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Interview: Francis Gary Powers, Jr. on his Father, the Cold War, and “Bridge of Spies”

posted by Nell Minow

Bridge of Spies, out on DVD/Blu-Ray this week, tells the story of the tense negotiations for the exchange of a Soviet spy for an American U2 pilot and a graduate student. The pilot was Francis Gary Powers, who was flying […]

Joseph Gordon Levitt Wants to Know Your Thoughts on Technology and Democracy

posted by Nell Minow

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s HitRECord project has a new initiative. He’s asking everyone to answer these questions: 1. Is today’s technology good or bad for Democracy? 2. How might the technology of the future be BAD for Democracy? 3. How might the […]

Interview: Nicholas Sparks on “The Choice”

posted by Nell Minow

Nicholas Sparks is one of the must successful and best-loved authors in the world. All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 100 million copies sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages, including over 65 million […]

Black History Month 2016

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to take time during Black History month to watch movies the Civil Rights movement, (“Eyes on the Prize,” “Selma,” “Boycott”), and movies that are themselves a part of black history and film history (add to that list: “Killer of […]

A Moving Tribute to a Father Through Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Jessica Ritchey wrote a touching essay for Rogerebert.com about the movies she watched in the year after her father died, and how watching them helped her to keep him close. I’ve been published several times by the time I see […]

Hail, Caesar!

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content and smoking
Movie Release Date:February 5, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content and smoking
Movie Release Date: February 5, 2016

The Coen brothers love old movies, and not just the classics. I remember reading an interview where they discussed their affection for “With Six You Get Eggroll,” which even Doris Day’s most fervent fans do not consider one of her […]

The Choice

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some thematic issues
Movie Release Date:February 5, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content and some thematic issues
Movie Release Date: February 5, 2016

Nicholas Sparks is one of the rare authors who has become a brand of his own, bigger than any of his movies. One reason is their predicability; fans know what to expect and they won’t be disappointed. The other reason […]

Trailer: LAIKA’s Kubo and the Two Strings

posted by Nell Minow

Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of Game of Thrones) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Akihiro (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But […]

Trailer: Me Before You

posted by Nell Minow

Me Before You, the international best-seller by Jojo Moyes, is the story of a wealthy young man paralyzed in an accident and the happy — if sometimes hapless — girl who takes a job as his caregiver. Emilia Clarke (“Game […]

Television Takes On Two of the Biggest Crime Stories of the Past 25 Years

posted by Nell Minow

Oscar-winner Richard Dreyfuss stars in the story of one of the biggest financial frauds of all time, Bernie Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme, with Blythe Danner as his wife. People who want to know more should watch the documentary “Chasing […]

Behind the Scenes: JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

posted by Nell Minow

I’m so excited about “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” with the first-even screenplay from Harry Potter author JK Rowling. It’s her first story set in the past and her first set in the United States. Here’s a behind […]

Happy Groundhog Day!

posted by Nell Minow

How many “Groundhog Days” did Bill Murray spend in Punxsutawney?

Interview: Producer Jim Whitaker on “The Finest Hour”

posted by Nell Minow

Producer Jim Whitaker says that when he first read The Finest Hours: The True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue, “every time it came to a different point in the story it just got more and more amazing. And in […]

Opening this Month: February 2016

posted by Nell Minow

Happy February! I love February. It’s short. It sometimes gets an extra day (yay! Leap year!). It has Valentine’s Day and President’s Day. And it means that the January movie doldrums are over. So let’s just remember to pronounce that […]

Interview: Ilya Tovbis on the DC Jewish Film Festival

posted by Nell Minow

Ilya Tovbis is director of the Washington DC Jewish Film Festival, which will take place from February 24-March 6, 2016. In an interview, he talked about what it means to be a “Jewish movie.” “It’s on one hand easy and […]

New on DVD — The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave

posted by Nell Minow

Five best friends set out on a courageous rescue packed with laughter, thrills and music in the all-new animated movie, The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave coming to DVD and Digital HD on February 2, 2016, from Universal […]

Behind the Scenes with Kung Fu Panda 3’s Bryan Cranston and Movietickets.com

posted by Nell Minow

The Finest Hours — The Real Story

posted by Nell Minow

“The Finest Hours,” in theaters today, stars Chris Pine and Eric Bana in the fact-based story of the greatest small-boat rescue in Coast Guard history. In February of 1952, two tanker ships were in distress during a terrible storm off […]

The Finest Hours

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of peril
Movie Release Date:January 29, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of peril
Movie Release Date: January 29, 2016

“In the Coast Guard they say you gotta go out. They don’t say you gotta come back in.” It was a big nor’easter storm off the coast of Massachusetts. It was February 1952, so communications technology was limited. And not […]

Kung Fu Panda 3

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for martial arts action and some mild rude humor
Movie Release Date:January 29, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for martial arts action and some mild rude humor
Movie Release Date: January 29, 2016

The only panda more “aw-worthy” than Po (Jack Black), is the National Zoo’s Tian Tian rolling in the snow.  In this third outing, the roly poly martial arts hero is still kind, humble, brave, and wiser than he knows. And, […]

Oscar Nominee: World of Tomorrow

posted by Nell Minow

“World of Tomorrow” turned up on several “best of the year” lists from movie critics. It has been nominated for an Oscar as best animated short film, and can be seen now on Vimeo (for a nominal fee) and Netflix […]

Exclusive Clip from The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave

posted by Nell Minow

The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave will be available on Digital HD and exclusively on DVD at Walmart on February 2, 2016. We are delighted to present an exclusive clip.

Guess the Oscars and Win 60 Years of Free Movies!

posted by Nell Minow

Dealflicks Inc, an online company offering movie ticket and concession deals for up to 60% off, has announced its national launch of their 1st annual “Predict the Oscars” contest. If someone guesses all 24 of the Oscars correctly, he or […]

Interview: Don Piper, who Spent “90 Minutes in Heaven”

posted by Nell Minow

The book 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life is the story of Don Piper, who was pronounced dead after a truck slammed into his car, and his long and painful recovery, with 34 surgeries. In […]

Tribute: Abe Vigoda

posted by Nell Minow

Was Abe Vigoda ever young? It seems hard to imagine. He is so indelibly fixed in our imaginations as the laconic, seen-in-all-and-was-not-impressed-by-it old guy. He has been old as long as most of us can remember. Today, we mourn his […]

Interview: Matt Charman, Co-Screenwriter of “Bridge of Spies”

posted by Nell Minow

Matt Charman is a British playwright whose first script (with the Coen brothers) was for the Steven Spielberg movie, Bridge of Spies. It is based on the true story of an insurance lawyer named James Donovan (Tom Hanks), who negotiated […]

Lessons from Kung Fu Panda

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out Angela Guzman’s thoughtful essay on the lessons we can learn from the “Kung Fu Panda” series — great preparation for the third film, in theaters this Friday, January 29, 2016.

