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Love is Strange
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating:
Rated R for language
Release Date:
08/22/2014

 

Moms' Night Out
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG for mild thematic elements and some action
Release Date:
May 9, 2014

The November Man
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:
Rated R for strong violence including a sexual assault, language, sexuality/nudity and brief drug use
Release Date:
August 27, 2014

 

Blended
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, and language.
Release Date:
May 23, 2014

If I Stay
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some sexual material
Release Date:
August 22, 2014

 

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG for some scary images and mild peril
Release Date:
May 9, 2014

American Dream Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Idol Chatter has posted a list of the five best movies celebrating the American Dream. All good choices: Avalon and An American Tail (about the immigrant experience), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington about an idealistic young Senator, and Rocky, the Bicentennial boxing classic. I was especially happy to see one of my favorites that never got the audience it deserved on the list: America’s Heart & Soul a touching, inspiring, stirring, and thrilling documentary about the American spirit. grapes of wrath.jpg
You_Can't_Take_It_with_You.gifLoyal reader jestrfyl suggests the “Back to the Future” movies, the “National Treasure” movies, and “Pleasantville.” I would add movies like Best Picture Oscar winners You Can’t Take It With You, All the President’s Men, and On the Waterfront , because an essential element of the American dream is the triumph over tyranny and corruption. And I’d also include fact-based movies like “Glory,” “Young Mr. Lincoln,” and “The Right Stuff,” because the most American of dreams is the idea that there are no limits on what we can accomplish beyond the limits of our own imagination and daring.

My Visit to Green Gables and Prince Edward Island

posted by Nell Minow

2008 Nova Scotia cruise 355.jpgAs promised, here are two of my pictures from our visit to the home that inspired L.M. Montgomery to write Anne of Green Gables just 100 years ago. Ms. Montgomery never lived here but it belonged to a relative and she visited it often and loved it dearly.
2008 Nova Scotia cruise 343.jpg It is easy to see why, and it is also easy to picture a red-headed, gray-eyed girl with a large imagination sleeping in this room.

Family of the Week: Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jaden, and Willow

posted by Nell Minow

Will_Smith_Family01-10-07.jpgWill Smith likes to joke that he owns the 4th of July, and it is true that he starred in two of the hugest hits to open on the 4th, “Men in Black” and “Independence Day.” He’s hoping to do it again this week with “Hancock,” but he’s going up some competition in his own house. His daughter Willow co-stars in the American Girls movie, “Kit Kittredge,” also opening this week. Like her big brother Jaden, who co-starred with his dad in “The Pursuit of Happyness,” Willow has all of the grace, charm, charisma, and screen-holding naturalness of both of her parents, and a sensational smile. Smith may just have to share his big date this year.

Drillbit Taylor

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for crude sexual references throughout, strong bullying, language, drug references and partial nudity.
Movie Release Date:March 21, 2008
DVD Release Date:July 1, 2008

drillbit.jpgLike Adam Sandler, Judd Apatow has tried to extend his franchise, and like Sandler, the result is diluted, derivative, and disappointing. Director Steven Brill (of the truly terrible “Without a Paddle,” “Ready to Rumble,” and Sandler’s biggest flop, “Little Nicky”) captures the letter but not the spirit of the Apatow oeuvre. You can hear the pitch now: “A PG-13 ‘Superbad!’” As in that film, we have a schlubby pair of best friends, one fat (Troy Gentile as Ryan) and one thin (Nate Hartley as Wade), who want nothing more than to be cool and get girls to like them.
But there is a bully who tortures them so badly they decide to hire a bodyguard, Drillbit Taylor (Owen Wilson), who tells them he is a former Ranger who has experience with Black Ops and protecting high-profile celebrities. His plan is to take their money and leave town, but one of his other low-life friends persuades him to stick around and get as much as he can from the boys. Drillbit becomes attached to them and to the vision of himself he sees in their eyes.

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