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Magnificent Obsession

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:1954
DVD Release Date:2009
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 1954
DVD Release Date: 2009

Celebrate Rock Hudson’s birthday this week with the movie that really made him a star, a remake of a Robert Taylor movie based on a popular book by Lloyd C. Douglas, who often included religious themes in his stories. (Both […]

Movies for Veteran’s Day

posted by Nell Minow

As we remember and thank those who have served our country and defended our freedom, these movies help us begin to understand their contribution. The Messenger One of the finest young actors working today, Ben Foster, stars with Woody Harrelson […]

The Way Home

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:PG
Movie Release Date:2010
DVD Release Date:October 26, 2010
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: PG
Movie Release Date: 2010
DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010

It is every parents’ worst fear. Look away for just a split second and a child is gone. You have to swallow the terror to create a sense of calm for those around you and help you think through the […]

Grown Ups

posted by Nell Minow
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for crude material including suggestive references, language and male rear nudity
Movie Release Date:June 25, 2010
DVD Release Date:November 9. 2010
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for crude material including suggestive references, language and male rear nudity
Movie Release Date: June 25, 2010
DVD Release Date: November 9. 2010

Adam Sandler fans would do well to re-watch “The Wedding Singer” or “Happy Gilmore” rather than suffer through this excruciating mess of gross-out humor, eww-inspiring vulgarity, and soppy sentimentality. My mother always likes me to say something nice, so I’ll […]

The Sound of Music

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:1965
DVD Release Date:November 9, 2010
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 1965
DVD Release Date: November 9, 2010

The Sound of Music is out in a gorgeous new 45th anniversary edition Blu-Ray/DVD combo. The beloved family musical is the fictionalized story of Maria von Trapp (Julie Andrews). It is an outstanding family film, filled with glorious music (“Do […]

Ramona and Beezus

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:July 23, 2010
DVD Release Date:November 2, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: July 23, 2010
DVD Release Date: November 2, 2010

Walden has just about mastered the art of turning the very best in children’s literature into very fine family films. It doesn’t get any better than Beverly Cleary’s marvelous series of books about Ramona Quimby and her family, and here […]

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for stylized violence, sexual content, language, and drug references
Movie Release Date:August 13, 2010
DVD Release Date:November 2, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for stylized violence, sexual content, language, and drug references
Movie Release Date: August 13, 2010
DVD Release Date: November 2, 2010

Director Edgar Wright’s latest movie is based on the popular series of graphic novels about Scott Pilgrim, an often-clueless, out of work musician who falls for a girl named Ramona and has to fight her seven evil exes in a […]

Charlie St. Cloud

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for language including sexual references, an intense accident scene, and some sensuality
Movie Release Date:July 30, 2010
DVD Release Date:November 2, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for language including sexual references, an intense accident scene, and some sensuality
Movie Release Date: July 30, 2010
DVD Release Date: November 2, 2010

Zac Efron makes an affecting and credible dramatic lead in “Charlie St. Cloud,” the movie Nicholas Sparks wishes he could write, based on the book by Ben Sherwood. Like Sparks’ stories, this has loss, and love, and a setting at […]

Toy Story 3

posted by Nell Minow
A
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:June 18, 2010
DVD Release Date:November 2, 2010
A
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: June 18, 2010
DVD Release Date: November 2, 2010

You won’t just forget you are watching an animated movie; you will forget you are watching a movie. That is how completely we enter this wonderful world, and how reluctantly we leave it. “Toy Story 3″ has more honest, acutely […]

Interview: Tom Hanks on ‘Toy Story 3′

posted by Nell Minow

Disney generously shared this interview with Tom Hanks, who plays my favorite “Toy Story 3″ character, Woody. It comes out next week on DVD and Blu-Ray with wonderful extras including the fabulous short “Day & Night” and behind-the scenes interviews […]

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

posted by Nell Minow

This Halloween classic is temporarily available on Hulu. Happy Halloween!

Going the Distance

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for sexual content including dialogue, language throughout, some drug use and brief nudity
Movie Release Date:September 3, 2010
DVD Release Date:October 26, 2010
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for sexual content including dialogue, language throughout, some drug use and brief nudity
Movie Release Date: September 3, 2010
DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010

Even in the era of Skype and Foursquare, it is hard to stay connected when one half of a couple is in New York and the other half is in California. Erin (Drew Barrymore) and Garrett (real-life on-and-off beau Justin […]

Sex and the City 2

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for some strong sexual content and language
Movie Release Date:May 28, 2010
DVD Release Date:October 26, 2010
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for some strong sexual content and language
Movie Release Date: May 28, 2010
DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010

After two years as Mrs. Big, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) admits that she’s feeling a bit too “Mr. and Mrs. Married.” Mr. Big (Chris Noth) wants to stay at home with take-out and cuddle while watching black and white movies […]

Giveaway: 25th Anniversary ‘Back to the Future’

posted by Nell Minow

Go back in time with a sumptuous new 25th anniversary Blu-ray or DVD of the “Back to the Future” trilogy. Even Doc Brown could not have imagined that a quarter-century after Marty McFly got to meet his parents as teenagers […]

Monster House

posted by jmiller
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for scary images and sequences, thematic elements, some crude humor and brief language.
Movie Release Date:2006
DVD Release Date:October 1, 2012
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for scary images and sequences, thematic elements, some crude humor and brief language.
Movie Release Date: 2006
DVD Release Date: October 1, 2012

My DVD pick this week is one of my favorites for Halloween. “Honey, I’m home” takes on a cheerfully creepy new meaning in “Monster House,” a fresh, fun, and deliciously scary animated film produced by Robert Zemeckis (“Back to the […]

Oceans

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:April 22, 2010
DVD Release Date:October 19, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: April 22, 2010
DVD Release Date: October 19, 2010

Forget about “Star Wars” and “Aliens” — there are creatures living beneath the waves on this very planet that are far weirder and more exotic than anything Hollywood has conjured up. Huge, swooping creatures with bright speckles; shape transforming beasts […]

A Christmas Snow

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
DVD Release Date:October 12, 2010
B
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
DVD Release Date: October 12, 2010

A snowstorm at Christmas time makes a busy woman stop and reconsider her priorities when she is stuck in her apartment with two people she has just met: a little girl who does not want to be there and a […]

Jonah Hex

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, disturbing images, and sexual content
Movie Release Date:June 11, 2010
DVD Release Date:October 12, 2010
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, disturbing images, and sexual content
Movie Release Date: June 11, 2010
DVD Release Date: October 12, 2010

Josh Brolin plays Jonah Hex, a man transformed by loss in a fantasy western set just after the Civil War, based on the series of comics and graphic novels. The war is over in the United States, but it continues […]

How to Train Your Dragon

posted by Nell Minow
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for sequences of intense action and some scary images, and brief mild language
Movie Release Date:March 26, 2010
DVD Release Date:October 12, 2010
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for sequences of intense action and some scary images, and brief mild language
Movie Release Date: March 26, 2010
DVD Release Date: October 12, 2010

The sheer exhilaration of flying along with our hero on the back of his new best friend, a dragon, is exceeded only by the exhilaration of top-notch film-making with a witty and heartwarming script, endearing characters, dazzling visuals, and a […]

Christopher Columbus

posted by Nell Minow

Christopher Columbus has not yet had the movie he deserves, but I prefer the Fredric March version to the later versions. Happy Columbus Day and cheers to all adventurers and explorers!

‘Babies’ Contest Winners!

posted by Nell Minow

Everyone loves “Babies!” I got tones of entries — many thanks to all who tried to win the Blu-Ray or carseat. The winners are: Car Seat: Amanda J., Phenix City, AL Blu-Ray: Connie R., Bethesda, MD; Shawn G., Sherman Oaks, […]

The Karate Kid

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for bullying, martial arts action violence, and some mild language
Movie Release Date:June 11, 2010
DVD Release Date:October 5, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for bullying, martial arts action violence, and some mild language
Movie Release Date: June 11, 2010
DVD Release Date: October 5, 2010

“Play the pauses,” the stern, English-accented music teacher tells his violin student (Wenwen Han as Meiying). Watching, and clearly paying close attention, is Dre (Jaden Smith, son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith), just arrived in China from Detroit, […]

List: Movie Mom’s Favorites for Halloween

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Jennifer Kachler, Adam Donald, Daniel Sheppard, Brian Gonzalez, my homegirl Laine Kaplowitz, and everyone at the fabulous Bethesda Row Theatre.

