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List: The Best Movie Con Games and Grifters

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of this week’s release of “Focus,” here are some of my favorite movies about con games and grifters. Remember that “con” comes from “confidence.” A con man (or woman) makes you believe in them and have confidence in […]

List: Movie Snowmen

posted by Nell Minow

The movies have included some memorable snowmen. Here are some of my favorites. The Snowman This exquisite wordless story about a boy and a snowman is bittersweet (their time together is limited) but exhilarating. Frozen Olaf is the most adorable […]

End the Year With Films About Justice

posted by Nell Minow

Bill Moyers has an excellent list of 2014’s best documentaries about the struggle for justice, covering issues from healthcare to the environment, politics, the collision between national security and privacy, domestic violence, human rights, and marriage equality. All are highly […]

Little Orphan Annie: From Comic Strip to Radio, Broadway, Television, and Two Movies

posted by Nell Minow

The spunky little girl with the curly red hair and a dog named Sandy began as Little Orphan Annie in 1924, created by Harold Gray.  Her pluck, self-sufficiency, and resilience caught the imagination of the Depression-era audience in the 30’s, […]

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 […]

List: The Greatest Acts of Kindness on Film

posted by Nell Minow

I love this list of the most touching and inspiring moments of kindness in movies from BFI, including my favorite:

The 100 Best Action Movies: Time Out

posted by Nell Minow

Time Out Magazine went to the experts — action directors and stars — to make a rock ‘em sock ‘em list of the all-time best action films. I immediately guessed #1, did you? Here’s a hint — it was featured […]

CriticWire: Our Favorite Movies About Making Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to CriticWire for including me in this great survey about one of my favorite categories of movies: Movies About the Art, Craft, and Business of Movie-Making. There are some great choices here, including:

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 […]

List: Sam Rockwell

posted by Nell Minow

Sam Rockwell is one of the most versatile leading me in Hollywood. This week, he stars with Keira Knightley in “Laggies,” playing a single dad. Here are some of my favorite Sam Rockwell performances: Moon Rockwell takes on the biggest […]

Best Movies About Writers

posted by Nell Minow

Flavorwire has put together a great list of the 50 best movies about writers. It’s always tricky to make a writer interesting on film. On one hand, you have the advantage of a character who is likely to be witty […]

Bill Hader’s 200 Movie-List for Comedy Writers

posted by Nell Minow

SNL’s Bill Hader has a great list of the top 200 movies anyone interested in comedy should see.  And of course that means that they’re great choices for anyone who likes to laugh.  I love all of his choices and […]

Richard Nixon: The Good, The Bad, And the Ugly

posted by Nell Minow

Forty years ago today, Richard Nixon became the first and so far only President of the United States to resign from office. Elected easily just two years before, he was about to be impeached for his role in the Watergate […]

List: Movies About Chefs

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of this week’s release about competing chefs, “The Hundred Foot Journey,” I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite movies about cooks and chefs. Julie & Julia Meryl Streep plays legendary chef Julia Child and Amy Adams […]

Sight and Sound List: The Best Documentaries

posted by Nell Minow

I love documentaries, and it was a treat to read through this list from Sight and Sound, which includes many of my favorites and some I’d never heard of. And here are a few of my favorites that I’d add […]

Remembering the Vietnam War: 10 Movies

posted by Nell Minow

As we observe the 50th anniversary of the War in Vietnam, here are ten of the best of the movie and documentary depictions of the war and its impact on history and culture in the United States. The best-known films […]

Brits on Vacation

posted by Nell Minow

Summer is a time for travel, and, whether you’re traveling or not, it’s a great time for movies about travel as well. Film Forever has an excellent list of movies about Brits traveling abroad. Here are my favorites.

Movie Addict Headquarters: Interview with Mack Bates and Betty Jo Tucker on the Best and Worst Movie Teachers

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Betty Jo Tucker for inviting me on her podcast to talk about the best and worst movie teachers along with her guest co-host, Mack Bates. It was a lot of fun to share some thoughts about the […]

List: 10 Great Movie Dads

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Father’s Day!  Check out Turner Classic Movies’ great line-up of movies about fathers.  And here are some of my favorite movie dads. 1. Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) in “To Kill a Mockingbird” The last line of the movie says […]

List: Comedy Westerns

posted by Nell Minow

Movies and westerns were made for each other.  Hollywood came along not long after the era of westward expansion and access to the stunning landscapes of Monument Valley and endless vistas of desert and sagebrush was nearby.  The earliest commercial […]

Tonight on HBO: The Normal Heart (And More Movies About The Fight Against HIV-AIDS)

posted by Nell Minow

Larry Kramer’s searing drama “The Normal Heart” was an anguished cry for attention, for help, for respect, for change in the earliest days of the AIDS crisis. It was inspired by Kramer’s own experience as a founder of the activist […]

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 […]

The 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

posted by Nell Minow

Sixty years ago today the US Supreme Court issued one of the most momentous judicial decisions in history: Brown v. Board of Education, reversing past law holding that “separate but equal” schools violated the Constitution.  My sister, Martha Minow, wrote […]

List: Godzilla Movies

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most famous movie monsters of all time, Godzilla, returns to the screen this week in a big-budget film starring Bryan Cranston.  It’s a good time to take a look at all the various versions of Godzilla that […]

The Five Meanest Mothers in Movies

posted by Nell Minow

I’ve posted several times about my favorite movie mothers, all loving, kind, supportive, and wise.  I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite mean movie mothers, too. 1. Now, Voyager Bette Davis is a repressed single […]

