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Google’s YouTube Kids is Saturated with Stealth Ads

posted by Nell Minow

In February of this year, Google launched the YouTube Kids app, specially designed for “little thumbs” to get kids hooked on devices and videos as soon as they can hold an iPhone. They assured parents that the app was completely […]

Cinderella-Thon Podcast: Movie Addict Headquarters

posted by Nell Minow

I had a blast talking all things Cinderella on Movie Addict Headquarters with Betty Jo Tucker, Mack Bates, and A.J. Hakari. Who’s the best evil stepmother? What little-known versions of the story should you be sure to see? And who’s […]

My Letter to the Washington Post About Empire’s Costume Designers — And My Appearance on Motley Fool Money About Movies and the Oscars

posted by Nell Minow

I’m delighted that the Washington Post printed my letter about the costumes in the terrific Fox series “Empire.” Robin Givhan’s article about the way the show’s costumes define the characters was outstanding, but it omitted one important detail: I was […]

Listen In as Betty Jo Tucker, A.J. Hakari and I Discuss the December Movie Releases

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Betty Jo Tucker for inviting me back on her show — this afternoon we will be discussing the big holiday season releases, including “Unbroken,” “Inherent Vice,” and “Into the Woods.” Check Out Movies Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio […]

Robert Elisberg’s Review of My Book: 101 Must-See Movie Moments

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to my old friend Robert Elisberg for a wonderful review of my book in the Huffington Post. 101 Must-See Movie Moments What makes the book such fun is that most books on movies give a fairly general overview […]

What Do Critics Think About Watching Film That Is Not What the Makers Intended?

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Indiewire for including me in their survey of critics about how important it is to watch a movie as it was filmed. If it was made on film stock, is it unfair to the artists’ vision to watch […]

Talking to Nick DiGilio About Movies in Theaters and the Best Movie Teachers

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks, as always, to my pal Nick DiGilio for having me on the show at WGN to talk about “Boxtrolls,” “Gone Girl,” and some of the best movie teachers.

Spoiler Special Podcast on The Boxtrolls

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Dana Stevens and the Slate Spoiler Special podcast for inviting me to talk about “The Boxtrolls.”

What Movies Would You Give to Aliens to Explain Life on Earth?

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Criticwire for inviting me to participate in an intriguing survey: what films would you give to aliens to explain life on earth?  Here’s what I wrote: I’d have to include a silent comedy, something that would be […]

Movie Addict Headquarters: Fall Movie Preview 2014 with Betty Jo Tucker, Mack Bates, and A.J. Hakari

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Betty Jo Tucker for inviting me to talk about the movies I am most looking forward to this fall, along with my fellow critics Mack Bates and A.J. Hakari!

Jeff and Jer Showgram — In Studio

posted by Nell Minow

I got to visit my pals at the Jeff and Jer show when I was in San Diego last week!

Thank You! This Site is 19 Years Old This Week!

posted by Nell Minow

It seems like yesterday, but it was 19 years ago this week that I first began writing reviews online as The Movie Mom®.  Anyone remember Prodigy?  The first appearance of my website was via the Sears-owned online service, so long […]

I’m Proud to be Featured on Movie Addict Headquarters’ 7th Anniversary Show

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Betty Jo Tucker for including me in her anniversary special and for all the fun I’ve had on the show over the years.  

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 […]

My Interview at Rogerebert.com

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Rogerebert.com for interviewing me in their series on movie critics. Where did you grow up, and what was it like? I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. But when I was in 4th-5th grade, we lived […]

WGN’s Nick DiGilio Show: Interview on “Maleficent,” “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” “Coherence,” and More

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks, as always, to my pal Nick Digilio, who had me on his WGN radio show last weekend to talk about what’s going on in movie theaters.

What Were The Best Films of the 60’s?

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Sam Fragoso and his colleagues at Movie Mezzanine for including me in their round-up of the best films of the 1960’s.  I really enjoyed reading through all the different selections.  Check it out and add your own […]

Summer Movie Preview on Movie Addict Headquarters

posted by Nell Minow

Tune in at 4 pm to hear me on Betty Jo Tucker’s Movie Addict Headquarters with Mack Bates and A.J. Hakari.  We’ll be previewing the summer releases, what we are most looking forward to and what we are less excited […]

More on Ebertfest, Including My Interview in the News-Gazette

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Roger Ebert’s favorite reporter covering Ebertfest, Melissa Merli, for a wonderful interview. This is her third year at Ebertfest, where she handled the onstage Q-and-A after “Short Term 12″ was shown Thursday afternoon. That movie made her […]

Here’s My Ebertchat

posted by Nell Minow

I got a lot of great questions, from guilty pleasures to the most important things I learned from Roger Ebert.  You can read it all here.

