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Exclusive Clip from Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle

posted by Nell Minow

We are delighted to present an exclusive clip from Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle, released today. The soundtrack is also available. And don’t forget to take a selfie with Curious George! When Curious George is asked to take […]

New on DVD: Biblical Archeology of Israel

posted by Nell Minow

Alden Films presents “Biblical Archeology of Israel,” including:  ANCIENT ROOTS  — a compilation of recent discoveries in archaeological research in Israel   THE BOOK AND THE IDOL — Israel through the ages, from the stone age to biblical times   EXPLORERS […]

Contest: Win a DVD of Minnie’s Pet Salon!

posted by Nell Minow

Minnie Mouse has a new business — a pet salon!  And I have a copy to give away. All the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse friends are bringing their pets in for beauty treatments so they can participate in Pluto’s All-Star Pet […]

Contest: Libera Angels Sing — Libera in America

posted by Nell Minow

The Libera boys choir performed at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. and it was recorded for a PBS special. I am thrilled to have a copy of this glorious performance on DVD, […]

Exclusive Clip: The Three Dogateers

posted by Nell Minow

“The Three Dogateers” from vRLJE/Image Entertainment is available starting tomorrow, November 18, 2014 only at Walmart. “Lois and Clark’s” Dean Cain and “Office Space’s” Richard Riehle star in this story about three little white fur balls who get their paws […]

Contest: Win a DVD of Ava & Lala

posted by Nell Minow

A mischievous little girl named Ava and a “liger” (part lion, part tiger) named Lala go on an adventure in a magical land filled with animals in “Ava & Lala.” I have two copies of this charming DVD to give […]

Kellie Pickler Joins the Veggie Tales in Beauty and the Beet

posted by Nell Minow

Country star Kellie Pickler joins the cast in “Beauty and the Beet,” from the Veggie Tales folks, coming out October 14, 2014. (With a name like that, it was just a question of time!) BEAUTY AND THE BEET, a brand-new […]

Exclusive Clip: Home is Where the Heart is

posted by Nell Minow

We are delighted to have an exclusive clip from the warm-hearted family film, Home Is Where the Heart Is — and even more delighted to have two copies to give away. “Trophy Wife’s” Bailee Madison, Laura Bell Bundy (“Heart of […]

Contest: Arthur Goes Back to School

posted by Nell Minow

Eight-year-old Arthur the aardvark has four adventures in this new DVD, available tomorrow, August 12, 2014. This is the perfect back-to-school treat, as Arthur and his friends find out that a candy bar may not be as appetizing as they […]

Contest: A Tiger’s Tail

posted by Nell Minow

This is the story of young boy named Billy, his lovable dog, Buster, an adorable, curious tiger cub named Luna.  When Billy accidentally brings home Luna from a wild animal park, he turns to his best friend, Koby, and his […]

Exclusive Clip: Sophia Grace and Rosie’s Royal Adventure

posted by Nell Minow

I am delighted to be able to present an exclusive clip from the adorable DVD Sophia Grace & Rosie a Royal Adventure, which will be released tomorrow. Enjoy!

Contest: Transformers Rescue Bots – Heroes on the Scene

posted by Nell Minow

Transformers Rescue Bots: Heroes On The Scene is the latest in the popular series about the Autobot first responders, Chase, Heatwave, Blades, and Boulder, who work together and with their human friends to keep the little town of Griffin Rock […]

Contest: Bella Sara – Emma’s Wings

posted by Nell Minow

Win a DVD based on the popular Bella Sara cards and books. Bella Sara: Emma’a Wings is an animated fantasy that takes place in “North of North,” a land once filled with beautiful horses.  Emma must triumph over the evil Ivenna who […]

New on DVD: The Classic King Family Specials

posted by Nell Minow

King Family’s Classic Television Specials Collection Volume One comes out on DVD tomorrow. It is a lot of fun to visit the wonderfully wholesome King Family — the six singing King sisters and their spouses and children, who all seemed […]

Contest — Angels in Stardust

posted by Nell Minow

Alicia Silverstone, AJ Michalka, and Billy Burke star in Angels in Stardust, the story of a teenager with big dreams and the mystical cowboy who helps her find the courage to make those dreams come true.  This is an endearing […]

Exclusive Clip: Alpha and Omega 3 — The Great Wolf Games

posted by Nell Minow

“Alpha and Omega 3: The Great Wolf Games” comes out March 25 at Walmart, and on Digital HD and VOD. In the “Great Wolf Games,” all the alphas in the packs set aside their differences for some friendly competition. When […]

Contest: Win a DVD of “The Fifth Estate”

posted by Nell Minow

The NSA snooping on cell phones. Bradley Manning on trial. The people behind a 40-year-old robbery of FBI files that revealed extensive abuses finally coming forward. Target getting hit by hackers who steal thousands of credit card numbers. There is […]

Contest: Anything is Possible

posted by Nell Minow

Start the new year with a heartwarming family film starring musical prodigy Ethan Bortnick, who wrote the songs he performs in this film  “Anything is Possible”  is the story of ten-year-old Nathan (Bortnick), who is devastated when his mom is […]

Contest: The Best of Jack Hanna

posted by Nell Minow

The Best of Jack Hanna follows America’s most beloved animal adventurer and his family as he spends time with nature’s creatures across the continents, over the years, and through two different TV shows. This collector’s edition package includes 30 episodes […]

Contest: Journey to a Christmas Star

posted by Nell Minow

Norway’s most beloved Christmas story is directed by Academy Award nominee Nils Gaup. It is the story of a courageous girl who sets out on a hazardous journey across a gorgeous winter wonderland to find the Christmas Star in order […]

Contest: DreamWorks Holiday Collection With Shrek, Po, Madagascar, and Dragons!

posted by Nell Minow

All your favorite DreamWorks animation characters are included in the fabulous Dreamworks Holiday Collection, and I have two to give away! * Shrek the Halls (2007) – Shrek promises Fiona a special Christmas surprise, but as usual, Donkey gets involved, […]

Christmas with Carol Burnett — Now on DVD

posted by Nell Minow

Carol Burnett never did a Christmas special, but her landmark television variety series had many Christmas episodes, and the highlights have been collected on a new DVD releases, Christmas with Carol. Guest stars Alan Alda, Sid Caesar, Jonathan Winters, Helen […]

For Hannukah — Mama Doni’s Jewish Holiday Party

posted by Nell Minow

Hannukah is coming early this year!  Get the family ready to celebrate with the first DVD from Mama Doni, with a warm and tuneful introduction to Hannukah, Passover, and Shabbat.  Mama Doni sings and dances through the holidays, including a bluegrass […]

Contest: Bink & Gollie

posted by Nell Minow

I am always especially excited to have one of the fabulous Scholastic Storybook DVDs to give away, and this one is extra important for families because it is about what it means to be a friend.  This all-new compilation is headlined […]

Win a Free Copy of “The Solomon Bunch” DVD!

posted by Nell Minow

The Solomon Bunch is a sweet, gently funny story of a group of children who ponder the meaning of Proverbs 18:13 “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him,” but don’t fully understand […]

Celebrate Black History Month with “March On!”

posted by Nell Minow

My very favorite DVD series for kids is Scholastic Storybook Treasures and their new release for Black History Month is a special treat.  It is called “Stories about African American Heritage Featuring March On!”  The title story is written by […]

New From Scholastic: Stone Soup…and Other Stories from the Asian Tradition

posted by Nell Minow

My very favorite series for kids has a new release, Stone Soup…and Other Stories from the Asian Tradition from Scholastic Storybook Treasures. Scholastic takes the very best in children’s literature and makes them into DVDs that gently animate the original […]

Monsters, Inc. 3D

posted by rkumar
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:December 19, 2012
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: December 19, 2012

According to this movie by the “Toy Story” folks at Pixar, that monsters are more afraid of children than children are of monsters. But monsters need to collect the screams of children to fuel their world, and children are getting […]

This American Life: Live “Invisible Made Visible” Show Available Online and on DVD

posted by Nell Minow

Radio you can watch – that’s the idea. On November 15th, 2012, the public radio show This American Life will release a video of a two-hour episode entitled “The Invisible Made Visible.” Fans can download or stream the video for $5.  It […]

“Magic Schoolbus: The Complete Series” — Contest for Teachers Only

posted by Nell Minow

This year’s back-to-school contest for teachers only is really special — Magic School Bus: The Complete Series.  Join Ms. Frizzle and her students on field trips that go to outer space, inside the human body, back in time to see […]

Contest: Barney 3-Pack

posted by Nell Minow

I’ve got a 3-DVD set from everyone’s favorite purple dinosaur to give away! If you would like to win the Barney Movie Pack 3 Dvd Set, including “Jungle Friends,” “Animal ABC’s,” and “Let’s Go on Vacation,” send me an email at […]

