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Critics Choice Television Awards 2015

posted by Nell Minow

WINNERS OF THE 2015 CRITICS’ CHOICE TELEVISION AWARDS · Best Drama Series: The Americans (FX) · Best Actor in a Drama Series: Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul (AMC) · Best Actress in a Drama Series: Taraji P. Henson, Empire (FOX) […]

SAG Awards 2015

posted by Nell Minow

The Screen Actors Guild awards for television and movies in 2014 are in and it looks like Patricia Arquette, Julianne Moore, and J.K. Simmons are in line to bring home Oscars on February 22. The tough one to call right […]

Critics Choice Awards 2015

posted by Nell Minow

Sweetest moment of the Critics Choice Awards last night: when Emily Blunt was accepting her award for Best Actress in an Action/Sci-Fi Movie, her husband John Krasinski ran out from backstage, where he was waiting to present an award, to […]

Awards Season Heats Up

posted by Nell Minow

This is the week when we start seeing things come together as we get ready for the biggest awards night in the world of movies, the Oscars, coming up on February 22, 2015. Tonight is the Golden Globes. Amy Poehler […]

Online Film Critics Awards 2014

posted by Nell Minow

I am proud to be a member of the Online Film Critics Society, and very pleased to announce this year’s awards: Best Picture: The Grand Budapest Hotel Best Animated Feature: The Lego Movie Best Film Not in the English Language: […]

Critics Choice Award Nominees 2014

posted by Nell Minow

I am very proud to be a member of the Broadcast Movie Critics Association and very excited about attending this year’s award ceremony on January 15, 2015, hosted by Michael Strahan. I’m thrilled that we will be presenting special awards […]

Washington Area Film Critics Awards 2014: Birdman, Boyhood, Roger Ebert’s Life Itself and the Best DC Movie of the Year

posted by Nell Minow

I’m proud to announce the winners of the 2014 awards from the Washington Area Film Critics. It is especially meaningful to me that we chose Roger Ebert’s story, “Life Itself,” as our top documentary of the year. It’s not about […]

Washington Area Film Critic Awards 2014: Nominations

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Area Film Critics Association is proud to announce our nominees for our 2014 awards: Best Film: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Boyhood Gone Girl Selma Whiplash Best Director: Damien Chazelle (Whiplash) Ava DuVernay (Selma) David Fincher […]

Emmy Nominations: Looks a Lot Like Last Year

posted by Nell Minow

The Emmy nominations are in!  And they look a lot like last year. Reliable favorites like “Mad Men” and “Game of Thrones” garnered a lot of nods.  But once again the Academy overlooked Tatiana Maslany of “Orphan Black,” whose multiple […]

Vote for Your Oscar Favorites on Rotten Tomatoes

posted by Nell Minow

You can vote for your own Oscar favorites on Rotten Tomatoes. And you can see how your pick compare with fans across the country.

And the Oscar Will Go To….Oscar Nominations 2014

posted by Nell Minow

This year’s Oscar nominees were announced this morning. I’m sorry to see “Inside LLewyn Davis,” “The Butler,” “Fruitvale Station,” “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Enough Said” overlooked and I really wanted to see Scarlett Johansson get a nomination for “Her,” but […]

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 […]

Golden Globe Nominations 2013 (Movies)

posted by Nell Minow

Best Picture, Drama 12 Years a Slave Captain Phillips Gravity Philomena Rush Best Picture, Comedy American Hustle Her Inside Llewyn Davis Nebraska The Wolf of Wall Street Best Director Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips Steve McQueen, 12 Years […]

AWFJ Nominations: Women Journalists Pick the Best of This Year’s Movies

posted by Nell Minow

I am very proud to be a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists headed by Jennifer Merin.  In addition to the usual assortment of awards, we also honor the contributions of women who make films and films that […]

More Awards: LA Film Critics

posted by Nell Minow

A very tight contest, with ties for best picture, best actress, and best supporting actor.  The biggest surprise was the award for James Franco’s “Alien” in “Spring Breakers,” an over-the-top performance in a film that divided critics between those who […]

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: […]

Washington Area Film Critic Awards: The Nominees are Out!

posted by Nell Minow

It’s awards season! I’m voting in at least four different critics awards groups and will keep posting updates. Despite the manipulation of the awards process and questions about the relevance of critic awards, I think they are meaningful. First, critics […]

Add Your Vote to the Critics Choice Television Awards

posted by Nell Minow

The Broadcast Film Critics awards for television will be given out on the Reelz Channel on June 16.  Viewers will decide the winner of the best TV moment award.  Was it the finale of “The Office?”  The sad death on […]

