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Black Reel Awards 2014: 12 Years a Slave Breaks the Record

posted by Nell Minow

I always look forward to the announcement of the Black Reel Awards, which each year pay tribute to the greatest achievements of African-Americans and people of the African Diaspora in feature and independent films and television.  This year, I was especially […]

Interview: Nicholas Britell, Composer of “12 Years a Slave”

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most powerful moments in the extraordinary film 12 Years a Slave has its main character, Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) joining with the other slaves to sing a spiritual.  It was a great pleasure to speak with the talented […]

Alliance of Women Film Journalist Awards 2013

posted by Nell Minow

I’m honored, as always, to be a part of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists and proud to announce our awards for 2013 AWFJ EDA ‘BEST OF’ AWARDS Best Film 12 Years a Slave Best Director (Female or Male) Steve […]

Washington Area Film Critics Association: 2013 Awards

posted by Nell Minow

And the winners are…. Best Film: 12 Years a Slave Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity) Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) Best Actress: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) Best Supporting Actress: […]

Awards 2013: Gotham, National Board of Review, NY Film Critics

posted by Nell Minow

The first movie awards of 2013 are in.  I’ve already cast my first round of votes for three more upcoming awards and will vote on the Washington Area Film Critics Awards over the weekend. National Board of Review Best Film:  HER […]

12 Years a Slave: The Real Story

posted by Nell Minow

Time Magazine has researched the real story behind “12 Years a Slave,” comparing the film to Northrup’s book and found most of it depicted as Northrup described it.  SPOILER ALERT — here are a few of the facts they researched. […]

MVP of the Week: Chiwetel Ejiofor

posted by Nell Minow

I have been a huge fan of Chiwetel Ejiofor since I first saw him in the 2004 film Dirty Pretty Things. “12 Years a Slave” may be his breakthrough performance, and I hope it encourages audiences to seek out some […]

12 Years a Slave

posted by Nell Minow
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for violence/cruelty, some nudity and brief sexuality
Movie Release Date:October 18, 2013
DVD Release Date:March 3, 2014
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for violence/cruelty, some nudity and brief sexuality
Movie Release Date: October 18, 2013
DVD Release Date: March 3, 2014

Watching “12 Years a Slave” is a shattering experience. It shatters any remaining illusions of gracious, chivalrous, Southern plantation life in the pre-Civil War era.  They were based on the late 19th century myth-making from the children of slave-owners in […]

Featurette: 12 Years a Slave

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most acclaimed films of the year is “12 Years a Slave,” opening this week, based on the true story of a free black man sold  into slavery.  Here’s a sneak peek behind the scenes.

October Releases: Awards Season Begins

posted by Nell Minow

Fall is here and that means we will start seeing some of the movies the studios are betting on for Oscars, Golden Globes, and Critics Choice Awards.  “Gravity” is a critical and box office hit already, just four days after […]

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John Hanlon Interviews Beth Kushnick on Designing for "The Good Wife"
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posted 2:58:59pm Oct. 05, 2015 | read full post »

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