Contest: Scholastic’s “Chicken Little & More Zany Animal Stories”

posted by Nell Minow

I’m thrilled to have two copies of Chicken Little & More Zany Animal Stories to give away.  Scholastic’s wonderful series always has the best in children’s literature, gently animated and beautifully read.  This latest in the series includes: CHICKEN LITTLE (Written […]

Giveaway: Little Angels DVDs

posted by Nell Minow

I am delighted to have five copies of Little Angels: Animals, the latest in Roma Downey’s DVD series for preschoolers, to give away to my readers. The DVDs are designed to help teach children their ABC’s, 123’s, and also introduce […]

Act Fast! This Amazing Disney Giveaway Ends Tomorrow!

posted by Nell Minow

Here today, gone tomorrow! This special Disney animation collection goes off the market April 30 and I have just one to give away! It includes: Beauty and the Beast: Diamond Edition 3D Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s Magical World Special […]

Contest: Thomas the Tank Engine 3 DVD Movie Pack

posted by Nell Minow

“Hero of the Rails,” “The Great Discovery,” and “Calling All Engines” are included in this terrific collection featuring Thomas and his friends. There are also bonus features, deleted scenes, games, and even a karaoke sing-along. I have one to give […]

Brother Francis DVD Series for Catholic Children

posted by Nell Minow

The Brother Francis series is a gentle, accessible animated series for Catholic children with inviting and entertaining explanations of rituals and beliefs. “The Rosary” DVD includes the prayers of the Rosary and the Apostles’ Creed and a touching version of Mary’s […]

Contraband

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for violence, pervasive language and brief drug use
Movie Release Date:January 13, 2012
DVD Release Date:April 24, 2012
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for violence, pervasive language and brief drug use
Movie Release Date: January 13, 2012
DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012

Oh, not another one last job movie!  This remake of an Icelandic thriller, directed by the actor who played the lead role in the original, is a by-the-numbers heist, chase, and shoot-em-up.  It’s too gritty to be escapist fun and […]

Beauty and the Beast

posted by rkumar
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:January 13, 2012
DVD Release Date:2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: January 13, 2012
DVD Release Date: 2010

“Beauty and the Beast” is one of Disney’s most beloved fairy tales and the first animated film to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.  This week it is back in theaters in 3D and it looks gorgeous.  It is […]

New Barney and Angelina Movies Available on DVD and On Demand

posted by Nell Minow

Two preschooler favorite series have new movies released this week on DVD and On Demand. Barney: I Love My Friends The big purple dinosaur and his friends learn some valuable lessons about what it means to be a friend — […]

Contest: More ‘Dolphin Tale’ Blu-Ray/DVDs!

posted by Nell Minow

  I’m thrilled to have five more “Dolphin Tale” DVD/Blu-Ray sets to give away!  Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with “Dolphin” in the subject line and don’t forget your address!  I’ll pick winners at random on December 23.  Good […]

Veggie Tales On Sale!

posted by Nell Minow

Veggie Tales is having a special sale through November 30!  A great opportunity for finding gifts for special children.

Holiday Gift Opportunity for the Movie-Lover

posted by Nell Minow

Barnes & Noble is offering all of the Criterion Collection DVDs at 30% off for a limited time.  As all serious film lovers know, the Criterion series are the best of the best — the best films and the best […]

Christmas with a Capital C

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Not Rated
Movie Release Date:2011
DVD Release Date:November 1, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Movie Release Date: 2011
DVD Release Date: November 1, 2011

This Dove-approved family film stars Ted McGinley and Daniel Baldwin as one-time high school rivals who find themselves on opposite sides again when they battle over Christmas decorations in a small Alaska town and learn that Christmas is not about […]

Teeny-Tiny and the Witch Woman…And 4 More Spine-Tingling Tales

posted by Nell Minow

Teeny-Tiny and the Witch-Woman… and 4 More Spine-Tingling Tales is a perfect Halloween treat for the littlest trick-or-treaters, with stories that are more fun than scary. Teeny-Tiny is the story of a boy who outsmarts the witch who wants to […]

Sale on Spooky Movies from the Warner Archive

posted by Nell Minow

The Warner Archive is celebrating Halloween with a sale on some of their scariest movies, some that are silly scary, and some that are not that scary at all. As the classic children’s book “The Phantom Tollbooth” celebrates its 50th […]

The Worst Witch

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:1986
DVD Release Date:October 16, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 1986
DVD Release Date: October 16, 2011

Thanks to my godson, Theo Leiss, for reminding me of this Halloween treat! The Worst Witch is based on a pre-Harry Potter series of books by Jill Murphy about a school for young witches.  Fairuza Balk, who would later play a […]

The Original: ‘Footloose’ (1984)

posted by Nell Minow

The original Footloose was one of the decade-defining movies of the 1980’s, with a sensational soundtrack that included the title song by Kenny Loggins, “Let’s Hear it for the Boy” (Deniece Williams), “Dancing in the Sheets” (Shalimar), and “Holding Out […]

Spooky Buddies Winners!

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to all who entered and Happy Halloween!  The winners are: Kay H., Edina MN Cheryl W., Coalgate OK Jamie B., Laurel MD Yahara, Juana Diaz, PR Thanks to all who entered and if you didn’t win, keep checking as […]

Dumbo Contest Winners!

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks for all the wonderful entries!  I wish I had one for each of you! The winners are: Breanne T., Honolulu, HI LaKeisha R., Hoover AL Heather S., Port Townsend, WA Chris D., Rancho Cucamonga CA Penny A., Victorville CA […]

The Lion King

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:1994
DVD Release Date:October 3, 2011
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 1994
DVD Release Date: October 3, 2011

“The Lion King” finishes its record-breaking theatrical re-release in 3D with its first Blu-Ray in a superpack and I have five to give away!  Details below. One of Disney’s most popular animated features (and the inspiration for one of Broadway’s […]

Giveaway: Dumbo!

posted by Nell Minow

I’m thrilled to have five copies of the gorgeous Blu-Ray/DVD restored 70th anniversary edition of Dumbo to give away!   Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with Dumbo in the subject line and tell me your favorite movie elephant.  Don’t […]

Contest: Spooky Buddies!

posted by Nell Minow

I have three more copies of the new Spooky Buddies DVD!  Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com and tell me your favorite Buddies movie.   Don’t forget your address!  I’ll pick three winners at random this weekend.  Good luck!

Dumbo

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:1941
DVD Release Date:September 19, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 1941
DVD Release Date: September 19, 2011

A gorgeous new 70th anniversary “Dumbo” Blu-Ray DVD pack is the Pick of the Week. The stork delivers babies to the circus animals, including Mrs. Jumbo’s baby, an elephant with enormous ears. The other elephants laugh at him and call […]

The Spooky Buddies Are Coming!

posted by Nell Minow

Spooky Buddies are coming to DVD on September 20, just in time for Halloween! Disney’s irresistible talking puppies are back in an all-new movie that takes them far across town to a mysterious mansion where something very spooky is going […]

Contest: Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin and More

posted by Nell Minow

I’m very excited to have a gorgeous DVD box set from the Scholastic Storybook series, my very favorite family DVDs to give away. And this one is really special, with three different collections that will inspire children to use their […]

New ‘Star Wars’ Blu-Ray Creates Controversy

posted by Nell Minow

George Lucas can’t stop fiddling with “Star Wars.” This week’s highly anticipated Blu-Ray release of Star Wars: The Complete Saga films has 40 hours of extra material, which will make the fan-boys happy, but it also tinkers with the original […]

Crazy, Stupid, Love

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for coarse humor, sexual content, and language
Movie Release Date:July 29, 2011
DVD Release Date:November 1, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for coarse humor, sexual content, and language
Movie Release Date: July 29, 2011
DVD Release Date: November 1, 2011

This painful comedy about the agonies of love has some deftly observed moments and strong performances but its essential tawdriness overwhelms its efforts to be cuddly and life-affirming. Everyone is miserably in love with the wrong person.  Steve Carell plays […]

DVDs for Teachers: Scholastic Giveaway

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of all the wonderful teachers who are having a well-deserved break before getting back to lesson plans and grading homework, I have a giveaway just for the people who working to inspire the curiosity and critical thinking skills […]

The Worst Movie Bosses

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s release of “Horrible Bosses” made me think of some of the other terrible bosses in movies.  Here are some of the bosses we love to hate on screen.  Who am I leaving out?  And which movie boss is […]

The 5th of July

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:1982
DVD Release Date:July 5, 2011
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 1982
DVD Release Date: July 5, 2011

This filmed version of Lanford Wilson’s Fifth of July is a brilliantly acted story of the complicated relationships of a group of friends and relatives who get together over the 4th of July holiday.  It centers around the relationship of Kenneth […]