The Razzies — The Worst Films of 2012

posted by Nell Minow

The day before the Oscars, the Razzies are awarded to the worst films of the year. Adam Sandler, who swept the awards last year for “Jack and Jill,” managed to get only two Razzies (worst actor, worst screenplay).  The last […]

Online Film Critics Awards

posted by Nell Minow

I’m proud to be a member of the Online Film Critics Society.  This year’s awards are: Best Picture: “Argo” Best Director: Paul Thomas Anderson, “The Master” Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln” Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty” Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The […]

Internet Film Critic Society Awards for 2012

posted by Nell Minow

I’m honored to be a part of the Internet Film Critic Society and pleased to announce our awards for 2012 (except for the “worst film” selection — I liked “Battleship!”) Best Drama: Argo Best Comedy: 21 Jump Street Best Horror […]

Critic’s Choice Nominations 2012

posted by Nell Minow

I am, as ever, honored to be a part of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, which selects the Critics Choice Awards (be sure to watch the award ceremony live on the CW January 10 — I’ll be there!!)  Here are […]

The Washington Area Film Critics Awards 2012

posted by Nell Minow

This morning, the Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) announced their winners for 2012, honoring a wide sweep of films, from musicals to science fiction. And while only three films garnered more than one award, it was clear that […]

National Board of Review Kicks Off the 2012 Awards With “Zero Dark Thirty”

posted by Nell Minow

The first big movie awards announcement each year comes from the National Board of Review, a group of film academics, students, and professionals.  The Osama Bin Laden manhunt drama “Zero Dark Thirty” from “The Hurt Locker’s” Kathryn Bigelow, tops the […]

MTV’s Movie Awards

posted by Nell Minow

They are brash, rude, silly, immature, and disrespectful, but the MTV Movie Awards are a lot of fun. Over at the NPR blog Monkey See, Linda Holmes writes: At the same time, there’s something to be said for these loose, largely […]

And the Oscars Go To…..

posted by Nell Minow

There were no big surprises but there were many touching and inspiring moments in the midst of the glamour at the Oscar ceremony.  Billy Crystal returned for the ninth time as the modern era’s most adept host, making gentle fun […]

Awards: Golden Globes

posted by Nell Minow

And now, the Golden Globes.  “The Artist,” “The Help,” Christopher Plummer. and Octavia Spencer are moving ahead in the race to the Oscars.  The Globes give out twice as many awards by including television and having separate categories for comedy/musical […]

Awards: Broadcast Film Critics

posted by Nell Minow

The Critics Choice Award broadcast was great fun tonight with a brilliantly edited tribute to Martin Scorsese, who received a special award for his treatment of music in his movies.  Viola Davis, in my opinion the finest actor who isn’t […]

Alliance of Woman Film Journalists Awards

posted by Nell Minow

More awards are rolling in as we get ready for the big three — this week’s Critics Choice Movie Awards this Thursday night on VH1 (Twitter hashtag #ccma), the Golden Globes on Sunday, and of course the Oscars coming next […]

More Awards: Online Film Critics Pick ‘Tree of Life,’ ‘Cave of Forgotten Dreams’

posted by Nell Minow

The Online Film Critics have announced their awards for 2011:   Best Picture: The Tree of Life Best Animated Feature: Rango Best Director: Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life Best Lead Actor: Michael Fassbender – Shame Best Lead Actress: […]

More Awards — Nominations from the Online Critics and the Alliance of Women Film Journalists

posted by Nell Minow

I have the honor and challenge of voting in both of these. Be sure to check out some of the off-beat and very satisfying special categories for the AWFJ. Online Film Critics Society Nominations Best Picture The Artist The Descendants Drive […]

More Awards: Black Reel Awards and BFCA

posted by Nell Minow

I’m proud of the nominations from two groups I belong to, the Black Reel Awards and the Broadcast Film Critics. Black Reel Awards Outstanding Actor John Boyega – Attack the Block Demián Bichir– A Better Life Laz Alonso – Jumping […]

More Awards: AFI, Boston and LA Critics Like “The Artist,” “Hugo”

posted by Nell Minow

The American Film Institute: AFI MOVIES OF THE YEAR Bridesmaids The Descendants The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo The Help Hugo J. Edgar Midnight In Paris Moneyball The Tree Of Life War Horse AFI TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR Breaking […]

