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Grandma

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Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:
Rated R for language and some drug use
Release Date:
August 21, 2015
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We Are Your Friends

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Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:
Rated R for language throughout, drug use, sexual content and some nudity
Release Date:
August 28, 2015
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Z for Zachariah

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High School
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Rated PG-13 for a scene of sexuality, partial nudity, and brief strong language
Release Date:
August 28, 2015

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B+

Iris

Lowest Recommended Age:
Middle School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for some strong language
Release Date:
May 1, 2015
grade:
B

Aloha

Lowest Recommended Age:
High School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for some language including suggestive comments
Release Date:
May 30, 2015
grade:
B

Big Game

Lowest Recommended Age:
Middle School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, and some language
Release Date:
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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.”

Washington Area Film Critics Awards 2009

posted by Nell Minow

up-in-the-air-movie.jpgThe Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) today announced their 2009 winners, awarding Best Film to “Up in the Air.” The film’s star, George Clooney, took home the Best Actor award, his second win (“Michael Clayton,” 2007). In a WAFCA first, Kathryn Bigelow took home the prize for Best Director for the Iraq War film, “The Hurt Locker,” the first woman to do so.
Relative newcomer Carey Mulligan took home the Best Actress award for “An Education,” while what many considered the only locks of the season — the Best Supporting Actor and Actress categories — went to Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds”) and Mo’Nique (“Precious”), respectively. “Precious” also walked away with the Best Breakthrough Performance for first-time actress Gabourey Sidibe.
“We are thrilled with these results,” said Tim Gordon, president of WAFCA. “As with every year, there were consensus favorites as well as surprises that both stunned and delighted us. In a year full of as many great films as this one, things are always…up in the air!”
In other categories, Sheldon Turner and two-time winner Jason Reitman (2006’s “Thank You for Smoking”) won Best Adapted Screenplay for “Up in the Air.” Quentin Tarantino won Best Original Screenplay for his heavily lauded “Inglourious Basterds.” “Up” snagged the Best Animated Film award, the fourth WAFCA win for the Disney/Pixar juggernaut. Best foreign film went to the immigration drama “Sin Nombre,” and Best Documentary went to “Food, Inc.”
The Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association is comprised of 48 DC-VA-MD-based film critics from television, radio, print and the Internet. Voting was conducted from December 4 – 5, 2009.thehurtlockernuevoposter.jpg
Best Film:? “Up in the Air” | Paramount
Best Director:? Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”)
Best Actor: ?George Clooney (“Up in the Air”)
Best Actress:?Carey Mulligan (An Education)
Best Supporting Actor:?Christoph Waltz (“Inglourious Basterds”)
Best Supporting Actress: ?Mo’Nique (“Precious”)
Best Ensemble:? “The Hurt Locker” | Summit Entertainment
Best Breakthrough Performance:? Gabourey Sidibe (“Precious”)
Best Screenplay, Adapted:?Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner (“Up in the Air”)
Best Screenplay, Original: ?Quentin Tarantino (“Inglourious Basterds”)
Best Animated Film: “?Up” | Walt Disney & Pixar
Best Foreign Film:? “Sin Nombre” | Focus Features
Best Documentary:? “Food, Inc.” | Magnolia
Best Art Direction:?Nine | The Weinstein Company

Scholastic: A Night Before Christmas (with Hannukah and Kwanzaa)

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
DVD Release Date:2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
DVD Release Date: 2009

My very favorite series has a special family treat for the winter holidays. Clement Moore’s classic poem about Santa Claus is read by Anthony Edwards. Theodore Bikel reads “In the Month of Kisley,” a delightful Hannukah story about a poor but happy family who teach a wealthy man the meaning of the holiday, featuring some clever insights into family happiness and a very wise judge. In “Seven Candles for Kwanzaa,” the Pinkney’s story and illustrations teach us the values of family, history, and community that each of the nights of the holiday symbolize, with Alfre Woodard narrating. Ed Martinez tells us about how Maria might have lost her mother’s ring in the “Too Many Tamales” she is making for Christmas dinner (Spanish and English narration). The set also includes three other Christmas stories: “Max’s Christmas,” “Morris’s Disappearing Bag,” and “The Little Drummer Boy.”

Invictus: The Poem

posted by Nell Minow

I thought you might like to see the text of the poem that gives its name to one of this week’s big releases, “Invictus,” directed by Clint Eastwood. The poem was a source of inspiration to Nelson Mandela during his captivity and he wrote out a copy by hand for the captain of the rugby team to inspire him to lead them to the world championship. The title is Latin for “unconquered.” The poet, William Ernest Henley, wrote it from his hospital bed. His indomitable spirit led him to triumph over the amputation of his leg.
INVICTUS
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

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