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This Week in Theaters: Boys vs. Girls in One-Word-Title, R-Rated Comedies

posted by Nell Minow

They both have one-word titles. They are both very raunchy R-rated comedies. And this week they square off against each other for domination of the box office. “Entourage” continues the adventures of movie star Vince (Adrian Grenier) and his home-town […]

This Week in Theaters: Two Lifetime-Ish Movies About Women Named Claire Played by Women Named Jennifer

posted by Nell Minow

Two of the movies opening this week are about women named Claire, played by women named Jennifer. And both are the kind of stories we often see in Lifetime movies. In “Cake,” Jennifer Aniston plays the survivor of a tragic […]

Joss Whedon’s New Film is a Surprise VOD Release: In Your Eyes

posted by Nell Minow

Joss Whedon made a surprise announcement after the premiere of his new film, “In Your Eyes” at the Tribeca Film Festival. Instead of a theatrical release, it is immediately available through Video on Demand. Here’s the synopsis: In the frozen […]

Opening This Week: Divergent and Muppets Most Wanted

posted by Nell Minow

The winter movie doldrums are over and there are two terrific movies opening this week.  If you haven’t heard about the best-selling “Divergent” series of books, think “Hunger Games” (dystopian YA trilogy with a plucky female heroine) and read this […]

Opening February 2014 — Back to the 80’s

posted by Nell Minow

When you look at the list of movies opening this month, you may feel you’re in a time warp.  We have three different remakes of films from the 1980’s. The 1987 film Robocop starred Peter Weller as a law enforcement […]

Opening This Week: Labor Day and That Awkward Moment

posted by Nell Minow

The movie doldrums of January are lifting and this week we’re getting two films that show some promise. Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin star in “Labor Day,” based on Joyce Maynard’s novel about a single mother struggling with depression and […]

Opening This Week: Two Thrillers and Something Really Thrilling — One Direction in 3D

posted by Nell Minow

The last week of August and the first weeks of January are traditionally the slowest times of the year for movie releases.  So any Labor Day weekend that does not include something like “Baby Geniuses 2″ looks pretty good to […]

This Week’s Releases: “The Butler,” “Kick-Ass 2,” “JOBS,” and “Paranoia”

posted by Nell Minow

It’s another big week at the movies, with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars in two fact-based prestige movies with awards potential, a superhero sequel, and a twisty thriller based on a best-selling novel. Formally called “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” following […]

Opening This Week: World War Z and Monsters University

posted by Nell Minow

It’s one of the biggest weeks of the year at the movies with two huge openings.  It’s the zombie apocalypse vs. monsters, Brad Pitt vs. Mike and Sully. Pitt stars in a movie based on World War Z, a book […]

Opening This Week: Three Big Movies for a Three-Day Weekend

posted by Nell Minow

Three big movies are opening up this week to make sure there’s something for everyone this holiday weekend. “Hangover III” is the final chapter in the saga of the Wolf Pack, with Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, and Zach Galifianakis making […]

Opening this Week: Valentine’s Day Romance With “Safe Haven,” “Beautiful Creatures,” and…”Die Hard 5″

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s releases are opening a day early for your Valentine’s Day enjoyment.  Those looking for a date night movie  on February 14 have two choices, both based on popular books.  Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven is the story of a woman running […]

Opening This Week: “The Guilt Trip,” “This is 40,” “Jack Reacher,” “Monsters Inc.,”

posted by Nell Minow

This is one of the biggest weeks of the year for movies, as families come together to celebrate the holidays and studios release some of their most highly anticipated films.  Get ready for: “Monsters, Inc. 3D” Preparing us for next […]

Opening This Week: “Wreck-It Ralph” and “Flight”

posted by Nell Minow

This week, a new film from Disney pays tribute to the early years of video games, when designers were limited to 8 bits and you had to go to the arcade and pay in quarters.  “Wreck-It Ralph” is a fictional […]

Opening This Week: Cloud Atlas, Fun Size, Chasing Mavericks

posted by Nell Minow

After a slow week at the box office, things pick up with a prestige film with star power on both sides of the camera, a family-friendly surfing story, and a less family-friendly film from Nickelodeon. Tom Hanks and Halle Berry […]