Washington Area Film Critics Pick ‘The Artist,’ Scorsese, Clooney, Williams

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Area Film Critics announced our awards for 2011 this morning: Best Film: The Artist Best Director: Martin Scorsese (Hugo) Best Actor: George Clooney (The Descendants) Best Actress: Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn) Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks […]

National Board of Review Picks “Hugo,” Clooney, Swinton

posted by Nell Minow

The National Board of Review announced their awards for 2011.  I’m especially pleased for the recognition for “Margin Call,” Christopher Plummer’s performance in “Beginners,” and the excellent documentary “Crime After Crime.” Best Film: Hugo Best Director: Martin Scorsese, Hugo Best […]

Awards 2011 — Part 1

posted by Nell Minow

Like the Presidential primaries, the end-of-year movie award lists get earlier all the time.  Here’s what’s come in so far: Gotham Awards (for independent films) Best feature: “Tree of Life” and “Beginners” Best ensemble: “Beginners” New York Film Critics Best […]

Independent Spirit and Razzie Awards

posted by Nell Minow

Just before the Oscars every year, the Film Independent Spirit and Razzie awards are given out. It was a good year for “Black Swan” and not such a good year for “The Last Airbender” and Jessica Alba. Film Independent gives […]

The Razzies!

posted by Nell Minow

The Razzies salute the worst movies of the year. A day before the Oscar nominations, they announce their candidates for the most excruciatingly painful cinematic experiences of the previous 12 months. The best thing about them — anyone can vote! […]

Winners: Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards

posted by Nell Minow

It’s looking good for “The Social Network,” Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, and Trent Reznor as the leading predictors of the Oscar race gave out their awards this weekend. Golden Globe winners: MOTION PICTURES: — Picture, Drama: […]

Golden Globe Nominees! (And a few comments)

posted by Nell Minow

BEST PICTURE: DRAMA Black Swan The Fighter Inception The King’s Speech The Social Network Comment: Where is “True Grit?” And “Toy Story 3″ should be in this category. BEST PICTURE: COMEDY OR MUSICAL Alice in Wonderland Burlesque The Kids Are […]

WAFCA Movie Award Winners 2010

posted by Nell Minow

And the Washington Area Film Critic Awards go to… Best Film?: “The Social Network” Best Director: David Fincher, “The Social Network” Best Actor: Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech” Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, “Winter’s Bone” Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, “The […]

Washington Area Film Critic Nominations

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Area Film Critics are proud to announce the nominees for our 2010 awards. Stay tuned — the winners will be announced Monday morning on the Punch Drunk Critics podcast. Best Film: Black Swan Inception 127 Hours The Social […]

Razzies and Spirit Awards

posted by Nell Minow

Sandra Bullock certainly gets the good sport award for her gracious acceptance of the worst actress Razzie for her performance in All About Steve. She came out on stage with a wagon full of DVDs for everyone. If she wins […]

Beliefnet Movie Awards

posted by Nell Minow

Congratulations to Beliefnet judges and community members for selecting an outstanding group of winners for the Beliefnet movie awards. Judges Best Spiritual Film: The Road Best Inspirational Film: Precious and Up (Tie) Best Spiritual Documentary: ‘More Than a Game’ People’s […]

Join Me For the Critic’s Choice Awards!

posted by Nell Minow

I’ve picked up my tickets and will soon be at the Critic’s Choice Awards, to be broadcast tonight on VH1. Participate in the LIVE blog party before and during the show. It will be moderated by VH1 senior staff and […]

Critic’s Choice Award Show

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to tune into VH1 on Jan 15 to watch the Critic’s Choice Awards! I will be there, so see if you can spot me. Kevin Bacon will receive our Joel Seigel award, presented by Meryl Streep (who, of […]

Online Film Critics Pick ‘Hurt Locker’

posted by Nell Minow

The Online Film Critics announced our picks for the best of 2009: Best Picture: The Hurt Locker Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker Best Actor: Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker Best Actress: Melanie Laurent, Inglourious Basterds Best Supporting Actor: […]

Black Reel Award Nominees

posted by Nell Minow

I am truly honored and blessed to be invited to vote on the Black Reel Awards, and very proud of our nominees: Best Actor Quinton Aaron | The Blind Side Jamie Foxx | The Soloist Morgan Freeman | Invictus Souléymane […]

Golden Globe Nominations

posted by Nell Minow

The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards NOMINATIONS HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION 2010 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2009 NOMINATIONS PRESS RELEASE 1. BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA a. AVATAR Lightstorm Entertainment; Twentieth Century Fox b. THE […]