Read 2015’s Best Screenplays — For Free

posted by Nell Minow

You can read some of the best screenplays of 2015 for free on the great Go Into the Story website. Even if I have seen the movie several times, I always learn more from reading the script, and especially enjoy […]

Oscar Talk on Movie Addict Headquarters

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks, as always, to Betty Jo Tucker for inviting me on her podcast, Movie Addict Headquarters. This time, we were joined by Mack Bates and Geoff Roberts to talk about the 2016 Oscars — the surprises and snubs, how we’d […]

Contest: Win a Pop Star Minnie Mouse Clubhouse DVD!

posted by Nell Minow

Join Minnie Mouse and Her Favorite Clubhouse Pals in the New Clubhouse Tour Bus Musical Adventure in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Pop Star Minnie on DVD February 2nd! It includes the Pop Star Minnie episode plus 4 additional music themed episodes […]

Exclusive Clips! LEGO Friends: Girlz 4 Life

posted by Nell Minow

We are delighted to be able to present two exclusive clips from LEGO Friends: Girlz 4 Life, available now on digital HD and February 2, 2016 DVD and Blu-Ray. Join Olivia, Stephanie, Emma, Mia and Andrea, as they learn about […]

Where You’ve Seen Her Before: Dame Maggie Smith (the Early Years)

posted by Nell Minow

Maggie Smith gives another beautifully complex performance this week as “The Lady in the Van,” based on the real-life story of a mentally ill woman who parked her van “temporarily” in the driveway of writer Alan Bennett and stayed for […]

The Lady in the Van

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for brief unsettling image
Movie Release Date:January 22, 2016
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for brief unsettling image
Movie Release Date: January 22, 2016

What connects us to each other? What creates a sense of obligation? Why is it that we somehow find ourselves alone when we don’t want to be and with others when we don’t want to be? Are there secrets that […]

Coming to Theaters: Explore the Architectural Wonders of the World with “Art & Architecture in Cinema”

posted by Nell Minow

Fathom Events, in partnership with SpectiCast, presents the “Art & Architecture” series in select U.S. cinemas from January through July 2016. The program will feature seven different titles (one each month) and bring the world’s greatest works of art and […]

Behind the Scenes and the Real Story of 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

posted by Nell Minow

“13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi” is based on the stories of CIA contractors who tried to make sense out of the chaos during an attack at a U.S. compound in Libya that resulted in the death of the […]

Did You Miss the Best Picture Oscar Nominees? See them All in an AMC Octo-Feature!

posted by Nell Minow

AMC’s Best Picture nominee showcase is your chance to see all eight nominees for the Best Picture Oscar. They are splitting the movies into two consecutive Saturdays, so you can choose to attend one day or both days — or, […]

Trailer: Hugh Jackman in the Ski-Jumper Story “Eddie the Eagle”

posted by Nell Minow

And here’s the real-life Eddie the Eagle in the 1988 Olympics.

Seth Rogen, Bradley Cooper, Paul Dano, and Jake Gyllenhaal Audition as Cher in “Clueless”

posted by Nell Minow

W asked Seth Rogen, Bradley Cooper, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Paul Dano to audition for the part of Cher in “Clueless,” reading her famous speech about the “Hate-ians.” While they make the mistake of pronouncing it correctly, I’d love to see […]

Why Are the Acting Oscar Nominees All White AGAIN?

posted by Nell Minow

Spike Lee, who accepted a special Oscar award just two months ago, has said he will boycott the award show this year in protest of yet another all-white list of nominees. He is right to be outraged. How could Sylvester […]

Happy Birthday Dolly Parton!

posted by Nell Minow

Singer/songwriter/actress/businesswoman Dolly Parton turns 70 today! This song was inspired by her childhood, born the fourth child of 12, to mother, Avie Lee and father, Robert Lee, in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. Here she sings one of her […]

Happy Birthday, Cary Grant!

posted by Nell Minow

I love this tribute to Cary Grant by Michael Caine.

Critics Choice Awards 2016

posted by Nell Minow

TJ Miller hosted the first-ever combined Critics Choice film and television awards. I am not in any way objective because I’m a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, but I think it is a great show and I’m very […]

Movies to Celebrate the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King

posted by Nell Minow

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

Trailer: Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon in “Elvis & Nixon”

posted by Nell Minow

It really happened. There’s a picture to prove it. And this is the story.

Trailer: All Roads Lead to Rome

posted by Nell Minow

Sarah Jessica Parker and Rosie Day star in a romantic comedy about a mother-daughter trip to Rome and rekindling old flames.

Son of Saul

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for disturbing violent content, and some graphic nudity
Movie Release Date:January 15, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for disturbing violent content, and some graphic nudity
Movie Release Date: January 15, 2016

As we move past the time when there are living witnesses to the Holocaust who can tell us their stories, we need more than ever voices like first-time writer/director László Nemes to tell the stories. I know there are those […]

Norm of the North

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for mild rude humor and action
Movie Release Date:January 15, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild rude humor and action
Movie Release Date: January 15, 2016

“Norm of the North” is not awful, but it is also not special, not new, not funny, and not that interesting. The script is over-plotted but under-written, with confusing detours and uneven tone. It’s as though instead of coming up […]

Oscar Nominations 2016

posted by Nell Minow

The Oscar nominees for 2016 are out! Best Motion Picture The Big Short Bridge of Spies Brooklyn Mad Max: Fury Road The Martian The Revenant Room Spotlight Best Actor Bryan Cranston, Trumbo Matt Damon, The Martian Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant […]

Tribute: Alan Rickman

posted by Nell Minow

The great British actor Alan Rickman has died at age 69, a sad loss for fans throughout the world. He first came to wide attention and acclaim as the bad guy in the original Die Hard, a performance so sensational […]

Trailer: Jane Got a Gun with Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor

posted by Nell Minow

Alliance of Women Film Journalist (AWFJ) EDA Movie Awards 2016

posted by Nell Minow

I am very proud to be a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists and delighted to announce this year’s award winners: AWFJ EDA ‘BEST OF’ AWARDS These awards are presented to women and/or men. Best Film SPOTLIGHT Best […]

Adam Driver: Language is as Powerful as a Weapon

posted by Nell Minow

Adam Driver (Kylo Ren in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) is a former Marine who is bringing the skills of performing and expression to the military. VICE News follows Adam Driver and his fellow actors as Arts in the Armed […]

