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Jeff and Jer Showgram — In Studio

posted by Nell Minow

I got to visit my pals at the Jeff and Jer show when I was in San Diego last week!

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

My Appearance on the “On Demand” Panel at Ebertfest

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s the “On Demand” panel from Ebertfest — it was a thrill to be a part of this lively discussion about the pros and cons of watching films outside a movie theater.  I especially enjoyed meeting Roger Ebert’s wonderful group […]

I Have an App!

posted by Nell Minow

Check out my new app!

Movie Mom Favorites for a Happy Halloween

posted by Nell Minow

Thelma Adams Asks, ‘Where’s Momma?’

posted by Nell Minow

US Magazine critic Thelma Adams has a blog post about one of the most common questions I get asked: where are the parents in movies about kids?  She quotes my comments: Nell Minow, the Movie Mom, told me “This is the […]

Talking to Nick Digilo on WGN: ‘Jackass 3D,’ ‘The Tempest,’ ‘How to Train Your Dragon,’ and ‘Secretariat’

posted by Nell Minow

A joy, as always, to talk to my pal Nick Digilio on WGN.

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.

Movie Mom Minute: Watching Movies Again, Again

posted by Nell Minow

Find out why children (and some adults) love to watch movies over and over. Then share your favorite movies to re-watch.

Fall Movie Preview

posted by Nell Minow

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

Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the Movie Mom Website

posted by Nell Minow

Fifteen years ago this week, when there were only a few thousand websites and not one from a corporation or publication, I decided to publish movie reviews online from a parents’ point of view. At that time, just about every […]

Thanks, University of Chicago

posted by Nell Minow

My alma mater gave me their almuni award. Many thanks! Beyond her high-powered corporate work, Minow has cultivated a second role as film critic, writing reviews of movies for children and teens for a variety of venues, most recently in […]

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 […]

Talking to Nick Digilo on WGN

posted by Nell Minow

I love talking to Nick Digilio, especially when I can be in the studio and we had a lot of fun talking yesterday about “Floored,” the great documentary about the Chicago pit traders and about what’s in theaters and upcoming […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ask Amy’s Recommendation

posted by Nell Minow

I am thrilled and honored to be mentioned in today’s Ask Amy column. A parent wrote in about 9 and 10 year olds who had seen the very R-rated “The Hangover” multiple times. Amy Dickenson wisely suggested an honest and […]

The Worst of 2009

posted by Nell Minow

New York Magazine has a great compendium of the worst movies of last year and they were nice enough to ask me for my choices. All About Steve was the worst movie of the year. The films that made me […]

Thanks to the Paul Edwards Show!

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to the Paul Edwards Show for inviting me on this afternoon to talk about Christmas movies! It was a real pleasure.

Four Questions for the Movie Mom

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks very much to Professor Michael Ebner and Ageless North Shore for inviting me to answer four very intriguing questions for its website. Nell Minow: The Four Questions Why is this profile different from all other profiles? Because today’s guest […]

Michael Moore on God, Faith, and Capitalism

posted by Nell Minow

Tomorrow night, I’ll be interviewing Michael Moore at a premiere screening of his new film, “Capitalism: A Love Story.” It comes 20 years after his “Roger & Me” changed the rules for documentaries in every category. He did not pretend […]

MPAA Trailer Rule Update

posted by Nell Minow

Top entertainment reporter/commentator for the LA Times Patrick Goldstein wrote a terrific blog post about my story on the MPAA’s secret change to the rules governing the content of trailers, calling the consequences of this change “a whole new level […]

‘Bizarre’ Profile in the Huffington Post

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to my childhood pal Bob Elisberg for this charming profile of my “bizarre” life in the Huffington Post.

