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Preview: The Big December Holiday Movies

posted by Nell Minow

December is always a great month for movies and this year we will have some guaranteed blockbusters.  Here are some of the most promising titles opening this month. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14 “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”  J.R.R. Tolkein’s prequel to […]

A Very Movie 2011 — Coming Attractions

posted by Nell Minow

Happy 2011! We’ll be seeing more superheros this year (two Green — Hornet with Seth Rogan and Lantern with Ryan Reynolds, plus Thor and X-Men and Captain America) and sequels (the last of the Twilight and Harry Potter movies, plus […]

Trailer: The Tempest

posted by Nell Minow

I am very excited about the upcoming release of “The Tempest” (described here as “Shakespeare’s final masterpiece”), starring Helen Mirren and directed by Julie Taymor (forever known as the woman behind the stage version of “The Lion King”). “The Tempest” […]

Opening this Week: ‘Prince of Persia’ and ‘SATC 2′

posted by Nell Minow

We are in the midst of summer blockbuster season, and with a three-day weekend coming up, we get two enormous releases this week, both involving the desert of the mid-East. “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” is a sword […]

Coming Soon on IMAX

posted by Nell Minow

The success of “Avatar” has shown audiences how vivid and immersive 3D IMAX movies can be and so I am especially glad to see a wonderful new slate of upcoming 3D IMAX films for 2010 including Tim Burton’s “Alice in […]

Movies: What’s Ahead in 2010

posted by Nell Minow

Lots of great stuff to look forward to in 2010. Audiences may be most excited about sequels like “Iron Man 2,” “Toy Story 3,” “Twilight: Eclipse,” and the second-to-last Harry Potter because we already know and love the characters and […]

Fall Movie Preview

posted by Nell Minow

Here are my thoughts on fall movies: Sept 24 “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” Director Zach Snyder is known for striking visuals (“300″ and “The Watchmen”) so his first family-friendly film, the 3D animated story of Kathryn […]

Trailer: The Blind Side

posted by Nell Minow

I know, I know, it has the inevitable “I got more from him than he ever got from me” scene and I am always cautious about “mighty whitey” (white person transforms the life of a person of color) and “magical […]

To the Nines

posted by Nell Minow

Is it because we’re in a year that ends with a nine that there are so many “nine” movies coming out? There’s “Cloud 9,” a German film about a long-married woman who has an affair. Next is “District 9,” about […]

Disney’s Coming Releases

posted by Nell Minow

I was very lucky this week to have a special private briefing about some of what Disney has coming up in the next few months. The newly remastered Diamond edition of “Snow White” is a marvel, with all kinds of […]

Great News from Pixar

posted by Nell Minow

Howie Weed of the industry newsletter “Worth a Mention” has some news very much worth a mention indeed. He reports that “‘Toy Story 3′ is definitely on its way (This eagerly awaited sequel will roll into theaters on June 10, […]

Previous Posts

The Hobbit: The Definitive Movie Posters
The Hobbit: The Definitive Movie Posters is a gorgeous new book and a must-have for all would-be denizens of Middle Earth. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTI5XHs-odg[/youtube] ...

posted 3:16:48pm Apr. 19, 2015 | read full post »

Ebertfest #3 -- The "Ida" Panel
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yk2--Y8hfqQ[/youtube] Thanks to Matt Zoller Seitz, Sheila O'Malley, and Todd Rendleman for our superb discussion about this year's Oscar winner for best foreign language movie, "Ida." ...

posted 8:59:24am Apr. 19, 2015 | read full post »

Movies vs. Science -- The Worst Science Mistakes on Film
The Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum used to have a great little video with a claymation Albert Einstein shaking his head over the many mistakes in sci-fi movies. "They're breaking my rule!" he exclaimed. As the animated genius went on to ...

posted 8:00:59am Apr. 19, 2015 | read full post »

Trailer: Ant-Man
Okay, I admit I was skeptical. I was thinking along the lines of Teeny Little Super Guy from Sesame Street. But I love Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, and Corey Stoll and this trailer has me sold. [iframe width="560" height="315" ...

posted 3:25:31pm Apr. 18, 2015 | read full post »

Movie Scenes in Grocery Stores -- Featuring Macaulay Culkin, Michael Keaton, Natalie Portman, Steve Martin, Ryan Gosling, and More
Check out Slate's compilation of movie scenes set in grocery stores.  It has a lot of my favorites, but leaves out this classic with Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball, from the fact-based "Yours, Mine, and ...

posted 8:00:01am Apr. 18, 2015 | read full post »

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