Kevin B. Lee Rates and Ranks Movie Explosions

posted by Nell Minow

Take a look at this exploration of movie explosions from Kevin B. Lee.  I remember Sylvester Stallone on the “Expendables” panel at Comic-Con saying that they had to film in South America to evade US restictions on firepower.  I like […]

Google Salutes Audrey Hepburn

posted by Nell Minow

Today Google pays tribute to Audrey Hepburn, a movie star of impeccable elegance and grace on what would have been the 85th birthday.  It’s a great reason to watch these unmissable classics. Roman Holiday Hepburn became a star and won her […]

List: Airplane Movies

posted by Nell Minow

What movies will you never see on an airplane?  Airplane movies!  The last thing they want you to think about up in the sky is the risk of disaster.  But airplanes are a perfect setting for movies, providing the unities […]

Movies for Black History Month

posted by Nell Minow

Every family should observe Black History Month and movies like these are a good way to begin discussions and further study. 1. “Glory” The true story of the US Civil War’s first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of their own […]

President Movies

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 […]

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 […]

Half a Century of The Beatles!

posted by Nell Minow

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first performances in the United States — and the half century of great music — be sure to watch the CBS Grammy tribute tomorrow night, featuring Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. […]

Family Movies for the Olympics

posted by Nell Minow

The First Olympics: Athens 1896, one of my very favorite sports movies ever, is a made-for-TV miniseries about the first modern-day Olympics. We take the Olympics as a given now, but there were 1500 years between the time of the […]

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 […]

List: Jack Ryan

posted by Nell Minow

As we prepare for this week’s release of the Jack Ryan prequel, “Shadow Recruit,” you might want to take a look at the other thrillers based on Tom Clancy’s dashing hero.  Watch how each one of these stories reflects its […]

List: Hercules Movies

posted by Nell Minow

2014 will see not one but two different movies about Hercules, the mythical half-god who had super-strength. This week’s release stars “Twilight’s” Kellan Lutz and upcoming we have “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Joseph Fiennes, and […]

Worst Movies of 2013 — Round-Up

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to New York Magazine’s Vulture column for including my thoughts in the round-up of the worst films of 2013.  Here’s the consolidated list. As always, there are some movies that end up on both best and worst lists, notably […]

2013 at the Movies: The Best, The Worst, Breakthroughs, and Special Mentions

posted by Nell Minow

As I think back over the past year, these are the films I remember best: Top ten: Inside Llewyn Davis The Kings of Summer The Way Way Back The Wolf of Wall Street American Hustle 20 Feet from Stardom/Muscle Shoals […]

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 […]

National Film Registry Additions 2013 Include “Mary Poppins” and “The Quiet Man”

posted by Nell Minow

Think of it as the Hall of Fame or a Historic Landmark designation. This year’s additions to the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress: Bless Their Little Hearts (1984) Part of the vibrant New Wave of independent African-American […]

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 […]

List: Movie Dragons

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of this week’s release of the second Hobbit movie, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as the dragon Smaug, here are some of my other favorite movie dragons. 1. How to Train Your Dragon One of the best animated movies in the […]

List: Sister Movies!

posted by Nell Minow

As the oldest of three girls, I have a soft spot for movies about sisters, and this week’s release of Frozen made me think of some of my favorites. If you haven’t seen these, give them a try. If you […]

List: Texas Movies

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s release of the fact-based “Dallas Buyer’s Club” inspired me to recommend some of my favorites of the dozens of other movies set in the Lone Star State. 1. Giant This massive epic, based on the novel by Edna […]

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 […]

50 Must-See Movies: Fathers

posted by Nell Minow

I’m delighted to announce publication of my newest book, 50 Must-See Movies: Fathers. Earlier volumes in the series include the print and ebook 101 Must-See Movie Moments, and the other 99 cent ebooks 50 Must-See Movies: Mothers and 50 Must-See […]

List: What are the Best (Fictional) Movie Concerts?

posted by Nell Minow

The A.V. Club has a great discussion about the all-time best fictional movie concerts.  Of course there are many unforgettable documentaries about real concerts like “Woodstock” and “The Last Waltz.”  But what about those left to the imagination in feature […]

List: Movies About Racing Cars

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of this week’s release of “Rush,” based on the real rivalry of Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, take a look at these movies about racing, some featuring actors who raced cars off screen as well. […]

List: Witness Protection Movies

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of this week’s release of “The Family,” check out some of these movies about characters in the witness protection program.  And no, I am not going to suggest the movies starring Tyler Perry, Larry the Cable Guy, or […]

Spike Lee’s Must-See List for Aspiring Filmmakers

posted by Nell Minow

Director Spike Lee has assembled a list of movies that he says all aspiring filmmakers should see.  It’s a list everyone should look at, filled with canon classics like “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Dr. Strangelove,” “Hoop Dreams,” and “Dog Day […]

Happy 70th Birthday Mick Jagger!

posted by Nell Minow

Mick Jagger turns 70 today!  Happy birthday Mick — celebrate him by viewing two of this summer’s best documentaries, “Muscle Schoals” and “20 Feet from Stardom,” or some of these other great screen appearances: Gimme Shelter The third in the […]

Five Great Movie Robots

posted by Nell Minow

Did you know that the word “robot” was invented by Czech writer Karl Capek for a play produced in 1920 called R.U.R? In honor of today’s release of “Pacific Rim,” take a look at some of the other great movie […]