Exclusive Clip from Veggie Tales’ ‘It’s a Meaningful Life’

posted by Nell Minow

Get Him to the Greek

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong sexual content and drug use throughout, and pervasive language
Movie Release Date:June 4, 2010
DVD Release Date:September 28, 2010
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong sexual content and drug use throughout, and pervasive language
Movie Release Date: June 4, 2010
DVD Release Date: September 28, 2010

“English rock stars don’t die,” explains record company CEO Sergio (Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, who almost steals the film with a slyly witty performance). He has evidence: Keith and Mick are still with us, and even the guys from Led […]

Iron Man 2

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence and some language
Movie Release Date:May 7, 2010
DVD Release Date:September 28, 2010
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence and some language
Movie Release Date: May 7, 2010
DVD Release Date: September 28, 2010

Let’s begin with a recap of Iron Man 1, not so much the plot (a man puts on an iron suit and beats the bad guys) as what it was that made it so successful, widely considered one of the […]

The Secret of Moonacre

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some mild peril and language
Movie Release Date:2008
DVD Release Date:September 21, 2010
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some mild peril and language
Movie Release Date: 2008
DVD Release Date: September 21, 2010

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is often asked what book she loved most when she was a child and she always answers The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge. It is the story of a little girl named Maria Merryweather […]

Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:2008
DVD Release Date:March 9, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 2008
DVD Release Date: March 9, 2010

This tender tale of a loyal dog is inspired by a real story about a dog who has become a beloved legend in Japan and is memorialized in a popular statue. Richard Gere plays a professor who finds an abandoned […]

Contest: Babies! (and check out the Grand Prize!)

posted by Nell Minow

I loved “Babies” and I am very honored to be able to give away three copies of the Blu-Ray/DVD. As I said in my review, Until they make a movie entirely consisting of raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, Hallmark […]

Ushpizin: A Movie for Sukkot

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:PG for mild thematic elements
Movie Release Date:2005
DVD Release Date:2005
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: PG for mild thematic elements
Movie Release Date: 2005
DVD Release Date: 2005

Ushpizin is a quietly moving drama set in an almost-unseen world. It takes place in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem during the fall holiday of Sukkot, which falls this year on Sept 22-29. During Sukkot, families build tabernacles called […]

Jonah and the Whale

posted by Nell Minow

On the holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, Jews study the story of Jonah and the Whale. The Jewish educational and outreach group AISH says In a certain sense it is very much the story […]

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action
Movie Release Date:May 28, 2010
DVD Release Date:September 14, 2010
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action
Movie Release Date: May 28, 2010
DVD Release Date: September 14, 2010

Roger Ebert launched a thousand blog posts with howls of protest by asserting that a video game could never be a work of art. I don’t say “never” when it comes to art, but by all evidence to this point, […]

Letters to Juliet

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for brief rude behavior and sensual images, some language, and incidental smoking
Movie Release Date:May 14, 2010
DVD Release Date:September 14, 2010
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for brief rude behavior and sensual images, some language, and incidental smoking
Movie Release Date: May 14, 2010
DVD Release Date: September 14, 2010

Two bad signs. One is when you spend the entire movie thinking that a couple of Google searches would have made it possible for everyone in the story to save a week’s effort and everyone in the audience about an […]

Just Wright

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some suggestive material and brief language
Movie Release Date:May 14, 2010
DVD Release Date:September 14, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some suggestive material and brief language
Movie Release Date: May 14, 2010
DVD Release Date: September 14, 2010

If you’ve seen the trailer, you know exactly what’s coming here, but there’s nothing wrong with that. After all, you know what’s coming when you combine eggs, flour, sugar, and vanilla to make a cake, and you still enjoy eating […]

Killers

posted by Nell Minow
D
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for violent action, sexual material, and language
Movie Release Date:June 4, 2010
DVD Release Date:September 7, 2010
D
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for violent action, sexual material, and language
Movie Release Date: June 4, 2010
DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010

This is not just a bad movie. It is three bad movies. “Killers” is trying to be a romantic action comedy and it fails all three times. Katherine Heigl plays Jen, on vacation in the French Riviera with her overprotective […]

MacGruber

posted by Nell Minow
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, violence, language and some nudity
Movie Release Date:May 21, 2010
DVD Release Date:September 7, 2010
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, violence, language and some nudity
Movie Release Date: May 21, 2010
DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010

A one-joke “Saturday Night Live” skit based on a television series that ended in 1992 has been turned into a no-joke movie that ended 99 painful minutes after it began. It is of interest only to people who think that […]

The Rocker

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for drug and sexual references, nudity and language.
Movie Release Date:August 20, 2008
DVD Release Date:January 27, 2009
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for drug and sexual references, nudity and language.
Movie Release Date: August 20, 2008
DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009

Emma Stone’s breakthrough role in next week’s “Easy A” makes this a good time to look at some of her earlier work. She is terrific in this story of a high school rock group. Pete Best, who was famously kicked […]

Angelina Ballerina: Love to Dance

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
DVD Release Date:August 31, 2010
B
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
DVD Release Date: August 31, 2010

Angelina Ballerina: Love to Dance, the first chance to see the new CGI makeover for everyone’s favorite dancing mouse, comes out this week. I have three DVDs to give away and a special prize for everyone who writes to me. […]

Marmaduke

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some rude humor and language
Movie Release Date:June 4, 2010
DVD Release Date:August 31, 2010
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some rude humor and language
Movie Release Date: June 4, 2010
DVD Release Date: August 31, 2010

Those who come to “Marmaduke” eager for the humor that comes from the intestinal distress of others don’t have to wait too long. The first of many instances of doggy-doo jokes comes about three minutes into the film. Marmaduke has […]

Interview: Aviva Kempner of ‘Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg”

posted by Nell Minow

Aviva Kempner is the director of the outstanding documentary, “Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg,” just out on DVD. I interviewed her about making the film and new material and surprising discovery she added to the DVD features. What surprised you most in […]

The Pajama Game

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:1957
DVD Release Date:August 29, 2011
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 1957
DVD Release Date: August 29, 2011

Labor Day is a good time to see this musical about the romance between a representative of the union (Doris Day) and a representative of management (John Raitt). It has the good sense to keep the plot out of the […]

Great Movie Teachers, Part 3: Grade and Middle School

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of the first day of school, I am reposting my list of some of my favorite movie teachers in elementary and middle school. Note that not all movies about kids this age are intended to be viewed by […]

Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:July 10, 2009
DVD Release Date:August 24, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: July 10, 2009
DVD Release Date: August 24, 2010

Gertrude Berg is described in this sympathetic and engaging documentary as an earlier version of Oprah. She wrote every word of over twelve thousand scripts. She played the lead role and oversaw every element of the programs on radio, in […]

The Back-Up Plan

posted by Nell Minow
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual content, including references, some crude material, and language
Movie Release Date:April 23, 2010
DVD Release Date:August 24, 2010
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content, including references, some crude material, and language
Movie Release Date: April 23, 2010
DVD Release Date: August 24, 2010

This movie’s best use could be population control. No one who sees it will want to get pregnant or raise children. It could also be used to show aspiring screenwriters what not to do. Other than that, I can’t think […]

City Island

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual content, smoking, and language
Movie Release Date:April 26, 2010
DVD Release Date:August 24, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content, smoking, and language
Movie Release Date: April 26, 2010
DVD Release Date: August 24, 2010

This warm-hearted dysfunctional family comedy-drama benefits from an exceptionally strong cast, including producer Andy Garcia as the father, Julianna Margulies as the mother, and Steven Strait as the young man just released from prison who sets off a series of […]

The Last Song

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for thematic material, some violence, sensuality and mild language
Movie Release Date:March 31, 2010
DVD Release Date:August 17, 2010
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for thematic material, some violence, sensuality and mild language
Movie Release Date: March 31, 2010
DVD Release Date: August 17, 2010

Miley Cyrus shows us how her reach exceeds her grasp in “The Last Song,” an attempt to move past Hannah Montana. She has become Disney’s most valuable property through the force of her personality, comic timing, and way with a […]

Furry Vengeance

posted by Nell Minow
F
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:PG for some rude humor, mild language, and brief smoking
Movie Release Date:April 30, 2010
DVD Release Date:August 17, 2010
F
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: PG for some rude humor, mild language, and brief smoking
Movie Release Date: April 30, 2010
DVD Release Date: August 17, 2010

Some movies are content to settle for the lowest common denominator, combining trashy ethnic stereotypes, bathroom humor and cheesy slapstick jokes in the hope of luring audiences for a cheap laugh. But some movies aspire to go even lower. “Furry […]

Me and Orson Welles

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual references and smoking
Movie Release Date:November 25, 2009
DVD Release Date:August 17, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual references and smoking
Movie Release Date: November 25, 2009
DVD Release Date: August 17, 2010

“This is the story of one week in my life. I was seventeen. It was the week I slept in Orson Welles’s pajamas. It was the week I fell in love. And it was the week I changed my middle […]

The Joneses

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:R for language, some sexual content, and teen drinking and drug use
Movie Release Date:April 16, 2010
DVD Release Date:August 10, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: R for language, some sexual content, and teen drinking and drug use
Movie Release Date: April 16, 2010
DVD Release Date: August 10, 2010

Why do we want what we want? I don’t mean world peace or for our school’s team to win the NCAA championship, but why do we want a particular brand of shoe or phone or perfume? Is it because we […]

Date Night

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual and crude content throughout, language, some violence and a drug reference
Movie Release Date:April 9, 2010
DVD Release Date:August 10, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual and crude content throughout, language, some violence and a drug reference
Movie Release Date: April 9, 2010
DVD Release Date: August 10, 2010

Putting Tina Fey and Steve Carell together seems so natural it’s hard to believe that it took this long. Both are funny in part because they let us see how smart they are. The characters they play on television may […]

Letters to God

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for thematic elements
Movie Release Date:April 9, 2010
DVD Release Date:August 10, 2010
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for thematic elements
Movie Release Date: April 9, 2010
DVD Release Date: August 10, 2010

Director David Nixon is dedicated to telling stories of faith and inspiration. His most recent film is “Letters to God,” inspired by the true story of a critically ill boy who wrote to God to ask for help. But the […]

Contest Winners!