Join me on Twitter for an #ebertchat

posted by Nell Minow

The filmmakers behind “Life Itself,” a documentary about Roger Ebert’s life and legacy, are giving guest hosts control of their @Ebertmovie Twitter account. The hosts will be sharing their memories of Roger Ebert, their favorite reviews, and much more!  This […]

Talking to WGN’s Nick Digilio About Movies

posted by Nell Minow

I always have a blast with my pal Nick Digilio — this weekend we talked about “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” John Turturro’s new film, “Fading Gigolo,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” and the upcoming Ebertfest.

My Radio Reviews on WTOP

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Dimitri Sotis for inviting me onto WTOP to review “300: Rise of an Empire” and “Mr. Peabody & Sherman.”

Do the Oscars Overlook Movies About Young People?

posted by Nell Minow

My friend John Hanlon has a thoughtful piece on CNN.com about the way the Oscars and other movie awards overlook stories about young people and performances by actors in their teens and twenties. It’s unfortunate but undeniable that award shows […]

Was 2013 the Best Year in History for African-American Films?

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Kevin Sampson for inviting me to join my friends Tim Gordon and Jason Fraley and director and DC film office head Pierre Bagley for a lively discussion and debate on movies made by African-American filmmakers.

Thanks to My Friends at B98 in Wichita for Posting My Radio Reviews!

posted by Nell Minow

I love talking to Lukas, Tracy, and Kathy on B98 in Wichita every week about what’s new in theaters and on DVD.  Many thanks for posting my movie review spot so everyone can listen!

Nick and Nell’s Infinite Playlist of Movies — Nick Diglio Asks Me About the Best and Worst of 2013

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks as always to Nick Digilio for inviting me onto his WGN radio show to talk about the best and worst movies of 2013.

Movie Addict Headquarters: Our Thoughts on the Golden Globes

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks, as always, to Betty Jo Tucker for having me on her wonderful Movie Addict Headquarters show to talk about the Golden Globes with our pals A.J. Hakeri and Mack Bates.

Limiting Screentime

posted by Nell Minow

It’s a challenge to keep kids away from television and computers and tablets and smartphones, especially in the winter when they are indoors much of the time, and when they’re out of school.  And it is a challenge to make […]

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 […]

Interview with Existimatum

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to “Marcus Julianus” of Existimatum for this lovely interview about how I became a movie critic and how I approach my reviews. Early Career EX: Tell us about where you grew up and what kind of childhood you […]

Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Tribute

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Betty Jo Tucker for inviting me on her show to talk about the upcoming 50th anniversary of one of the greatest family films of all time, Mary Poppins. Stay tuned for my review of “Saving Mr. Banks,” […]

Monsters vs. Aliens Debate — Back for Halloween

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Betty Jo Tucker for re-broadcasting our Monsters vs. Aliens debate in time for Halloween!  I could easily have taken either side in the debate and it was a blast to argue in favor of some of my favorites.

My Russian Review of “Rush” for the Voice of America

posted by Nell Minow

I was honored to be invited to talk about “Rush” for the Voice of America’s Russian channel!

Tribute: Movie Critic Stanley Kauffmann

posted by Nell Minow

The masterful critic Stanley Kauffman, whose writing career stretched over eight decades, died this week at age 97.  Adam Bernstein’s perceptive Kauffman obituary in the Washington Post noted: “He was one of the few critics who could watch a 1997 […]

Summer Movies 2013: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks once again to Betty Jo Tucker for inviting me on her Movie Addict Headquarters show. This time, the topic was the best and worst of 2013’s summer movie releases and I had a lot of fun sharing my […]

Folklore is Still Embedded in Today’s Movies

posted by Nell Minow

I was very pleased to be included in a new article about the way folklore continues to be at the heart of 21st century storytelling. Folklore is the mother of all stories – “every story told since stories began has […]

Are Today’s Kids’ Movies More Challenging?

posted by Nell Minow

I’m quoted in this story about films for children that have material that may be too complicated or adult for their level of maturity. “I think the real issue is the quicker cuts and more explosive effects,” Minow told NBCNews.com. […]

Great Review of My 101 Must-See Movies Book!

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Tom Sanchez for his thoughtful and perceptive review of my book, 101 Must-See Movie Moments (Must-See Movies) –in other words, he liked it! Nell Minow is old-school, like a critic should be. She has seen untold thousands […]

Outdoor Movies in DC — I Talk to Kojo Nnamdi

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Washington radio superstar Kojo Nnamdi for inviting me on the show to talk about why watching outdoor movies is so much fun and where the best places in the DC area are to watch movies under the stars.

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. […]

My Thoughts on Happiness, Work, and Family

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to the Huffington Post for publishing my thoughts on happiness, work, and family in connection with this week’s Third Metric Conference. Pretty much everything you’ve ever been told about what will make you happy and secure is wrong. […]

I’ll Be At the Third Metric Conference: Huffington/Brzezinski

posted by Nell Minow

I’m honored to be participating in a conference organized by Arianna Huffington and Mika Brzezinski in New York next week called “The Third Metric.” The current (predominantly male) model of success virtually requires driving ourselves into the ground.  What if as […]

MPAA’s New Check the Box Ratings

posted by Nell Minow

The MPAA ratings board announced some new “check the box” enhancements to the movie ratings system to give parents better and clearer information about the content of the movies, along with an ad campaign, an updated website for checking ratings, […]

The Worst Movies of 2012

posted by Nell Minow

I’m honored to be included in New York Magazine’s round-up of the worst movies of 2012.  You can see the full ballots of all of the critics, too.