Civil War Movies to Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

posted by Nell Minow

This week is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, still the greatest loss of life in American history, the turning point of the war, and the inspiration for one of the greatest speeches in history, Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg […]

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 […]

My Visit to Movie Addict Headquarters To Talk About the Best and Worst Movie Dads

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of Father’s Day, I visited Movie Addict Headquarters to talk about the book I am working on, 50 Must-See Movies: Fathers.  Thanks to Betty Jo Tucker for having me back on, and to A.J. Hakari for joining the discussion. […]

List: Movies About Magicians

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s release of “Now You See Me,” the story of magicians who rob a bank, reminds me of some of my other favorite movies about magicians: 1.  “Houdini”  Tony Curtis and his then-wife, Janet Leigh star in this story […]

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 […]

Jen Chaney Ranks the “Fast and Furious” Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Just in time for the release of the sixth in the series of car chase extravaganzas that began with “The Fast and the Furious” is Esquire’s smart and funny assessment of installments 1-6 from my friend Jen Chaney. It’s tempting […]

Mother’s Day Movies

posted by Nell Minow

For Mother’s Day, share some of these movies featured in my book, 50 Must-See Movies: Mothers. Claudia Before they went on to co-star in the luminous romance, “The Enchanted Cottage,” Dorothy McGuire and Robert Young played a young married couple […]

Great Movie Lawyers

posted by Nell Minow

I’m a lawyer from a family of lawyers, and we all love law movies.  Be sure to check out Beliefnet’s list of courtroom dramas and Movie Unlimited’s list of great movie lawyers.

Happy Birthday to William Shakespeare

posted by Nell Minow

Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday with some of the many, many movie versions of, about, or inspired by his plays.  Coming up this spring is the “Much Ado About Nothing” in a contemporary setting — it was filmed at director Joss Whedon’s […]

Celebrate Earth Day With These Great Movies

posted by Nell Minow

In addition to previously recommended Earth Day movies, take a look at these gorgeous documentaries about the creatures with whom we share this great planet: 1. March of the Penguins This worldwide sensation takes us to Antarctica, where these elegant birds triumph over […]

List: Dinosaur Movies

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s 20th anniversary re-release of “Jurassic Park” is a good reminder to check out some other dino delights.  These are some family favorites, most of which have the same plot: the dinosaurs have to leave their home to move […]

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 […]

Rob Sheffields’ Best Rock Movie Moments

posted by Nell Minow

Rob Sheffield is one of my favorite writers and I love his books about popular music.  For Rolling Stone, he has created a gallery of the all-time best rock moments in movies, with irresistible clips from the “Wayne’s World” rendition […]

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 […]

Celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday!

posted by Nell Minow

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.         Coming soon to theaters: Saving Lincoln. Still […]

The Best (And Worst) Movies of 2012 — Plus Best Docs, Best for Families, Most Fun, and More

posted by Nell Minow

My list of the best movies of 2012:   Zero Dark Thirty Argo Lincoln Beasts of the Southern Wild Brave Silver Linings Playbook Middle of Nowhere The Avengers ParaNorman Runners-up: Life of Pi, Moonrise Kingdom, Arbitrage, The Sessions, Looper, Skyfall, […]

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 […]

The Best of Bond: The Women! The Theme Songs! The Cars! The Chases! The Villains!

posted by Nell Minow

As “Skyfall” opens, we look back on 50 years of James Bond on screen, and that means some great assessments of the best of Bond.  My favorite Bonds are Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan, but “Skyfall” may be my favorite […]

List: Movies About Pilots

posted by Nell Minow

Denzel Washington’s magnificent performance in Flight made me think of some of my other favorite movies about airplane pilots.  These are all worth a look: The Spirit of St. Louis  James Stewart was a couple of decades older than Charles Lindburgh […]

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 […]

Grading School Movies

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of the start of the school year, Cinema Blend grades twenty movies about school.  Note that the grades were not awarded on artistic merit but on different critera: sexiness of the hot girls and guys, awesomeness of the […]

Movies About Writers

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of this week’s release of “The Words,” the story of a writer who passes off another man’s book as his own, I thought I’d suggest some other movies about writers.  Movies are, after all, written by writers, so […]

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 […]

List: Warehouse Movies

posted by Nell Minow

I love it when people who work in a specialized industry make lists of the movies that reflect their work lives.  Here’s a list of the best movies with warehouse scenes.  I can think of a couple they forgot: “Reservoir […]

Is “Vertigo” the Greatest Movie of All Time?

posted by Nell Minow

Every ten years, the prestigious film journal Sight & Sound polls critics and film-makers on the greatest films of all time.  Citizen Kane has led the list for decades, but this year it was toppled by Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. While […]

List: Scottish Movies and Actors

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of Pixar’s “Brave,” this week’s release about a Scottish princess, here are some of my favorite films about Scots and Scotland and some of my favorite Scottish performers. 1. Brigadoon Lerner and Lowe’s first musical is the fanciful story […]

Celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee Year

posted by Nell Minow

This week, Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 60th anniversary on the throne. Helen Mirren won an Oscar for her performance in The Queen. And Colin Firth won an Oscar for his performance as her father, King George V, in The […]

List: June Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Happy June!  Here are some of my favorite movie Junes. 1. Carousel One of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most joyous songs is this tribute to the sixth month. 2. Seven Brides For Seven Brothers The girls captured by the seven Pontipee brothers […]

List: Snow White and the Seven Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Somewhere around 100 films have been inspired by the fairy tale about the princess with skin as white as snow and the evil stepmother who tried to kill her with a poison apple.  One is a historic and artistic milestone, […]