Women Journalist Film Awards

posted by Nell Minow

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced its awards for 2009: With sincerest appreciation of all the great work that’s been done in film this year, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists is pleased to announce the winners of […]

Washington Area Film Critics Awards 2009

posted by Nell Minow

The 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 […]

Rachel Getting Married

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language and brief sexuality
Movie Release Date:October 17, 2008
DVD Release Date:March 10, 2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language and brief sexuality
Movie Release Date: October 17, 2008
DVD Release Date: March 10, 2009

Fiction is usually very linear, just because of the limits of time. The longest epic and the thickest novel don’t have enough scope to encompass extraneous detail. In real life people can’t find parking spots and fumble for correct change, […]

Oscar Thoughts from Three Top Critics

posted by Nell Minow

Jeannette Catsoulis tells us the Oscars should embrace the lowbrow in Las Vegas CityLife: [S]tudios spend all year milking dollars from young people only to turn around at Oscar time, overcome with shame and a newly minted commitment to quality, […]

The Spirits and the Razzies

posted by Nell Minow

Just before the Oscars every year, two other important awards are announced. The Razzies (named for the rude noise called a “raspberry”) are given to the worst of the year from Hollywood. This year the recipients are: Worst Picture: The […]

Beliefnet Movie Awards

posted by Nell Minow

Congratulations to Beliefnet judges and community members for selecting an outstanding group of winners for the Beliefnet movie awards. Judges Best Spiritual Film: The Road Best Inspirational Film: Precious and Up (Tie) Best Spiritual Documentary: ‘More Than a Game’ People’s […]

Epiphany’s Most Inspiring Film Award Winners

posted by Nell Minow

Epiphany has announced the winners of its most inspiring film awards. Fireproof,” from Samuel Goldwyn Films and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, has won the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for “Most Inspiring Movie of 2008,” sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation, a […]

Epiphany Nominees for Most Inspiring Movies and Television Programs

posted by Nell Minow

Dr. Ted Baehr, founder of the Movieguide® family guide to movies and entertainment, has announced in a Hollywood online press conference the nominees for the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring Movie of 2008 and the $100,000 Epiphany Prize for […]

Beliefnet Spiritual Film Awards: We Want Your Vote

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out the nominees for Beliefnet’s Spiritual Film Awards and vote for your favorites.

Critic’s Choice Awards

posted by Nell Minow

I was not able to make it to this year’s Critic’s Choice Awards in person, but I really enjoyed casting my votes and watching it on television. Here are the winners and keep in mind they are often a better […]

Women Critics Film Awards

posted by Nell Minow

As expected, the associations of female critics have a slightly different take on the best and worst films of the year than the male-dominated critic groups. One thing that makes them fun is the extra categories, like Most Offensive Male […]

Black Reel Awards

posted by Nell Minow

One of the awards announcements I most look forward to each year is the selections of the Black Reel Awards, given out by the Foundation for the Advancement of African-Americans in Film, a nonprofit organization with a mission to target, […]

Golden Globe Nominations: Television

posted by Nell Minow

TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA * Dexter * House * In Treatment * Mad Men * True Blood ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA * Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters * Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit * January Jones, […]

Golden Globe Nominations: Film

posted by Nell Minow

FILM BEST MOTION PICTURE, DRAMA * The Curious Case of Benjamin Button * Frost/Nixon * The Reader * Revolutionary Road * Slumdog Millionaire BEST MOTION PICTURE, COMEDY * Burn After Reading * Happy-Go-Lucky * In Bruges * Mamma Mia! * […]

Broadcast Film Critics Announce Nominees

posted by Nell Minow

The Broadcast Film Critics Association is the group behind the Critics Choice Awards, the first awards broadcast of the year and the one that has recently been a good predictor of the Oscars. This morning we announced our nominees. As […]

Washington Film Critics Pick ‘Slumdog Millionaire’

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Area Film Critics have announced our awards for 2008. “Slumdog Millionaire,” the story of an orphan in India whose correct answers on the local version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” lead to suspicions he was cheating, […]

Is Hollywood Taking the Oscars Back from the Indies?

posted by Nell Minow

For the past few years, independent films have out-performed Hollywood studio productions when it comes to awards like the Oscars so consistently that the studios made very little effort to campaign on behalf of big-budget films. But the New York […]

Who Should Be Offended by ‘Tropic Thunder?’