Tonight on Punch Drunk Critics — The Year in Film

posted by Nell Minow

Please listen in at 7 pm Eastern tonight as I visit my friends at Punch Drunk Critics to talk about the best and worst of the year in film!

Movie Addict Headquarters: Holiday Gift Guide

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Betty Jo Tucker for inviting me back to the Movie Addict Headquarters podcast, this time to discuss movie-related gifts with “Mad Movie Man” A.J. Hakari!   And thanks to Betty Jo for making one of her recommendations my […]

My Conversation with Nick DiGilio

posted by Nell Minow

Time always flies when I visit the Nick DiGilio show on WGN in Chicago. We talked about “Flight,” “Fun Size,” “Skyfall,” Cloud Atlas,” and lots more. Thanks a million for having me on.

Re-Broadcast: Monsters vs. Alien Debate

posted by Nell Minow

Listen in to a special Halloween re-broadcast of my debate with A.J. Hakari on Betty Jo Tucker’s Movie Addict Headquarters show.  Which has provided more entertainment value over the years?  On one side, “Alien,” “E.T.,” and “The Day the Earth Stood […]

I Join the Punch-Drunk Critics to Talk about the Best and Worst of 2012 So Far

posted by Nell Minow

I had a blast talking to my pals at Punch-Drunk Critics about the best and worst in 2012 film so far.  Many thanks to Travis and John for including me!

Thanks to Betty Jo Tucker for Having Me on Her Show

posted by Nell Minow

Betty Jo Tucker invited me to talk about the movies of 2012 with Mad Movie Man (and sometime actor) A.J. Hakari on her blogtalk radio show, Movie Addict HQ.  It was a pleasure, as always.

The Second-Worst Review of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” Is…Mine

posted by Nell Minow

Movieline did a round-up of the most scathing reviews of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and number two on the list was mine. A couple of the others: “The best seller What To Expect When You’re Expecting has been around for […]

My Appearance on the “On Demand” Panel at Ebertfest

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s the “On Demand” panel from Ebertfest — it was a thrill to be a part of this lively discussion about the pros and cons of watching films outside a movie theater.  I especially enjoyed meeting Roger Ebert’s wonderful group […]

My Interview with Adlai E. Stevenson III About Five Generations of Politicians and Statesmen

posted by Nell Minow

I was lucky enough to interview former Illinois senator Adlai E. Stevenson III about his new book collecting the wisdom of five generations of his family for the wonderful Viral History blog from Ken Ackerman.  Here is an excerpt:   Illinois has […]

Talking about Fairy Tales on WAMU

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to the Kojo Nnamdi Show for inviting me on to talk about fairy tales — their enduring popularity and their prevalence in today’s media — with two men whose books I have read and enjoyed, Jack Zipes and […]

Paulzeye Interviews Me!

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Paulzeye for the opportunity to answer very thoughtful questions about being a movie critic.  I was very touched by his kind words: Whether Minow’s busy being a mom or busy being the Movie Mom, one thing is […]

Best Actress Roundtable: The Critics Debate

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Thelma Adams for including me in her critics roundtable discussion of this year’s Best Actress Oscar nominees.  I found the debate fascinating!

The Worst Movies of 2011 — New York Magazine’s Vulture Polls the Critics

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to New York Magazine for including me in their round-up of the worst films of 2011.  The ballots — unlike the movies they nominate — are smart, funny, and passionate.

Talking About the Oscar Nominations with Betty Jo Tucker and Barry Monush

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks so much to Betty Jo Tucker of Movie Addict Headquarters for inviting me on her radio program to talk about today’s Oscar nominations with movie expert Barry Monush.

Listen to Me Today on WGN Radio with Nick Digilio

posted by Nell Minow

Today, Nick Digilio and I will be talking about the best and worst movies of 2011 just after noon Eastern time.  Listen in!

I’ll be on AWOP Tonight!

posted by Nell Minow

Listen to A World of Progress radio tonight at 8 pm Eastern to hear me talk about movies, corporate governance, and my dad!

Mark Jenkins on ‘Margin Call’ — Quoting Me

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to my friend Mark Jenkins for including me in his insightful piece for the Washington Post about the timeliness of the new movie, Margin Call. As the Occupy Wall Street protests continue and expand, “Margin Call” might seem the right […]

My Segment on the Ebert Show: 3D Movies for Kids

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Roger and Chaz Ebert and all the wonderful folks at Ebert Presents At the Movies for including my segment on kids and 3D in this week’s show!