Movies that Pay Tribute to Our Armed Forces

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 […]

List: The Best Movie Moms

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers and children! Here are 10 great movie mothers every family should enjoy. Many were based on real-life mothers, with stories and screenplays in some cases written by their grateful families.  And don’t forget my […]

List: Movies for Passover

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, […]

List: Movies for St. Patrick’s Day

posted by Nell Minow

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day! Here are five great movies from or set in Ireland to enjoy: 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 […]

List: Women’s History Month Movies

posted by Nell Minow

For Women’s History Month, try some of these feature films about women of extraordinary courage, intelligence, determination, and achievement. 1. Erin Brockovich Julia Roberts won an Oscar for this story about a clerk in a law firm who helped win the largest toxic […]

List: Movies for Your Valentine

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. […]

Celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday

posted by Nell Minow

Celebrate the birthday of our 16th President with some of the classic movies about his life. Ahead of us this are are the Steven Spielberg epic, based on Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns […]

List: Amnesia Movies

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of this week’s romantic, fact-based movie, “The Vow,” here are some of my favorite movies featuring memory loss.  You know what I’m going to say — the characters may lose their memories, but these movies are unforgettable. I […]

A Birthday List for Charles Dickens

posted by Nell Minow

Happy 200th birthday, Charles Dickens! In honor of the birthday of one of the greatest novelists of all time, Masterpiece on PBS has announced two new series based on Dickens novels:   A new “Great Expectations” miniseries starring Gillian Anderson […]

Top Ten Family Movies of 2011

posted by Nell Minow

Families had some great choices this year at the movies.  My favorites: The Muppets Rio Dolphin Tale Real Steel Soul Surfer We Bought a Zoo Arthur Christmas Winnie the Pooh The Adventures of Tintin Kung Fu Panda 2

The Worst Movies of 2011

posted by Nell Minow

I was lucky to miss several of the films that have been showing up on worst lists for 2011, especially “Jack and Jill” with Adam Sandler (and Al Pacino!), already the clear front-runner for the Razzies.  But I was able […]

Top 10 List for 2011

posted by Nell Minow

There were more sequels and remakes released in 2011 than ever before, but that wasn’t the only reason for feeling a sense of deja vu over the past 12 months.  This year we had two films with almost identical plots […]

Movies to Ring in the New Year

posted by Nell Minow

Rotten Tomatoes has a list of New Year’s Movies.  Garry Marshall’s new all-star New Year’s Eve is by no means a classic, but it is sure to become an annual tradition.  Here is my list of  New Year’s Eve favorites. […]

Sherlock Holmes on Screen

posted by Nell Minow

Sherlock Holmes is one of the most popular fictional characters of all time.  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a physician who also write science fiction, romance, and poetry, but he is best remembered for his creation of the detective with the […]

The Worst Christmas Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Slate has an article about the five worst Christmas movies.  But there are so many to choose from!  I know that it is risky to list my candidates because all bad movies have their guilty pleasure fans, Christmas movies more […]

Your Week with Marilyn — Monroe’s Best Films

posted by Nell Minow

“My Week With Marilyn” is a new film based on the memoirs by Colin Clark about his time as a third assistant director (basically a gofer) on the set of a movie she made in England with Sir Laurence Olivier.  You […]

James Garner

posted by Nell Minow

James Garner is one of my all-time favorite actors and I am delighted that he has published a new book about his life, The Garner Files: A Memoir. Garner got his start in the theater playing a juror in “The […]

Blog Action Day: Food

posted by Nell Minow

  This year’s Blog Action Day theme is food in recognition of World Food Day. Some top documentaries about food sustainability and wholesomeness: 1. The End of the Line  The rise of industrialized fishing, the current demand for fish and the […]

10 Great Movie Robots

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of this week’s “Real Steel,” here are 10 movie robots worth watching.  The term “robot,” by the way, was invented by playwright Karl Capek in his 1920 play, “R.U.R.” 1.  Transformers The first in the series was a […]

Five Better Movies With Paul Rudd

posted by Nell Minow

Our Idiot Brother is a disappointment, but Paul Rudd is always a pleasure.  Here are some better choices for those who miss that Rudd-alicious feeling: 1. How Do You Know  This was a massive box office flop, but it is now […]

The Worst Movie Bosses

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s release of “Horrible Bosses” made me think of some of the other terrible bosses in movies.  Here are some of the bosses we love to hate on screen.  Who am I leaving out?  And which movie boss is […]

Happy Birthday, Marilyn Monroe!

posted by Nell Minow

Happy birthday to Marilyn Monroe, that star of stars.  She continues to bewitch us nearly a half century after her death.  Yet another movie about her is currently in the works, with Michelle Williams as the former Norma Jean Baker. […]

Happy Mother’s Day!

posted by Nell Minow

I’ve written about my favorite moms on television and my favorite movie moms.  But the best movie to share on Mother’s Day is the one your mother picks because she loves it.  My best to all the mothers out there […]

Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare!

posted by Nell Minow

Don’t start with me about who wrote Shakespeare.  Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare and today is his birthday.  Celebrate with some of the many, many movie versions of, about, or inspired by his plays.  Here are some of my favorites: 1. The […]

List: Earth Day Movies

posted by Nell Minow

In addition to previously recommended Earth Day movies, take a look at these gorgeous documentaries about the creatures with whom we share this great planet: 1. March of the Penguins This worldwide sensation takes us to Antarctica, where these elegant […]

List: Passover Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Reposting — 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 […]