Gidget (3-Pack)

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Not rated
Movie Release Date:1959
DVD Release Date:July 5, 2011
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Not rated
Movie Release Date: 1959
DVD Release Date: July 5, 2011

A new DVD 3-pack of all three “Gidget” movies comes out today, and they’re worth another look, especially the 1959 original with Sandra Dee and James Darren.  Dee plays Francie, a sheltered and somewhat naive girl who thinks that it […]

Year of a Million Moments from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

posted by Nell Minow

Today, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (TCFHE) pledged to donate one million moments from its catalog of DVDs to community investment partners across the country. The initiative is part of its “Year of a Millions Moments” campaign celebrating movies made […]

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Intense prolonged sequences of sci-fi action violence, mayhem and destruction, and for language, some sexuality and innuendo
Movie Release Date:June 30, 2011
DVD Release Date:September 30, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Intense prolonged sequences of sci-fi action violence, mayhem and destruction, and for language, some sexuality and innuendo
Movie Release Date: June 30, 2011
DVD Release Date: September 30, 2011

I feel like Goldilocks.  It’s not as good as the first one, but it’s not as awful as the second one.  So, if that doesn’t make it just right, at least it makes it better than the second one and […]

Contest Winner: The Adjustment Bureau

posted by Nell Minow

Congratulations to the winner of “The Adjustment Bureau” on DVD, Pam H. of Kennewick, WA.  Thanks to all who entered!

1776

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for language
Movie Release Date:1972
DVD Release Date:July 2, 2012
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for language
Movie Release Date: 1972
DVD Release Date: July 2, 2012

Happy Independence Day!  There’s only one possible pick of the week for the 4th of July. This rousing musical about the Declaration of Independence makes the Founding Fathers vivid, human, and interesting characters, and is so involving that you almost […]

New on DVD: ‘Beastly,’ ‘Sucker Punch,’ and More

posted by Nell Minow

Beastly This modern-day version of Beauty and the Beast is surprisingly appealing. In an era of bullies and mean girls, “Gossip Girls” and “Pretty Little Liars,” it’s nice to have such a tenderhearted fairy tale. Sucker Punch Girls in thigh-hi […]

Cars 2

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:June 24, 2011
DVD Release Date:November 1, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: June 24, 2011
DVD Release Date: November 1, 2011

Pixar has made another enchanting film, witty, touching, and utterly delightful. It is “Toy Story Hawaiian Vacation,” a brief opener followed by the less delightful “Cars 2.” In “Toy Story Hawaiian Vacation,” Ken and Barbie are disappointed at being left […]

Smile of the Week: The Physics of ‘My Little Pony’

posted by Nell Minow

When did “My Little Pony” get so cool?  According to BNET’s Constantine von Hoffman, the new Hub series “is the new, hip thing among the geekerati.” I love this presentation from a high school student whose assignment was to examine the […]

Exclusive Clip! ‘Veggie Tales

posted by Nell Minow

I’m delighted to have this exclusive clip from the delightfully silly Veggie Tales: Live! Sing Yourself Silly. I have two copies to give away!  Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with “silly” in the subject line and tell me your […]

On DVD This Week

posted by Nell Minow

DVD pick of the week: The Adjustment Bureau is thought-provoking, exciting, and swooningly romantic. Writer/director George Nolfi takes on the biggest questions of all — faith and doubt, fate and free will, God, love, the meaning of existence — with […]

This Week on DVD

posted by Nell Minow

DVD pick of the week: The Grace Card This unpretentious but sincere film about the power of anger and the greater power of forgiveness has quiet power, and its final scenes are moving and inspirational. Also on DVD this week: […]

X-Men: First Class

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexuality and a violent image
Movie Release Date:June 3, 2011
DVD Release Date:September 6, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexuality and a violent image
Movie Release Date: June 3, 2011
DVD Release Date: September 6, 2011

The two most interesting aspects of the X-Men are absorbingly explored in this prequel that takes us back to the childhoods of rival mutants Magneto and Professor Xavier, played in the first three films by classically trained Shakespearian actors Ian […]

The Man Who Would Be King

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:PG
Movie Release Date:1975
DVD Release Date:June 6, 2011
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: PG
Movie Release Date: 1975
DVD Release Date: June 6, 2011

Director John Houston’s “The Man Who Would Be King,” released this week for the first time on Blu-Ray, is a magnificent spectacle, based on a story by Rudyard Kipling.  Michael Caine and Sean Connery star as British sergeants and adventurers […]

The North Star…And More Stories About Following Your Dreams

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:May 30, 2011
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: May 30, 2011

The latest from my very favorite series of DVDs for families has one of my very favorite books, Swamp Angel, in a collection of stories about lifelong learning and  following your dreams. The stories are: THE NORTH STAR (Written and […]

Veggie Tales Live! Sing Yourself Silly

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
DVD Release Date:May 23, 2011
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
DVD Release Date: May 23, 2011

I love the silly songs from Bob and Larry and the Veggie Tales gang! The first-ever live show DVD from Big Idea entertainment is this delightful collection of the silliest silly songs ever sung, including my two favorites, “The Hairbrush […]

Interview: Dianna Agron of ‘I Am Number Four’ and ‘Glee’

posted by Nell Minow

Disney shared this interview with Dianna Agron of  I Am Number Four, out May 24 on DVD and Blu-Ray. Was it fun to leave the Glee gang behind for some big-screen action with your new movie, I Am Number Four? […]

Drop Dead Diva: Season Two

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:NR
DVD Release Date:May 3, 2011
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: NR
DVD Release Date: May 3, 2011

“Drop Dead Diva’s” second season is out and it is even more fun than the first.  The delightful Brooke Elliot plays a beautiful slender model whose spirit takes over the body of Jane, an overweight but very successful lawyer.  Only […]

Thor

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence
Movie Release Date:May 6, 2011
DVD Release Date:September 13, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence
Movie Release Date: May 6, 2011
DVD Release Date: September 13, 2011

The original Hammer is here.  Thor, Norse god of thunder and lightning (and the source of the word “Thursday”), star of Marvel comics written by Stan Lee and his brother Larry Lieber and memorably illustrated by Jack Kirby, now joins […]

Jumping the Broom

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some sexual content
Movie Release Date:May 6, 2011
DVD Release Date:August 8, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some sexual content
Movie Release Date: May 6, 2011
DVD Release Date: August 8, 2011

Sabrina (Paula Patton) is from a wealthy, upper-class family with a mansion on Martha’s Vineyard.  Jason (Laz Alonso) is from a blue-collar family in Brooklyn.  They fall in love, he proposes, and there’s just one obstacle to their happily ever […]

The Green Hornet

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sequences of violent action, language, sensuality, and drug content
Movie Release Date:January 14, 2011
DVD Release Date:May 3, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of violent action, language, sensuality, and drug content
Movie Release Date: January 14, 2011
DVD Release Date: May 3, 2011

Anyone here remember Van Williams? He was the star of the 1966-67 television series, “The Green Hornet.” But the only thing anyone remembers about the show today was the actor who played the title character’s martial arts and automotive expert […]

Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs. Evil

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some mild action and thematic elements
Movie Release Date:April 29, 2011
DVD Release Date:August 16, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some mild action and thematic elements
Movie Release Date: April 29, 2011
DVD Release Date: August 16, 2011

The Weinstein Company may be nowhere near the gold standard set by Pixar in the imagination and technical ability of its animation, but it beats all ten of the champion’s justifiably lauded classics in one category. Pixar has yet to […]

Prom

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for mild language and a brief fight
Movie Release Date:April 29, 2011
DVD Release Date:August 30, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild language and a brief fight
Movie Release Date: April 29, 2011
DVD Release Date: August 30, 2011

Less engrossing than a Clearasil commercial and more synthetic than a Rebecca Black video, “Prom” is Disney’s attempt to launch a new generation of tween idols with a wholesome confection about a high school dance. But the buoyant energy of […]

Interview: Carl Christman of ‘Selling God’

posted by Nell Minow

Carl Christman, writer/director of the documentary Selling God, answered my questions about his film, an exploration of the way that fundamentalists market their religion. How did you come to this project? My films are a form of catharsis. I have […]

Tikki-Tikki-Tembo…

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:Not Rated
Movie Release Date:NA
DVD Release Date:April 26, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Movie Release Date: NA
DVD Release Date: April 26, 2011

The DVD pick of the week is Tikki-Tikki-Tembo and More Stories of Asian Heritage, another from my very favorite series for young children and their families. This one arrives in time for May’s celebration of Asian Heritage Month in May, […]

For Easter: The Gospel According to St. Matthew and more

posted by Nell Minow

Reposting for Easter — Have a blessed celebration, everyone! Ben-Hur is the traditional Easter classic, but there are some other films that beautifully illuminate the themes of this holy season. I like The Gospel of John, a very reverent re-telling […]

