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Death at a Funeral

posted by Nell Minow
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language, drug content, and some sexual humor
Movie Release Date:April 16, 2010
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language, drug content, and some sexual humor
Movie Release Date: April 16, 2010

It feels like the world should come to a stop when someone dies, but unfortunately, it does not. And it feels like the confrontation with the eternal and the shock of grief should somehow make everyone behave, but unfortunately, it […]

College Road Trip

posted by Nell Minow
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:G
Movie Release Date:March 7, 2008
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: G
Movie Release Date: March 7, 2008

What bugs me the most about this movie is not that it is cynical, synthetic, exploitative, and lazy, though it is all of those things. It is not that it alternates being dull with being both painful and dull, though […]

Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins

posted by Nell Minow
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, language and some drug references.
Movie Release Date:February 8, 2008
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, language and some drug references.
Movie Release Date: February 8, 2008

“Family is a 24-7 reality check,” explains one of the parade of nightmare relatives. “This is one hell of a family,” says another. These two statements pretty much summarize the movie. And that’s the good news. Family reunions on screen […]

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Trailer: "Hail, Caesar!" from the Coen Brothers
[youtube][/youtube] I don't just want to see this movie. I want to see all the movies that they are making in it. With Channing Tatum as a Gene Kelly-style dancer in a sailor's uniform, George ...

posted 8:00:59am Oct. 13, 2015 | read full post »

A Look at Remakes (And Not All of Them Are Terrible)
The blogger behind Phyllis Loves Classic Movies held an invitational blogathon on a subject many people have strong feelings about: remakes. Phyllis herself took on one, or I should say, two of my favorites: "My Favorite Wife" with Irene Dunne ...

posted 2:19:00pm Oct. 12, 2015 | read full post »

Celebrate Columbus Day!
Christopher Columbus has not yet had the movie he deserves, but I prefer the Fredric March version to the later movies.  And I recommend a brilliant and completely engrossing biography from biographer Laurence Bergreen called Columbus: The Four ...

posted 8:00:30am Oct. 12, 2015 | read full post »

Interview: Writer-Director John Swetnam of the Dance film "Breaking Through"
John Swetnam is the director of "Breaking Through," the story of a young dancer who achieves viral fame and then sees it strain her relationships with her friends. I talked to him about the best way to film dancers "There was a Fred Astaire ...

posted 3:49:09pm Oct. 11, 2015 | read full post »

The Art of More -- Coming to Crackle November 19, 2015
[iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0"] An intense, one-hour drama set in the high-stakes world of New York auction houses, “The Art of More” ...

posted 8:00:00am Oct. 10, 2015 | read full post »


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