List: Movies with a Touch of Brazil

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of this week’s release of “Rio,” an animated film set in Brazil, put on some samba music and think about some of these Brazilian-flavored films for your Netflix queue.  (No, I am not including the superb film actually […]

List: Civil War Movies

posted by Nell Minow

As we observe the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, a defining moment for good and bad in American history, it is a good time to watch some of these great films that show how we continue to try to […]

St. Patrick’s Day Movies: Eireann go Brea!

posted by Nell Minow

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here are five great movies from or set in Ireland to enjoy: 1. The Quiet Man John Wayne plays American Sean Thornton (John Wayne), who returns to in Innisfree, the small, beautiful Irish village where he […]

List: Movies for Women’s History Month

posted by Nell Minow

For Women’s History Month, try some of these feature films about women of extraordinary courage, intelligence, determination, and achievement. 1. Erin Brockovich Julia Roberts won an Oscar for this story about a clerk in a law firm who helped win […]

Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Taylor

posted by Nell Minow

Today we send birthday and get well greetings to one of Hollywood’s all-time most enduring and alluring stars, Elizabeth Taylor. Here are some of my favorite Taylor movies for family viewing: 1. Lassie Come Home Taylor co-stars with Roddy McDowall […]

Nora Ephron’s Valentine Movie List

posted by Nell Minow

Nora Ephron (“You’ve Got Mail,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “Julie & Julia”) made a list of her top 11 romantic Valentine’s Day movies to the Daily Beast. You can see the inspiration for her witty, sophisticated love stories in the […]

Black History Month Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Instead of the usual list of movies about famous historical figures, I thought this year I would suggest some movies that are themselves a part of the history of African-Americans as well as a part of the history of movies […]

Remembering JFK

posted by Nell Minow

Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of John F. Kennedy with a look at these films: JFK – A Presidency Revealed The History Channel’s balanced view is candid about the President’s shortcomings and mistakes but also captures his optimism […]

Roger Ebert’s List of the Best 2010 Documentaries

posted by Nell Minow

For me, the big story of the movie of 2010 was the animated films and the documentaries — we had more great films in both categories than ever before. So I was delighted to see Roger Ebert’s list of the […]

The Worst Movies of 2010

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Dan Kois of New York Magazine’s culture blog for including me in the round-up of the movies that made critics miserable in 2010. Jean Kerr, who was married to the legendary New York Times drama critic Walter Kerr, […]

Movies to Celebrate the Life and Work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

posted by Nell Minow

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

The Biggest Movie Bad Guy of the Year: The Corporation

posted by Nell Minow

I had a lot of fun writing for BNet about why corporations were the go-to villain in the movies of 2010, from “Despicable Me” to “The Other Guys,” “Tron: Legacy,” “Resident Evil 4,” and “Inception.”

Movies to Ring in the New Year

posted by Nell Minow

Rotten Tomatoes has a list of New Year’s Movies. Here is my list, which I first posted in 2007: When Harry Met Sally… is a sweet, funny love story starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal as two people who took […]

Movie Mom’s Top 10 of 2010 (And the Hall of Shame)

posted by Nell Minow

1. Toy Story 3: The best movie of the year was Pixar’s tribute to the power of imagination and story-telling, even after you grow up. The first five minutes are one of the most joyous ever put on screen, the […]

Twelve More Great Christmas Movies Without Santa, Tiny Tim, or A Message from Ovaltine

posted by Nell Minow

I love the classics, but if you’ve seen them all and want to try something new, take a look at these holiday gems: Desk Set Before smart phones and Google, there were people like the character played by Katherine Hepburn […]

Twelve Great Christmas Movies That Don’t Feature Clarence the Angel, Bing Crosby, Tiny Tim, or a Leg Lamp

posted by Nell Minow

Reprising from 2007: I love It’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, and A Christmas Story as much as anyone. I love the bittersweet struggles of George Bailey and never get tired of seeing him try to resist falling in love […]

Movies for Veteran’s Day

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 […]

List: The Best Fall Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Salon has a great gallery of the all-time best autumn movies, including “Rushmore” and one of Hitchcock’s most underrated films, “The Trouble With Harry,” Shirley MacLaine’s feature film debut. Here are some of my favorites: 1. “The Four Seasons” Alan […]

Water: Blog Action Day 2010

posted by Nell Minow

I am proud to be a part of Blog Action Day 2010. This year, the issue is vitally important — water. Blog Action Day 2010: Water from Blog Action Day on Vimeo. Some great movies about water: 1. Oceans Huge, […]

List: Movie Mom’s Favorites for Halloween

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Jennifer Kachler, Adam Donald, Daniel Sheppard, Brian Gonzalez, my homegirl Laine Kaplowitz, and everyone at the fabulous Bethesda Row Theatre.

List: Math Movies

posted by Nell Minow

On the first day of the first school, thousands of years ago, some student probably complained about math and said he’d never have to use it because he had an abacus. But we do use math all the time and […]

Great Movie Teachers, Part 3: Grade and Middle School

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of the first day of school, I am reposting my list of some of my favorite movie teachers in elementary and middle school. Note that not all movies about kids this age are intended to be viewed by […]

List: My Favorite Ghost Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Last week’s release of Charlie St. Cloud, with Zac Efron as a young man who visits every day with the ghost of his younger brother, made me think of some of my favorite movie ghosts. What are yours? 1. “The […]

Beliefnet Gallery: The Best Movie Weddings

posted by Nell Minow

Dena Ross has put together a gorgeous gallery from my list of great movie weddings. It makes me want to throw some rice!