My Speech at Gel on Mistakes

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to the wonderful folks at Gel for inviting me!     And for much more fun, check out the guys who came after me, the fabulous Fisticuffs gang, all New Yorker cartoonists.

Awkward Office Photo Competition

posted by Nell Minow

The wildly popular Awkward Family Photos website has a new competition in honor of next week’s release of “Horrible Bosses.”  It’s called Awkward Office Photos.  Take a look and vote for your favorite — and feel better that you don’t […]

The Best Movies of 2011 — So Far

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Travis Hopson and John Nolan for including me on their wonderful “Punch Drunk Critics” podcast on Blog Talk Radio. Along with my dear friend Tim Gordon, we had a great discussion of the best — and worst […]

Thelma Adams Asks, ‘Where’s Momma?’

posted by Nell Minow

US Magazine critic Thelma Adams has a blog post about one of the most common questions I get asked: where are the parents in movies about kids?  She quotes my comments: Nell Minow, the Movie Mom, told me “This is the […]

Thanks to Betty Jo Tucker For Inviting Me on Movie Addict Headquarters

posted by Nell Minow

I always have a lot of fun with Betty Jo Tucker of Movie Addict Headquarters — in this week’s episode, A. J. Hakari joined us for a talk about the summer movies of 2011.

The Corporate Villain in Movies — My First Appearance on Ebert Presents

posted by Nell Minow

I was thrilled that my first appearance on Ebert Presents At the Movies was a discussion of corporate villains on screen from 1909 to the present — why they are so popular and how the portrayals have evolved to reflect […]

Cafe Mom Celebrates Raising Healthy Boys Month

posted by Nell Minow

I’m honored to be one of the expert contributors at Cafe Moms’ celebration of Raising Healthy Boys Month. Go over there to take a look and participate in the conversations about snips, snails, and puppy dog tails and the wonderful […]

I’m in a Movie — And Going to Sundance!

posted by Nell Minow

This time, I’m not reviewing a film; I am appearing in one! And I am very excited. “The Flaw,” a documentary about the financial meltdown, includes me as one of its interview subjects. And it has been accepted at Sundance […]

Roger Ebert’s New Show!

posted by Nell Minow

I am thrilled that I have been invited to be one of the correspondents for Roger Ebert’s new show, “Ebert Presents At the Movies.” With AP’s Christy Lemire and the 24-year-old Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of MUBI.com as co-hosts and Roger and […]

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.”

Roger Ebert Cites Me in MPAA Ratings Op-Ed

posted by Nell Minow

I am honored to be mentioned in Roger Ebert’s outstanding op-ed about the MPAA ratings, and thrilled with his support for what I do. Last week, on appeal, the MPAA lowered the rating of “Blue Valentine,” a searing portrait of […]

My Other Job: Interview with Warren Buffett

posted by Nell Minow

Those of you who are interested in my other job might enjoy checking out our YouTube channel to see my interview with Warren Buffett. In nine short chapters, he and I talk about everything from his current project with Bill […]

Talking to Nick Digilo on WGN: ‘Jackass 3D,’ ‘The Tempest,’ ‘How to Train Your Dragon,’ and ‘Secretariat’

posted by Nell Minow

A joy, as always, to talk to my pal Nick Digilio on WGN.

With Edward Norton on “Stone” at AFI

posted by Nell Minow

It was an honor to have a chance to interview Edward Norton at the American Film Institute following a screening of his new film, “Stone.” This photo is copyright Bruce Guthrie, who was kind enough to give me permission to […]

Keeping it Reel with Film Gordon

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks so much to my dear friend Tim Gordon for including me on his fall preview show along with film critics Dann Gire (Chicago Daily Herald), Eli Savada (FilmThreat), Wilson Morales (Black Film), Arch Campbell (WJLA-TV), Daryle Lockhart (The Black […]

Thanks to Betty Jo Tucker of Movie Addict Headquarters

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks once again to Betty Jo Tucker and her whole gang for including me on this week’s episode of Movie Addict Headquarters. Tune in to hear us talk about the best and worst of the summer releases and what’s coming […]

Jinni’s Top 60 Movie Blogs — Including This One!

posted by Nell Minow

Belated but heartfelt thanks to Jinni for including me in the list of the top 60 movie blogs. I’m honored. The other 59 are well worth checking out, too.

