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Hag Sameach 2016/5776

posted by Nell Minow

From AISH — Passover Funk! A blessed Passover to all who celebrate. May Elijah visit you all. (I can’t believe this guy manages to catch his kippah!)

Easter Movies

posted by Nell Minow

My gallery of Easter movies includes “Ben Hur,” several different movie versions of the life of Jesus, a couple of choices just for kids, and a classic musical named for a classic song, Irving Berlin’s “Easter Parade.” There’s something for […]

Irish Flutes for St. Patrick’s Day 2016

posted by Nell Minow

Movies for St. Patrick’s Day 2016

posted by Nell Minow

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Celebrate Ireland with some great movies. 1. The Quiet Man John Wayne plays American Sean Thornton (John Wayne), who returns to in Innisfree, the small, beautiful Irish village where he was born, to buy his family’s old home. […]

Exclusive Premiere Clip and Free Tickets: Easter Mysteries

posted by Nell Minow

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, […]

Interview: John O’Boyle on the Easter Mysteries Musical

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Leap Day! Happy February 29!

posted by Nell Minow

Leap day babies have to wait four long years to celebrate their real birthdays, as delightfully explained by Gilbert & Sullivan in “Pirates of Penzance.” So, they’re entitled to some special recognition. Happy birthday, leapies! You’ll be four years older […]

Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Real-Life Movie Sweethearts

posted by Nell Minow

I love to recommend romantic movies for Valentine’s Day. This year, how about some movies starring real-life movie sweethearts? Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward made several films together, including “The Long, Hot Summer” and “Rachel Rachel” (he directed, she starred). […]

Happy Groundhog Day!

posted by Nell Minow

How many “Groundhog Days” did Bill Murray spend in Punxsutawney?

“Hamilton’s” Lin-Manuel Miranda Visits His Old School to Pay Tribute to Martin Luther King

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Claire Lazebnik for sharing this wonderful video. “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda visits his elementary school to sing a wonderful tribute to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Movies to Celebrate the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King

posted by Nell Minow

As we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, every family should take time to talk about this great American leader and hero of the Civil Rights Movement. There are outstanding films and other resources for all ages. I highly […]

A Blessed Kwanzaa

posted by Nell Minow

Kwanzaa is an African-American holiday that celebrates the values of unity, self-determination, work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. Kwanzaa Kwest is a good way to help families teach children about the holiday.

Do You Hear What I Hear? Home Free

posted by Nell Minow

Children, Go Where I Send Thee — with Home Free and Kenny Rogers

posted by Nell Minow

Christmastime is Here from A Charlie Brown Christmas

posted by Nell Minow

Christmas Movie Clip Countdown: The Nativity Play from “Bells of St. Mary’s”

posted by Nell Minow

This adorable Nativity play is endearingly natural and the enjoyment we see in Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman seems entirely authentic. The play’s dialogue was indeed made up by the children themselves, with the lead played by the son of […]

Bing Crosby: What Child is This and Holly and the Ivy

posted by Nell Minow

A blessed Christmas to all!

A Christmas Story: Dinner in a Chinese Restaurant

posted by Nell Minow

A Christmas Story, based on the childhood of writer Jean Shepherd, is a cherished holiday classic, with one of the greatest endings of any movie ever as the family, a bit dazed after the upheavals of the day that including […]

“Miracle on 34th Street” — Santa Lessons

posted by Nell Minow

“White Christmas” with Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, and Danny Kaye

posted by Nell Minow

This Christmas classic needs no introduction:

“Meet Me in St. Louis” — “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

posted by Nell Minow

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.

The Razzleberry Dressing Song from “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol”

posted by Nell Minow

Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol has some of the best movie songs of all time, from “Funny Girl’s” composer Jule Styne and lyricist Bob Merrill. This is one of my favorites, with Jack Cassidy as Bob Cratchit.