Q&A with the Movie Mom

posted by Nell Minow

Q: A reader at a Intelligence hide out is sent out for lunch. When he returns everybody has been killed. Now the killers are after him. He carjacks a lady and hides out at her place…Movie title? Answer: That is […]

Ask Amy Recommends My Blog!

posted by Nell Minow

The wonderful Amy Dickenson of Ask Amy was kind enough to recommend my blog as her favorite resource for checking out movies. Minow smartly distills plots and rates films with kids and families in mind. In two minutes I learned […]

Tom Clocker Interviews The Movie Mom

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Baltimore movie critic Tom Clocker for a terrific profile and interview. Some selections: Tom: You don’t have to get into too much detail since everyone can check out the full article from The Washington Post, but it […]

Washington Post Online Discussion

posted by Nell Minow

The transcript of my online discussion about the Washington Post profile is up on their website. Many thanks to all of you who participated!

Join me for an Online Chat

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Post has invited me to host an online chat today from 12-1. Please join me with your questions or comments. You can also submit questions ahead of time. I look forward to your participation!

Profile in the Washington Post

posted by Nell Minow

There’s a lovely profile of my two jobs as corporate governance analyst and movie critic in this weekend’s Washington Post Magazine. It has lots of information about my background, my family, and how I got to where I am in […]

Q&A with the Movie Mom

posted by Nell Minow

Question: I saw this movie a long time ago back between 1999-2002. It’s a drama movie that I can’t think of the name of it. It’s about a married couple and the husband lets his mother who is between 50-60 […]

DC Fundraiser for Juvenile Diabetes

posted by Nell Minow

If you’re in the DC area on May 19, come to the fabulous Rock Creek restaurant in Mazza Gallerie for a “Beauty and the Beach” fund-raiser for juvenile diabetes. For $35 ($40 at the door), you will get hors d’oeuvres, […]

Berkeley Monthly Interview

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Paul Kilduff of the Berkeley Monthly for a terrific interview. (But for the record, my talk at the World Bank was about international corporate governance. That was a joke.) Here are a couple of excerpts: PK: What […]

Movie Mom on the Air

posted by Nell Minow

You can hear me defending aliens against Mad Movie Man A.J. Hakeri on Movie Addict Headquarters with Betty Jo Tucker. I had a blast! Thanks to those of you who participated by chat. And I appeared last night on BDK’s […]

100 Best Movie Sites

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Only Good Movies for listing my site as one of the 100 top places on the Web for information and insight about the movies!

Q&A With the Movie Mom

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to all who wrote!Q: Nell, i am really hoping you can help me with the name of this movie, unfortunately i don’t have a lot of info to give you, all i can remember is that it was set […]

Movie Mom on the Radio

posted by Nell Minow

If you are in the Washington DC area, you can hear me almost every Sunday on Kevin McCarthy’s BDK Movie Show around 4:40 on WJFK. Last week we talked about whether “Coraline” is too scary for kids. Past shows are […]

Thanks to the Bannockburn Elementary School

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Liza Levenson and Meredith Stone of the Bannockburn Elementary School for hosting me in the 4th grade yesterday! I loved talking to your students about movies.

Join Me Today on ‘Movie Addict Headquarters’ with Betty Jo Tucker

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Betty Jo Tucker for inviting me back on her Movie Addict Headquarters radio show, at 4 pm Eastern time. You can call in with questions or comments on your favorite holiday movies at 646-478-5668. Please join us!

In Studio with Brett and Tracy

posted by Nell Minow

I’m in the studio this morning with Brett and Tracy, two of my very favorite people! We’ll be talking about “High School Musical 3,” “Pride and Glory,” and of course the fabulous Tallgrass Film Festival, which I’ll be attending today […]

Movie Mom Media Appearances

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks so much to the Acalanes Blueprint student newspaper for interviewing me about “The Dark Knight!” “Adolescents have always been drawn to stories of transformation and duality,” said Minow in a Blueprint interview. “It’s a very well-written, acted, and directed […]

Movie Mom on the BDK radio show

posted by Nell Minow

Kevin McCarthy, aka BDK, interviewed me on this radio program this weekend and we talked about a wide range of topics from Metallica to whether it is ever appropriate to use the n-word to Clint Eastwood as actor and director. […]

The Movie Mom ‘Gothika Rule’

posted by Nell Minow

My radio listeners know that a few times a year, when a movie is truly terrible, I will give away the ending to anyone who sends me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com. It’s called the “Gothika Rule” after the movie that […]

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