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Iconic Movie Moments

posted by Nell Minow

Beliefnet’s Mandi Fornes has created a gallery of iconic movie moments, from “We’ll always have Paris” (“Casablanca”) to “You’re gonna need a bigger boat” (“Jaws”). And of course there’s this one: And this one: Be sure to check out the […]

Beliefnet’s Movie of the Month: Field of Dreams

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out my essay on our latest Movie of the Month, Field of Dreams, starring Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Amy Madigan, Ray Liotta, and Burt Lancaster, and based on Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella.

Movie of the Month: The Passion of the Christ

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to the editors at Beliefnet for inviting me to write about our Movie of the Month, The Passion of the Christ. Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ” is both more and less than a movie. In one sense, it […]

Exclusive Clip from “Bless Me, Ultima”

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out our exclusive clip from the film “Bless Me, Ultima.”  Set in New Mexico during WWII, the the film is a beautiful coming of age story about a young Chicano boy and how his life is forever […]

Beliefnet’s Movie of the Month: To Kill a Mockingbird

posted by Nell Minow

I was thrilled to have a chance to write about one of the greatest movies of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird, the Movie of The Month for Beliefnet’s Entertainment Corner.  It is the rare case where a great book […]

Be Sure to Try Beliefnet’s Inspiring Movie Quotes Quiz!

posted by Nell Minow

Beliefnet has a terrific quiz about inspiring quotes from movies — I hope it leads you to explore some films you have missed!

Beliefnet’s Newest Newsletters: Movie Mom Reviews DVDs and Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Of course I hope you all visit me here every day or at least a couple of times a week, but if you think it is more convenient to get my movie and DVD/Blu-Ray/Streaming/Download/On Demand reviews each week via email, […]

Movie Mom Favorites for a Happy Halloween

posted by Nell Minow

Help Beliefnet Find the 100 Most Inspirational Movies of All Time

posted by Nell Minow

The folks at Idol Chatter are assembling a list of the most inspirational movies of all time.  I’ve sent in my suggestions!  Please visit and add your choices.

‘True Grit’s’ ‘Everlasting Arms’

posted by Nell Minow

I was pleased to see Beliefnet blogger Mark Roberts write about the use of the hymn “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” in its evocative soundtrack. Ironically, according to Ethan Coen, they knew “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” from another movie, […]

Top Christian Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Check out Kris Rasmussen’s list of the Ten Best Christian Movies of all time. It has some of my favorites like “Dead Man Walking” “Lilies of the Field,” and “Chariots of Fire.” I’d also include the allegorical “Strange Cargo,” the […]

Check out Beliefnet’s Quiz on Screen Dads

posted by Nell Minow

Dena Ross has a great quiz about movie and television dads. How many do you know?

Beliefnet Channel on Hulu

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out Beliefnet’s channel on Hulu. Highlights include “The End of the Spear,” based on the true story of the widows of missionaries killed by one of the most brutal tribes in the world, who chose forgiveness, […]

Beliefnet’s List of Great Movie Marriages

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out Ten Movies that Celebrate Marriage by Kris Rasmussen. There are a zillion movies that celebrate falling in love but relatively few take on the more challenging task of showing what happens next — what living […]

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 […]

Can You Help Me Do Better?

posted by Nell Minow

I love all of the comments I get, even the ones that tell me why I’m wrong. I’d love to hear more from you about how I can do better and what we at Beliefnet can do to make you […]

Movie Friends Quiz

posted by Nell Minow

I got 80% on this quiz about friendships in the movies. How about you? What are your favorite movie friendships? And what movie concludes with this line? “Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

Movie Love Quote Quiz

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out Beliefnet’s quiz on movie quotes. I got 16 out of 20 — can you beat my score?

Interview: Martha Williamson of ‘Touched by an Angel’

posted by Nell Minow

It was a special treat to talk with Beliefnet’s own Martha Williamson about her beloved and groundbreaking television series, this week’s DVD pick: Touched by an Angel: Inspiration Collection NM: What is it like to be an open believer in […]

Monster Lessons from Paul Asay

posted by Nell Minow

Paul Asay has a terrific gallery list of life lessons from movie monsters. It is witty, erudite, and very insightful. Indeed, I think he has done a good job of setting out the reasons that monster movies are among the […]

More (and Less) on ‘The Invention of Lying’

posted by Nell Minow

In Washington DC’s City Paper, Tricia Olszewski cites my fellow-Beliefnet blogger Michele McGinty (who has not seen the film) and me about the surprisingly lukewarm reaction to the anti-religious elements engendered by the Ricky Gervais film “The Invention of Lying.” […]

Two Great Posts on Idol Chatter

posted by Nell Minow

I am honored to share coverage of popular culture with the thoughtful posters over at Idol Chatter. Two posts I have especially liked this week are Ellen Leventry’s commentary on the new homeless American Girl doll and the Mont Blanc […]

Life Lessons from Saturday Morning Cartoons

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to read Paul Asay’s entertaining and enlightening discussion of the lessons we learned from Saturday morning cartoon shows like “Scooby-Doo” (be careful of strangers) and “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids” (television can teach moral lessons). I especially […]

List: Angel Movies

posted by Nell Minow

My fellow Beliefnet blogger Susan Gregg, has a new post about her favorite angel characters in movies and a link to a Beliefnet gallery about angels in movies and television in the past 20 years. These are all good choices […]

Summer Camp Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Nametapes ironed on? Bugspray and sunscreen packed? As kids depart for camp, it is fun to watch some classic movies about the joys and terrors of life among the bunk beds and color wars. 1. Meatballs Bill Murray was the […]