This Christmas: Line Dance

posted by Nell Minow

I’m going to post clips from ten of my favorite holiday films, starting with one I recommend every year, This Christmas. This delightful line dance scene comes at the very end and it is especially fun because it is the […]

Win a DVD and Signed Poster — Angels Sing with Connie Britton and Harry Connick Jr.

posted by Nell Minow

You can win a DVD of Angels Sing, a warm-hearted holiday treat featuring singing greats Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Kris Kristofferson, Harry Connick, Jr. and Connie Britton. And it comes with a signed poster! As a child Michael wished every […]

The Maccabeats’ Latke Recipe for 2015/5776

posted by Nell Minow

The Maccabeats teach us to make delicious potato latkes for Hanukkah to the tune of “Shut Up and Dance with Me!”

Happy Hanukkah 2015/5776!

posted by Nell Minow

This is a funny one from Six13!

Christmas Eve

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some peril, thematic elements and language
Movie Release Date:December 4, 2015
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some peril, thematic elements and language
Movie Release Date: December 4, 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 […]

Happy Thanksgiving! Alice’s Restaurant

posted by Nell Minow

Arlo Guthrie’s classic song, “Alice’s Restaurant,” is based on the true story of his arrest for, well, garbage.

Thanksgiving Song — Mary Chapin Carpenter

posted by Nell Minow

What a gift to take this moment to consider our blessings and how we can do more for others.

Rotten Tomatoes Ratings for the Most-Loved Christmas Movies

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

For Veteran’s Day: The Way We Get By

posted by Nell Minow

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, […]

Exclusive Clip — Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas

posted by Nell Minow

Our favorite elf is back! And we are thrilled to have an exclusive clip. Jim Parsons (“Big Bang Theory”) takes over the role of Buddy in this animated version to the family favorite, “Elf,” with songs from the hit Broadway […]

Happy Halloween! Watch the Silly Symphonies Skeleton Dance!

posted by Nell Minow

Halloween Lights 2015

posted by Nell Minow

Family Movies for Halloween 2015

posted by Nell Minow

  Halloween gives kids a thrilling opportunity to act out their dreams and pretend to be characters with great power. But it can also be scary and even overwhelming for the littlest trick-or-treaters. An introduction to the holiday with videos […]

Celebrate Columbus Day!

posted by Nell Minow

Christopher Columbus has not yet had the movie he deserves, but I prefer the Fredric March version to the later movies.  And I recommend a brilliant and completely engrossing biography from biographer Laurence Bergreen called Columbus: The Four Voyages.  He […]

Kol Nidre: Yom Kippur 2015/5776

posted by Nell Minow

Recorded live in Amsterdam’s historic 17th Century, Portuguese Synagogue, the concert features three of the world’s greatest cantors performing with a 46 piece orchestra and choir, Alberto Mizrahi of the Anshe Emet Synagogue, Chicago, Naftali Herstik of Great Synagogue Jerusalem […]

Rosh Hashanah 5776

posted by Nell Minow

A sweet new year to all who celebrate today.  May you and all you love be inscribed in the book of life.

Labor Day 2015: Movies About Workers

posted by Nell Minow

Today we pay tribute to workers, especially those who worked for better conditions for everyone. Sally Field won an Oscar for “Norma Rae,” a real-life story about a courageous woman who helped mill workers form a union. It was inspired […]

Celebrate Labor Day With “The Pajama Game!”

posted by Nell Minow

Pajama factory workers celebrate Labor Day in this musical number from “The Pajama Game” with Doris Day, John Raitt, and Carol Haney.

Marvin Gaye Sings the Star Spangled Banner

posted by Nell Minow

Happy 4th of July!

For the 4th of July: Singing Founding Fathers in “1776”

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Independence Day!  Every year, I recommend the rousing musical about the Declaration of Independence. “1776” makes the Founding Fathers vivid, human, and interesting characters, and is so involving that you almost forget that you already know how it all turned […]

Happy Flag Day 2015!

posted by Nell Minow

Jimmy Cagney plays George M. Cohan in “Yankee Doodle Dandy.”  Happy Flag Day!

History of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier — Arlington National Cemetery

posted by Nell Minow

Memorial Day 2015

posted by Nell Minow

Great Movie Moms for Mother’s Day 2015

posted by Nell Minow

Some of my favorites from 50 Must-See Movies: Mothers (free this weekend!):

Happy Easter!

posted by Nell Minow

Enjoy this lovely Easter hymn, and a blessed Easter to all who celebrate it.