Summer Camp Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Nametapes ironed on? Bugspray and sunscreen packed? As kids depart for camp, it is fun to watch some classic movies about the joys and terrors of life among the bunk beds and color wars. 1. Meatballs Bill Murray was the […]

Great Movie Dads for Father’s Day

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Father’s Day! 1. Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) in “To Kill a Mockingbird” The last line of the movie says it all: “He turned out the light and went into Jem’s room. He would be there all night and he […]

Celebrate the World Cup with Soccer Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Is this the year the US finally gets it about soccer, I mean football? The biggest sporting event on the planet is the World Cup, taking place this year in South Africa. Now is a great time to recognize the […]

Great Dads on Film and TV

posted by Nell Minow

My gallery of great movie dads and list of daddy-daughter movies include wonderful films for families to watch together and talk about the great fathers in their own families. Some of the best dads on film appear on television, which […]

More for Memorial Day

posted by Nell Minow

A thoughtful commenter named Richard S. Webster added some superb suggestions to the list I published for Memorial Day, and I wanted to post them for families to have as they salute the courage and sacrifice of our armed forces. […]

Movies to Salute Our Armed Forces

posted by Nell Minow

Reposting from 2008: 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 […]

The Best TV Moms

posted by Nell Minow

I’ve written about great movie mothers before (more great movie moms here). The Wall Street Journal’s article on a return to the portrayal of parents as sensible and caring inspired me to celebrate Mother’s Day this year with some of […]

List: Librarians in Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Celebrate National Library Week! This year’s chairman is “Coraline” author Neil Gaiman. Visit your public library to take a look at what’s available in books, DVDs, and audio — and to thank your librarian. A special thank you shout-out from […]

Five Movies about College Basketball

posted by Nell Minow

Now that most people’s NCAA brackets are blown up and they’re getting ready to enjoy the final game, it might be a good time to take another look at some fictional college basketball teams in the movies. 1. The Absent […]

Movies About Writers

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Kaitlyn Cole for sending me this list of 50 great movies about writers. I especially like the way it is broken down into categories — about writing (“Wonder Boys”), writers being bad (“Sunset Boulevard,” “The Shining”), and real-life […]

List: Movies About and for Spring

posted by Nell Minow

My beloved spoke, and said unto me: ‘Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing is […]

List: Women Directors

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of “The Hurt Locker’s” Kathryn Bigelow, who became the first woman to win the Oscar for Best Director last night, and International Women’s Day, here’s a list of pioneering women movie directors. 1. Penny Marshall, who started as […]

List: Winter Sports

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of the Olympics, take a look at these classics about winter sports competitions: The Cutting Edge A spoiled figure skater (named Kate as in “Taming of the Shrew”) and a working class hockey player team up in this […]

List: Movie Weddings

posted by Nell Minow

Ann Hornaday has a marvelous article in the Washington Post about one of the most popular themes in movies: weddings. And why shouldn’t Hollywood love a good wedding? With its swirl of heightened emotions, its simmering leitmotifs of love and […]

Heartwarming Movies for Chilly Weather

posted by Nell Minow

Too cold to go outside? This is a great time of year for families to spend some quality time together with some stories to warm the spirit. These are some of my favorite movies when I need some cinematic vitamin […]

50 Most Important Religion Movies: Film Snobbery

posted by Nell Minow

Take a look at Phil Hall’s great list of the most important religious films of all time from website Film Snobbery. My favorite film about the life of Jesus, “The Gospel According to St. Matthew” is number 2 on the […]

The Best of 2009

posted by Nell Minow

It’s so hard to decide! But at the moment anyway, here are my top films of the year, including three films based on books for children that became movies primarily for adults: Up in the Air The perfect timing of […]

List: The Most Inspiring Movies of the Decade

posted by Nell Minow

The first decade of the 21st century has given us many great films. Here are a dozen I found especially inspiring. From documentaries to fantasies, from real-life heroes to an animated fish, these are the stories that help to show […]

Hannukah on DVD and video

posted by Nell Minow

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

List: The Best Glove Movies

posted by Nell Minow

At Thanksgiving, my mother brought out a collection of about 30 pairs of gloves, most of them her mother’s but a few my sisters and I had when we were little girls back in the days when young ladies wore […]

List: Great Movie Coaches

posted by Nell Minow

The athletes have worked harder than they ever imagined, pushing themselves to the limits of their endurance. They’ve learned how to run faster and hit, kick, or shoot harder. They’ve watched tape of the other team, the champions, the ones […]

List: Halloween Movie Tricks and Treats!

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 […]

List: Movies About Courtesy

posted by Nell Minow

As I noted last week in my discussion of the recent outbreak of rudeness, courtesy is a neglected virtue, often dismissed as tangential or even hypocritical. But courtesy is sincere, based on a recognition of the dignity deserved by all […]

Back to School Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Last year, I made lists of great movie college professors, and high school and grade school teachers. In honor of the first week of school, here are some of my other favorite and family-friendly classroom classics: 1. The Magic School […]

List: 12 Movie Heroes

posted by Nell Minow

Humanity’s earliest stories were about heroes. I’m sure that the same people who created those breathtaking cave paintings up to 25 thousand years ago sat around the campfire telling stories of people who triumphed over charging sabertooth tigers or assaults […]

Celebrate Mary Shelley’s Birthday: Watch Frankenstein!

posted by Nell Minow

Mary Shelley, daughter of two leading intellectuals and wife of a brilliant poet, was a teenager when she was challenged to write a ghost story and came up with one of the most enduring and often-filmed scary stories of all […]