List: Earth Day Movies

posted by Nell Minow

In addition to previously recommended Earth Day movies, take a look at these gorgeous documentaries about the creatures with whom we share this great planet: 1. March of the Penguins This worldwide sensation takes us to Antarctica, where these elegant […]

List: Passover Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Reposting — Hag Sameach! Passover is not just about remembering the story of the Exodus from Egypt. It is about telling the story. Thousands of years before people talked about “learning styles,” the Seder included many different ways of telling […]

Gulliver’s Travels

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for brief rude humor, mild language, and action
Movie Release Date:December 22, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for brief rude humor, mild language, and action
Movie Release Date: December 22, 2010

A cringe-inducing catastrophe with all of the appeal of fingernails on blackboard, this movie’s first early warning sign should have been the omission of Jonathan Swift from the opening credits. I thought at first it was an arrogant oversight. Now […]

The King’s Speech

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language
Movie Release Date:December 17, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language
Movie Release Date: December 17, 2010

One of the best movies of the year makes a king look like an underdog in the true story of a man who had to literally and metaphorically find his voice, with in a very real sense the fate of […]

Rio

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:April 15, 2011
DVD Release Date:August 1, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: April 15, 2011
DVD Release Date: August 1, 2011

A South American setting and striking animation lend freshness to “Rio’s” otherwise much-traveled storyline about a pampered pet who has to learn to survive in the wild.  We’ve seen this tale many times — “Madagascar,” “Bolt,” “The Wild,” “Beverly Hills […]

List: Movies with a Touch of Brazil

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of this week’s release of “Rio,” an animated film set in Brazil, put on some samba music and think about some of these Brazilian-flavored films for your Netflix queue.  (No, I am not including the superb film actually […]

Behind the Scenes with Melinda Doolittle

posted by Nell Minow

The fabulous Melinda Doolittle guest stars as Cassie Cassava in the Veggie Tales’ ‘Twas the Night Before Easter!  

Country Strong

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for thematic elements involving alcohol abuse and some sexual content
Movie Release Date:January 7, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for thematic elements involving alcohol abuse and some sexual content
Movie Release Date: January 7, 2011

The husband manager of the beloved country singer just out of rehab says to her, “Do I tell you how to sing, darlin’? Hmm? Have I ever told you how to sing a song?” “That ain’t the point,” she weakly […]

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some sequences of intense action violence, frightening images and brief sexuality
Movie Release Date:November 18, 2010
DVD Release Date:April 12, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some sequences of intense action violence, frightening images and brief sexuality
Movie Release Date: November 18, 2010
DVD Release Date: April 12, 2011

Harry, Hermione, and Ron have to grow up quite literally in the gripping second-to-last installment of the “Harry Potter” movie series, based on the first half of the seventh and final book.  Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson), and Ron […]

Interview: John Rhys-Davies of KJB: The Book That Changed the World

posted by Nell Minow

I couldn’t help it.  When I picked up the phone to hear the voice of distinguished actor John Rhys-Davies, I had to enjoy a moment pretending I was talking to Sallah from “Raiders of the Lost Ark” or Gimli from […]

Hanna

posted by Evan Derrick
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sexual material and language
Movie Release Date:April 8, 2011
DVD Release Date:September 6, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sexual material and language
Movie Release Date: April 8, 2011
DVD Release Date: September 6, 2011

Director Joe Wright is fascinated with Saoirse Ronan’s blue eyes, entirely understandable. Her cerulean gaze is so pure, so clear, so direct, and at the same time knowing and innocent that it is perfect for the role of Hanna, a […]

Soul Surfer

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for an intense accident sequence and some thematic material
Movie Release Date:April 8, 2011
DVD Release Date:August 2, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for an intense accident sequence and some thematic material
Movie Release Date: April 8, 2011
DVD Release Date: August 2, 2011

Bethany Hamilton (AnnaSophia Robb) tells us that as a child she spent more time wet than dry. She is the daughter of competitive surfers, home-schooled so that nothing would interfere with her training or her opportunity to go out into […]

Arthur

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for alcohol use throughout, sexual content, language, and some drug references
Movie Release Date:April 8, 2011
DVD Release Date:July 12, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for alcohol use throughout, sexual content, language, and some drug references
Movie Release Date: April 8, 2011
DVD Release Date: July 12, 2011

Russell Brand takes over the title role in this unnecessary remake of the better-remembered-than-re-watched 1981 film starring Dudley Moore and the Oscar-winning Sir John Gielgud. It’s harder to find a perpetually substance-abusing hedonist funny these days than it was back […]

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG some frightening images and sequences of fantasy action
Movie Release Date:December 10, 2010
DVD Release Date:April 5, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG some frightening images and sequences of fantasy action
Movie Release Date: December 10, 2010
DVD Release Date: April 5, 2011

A gallant warrior mouse and a dragon with a secret join the two youngest Pevensie children for a voyage and a quest in the third and best so far in the Narnia series. War has come to England and Edmund […]

Tracy and Hepburn: The Definitive Collection

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Not Rated
Movie Release Date:1940's
DVD Release Date:April 12, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Movie Release Date: 1940's
DVD Release Date: April 12, 2011

Now this is a pure movie magic. There has never been an on- and off-screen romance like the nine-movie pairing of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. When writer-director Joseph Mankiewicz introduced them, Hepburn, who was wearing special heels that added […]

Source Code

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some violence including disturbing images, and for language
Movie Release Date:April 1, 2011
DVD Release Date:July 26, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some violence including disturbing images, and for language
Movie Release Date: April 1, 2011
DVD Release Date: July 26, 2011

Director Duncan Jones (“Moon”) has produced a first-rate thriller with Jake Gyllenhaal as Captain Colter Stevens, sent back in time and into the body of a man on a commuter train eight minutes before it will explode, to see if […]

Interview: Fraser Heston of ‘Charlton Heston Presents The Bible’

posted by Nell Minow

Fraser Heston was kind enough to take time to talk with me about the re-release of some of his father’s greatest films. Fraser, who played the baby Moses in The Ten Commandments, directed his father in Charlton Heston Presents the […]

Fair Game

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some language
Movie Release Date:November 5, 2010
DVD Release Date:March 29, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some language
Movie Release Date: November 5, 2010
DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011

It turns out that being a spy is not glamorous at all, especially when you are the mother of twins. Valerie Plame (Naomi Watts) does not get to pick up a bunch of fun gadgets from Q or change from […]

Tangled

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for brief mild violence
Movie Release Date:November 24, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for brief mild violence
Movie Release Date: November 24, 2010

Disney has taken a 200-year-old story from the Brothers Grimm and made it just modern enough, sassy without being snarky, fresh and contemporary without any po-mo air quotes. It’s the classic fairy tale of the girl with the long, long […]

Sucker Punch

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving sexuality, violence and combat sequences, and for language
Movie Release Date:March 25, 2011
DVD Release Date:June 28, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving sexuality, violence and combat sequences, and for language
Movie Release Date: March 25, 2011
DVD Release Date: June 28, 2011

Girls in thigh-hi stockings and tiny spangled miniskirts take on steam-powered corpses, WWI bi-planes, samurai robots, and an angry dragon, along with a series of odiously predatory men in the latest film from Zack Snyder. His versions of “300” and […]

Jane Eyre

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements including a nude image and brief violent content
Movie Release Date:March 25, 2011
DVD Release Date:August 16, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some thematic elements including a nude image and brief violent content
Movie Release Date: March 25, 2011
DVD Release Date: August 16, 2011

Why do film-makers keep coming back to Jane Eyre? Charlotte Bronte’s story has elements of horror, mystery, revenge, romance, and morality, but it is an internal narrative, Jane’s own clear-eyed but personal view of her story (“Reader, I married him.”) […]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some mild rude humor and mischief
Movie Release Date:March 25, 2011
DVD Release Date:June 21, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some mild rude humor and mischief
Movie Release Date: March 25, 2011
DVD Release Date: June 21, 2011

This is the second movie based on the wildly popular series of Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney. Last year, in Diary of a Wimpy Kid, we saw Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) begin the agonizing experience of […]

How Do You Know

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated R for sexual content and some strong language
Movie Release Date:December 17, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for sexual content and some strong language
Movie Release Date: December 17, 2010

Lisa (Reese Witherspoon) and George Madison (Paul Rudd) are both nice people and team players. And that is why they end up on a horrible date on what is for each of them the worst night of their lives. It’s […]

Limitless

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving a drug, violence including disturbing images, sexuality and language
Movie Release Date:March 18, 2011
DVD Release Date:July 18, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving a drug, violence including disturbing images, sexuality and language
Movie Release Date: March 18, 2011
DVD Release Date: July 18, 2011