AISH and Six13 Uptown Funk Up Passover

posted by Nell Minow

AISH made an Uptown Funk parody in honor of Passover: And so did Six13: Hag sameach!

Happy Passover!

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s a great Rube Goldberg-style contraption tribute to Passover from the folks at Technion. And here’s a glimpse of how they put it together.

A Purim Take on Uptown Funk — Shushan Funk

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Purim! May this be a year when all the Hamens of the world are vanquished. This tale, was once told In the days of Achashverosh This one needs a new girl Needs a good girl A straight masterpiece! So […]

Kwanzaa Blessings!

posted by Nell Minow

Warm Kwanzaa greetings to all who celebrate. May the blessings of unity, faith, work, cooperation, purpose, creativity and faith be with you all year.

Joy to the World

posted by Nell Minow

Merry Christmas 2014!

posted by Nell Minow

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear: Josh Groban

posted by Nell Minow

Oxford Sings: All I Want for Christmas Is You

posted by Nell Minow

  Behind the scenes:  

Christmastime Is Here — from “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

posted by Nell Minow

A Child’s Christmas in Wales

posted by Nell Minow

The whole family will enjoy this beautiful version of Dylan Thomas’ classic memory about his family Christmases in Wales.

A Hannukah Version of “Shake it Off!”

posted by Nell Minow

The Maccabeats! Happy Hannukah! All About the Neis

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Hannukah 2014/5775!

posted by Nell Minow

Eight Nights Song: StandFour

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Hannukah from StandFour!

After You’ve Watched White Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol, and A Christmas Story…..

posted by Nell Minow

I love the Christmas classic movies and watch as many as I can every year.  But there are many great Christmas films that don’t get mentioned as often and I like to remind families that these are worth making time […]

Family DVDs for Hannukah

posted by Nell Minow

When all the world is caught up in Christmas, it can help to have some movies on hand to explain that some people celebrate a different holiday at this time of year, especially when the stories and songs are told […]

Smile of the Week: Kristen Bell and Straight No Chaser Sing Text Me Merry Christmas

posted by Nell Minow

Kristen Bell (“Frozen”) and the a cappella group Straight No Chaser have a new Christmas song sure to be a classic: “Text Me Merry Christmas.”

Two Nights Only in Theaters: 60th Anniversary of “White Christmas”

posted by Nell Minow

The 60th anniversary of one of the most beloved movies in history is coming up, and so you will have a chance to see “White Christmas” in theaters for just two nights, December 14-15, 2014. This is your chance to […]

Johnny Cash’s Thanksgiving Song

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Thanksgiving 2014!

posted by Nell Minow

All my best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving to all, and please know how thankful I am for the time you spend here.

Family Movies for Thanksgiving

posted by Nell Minow

There are some great Thanksgiving movies for adults. And here are some for the whole family to share. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving This is the one with the famous episode about Charlie Brown trying to kick the football Lucy keeps […]

Interview: Jet Jurgensmeyer of “A Belle for Christmas”

posted by Nell Minow

A Belle for Christmas, available today on DVD, is a cute holiday story of a dog named Belle who comes to live with kids named Elliot and Phoebe and their widowed father (Dean Cain).  Kristy Swenson plays Dani, the crafty […]

Jack O’Lantern — Happy Halloween!

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Halloween! Light Show 2014

posted by Nell Minow

List: My Favorite Movie Ghosts

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Halloween! Here are ten of my favorite movie ghosts.  (NOTE: Some of these have inferior remakes — stick with the originals.) Topper Cary Grant and Constance Bennett are the most sophisticated, witty, and glamorous ghosts ever in this delightful […]

Exclusive Clip: An Evergreen Christmas

posted by Nell Minow

Robert Loggia and Naomi Judd star in “An Evergreen Christmas.” Leaving her seemingly glamorous Hollywood life on hold, Evie Lee is forced to return to her small hometown of Balsam Falls, Tennessee and her family’s once-thriving Christmas tree farm to […]

Contest: Scholastic’s Halloween DVD

posted by Nell Minow

Get ready for Halloween with Scholastic’s “Day of the Dead” DVD, featuring four spooky (but not too scary) tales. In the title story, by Bob Barner and narrated by Rita Moreno, two children celebrate their ancestors on this Latin American […]