Want to Know How I Got to Be a Lawyer/Movie Critic?

posted by Nell Minow

The latest Washington Post On Success query I was asked to respond to really hit home: Q: At some point in your life, you probably decided to take a leap of faith and go in a direction — professionally or […]

Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the Movie Mom Website

posted by Nell Minow

Fifteen years ago this week, when there were only a few thousand websites and not one from a corporation or publication, I decided to publish movie reviews online from a parents’ point of view. At that time, just about every […]

Thanks, University of Chicago

posted by Nell Minow

My alma mater gave me their almuni award. Many thanks! Beyond her high-powered corporate work, Minow has cultivated a second role as film critic, writing reviews of movies for children and teens for a variety of venues, most recently in […]

Movie Mom Minute #2 — What My Father Knew When I was Four

posted by Nell Minow

In Studio Tonight with BDK

posted by Nell Minow

Most Friday evenings I call in to the Kevin and Josh Movie Show here in DC to chat for a few minutes about the week in movies. Josh is away this week, so I get to fill in for the […]

How I Predicted My Future Careers at Age 17

posted by Nell Minow

I enjoy writing short pieces for the Washington Post’s On Success page, and one of the most fun was today’s answer to the question of when I knew what career(s) I wanted. The answer to that one surprised even me.

Talking to Nick Digilo on WGN

posted by Nell Minow

I love talking to Nick Digilio, especially when I can be in the studio and we had a lot of fun talking yesterday about “Floored,” the great documentary about the Chicago pit traders and about what’s in theaters and upcoming […]

What I Read

posted by Nell Minow

The Atlantic Monthly’s website has a daily feature called “What I Read.” They invite people to tell them about their sources of information and news. If you’d like to read about my “media diet” take a look. And yes, the […]

Guilty Pleasures with Betty Jo Tucker

posted by Nell Minow

I’ll be on Betty Jo Tucker’s Reel Talk over at Movie Addict headquarters today at 4pm Eastern time. Listen to our discussion here! And I’d love to hear about your guilty pleasure films, too.

Ebert on Why Today is the Golden Age of Film Criticism

posted by Nell Minow

There have been many articles about the end of the era of the movie critic as print media cuts have led to the departure of many of the best-established and most widely-read commentators on film. But Roger Ebert says this […]

News-Gazette Report on My Ebertfest Panel

posted by Nell Minow

Champaign’s News Gazette wrote a nice piece about our panel discussion on “Synecdoche, New York” with writer-director Charlie Kaufman. Reporter Melissa Merli called it “perhaps the liveliest post-screening discussion so far.” [Kafuman] said he explores themes in which he’s interested […]

My Thoughts On Success

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Post has asked me to be a contributor to their “On Success” discussion page and I have enjoyed responding to questions about the importance of vacations, the challenges faced by a woman football coach, and the possibility of […]

Ask Amy’s Recommendation

posted by Nell Minow

I am thrilled and honored to be mentioned in today’s Ask Amy column. A parent wrote in about 9 and 10 year olds who had seen the very R-rated “The Hangover” multiple times. Amy Dickenson wisely suggested an honest and […]

Oscar Classics for Families

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks very much to the Chicago Tribune for asking me which Oscar-winning classics I’d recommend to families. “It’s never too early to teach children what is possible in terms of quality of performance, writing, direction and cinematography,” says Nell Minow, […]

Red-Band Trailers Reach Underage Audiences

posted by Nell Minow

I am quoted in Brooks Barnes’ New York Times article today about the “red-band” trailer for a new superhero movie called “Kick-Ass.” Red-band trailers contain R-rated material and are supposed to be shown to adults only. In theaters, they are […]

What Makes a Movie Romantic?

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks once again to Cheryl Anderson of the Appleton Post-Crescent for interviewing me, this time about what makes movie romantic. “There are so many movies about love for the same reason there are so many movies about lost treasure […]

Movie Mom on the Air

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Kevin “BDK” McCarthy and Josh Hylton for having me on the air to talk about the new releases!

What Are Movie Critics For?

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to the Online Film Critics Society for including my thoughts in their round-up of commentaries about what movie critics are for. The question was “Do critics do anything nowadays except give out awards? What is the purpose of a […]

Top 600 Movie Sites (Including Mine)

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Total Film for including me in their list of 600 film sites you might have missed! Many of my favorites are on there and some promising sites I plan to visit as well. It’s fun to read […]

My Other Job

posted by Nell Minow

I’ve been speaking out a lot on overpaid executives this week and commenting on the pay cuts imposed by the Obama adminstration’s on the top executives of seven of the bailout companies. I appeared on Bloomberg, the Nightly Business Report, […]

The Worst of 2009

posted by Nell Minow

New York Magazine has a great compendium of the worst movies of last year and they were nice enough to ask me for my choices. All About Steve was the worst movie of the year. The films that made me […]

Talking to Nick Digilo About the Best of the Year

posted by Nell Minow

It is always a lot of fun to talk to WGN’s Nick Digilio and I especially enjoyed our discussion of the best and worst of 2009.

Rotten Tomatoes Invites Me to Post the Must See and Worst Films of 2009

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks so much to Rotten Tomatoes for including me in their year-end wrap-up of my must-see and worst picks for 2009. I was surprised to find so many of the other critics picked the same worst film that I did! […]

Talking about Holiday Movies with Kojo

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks so much to Kojo Nnamdi for having me on his WAMU show with film historian Murray Horwitz to talk about sharing our favorite holiday movies with the family. And thanks to the great callers and emailers for some wonderful […]

Thanks to the Paul Edwards Show!