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks so much to all who entered! I wish I had one for everyone. Winners have been notified — if you haven’t sent me your address, please do so right away. And if you didn’t win, keep checking as I […]

Contest: The Losers

posted by Nell Minow

I very much enjoyed The Losers and am looking forward to seeing it again on DVD. Warners has been generous enough to allow me to give away copies to the first five people who send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com […]

Kim Novak: DVD Treasury

posted by Nell Minow

Kim Novak was one of the sultriest stars of the 1950’s. She is probably best remembered for her role in the Alfred Hitchcock film Vertigo as the mysterious women (or is it woman?) who drove Jimmy Stewart crazy. He plays […]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some rude humor and language
Movie Release Date:March 19, 2010
DVD Release Date:August 3, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some rude humor and language
Movie Release Date: March 19, 2010
DVD Release Date: August 3, 2010

“Middle school may be the dumbest idea ever,” says Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon), and I think he speaks for all of us. If you ask most adults whether they would rather be audited by the IRS or go back through […]

Kick-Ass

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong brutal violence throughout, pervasive language, sexual content, nudity and some drug use - some involving children
Movie Release Date:April 16, 2010
DVD Release Date:August 3, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong brutal violence throughout, pervasive language, sexual content, nudity and some drug use - some involving children
Movie Release Date: April 16, 2010
DVD Release Date: August 3, 2010

“Kick-Ass” revels in its transgressive, nasty brutishness, and its audience will, too. Of course, it’s one thing to have a 11-year-old girl in a comic book use very strong language and kill lots of people and it is another thing […]

To Save a Life

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving teen suicide, teen drinking, some drug content, disturbing images and sexuality.
Movie Release Date:January 22, 2010
DVD Release Date:August 3, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements involving teen suicide, teen drinking, some drug content, disturbing images and sexuality.
Movie Release Date: January 22, 2010
DVD Release Date: August 3, 2010

Whose life does the title refer to? “To Save a Life” begins with a funeral, a tragic loss of a high school kid who committed suicide because he felt isolated and friendless. Jake (Randy Wayne), a popular senior who thinks […]

Visions of Israel

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
DVD Release Date:August 10, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
DVD Release Date: August 10, 2010

From the Western Wall to the Temple Mount, “Visions of Israel” shows us breathtaking footage of this timeless land, sacred to three major religions. Stunning high-definition footage takes us to sites ancient and contemporary, providing settings of ancient history going […]

Contest: Clash of the Titans

posted by Nell Minow

It’s time to release the Kracken! I have FIVE copies of “Clash of the Titans” with Sam Worthington and some amazing stunts and special effects to give away to my beloved readers. The first five to send me an email […]

Clash of the Titans

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for fantasy action violence, some frightning images and brief sensuality
Movie Release Date:April 2, 2010
DVD Release Date:July 27, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for fantasy action violence, some frightning images and brief sensuality
Movie Release Date: April 2, 2010
DVD Release Date: July 27, 2010

Director Louis Leterrier (the second “Hulk” movie) says that he was a big fan of the 1981 Clash of the Titans when he was a child. Perhaps that is why he has remade the wrong parts of that film. Nearly […]

Comic-Con!

posted by Nell Minow

My visit to Comic-Con 2010 began with a press conference for one of the most celebrated and anticipated films previewing here, the long-awaited sequel to the pioneering 1982 Disney film, about people getting sucked into computers, “Tron.” Steven Lisberger, who […]

Misty

posted by rkumar
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:1961
DVD Release Date:2002
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 1961
DVD Release Date: 2002

If you can’t make it to Virginia today for the annual swimming of the ponies, take a look at this faithful adaptation of the classic (and fact-based) children’s book Misty of Chincoteague, by Marguerite Henry. It is the story of […]

Comic-Con 2010

posted by Nell Minow

This week in San Diego it’s all about the geeks and the fanboys. There will be Klingons and superheroes. There will be people who know far more about Futurama, Groo, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and The Justice League of America […]

The Losers

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, a scene of sensuality, and language
Movie Release Date:April 23, 2010
DVD Release Date:July 20, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, a scene of sensuality, and language
Movie Release Date: April 23, 2010
DVD Release Date: July 20, 2010

The weather is getting warmer, which means it must be time for some movies about BLOWING STUFF UP! And so we have “The Losers,” based on a comic book originally set in WWII but updated by Andy Diggle. The name […]

The Runaways

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 -- all involving teens
Movie Release Date:April 9, 2010
DVD Release Date:July 20, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language, drug use and sexual content -- all involving teens
Movie Release Date: April 9, 2010
DVD Release Date: July 20, 2010

The fierce determination. The big break. The tyrannical and sometimes unreasonable and sometimes even crooked manager. The endless rehearsals. The performances in dingy clubs. The breakthrough. The first album. The first magazine cover. The first fans. The fights among band […]

Cop Out

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references, violence and brief sexuality
Movie Release Date:February 26, 2010
DVD Release Date:July 20, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references, violence and brief sexuality
Movie Release Date: February 26, 2010
DVD Release Date: July 20, 2010

If you have some affection for the 1980’s-era buddy cop movies (the “Lethal Weapon” series, “Running Scared,” “48 Hours,” etc.), rent one of those. Don’t try to re-create the genre by seeing Kevin Smith’s tired re-tread, “Cop Out,” starring Bruce […]

Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!

posted by rkumar
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual content, some drug references, and language
Movie Release Date:2004
DVD Release Date:2004
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content, some drug references, and language
Movie Release Date: 2004
DVD Release Date: 2004

This week’s release of “Ramona and Beezus” made me think of the movie where I first noticed two of its stars, Josh Duhamel and Ginnifer Goodwin: This cute romantic comedy is better than it needs to be, thanks to the […]

Our Family Wedding

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and brief strong language
Movie Release Date:March 12, 2010
DVD Release Date:July 13, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and brief strong language
Movie Release Date: March 12, 2010
DVD Release Date: July 13, 2010

As wilted as last weekend’s bridesmaid bouquet, “Our Family Wedding” manages to be offensive to African-Americans, Latinos, women, men, and sentient life forms of any kind. There may be a fine line between perpetuating stereotypes and making fun of them, […]

Hey, Hey, It’s Esther Blueburger

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 For thematic elements, language, some sexual content and brief teen smoking.
DVD Release Date: July 13, 2010

This 2008 Australian film is one of my favorites of the past few years and I am very happy that it is finally available on a US-format DVD. It’s the story of the title character, Esther Blueburger (Danielle Catanzariti), approaching […]

The Bounty Hunter

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:PG-13 for sexual content including suggestive comments, language, and some violence
Movie Release Date:March 19, 2010
DVD Release Date:July 13, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content including suggestive comments, language, and some violence
Movie Release Date: March 19, 2010
DVD Release Date: July 13, 2010

Jennifer Aniston is a beautiful and talented woman, but this film had me thinking some very mean thoughts about her, thoughts like, “She is too old for this kind of movie” and “Probably not a good idea to make a […]

Tribute: Harvey Pekar

posted by Nell Minow

Harvey Pekar died today at age 70. He was a writer best known as the subject of a superb biographical film, “American Splendor.” Pekar was an exceptional man who struggled with challenges that made it difficult for him to get […]

Brooklyn’s Finest

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for bloody violence throughout, strong sexuality, nudity, drug content and pervasive language
Movie Release Date:March 5, 2010
DVD Release Date:July 6, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for bloody violence throughout, strong sexuality, nudity, drug content and pervasive language
Movie Release Date: March 5, 2010
DVD Release Date: July 6, 2010

This bloated, pretentious mess is the slowest action movie I can remember, weighted down with over-used characters, situations, and dialog. The dialog is over-used within the movie itself. It isn’t enough for a character to say, “I want my life […]

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for disturbing violent content including rape, grisly images, sexual material, nudity, and language
Movie Release Date:November 7, 2009
DVD Release Date:July 6, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for disturbing violent content including rape, grisly images, sexual material, nudity, and language
Movie Release Date: November 7, 2009
DVD Release Date: July 6, 2010

If you have not read any of the Millennium trilogy of novels by Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson, someone near you has. A worldwide sensation published after the death of the author, the books follow the title character, Lisbeth Salandar, a […]

Hot Tub Time Machine

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, nudity, drug use and pervasive language
Movie Release Date:March 26, 2010
DVD Release Date:June 29, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, nudity, drug use and pervasive language
Movie Release Date: March 26, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010

I can understand why John Cusack, producer and star of this movie, would like to find a time machine to take him back to 1986. That was the last time he was making popular movies. With the most explanatory title […]

Tinker Bell Says ‘Happy Summer!’