A Blessed Yom Kippur

posted by Nell Minow

L’Shana Tova! Happy Rosh Hashanah 5775

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Matthew Rissien for this parody of “All About the Bass.” For something a little more spiritual, here’s Barbra Streisand singing the beautiful hymn “Avinu Malkeinu.” Translation: Our Father, Our King Be gracious and answer our prayers For we […]

Happy Birthday US Constitution!

posted by Nell Minow

It was on September 17, 1789 that the US Constitution was approved. The Bill of Rights was not added until later, but let’s celebrate that, too. How many can you name? This will help you remember them.

Coming Soon: Evergreen Christmas

posted by Nell Minow

Naomi Judd and Robert Loggia star in “Evergreen Christmas,” on DVD and VOD November 4, 2014. Leaving her seemingly glamorous Hollywood life on hold, Evie Lee is forced to return to her small hometown of Balsam Falls, Tennessee and her […]

Labor Day 2014: Movies About Unions

posted by Nell Minow

Today we pay tribute to workers, especially those who worked for better conditions for everyone. Sally Field won an Oscar for this real-life story about a courageous woman who helped mill workers form a union. Doris Day plays a union […]

1776: The Signing of the Declaration of Independence

posted by Nell Minow

Happy 4th of July 2014!

posted by Nell Minow

A safe and happy celebration to all!

A Capitol Fourth! Tomorrow Night on PBS

posted by Nell Minow

Tune in to PBS tomorrow night for the live broadcast of A Capitol Fourth.  This year’s performers will include Patti LaBelle, Jordin Sparks, Michael McDonald the Jersey Boy himself, Frankie Valli.  And composer John Williams will conduct the choir and orchestra […]

A Blessed Ramadan

posted by Nell Minow

For Memorial Day: The Old Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

posted by Nell Minow

Tonight on PBS: The Memorial Day Concert 2014

posted by Nell Minow

Tonight on PBS, Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise again host the annual Memorial Day concert on the U.S. Capitol lawn. It will be broadcast on PBS at 8:00-9:30 Eastern time. Each year, the National Memorial Day Concert presents a unique […]

Memorial Day Movies

posted by Nell Minow

I’ve already written about great documentaries and feature films about the military to watch on Memorial Day.  This year, I will add some of the recent documentaries about our 21st century conflicts. They are not pro-war or anti-war. They are […]

Disney Classic: Funny Little Bunnies

posted by Nell Minow

Celebrate Easter!

posted by Nell Minow

Have a Blessed Easter: Movies for the Family

posted by Nell Minow

My gallery of Easter movies includes “Ben Hur,” several different movie versions of the life of Jesus, a couple of choices just for kids, and a classic musical named for a classic song, Irving Berlin’s “Easter Parade.” There’s something for […]

Passover 2014

posted by Nell Minow

Hag Sameach! Passover is not just about remembering the story of the Exodus from Egypt. It is about telling the story.  The word “haggadah,” the name of the book we read aloud every year at the meal (seder) to remember […]

Let Us Go — Two Let It Go Parodies for Passover

posted by Nell Minow

One a little silly, one very sweet.

Some Great Irish Movies for St. Patrick’s Day

posted by Nell Minow

These are some of my favorite movies set in Ireland. 1. The Quiet Man John Wayne plays American Sean Thornton (John Wayne), who returns to in Innisfree, the small, beautiful Irish village where he was born, to buy his family’s old home. […]

For Valentine’s Day: Three Great Movie Kisses

posted by Nell Minow

From my book, 101 Must-See Movie Moments: It was reputed to be Alfred Hitchcock’s own favorite of all his movies, and it was the acknowledged favorite of critic-turned filmmaker Francois Truffaut, whose book-length interview of Hitchcock is essential reading for […]

List: Movies About Lincoln

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Happy Groundhog Day!

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s hoping for an early spring! Ali Arikan’s great essay about “Groundhog Day” is here.

To Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

posted by Nell Minow

May his words inspire us all to heal the world.