Contest: Special Edition of “Everest” With Carabiner!

posted by Nell Minow

I’m delighted to have a special edition of the “Everest” movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal to give away! The film is is available now on Digital HD and on Blu-ray and DVD January 19th. The movie features stunning photography that takes […]

Smile of the Week: Gratitude Paintings

posted by Nell Minow

Contest: Norm of the North Activity Book!

posted by Nell Minow

Win a Norm of the North activity book with word search, maze, scrambled letters, and connect the dots puzzles. Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with Norm in the subject line and tell me your favorite arctic animal. Don’t forget […]

Tribute: David Bowie

posted by Nell Minow

David Bowie has died of cancer at age 69.  So we did not lost one of the singular artists of the 20th century — we lost a dozen.  Bowie was a musician, a performance artist, and an actor whose constant […]

Trailer: Midnight Special

posted by Nell Minow

Michael Shannon plays the father of a boy with special powers in “Midnight Special,” from writer/director Jeff Nichols (“Take Shelter”). The cast includes Adam Driver (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), Kirsten Dunst (“Fargo” TV series), Sam Shepard (“August: Osage County”), […]

The Winners! Golden Globes 2016

posted by Nell Minow

Bring back Tina and Amy! Ricky Gervais was so intent on being outrageous he forgot to be funny for much of the 2016 Golden Globes broadcast. A running gag about being bored was just, well, boring. And the insults he […]

Trailer: A Monster Calls with Liam Neeson and Felicity Jones

posted by Nell Minow

Interview: Thelma Todd Biographer Michelle Morgan

posted by Nell Minow

Michelle Morgan has followed her books on Marilyn Monroe and Madonna with a meticulously researched and insightfully written biography of Thelma Todd, a star of early Hollywood who appeared in films with the Marx Brothers and Buster Keaton but who […]

Golden Globe Nomination Chart

posted by Nell Minow

Data curated by PrettyFamous

Trailer: Disneynature’s Born in China

posted by Nell Minow

This year’s upcoming release from DisneyNature showcases the spectacular wildlife and natural beauty of China, including rare footage of endangered snow leopards.

Where You’ve Seen Them Before: The Revenant

posted by Nell Minow

Director Alejandro González Iñárritu and his cast spent months in remote, frozen locations in Ontario, standing in for the frontier of the United States in the early 1800’s. Underneath the beards and fur, you’ve seen many of the actors before. […]

Happy Birthday, Elvis Presley!

posted by Nell Minow

Anomalisa

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language
Movie Release Date:January 8, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity and language
Movie Release Date: January 8, 2016

The “Fregoli delusion” sometimes called the delusion of doubles, is a rare disorder that makes people believe that everyone else in the world is in fact a single person who changes appearance or is in disguise. When Michael Stone (David […]

The Revenant

posted by Nell Minow

In the 1820’s, ladies of fashion liked fur trim. And, true then as now, men like money. So frontiersmen went on trapping expeditions into the wilderness of the young country of the United States of America (played here by British […]

Trailer: Helen Mirren Stars in “Eye in the Sky”

posted by Nell Minow

Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul star in “Eye in the Sky,” a military thriller about using drones for recon and weapons. Do you drop a bomb on a terrorist if there is a child playing nearby?

Guidelines for Parents: Is My Child Old Enough for This Movie?

posted by Nell Minow

Betsy Bozdech of Common Sense Media gives Cricket’s Circle some tips on determining whether your child is old enough to understand and appreciate a movie. The most important factors to keep in mind: (1) Do your homework — just because […]

Elvis Presley Rings and Memorabilia to Be Auctioned January 7, 2016

posted by Nell Minow

Invaluable auction house is putting Elvis Presley items up for auction on January 7, 2016, including his signature on a library checkout card for a book called Courageous Heart. Starting bid: $5000. If you have a bit more to spend […]

TCM Salutes Fred MacMurray

posted by Nell Minow

Turner Classic Movies is leading off 2016 with a great choice for their star of the month: Fred MacMurray. I grew up watching him as the genial single dad in “My Three Sons,” and the inventor of flubber (flying rubber) […]

Other 2015 Bests: Character Actors, Kisses, Indies, Docs

posted by Nell Minow

The Golden Globes will be awarded this week, followed by the Broadcast Film Critics Awards on January 17, 2016 and the Oscars next month. But none of them are likely to mention the following, which I came across in year-end […]

When Will the Next Star Wars Films Be Released?

posted by Nell Minow

Can’t wait for more? Well, Disney says this is what we have to look forward to in the “Star Wars” universe. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (takes place before Episode IV, about obtaining the plans Leia will stash in […]

Opening This Week: Anomalisa and The Revenant

posted by Nell Minow

There were no major national releases in movie theaters last week, and this week’s releases are not entirely “new” — their titles may be familiar from critics’ end of year top ten lists. Both had “qualifying” limited releases so they […]

Concussion is About Football — and About Faith

posted by Nell Minow

The New Yorker has a thoughtful essay by Ian Crouch about the spiritual and religious themes in Will Smith’s fact-based movie, “Concussion.” Smith plays real-life doctor Bennet Omalu, who insisted on pursuing the issue of head trauma in professional football […]

120 Years of Cinema in 120 Seconds

posted by Nell Minow

The Moon Film team tells the story of cinema: After a brief overview of the processes that led to Cinema, from Nicéphore Niépce’s oldest surviving photograph in 1826 or 1827 to Charles-Émile Reynaud’s Théâtre optique in 1892, you’ll find 75 […]

Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn Dance in the New Year

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s a scene from my favorite New Year’s movie, Holiday, starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and Lew Ayres. Happy new year to all!