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s a sneak peek from the upcoming “Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue,” coming this fall on DVD and Blu-Ray. In this new story, Tinker Bell meets a human for the first time – an 8-year old girl named […]

The Green Zone

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for violence and language
Movie Release Date:March 12, 2010
DVD Release Date:June 22, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for violence and language
Movie Release Date: March 12, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 22, 2010

The star and director of the last two “Bourne” movies are back and much is the same — the gritty, intimate, documentary feel, the sense of peril and dynamic staging of action, the able but conflicted leading man. But there […]

Remember Me

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content, language and smoking
Movie Release Date:March 12, 2010
DVD Release Date:June 22, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for violence, sexual content, language and smoking
Movie Release Date: March 12, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 22, 2010

Robert Pattinson has gone from brooding, adoring Bella, saving Bella, and trying not to kill anyone in the Twilight movies to “Remember Me,” a J.D. Salinger-esque tale that has him brooding, adoring Ally (played by the vampire-esquely named Emilie de […]

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for action violence and peril, some scary images and suggestive material, and mild language
Movie Release Date:February 12, 2010
DVD Release Date:June 22, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for action violence and peril, some scary images and suggestive material, and mild language
Movie Release Date: February 12, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 22, 2010

A teenager feels like he doesn’t fit in anywhere. It all comes together when he finds out that he has inherited some special powers from the father he last saw when he was seven months old. And he soon finds […]

She’s Out of My League

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language and sexual content
Movie Release Date:March 12, 2010
DVD Release Date:June 22, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language and sexual content
Movie Release Date: March 12, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 22, 2010

“She’s Out of My League” recognizes that raunchiness is easy, but sweetness is the challenge. Making both parts of the equation work is something of a struggle but this movie comes closer than many. The title says it all, and […]

Fantasia

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:1940
DVD Release Date:2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 1940
DVD Release Date: 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 […]

Great Movie Dads for Father’s Day

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Father’s Day! 1. Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) in “To Kill a Mockingbird” The last line of the movie says it all: “He turned out the light and went into Jem’s room. He would be there all night and he […]

‘When in Rome’ Contest Winners!

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks so much to all who entered my contest for “When in Rome” DVDs! The good news is that it was my most popular contest ever. The bad news is that I have only five copies to give away. Thanks […]

When in Rome

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content
Movie Release Date:January 29, 2010
DVD Release Date:June 15, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content
Movie Release Date: January 29, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 15, 2010

An exceptionally strong cast makes this fantasy romantic comedy trifle pleasantly watchable despite its chick-lit conventions. Kristen Bell is Beth, the (of course) supremely competent museum “curator,” who is so devoted to her work that she has never figured out […]

Toy Story

posted by rkumar
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:1995
DVD Release Date:March 30, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 1995
DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010

Celebrate the release of “Toy Story 3″ with another look at the original — Pixar’s first feature release was the first theatrical released animated entirely by computer. It is now available in a pristine Blu-Ray version that pops off the […]

From Paris With Love

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, drug content, pervasive language and brief sexuality
Movie Release Date:February 5, 2010
DVD Release Date:June 8, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, drug content, pervasive language and brief sexuality
Movie Release Date: February 5, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 8, 2010

John Travolta loves to be bad. And so he is clearly having a blast — in both senses of the word — in this film, playing a bald guy with an earring who likes to shoot first and think later. […]

DVD Giveaways

posted by Nell Minow

Don’t forget — DVD giveaways are still going on. Secrets of the Mountain, When in Rome, One Hot Summer, and Harlem Hostel DVDs are still available, so click on the links for information about how to qualify. Good luck, and […]

Shutter Island

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for disturbing violent content, language and some nudity
Movie Release Date:February 19, 2010
DVD Release Date:June 8, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for disturbing violent content, language and some nudity
Movie Release Date: February 19, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 8, 2010

Dennis Lehane, author of gritty crime novels like Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone and one of the writers of “The Wire,” and director Martin Scorsese, best known for movies like “Goodfellas” and “Casino,” about wiseguys, hitmen, and omertas, have […]

25 Years of ‘The Goonies’

posted by Nell Minow

Hey you guys!!! Can it really be 25 years since the release of The Goonies? It is not exactly a classic. It is probably best remembered as an early effort from people like teen-ager Josh Brolin and director Richard Donner […]

Movie Mom Q&A

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to everyone for these great questions!I am trying to remember the name of this movie but for the life of me I can’t. The basics are the boy was kidnapped on the way to school and at first they […]

Smile of the Week: Happy June!

posted by Nell Minow

From “Carousel,” the musical about a carnival barker whose love for a sweet small-town girl ends in tragedy when he tries to steal some money to take care of her. He gets a chance to come back from heaven for […]

Alice in Wonderland

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for fantasy action/violence involving scary images and situations, and for a smoking caterpillar
Movie Release Date:March 5, 2010
DVD Release Date:June 1, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for fantasy action/violence involving scary images and situations, and for a smoking caterpillar
Movie Release Date: March 5, 2010
DVD Release Date: June 1, 2010

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 […]

Harlem Hostel

posted by Nell Minow

“Harlem Hostel” is an unpretentious little film about a group of friends who decide to turn a run-down brownstone into a youth hostel to make ends meet. At times the film looks as low-budget as its setting, but with an […]

More for Memorial Day

posted by Nell Minow

A thoughtful commenter named Richard S. Webster added some superb suggestions to the list I published for Memorial Day, and I wanted to post them for families to have as they salute the courage and sacrifice of our armed forces. […]

Dear John

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some sensuality and violence
Movie Release Date:February 5, 2010
DVD Release Date:May 25, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some sensuality and violence
Movie Release Date: February 5, 2010
DVD Release Date: May 25, 2010

Nicholas Sparks writes the equivalent of comfort food, high-carb, low-nutrition, but sometimes it hits the spot. His stories usually feature relationships that are not just true and deep and loving but healing. And then, like ripping off a band-aid, he […]

The Road

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for some violence, disturbing images and language
Movie Release Date:November 25, 2009
DVD Release Date:May 26, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for some violence, disturbing images and language
Movie Release Date: November 25, 2009
DVD Release Date: May 26, 2010

The most terrifying moment we ever experience is the realization that we are responsible for the life of the perfect being who has turned us from people into parents. We want more than anything to keep them safe and teach […]

Valentine’s Day

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some sexual material and brief partial nudity
Movie Release Date:February 12, 2010
DVD Release Date:May 18, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some sexual material and brief partial nudity
Movie Release Date: February 12, 2010
DVD Release Date: May 18, 2010

Ladies and gentlemen, let the record show that the Twitter movie has arrived. “Valentine’s Day” consists of a bunch of incidents and concepts and indications that in our omni-media world are taken for stories, though all of them would fit […]

Flicka 2

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some reckless behavior
Movie Release Date:2010
DVD Release Date:May 4, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some reckless behavior
Movie Release Date: 2010
DVD Release Date: May 4, 2010

Flicka 2 is a straight-to-DVD sequel of the most recent version of Flicka, the kid-and-a-horse story that goes back to the 1941 novel, My Friend Flicka, which inspired sequels, movies, and a 1956-57 television series. In this latest version a […]

The Spy Next Door

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for sequences of action violence and some mild rude humor
Movie Release Date:January 15, 2010
DVD Release Date:May 11, 2010
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for sequences of action violence and some mild rude humor
Movie Release Date: January 15, 2010
DVD Release Date: May 11, 2010

Jackie Chan, the most graceful and acrobatic of men when it comes to action scenes, is also one of the most clumsy when it comes to dialogue. So it is clever to cast him as a man who is awkward […]

Invictus

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:December 11, 2009
DVD Release Date:May 11, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
Movie Release Date: December 11, 2009
DVD Release Date: May 11, 2010

Clint Eastwood tells the story of South Africa’s triumph in the 1995 Rugby World Cup, the first World Cup after the end of apartheid. The title, “Invictus” comes from the inspiring poem that Nelson Mandela shared with the team’s captain, […]

Extraordinary Measures

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for thematic material, language and a mild suggestive moment
Movie Release Date:January 22, 2010
DVD Release Date:May 11, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for thematic material, language and a mild suggestive moment
Movie Release Date: January 22, 2010
DVD Release Date: May 11, 2010

Harrison Ford has his best role in years as a testy scientist who listens to classic rock as he works all night in the lab and who may just have the key to a crucial medicine for a disease that […]

The Adventures of Robin Hood

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:1938
DVD Release Date:2002
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 1938
DVD Release Date: 2002

Errol Flynn is the definitive Robin Hood in this glorious Technicolor version of the classic story, one of the most thrillingly entertaining films of all time. King Richard the Lion-Hearted, off fighting in the Crusades, has been captured and held […]