Remembering the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King

posted by Nell Minow

As we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, every family should take time to talk about this great American leader and hero of the Civil Rights Movement. There are outstanding films and other resources for all ages. King: A […]

Happy New Year with Harry and Sally

posted by Nell Minow

USAF: The Holly and the Ivy

posted by Nell Minow

Muppet Christmas: Carol of the Bells

posted by Nell Minow

Merry Christmas 2013!

posted by Nell Minow

A Visit From Saint Nicholas: Disney Version

posted by Nell Minow

Pentatonix: Carol of the Bells

posted by Nell Minow

Merry Christmas from Elvis and Martina!

posted by Nell Minow

Christmas Movies: My Naughty/Nice List

posted by Nell Minow

There are a lot of Christmas movies.  Try to avoid the terrible ones.  Don’t forget to make time for the classics.  My favorites include: Any version of “A Christmas Carol,” but especially the 1951 version with Alistair Sim And the […]

Dann Gire’s Take on Santa Movies

posted by Nell Minow

My friend Dann Gire writes about Santa Claus movies, from the naughty to the nice. Traditional Christmas movies showcase St. Nicholas as a generically sweet, generous fellow with a belly filled with jelly and the gentle disposition of a giant […]

Gift Guide 2013

posted by Nell Minow

One of the great pleasures of the holiday season is finding just the right gift for someone special in your life.  These are some of my favorites. For the sports fan: 2013 World Series Collector’s Edition Relive the Cardinals vs. […]

Contest: Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas

posted by Nell Minow

Veggie Tales: Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas is the latest holiday treat from Bob and Larry and the gang, and it is one of their best.  “Merry Larry” is an enthusiastic employee of the Spring Valley Mall who […]

Interview: Bruce Boxleitner of “Silver Bells”

posted by Nell Minow

Bruce Boxleitner stars in Silver Bells, premiering on UP TV tomorrow, Sunday, December 1st at 7pm, 9pm and 11pm ET.  It is the story of a Type A, very competitive dad who wants everything his family does to be the best, including Christmas. […]

Happy Hanukkah!

posted by Nell Minow

For the first time in more than a hundred years, the holidays of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall on the same day. It won’t happen again for thousands of years, so carve the turkey and spin the dreidel and enjoy this […]

Happy Thanksgiving 2013!

posted by Nell Minow

I am, as ever, deeply grateful to all of my friends and family and to my wonderful readers.

Black Nativity

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for thematic material, language, and a menacing situation
Movie Release Date:November 27, 2013
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for thematic material, language, and a menacing situation
Movie Release Date: November 27, 2013

The poet Langston Hughes wrote a play called “Black Nativity,” a joyous African-American retelling of the story of the birth of Jesus with gospel music, and it has become a holiday perennial. Now it has been adapted by writer/director Kasi […]

My Two Favorite Thanksgiving Movies

posted by Nell Minow

I admit it.  I’m not a fan of “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles,” which always strikes me as nasty and mean-spirited.  For me, the two movies that best sum up all that is stressful and complicated and wonderful about Thanksgiving are: […]

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 […]

The Christmas Candle

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for mild thematic elements
Movie Release Date:November 22, 2013
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild thematic elements
Movie Release Date: November 22, 2013

Former Presidential candidate Rick Santorum is now in the faith-based movie business and his first film is based on The Christmas Candle by Max Lucado. Just before the holidays, a progressive young clergyman named David (Hans Matheson) takes over a […]

Veteran’s Day 2013: Movies to Pay Tribute

posted by Nell Minow

As we remember and thank those who have served our country and defended our freedom, these movies help us begin to understand their contribution. The Messenger One of the finest young actors working today, Ben Foster, stars with Woody Harrelson […]

For Hannukah — Mama Doni’s Jewish Holiday Party

posted by Nell Minow

Hannukah is coming early this year!  Get the family ready to celebrate with the first DVD from Mama Doni, with a warm and tuneful introduction to Hannukah, Passover, and Shabbat.  Mama Doni sings and dances through the holidays, including a bluegrass […]

Trick or Treating with E.T.

posted by Nell Minow

One of my favorite Halloween scenes is the one in “E.T.”

Halloween Light Show 2013

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Halloween from Casper and Wendy!