Angels in Movies and Television: Before 1970

posted by Nell Minow

Ellen Leventry’s list of post-1990 angels on movies and television got me thinking about some of my favorites from the old days. Hard to believe that performers from Jack Benny to Cary Grant to Donald Duck have taken on an […]

Law on Television: the ABA’s Top 25

posted by Nell Minow

The magazine of the country’s largest organization of lawyers, the American Bar Associaton has published its list of the 25 all-time greatest legal television shows from enduring classics like “LA Law,” “Law & Order,” and “Perry Mason” to some quirkier […]

Tim Gordon’s Romantic Movie List

posted by Nell Minow

My dear friend and fellow critic Tim Gordon always has something interesting to say about movies. I love to talk to him after screenings about what we’ve just seen and how it compares to some of our favorites (and least […]

Moon Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Salute the 40th anniversary of the Apollo moon mission with some moon-y movies (but my favorite is Monday’s DVD pick of the week, so stay tuned). 1. Moonstruck Cher won an Oscar for her performance in one of the most […]

List: Angel Movies

posted by Nell Minow

My fellow Beliefnet blogger Susan Gregg, has a new post about her favorite angel characters in movies and a link to a Beliefnet gallery about angels in movies and television in the past 20 years. These are all good choices […]

List: Great Comedy Duos

posted by Nell Minow

As I was watching Year One, I thought about why the Michael Cera/Jack Black teaming does not work very well. They are both very funny guys, and they have that yin/yang element that propels most comedy teams, with one expansive […]

List: Happiness Movies

posted by Nell Minow

I believe that happiness is a choice, and one that requires courage and honesty. And I believe that happiness is a moral choice. We spend so much time thinking that we would be happy if we only had this or […]

List: Daddies and Daughters in Movies

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of Eddie Murphy’s new release, “Imagine That,” Father’s Day, and the two best dads I know, my own dear father and my darling husband, here’s a list of great movie dads and daughters. 1. A Little Princess I […]

More Great Movie Mothers

posted by Nell Minow

My friend Tim Gordon salutes five of of the all-time great movie mothers on his blog, FilmGordon. I was especially glad to see that he mentioned “Claudine,” a neglected gem that is very dear to my heart. I love that […]

10 Great Movie Moms

posted by Nell Minow

Re-posting from 2008–Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers and children! Here are 10 great movie mothers every family should enjoy. Many were based on real-life mothers, with stories and screenplays in some cases written by their grateful families. And don’t […]

List: Movie Judges

posted by Nell Minow

As President Obama thinks about his selection to replace Supreme Court Justice David Souter, it is a good time to take a look at some memorable movie judges. 1. Anatomy of a Murder Real-life lawyer — and real-life American hero […]

Lessons from 90’s Teen Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Jezebel has a marvelous list of 90’s teen movies and the lessons we learn from them and it includes some of my favorite guilty pleasures like The Craft, Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, and Can’t Hardly Wait. An alert […]

List: Rainy Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Douglas Howe has a great list of rain scenes in movies over on Idol Chatter, including two of my favorites, “Singin’ in the Rain” with Gene Kelly and “Say Anything” with John Cusack. Cusack for some reason is always getting […]

Happy Birthday William Shakespeare!

posted by Nell Minow

It’s Shakespeare’s birthday! Try to talk like Shakespeare. Or check out Turner Classic Movie Channel’s list of their favorite Shakespeare adaptations. Can you name three movies inspired by Shakespeare set in high school? Two that became Broadway musicals? Or one […]

List: Movies About Corporate Governance

posted by Nell Minow

The New York Times interviewed me for its “Corner Office” section and asked me for a list of my favorite movies about corporate governance. “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” (2005). Must viewing for an almost operatic rise-and-fall story […]

List: Body-Switching Movies

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s release of “17 Again,” starring Zac Efron and Matthew Perry, about a middle-aged man who finds himself turned back into a teenager, reminded me of some of my favorite “body-switching” movies. 1. Freaky Friday Both feature film versions […]

List: Inspiring Quotes from the Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Movies have enormous power to inspire us and some of their best lines stay with us long after we leave the theater. Here are some of the lines that always make me try a little harder, risk a little more, […]

More Comfort Films: LA Times List

posted by Nell Minow

I’ve already provided some of my favorite comfort movies, one from Cinematical, and a list from Idol Chatter’s Kris Rasmussen. Want some more ideas? Take a look at this list of comfort movies from Betsy Sharkey of the LA Times. […]

Jesus on Screen

posted by Nell Minow

Entertainment Weekly has a list of 12 memorable cinematic portrayals of Jesus. After centuries of telling the story of Jesus in paintings, sculpture, and theater, the 20th century provided an opportunity to show him on screen and this list includes […]

List: Black History Month

posted by Nell Minow

Every family should observe Black History Month and movies like these are a good way to begin discussions and further study. 1. Glory The true story of the US Civil War’s first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of their own […]

List: NR’s Best Conservative Movies of the Last 25 Years

posted by Nell Minow

The National Review has updated its 1994 list of the top conservative movies with selections from the best conservative movies of the past 25 years, including films like The Incredibles, 300, Forrest Gump, and Braveheart. As with their last list, […]

‘Haunting’ Movie Moments from Idol Chatter

posted by Nell Minow

On Idol Chatter, Kris Rasmussen has come up with a two-part list of haunting moments in movies that is well worth exploring and every one of the films and those added by the commenters is a worthy addition to your […]