Most of us feel that there must be some way for us to unleash the best version of ourselves. Whole sections of bookstores, whole shelves of vitamins, dozens of infomercials, motivational speakers, and guides to personal growth, self-actualization, and personal […]

The Lincoln Lawyer

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for some violence, sexual content and language
Movie Release Date:March 18, 2011
DVD Release Date:July 12, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for some violence, sexual content and language
Movie Release Date: March 18, 2011
DVD Release Date: July 12, 2011

That’s not Lincoln as in the rail-splitting President. It’s Lincoln as in car. Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey) is a lawyer whose office is in his car, the better to maneuver between his court appearances and his clients. He’s a criminal […]

Paul

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language including sexual references, and some drug use
Movie Release Date:March 18, 2011
DVD Release Date:August 9, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language including sexual references, and some drug use
Movie Release Date: March 18, 2011
DVD Release Date: August 9, 2011

Director Greg Mottola (“Superbad,” “Adventureland”) is an expert at mixing raunch and sweetness. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (“Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz”) are experts at making funny but knowing and affectionate tributes to movie genres. Together, they’ve made […]

Contest: Win Four Films Featuring Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, and Fred Astaire!

posted by Nell Minow

The wonderful Warner Archive debuts four new films today and I have one set to give away! These are lesser-seen films from three of the greatest musical performers of all time, including Gene Kelly’s dream project, a film displays his […]

Hereafter

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements including disturbing disaster and accident images, and for brief strong language
Movie Release Date:October 22, 2010
DVD Release Date:March 15, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements including disturbing disaster and accident images, and for brief strong language
Movie Release Date: October 22, 2010
DVD Release Date: March 15, 2011

According to this movie the two universal human imperatives are the need to find out whether we can contact the dead and the need to use Google to do so. Can we please de-Google-ize movies? I love Google, too, but […]

Mildred Pierce

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:1945
DVD Release Date:2005
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 1945
DVD Release Date: 2005

The upcoming five-part miniseries starring Kate Winslet is a good reason to visit the original movie version of Mildred Pierce, with an Oscar-winning performance by Joan Crawford. She plays the title character, who sacrifices everything to give her daughter the […]

Red Riding Hood

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for violence and creature terror and some sensuality
Movie Release Date:March 11, 2010
DVD Release Date:June 13, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for violence and creature terror and some sensuality
Movie Release Date: March 11, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 13, 2011

Oh, Grandmother, what a big, bad movie you have. So, apparently what happened here is that for whatever reason director Catherine Hardwicke did not get to make the second and third “Twilight” movies, so she decided to make a different […]

Battle: Los Angeles

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sustained and intense sequences of war violence and destruction and for language
Movie Release Date:March 11, 2010
DVD Release Date:June 13, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sustained and intense sequences of war violence and destruction and for language
Movie Release Date: March 11, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 13, 2011

Destined to be remembered primarily as yet another step toward closing the gap between games and movies, the essence of “Battle: Lost Angeles” is a lot of boom-boom and a bunch of “ooo-rah.” And essence is all it is; no […]

Mars Needs Moms

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for science fiction action and peril
Movie Release Date:March 11, 2011
DVD Release Date:August 9, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for science fiction action and peril
Movie Release Date: March 11, 2011
DVD Release Date: August 9, 2011

There is one perfectly charming moment in “Mars Needs Moms,” but it does not come until the closing credits, when we get some live action glimpses of the voice actors. Their faces are covered with reference dots and they are […]

Exclusive Clip: VeggieTales: ‘Twas The Night Before Easter’

posted by Nell Minow

The VeggieTales folks have a new Easter DVD for families and we have an exclusive sneak peek! And you know what that means — lots of laughs, great songs, and some gentle lessons. It’s Easter time in Crisper County and […]

Morning Glory

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some sexual content including dialogue, language, and brief drug references
Movie Release Date:November 10, 2010
DVD Release Date:March 8, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some sexual content including dialogue, language, and brief drug references
Movie Release Date: November 10, 2010
DVD Release Date: March 8, 2011

We love those disheveled but indomitable women of the television world, from Holly Hunter in “Broadcast News” to Mary Tyler Moore in her iconic 1970’s television series, Tina Fey in “30 Rock,” and Michelle Pfeiffer in the under-appreciated “I Could […]

The Third Testament

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:NR -- mature theme and disturbing material
DVD Release Date:March 8, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: NR -- mature theme and disturbing material
DVD Release Date: March 8, 2011

The discovery of a Third Testament leads to a mystery — a whole series of them — in this ambitious, intricately constructed film from first-time writer-director Matt Dallman. Carolyn Matthews (Amy Weins) is determined to find her husband, Jacob, who […]

The Next Three Days

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for violence, drug material, language, some sexuality and thematic elements
Movie Release Date:November 19, 2010
DVD Release Date:March 8, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for violence, drug material, language, some sexuality and thematic elements
Movie Release Date: November 19, 2010
DVD Release Date: March 8, 2011

Paul Haggis loses his way in “The Next Three Days,” a labored prison escape drama that never recovers from a serious miscalculation midway through and then goes completely off the rails in the end. Russell Crowe plays a sometimes deliberate […]

List: Movies for Women’s History Month

posted by Nell Minow

For Women’s History Month, try some of these feature films about women of extraordinary courage, intelligence, determination, and achievement. 1. Erin Brockovich Julia Roberts won an Oscar for this story about a clerk in a law firm who helped win […]

Inside Job

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some drug and sex-related material
Movie Release Date:October 22, 2010
DVD Release Date:March 8, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some drug and sex-related material
Movie Release Date: October 22, 2010
DVD Release Date: March 8, 2011

Americans are generous in need and forgiving of mistakes. But we are outraged by injustice. This indispensable film shows us the who, what, when, where, and how of the financial crisis, finally placing it in the context it requires — […]

Take Me Home Tonight

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language, sexual content, and drug use
Movie Release Date:March 4, 2011
DVD Release Date:July 19, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language, sexual content, and drug use
Movie Release Date: March 4, 2011
DVD Release Date: July 19, 2011

This is the movie John Cusack never made, a loving tribute to the 1980’s and especially to the music and movies of the era from “Say Anything” to “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” “Take Me Home Tonight” doesn’t go for […]

Burlesque

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual content including several suggestive dance routines, partial nudity, language and some thematic material
Movie Release Date:November 24, 2010
DVD Release Date:March 1, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content including several suggestive dance routines, partial nudity, language and some thematic material
Movie Release Date: November 24, 2010
DVD Release Date: March 1, 2011

Somewhere on the continuum that connects “Showgirls,” “Glitter,” and drag shows is a place for “Burlesque,” a vanity project from producer Christina Aguilera for pop star and would-be actress Christina Aguilera. That doesn’t mean it isn’t entertaining. It just means […]

Love and Other Drugs

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, pervasive language, and some drug material
Movie Release Date:November 24, 2010
DVD Release Date:March 1, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, pervasive language, and some drug material
Movie Release Date: November 24, 2010
DVD Release Date: March 1, 2011

“Love and Other Drugs” is the cure for the common movie, a smart, sexy, touching romance and a thoughtful exploration of a remarkable time that illuminates some of our most vital contemporary concerns. “Ask your doctor about…” ads began appearing […]

Happy Birthday, Elizabeth Taylor

posted by Nell Minow

Today we send birthday and get well greetings to one of Hollywood’s all-time most enduring and alluring stars, Elizabeth Taylor. Here are some of my favorite Taylor movies for family viewing: 1. Lassie Come Home Taylor co-stars with Roddy McDowall […]

Hall Pass

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for crude and sexual humor throughout, language, some graphic nudity and drug use
Movie Release Date:February 25, 2011
DVD Release Date:June 13, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for crude and sexual humor throughout, language, some graphic nudity and drug use
Movie Release Date: February 25, 2011
DVD Release Date: June 13, 2011

Things have changed since the Farrelly Brothers smashed through boundaries and brought a new level of outrageous raunchiness to the screen with the box office smashes “Dumb and Dumber” and “There’s Something About Mary.” First, they inspired others like Judd […]

Drive Angry

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong brutal violence throughout, grisly images, some graphic sexual content, nudity and pervasive language
Movie Release Date:February 25, 2011
DVD Release Date:May 31, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong brutal violence throughout, grisly images, some graphic sexual content, nudity and pervasive language
Movie Release Date: February 25, 2011
DVD Release Date: May 31, 2011

The movie is called “Drive Angry.” It stars Nicolas Cage. It’s in 3D. What more do you need to know? Cage is such a fan of comic books he took his screen name from a comic book superhero and starred […]

The Grace Card

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for violence and thematic elements
Movie Release Date:February 25, 2011
DVD Release Date:June 13, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for violence and thematic elements
Movie Release Date: February 25, 2011
DVD Release Date: June 13, 2011