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Halloween 2013!

posted by Nell Minow

Monstrous Holiday: New Halloween Movie For Kids

posted by Nell Minow

In Monsterous Holiday a young inventor named Andy reaches out to his neighbor Doctor Frankenstein to help him win the upcoming science fair. But, finding the Doctor not to be at home, he meets the next best thing, Frankenstein’s monster; […]

List: Family Favorites for Halloween

posted by Nell Minow

Halloween gives kids a thrilling opportunity to act out their dreams and pretend to be characters with great power. But it can also be scary and even overwhelming for the littlest trick-or-treaters. An introduction to the holiday with videos from […]

Tonight on TV: Toy Story of Terror

posted by Nell Minow

Pixar’s first ever television special has the “Toy Story” characters (including “Toy Story 3’s” master thespian Mr. Pricklepants, voiced by Timothy Dalton) in a story filled with funny scares and scary fun.  Tonight on ABC 8PM (7 Central)

Kol Nidre: Yom Kippur 5774

posted by Nell Minow

A blessed Yom Kippur to all who observe it. May you and all you love be inscribed in the Book of Life.

Coming Soon: Journey to the Christmas Star

posted by Nell Minow

Vertical Entertainment will be releasing the sweet fantasy “Journey to the Christmas Star” on DVD on November 5, 2013. A plucky heroine with a kind heart seeks the Christmas Star to break the curse on the kingdom. She gets some […]

Coming Home For Christmas: Out Soon on DVD

posted by Nell Minow

Coming Oct 29 on DVD: “Coming Home for Christmas,” with George Canyon (Christmas Miracle, Dawn Rider, Man of Steel), Aaron Pritchett, Britt McKillip (Dead Like Me), and Carly McKillip (Hot Rod) Sisters Kate and Melanie have not spoken to each […]

A Rosh Hashanah Version of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” — Get Clarity

posted by Nell Minow

L’Shana Tova 5774

posted by Nell Minow

A sweet new year to all!

Johnny Cash Sings About the Ragged Old Flag

posted by Nell Minow

James Cagney as George M. Cohan Sings “Yankee Doodle Dandy”

posted by Nell Minow

Happy 4th of July!  

Ray Charles Sings “America the Beautiful”

posted by Nell Minow

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July! (Schoolhouse Rock)

posted by Nell Minow

A Capitol 4th on PBS — 2013

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to tune into PBS tomorrow to see the annual “Capitol 4th” concert in front of the Capitol Building. This year’s “A Capitol Fourth” on PBS welcomes back host Tom Bergeron, the two-time Emmy Award-winning television personality (“Dancing With […]

For the 4th of July: 1776

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Independence Day!  There’s only one possible pick of the week for the 4th of July. This rousing musical about the Declaration of Independence makes the Founding Fathers vivid, human, and interesting characters, and is so involving that you almost […]

Father’s Day on TCM: Mankiewicz and Mankiewicz

posted by Nell Minow

Celebrate Father’s Day on Turner Classic Movies with the father and son team of Ben and Frank Mankiewicz picking the line-up.  The TCM host and his politico father are the grandson and son of the legendary Herman Mankiewicz, who wrote the […]

Father’s Day Movie List from Sandie Angulo Chen

posted by Nell Minow

I’ve already created a gallery about some of my favorite movie dads and will post some more when my forthcoming book, 50 Must-See Movies: Fathers, is released.  So, I thought for this year’s Father’s Day celebration I would share the […]

Memorial Day Taps

posted by Nell Minow

We honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms and those who served with them, and their families.