Looking Back: David Erlich’s 25 Best Films of 2015

posted by Nell Minow

The Year in Pop Culture

posted by Nell Minow

From Costume Supercenter

Movies in 2015 — Best, Worst, and Final Thoughts

posted by Nell Minow

A final round-up on the movies of 2015 The best: Tied For First: “The Big Short” and “Chi-raq,” both all the more ferocious for being as funny and purely entertaining as they are angry Tied For Second: “Brooklyn” “Carol” “Ex […]

Rogerebert.com Round-Up of 2015’s Best Performances

posted by Nell Minow

A living legend. A lonely shopgirl. A scientist. A spy. Several assassins. The best performances of 2015 came from various corners of the world, from actors who we expect to see in features like this to ones we had never […]

#Where’sRey — Why Do “Star Wars” Action Figure Sets Leave Out the Main Character?

posted by Nell Minow

Jen Yamato writes on The Daily Beast about the infuriating and inexplicable omission of Rey toys from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” sets. The #WheresRey hashtag first trended over a month ago when Star Wars fans noticed a shocking lack […]

Chaz Ebert on the Need for Diverse Voices in Film Criticism

posted by Nell Minow

Chaz Ebert of rogerebert.com writes in The Daily Beast about the importance of more diverse voices in movie criticism — and in those who make movies, too. Meryl Streep’s use of the word “infuriating” to describe the disproportionate ratio of […]

Alliance of Women Film Journalist Nominations 2015

posted by Nell Minow

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced its nominations for the best (and some of the worst) in film for 2015.  I have already voted my ballot for the final awards and look forward to the winners. Best Film […]

Ann Hornaday on Watching Ultra-Violence

posted by Nell Minow

Washington Post critic Ann Hornaday has a thoughtful piece about the violence in two end-of-the-year western-style frontier stories, “The Revenant,” from the director of last year’s Best Picture “Birdman,” Alejandro González Iñárritu and Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight.” Both “The […]

New Paramount Films Available Free on YouTube

posted by Nell Minow

Now free on YouTube via The Paramount Vault: a digital cinematic collection of films sorted into Classics, Comedy, Action/Adventure, Drama, Horror, Westerns, Science Fiction, and Thrillers. Many of them are B-movies and oddities, but there are treasures for movie fans, […]

Debbie Reynolds’ New Book: Make ‘Em Laugh: Short-Term Memories of Longtime Friends

posted by Nell Minow

Debbie Reynolds can be described with the term used for one of her most memorable characters, Molly Brown. Indeed, her previous memoir is called Unsinkable. On screen, she has appeared in classic films like “Singin’ in the Rain” (when she […]

Tribute: Haskell Wexler

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the loss of Haskell Wexler, one of the greatest cinematographers in Hollywood history, the director of the pioneering film “Medium Cool,” and the subject of a documentary by his son, Tell Them Who You Are. The International Cinematographers […]

Christmastime is Here from A Charlie Brown Christmas

posted by Nell Minow

Concussion

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for thematic material including some disturbing images, and language
Movie Release Date:December 25, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for thematic material including some disturbing images, and language
Movie Release Date: December 25, 2015

It is a true story that seemed to have all the elements for a heartwarming, uplifting story about speaking truth to power, told with big stars and lots of Hollywood gloss. And yet, it does not work. In football terms, […]

Christmas Movie Clip Countdown: The Nativity Play from “Bells of St. Mary’s”

posted by Nell Minow

This adorable Nativity play is endearingly natural and the enjoyment we see in Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman seems entirely authentic. The play’s dialogue was indeed made up by the children themselves, with the lead played by the son of […]

Joy

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
Movie Release Date:December 25, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
Movie Release Date: December 25, 2015

Jennifer Lawrence is “Joy,” reuniting with her “American Hustle” and “Silver Linings Playbook” #squad, director David O. Russell and co-stars Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper. She plays real-life consumer products inventor and television sales mogul Joy Mangano, who lived […]

Daddy’s Home

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, crude and suggestive content, and for language
Movie Release Date:December 25, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, crude and suggestive content, and for language
Movie Release Date: December 25, 2015

It is sometimes said that competition between men is a substitute for comparing their male body parts. In “Daddy’s Home,” the men actually lower their trousers — in front of a doctor and a woman who has been married to […]

Christmas Movie Clip Countdown: An Affair to Remember

posted by Nell Minow

Director Leo McCarey remade his own wonderful film, Love Affair, starring Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne, as An Affair to Remember with Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant. Forget the third version, with Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, but don’t overlook […]

A Christmas Story: Dinner in a Chinese Restaurant

posted by Nell Minow

A Christmas Story, based on the childhood of writer Jean Shepherd, is a cherished holiday classic, with one of the greatest endings of any movie ever as the family, a bit dazed after the upheavals of the day that including […]

Christmas Movie Clip Countdown: “Comfort and Joy”

posted by Nell Minow

This bittersweet moment from the lovely Christmas film “Comfort and Joy” pays tribute to those who give up their holidays to make ours a little brighter. I love this film — and all my radio friends who let me talk […]

Interview: Will Poulter on “The Revenant”

posted by Nell Minow

I’ve been a big fan of Will Poulter since he played a young filmmaker in the delightful Son of Rambow, and it has been a lot of fun to watch him grow up — and grow as an actor — […]

“Miracle on 34th Street” — Santa Lessons

posted by Nell Minow

A Heartwarming Short Film: Lily and the Snowman

posted by Nell Minow

“White Christmas” with Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, and Danny Kaye

posted by Nell Minow

This Christmas classic needs no introduction:

“Meet Me in St. Louis” — “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

posted by Nell Minow

Judy Garland sings this bittersweet classic to Margaret O’Brien as they prepare for what they think will be their last Christmas in the home they love.

The Razzleberry Dressing Song from “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol”

posted by Nell Minow

Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol has some of the best movie songs of all time, from “Funny Girl’s” composer Jule Styne and lyricist Bob Merrill. This is one of my favorites, with Jack Cassidy as Bob Cratchit.

Interview: Lawrence Kasanoff on the New Documentary “Mindfulness — Be Happy Now”

posted by Nell Minow

Hollywood producer Lawrence Kasanoff makes movies like Mortal Kombat. But his interest in mindfulness and its link to happiness has inspired a documentary called Mindfulness: Be Happy Now. In an interview, he talked about the difference between mindfulness and meditation […]

Die Hard: McClane Meets Hans

posted by Nell Minow

Yes, Die Hard is a Christmas movie. And this scene, featured in my book, 101 Must-See Movie Moments, is one of my favorites. Writer Rodrick Thorp saw the movie, “The Towering Inferno,” and that night he dreamed of a man […]

Claymation Carol of the Bells

posted by Nell Minow

Number 4 in my series of great Christmas movie moments is one of our family favorites, from the wonderful master of claymation, Will Vinton. That expression of disgust followed by helplessness is hilarious. It’s on Will Vinton’s Claymation Christmas.

Sisters

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, and for drug use
Movie Release Date:December 18, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for crude sexual content and language throughout, and for drug use
Movie Release Date: December 18, 2015

BFFs Amy Poehler and Tina Fey clearly had a whale of a good time making this movie.  Watching it is another story, and not nearly as good. Yes, I suppose it’s fair to say that women’s humor can be as […]

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some mild rude humor and language
Movie Release Date:December 18, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some mild rude humor and language
Movie Release Date: December 18, 2015

About five minutes after it began, the long-suffering Dave (Jason Lee, looking tired and oh so over this) comes home to find that the irrepressable little singing chipmunks in the midst of a wild party with a half-pipe set up […]

Trailer: Storks

posted by Nell Minow

“Storks” is an animated film with the voice talents of Andy Samberg, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Kelsey Grammer.