Top Dogs — in the Movies

posted by Nell Minow

As a tribute to Hotel for Dogs, Yahoo Movies has assembled their list of the greatest movie dogs (and one Dogg). Check out this wonderful compilation of movie pooches from the silent era to the present. Probably the most comprehensive […]

The Top 10 Jewish Movie Characters from Esther Kustanowitz

posted by Nell Minow

Esther Kustanowitz posted her list of the top 10 Jewish movie characters on Idol Chatter. Some are a bit of a stretch — Obi-Wan Kenobi? Melanie Griffith in “A Stranger Among Us?” Aside from the fact that she is only […]

My List of Comfort Movies

posted by Nell Minow

My gallery about the best movies to watch when you’re in bed with the sniffles or flu has been posted. The right movies can help you pass the time until you feel better. They can even help you recover faster, […]

Special Effects: Best and Worst

posted by Nell Minow

Den of Geek has made a list of the best movie special effects shots of all time — and the worst. Special effects go back to the very beginning of film. The first great genius of special effects was George […]

Top Ten Lists for 2008

posted by Nell Minow

Top Ten 2008 1. Frost/Nixon 2. Rachel Getting Married 3. Milk 4. Wall?E 5. I’ve Loved You So Long 6. The Visitor 7. Be Kind Rewind 8. Doubt 9. Iron Man 10. Son of Rambow Slumdog Millionaire, Shine a Light, […]

The Best “Christmas Carols” — from “Bah humbug” to “God bless us everyone!”

posted by Nell Minow

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is my favorite Christmas story and I love it in just about any of its movie incarnations. “Bah, humbugs” have been muttered by Scrooges played by top-notch dramatic actors like George C. Scott and Albert […]

List: Functional Families on Film

posted by Nell Minow

Sometimes it seems that every movie family is dysfunctional. That is because it is much easier to create drama — and comedy — from failures of communication and absence of support. But the movies have also given us some wonderfully […]

Movie Alphabet Soup

posted by Nell Minow

Christian Toto’s participation in the movie blog alphabet soup meme started by blogcabins inspired me to create my own alphabetical list of movie titles. My theme is “the second 200″ — these are movies that may not be in my […]

Idol Chatter’s Comfort Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Kris Rasmussen’s comfort movie list from Idol Chatter is filled with great choices, including You’ve Got Mail (and don’t miss the two earlier versions, The Shop Around the Corner with Jimmy Stewart and In the Good Old Summertime with Judy […]

Movie Mom’s Top Children’s Entertainment Blogs

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks very much to blogs.com for asking me for my list of the best blogs about children’s entertainment. Please check them out, especially Elizabeth’s Children’s Books Blog, Kids Music that Rocks, Zooglobble (where I found this adorable clip), and, for […]

Movie ABC’s

posted by Nell Minow

We just looked at long movie titles, so let’s take a look at short ones. The release of “W” inspired NPR’s Bob Mondello to ask whether you could put together an entire alphabet of movies with one-letter titles. Of course […]

List: Movies With Very Long Names

posted by Nell Minow

Deletionpedia is a site that scoops up all the articles considered unworthy of being included in Wikipedia because they are not important or not documented or just silly. What a magnificent concept! One example is the list of movies with […]

List: Election Documentaries

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of one of the most exciting elections in American history, here is a list of ten classic documentaries about elections and politics. 1. Primary This pioneering political documentary from Robert Drew, the first in a trilogy, shows candidate […]

Beliefnet’s Movies about Faith in Love

posted by Nell Minow

Idol Chatter has a great post with a list of the best movies about putting your faith in love (and cry in the process). I don’t agree with all of the choices — I find “The Other Sister” and “Stepmom” […]

Great Movie Elephants and Donkeys

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of the upcoming election, a bi-partisan listing of classic movies featuring those two symbols of the political parties, the elephant and the donkey, with a tip of the hat to cartoonist Thomas Nast, who first assigned those animals […]

Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day!

posted by Nell Minow

Arrrrrrrrrrr! Avast me hearties, it be Talk Like a Pirate Day! If you have not read the classic Dave Barry tribute to this most wonderfully silly of holidays, you are in for a treat. And what better way to celebrate […]

List: Cinematical’s ‘Comfort Movies’ (and a few of mine)

posted by Nell Minow

Scott Weinberg of Cinematical is recovering from oral surgery, which is of course the perfect time to watch some “comfort movies.” I often say that movies should be rated on two scales — good to bad, of course (and we […]

Do All-Star Casts Live Up to Their Billing?

posted by Nell Minow

Loyal reader jestrfyl left a provocative comment about my post on the 1939 and 2008 versions of “The Women.” He’s a skeptic about all-star casts. He writes: There is no Constellation that is made of all first magnitude stars, and […]

List: Alaska Movies (and one television show)

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of the new Republican nominee for Vice-President, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, here’s a list of movies that take place in Alaska: 1. North to Alaska This easy-going comic “Northern” (that’s a western set up north) stars John Wayne […]

List: NPR on Movies about Politics

posted by Nell Minow

Just in time for the political conventions, NPR lists the best political movies. Bob Mondello divides them into three categories: manipulating the media, manipulating the candidate, and manipulating the process. Well, if someone isn’t manipulating something, there’s no need for […]

List: Movies About Making Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Inspired by “Tropic Thunder,” Keith Demko of Reel Fanatic created a superb list from one of my favorite categories: movies about making movies. On his list: critic-turned-director Francois Truffaut’s bittersweet Day for Night, the trenchant satire Living in Oblivion, the […]

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