Movies to Pay Tribute to Our Military

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of Memorial Day, take a break from picnics and sales and share one of these great films about American soldiers, sailors, and Marines. And be sure to take time thank the military and veterans in your life for […]

For Mother’s Day: Irene Dunne in “I Remember Mama”

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Easter!

posted by Nell Minow

Aretha Franklin Sings “Mary Don’t You Weep”

posted by Nell Minow

Easter Movies for the Family

posted by Nell Minow

My gallery of Easter movies includes “Ben Hur,” several different movie versions of the life of Jesus, a couple of choices just for kids, and a classic musical named for a classic song, Irving Berlin’s “Easter Parade.”  There’s something for […]

Frog Song — for Passover

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Passover!

posted by Nell Minow

Passover Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Hag Sameach! Passover is not just about remembering the story of the Exodus from Egypt. It is about telling the story. Thousands of years before people talked about “learning styles,” the Seder included many different ways of telling the story, […]

Movies to Celebrate Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day

posted by Nell Minow

St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend and one way to celebrate is to watch one of these great movies from or set in Ireland: 1. The Quiet Man John Wayne plays American Sean Thornton (John Wayne), who returns to in Innisfree, the […]

Happy Purim!

posted by Nell Minow

Shake your groggers!!

Movies to Celebrate Presidents

posted by Nell Minow

Why have there been no great films about George Washington? And why are there so many films featuring Abraham Lincoln? From the John Ford classic Young Mr. Lincoln, starring Henry Fonda, to Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, there is something about the […]

John Hanlon says “Die Hard” is a Valentine’s Day Movie

posted by Nell Minow

My friend John Hanlon has a funny column on CNN today about why “Die Hard” is a perfect Valentine’s Day movie (for guys). Men often imagine winning a girl’s affection by proving their worth in a battle against someone or […]

Valentine’s Day Movies to Share With Someone You Love

posted by Nell Minow

Some of my favorite movie romances are just right for Valentine’s Day.  Cuddle up with your valentine and a bowl of popcorn and enjoy these movies about how love makes us crazy and immeasurably happy at the same time. 1. Moonstruck Cher […]

A Valentines Lesson Plan for Grade Schoolers

posted by Nell Minow

A savvy teacher found a wonderful way to turn Valentines Day into a lesson in math — for constructing a box to receive the valentines and for processing the votes on “prettiest” and “neatest” and “most valentine-y.”  And of course […]

You Know What Movie I’m Recommending Today!

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Bing!

Movies for Families about the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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As we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, every family should take time to talk about this great American leader and hero of the Civil Rights Movement. There are outstanding films and other resources for all ages. I highly […]

Happy New Year!

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Ring in the new year with this classic romance!

A Movie to Ring-a-Ding-Ding In the New Year: The Apartment

posted by Nell Minow

Billy Wilder’s bittersweet masterpiece “The Apartment” is a Best Picture Oscar winner about a man in a soulless desk job who loans out his apartment to executives for assignations in order to get promoted.  Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine star. […]

A Blessed Kwanzaa!

posted by Nell Minow

Kwanzaa is a holiday created by Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor  and chair of Africana Studies at California State University, Long Beach. He holds Ph.D.s in political science with focus on the theory and practice of nationalism (United States International University) and in social ethics with a focus […]

The Christmas Song: Mel Torme and Judy Garland

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Listen for Judy singing “rainbows” instead of “reindeer.”

Justin Bieber Sings “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”

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From “Arthur Christmas:”

Andrea Bocelli Sings Adeste Fideles

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Merry Christmas! “The Holly and the Ivy”

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Hardrock, Coco, and Joe

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Everyone who grew up in Chicago in the 50’s knows and loves this one:

“Carol of the Bells” With Jennifer Hudson and Sesame Street

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

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A magical moment from “Meet Me in St. Louis” with Judy Garland and Margaret O’Brien:

Merry Christmas! Vanessa Williams Sings “Go Tell It On the Mountain” and “Mary Had a Baby”

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Children Tell the Nativity Story

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This adorable film is the story of Christmas as told by the children of St Paul’s Church, Auckland, New Zealand.

Vulture’s Top Ten Muppet Christmas Moments

posted by Nell Minow

Bravo to New York Magazine’s Vulture Blog for their impeccable selection of 10 classic Muppet Christmas moments.

My Favorite Versions of “A Christmas Carol”

posted by Nell Minow

My favorite Christmas story is “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens and I enjoy as many versions as possible every year.  I love it in just about any of its movie incarnations. “Bah, humbugs” have been muttered by Scrooges played by […]

Sesame Street Celebrates Hanukkah!

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Hannukah Holiday Party!

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Celebrate Hanukkah with the Maccabeats!