Opening This Week: “The Master,” “Trouble With the Curve,” “End of Watch,” “Dredd 3D”

posted by Nell Minow

There’s been something of a slow patch at the box office for the last couple of weeks, but the fall season of potential Oscar-winners really starts up this week with “The Master,” P.T. Anderson’s ambitious new film starring Philip Seymour […]

Opening This Week: ParaNorman, Odd Life of Timothy Green, Expendables 2, and Sparkle

posted by Nell Minow

We don’t get many PG movies, so it is really unusual to see two in the same week, especially welcome as they are directed at the audience most overlooked by Hollywood, 8-14 year olds and their families.  “ParaNorman” is from”Coraline’s’ […]

Opening This Week: It’s Back to the 80’s with “Rock of Ages” and “That’s My Boy”

posted by Nell Minow

Until VH1 recycles it’s “I Love the 80’s” series again, those homesick for the era have two choices opening in movie theaters this week that are both affectionate tributes to the era.  It makes sense — studio executives in their […]

MVP of the Week: Brooklyn Decker

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s Most Valuable Performer is clearly Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker, who stars in two big nationwide releases.  In “Battleship,” she plays the hero’s plucky and supportive love interest and in “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” she […]

This Week: “The Avengers” and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”

posted by Nell Minow

Two movies are opening this week, both with all-star powerhouse ensemble casts.  “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” is a cheerful cozy of a film about English retirees living in India, based on the popular novel by Deborah Moggach originally titled “These […]

Opening This Week: Three Movies Based on Best-Sellers and a DisneyNature Documentary About Chimps

posted by Nell Minow

A sheltered Christian student finds himself at a notoriously free-thinking college, women learn to play the game of romance a man’s way, and a former Marine finds the woman whose photograph was his lucky talisman in this week’s feature films, […]

Opening this Week: “Titanic 3D” and “American Reunion”

posted by Nell Minow

It’s nostalgia week for those who came of age in the late 90’s.  James Cameron’s Oscar-winning and box office record-setting “Titanic,” originally released in 1997, will be back in theaters as we observe the 100th anniversary of the ship’s tragic […]

Opening This Week: Three Comedy Stars

posted by Nell Minow

Three of the biggest movie comedy stars have movies opening this week.  Jason Segal (“The Muppets”) stars in an indie from the “mumblecore” Duplass brothers (“The Puffy Chair”), about what happens when “Jeff, Who Lives at Home” goes, as movie […]

Opening this Week: Two Remakes and a Bird-Watching Competition

posted by Nell Minow

Opening this week, we have two remakes and a movie about birding. The original Footloose came out in 1984, starring Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, and John Lithgow. This remake has Dennis Quaid as the minister in a town so shattered […]

Opening this Week: ‘You Again,’ ‘Wall Street 2,’ ‘Catfish,’ ‘Never Let Me Go,’ and ‘Legends of the Guardians’

posted by Nell Minow

Hurray! The fall season is off to a grand start with three big feature films opening this week and there’s something for everyone. “You Again” looks like a hoot. It’s a “frenemy” movie. Kristen Bell plays a woman whose brother […]

Teen Sex in the Movies — What Has and Hasn’t Changed

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s releases include two films different in tone and style but both about the same time-honored subject of teenagers and sex. Every generation of teens thinks it invented sex and every generation of novelists and film-makers finds some new […]

Clip: ‘Alpha and Omega’

posted by Nell Minow

Two young wolves are told that everyone is either an “alpha” (pack leader) or “omega” (fun-loving comic relief). When they are captured and have to find their way home together, they learn that you can decide who you want to […]

Opening this Week: ‘Eat Pray Love,’ ‘The Expendables,’ and ‘Scott Pilgrim’

posted by Nell Minow

This is the last big week of the summer movie season and it is quite the box office battle. In one corner, we have The Expendables, starring ten of the hugest (in every sense) action stars in movie history: Sylvester […]