Interview: Oscar Isaac in 2006

posted by Nell Minow

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” star Oscar Isaac played Joseph in The Nativity Story and I have been a huge fan ever since. Here’s the interview I did with him back in 2006. Oscar Isaac plays Joseph in the respectful […]

It’s a Wonderful Life: The Phone Scene

posted by Nell Minow

This is my favorite scene in a movie that is just about everyone’s favorite at this time of year: It’s a Wonderful Life. George tries to pretend that he doesn’t love Mary and almost fools even himself. But when they […]

Adorable A Capella “Star Wars” Themes with the Movie Cast, Jimmy Fallon and the Roots

posted by Nell Minow

I love this!

A Christmas Carol: Alastair Sim’s Scrooge Visits Fred

posted by Nell Minow

The one movie I make sure to watch every year at Christmas is the Alastair Sim version of “A Christmas Carol.” The final scene always brings me to tears.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence
Movie Release Date:December 16, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence
Movie Release Date: December 16, 2015

The force is strong in this thrilling new chapter in the story set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Fans will get goosebumps right from the start as the familiar logo and musical theme are followed […]

Interview: Kent Jones on the Documentary “Hitchcock/Truffaut”

posted by Nell Minow

If you are very lucky, some day a book will change your life. And no book changed my life more profoundly than Hitchcock/Truffaut, a book-length interview of one of the world’s greatest movie directors by another who happened to be […]

This Christmas: Line Dance

posted by Nell Minow

I’m going to post clips from ten of my favorite holiday films, starting with one I recommend every year, This Christmas. This delightful line dance scene comes at the very end and it is especially fun because it is the […]

Win a DVD and Signed Poster — Angels Sing with Connie Britton and Harry Connick Jr.

posted by Nell Minow

You can win a DVD of Angels Sing, a warm-hearted holiday treat featuring singing greats Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Kris Kristofferson, Harry Connick, Jr. and Connie Britton. And it comes with a signed poster! As a child Michael wished every […]

Critics Choice Nominees 2015

posted by Nell Minow

I am honored to be a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and excited that we’ve joined forces with the Broadcast Television Journalists Association to announce this year’s nominees. Be sure to tune in for our Critics Choice Awards […]

Interview: Jared Hess on the Biblical Archeology Comedy “Don Verdean”

posted by Nell Minow

Jared and Jerusha Hess are best known as the co-screenwriters of the offbeat comedy Napoleon Dynamite, which Hess also directed. Their latest film is “Don Verdean,” with Sam Rockwell as a hapless Biblical archeologist who commits fraud to satisfy backers […]

2015 Awards — Online Film Critics Society

posted by Nell Minow

I’m proud to be a member of the Online Film Critics Society, and proud of our 2015 awards. Best Picture: Mad Max: Fury Road Best Animated Feature: Inside Out Best Film Not in the English Language: The Assassin (Taiwan) Best […]

Happy 90th Birthday to Dick van Dyke!

posted by Nell Minow

Happy happy 90th birthday to one of my all-time favorites, Dick van Dyke!

Interview: Juliet Stevenson on Playing Mother Teresa in “The Letters

posted by Nell Minow

Juliet Stevenson plays Mother Teresa in William Riead‘s The Letters. In our interview, I began by asking her about playing the famously tiny nun when she is a tall woman. ” You’re absolutely right and one of the first things […]

Happy 100th Birthday, Frank Sinatra!

posted by Nell Minow

Happy centenary to the Chairman of the Board, the Voice, Old Blue-Eyes, Frank Sinatra, one of the greatest stars of all time. These are some of my favorite Sinatra movies. On the Town, with Gene Kelly and Jules Munchin He […]

Trailer: Roald Dahl’s “The BFG”

posted by Nell Minow

Roald Dahl’s book about The BFG (big friendly giant) is coming to theaters, directed by Steven Spielberg and with a script from “E.T” screenwriter Melissa Mathison. (It has a bit of an “E.T.” feel to it, don’t you think?)

Trailer: LAIKA’s “Kubo and the Two Strings”

posted by Nell Minow

Coming next summer: “Kubo and the Two Strings” is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of “Game of Thrones”) ekes out a humble living, telling stories […]

The Big Short

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated R for pervasive language and some sexuality/nudity
Movie Release Date:December 11, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for pervasive language and some sexuality/nudity
Movie Release Date: December 11, 2015

Director Adam McKay is so obsessed with the 2008 financial meltdown that he inserted a series of charts and graphs and statistics about it over the closing credits of the silly buddy-cop comedy, The Other Guys. Yes, there was a […]

In the Heart of the Sea

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and peril, brief startling violence, and thematic material
Movie Release Date: December 11, 2015

Herman Melville’s Moby Dick is a brilliant novel about humanity, nature, obsession, power, and pretty much everything else, with a lot of technical information about whaling thrown in for good measure and metaphor. Nathaniel Philbrick’s acclaimed book about the tragic […]

Interview: Trevor Habberstad on the Stunts in “Ant-Man”

posted by Nell Minow

Trevor Habberstad, a second generation stuntman, coordinated the stunts for the Marvel movie, Ant-Man. In an interview, we talked about the special challenges of creating stunts for a superhero who is only a fraction of an inch high. “We had […]

Behind the Scenes: “Hateful Eight’s” Ultra-Panavision Panoramas

posted by Nell Minow

Quentin Tarantino’s new film, “The Hateful Eight,” was filmed in Ultra-Panavision for a rare experience of totally immersive vistas. Be on the lookout for the old-school “roadshow” release, with overture, intermission, and program!