posted by Nell Minow

A coalition of disability group has called for a boycott of the R-rated satire Tropic Thunder. They are asking people not to see the movie because they say it demeans, insults, and harms individuals with intellectual disabilities by using the […]

J.K. Rowling’s Harvard Speech

posted by Nell Minow

One of my favorite authors spoke about one of my favorite subjects when Harry Potter author Joanne Rowling addressed the graduating class at Harvard University. Many commencement speakers urge the new graduates departing from the ivory tower to succeed in […]

Golden Trailer Awards

posted by Nell Minow

For the first time this year, the awards ceremony for the industry that makes movie trailers was broadcast on television. Trailers are their own art form — sometimes more entertaining than the movie. This year’s winners included: 300 The Science […]

Alvin and the Chipmunks

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some mild rude humor.
Movie Release Date:December 14, 2007
DVD Release Date:April 7, 2008
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some mild rude humor.
Movie Release Date: December 14, 2007
DVD Release Date: April 7, 2008

Novelty songwriter Ross Bagdasarian noticed that speeding up the audio recordings creatd a high-pitched sound in 1958, and used that technique in his song “The Witch Doctor.” It was a hit. And so, he created the singing chipmunks, Simon, Theodore, […]

Raising Victor Vargas

posted by Nell Minow

Two of the best performances of the year so far were given by Victor Rasuk in “Stop Loss” and Melonie Diaz in “Be Kind Rewind.” Both got their start in a little-seen independent film called a “minor miracle” by Salon […]

And the winner is…

posted by Nell Minow

Better than the Oscars! Beliefnet announces its picks for the best spiritual movies and performances of last year. I like these awards because they honor what is inspiring and moving, because they let both professionals and movie fans vote, and […]

Oscar Quiz: Great movie lines

posted by Nell Minow

USA Today has a terrific movie quiz. If you can recognize phrases like “La de dah,” “Show me the money,” “I see dead people,” and “If anyone orders merlot, I’m leaving,” you should be able to rack up an impressive […]

VOTE: Beliefnet Spiritual Movie Awards

posted by Nell Minow

What were the best spiritual movies and performances of last year? See this year’s nominees for Best Spiritual Film, Best Spiritual Performance, and Best Spiritual Documentary. Then watch clips, join the debate, and vote on your favorites. Nominees: Best Spiritual […]

Interview: “Jane and the Dragon’s” Martin Baynton and Richard Taylor

posted by Nell Minow

One of the highlights of NBC’s “Qubo” children’s educational program schedule is Jane and the Dragon, created by author Martin Baynton and Oscar-winning animator Richard Taylor, visual effects designer for the The Lord of the Rings series. Jane and the […]

Beliefnet salutes 2008 movies and the all-time top Westerns

posted by Nell Minow

This is my third year as one of the nominators for Beliefnet’s annual awards that pay tribute to the most spiritually nourishing and inspiring films of the year. Each of the candidates is presented with pro and con statements (mine […]

The Critics Choice Awards

posted by Nell Minow

Last night, my husband and I attended our first-ever red carpet event, the Critics Choice Awards, which were broadcast on VH1. It was a lot of fun, especially the end, when all of the critics went up on stage to […]

Critics Choice Awards

posted by Nell Minow

Watch the Critics Choice Awards hosted by D.L. Hughley tonight on VH1 and look for me in the silver dress!

Reminding Oscar voters of great performances of 2007

posted by Nell Minow

Scott Bowles in USA Today quoted me in his story about performances that should not be overlooked by Oscar voters. I’d add Joseph Gordon-Levitt (and the rest of the cast, who were all brilliant) in The Lookout and Irfan Kahn […]

Washington Area Film Critics pick Coen Brothers movie

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) today announced its selection of the gritty thriller No Country for Old Men as Best Film of 2007. In total, the Miramax/Paramount Vantage film won four awards including Best Director for Joel […]

For Your Consideration

posted by jmiller
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual references and brief language.
Movie Release Date:2006
DVD Release Date:2007
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual references and brief language.
Movie Release Date: 2006
DVD Release Date: 2007

This is the time of year when ads, CDs, and DVDs marked “for your consideration” are sent out to members of the movie industry and to critics, in the hopes that those behind and in front of the camera will […]

Running With Scissors

posted by jmiller
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong language and elements of sexuality, violence and substance abuse.
Movie Release Date:2006
DVD Release Date:2007
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong language and elements of sexuality, violence and substance abuse.
Movie Release Date: 2006
DVD Release Date: 2007