Opening This Week: ‘Knight and Day’ and ‘Grown-Ups

posted by Nell Minow

Just to make things confusing, the short film that precedes “Toy Story 3″ is called “Day & Night” and the big summer movie opening up on Wednesday is called “Knight and Day.” One is a 3D animated short (more about […]

Opening this Week: Toy Story 3 (in 3D!) and Jonah Hex

posted by Nell Minow

Can it really be only 15 years since Pixar first introduced us to Woody and Buzz Lightyear and the world of computer animation? The 1995 release of Toy Story didn’t seem revolutionary at the time. But its impact on not […]

Opening this Week: ‘The Karate Kid’ and ‘The A-Team’

posted by Nell Minow

It’s “I Love the 80’s Week” as the summer kicks off into high gear. I call these “Lunchbox Movies” because I believe the only reason remakes like this get made is that the now-grown-up studio executives were such fans as […]

Marmaduke, Killers, and Get Him to the Greek

posted by Nell Minow

Think of this week as a sorbet to cleanse the palate between the last four weeks of spring blockbusters and the big, big movies coming our way throughout June and July. Sequels! Remakes! Romance! Explosions! That’s all ahead. This week […]

Opening this Week: ‘Prince of Persia’ and ‘SATC 2′

posted by Nell Minow

We are in the midst of summer blockbuster season, and with a three-day weekend coming up, we get two enormous releases this week, both involving the desert of the mid-East. “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” is a sword […]

Two PG Romances in One Week

posted by Nell Minow

We don’t get many PG movies designed for general audiences but this week we have two, both sweet romances, “Letters to Juliet” and “Just Wright.” The first is the story of girl about to be married who helps a woman […]

Opening this Week: ‘The Back-Up Plan’ and ‘The Losers’

posted by Nell Minow

It’s Mars and Venus time this week with a romantic comedy that brings Jennifer Lopez back to the screen for the first time since “Bordertown” and “El Cantante” in 2006 with “The Back-Up Plan” and the first big guns and […]

Opening this Week: Hot Tub Time Machine and How to Train Your Dragon

posted by Nell Minow

The silly gross-out comedy “Hot Tub Time Machine,” starring John Cusack, Craig Robinson, and Rob Corddry opens this week, with three forty-something buddies getting sent back to 1986. It co-stars two performers who were making some of the most popular […]

Opening This Week: Comedy, Romance, and War

posted by Nell Minow

Four big movies are opening this week. There’s a comic clash of cultures “Our Family Wedding” when “Ugly Betty’s” America Ferrara and “House of Payne’s” Lance Gross fall in love. “Twilight’s” Robert Pattinson and “Lost’s” Emilie de Ravin play characters […]

Opening this Week: Avatar, Young Victoria, and Did You Hear About the Morgans?

posted by Nell Minow

This week, I’ll be reviewing “Young Victoria,” with Emily Blunt as the teenager whose reign as queen of England defined an era. It is produced by Sarah Ferguson, former daughter-in-law of Queen Victoria’s great-great-great-granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II. And there’s also […]

Opening December 11, 2009

posted by Nell Minow

This week, I’ll be reviewing: “The Princess and the Frog,” “The Lovely Bones,” “Up in the Air,” and “Invictus.”

Opening This Week

posted by Nell Minow

This week, I’ll be reviewing the animated “Planet 51,” about a happy planet invaded by an alien — an American astronaut, “The Blind Side,” with Sandra Bullock in the true story of a poor but talented black football player adopted […]

2012 and Precious

posted by Nell Minow

The movies opening this week at first seem to have very little in common. “2012” is a big-budget, chases-and-explosions film with an apocalyptic setting. “Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire” is a small, intimate story of a hideously […]

Reviews this Week: Astro Boy, Amelia, and More

posted by Nell Minow

Opening this week are “Amelia,” with Hillary Swank as the famous aviator, Amelia Earhart, “Astro Boy,” an animated film based on the classic Japanese character, and “Cirque du Freak,” based on the popular series of books by Darren Shan. Stay […]

Opening This Week

posted by Nell Minow

This week I will be reviewing “Where the Wild Things Are,” based on the classic book by Maurice Sendak, and “Law Abiding Citizen,” a thriller with Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx. Stay tuned!

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