Contest: Win a DVD of the Disney Story “Walt Before Mickey”

posted by Nell Minow

I am delighted to have three copies of “Walt Before Mickey” to give away. Thomas Ian Nicholas plays Walt and Jon Heder plays his brother Roy in this low-key story of the early years of big dreams and big challenges. […]

Interview: Bill Riead of the Mother Teresa Film, “The Letters”

posted by Nell Minow

William Riead is the writer/director of the lovely film about Mother Teresa called The Letters. It was a great pleasure to talk to him about his dedication to sharing her story. “I wanted the story to be accurate when I […]

Interview: The Blonde at the Film

posted by Nell Minow

Cameron is The Blonde at the Film, and her blog on vintage movie classics is one of my favorites. I especially love the History Through Hollywood series where she traces technology and culture as portrayed over the years in films. […]

Online Film Critics Nominations 2015

posted by Nell Minow

The Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) – the oldest and most prominent society for online film critics in the world – recognized the year’s best films with nominations for their 19th annual awards. “Carol” and “Sicario” led the race with […]

Washington Critics Awards for 2015: Spotlight, Mad Max, Inside Out

posted by Nell Minow

D.C. Film Critics Shine a ‘Spotlight’ on Award Winners Washington, D.C. — When the dust settled and the votes were counted, two very different films led the way as the Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) announced their honorees […]

Washington Area Film Critics Nominations 2015

posted by Nell Minow

The 2015 WAFCA nominees for the best we saw on screens this year: Best Film: Brooklyn Mad Max: Fury Road The Revenant Sicario Spotlight Best Director: Alex Garland (Ex Machina) Todd Haynes (Carol) Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant) George Miller […]

Interview: Jake Morrison on the Special Effects in “Ant-Man”

posted by Nell Minow

Jake Morrison is the guy behind the visual effects for Marvel movies like “Thor” and “The Avengers” and for Ant-Man, which is out on DVD December 8, 2015. He’s already working on the next “Thor” movie. It was a lot […]

Exclusive Clip: Don Verdean

posted by Nell Minow

“Napoleon Dynamite” co-writer/director Jared Hess has a new film called “Don Verdean” and we are delighted to present an exclusive clip. Sam Rockwell, Amy Ryan, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Bibb, Will Forte, and Danny McBride star in a story about a […]

Where You’ve Seen Her Before: Juliet Stevenson

posted by Nell Minow

Juliet Stevenson gives a performance of haunting beauty as Mother Teresa in this week’s film, “The Letters.” She is one of my favorite actors, and if you have not seen her in these films, now is a good time to […]

Exclusive Clip: Christmas Eve

posted by Nell Minow

In this exclusive clip from “Christmas Eve,” the ensemble film opening today, several groups are stuck in elevators around New York City just hours before Christmas. In this exclusive clip, Gary Cole and Shawn King talk about faith, disappointment, and […]

Christmas Eve

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some peril, thematic elements and language
Movie Release Date:December 4, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some peril, thematic elements and language
Movie Release Date: December 4, 2015

It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but the Christmas season is also the most hectic and the most fraught. Our to-do lists are overwhelming. Our expectations are even more so. And then there are the expectations […]

Exclusive Clip: Walt Disney Dreams Big in “Walt Before Mickey”

posted by Nell Minow

Khoa Le directed Walt Before Mickey, the story of Walt Disney’s early years of big dreams and big failures. It’s now available on DVD and we are pleased to present an exclusive clip.

A Royal Night Out

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and brief drug elements
Movie Release Date:December 4, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and brief drug elements
Movie Release Date: December 4, 2015

The fantasy of royalty mingling among the commoners goes back as far as royalty itself, turning up in classic stories from the Arabian nights to Mark Twain’s Prince and The Pauper to Audrey Hepburn’s Oscar-winning Roman Holiday, and in civilian […]

The Letters

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for thematic material including some images of human suffering
Movie Release Date:December 4, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for thematic material including some images of human suffering
Movie Release Date: December 4, 2015

Mother Teresa, the Albanian nun who devoted her life to “the poorest of the poor” in India, is one of the foremost figures of the 20th century, and on the way to being recognized as a saint by the Catholic […]

Chi-Raq

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong sexual content including dialogue, nudity, language, some violence and drug use
Movie Release Date:December 4, 2015
DVD Release Date:January 25, 2016
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong sexual content including dialogue, nudity, language, some violence and drug use
Movie Release Date: December 4, 2015
DVD Release Date: January 25, 2016

“WAKE UP!” Laurence Fishburne pleads at the end of Spike Lee’s incendiary movie, “School Daze,” not just one of Lee’s best films but one of the most important films of the 1980’s. He was not talking to his fellow students. […]

Interview: Teyonah Parris and Spike Lee on “Chi-Raq”

posted by Nell Minow

“Chi-Raq” is one of the best films of the year and one of the most important films of many years. It is a searing wail of love, grief, and fury inspired by “Lysistrata,” a play written in 411 BC. A […]

2015 Movie Trailer Mash-Up from Sleepy Skunk

posted by Nell Minow

I look forward to this every year and it is always better than I hoped — this compilation of the year in movies is simply spectacular. Here’s the list of films in order.

Interview: Roque Banos, Composer of “In the Heart of the Sea”

posted by Nell Minow

Roque Baños composed the haunting score for Ron Howard’s new film, “In the Heart of the Sea,” based on the real-life whaling expedition that inspired Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. “I got involved at the very beginning of the shooting,” he […]

Exclusive Clip and Contest: 90 Minutes in Heaven

posted by Nell Minow

We are pleased to present an exclusive clip from “90 Minutes in Heaven,” starring Hayden Christensen and Kate Bosworth and based on the real-life story of Baptist Minister Don Piper, who says he experienced heaven when he was declared clinically […]

Olivia Gentile on the Best Grandparents in Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Olivia Gentile‘s terrific Grandparent Effect blog has an outstanding new list of the best movie grandparents. Some of the films are not for kids (or adults who don’t like bad language) but all of them are terrific. I’d add to […]

Trailer: Now You See Me 2

posted by Nell Minow

I loved the first one and can’t wait to see this — Daniel Radcliffe joins the group of magician/thieves in “Now You See Me 2,” coming next summer.

Coming to Theaters December 2015

posted by Nell Minow

December is always a blockbuster month at the movies, with big end-of-the-year releases opening in time for family viewing over the holidays and awards consideration. Some of what we’ll be seeing this month: December 4, 2015 “The Letters” is the […]

Interview: Shepherd Frankel, Production Designer for “Ant-Man”

posted by Nell Minow

Shepherd Frankel is the production designer who created the world of “Ant-Man,” the Marvel film about the teeny little superhero named Scott Lang and played by Paul Rudd. It will be released on DVD/Blu-Ray December 8, 2015. I loved the […]

Exclusive Clip: Merry Kissmas

posted by Nell Minow

Karissa Lee Staples (“Necessary Roughness”) and Brant Daugherty (“Pretty Little Liars”) star in the cheerful romantic comedy, “Merry Kissmas,” available on Digital HD and On Demand December 1, 2015 from MarVista Digital Entertainment. Directed by Michael Feifer, the film also […]

Interview: Erin Bernhardt of “Imba Means Sing”

posted by Nell Minow

The African Children’s Choir is more than a performing group. It is a chance. Children from the direst poverty who tour with the group get to see the world. They go to school. And when they grow up, their education […]

Trailer: Barbershop – The Next Cut

posted by Nell Minow

Ice Cube and the gang are back for another “Barbershop” movie and it looks good!