Preacher’s Kid

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving some sexual content, violence, and brief drug use
Movie Release Date:January 29, 2010
DVD Release Date:May 4, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving some sexual content, violence, and brief drug use
Movie Release Date: January 29, 2010
DVD Release Date: May 4, 2010

Former Destiny’s Child singer Letoya Luckett has the title role in this touching story of a sheltered young woman from a small town who joins a traveling gospel show. She finds her values and her faith challenged by the temptations […]

The Tooth Fairy

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for mild language, some rude humor and sports action
Movie Release Date:January 22, 2010
DVD Release Date:May 4, 2010
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild language, some rude humor and sports action
Movie Release Date: January 22, 2010
DVD Release Date: May 4, 2010

Cute kid + The Rock in a pink tutu = movie deal. After the success of The Game Plan, Dwayne Johnson (nom de wrestling: The Rock) has become the go-to guy for movies about taming the gentle giant. So once […]

The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for mild thematic elements
Movie Release Date:September 18, 2009
DVD Release Date:May 4, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild thematic elements
Movie Release Date: September 18, 2009
DVD Release Date: May 4, 2010

Christian families looking for wholesome and satisfying entertainment will appreciate “The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry,” the story of young friends whose lives are changed through friendship with a man who does more than encourage them to study the Bible; he […]

Nine

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual content and smoking
Movie Release Date:December 25, 2009
DVD Release Date:April 27, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content and smoking
Movie Release Date: December 25, 2009
DVD Release Date: April 27, 2010

High profile director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) has everything he needs to make his ninth movie and more. Much more. It is Italy in the early 1960’s and Guido is a glamorous celebrity, a name brand, a commodity. His production […]

It’s Complicated

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for some drug content and sexuality
Movie Release Date:December 25, 2009
DVD Release Date:April 27, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for some drug content and sexuality
Movie Release Date: December 25, 2009
DVD Release Date: April 27, 2010

Forget the accents. Forget the anguish, the steely resolve, the iambic pentameter. All hail Meryl Streep for what she is best at — comedy. She spins screenplay straw into movie gold, turning yet another fungible Nancy Meyers saga about a […]

Play the Game

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language
Movie Release Date:August 28, 2009
DVD Release Date:April 27, 2010
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language
Movie Release Date: August 28, 2009
DVD Release Date: April 27, 2010

The players get played in a romantic buddy comedy with one important distinction — one of those players is the resident of an assisted living facility who gets some assistance he was not expecting when a frisky fellow resident slips […]

Avatar

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:PG-13 for intense epic battle sequences and warfare, sensuality, language and some smoking
Movie Release Date:December 18, 2009
DVD Release Date:April 20, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense epic battle sequences and warfare, sensuality, language and some smoking
Movie Release Date: December 18, 2009
DVD Release Date: April 20, 2010

NOTE: The DVD being released this week is a stripped-down 2D version. Later this year there will be another release with many more extras. Writer-director-producer James Cameron (“Titanic,” “Terminator”) spent a record-breaking $230 million on “Avatar,” and the good news […]

Crazy Heart

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language and brief sexuality
Movie Release Date:January 8, 2010
DVD Release Date:April 20, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language and brief sexuality
Movie Release Date: January 8, 2010
DVD Release Date: April 20, 2010

Jeff Bridges does not portray Bad Blake, a broken-down, once-successful country singer; he inhabits the role, showing us not just what is happening to the man on screen but everything, every success and every failure, every love and every loss […]

The Young Victoria

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some mild sensuality, a scene of violence, and brief incidental language and smoking
Movie Release Date:December 18, 2009
DVD Release Date:April 20, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some mild sensuality, a scene of violence, and brief incidental language and smoking
Movie Release Date: December 18, 2009
DVD Release Date: April 20, 2010

“The Young Victoria” is the story of a teenager who became a queen. Before she reigned for a record 63 years and gave her name to an age, she was a girl who was sheltered to the point of claustrophobia. […]

The Lovely Bones

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving disturbing violent content and images, and some language
Movie Release Date:December 11, 2009
DVD Release Date:April 20, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving disturbing violent content and images, and some language
Movie Release Date: December 11, 2009
DVD Release Date: April 20, 2010

Peter Jackson, whose film versions of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy could be a textbook example of how to adapt a literary work for screen, could find his latest film, “The Lovely Bones” as the example on the next […]

Blessed is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:2009
DVD Release Date:April 13, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 2009
DVD Release Date: April 13, 2010

Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh is a documentary about a woman of incalculable courage and honor. Senesh, an idealist who hoped to help create a Jewish state in Israel, escaped from Hungary to what […]

Yom Hashoah, Day of Remembrance

posted by Nell Minow

Today, all over the world, people of all faiths and cultures are observing Yom Hashoah, the annual Day of Remembrance for those who perished in the Holocaust. Yom is Hebrew for “Day” and Hashoah means “of Catasrophe” or “of Destruction.” […]

The Brat Packers Are In Their 40’s

posted by Nell Minow

A new book by Susannah Gora takes a look at the group of young actors who appeared in the John Hughes films that seemed to define a generation — and certainly changed the way teenagers were portrayed on screen. You […]

Autism: The Musical

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Not rated
Movie Release Date:2008
DVD Release Date:2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Not rated
Movie Release Date: 2008
DVD Release Date: 2009

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, families can watch Autism – The Musical, about five families dealing with autism as they prepare for a musical performance. The film is illuminating in its depiction of the very different kids with very […]

Five Movies about College Basketball

posted by Nell Minow

Now that most people’s NCAA brackets are blown up and they’re getting ready to enjoy the final game, it might be a good time to take another look at some fictional college basketball teams in the movies. 1. The Absent […]

Toy Story 2

posted by rkumar
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Lowest Recommended Age:Preschool
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:1999
DVD Release Date:March 30, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Preschool
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: 1999
DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010

Wow. WOW! “Toy Story 2″ is stunning, witty, exciting, enchanting, and very moving. Amazingly, it is even better than the sensationally entertaining original. The animation is better — the facial expressions of the main characters should qualify the animators for […]

Movie Mom Q&A

posted by Nell Minow

Q: Movie begins in black and white in a small, conservative town with an “Ozzie & Harriet”-type family and a drug store/soda fountain owner who receives a beautiful book about contemporary painting which begins to show color. He begins to […]

An Education

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexual content, and for smoking
Movie Release Date:October 23, 2009
DVD Release Date:March 30, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexual content, and for smoking
Movie Release Date: October 23, 2009
DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010

Part of the charm of “An Education,” a bittersweet coming of age story based on a brief memoir by Lynn Barber, is how much we know what its main character does not. Jenny (an incandescent Carey Mulligan) is a teenager […]

Classic MGM Films and TV via CreateSpace DVD on Demand

posted by Nell Minow

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment today announced that it will be offering 27 additional MGM titles, including never-before-released award-winning classic films, made-for-TV movies and television shows via CreateSpace’s DVD on Demand service. The list includes some neglected gems like Gore […]

List: Spiritual Movie Families

posted by Nell Minow

Beliefnet’s “How Spiritual is Your Family” quiz made me think of these movie families, among the very few on screen who are unabashedly spiritual. 1. The Blind Side Based on a true story, this movie makes it clear that a […]

The Men Who Stare At Goats

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language, some drug content and brief nudity
Movie Release Date:November 6, 2009
DVD Release Date:March 23, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language, some drug content and brief nudity
Movie Release Date: November 6, 2009
DVD Release Date: March 23, 2010

“More of this is true than you would believe,” “The Men Who Stare at Goats” cheekily informs us as it opens. And while its tone is high satire, even farce, the story it tells is not hard to believe at […]

The Blind Side

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for one scene involving brief violence, drug and sexual references
Movie Release Date:November 20, 2009
DVD Release Date:March 23, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for one scene involving brief violence, drug and sexual references
Movie Release Date: November 20, 2009
DVD Release Date: March 23, 2010

“The Blind Side” is a movie about football that had its own broken field running challenge. It is the true story of Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Michael Oher, a homeless black kid adopted by a wealthy white family. So, it […]

Astro Boy

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some action and peril, and brief mild language.
Movie Release Date:October 23, 2009
DVD Release Date:March 16, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some action and peril, and brief mild language.
Movie Release Date: October 23, 2009
DVD Release Date: March 16, 2010

A show of hands, everyone. If you think it’s a good idea to begin a movie for children by killing off a young boy in an industrial accident as his father looks on, raise your hand. Anyone? I didn’t think […]

Did You Hear About the Morgans?

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some sexual references and momentary violence
Movie Release Date:December 18, 2009
DVD Release Date:March 16, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some sexual references and momentary violence
Movie Release Date: December 18, 2009
DVD Release Date: March 16, 2010

I have seldom seen the stars of a movie look as thoroughly uncomfortable as Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant in this drearily low-concept would-be comedy, “Did You Hear About the Morgans?” Parker plays Meryl Morgan, a Manhattan real estate […]

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some violence and action
Movie Release Date:November 20, 2009
DVD Release Date:March 16, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some violence and action
Movie Release Date: November 20, 2009
DVD Release Date: March 16, 2010

“You’re good with weird,” a character tells Bella mid-way through “The Twilight Saga: New Moon.” That’s an understatement. In the first Twilight movie, as in the first of the series by Stephanie Meyer, high school student Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) […]

Disney’s Princess Kisses

posted by Nell Minow

Enjoy these romantic highlights in honor of the DVD release today of Disney’s latest, “The Princess and the Frog.”