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Light the Hanukkah Candles — With a Rube Goldberg Contraption!

posted by Nell Minow

A Rube Goldberg-inspired machine for lighting the Hanukkah candles: And behind the scenes:   Don’t try this at home!

Happy Hanukkah!

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Make a Paper Menorah

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From Papertoys.com: Happy Hanukkah! (And thanks to my friend Kathy Deane for sharing!)

Helping Families Celebrate Hanukkah

posted by Nell Minow

Jewish Holidays in a Box has some help for families celebrating Hanukkah this week: Hanukkah in a Box features Hanukkah Bingo Game for 4 Dreidels for 4 with How-to-Play Instructions Hanukkah Blessings and Candle-Lighting Tips (laminated) Hanukkah Songs (laminated) Hanukkah Primer with […]

Contest: A Very Thomas Christmas

posted by Nell Minow

All aboard for a special holiday delivery filled with friendship, teamwork and fun! Rheneas picks the perfect Christmas tree when he finally stops to smell the evergreen. Charlie knows how fun snow can be and discovers that teamwork-in-the-snow is the […]

Contest: VeggieTales Ultimate Christmas Collection

posted by Nell Minow

I have a bunch of great holiday treats to give away!  We’ll get things off to a great start with the VeggieTales and their Ultimate Christmas Collection.  All of the Veggies delightful Christmas DVDs are combined in one terrific package. […]

Christmas TV Classic Alert: Grinch and Shrek

posted by Nell Minow

The joys of Christmas include sharing holiday favorites with the family and two of the best of the animated classics will be on ABC tomorrow night.  “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” — the animated Chuck Jones version with […]

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, […]

We Gather Together

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Thanksgiving Classic: “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles”

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Which is your favorite scene?

Happy Diwali!

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Veteran’s Day: Movies to Pay Tribute

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As we remember and thank those who have served our country and defended our freedom, these movies help us begin to understand their contribution. The Messenger One of the finest young actors working today, Ben Foster, stars with Woody Harrelson and […]

Happy Halloween from the Disney Villains

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Trick or Treating in “Everyone Says I Love You”

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Woody Allen’s charming depiction of trick or treating in Manhattan: Sending good thoughts and hopes for only happy scares to all of New York, New Jersey, and everyone recovering from Hurricane Sandy.

Happy Halloween!

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A Blessed Eid Celebration to All Muslims

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Leslie Combernale’s Top 10 Little-Seen Zombie Movies

posted by Nell Minow

I am not a horror fan, but I still like to read about horror films, and I was delighted to see that my friend and fellow critic Leslie Combernale has put together a list of little-seen zombie films she thinks […]

Halloween Favorites from The Movie Mom!

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Happy Sukkot!

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For Yom Kippur — Kol Nidre

posted by Nell Minow

Exquisitely performed by the late Jacqueline du Pré, this sacred hymn calls the Jewish people to contemplate their sins and forgive others.  A blessed Yom Kippur to all who observe it.  

L’Shana Tova! Rosh Hashanah Wishes for a Sweet New Year

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For Labor Day: Movies About Work

posted by Nell Minow

For Labor Day, some of my favorite movies about the workplace: The Pajama Game He (John Riatt — Bonnie’s father) is the new boss at the pajama factory.  She (Doris Day) represents the union.  Can this relationship work?  This tuneful […]

Yankee Doodle Dandy

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James Cagney as George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy:

God Bless America, Sung By Martina McBride

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Happy 4th of July!

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Celebrate America with “America’s Heart and Soul”

posted by Nell Minow

If you want to watch a movie that will remind you of what we love most about the wonderful country we celebrate this week, try America’s Heart and Soul.  If Norman Rockwell made a movie, this would be it. If […]

A Capitol Fourth: Tomorrow on PBS

posted by Nell Minow

Tomorrow at 8 Eastern time, PBS will broadcast the annual Capitol Fourth concert, hosted by Tom Bergeron, of the hit TV series “Dancing With the Stars.” Performers include “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips, acclaimed Broadway and television star Megan Hilty of NBC’s “Smash;” two-time […]

Amazing Grace

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Memorial Day Tribute

posted by Nell Minow

On this Memorial Day we think of those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms and of the ones who love and miss them.

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