980’s. He was not talking to his fellow students. […]
We are pleased to present an exclusive clip from “90 Minutes in Heaven,” starring Hayden Christensen and Kate Bosworth and based on the real-life story of Baptist Minister Don Piper, who says he experienced heaven when he was declared clinically […]
Today and every day we pay tribute to one of the greatest heroes of the 20th century, Rosa Parks, who would not give up her seat on the bus and fought all her life for equal rights. “Some people say […]
The African Children’s Choir is more than a performing group. It is a chance. Children from the direst poverty who tour with the group get to see the world. They go to school. And when they grow up, their education […]
Ice Cube and the gang are back for another “Barbershop” movie and it looks good!
“Brooklyn,” based on the book by Colm Tóibín, is exquisitely lyrical, the story of a young woman who immigrates from Ireland to New York in 1952. She is sad, homesick, and lonely at first, then just as she begins to […]
The best part of “The Good Dinosaur” is the short film that comes before, “Sanjay’s Super Team.” The Pixar short films are gems but this one is really special. It is the first to feature non-white characters, the first to […]
It’s called “Captain America: Civil War” and I can’t wait!
The most romantic movie of the year is “Carol,” based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith, the author of Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley. But Carol, her second novel, was originally published under another title and […]
“The Good Dinosaur” is the good movie. Not the great movie. Not the especially memorable movie. Just the perfectly nice and pleasant movie, much stronger in visual splendor than in storyline. Delayed for 18 months as Disney replaced the original […]
Rocky had to find the eye of the tiger. When we first met him back in 1976, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) was an amiable, good-hearted lug who loved his pet turtles, Cuff and Link, and if he ever saw himself […]
The minions are back! Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has just released a Minions mini-movies online in celebration of the Minions release on Digital HD on November 24 and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand December 8. The new mini-movie features Stuart, […]
Richard Starzak and Mark Burton wrote and directed the adorable “Shaun the Sheep,” and it was a lot of fun to talk to him about making a stop-motion animation movie with no words. The DVD/Blu-Ray, which will be available November […]
Seth Rogen. Not very surprising guest stars. Many mind-altering substances. Many bodily fluids and functions. Many bad choices. No ability to allow women to be funny, even with some of the best comic actresses of our time in the cast. […]
Can we all just agree that from now on we’ll try to keep it to one book/one movie? This final entry in the Hunger Games series will give the fans what they’ve been waiting for. It’s faithful to the book […]
A girl is murdered. That girl, that crime and the man who did it are seen very differently by different people, all of whom are in law enforcement and all who have sworn to devote their professional lives to justice […]
Here’s a great chart showing the critics ratings for the most popular Christmas movies, thanks to Gracenote and Rottentomatoes. Just hover your cursor over a dot to see which movie it represents and how the reviews match up to the […]
A bunch of junior high kids decide to put on a “Star Wars” musical in this adorable documentary, Jedi Junior High. It is available today on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vimeo and VUDU, as well as On Demand with AT&T, […]
Best-selling author Tom Rath writes books about how anyone can find more energy and joy. Now his work is explored fuller in a new documentary called “Fully Charged.” Rath and experts from academia, medicine, business, religion, and the military talk […]
Stephen King’s novel about a deranged fan who captures her favorite author became the film Misery, with an Oscar-winning performance by Kathy Bates. Now it has been adapted for live theater, with a Broadway production starring Bruce Willis and Laurie […]
Women of Faith, the world’s largest producer of inspirational events for Christian women, announces the organization’s first-ever event for cinemas, Women of Faith: An Amazing Joyful Journey with screenings starting February 18, 2016. BY Experience, pioneers of live cinema events, […]
There are other numbers they could have used in the title. 121 — that is how old the Chilean Copiapó mine was when it collapsed in 2010. 2300 — that is how many feet underground the men were when it […]
If I wrote this review the way writer-director Angelo Pizzo wrote the script for “My All American,” it would be something like this: I saw a movie. It was about football. Freddie Steinmark worked hard and inspired his team, but […]
“Spotlight” is about the ultimate betrayal of trust from an institution that literally represented the Word of God to many people. And it is about whether we will continue to have institutions that serve the essential function of monitoring the […]
The post-WWII era was one of great relief and great fear. The Nazis had been defeated, but at the cost of bringing into the world the horror of atomic weapons. It was a certainty that the next war would be […]
Director Aron Gaudet is the son of a “greeter,” one of the volunteers in Maine who make sure that every soldier coming through the airport gets a warm showing of appreciation. He told me, “We started seeing these parallels, too, […]
A column by Michael Hiltzik in the LA Times about 700 “lost” Paramount films caught my attention. The first paragraph mentioned one of my favorite movies, “Alias Nick Beal,” with Ray Milland as Satan bargaining for the soul of a […]
The only new show to make it to my DVR series list is “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” co-created by its sensationally talented star, Rachel Bloom. Each episode is a full-on original musical that takes place mostly inside the head of its slightly […]
I thought “Skyfall” was the best Bond film ever, from the Adele theme song to the storyline that literally brought Bond (Daniel Craig) home. “Spectre” picks up where “Skyfall” left off, M (Dame Judi Dench) dead, the headquarters destroyed, the […]
I admit that I approached this film with some of the same trepidation Charlie Brown approaches the football, knowing Lucy’s history of pulling it out of the way at the last second. I’m a fan of Charles Schultz’s original comic […]
Friendship has the best aspects of romantic love and the best of family love, and the worst of both as well. Your friends as are close to you as anyone in the world, which means you can rely on them […]
Martin Doblmeier has made more than thirty movies about faith. The latest from his Journey Films is “Chaplains,” showing this month on PBS. It is a profound and moving documentary about chaplains of many different faiths in a variety of […]
Lev Grossman’s The Magicians Trilogy is like the Harry Potter series, about a school for magicians. It’s coming to the Syfy channel early next year.