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to the Paul Edwards Show for inviting me on this afternoon to talk about Christmas movies! It was a real pleasure.

Movie Mom on Nick Digilio

posted by Nell Minow

There’s no one I enjoy talking to about movies more than Nick Digilio, and it was a blast to hear his thoughts on the holiday season releases. Thanks for having me on the show!

FilmGordon on BlogTalk Radio

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to my dear friend Tim Gordon for inviting me to be a guest on his wonderful FilmGordon show on BlogTalk Radio! We discussed our choices for the Washington Area Film Critics Association end-of-year awards, which will be announced this […]

ReelRave Debuts

posted by Nell Minow

I am proud to be a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which give out the Critics Choice awards each January, often the best predictors of the Oscars. And I am delighted to be a part of the organization’s […]

‘Twilight’ Thoughts from Trevor Butterworth in Forbes

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Trevor Butterworth for including some of my thoughts in his perceptive essay on the appeal of the “Twilight” series. As the critic Nell Minow put it to me, there were any number of reasons for sex not to […]

Today Show re Overpaid Wall Street CEOs

posted by Nell Minow

I was on The Today Show this morning for my other job talking about the hundreds of millions of dollars paid to the CEOs of failed companies Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns. You can also see a piece about my […]

Kevin McCarthy Blogs the AFI 100

posted by Nell Minow

My friend and colleague Kevin “BDK” McCarthy is going old school, working his way through the American Film Institute’s list of the top 100 American films and blogging his reaction to each one. It is a lot of fun to […]

Talking to Nick Digilo

posted by Nell Minow

One of my all-time favorite movie pals is WGN’s Nick Digilio. I love to talk to him when we agree and I love it even more when we don’t! Here’s yesterday’s broadcast.

My Other Job

posted by Nell Minow

I’ve been speaking out a lot on overpaid executives this week and commenting on the pay cuts imposed by the Obama adminstration’s on the top executives of seven of the bailout companies. I appeared on Bloomberg, the Nightly Business Report, […]

Four Questions for the Movie Mom

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks very much to Professor Michael Ebner and Ageless North Shore for inviting me to answer four very intriguing questions for its website. Nell Minow: The Four Questions Why is this profile different from all other profiles? Because today’s guest […]

More (and Less) on ‘The Invention of Lying’

posted by Nell Minow

In Washington DC’s City Paper, Tricia Olszewski cites my fellow-Beliefnet blogger Michele McGinty (who has not seen the film) and me about the surprisingly lukewarm reaction to the anti-religious elements engendered by the Ricky Gervais film “The Invention of Lying.” […]

MPAA Trailer Rule Update

posted by Nell Minow

Top entertainment reporter/commentator for the LA Times Patrick Goldstein wrote a terrific blog post about my story on the MPAA’s secret change to the rules governing the content of trailers, calling the consequences of this change “a whole new level […]

‘Bizarre’ Profile in the Huffington Post

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to my childhood pal Bob Elisberg for this charming profile of my “bizarre” life in the Huffington Post.

Ask Amy Recommends My Blog!

posted by Nell Minow

The wonderful Amy Dickenson of Ask Amy was kind enough to recommend my blog as her favorite resource for checking out movies. Minow smartly distills plots and rates films with kids and families in mind. In two minutes I learned […]

Tom Clocker Interviews The Movie Mom

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Baltimore movie critic Tom Clocker for a terrific profile and interview. Some selections: Tom: You don’t have to get into too much detail since everyone can check out the full article from The Washington Post, but it […]

Washington Post Online Discussion

posted by Nell Minow

The transcript of my online discussion about the Washington Post profile is up on their website. Many thanks to all of you who participated!

Join me for an Online Chat

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Post has invited me to host an online chat today from 12-1. Please join me with your questions or comments. You can also submit questions ahead of time. I look forward to your participation!

Profile in the Washington Post

posted by Nell Minow

There’s a lovely profile of my two jobs as corporate governance analyst and movie critic in this weekend’s Washington Post Magazine. It has lots of information about my background, my family, and how I got to where I am in […]

Steve Jobs/Apple

posted by Nell Minow

In my corporate governance role, I appeared on CNBC today to discuss Steve Jobs and what Apple should disclose about his health.

Follow Me on Twitter

posted by Nell Minow

I will now be posting movie tweets as moviemom — or, you are welcome to follow my other account, nminow. Are you on Twitter? Let us know!