Trailer: Miracles From Heaven

posted by Nell Minow

Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah star in “Miracles from Heaven,” based on Miracles from Heaven: A Little Girl and Her Amazing Story of Healing by Christy Wilson Beam. Annabel Beam spent most of her childhood in and out of hospitals […]

Brooklyn

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for a scene of sexuality and brief strong language
Movie Release Date:November 25, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for a scene of sexuality and brief strong language
Movie Release Date: November 25, 2015

“Brooklyn,” based on the book by Colm Tóibín, is exquisitely lyrical, the story of a young woman who immigrates from Ireland to New York in 1952. She is sad, homesick, and lonely at first, then just as she begins to […]

Pixar’s New Short is Really Special: Sanjay’s Super Team

posted by Nell Minow

The best part of “The Good Dinosaur” is the short film that comes before, “Sanjay’s Super Team.” The Pixar short films are gems but this one is really special. It is the first to feature non-white characters, the first to […]

Movie Addict Headquarters: Holiday Season Movie Releases 2015

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks as always to Betty Jo Tucker for inviting me on the Movie Addict Headquarters podcast to talk about what we’re looking forward to in theatrical releases and DVDs through the end of this year.

Trailer for the New Captain America Movie — Coming May 2016

posted by Nell Minow

It’s called “Captain America: Civil War” and I can’t wait!

Independent Spirit Nominees 2015

posted by Nell Minow

The Spirit Awards are like the Oscars for independent films. Some of them have big stars and some are distributed by big studios. Some are made by first-time filmmakers on budgets that would barely pay for one day’s catering fees […]

Carol

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for a scene of sexuality/nudity and brief language
Movie Release Date:November 25, 215
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for a scene of sexuality/nudity and brief language
Movie Release Date: November 25, 215

The most romantic movie of the year is “Carol,” based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith, the author of Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley. But Carol, her second novel, was originally published under another title and […]

The Good Dinosaur

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for peril, action and thematic elements
Movie Release Date:November 25, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for peril, action and thematic elements
Movie Release Date: November 25, 2015

“The Good Dinosaur” is the good movie. Not the great movie. Not the especially memorable movie. Just the perfectly nice and pleasant movie, much stronger in visual splendor than in storyline. Delayed for 18 months as Disney replaced the original […]

Creed

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for violence, language and some sensuality
Movie Release Date:November 25, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for violence, language and some sensuality
Movie Release Date: November 25, 2015

Rocky had to find the eye of the tiger. When we first met him back in 1976, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) was an amiable, good-hearted lug who loved his pet turtles, Cuff and Link, and if he ever saw himself […]

Is “Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever” the Worst Movie of All Time?

posted by Nell Minow

It was a lot of fun to talk to Libby Coleman about “Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever.” In an article for Ozy, Coleman says that by one standard it is the worst film of all time (or at least since the […]

Win a Suffragette Prize Package!

posted by Nell Minow

Suffragette, directed by Sarah Gavron, is the story of the fight to give women the right to vote in the UK, as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were working for women’s suffrage in the United States. This 19-day […]

Minions Mini-Movie!

posted by Nell Minow

The minions are back! Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has just released a Minions mini-movies online in celebration of the Minions release on Digital HD on November 24 and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand December 8. The new mini-movie features Stuart, […]

Interview: “Shaun the Sheep” Co-Writer/Director Richard Starzak

posted by Nell Minow

Richard Starzak and Mark Burton wrote and directed the adorable “Shaun the Sheep,” and it was a lot of fun to talk to him about making a stop-motion animation movie with no words. The DVD/Blu-Ray, which will be available November […]

Exclusive Clip: Bryan Greenberg in “A Year and Change”

posted by Nell Minow

After falling off the roof at a New Year’s Eve house party, Owen (Bryan Greenberg) decides that it’s time to make some wholesale changes in his life. Over the next year, he quits drinking, reconnects with his son, reignites old […]

A Short Film About What We Really See in Each Other

posted by Nell Minow

Where You’ve Seen Him Before: Donald Sutherland

posted by Nell Minow

The evil dictator President Snow in “The Hunger Games” series is played by one of my favorite actors, Donald Sutherland, which gives me a chance to write about some of the outstanding work he has done over more than 50 […]

Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow — Tonight on Lifetime!

posted by Nell Minow

Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company and daughter of Jim Henson, discovered an unproduced script by her father, a Thanksgiving story. Tonight, it premieres on Lifetime. “Turkey Hollow is an unproduced gem from our Company’s archives. I have […]

Interview: Jay Roach, Director of “Trumbo”

posted by Nell Minow

Jay Roach is best known for wild comedies like the Austin Powers and “Meet the Parents” films, but he also directed the sharp, fact-based political films “Recount” (about the Bush-Gore election) and “Game Change” (about Sarah Palin) for HBO. He […]

The Night Before

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for drug use and language throughout, some strong sexual content and graphic nudity
Movie Release Date:November 20, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for drug use and language throughout, some strong sexual content and graphic nudity
Movie Release Date: November 20, 2015

Seth Rogen. Not very surprising guest stars. Many mind-altering substances. Many bodily fluids and functions. Many bad choices. No ability to allow women to be funny, even with some of the best comic actresses of our time in the cast. […]

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

posted by Nell Minow

Can we all just agree that from now on we’ll try to keep it to one book/one movie? This final entry in the Hunger Games series will give the fans what they’ve been waiting for. It’s faithful to the book […]

Secret in Their Eyes

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving disturbing violent content, language and some sexual references
Movie Release Date: November 20, 2015

A girl is murdered. That girl, that crime and the man who did it are seen very differently by different people, all of whom are in law enforcement and all who have sworn to devote their professional lives to justice […]

Harrison Ford Surprises “Star Wars” Fans — And You Can Win Tickets to the Premiere!

posted by Nell Minow

Harrison Ford surprises past contributors to Omaze, which gives away celebrity “experiences” to raise money for charity and announces a great new contest — you can win tickets to attend the premiere of the new “Star Wars” movie and meet […]

Rotten Tomatoes Ratings for the Most-Loved Christmas Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s a great chart showing the critics ratings for the most popular Christmas movies, thanks to Gracenote and Rottentomatoes. Just hover your cursor over a dot to see which movie it represents and how the reviews match up to the […]

Trailer: Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors”

posted by Nell Minow

Dolly Parton’s classic song “Coat of Many Colors” was inspired by her childhood in Tennessee. A movie inspired by the song will premiere on NBC December 10, 2015 at 9/8c.

