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Believe Me
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating:

Release Date:
September 26, 2014

 

The Fault in Our Stars
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some sexuality and brief strong language
Release Date:
June 6, 2014

Tracks
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, some partial nudity, disturbing images and brief strong language
Release Date:
September 26, 2014

 

Transformers: Age of Extinction
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, language and brief innuendo
Release Date:
June 27, 2014

The Boxtrolls
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG for action, some peril and mild rude humor
Release Date:
September 26, 2014

 

Neighbors
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating:
Rated R for pervasive language, strong crude and sexual content, graphic nudity, and drug use throughout
Release Date:
May 9, 2014

Independence Day

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Movie Release Date:July 4, 1996

In this heart-thumping, slam-bang action extravaganza, aliens arrive and blow up the world’s major cities. The president (Bill Pullman) and fighter pilots (led by Will Smith) must find a way to fight back. Some kids will find this too intense and scary, but others will want to see it over and over (and over) again. Themes to discuss include behavior in a crisis, honesty, the dilemma faced by the president in making the choice to use nuclear weapons, and, for film fanatics, finding all of the references to other classic films, from Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb to 2001 – A Space Odyssey.

Parents should know that the movie was justifiably accused of being sexist. One of the female leads is a stripper. We see her perform, though she remains covered. Her lover resists marrying her because it would hurt his career. Another couple divorced because she was too committed to her career. In addition, parents may be concerned about an unmarried couple that is clearly inti¬mate, and by the tension as the characters are in peril, as well as a massive number of deaths, including two of the main characters.

Quiz: Movie countdown

posted by Nell Minow

This is an astonishing compilation of 100 movie clips — all from well-known films — counting down the numbers from 100-1. How many of these films can you name?

Are Movie Fans Smarter and More Creative?

posted by Nell Minow

A Mindset Media study finds that people who go to the movies more than three movies a month, they are more likely to be highly optimistic, creative, or assertive.

“We asked ourselves why, with insane gas prices and video-on-demand, would people go to see movies – and lots of them – on the silver screen,” said Sarah Welch, COO and co-founder of Mindset Media. “The answer is their personalities.” In a study fielded earlier this year among 25,000 respondents, Mindset Media found that people who plan ahead to regularly see movies have a distinct Mindset Profile, or set of psychographic traits.

The study, which defines people who go to the movies regularly as those who see three or more movies each month and plan what movie they are going to see in advance, found four Mindsets distinguished regular movie goers from the general population: 58 percent more likely to be an Assertiveness 5, 99 percent more likely to be a Dynamism 5, 38 percent more likely to be an Optimism 5, and 76 percent more likely to be a Creativity 5.

Highly assertive people, or Assertiveness 5′s in Mindset Media parlance, are alpha dogs. They know what you want and go after it with purpose. They also have strong opinions and have no problem taking charge of a situation. Dynamism 5′s (highly dynamic people) thrive on being where the action is. They see and do more in a typical day than many would dream of doing in a week, or even a month. They believe the only place to be is in the thick of it; never on the sidelines. Highly optimistic people (Optimism 5′s) never fail to look on the bright side of things, no matter how bleak the current situation. Others tend to look towards Optimism 5′s to cheerfully look forward to what the future will bring. Those who score high in Creativity (Creativity 5′s) are both inventive and imaginative. Creativity 5′s also tend to be emotionally sensitive and intellectually curious.

This is marketing mumbo-jumbo, but it makes sense to me that people who are active enough to get themselves out of the house and go to a movie are likely to be assertive, dynamic, energetic, and optimistic (with so many awful movies out there, they have to be optimistic to expect the next one to be good). And it makes sense, too, that people who want to enter new worlds and engage with new characters are likely to be imaginative and creative. So, next time you’re planning to stay home and watch reruns, try a movie!

Kids Video Contest: Summer in My Town

posted by Nell Minow

The virtual field trip website MeetMeAtTheCorner.org is challenging kids to create a video documentary of a special summertime event in their hometown.
The “Summer in My Town” video documentary contest is for children ages 7-13. The winner will receive a cash prize of $250.00 plus a special airing of the video on the Web site this fall. The contest deadline is August 31, 2008 and all films must be submitted on MiniDV tape.
Complete information on how to make a video documentary, including step-by-step instructions on creating storyboards and voiceovers, as well as submission guidelines, rules and forms can be found at MeetMeAtTheCorner.org. Final cassette tapes can be mailed to Meet Me at the Corner “Summer in My Town” Video Contest, 1710 First Ave., PO Box 283, New York, NY 10128. All submissions are the property of Meet Me at the Corner and will not be returned.
“The ‘Summer in My Town’ contest is a great way for kids to learn how to make a complete documentary-style video and discover more about their community. It’s not a way to share summer vacation videos. It’s so much more than that. It’s the perfect way for kids to reveal their special part of the world with their peers,” said Donna Guthrie, founder of MeetMeAtTheCorner.org.

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