Anger seduces us because it fools us into feeling powerful. Anger absorbs so much energy that it helps us avoid the more complicated and painful emotions of loss, guilt, regret, and fear. And that, as “The Grace Card” shows us, […]

It’s Kind of a Funny Story

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for mature thematic issues, sexual content, drug material and language
Movie Release Date:October 8, 2010
DVD Release Date:February 15, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic issues, sexual content, drug material and language
Movie Release Date: October 8, 2010
DVD Release Date: February 15, 2011

A stressed-out teenager impetuously checks himself into a mental hospital in this semi-autobiographical tale based on It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini. It is brought to screen by the talented writer-directing team of Anna Boden and Ryan […]

Due Date

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language, drug use and sexual content
Movie Release Date:November 5, 2010
DVD Release Date:February 22, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language, drug use and sexual content
Movie Release Date: November 5, 2010
DVD Release Date: February 22, 2011

Two obnoxious and unlikeable people are stuck together for an excruciating cross-country road trip that is hard on them and harder on the audience.  It is such a thoroughly unpleasant journey that it forced me to reconsider my previously firm […]

Megamind

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for action and some language
Movie Release Date:November 5, 2010
DVD Release Date:February 22, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for action and some language
Movie Release Date: November 5, 2010
DVD Release Date: February 22, 2011

Let’s get it out of the way first thing. “Megamind” would be a much more enjoyable experience if it wasn’t so close to one of this year’s brightest family pleasures, Despicable Me. Both are stories of the clash of two […]

Great Figures in African-American History

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:2011
DVD Release Date:February 1, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 2011
DVD Release Date: February 1, 2011

Another one from my favorite series that arrives in time for Black History Month — Duke Ellington… and more stories to celebrate great figures in African American history from Scholastic Storybook Treasures. The DVD includes gently animated and beautifully narrated […]

Unknown

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of violence and action, and brief sexual content
Movie Release Date:February 18, 2011
DVD Release Date:June 28, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of violence and action, and brief sexual content
Movie Release Date: February 18, 2011
DVD Release Date: June 28, 2011

What would you do if everything you thought you knew about your life and your identity suddenly seemed to be untrue? If even your wife kept insisting that another man was you? Liam Neeson plays Martin Harris, or a man […]

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for some language
Movie Release Date:October 8, 2010
DVD Release Date:February 15, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for some language
Movie Release Date: October 8, 2010
DVD Release Date: February 15, 2011

Unpleasant people behave selfishly until it stops, rather than ends, in this latest trifle from Woody Allen, who once again manages to persuade A-list talent to help him make a C-list movie. It’s another romantic roundelay, with a divorced couple […]

Big Sale on National Geograpic DVDs

posted by Nell Minow

National Geographic is having an amazing sale on their outstanding series of DVDs, with prices as low as $3.95 for “March of the Penguins” and $5.95 for “The Dog Whisperer.” It’s for a limited time only. Be sure to check […]

Unstoppable

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sequences of action and peril and some language
Movie Release Date:November 12, 2010
DVD Release Date:February 15, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of action and peril and some language
Movie Release Date: November 12, 2010
DVD Release Date: February 15, 2011

Don’t think of it as a train. Think of it as “a missile the size of the Chrysler building.” That is what the station supervisor, Connie (Rosario Dawson) says when she finds out that the driverless train is carrying toxic […]

Young Mr. Lincoln

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:1939
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 1939

Abraham Lincoln was born 201 years ago today. This film, directed by John Ford and starring Henry Fonda, is an appealing look at his early law practice and his tragic romance with Ann Rutledge. Particularly exciting and moving are the […]

Behind the Scenes at Pixar

posted by Nell Minow

The New York Times has a rare behind the scenes look at Pixar:

Just Go With It

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for frequent crude and sexual content, partial nudity, brief drug references and language
Movie Release Date:February 11, 2011
DVD Release Date:June 6, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for frequent crude and sexual content, partial nudity, brief drug references and language
Movie Release Date: February 11, 2011
DVD Release Date: June 6, 2011

The good news: no one in this movie has sex with an old lady or gets stabbed in the foot. So Adam Sandler is making some progress. And Jennifer Aniston continues to be a lovely screen presence, with sublime comic […]

Gnomeo & Juliet

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:February 11, 2011
DVD Release Date:May 24, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: February 11, 2011
DVD Release Date: May 24, 2011

What’s in a gnome? Shakespeare’s tragic romance about the children of warring families has been adapted countless times (a high point: “West Side Story;” a low point: a recent Twitter version), as acknowledged in a cheeky opening monologue to this […]

The Eagle

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for battle scenes and some disturbing images
Movie Release Date:February 11, 2011
DVD Release Date:June 28, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for battle scenes and some disturbing images
Movie Release Date: February 11, 2011
DVD Release Date: June 28, 2011

“The Eagle” is an epic story, lavishly filmed, but empty at the core. Without a reason to care about the quest, it does not matter how skillfully the battle scenes are filmed. It is based on The Eagle of the […]

List: Movies to Share With Your Valentine

posted by Nell Minow

In 2008, I did a Valentine’s Day tribute to great movie couples, from Mickey and Minnie to The Princess Bride and with suggestions for all ages. Here’s a list of five of my all-time favorite falling-in-love (or realizing you’re in […]

You Again

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for brief mild language and rude behavior
Movie Release Date:September 24, 2010
DVD Release Date:February 8, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for brief mild language and rude behavior
Movie Release Date: September 24, 2010
DVD Release Date: February 8, 2011

Cute people getting mired in a cute situation? Good. Cute situation getting mired in unimaginative slapstick? Not so much. This is yet another one of those movies about characters who have clearly never watched a romantic comedy. If they had, […]

Tamara Drewe

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language and some sexuality
Movie Release Date:October 22, 2010
DVD Release Date:February 8, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language and some sexuality
Movie Release Date: October 22, 2010
DVD Release Date: February 8, 2011

You might think that in a movie called “Tamara Drewe,” the character named Tamara Drewe would be the protagonist. She isn’t. You might then think she could be the primary antagonist creating the chaos that has to be straightened out […]

Cactus Flower

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:PG
Movie Release Date:1969
DVD Release Date:April 23, 202
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: PG
Movie Release Date: 1969
DVD Release Date: April 23, 202

This week’s release of Adam Sandler’s remake of “Cactus Flower” is a good reason to check out the 1969 original with Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman, and, in her Oscar-winning screen debut, Goldie Hawn. It began as a French play, adapted […]

List: A Tribute to Ronald Reagan

posted by Nell Minow

As we celebrate the 100th birthday of Ronald Reagan this week, most of the focus will be on his years in politics. But it is also a good opportunity to take another look at some of his best performances as […]

Black History Month Treat: Lincoln and Douglass

posted by Nell Minow

My very favorite series for kids, the Scholastic Storybook Treasures, has a new gem out for Black History Month and President’s Day. It’s a collection of DVDs based on four superb history books for children including Lincoln & Douglass: An […]

Conviction

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language and some violent images
Movie Release Date:October 15, 2010
DVD Release Date:February 1, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language and some violent images
Movie Release Date: October 15, 2010
DVD Release Date: February 1, 2011

Sam Rockwell gives one of the best performances of the year as Kenny Waters, a man wrongly convicted of murder for eighteen years until his sister was able to prove that he was innocent and get him released. Betty Ann […]

Alice in Wonderland

posted by rkumar
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:N/A
Movie Release Date:1951
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: N/A
Movie Release Date: 1951

Almost 150 years ago Oxford mathematician Charles Dodgson published his wildly imaginative story about Alice’s adventures down a rabbit hole. And now the wildly imaginative director Tim Burton has brought Wonderland to the 3D movie screen. It is less faithful […]

Red

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence and brief strong language
Movie Release Date:October 15, 2010
DVD Release Date:January 25, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence and brief strong language
Movie Release Date: October 15, 2010
DVD Release Date: January 25, 2011

Give me Dame Helen Mirren with a semi-automatic weapon and Morgan Freeman smiling, “We’re getting the band back together,” and I will happily settle back and enjoy the popcorn. “RED” stands for “Retired Extremely Dangerous,” and this is the designation […]

Takers

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, a sexual situation/partial nudity and some language
Movie Release Date:August 27, 2010
DVD Release Date:January 18, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, a sexual situation/partial nudity and some language
Movie Release Date: August 27, 2010
DVD Release Date: January 18, 2011

Why make a movie with so many first-rate performers and give central roles to people who cannot act and have no star power on screen? For the answer, read the credits. Rap star T.I. and R&B star Chris Brown are […]