‘Angels & Demons’ — radio debate

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Kevin McCarthy of the BDK Movie Show for having me on the show to debate “Angels & Demons” — whether it is or should be considered insulting to the Church and discuss many different portrayals of religion and […]

Berkeley Monthly Interview

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Paul Kilduff of the Berkeley Monthly for a terrific interview. (But for the record, my talk at the World Bank was about international corporate governance. That was a joke.) Here are a couple of excerpts: PK: What […]

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 […]

Movie Mom on the Air

posted by Nell Minow

You can hear me defending aliens against Mad Movie Man A.J. Hakeri on Movie Addict Headquarters with Betty Jo Tucker. I had a blast! Thanks to those of you who participated by chat. And I appeared last night on BDK’s […]

Ebertfest!

posted by Nell Minow

I am honored that Roger Ebert has invited me to his Ebertfest (formerly known as the Overlooked Film Festival). I will be presenting the gorgeous adventure film “The Fall” appearing with its talented young star, Catinca Untaru . If you’re […]

Movie Mom Talks to BDK About ‘Hannah Montana’

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to my friend BDK (Kevin McCarthy) for inviting me on his radio show to talk about “Hannah Montana” — we both admitted that it made us cry!

100 Best Movie Sites

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Only Good Movies for listing my site as one of the 100 top places on the Web for information and insight about the movies!

Corporate Governance: My Thoughts on AIG and Wall St. vs. Washington

posted by Nell Minow

From a debate last week in NY about whether Wall Street or Washington is more responsible for the current meltdown: My commentary on the AIG situation — time to get rid of the members of the board of directors who […]

More on CEO Pay and Boards of Directors

posted by Nell Minow

My other job is in the news: Interview in Business Week with Maria Bartiromo: With regard to the subprime mess, compensation was structured so that people were paid based on the number of transactions rather than the quality of transaction. […]

Movie Mom on the Radio

posted by Nell Minow

If you are in the Washington DC area, you can hear me almost every Sunday on Kevin McCarthy’s BDK Movie Show around 4:40 on WJFK. Last week we talked about whether “Coraline” is too scary for kids. Past shows are […]

Thanks to the Bannockburn Elementary School

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Liza Levenson and Meredith Stone of the Bannockburn Elementary School for hosting me in the 4th grade yesterday! I loved talking to your students about movies.

More About Wall Street Bonuses

posted by Nell Minow

In my other job, I appeared on the Lehrer Newshour again last night talking about President Obama’s limits on executive compensation for the bailout financial services firms. And I wrote a column about it for CNN.com, too. I also got […]

Wall Street Bonuses — Re-calibrating My Outrage

posted by Nell Minow

When I’m not being the Movie Mom, I am editor and chair of a small company based in Portland, Maine that evaluates corporate behavior and performance. I’ve had a lot to say recently about the billions of dollars paid out […]

Watch Me Tonight on 20/20

posted by Nell Minow

I’ll be on 20/20 tonight with John Stossel talking about my other job — combating corporate misbehavior and especially overpaid corporate CEOs. Tune in!

The Worst Movies of 2008 — but some of the Best Reviews

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Post covers Rotten Tomatoes’ round-up of the year’s worst movies and what makes it fun to read is not just the list of what-were-they-thinking horrible films but the quotes from the reviews by the critics who suffered through […]

Holiday Movies

posted by Nell Minow

You can listen to our lively discussion of holiday movies on Movie Addict Headquarters. Thanks to Betty Jo Tucker, Jazz Shaw, and Nikki the producer for inviting me.

Join Me Today on ‘Movie Addict Headquarters’ with Betty Jo Tucker

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Betty Jo Tucker for inviting me back on her Movie Addict Headquarters radio show, at 4 pm Eastern time. You can call in with questions or comments on your favorite holiday movies at 646-478-5668. Please join us!

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 Mom on ‘Amazing Women’ Radio Show

posted by Nell Minow

Please join me today at 1pm Pacific Time, 4 pm Eastern on the “Amazing Women” Radio program with Marlene Siersema. You can call in with questions at 888-346-9141. I’d love to hear from you!

My Best Biographies 2008 List

posted by Nell Minow

I had a lot of fun writing a review of the best biographies of the year for Strategy + Business.

Welcome to the Back Porch!

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Mitchell Keller and his syndicated Back Porch show, featuring “real country music,” for inviting me to be their movie critic. I’ll be on every week talking about the new releases at the theater and on DVD. Thanks […]

Movie Mom on NBC News

posted by Nell Minow

And note the movie reference!

Movie Mom on BDK’s Radio Show: Saw, High School Musical, and Kevin Smith

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to BDK/Kevin McCarthy for another great radio chat! (I come on after the “favorite ‘Saw’ death” call-ins.) Oh, and I was on last week, too!