Interview: Billy Ray on “Secret in Their Eyes”

posted by Nell Minow

It was a thrill to get a chance to interview one of my favorite screenwriters, Billy Ray (“Shattered Glass,” “Breach”) about the new film he both wrote and directed, “Secret in Their Eyes,” a thriller starring three Oscar winners, Julia […]

Exclusive Clip: Jedi Junior High

posted by Nell Minow

A bunch of junior high kids decide to put on a “Star Wars” musical in this adorable documentary, Jedi Junior High. It is available today on Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vimeo and VUDU, as well as On Demand with AT&T, […]

Exclusive Clip: “The Letters,” Based on the Life of Mother Teresa

posted by Nell Minow

“The Letters,” coming to theaters December 4, 2015, is the story of one of the world’s great humanitarians, Mother Teresa, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Her commitment to the poorest of the poor inspired the world. In “The Letters,” […]

101 Movies to See Before You Grow Up — Great New Book by Suzette Valle

posted by Nell Minow

My friend Suzette Valle has a great new book for families, 101 Movies to See Before You Grow Up. It’s a colorfully illustrated list of classics for the whole family, from “The Goonies” to “Whale Rider,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Red […]

Make a Pitch to a Hollywood Producer! TrueSpark Auction

posted by Nell Minow

TrueSpark is a wonderful group that provides great films and curriculum materials to schools to help teach students about character and integrity. I am proud to be one of their advisors. They are having a fundraising auction with three great […]

Trailer: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

posted by Nell Minow

The adorable “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” is one of the most successful movies of all time, making more than $240 million (and being made for about $5 million by Tom Hanks’ Playtone Films). The endearing Cinderella story was written […]

Fully Charged — Finding Energy and Joy

posted by Nell Minow

Best-selling author Tom Rath writes books about how anyone can find more energy and joy. Now his work is explored fuller in a new documentary called “Fully Charged.” Rath and experts from academia, medicine, business, religion, and the military talk […]

Stephen King’s “Misery” — Now on Broadway with Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf

posted by Nell Minow

Stephen King’s novel about a deranged fan who captures her favorite author became the film Misery, with an Oscar-winning performance by Kathy Bates. Now it has been adapted for live theater, with a Broadway production starring Bruce Willis and Laurie […]

An 18 Year Old Interviews Himself at 56

posted by Nell Minow

Filmmaker Stoney Emshwiller is raising money to complete a film he began when he was 18 years old — in 1977. He recorded half of an interview, wondering how his life would turn out. Now at age 56 he is […]

List: Movie Nells

posted by Nell Minow

I’m sorry Sandra Bullock’s film, Our Brand is Crisis, isn’t getting more attention. I thought it was smart and funny and loved Bullock’s performance. But I admit another reason I liked it was that the wonderful actress Ann Dowd played […]

Trailer: Finding Dory

posted by Nell Minow

The sequel to “Finding Nemo” is “Finding Dory,” with Ellen DeGeneres as the forgetful blue tang. Pixar has just released the trailer for the film, which will be out in 2016.

Coming to Theaters: Women of Faith — An Amazing Joyful Journey

posted by Nell Minow

Women of Faith, the world’s largest producer of inspirational events for Christian women, announces the organization’s first-ever event for cinemas, Women of Faith: An Amazing Joyful Journey with screenings starting February 18, 2016. BY Experience, pioneers of live cinema events, […]

Trailer: Friends and Romans

posted by Nell Minow

Nick DeMaio, (Michael Rispoli) is an aspiring actor who is perpetually typecast as “Gangster # 3″ in films about the Mob. In an attempt to be taken seriously, he and his Staten Island buddies decide to stage a play—and not […]

The 33

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for a disaster sequence and some language
Movie Release Date:November 13, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for a disaster sequence and some language
Movie Release Date: November 13, 2015

There are other numbers they could have used in the title. 121 — that is how old the Chilean Copiapó mine was when it collapsed in 2010. 2300 — that is how many feet underground the men were when it […]

My All American

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rate PG for thematic elements, language and brief partial nudity
Movie Release Date:November 13, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rate PG for thematic elements, language and brief partial nudity
Movie Release Date: November 13, 2015

If I wrote this review the way writer-director Angelo Pizzo wrote the script for “My All American,” it would be something like this: I saw a movie. It was about football. Freddie Steinmark worked hard and inspired his team, but […]

Spotlight

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for some language including sexual references
Movie Release Date:November 13, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for some language including sexual references
Movie Release Date: November 13, 2015

“Spotlight” is about the ultimate betrayal of trust from an institution that literally represented the Word of God to many people. And it is about whether we will continue to have institutions that serve the essential function of monitoring the […]

Trumbo

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language including some sexual references
Movie Release Date:November 11, 2015
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language including some sexual references
Movie Release Date: November 11, 2015

The post-WWII era was one of great relief and great fear. The Nazis had been defeated, but at the cost of bringing into the world the horror of atomic weapons. It was a certainty that the next war would be […]

Exclusive Trailer: Robo-Dog

posted by Nell Minow

We are delighted to premiere the exclusive trailer for “Robo-Dog,”coming on January 5, 2016 on DVD and digital. He sits, plays fetch and he can move at super speed, bark at incredible volume and speak like a human being! He’s […]

Trailer: “Christmas Eve” with Patrick Stewart, Gary Cole, and Jon Heder

posted by Nell Minow

When a power outage traps six different groups of New Yorkers inside elevators on Christmas Eve, they find that laughter, romance, and a little holiday magic will get them through – and change their lives in unexpected ways. Sometimes life […]

Clip: The Best Years of Our Lives

posted by Nell Minow

“The Best Years of Our Lives” is about returning WWII veterans, very appropriate for Veteran’s Day. It is one of my favorite films, and this scene is one of my 101 Must-See Movie Moments. Here is what I wrote about […]

For Veteran’s Day: The Way We Get By

posted by Nell Minow

Director Aron Gaudet is the son of a “greeter,” one of the volunteers in Maine who make sure that every soldier coming through the airport gets a warm showing of appreciation. He told me, “We started seeing these parallels, too, […]

Lost Preston Sturges Film: Hotel Haywire

posted by Nell Minow

A column by Michael Hiltzik in the LA Times about 700 “lost” Paramount films caught my attention. The first paragraph mentioned one of my favorite movies, “Alias Nick Beal,” with Ray Milland as Satan bargaining for the soul of a […]

Trailer: Sally Field in “Hello, My Name is Doris”

posted by Nell Minow

Sally Field stars with Tyne Daly and Max Greenfield in “Hello, My Name is Doris,” about a woman who takes an unexpected adventure.

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