Secretariat

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:PG for brief mild language
Movie Release Date:October 8, 2010
DVD Release Date:January 25, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: PG for brief mild language
Movie Release Date: October 8, 2010
DVD Release Date: January 25, 2011

This is the story of two champions. One is the most celebrated horse of the 20th century, the only non-human athlete to be included on Sport’s Illustrated’s 1999 list of the top 100 athletes of the last hundred years for […]

Contest: Alice in Wonderland

posted by Nell Minow

I am overjoyed to have two copies of one of my very favorite Disney classics to give away. This is the Blu-Ray/DVD 60th anniversary edition of “Alice in Wonderland.” I have loved this film since we watched it at my […]

The Company Men

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language and brief nudity
Movie Release Date:December 10, 2010
DVD Release Date:June 8, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language and brief nudity
Movie Release Date: December 10, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 8, 2011

Remember all those executives George Clooney fired last year in Up in the Air? Here is their story. Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, and Tommy Lee Jones play characters who work at an enormous conglomerate and feel confident in their value […]

Eyes on the Prize (Part 1)

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:NR
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: NR

This is the story of the civil rights movement, from 1952-1965. Interviews and archival footage tell the story of the 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education that declared school segregation unconstitutional and the Montgomery bus boycott […]

Movies to Celebrate the Life and Work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

posted by Nell Minow

This weekend we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King and every family should take time to talk about this great American leader and hero of the Civil Rights Movement. There are outstanding films for all ages. Every family should […]

Alpha and Omega

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for rude humor and some mild action
Movie Release Date:September 17, 2010
DVD Release Date:January 11, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for rude humor and some mild action
Movie Release Date: September 17, 2010
DVD Release Date: January 11, 2011

Two young Canadian wolves representing the extremes of the social scale join forces in the animated “Alpha and Omega,” which keeps them stuck in the bland middle. Though the visuals are in 3D, the film barely manages to register in […]

The Social Network

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug and alcohol use and language
Movie Release Date:October 1, 2010
DVD Release Date:January 11, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug and alcohol use and language
Movie Release Date: October 1, 2010
DVD Release Date: January 11, 2011

Change is not polite. The bigger the change, the more likely that it is messy and painful and ugly. Even its beginnings are often disturbingly uninspired and uninspiring. Despite what Hollywood and history books tell us, change is less often […]

Season of the Witch

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, violence and disturbing content
Movie Release Date:January 7, 2011
DVD Release Date:June 28, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, violence and disturbing content
Movie Release Date: January 7, 2011
DVD Release Date: June 28, 2011

This is sword-and-sorcery film named after a Donovan song that features a joke swiped from “Jaws” — a priest looks balefully up at a looming demon and actually says, “We’re going to need more holy water.” It is a hopeless […]

Johnny Belinda

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:1948
DVD Release Date:2006
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 1948
DVD Release Date: 2006

Celebrate the birthday of Jane Wyman with her Oscar-winning performance in the classic Johnny Belinda. Belinda (Jane Wyman) lives with her father and aunt on a farm on an island off the coast of Nova Scotia. Her father, Black McDonald, […]

Dinner for Schmucks

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sequences of crude and sexual content, some partial nudity and language
Movie Release Date:July 30, 2010
DVD Release Date:January 3, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of crude and sexual content, some partial nudity and language
Movie Release Date: July 30, 2010
DVD Release Date: January 3, 2011

The truest comedy is the laugh of recognition and enlightenment. You won’t find much of that in this crass and crude remake of the French film, “The Dinner Game.” What you will find instead is that easier and far less […]

The Rest of the ‘Catfish’ Review (Spoiler Alert!)

posted by Nell Minow

If you have seen “Catfish” and are ready for the rest of my review, here it is: In the early days of the World Wide Web, a widely-circulated New Yorker cartoon showed a dog sitting up before a computer, paws […]

Catfish

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some sexual references
Movie Release Date:September 17, 2010
DVD Release Date:January 3, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some sexual references
Movie Release Date: September 17, 2010
DVD Release Date: January 3, 2011

Let’s say you’re a guy. And the girl you really like has finally agreed to go out with you. You’re at the restaurant ordering pizza. And she says her favorite pizza is Hawaiian, with pineapple. The idea makes you feel […]

Movies to Ring in the New Year

posted by Nell Minow

Rotten Tomatoes has a list of New Year’s Movies. Here is my list, which I first posted in 2007: When Harry Met Sally… is a sweet, funny love story starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal as two people who took […]

The American

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for violence, sexual content and nudity
Movie Release Date:September 1, 2010
DVD Release Date:December 27, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for violence, sexual content and nudity
Movie Release Date: September 1, 2010
DVD Release Date: December 27, 2010

There’s a reason so many movies give us a character who has just one last job to do before he (it’s almost always a he) can get free. It is because we can sympathize with someone despite even the most […]

The Concert

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual content
Movie Release Date:August 6, 2010
DVD Release Date:December 27, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual content
Movie Release Date: August 6, 2010
DVD Release Date: December 27, 2010

A Russian conductor, demoted to symphony hall janitor, intercepts an invitation to perform in Paris and decides that he will accept. Andreï Filipov (Aleksei Guskov) was once a celebrated conductor of the Bolshoi orchestra. But during the antisemitism of the […]

Follow that Bird

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:1985
DVD Release Date:2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 1985
DVD Release Date: 2009

Celebrate the birthday of Caroll Spinney, the man behind (or, I should say, inside) Big Bird. 1985’s “Follow That Bird,” features all of the show’s favorite characters and an array of guest stars but focuses more on gentle humor and […]

Last Giveaway of the Year and it is HUGE!

posted by Nell Minow

It doesn’t get much bigger than this. I have FIVE incredible prize packages. Each winner will receive three prizes! They are: Phineas & Ferb: Very Perry Christmas In an all-new, Perry-powered adventure, Phineas, Ferb, and their pet platypus (AKA Agent […]

Gulliver’s Travels: the Animated Feature

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:1939
DVD Release Date:2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 1939
DVD Release Date: 2010

In the early days of animation, Disney’s biggest rival was the studio run by the Fleischer brothers, whose Betty Boop, Popeye, and Out of the Inkwell cartoons were very popular. Their first feature, released in 1939, was “Gulliver’s Travels.” While […]

True Grit

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of western violence including disturbing images
Movie Release Date:December 22, 2010
DVD Release Date:June 7, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of western violence including disturbing images
Movie Release Date: December 22, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 7, 2011

In a remake of the John Wayne classic that is truer to the Charles Portis book, the Coen brothers have made their most sincere film yet, a western as spare and yet majestic as its unspoiled landscapes. Like all great […]

Step Up 3D

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
Movie Release Date:August 6, 2010
DVD Release Date:December 21, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
Movie Release Date: August 6, 2010
DVD Release Date: December 21, 2010

“Will I be able to understand it if I never saw the first two ‘Step Up’ movies?” asked a friend. Uh, you’ll be able to understand it if you have never seen a single movie and don’t speak English. All […]

Flipped Winners!

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to all who entered! Winners of the “Flipped” DVD are: Ken W., Indiana Chris D., California Julie C., Illinois LaDonna J., Ohio Jennifer F., Illiinois

The A-Team

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence throughout, language, and smoking
Movie Release Date:June 12, 2010
DVD Release Date:December 14, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence throughout, language, and smoking
Movie Release Date: June 12, 2010
DVD Release Date: December 14, 2010

I love it when a plan comes together. And I love it when a summer movie delivers all of the chases, crashes, explosions, wisecracks, and sheer exuberant fun that we have a right to expect when the weather gets warm. […]

The Other Guys

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, language, violence, and some drug material
Movie Release Date:August 6, 2010
DVD Release Date:December 14, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, language, violence, and some drug material
Movie Release Date: August 6, 2010
DVD Release Date: December 14, 2010

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg make an inspired buddy cop pairing in “The Other Guys,” a rare comedy based on something other than snark or irony or insults or humiliation or high concept. This is that rarest of comedies — […]

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and thematic elements
Movie Release Date:September 24, 2010
DVD Release Date:December 14, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and thematic elements
Movie Release Date: September 24, 2010
DVD Release Date: December 14, 2010

Is greed still good? Does greed still, for want of a better word, work? Twenty-three years later, Gordon Gekko is back, still played by Oscar-winner Michael Douglas and now running short on money and even shorter on what he realizes […]

Easy A

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving teen sexuality, language and some drug material
Movie Release Date:September 17, 2010
DVD Release Date:December 14, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving teen sexuality, language and some drug material
Movie Release Date: September 17, 2010
DVD Release Date: December 14, 2010

Emma Stone finally gets the breakthrough role her fans have been waiting for in “Easy A.” This is the moment that takes her into the front rank of movie stars, sub-category: America’s sweetheart. Stone has an immediately appealing presence on […]