In Studio with Brett and Tracy

posted by Nell Minow

I’m in the studio this morning with Brett and Tracy, two of my very favorite people! We’ll be talking about “High School Musical 3,” “Pride and Glory,” and of course the fabulous Tallgrass Film Festival, which I’ll be attending today […]

Movie Mom Media Appearances

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks so much to the Acalanes Blueprint student newspaper for interviewing me about “The Dark Knight!” “Adolescents have always been drawn to stories of transformation and duality,” said Minow in a Blueprint interview. “It’s a very well-written, acted, and directed […]

More on Language from the Las Vegas Review-Journal

posted by Nell Minow

“Language packs a punch in culture,” says a column by Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter John Przybys about the debate over Tropic Thunder. Przybys and I had a long talk about this subject and he quoted me in the column: Nell […]

Movie Mom on the BDK radio show

posted by Nell Minow

Kevin McCarthy, aka BDK, interviewed me on this radio program this weekend and we talked about a wide range of topics from Metallica to whether it is ever appropriate to use the n-word to Clint Eastwood as actor and director. […]

Explaining Economic Issues

posted by Nell Minow

My selection of David Copperfield as the book to best help people understand the current economic situation is included in this Washington Post round-up of recommended books by people with a background in business, economics, or finance. All of the […]

Movie Mom Quoted in Appleton Post-Crescent

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Cheryl Sherry for a nice mention in her article about “teachable moments” for talking to kids about values. I especially appreciate her including my gallery of movies about values to help families talk about honesty, compassion, loyalty, and […]

Comic-Con 2008, Part 2 (Spaced, MAD, and Lynda Barry)

posted by Nell Minow

More highlights, observations and pictures from Comic-Con 2008 Most of the presenters mentioned that their name cards had a cautionary note on the back reminding them that they should be careful about what they said because there would likely be […]

The Del Coronado and the Jeff and Jer Show

posted by Nell Minow

While we were in San Diego for Comic-Con we had a chance to visit the legendary Hotel Del Coronado, where Some Like It Hot and The Stunt Man were filmed. We had breakfast overlooking the water and imagined Marilyn Monroe […]

Movie Mom on WJLA-TV re Heath Ledger

posted by Nell Minow

Local movie critic Arch Campbell did a television spot about Heath Ledger’s performance as The Joker in this week’s “The Dark Knight” and he asked three local critics what we thought. You can see me here (briefly) with my friends […]

Women Critics on Superhero Movies

posted by Nell Minow

The members of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists speak out on superhero movies. Are they just for boys? MaryAnn Johanson, who’s carved her critic’s niche by taking superhero movies seriously, provides an introduction: “Comic books and comic book movies […]

Movie Mom on The Takeaway

posted by Nell Minow

My brief podcast review of “Sex and the City” appears on The Takeaway, a co-production of WNYC Radio and Public Radio International, in collaboration with The BBC World Service, New York Times Radio and WGBH Boston.

Fortune asks me for the best career advice I ever received

posted by Nell Minow

Work part-time Nell Minow, co-founder of The Corporate Library, says sticking to an unconventional schedule made her successful. NEW YORK (Fortune) — The single best piece of advice I ever got about my job was to work part-time. It was […]

Parents fret over appropriateness of movies for kids (Appleton Post-Crescent)

posted by Nell Minow

Cheryl Sherry’s column in the Appleton Post-Crescent discusses a new survey showing that PG movies with strong language sell fewer tickets than those with other kinds of parental concerns like violence or sex. “The reality is that profanity, within PG, […]

Do women critics review differently?

posted by Nell Minow

Jennifer Merin of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists invited me to respond to a blog post from Gary Susman of Entertainment Weekly on whether we need more female critics.

Family Matters radio interview

posted by Nell Minow

I had a lot of fun talking to Caroline and Jacquie of Family Matters radio about the Oscars and other movie topics. You can hear the interview here and here.

Testimony about overpaid CEOs and subprime mortgages

posted by Nell Minow

Update for anyone who wants to see my testimony: On the CSPAN website look for the Waxman hearing on CEO compensation and click on Panel 1. I’m about halfway through. My presentation is under five minutes but I also got […]

TV tomorrow

posted by Nell Minow

When I’m not being The Movie Mom, I speak out often on corporate abuses. Tomorrow, I will testify about the CEOs who made millions while their companies, investors, and customers were losing millions on subprime mortgages before the U.S. Congress […]

Interview on Chivalry Today

posted by Nell Minow

Scott Farrell of Chivalry Today interviewed me about the portrayal of chivalry in movies, and the podcast is available on the website (you can skip the intro and start about halfway through). We talked about some of the Hollywood greats, […]

The Critics Choice Awards

posted by Nell Minow

Last night, my husband and I attended our first-ever red carpet event, the Critics Choice Awards, which were broadcast on VH1. It was a lot of fun, especially the end, when all of the critics went up on stage to […]

Critics Choice Awards

posted by Nell Minow

Watch the Critics Choice Awards hosted by D.L. Hughley tonight on VH1 and look for me in the silver dress!

Reminding Oscar voters of great performances of 2007

posted by Nell Minow

Scott Bowles in USA Today quoted me in his story about performances that should not be overlooked by Oscar voters. I’d add Joseph Gordon-Levitt (and the rest of the cast, who were all brilliant) in The Lookout and Irfan Kahn […]

Movie Mom on Reel Talk

posted by Nell Minow

I’ll be doing an interview on Reel Talk this afternoon at 4 pm EST and we’ll be taking questions from callers, so please listen in and give us a call!

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