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The nickname for the California town whose literal translation is “City of Angels” comes from its initials: LA for Los Angeles. But “La La Land” also refers to the culture of its most notable industry, whether the reference is to […]

Win a DVD/Blu-Ray of Captain America: Civil War! Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with Cap in the subject line and tell me your favorite superhero. Don’t forget your address! (U.S. addresses only). I’ll pick a winner at random on […]

I know, I know, you want me to tell you how it ranks against the other “Star Wars” movies.  I’m going to say somewhere between “A New Hope” and “The Force Awakens.”  It is a worthy addition to the canon, […]

“Last Days in the Desert” stars Ewan McGregor as Jesus (and the devil) in this thoughtful and moving story. I have a copy to give away! Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with Desert in the subject line and tell […]

Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, and Mia Wasikowska star in “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” Tim Burton’s extravaganza inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic fantasy. And I have a copy to give away! Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with Alice in […]

Not since “Snakes on a Plane” has there been a movie whose title so clearly explains exactly what the premise is and what the audience should expect. Indeed, star T.J. Miller (“Deadpool,” “Silicon Valley”) has said in interviews that he […]

Striding confidently down the halls of the Congressional office buildings, picking up the check in restaurants with crisp white tablecloths and extensive wine cellars, and, inevitably, at fundraisers, lobbyists are impossible to miss in Washington, D.C. They wear discreetly expensive […]

Disney has kept the best of its reliable formula and freshened it up with a spirited story inspired by the ancient myths of the Pacific Islands and a spirited heroine who dreams of adventure, not finding a prince. It is […]

We think the hard question is why bad things happen to good people, but really the hardest question is this: when the hard things happen, how do we go on? Writer/director Kenneth Lonergan likes to explore this question in films […]

I love this film, about four families celebrating Thanksgiving with all of the secrets, drama, longing for approval, and, yes, gratitude and love. The cast includes Julianna Margulies, Dennis Haysbert, Kyra Sedgwick, Alfre Woodard, Mercedes Ruehl, and Joyce Chen.