Beliefnet Movie Highlights: Movie Underdogs

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out Kris Rasmussen’s great gallery on the top Hollywood underdogs (if that’s not a contradiction in terms). She includes some of my favorite movies, like “October Sky” and “Babe.” Some of my other favorite movie underdogs […]

List: Rainy Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Douglas Howe has a great list of rain scenes in movies over on Idol Chatter, including two of my favorites, “Singin’ in the Rain” with Gene Kelly and “Say Anything” with John Cusack. Cusack for some reason is always getting […]

List: Crunchy Conservative Movies

posted by Nell Minow

My fellow blogger (and movie maven) Ron Dreher is compiling a list of Crunchy Con movies on his blog, which promotes the ideas of traditionalist conservatives who support environmental conservation, frugal living, and the preservation of traditional family values. Take […]

Inspirational Movie Quotes: Gallery

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks so much to Dena Ross for making my list of inspirational movie quotes into a gorgeous gallery!

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 […]

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.

‘Haunting’ Movie Moments from Idol Chatter

posted by Nell Minow

On Idol Chatter, Kris Rasmussen has come up with a two-part list of haunting moments in movies that is well worth exploring and every one of the films and those added by the commenters is a worthy addition to your […]

Memorable Movie Nuns

posted by Nell Minow

I love Beliefnet’s gallery of Memorable Movie Nuns from Paul Asay. He includes some of my favorites like Lilies of the Field, with Sidney Poitier building a chapel under the direction of flinty Lilia Skala and Susan Sarandon as real-life […]

Holiday Movie Moments

posted by Nell Minow

I love Kris Rasmussen’s list of favorite holiday movie moments from Idol Chatter. Some of my favorites are included and I was especially happy to see one most people overlook, the Cary Grant/Katharine Hepburn movie “Holiday:” Made by the same […]

Vote for Beliefnet’s Most Inspiring Person of 2008

posted by Nell Minow

The Nominees have been announced. Beliefnet’s candidates for Most Inspiring Person of 2008 are all heroes who exemplify the highest standards of courage and service. Please join us in saluting these extraordinary people by voting for your candidate and discussing […]

Idol Chatter’s Comfort Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Kris Rasmussen’s comfort movie list from Idol Chatter is filled with great choices, including You’ve Got Mail (and don’t miss the two earlier versions, The Shop Around the Corner with Jimmy Stewart and In the Good Old Summertime with Judy […]

Parenting the Facebook Generation

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to take a look at the excellent Ten Tips for Parenting the Facebook Generation from Beliefnet’s Hesham Hassaballa. Technology has made the risks and humiliations and cliquishness of the early teen years exponentially more treacherous, and these guidelines […]

Win some HSM3 Goodies!

posted by Nell Minow

An incredible bonanza for “High School Musical” fans — Beliefnet’s Idol Chatter is giving away some special HSM3 treats. Post a comment (on Idol Chatter, not here), answering this question: Have you ever been separated from a close friend? How […]

Steve Russo’s Biblical Lessons from HSM

posted by Nell Minow

Steve Russo, author of Wildcats in the House: Spiritual Stuff You Can Get From High School Musical, has given Beliefnet 10 Biblical lessons from “High School Musical,” like relying on faith, gratitude for God’s gifts, and keeping your priorities clear.

Beliefnet’s Movies about Faith in Love

posted by Nell Minow

Idol Chatter has a great post with a list of the best movies about putting your faith in love (and cry in the process). I don’t agree with all of the choices — I find “The Other Sister” and “Stepmom” […]

Religulous — Bill Maher Attacks Religion

posted by Nell Minow

Professional Enfant Terrible Bill Maher has a new movie called Religulous in which he attacks religion, religious beliefs, and believers. Beliefnet founder Steven Waldman discusses his decision to run ads for this movie on his blog. He says the movie […]

John Voight, Joey Tribiani, and Chabad

posted by Nell Minow

There’s a terrific Idol Chatter post about the Chabad telethon with clips from John Voight, Matt LeBlanc as Joey, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and a lot of men dancing together. Chabad’s 2008 telethon broadcasts tomorrow, September 14.

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 […]

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Ebertfest 2015, Part 2
It was a great honor to be included on today's panel of movie critics, along with superstars Godfrey Cheshire, Scott Foundas, Matt Zoller Seitz, Rebecca Theodore Vachon, Richard Roeper, Susan Wloszczyna, Michael Phillips, Brian Tallarico, and ...

posted 8:36:52pm Apr. 17, 2015 | read full post »

GI Film Festival -- Coming to DC May 19-24
I was very lucky to be able to attend a preview of the upcoming 9th annual GI Film Festival, coming to Washington, D.C. and Fairfax, Virginia May 19-24, 2015.  Brandon Millett and Laura Law-Millett started the festival, the first ever devoted ...

posted 3:40:40pm Apr. 17, 2015 | read full post »

Trailer -- Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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posted 8:11:36am Apr. 17, 2015 | read full post »

Mad Men Fan Cuts
As "Mad Men" is coming to a close, the fans who have found its depth and insights enthralling are creating their own versions of their favorite scenes, and you can watch them online.  Take a look and post your own! [iframe width="560" ...

posted 8:00:05am Apr. 17, 2015 | read full post »

Ebertfest 2015, Part 1
Greetings from the campus of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where the 17th annual Roger Ebert Film Festival is underway. I am delighted to be appearing on a panel of very distinguished film critics this morning and will post a ...

posted 7:39:39am Apr. 17, 2015 | read full post »

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