Billy: The Early Years Of Billy Graham

posted by Nell Minow

Before he was the best-known clergyman in America and a spiritual adviser to Presidents, Billy Graham was a young man struggling with doubt and searching for a way to be of service. This sensitive and respectful film about Billy Graham’s […]

The Princess and the Frog

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:December 11, 2009
DVD Release Date:March 16, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: December 11, 2009
DVD Release Date: March 16, 2010

Disney has cooked up a yummy batch of gumbo with this blend of the past and present. “The Princess and the Frog” is a satisfying and thoroughly entertaining return to the hand-drawn animation that built the studio. Although it is […]

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for child abuse including sexual assault, and pervasive language
Movie Release Date:November 6, 2009
DVD Release Date:March 9, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for child abuse including sexual assault, and pervasive language
Movie Release Date: November 6, 2009
DVD Release Date: March 9, 2010

Claireece (newcomer Gabourey ‘Gabby’ Sidibe) is a 16-year-old, still in middle school, illiterate, pregnant with her second child. The first baby has Down Syndrome. Both pregnancies are the result of rape by her own father. She is subjected to constant […]

Up in the Air

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language and some sexual content
Movie Release Date:December 4, 2009
DVD Release Date:March 08, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language and some sexual content
Movie Release Date: December 4, 2009
DVD Release Date: March 08, 2010

To the list of the biggest lies of all time (“The check is in the mail,” “I’ll still respect you in the morning,” etc.) this must now be added: “All the answers are in your packet.” No, they aren’t. Many […]

Planet 51

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for mild sci-fi action and some suggestive humor
Movie Release Date:November 20, 2009
DVD Release Date:March 08, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild sci-fi action and some suggestive humor
Movie Release Date: November 20, 2009
DVD Release Date: March 08, 2010

The mood is romantic. The couple is parked in a secluded spot overlooking their charming home town. They lean in for a kiss. And then an alien rocket ship lands. I hate it when that happens. Okay, no I don’t. […]

Capitalism: A Love Story

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated R for some language
Movie Release Date:October 2, 2009
DVD Release Date:March 08, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for some language
Movie Release Date: October 2, 2009
DVD Release Date: March 08, 2010

Twenty years after his groundbreaking “Roger & Me,” documentarian-provocateur Michael Moore returns to some of the same themes with “Capitalism: A Love Story,” about the financial meltdown and what it shows about the failures of our financial and political systems. […]

Alice’s Movie Wonderlands

posted by Nell Minow

Tim Burton’s 3D “Alice in Wonderland” extravaganza comes out this week, so it’s a good time to take a look at Alice’s many cinematic trips to Wonderland and of course Through the Looking Glass as Well. Burton’s film combines elements […]

2012

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for intense disaster sequences and some language
Movie Release Date:November 13, 2009
DVD Release Date:March 2, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense disaster sequences and some language
Movie Release Date: November 13, 2009
DVD Release Date: March 2, 2010

“2012” is yet another example of technological genius and story-telling mediocrity. Its careless, almost gleeful destruction of the entire world makes the brilliant CGI work jarring in a way the film-makers did not intend. It has the usual disaster film […]

Ponyo

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:August 14, 2009
DVD Release Date:March 2, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: August 14, 2009
DVD Release Date: March 2, 2010

Hayao Miyazaki has produced another trippy fantasia, this time a fish out of water story along the lines of “The Little Mermaid.” A little girl goldfish with magical powers loves a little boy and turns herself into a human, by […]

Wild Things Giveaway!

posted by Nell Minow

I am very excited about this week’s DVD and Blu-Ray release of “Where the Wild Things Are,” one of my top 10 films of 2009. And I am also excited about the chance to give away some “Wild Things” goodies! […]

Where the Wild Things Are

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for mild thematic elements, some adventure action and brief language
Movie Release Date:October 16, 2009
DVD Release Date:March 2, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild thematic elements, some adventure action and brief language
Movie Release Date: October 16, 2009
DVD Release Date: March 2, 2010

Maurice Sendak’s spare, poetic, and deeply wise book has been lovingly unfolded into a movie about the child who lives in all of us, brave and fearful, generous and needy, angry and peaceful, confident and insecure, adventuresome and very glad […]

The Informant!

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language
Movie Release Date:September 18, 2009
DVD Release Date:February 23, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language
Movie Release Date: September 18, 2009
DVD Release Date: February 23, 2010

Like some of the food made with the substances produced by the corporation at the heart of this story, this movie is pleasant but leaves a sour aftertaste. It is inspired by the real-life story of one of the most […]

Glenn Close interviews Pixar’s Bob Peterson

posted by Nell Minow

Actress Glenn Close interviewed writer/director/voice actor Bob Peterson of Pixar about “Up” and especially about dogs, the dogs in his life and the dogs on screen. Peterson provided the voice for the adorable Dug, one of the most popular characters […]

Everybody’s Fine

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong language
Movie Release Date:December 4, 2009
DVD Release Date:February 23, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong language
Movie Release Date: December 4, 2009
DVD Release Date: February 23, 2010

Parents try very hard to protect their children and at the same time teach them to be independent. And then we struggle to accept the consequences. That is what has happened to Frank Goode (Robert DeNiro), a recent widower preparing […]

Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense supernatural violence and action, disturbing images, thematic elements and some language
Movie Release Date:October 23, 2009
DVD Release Date:February 23, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense supernatural violence and action, disturbing images, thematic elements and some language
Movie Release Date: October 23, 2009
DVD Release Date: February 23, 2010

Vampires are everywhere these days. There are the Romeo and Juliet-style stories of Twilight and the steamier True Blood as well as the love triangle of the CW’s Vampire Diaries. And now there is “Cirque Du Freak,” based on the […]

Interview: Norton Virgien of ‘Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!’

posted by Nell Minow

Curious George and his friend, the Man in the Yellow Hat, have a new adventure in a straight-to-DVD feature-length movie, Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey, available on March 2. I got to talk to director Norton Virgien about what […]

Interview: Fred Weibel of ‘Edison’s Frankenstein’

posted by Nell Minow

Frederick C. Weibel, Jr. is the author of Edison’s Frankenstein, a tribute to an extraordinary film that was considered lost for decades. What is it about the Frankenstein story that makes it so enduringly compelling? Frankenstein is so filled with […]

Contest: LEGO DVD!

posted by Nell Minow

LEGO® comes to life in its first all-new feature-length DVD movie. Meet builder and explorer Clutch Powers and his team of LEGO®experts as their adventure leads them from LEGO® City to the Space Police prison planet to the medieval world […]

Interview: Danielle Bisutti of ‘True Jackson VP’

posted by Nell Minow

On the Nickelodeon series True Jackson VP, Danielle Bisutti plays Amanda, the fashion company executive who is jealous of — and always outsmarted by — the teenage title character played by Keke Palmer. She also stars in the popular Christian […]

Good Hair

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some language including sex and drug references, and brief partial nudity
Movie Release Date:October 9, 2009
DVD Release Date:February 16, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some language including sex and drug references, and brief partial nudity
Movie Release Date: October 9, 2009
DVD Release Date: February 16, 2010

Chris Rock’s daughter wanted to know why she didn’t have “good hair.” And so he made this documentary as an answer, exploring the relationship between black women and their hair and hair products and processes — and how that relationship […]

Emma/Cranford

posted by Nell Minow

Congratulations to the three winners of the Emma and Cranford DVDs! Marc P, Taryn H, and Wendy L, send me your addresses and as soon as I dig out of the snow, they will be on their way. Everyone else, […]

Couples Retreat

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 on appeal for sexual content and language
Movie Release Date:October 9, 2009
DVD Release Date:February 9, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 on appeal for sexual content and language
Movie Release Date: October 9, 2009
DVD Release Date: February 9, 2010

I’m guessing that what happened here is that BFFs Jon Favreau (director of Iron Man but here as an actor), Vince Vaughn, and Peter Billingsley (star of A Christmas Story-turned director) decided that it would be a lot of fun […]

The Time Traveler’s Wife

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, brief disturbing images, nudity and sexuality
Movie Release Date:August 14, 2009
DVD Release Date:February 9, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, brief disturbing images, nudity and sexuality
Movie Release Date: August 14, 2009
DVD Release Date: February 9, 2010

Books and movies are two very different modes of expression. Books tend to be more subjective and internal, focusing on what the author or characters think and feel. Movies are usually better at showing what happens. Even a hugely popular […]