“Owlegories” is a new “gospel-centered” animated series and app for kids, designed to teach them about God through the amazing things found in nature. They are Biblical allegories told by owls. It is a bright, colorful, and accessible series. I […]
Pixar’s adorable 2014 Toy Story holiday special is now available on DVD/Blu-Ray. In Toy Story that Time Forgot Bonnie brings her toys to a friend’s house and then leaves them to play a videogame. Buzz, Woody, and the gang discover […]
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Tormented but brilliant chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) invites the sous chef he hopes to persuade to come work for him to lunch. At Burger King. They are both food snobs. She does not want to touch anything in the […]
As we gear up for one of the most improbable and even outlandish Presidential campaigns in US history, we get a movie based on a real-life Presidential campaign in Bolivia, with imported American political consultants transplanting the media-savvy, scorched-earth, mud-slinging […]
How do you persuade politicians to give you the vote when you do not have the capacity to vote them out if they deny it? That was the problem faced by women in later 19th and early 20th century Great […]
What does it truly mean to be “pro-life?” For many who consider themselves conservatives, it means to be anti-abortion. For many who consider themselves liberals, it means to be against gun violence. One leading evangelical minister, a founder of the […]
The cast of “Inside Out” takes us behind the scenes for the short sequel on the DVD/Blu-Ray: “Riley’s First Date.”
Pixar’s 21-minute “Toy Story of Terror,” made for television, is available on DVD and Blu-Ray and is a perfect Halloween treat for the whole family. The toys live with Bonnie now, and she and her mother are on a road […]
It is a great treat to get to see the original designs for “Aladdin,” from the new Diamond Edition.
A witch would have to cast a spell over me to make me sit through this big, dumb, dull, dud again. And that’s too bad, because I like Vin Diesel and I can easily be put in the mood for […]
Often a movie “based on a true story” confirms and extends our understanding of what happened. This film, based on the “true story” that led to the departure of one of the most respected newsmen of all time, Dan Rather, […]
If you want a straightforward, fact-checked biography of Apple visionary Steve Jobs, watch Alex Gibney’s documentary, Steve Jobs: The Man In the Machine, or the Ashton Kutcher biopic (better than its reputation), simply titled Jobs. You can read the meticulously […]
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The parable of the long spoons is beautifully told in this short video, “One Human Family, Food for All.”
True to its name, “Tales of Halloween” is a collection of ten short horror stories of the type that Boy Scouts might tell around a campfire late at night. That’s both its strength and weakness. The movie begins on Halloween […]
Following World War II, Lord de l’Isle and Dudley was harshly criticized when he organized a legal defense fund for a Nazi general. He responded, “Had I met General Manstein during the war I would have shot him on sight. […]
Jack (Jacob Tremblay) wakes up on his fifth birthday and says hello to everything in his world. Through his eyes, and his narration, we gradually come to understand that his world is so entirely circumscribed by the walls of his […]
Screenwriters Mike White (“School of Rock”) and Darren Lemke (“Turbo,””Lost”) bring just the right blend of scary, funny, and heartwarming in this first film based on the books by tween favorite R.L. Stine, the man who put the BOO in […]
Frances McDormand, Sam Elliott, Jeffrey Wright, Anna Paquin, and Steve Zahn provide the voices in “The Good Dinosaur,” with songs from Taylor Swift. It will be in theaters for Thanksgiving.
“A Ballerina’s Tale” — the title suggests a fairy story, with sugar plums and a happily ever after ending. But this documentary about Misty Copeland is a story about the brutal hard work and resolve necessary to create those exquisitely […]
Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons, Carice van Houten, Shanice Banton, and William Hurt star in this film about Jesse Owens, who defied Hitler’s claims about Aryan supremacy to win four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Here […]
Even in small towns, big things can happen. Sometimes the most famous movie star in the world stops by and makes international headlines. And even bigger things happen, too — they just don’t get into the newspapers. Adriana Trigiani’s best-selling […]