The Night Before Christmas…and More Classic Holiday Tales

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:2010
DVD Release Date:2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 2010
DVD Release Date: 2010

My very favorite DVD series for families has a wonderful holiday treat: The Night Before Christmas…and More Classic Holiday Tales. Twelve beloved family classics come to life, including the Christmas stories “The Night Before Christmas,” “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” […]

Despicable Me

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for rude humor and mild action
Movie Release Date:July 9, 2010
DVD Release Date:December 14, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for rude humor and mild action
Movie Release Date: July 9, 2010
DVD Release Date: December 14, 2010

We usually just take it for granted that the villain wants to rule the world without worrying too much about why. But one of the many charms of this utterly delightful film is that we get a glimpse that is […]

Giveaway: ‘Flipped’

posted by Nell Minow

I am delighted to have five copies of one of my favorite family movies of the year to give away. Flipped, directed by Rob Reiner has wonderful performances by Madeline Carroll and Callan McAuliffe in a story set in the […]

The Tempest

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some nudity, suggestive content and scary images
Movie Release Date:December 10, 2010
DVD Release Date:September 12, 2011
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some nudity, suggestive content and scary images
Movie Release Date: December 10, 2010
DVD Release Date: September 12, 2011

Director Julie Taymor (Broadway’s “The Lion King”) has a gorgeous visual imagination and a love of spectacle, both lavishly on display in the latest version Shakespeare’s final play, the story of a sorcerer’s revenge. But she uses it to enhance, […]

Shrek Forever After

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for mild action, some rude humor, and brief language
Movie Release Date:May 21, 2010
DVD Release Date:December 7, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild action, some rude humor, and brief language
Movie Release Date: May 21, 2010
DVD Release Date: December 7, 2010

Talk about happily ever after! “Shrek Forever After” is the best Shrek since the first one. After a third episode that proved they couldn’t take it much further by going forward, they’ve found a clever way to reboot the story […]

Inception

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout
Movie Release Date:July 16, 2010
DVD Release Date:December 7, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout
Movie Release Date: July 16, 2010
DVD Release Date: December 7, 2010

Stop right now. I mean it, stop reading. If you have not already seen “Inception,” there is nothing I can tell you that would not diminish your experience of this film. The less you know going in, the better you […]

Fantasia

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:1940
DVD Release Date:December 7, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 1940
DVD Release Date: December 7, 2010

Disney’s glorious “Fantasia” and its sequel, “Fantasia 2000″ are out for a limited time in a spectacular 4-DVD blu-ray package. Considered a failure on its original release, “Fantasia’s” eight-part combination of images and music is now indisputably a classic. Musicologist […]

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for fantasy action violence, some mild rude humor, and brief language
Movie Release Date:July 14, 2010
DVD Release Date:November 30, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for fantasy action violence, some mild rude humor, and brief language
Movie Release Date: July 14, 2010
DVD Release Date: November 30, 2010

A pinch of movie magic makes this fantasy action movie a summer movie popcorn pleasure for kids and their families. The story goes back to an 18th century poem by Goethe that inspired a symphony by Paul Dukas a century […]

Knight and Day

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for action violence scenes throughout and brief strong language
Movie Release Date:June 23, 2010
DVD Release Date:November 30, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for action violence scenes throughout and brief strong language
Movie Release Date: June 23, 2010
DVD Release Date: November 30, 2010

As refreshing as a cool drink of lemonade on a hot day, “Knight and Day” has just what we want from a big summer Hollywood summer movie: glamorous locations, even more glamorous movie stars, lots of crazy stunts and chases, […]

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for intense scenes of action and violence and some scenes of sensuality
Movie Release Date:June 30, 2010
DVD Release Date:November 30, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense scenes of action and violence and some scenes of sensuality
Movie Release Date: June 30, 2010
DVD Release Date: November 30, 2010

Things — and people — heat up in this third chapter in the “Twilight” saga. Bella (Kristen Stewart) begins by quoting Robert Frost’s famous poem about whether the world will end in fire or ice. That will be more than […]

Interview: Robert Vince of ‘The Search for Santa Paws’

posted by Nell Minow

Robert Vince is the man behind the wildly popular “buddies” movies including the latest, The Search For Santa Paws. They feature adorable dogs and heartwarming stories, just right for family movie night. I spoke to him about the challenges of […]

The Search for Santa Paws

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
DVD Release Date:November 23, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
DVD Release Date: November 23, 2010

The Search For Santa Paws is the latest in the wildly popular series of “buddies” films from Robert Vince (watch for an interview with him posting later today). When Santa (Richard Riehle of “Office Space”) loses his memory, he will […]

Tribute: Leslie Nielsen

posted by Nell Minow

The most unexpected comic superstar of the 1990’s was one-time leading man Leslie Nielsen, who died today at age 84. The son of a Canadian mountie, Nielsen appeared in a number of golden age television dramas before his lead role […]

What’s Cooking?

posted by rkumar
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some sexuality, brief language and a perilous situation
Movie Release Date:2000
DVD Release Date:November 21, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some sexuality, brief language and a perilous situation
Movie Release Date: 2000
DVD Release Date: November 21, 2011

My favorite Thanksgiving movie is What’s Cooking? The Star-Spangled Banner plays over the credits and we see a classic Thanksgiving poster, only to find that it is on the side of a bus that carries very few passengers resembling its […]

Eat, Pray, Love

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexual references, and male rear nudity
Movie Release Date:August 13, 2010
DVD Release Date:November 23, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexual references, and male rear nudity
Movie Release Date: August 13, 2010
DVD Release Date: November 23, 2010

Here’s a word I never thought I would use about Ryan Murphy: safe. The guy behind the twisted pleasures of the television series “Nip/Tuck” and “Glee” has made sensationally entertaining comedy-dramas about ambition, competition, beauty, and self-expression. He has specialized […]

The Expendables

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong action and bloody violence throughout and for some language
Movie Release Date:August 13, 2010
DVD Release Date:November 23, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong action and bloody violence throughout and for some language
Movie Release Date: August 13, 2010
DVD Release Date: November 23, 2010

Five minutes into this movie, which means five minutes into its first action sequence, one of its stars explains to his colleagues he is about to fire off a warning shot. He then blows a guy’s torso into what another […]

Pieces of April

posted by rkumar
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for language, sensuality, drug content and images of nudity
Movie Release Date:2003
DVD Release Date:2003
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for language, sensuality, drug content and images of nudity
Movie Release Date: 2003
DVD Release Date: 2003

One of my favorite Thanksgiving films is this touching story of a young woman, estranged from her family, who invites them to Thanksgiving dinner at her apartment. I love movies that don’t feel like they have to tell you everything. […]

Flipped

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for language and some thematic material
Movie Release Date:August 27, 2010
DVD Release Date:November 23, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for language and some thematic material
Movie Release Date: August 27, 2010
DVD Release Date: November 23, 2010

The director of “When Harry Met Sally….” has given us a middle-school variation, an on and off love story that begins in second grade when Bryce Loski (Callan McAuliffe) and his family move in across the street from Juli Baker […]

In Honor of William and Kate: Royal Wedding

posted by Nell Minow

Cheers to Prince William and his bride-to-be, Kate Middleton! Celebrate with a classic Fred Astaire musical that features glimpses of his grandparents’ wedding back in 1951. Fred Astaire and Jane Powell play a brother-and-sister act (inspired by Astaire’s real-life vaudeville […]

Disney’s A Christmas Carol

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for scary sequences and images
Movie Release Date:November 6, 2009
DVD Release Date:November 16, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for scary sequences and images
Movie Release Date: November 6, 2009
DVD Release Date: November 16, 2010

Writer-director Robert Zemeckis wisely chose the most unquenchable of stories for his technological marvel. Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, already filmed with everyone from Michael Caine to Patrick Stewart, George C. Scott, Vanessa Williams, and Mr. Magoo in the role […]

The Last Airbender

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for fantasy action violence
Movie Release Date:July 1, 2010
DVD Release Date:November 16, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for fantasy action violence
Movie Release Date: July 1, 2010
DVD Release Date: November 16, 2010

I am truly sorry to say that this movie is a big, dumb, dull, dud and a failure in almost every category. It is difficult to imagine how even writer/director M. Night Shyamalan, who seems to forget more about film-making […]

Lottery Ticket

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language including a drug reference, some violence and brief underage drinking
Movie Release Date:August 20, 2010
DVD Release Date:November 16, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language including a drug reference, some violence and brief underage drinking
Movie Release Date: August 20, 2010
DVD Release Date: November 16, 2010

This genial little fairy tale of a comedy gives us a likable hero and an irresistible fantasy. Kevin Carson (Bow Wow) is a good, honest, hard-working kid who lives with his grandmother (Loretta Devine) in the projects. He is so […]

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