Interview: Taylor Firth of ‘Ice Castles’

posted by Nell Minow

Figure skating champion Taylor Firth makes her acting debut in a remake of the beloved 1978 film “Ice Castles.” The original starred Lynn-Holly Johnson as the skater who has to start all over after an accident leaves her blind and […]

Amelia

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some sensuality, language, thematic elements and smoking
Movie Release Date:October 23, 2009
DVD Release Date:February 2, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some sensuality, language, thematic elements and smoking
Movie Release Date: October 23, 2009
DVD Release Date: February 2, 2010

Amelia Earhart, the pioneering aviator who was lost over the Pacific, is given the big Hollywood biopic treatment in a curiously retro film that feels like it was intended for Katherine Hepburn or Susan Hayward. It is not the 1930’s […]

Law Abiding Citizen

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong bloody brutal violence and torture, a scene of rape, and pervasive language
Movie Release Date:October 16, 2009
DVD Release Date:February 2, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong bloody brutal violence and torture, a scene of rape, and pervasive language
Movie Release Date: October 16, 2009
DVD Release Date: February 2, 2010

This is not just a bad film; it is a despicable one. The slim but highly profitable torture porn genre has now begun to permeate major studio films directed at a general audience and the result is this dim-witted thriller […]

Love Happens

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some language including sexual references
Movie Release Date:September 18, 2009
DVD Release Date:February 2, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some language including sexual references
Movie Release Date: September 18, 2009
DVD Release Date: February 2, 2010

Pay attention, class. Jennifer Aniston makes two kinds of movies. When she has her hair tied back, it’s usually an independent film (like last summer’s “Management”) and usually worth watching. But when her hair is loose it’s usually a big, […]

Zombieland

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for horror violence/gore and language
Movie Release Date:October 2, 2009
DVD Release Date:February 2, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for horror violence/gore and language
Movie Release Date: October 2, 2009
DVD Release Date: February 2, 2010

What is it about zombies? Dating back to 1932’s “White Zombie,” the stories of the relentless, omnivorous undead and the humans who try to escape them have been one of film’s most popular genres, with sub-genres including the flourishing category […]

Once Upon a Mattress

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:2005
DVD Release Date:2005
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 2005
DVD Release Date: 2005

“Once Upon a Mattress,” a musical version of “The Princess and the Pea,” is one of my favorites. Carol Burnett became a star for her portrayal of the kind-hearted but rather loud princess when it premiered on Broadway and she […]

Whip It

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual content including crude dialogue, language and drug material.
Movie Release Date:October 2, 2009
DVD Release Date:January 26, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content including crude dialogue, language and drug material.
Movie Release Date: October 2, 2009
DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010

Drew Barrymore has devoted more time than most people to growing up and has done it more publicly than most people, too. At age 34, she has been acting for nearly three decades. Here she makes her directing debut with […]

Veggie Tales: Silly Little Thing Called Love

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:2010
DVD Release Date:January 19, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 2010
DVD Release Date: January 19, 2010

The Veggie Tales gang give us three stories about love in this characteristically bright and tuneful treat, covering love for your family, love for your neighbors, and love of God. And of course it has time for the always-adorable silly […]

Soul of the Church

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:2010
DVD Release Date:January 19, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 2010
DVD Release Date: January 19, 2010

This is a genuine treasure. Black History Collection: Soul of the Church is a collection of vintage broadcasts of gospel superstars of the 1960’s, taken from a Sunday morning television show called TV Gospel Time and not seen for decades. […]

Fame

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:PG for thematic elements
Movie Release Date:September 25, 2009
DVD Release Date:January 12, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements
Movie Release Date: September 25, 2009
DVD Release Date: January 12, 2010

Less a movie than a mosaic, this remake of the 1980 classic with the Oscar-winning title anthem about the high school for the performing arts has been re-imagined for the hyper-linked and just plain hyper 21st century. As in the […]

Tribute: Miep Gies

posted by Nell Minow

Miep Gies was a brave woman who tried to hide Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis. After they were discovered, it was she who found Anne Frank’s diary and kept it, hoping to give it back to her […]

Post Grad

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual situations and brief strong language
Movie Release Date:August 21, 2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual situations and brief strong language
Movie Release Date: August 21, 2009

There is not one single thing in this movie that you don’t see or guess from the trailer, but for some audiences that means that it will deliver just what they are looking for. Alexis Bledel plays Ryden, who thinks […]

I Can Do Bad All By Myself

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving a sexual assault on a minor, violence, drug references and smoking
Movie Release Date:September 11, 2009
DVD Release Date:January 12, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving a sexual assault on a minor, violence, drug references and smoking
Movie Release Date: September 11, 2009
DVD Release Date: January 12, 2010

Tyler Perry’s movies are review-proof. Not just because he does not let critics see them before they are released, knowing that his audience won’t care about reviews, but because they do not lend themselves to the usual kind of analysis. […]

Passing Strange

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:August 28, 2009
DVD Release Date:January 12, 2010
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: August 28, 2009
DVD Release Date: January 12, 2010

Spike Lee’s latest movie is a film version of the Tony Award-winning musical autobiography, something between a concert and a play, about, by, and starring the one-named musician named Stew. He heads up the on-stage band, which functions somewhere between […]

Micro-Budget Rip-Offs Find an Audience

posted by Nell Minow

Wired has a great article about “Cheap-and-Schlocky Blockbuster Ripoffs” of big-budget movies, made for less money than the cost of crew t-shirts of the multi-billion dollar Hollywood movies they flatter with imitation. While “Sherlock Holmes” with Robert Downey, Jr. is […]

50 Most Important Religion Movies: Film Snobbery

posted by Nell Minow

Take a look at Phil Hall’s great list of the most important religious films of all time from website Film Snobbery. My favorite film about the life of Jesus, “The Gospel According to St. Matthew” is number 2 on the […]

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for brief mild language
Movie Release Date:September 18, 2009
DVD Release Date:January 5, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for brief mild language
Movie Release Date: September 18, 2009
DVD Release Date: January 5, 2010

When things go very, very wrong in this movie, as they so often do, we get to see a series of television news broadcasts from around the world showing the destruction of various iconic monuments, as we so often do. […]

Talking to Nick Digilo About the Best of the Year

posted by Nell Minow

It is always a lot of fun to talk to WGN’s Nick Digilio and I especially enjoyed our discussion of the best and worst of 2009.

NPT’s Monkey See Blog on a Neglected Gem

posted by Nell Minow

I always enjoy NPR’s Monkey See blog, and got a huge kick out of a new post from Linda Holmes about the release of one of her most fondly remembered television series on DVD for the first time. It ran […]

Jennifer’s Body

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for sexuality, bloody violence, language and brief drug use
Movie Release Date:September 18, 2009
DVD Release Date:December 29, 2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for sexuality, bloody violence, language and brief drug use
Movie Release Date: September 18, 2009
DVD Release Date: December 29, 2009

“Jennifer’s Body” is not scary enough for horror and not knowing enough for commentary on horror. “Hell is a teenage girl,” says Needy (Amanda Seyfried of “Mama Mia” and “Big Love”). And she should know. She is a teenage girl. […]

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posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for violence and scary images
Movie Release Date:September 9, 2009
DVD Release Date:December 29, 2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for violence and scary images
Movie Release Date: September 9, 2009
DVD Release Date: December 29, 2009

An award-winning animated student film has been turned into a full-length feature with intricately-designed visuals but a story-line that feels stuck together with chewing gum and Scotch tape. Tim Burton protege Shane Acker has proven a better student of the […]

500 Days of Summer

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual material and language
Movie Release Date:July 17, 2009
DVD Release Date:December 22, 2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual material and language
Movie Release Date: July 17, 2009
DVD Release Date: December 22, 2009

Like its winning hero, this movie wears its heart right on its sleeve. It lays it out for us right at the beginning, making it clear that “this is not a love story.” Oh, and it is a work of […]

District 9

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for bloody violence and pervasive language.
Movie Release Date:August 14, 2009
DVD Release Date:December 22, 2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for bloody violence and pervasive language.
Movie Release Date: August 14, 2009
DVD Release Date: December 22, 2009

This is the smartest alien movie in quite a while. But then movies about creatures from other planets are never about the aliens; they’re about the humans, and about what being human really means. It has cool and creepy giant […]

Christmas With the King Family DVD

posted by Nell Minow

Just to show I am not really Grinch-y about Christmas specials, I’m very happy that Christmas with the King Family is out on DVD. Those of us who grew up with the King Family in the 1960’s remember their cheery […]

Inglourious Basterds

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong graphic violence, language and brief sexuality
Movie Release Date:August 21, 2009
DVD Release Date:December 15, 2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong graphic violence, language and brief sexuality
Movie Release Date: August 21, 2009
DVD Release Date: December 15, 2009

There is no question that writer-director Quentin Tarantino is a brilliant film-maker. But there is some question about whether he has yet made a brilliant film. No one takes a more visceral pleasure in movies than he does but there […]