The appeal for actors of movies about hideously dysfunctional people is obvious. They’re fun to play, and always good for awards consideration. Which script would you go for, the umpty-umpth “meet cute” romantic comedy or the one where you play […]

The Producers

posted by jmiller
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual humor and references.
Movie Release Date:2005
DVD Release Date:2006
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual humor and references.
Movie Release Date: 2005
DVD Release Date: 2006

The 1968 version of The Producers was a brilliantly funny commercial flop about an outrageously offensive and atrociously appealing play that became a hit. The screenplay won an Oscar for director/writer Mel Brooks. It was fall-out-of-your-chair-gasping hilarious and a cherished […]

Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius

posted by rkumar
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2004
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2004

Bobby Jones was a great man and a great golfer. He deserves a better movie than this one, as clumsy as its title. Jones may be the greatest golfer who ever lived. He’s the only one to win all four […]

The Whole Ten Yards

posted by rkumar
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2004
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2004

Could it BE any more atrocious? This stupifyingly appalling mess of a movie takes the definition of “not funny” to a new low. The gravitational pull of its massive lack of humor is so strong that if you listen carefully […]

Mary Poppins

posted by rkumar
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:1964
DVD Release Date:December 09, 2013
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 1964
DVD Release Date: December 09, 2013

In honor of the upcoming “Saving Mr. Banks” and the 50th anniversary of the original film, Disney is releasing a superclifragilisticexplialidocious new edition of Mary Poppins. Based on books by P.L. Travers (whose reluctance to allow a film to be […]

Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever

posted by rkumar
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2002
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2002

We don’t ask for much from explosion and chase movies, just some cool explosions and chases, plus some attitude, a couple of lines of snappy dialogue, an interesting bad guy, and a plot that doesn’t get in the way. This […]

All About Eve

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:N/A
Movie Release Date:1950
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: N/A
Movie Release Date: 1950

Margo Channing (Bette Davis), a Broadway diva beginning to show her age, meets the young fan who stands outside the theater after every performance (Anne Baxter as Eve Harrington). Taken by her devotion, humility, and hard luck story, Margo gives […]

You Can’t Take It With You

posted by rkumar
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date:1938
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
Movie Release Date: 1938

Plot: The Sycamore family, a group of loving and lovable eccentrics presided over by Grandpa (Lionel Barrymore), includes daughter Penny (Spring Byington), who writes lurid plays, her husband Paul (Samuel S. Hinds) who makes fireworks in the basement with Mr. […]

Beijing Bicycle

posted by rkumar
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:2002
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 2002

A classic romance always involves a certain formula: Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl. Beijing Bicycle is a romance, except the love interest is a bicycle and not a girl. Guei (Cui Lin) is a very poor […]

Best in Show

posted by rkumar
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:2000
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 2000

Fans of offbeat humor will get a big kick out of this follow-up to “Waiting for Guffman,” but there will be more appreciative, “Oh, that’s funny!” comments than outright laughs.Director Christopher Guest has a repertory company of top-notch improvisational actors. […]

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Magic Mike XXL
"We're healers," one of the male exotic dancers, explains to another in "Magic Mike XXL."  They're here to bring a smile to women who ...

posted 6:02:11pm Jun. 30, 2015 | read full post »

Terminator Genisys
"I'll be back," Arnold Schwarzenegger said in the first "Terminator" movie. He had the title role but only 16 lines, with about a total of 80 words. But those ...

posted 5:15:15pm Jun. 30, 2015 | read full post »

Interview: Stephen "tWitch" Boss of "Magic Mike XXL"
I asked actor/dancer Stephen "tWitch" Boss whether it was as much fun to make "Magic Mike XXL" as it looked, and he said, "Absolutely and even ...

posted 3:45:10pm Jun. 30, 2015 | read full post »

Exclusive Clip: All Creatures Big and Small -- FREE for a Limited Time on Google Play
[jwvideo vid='OljUWfMd' pid='GvkPWNBE'] Martin Sheen and Amy Grant provide the voices in this animated animal adventure inspired by Noah's Ark, from Entertainment One (eOne). "All Creatures Big and Small" will be available for free for a ...

posted 3:44:16pm Jun. 30, 2015 | read full post »

Critics: Which Movies Get Childhood Right?
Thanks to Sam Adams and Indiewire for including me in their survey of critics about our favorite movies from the perspective of a child.  Here was my answer: "To Kill a Mockingbird" somehow captures the voice of the novel in allowing us to see ...

posted 11:09:45pm Jun. 29, 2015 | read full post »

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