The Hangover

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for pervasive language, sexual content including nudity, and some drug material
Movie Release Date:June 5, 2009
DVD Release Date:December 15, 2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for pervasive language, sexual content including nudity, and some drug material
Movie Release Date: June 5, 2009
DVD Release Date: December 15, 2009

When things go wrong for us, it’s tragedy. When they go wrong for someone else, it’s funny. As Alan Dale says, comedy is a man in trouble. This comedy gives us four men in a lot of trouble following a […]

Taking Woodstock

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for graphic nudity, some sexual content, drug use and language
Movie Release Date:August 28, 2009
DVD Release Date:December 15, 2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for graphic nudity, some sexual content, drug use and language
Movie Release Date: August 28, 2009
DVD Release Date: December 15, 2009

This is a movie about what went on in the community near Woodstock while the concert that would forever be known by that name was happening. And a happening. In other words, this is a footnote movie. It tries to […]

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for sexual content, nudity, pervasive language and some drug material
Movie Release Date:August 14, 2009
DVD Release Date:December 15, 2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for sexual content, nudity, pervasive language and some drug material
Movie Release Date: August 14, 2009
DVD Release Date: December 15, 2009

“The Goods” is an unabashedly outrageous comedy about a team of hard-charging, harder-living, hardest-partying “mercenary” car salesmen who go from town to town for short-term sales promotions, racking up huge sales numbers, eating take-out, going to strip clubs, getting wasted, […]

The Gathering

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:1977
DVD Release Date:December 15, 2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 1977
DVD Release Date: December 15, 2009

I’m thrilled that one of my favorite Christmas movies is available on DVD for the first time from Warner Brothers. It is the Emmy-award winning The Gathering and it stars Ed Asner and Maureen Stapleton as the long-separated parents of […]

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for scary images, some violence, language and mild sensuality.
Movie Release Date:July 14, 2009
DVD Release Date:December 8, 2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for scary images, some violence, language and mild sensuality.
Movie Release Date: July 14, 2009
DVD Release Date: December 8, 2009

In his last two movies, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) was becoming an adolescent. In this gripping and atmospheric film, based on the sixth book in the series, Harry Potter is becoming a man. He knows who he is and what […]

Harry Potter Blu-Ray Special Event with Sneak Preview!

posted by Nell Minow

“Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe and director David Yates will answer viewer questions during a live community screening event for purchasers of the Blu-ray DVD on December 12th, 2009. This audience will also be the first to see footage from […]

Julie & Julia

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sensuality
Movie Release Date:August 7, 2009
DVD Release Date:December 8, 2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sensuality
Movie Release Date: August 7, 2009
DVD Release Date: December 8, 2009

“Julie & Julia” is — I can’t help it — a scrumptiously satisfying film about writer/director Nora Ephron’s two favorite subjects: food and marriage.It is based on two true stories. Julia Child revolutionized American notions about food with her cookbook […]

Public Enemies

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for gangster violence and some language
Movie Release Date:July 1, 2009
DVD Release Date:December 8, 2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for gangster violence and some language
Movie Release Date: July 1, 2009
DVD Release Date: December 8, 2009

Back before the days when trashy faux celebrities from tawdry reality shows merited magazine covers and “gangsta” rappers postured and pretended to be killers, there was once a romanticized fascination with actual killers with names like “Baby Face” and “Pretty […]

Scholastic: A Night Before Christmas (with Hannukah and Kwanzaa)

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

My very favorite series has a special family treat for the winter holidays. Clement Moore’s classic poem about Santa Claus is read by Anthony Edwards. Theodore Bikel reads “In the Month of Kisley,” a delightful Hannukah story about a poor […]

Rosa Parks Changed History on This Date

posted by Nell Minow

On Thursday December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a seamstress and a volunteer secretary for the NAACP, was sitting in the section of a public bus reserved for black passengers. As she rode, the seats designated for white riders were filled […]

Terminator: Salvation

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and language
Movie Release Date:May 22, 2009
DVD Release Date:December 1, 2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and language
Movie Release Date: May 22, 2009
DVD Release Date: December 1, 2009

How can you have a war between humans and machines when the line between them is hard to find? In the first three Terminator movies, cyborgs from the future were sent back in time to prevent future leader of the […]

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for mild action and brief language
Movie Release Date:May 22, 2009
DVD Release Date:December 1, 2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild action and brief language
Movie Release Date: May 22, 2009
DVD Release Date: December 1, 2009

Everything is bigger, better, and especially funnier in this sequel to the surprise hit Night at the Museum. In the original, Larry (Ben Stiller) was an unsuccessful inventor who took at job as a security guard at New York’s Museum […]

Clancy

posted by Nell Minow

An abused girl with a gentle soul and a belief in Jesus changes the life of a homeless veteran in this movie from writer-director Jefferson Moore. While the movie is uneven in quality, it is good to see a story […]

A Thanksgiving Treat

posted by Nell Minow

One of my very favorite movies begins with Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the original Miracle on 34th Street. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Best wishes to you and your families, and please know how grateful I am for the chance to be […]

Funny People

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language and crude sexual humor throughout, and some sexuality
Movie Release Date:July 31, 2009
DVD Release Date:November 24, 2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language and crude sexual humor throughout, and some sexuality
Movie Release Date: July 31, 2009
DVD Release Date: November 24, 2009

“Funny People” combines two very different movies. The first is a typically crass, shallow Judd Apatow production, saturated with childish sexual antics and slapstick humor. The second is a dark, self-aware examination of a painful and ultimately meaningless life. What […]

Bruno

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for pervasive strong and crude sexual content, graphic nudity and language
Movie Release Date:July 10, 2009
DVD Release Date:November 24, 2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for pervasive strong and crude sexual content, graphic nudity and language
Movie Release Date: July 10, 2009
DVD Release Date: November 24, 2009

Sacha Baron Cohen is back, and once again he has created an outrageously offensive character from another country who crosses the ocean to interact with unsuspecting Americans so that we can laugh at their reactions, which range from befuddlement to […]

Shorts

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for mild action and some rude humor
Movie Release Date:August 21, 2009
DVD Release Date:November 24, 2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild action and some rude humor
Movie Release Date: August 21, 2009
DVD Release Date: November 24, 2009

A rainbow-colored wishing rock creates comic chaos in a film from Robert Rodriguez about bullies, family communication and being very, very careful what you wish for. It is also about an army of crocodiles, a telepathic super-genius baby, and a […]

Angels & Demons

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, disturbing images and thematic material.
Movie Release Date:May 15, 2009
DVD Release Date:November 24, 2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, disturbing images and thematic material.
Movie Release Date: May 15, 2009
DVD Release Date: November 24, 2009

Harvard professor of Symbology Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) returns for another round of save the world heroics peppered with chases, kidnapping, murders, clues, codes, and ancient manuscripts, a beautiful and very erudite woman, murky motives, and a lot of historical, […]

Four Christmases

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some sexual humor and language.
Movie Release Date:November 26, 2008
DVD Release Date:November 24, 2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some sexual humor and language.
Movie Release Date: November 26, 2008
DVD Release Date: November 24, 2009

The biggest acting achievement in this film is four Oscar winners valiantly managing to hide their embarrassment in appearing in sheer holiday dreck. Its leads are not as successful. Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn cannot manage to disguise their shame […]

Giveaway: Curious George!

posted by Nell Minow

The adorable monkey whose inquiring personality frequently requires rescue by the man in the yellow hat has a new DVD for the holidays, in stores already: Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas It is a charming story to relieve some […]

Star Trek

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence, and brief sexual content
Movie Release Date:May 8, 2009
DVD Release Date:May 13, 2013
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence, and brief sexual content
Movie Release Date: May 8, 2009
DVD Release Date: May 13, 2013

Get ready for this week’s “Star Trek” release with another look at this splendid reboot of the 40-plus year old “Star Trek” series. By boldly going where many, many have gone before, J.J. Abrams of television’s “Lost” and “Alias” has […]

A Special Treat! Santa Buddies Giveaway!!

posted by Nell Minow

The Buddies are back! Budderball, B-Dawg, Rosebud, Buddha and Mudbud team up with Puppy Paws, the fun-loving son of Santa Paws (of course) in a rollicking holiday adventure, available November 24, 2009. It features the voice of George Wendt (“Cheers”) […]

‘Monsters Inc’ Extras

posted by Nell Minow

“Monsters Inc” is one of my favorite Pixar movies. Like “Sesame Street,” it makes monsters silly and fun, teaching children that some things we think are scary are not and that we are stronger and braver than we know. It’s […]

The Secrets of ‘Up!’

posted by Nell Minow

Look for these hidden goodies in this week’s release of the Pixar movie “Up,” the story of an amazing adventure that begins with a house lifted aloft by balloons. How many can you find? In the sequence where Carl’s house […]

Touched by an Angel

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:1994-2003
DVD Release Date:November 10, 2009
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 1994-2003
DVD Release Date: November 10, 2009

Today’s special release of selected episodes from the beloved television series from Beliefnet columnist Martha Williamson is the DVD pick of the week for its compelling stories, outstanding guest appearances, and enduring message of hope and inspiration.