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This Week in Theaters: Two Lifetime-Ish Movies About Women Named Claire Played by Women Named Jennifer

posted by Nell Minow

Two of the movies opening this week are about women named Claire, played by women named Jennifer. And both are the kind of stories we often see in Lifetime movies. In “Cake,” Jennifer Aniston plays the survivor of a tragic […]

Opening This Week: Divergent and Muppets Most Wanted

posted by Nell Minow

The winter movie doldrums are over and there are two terrific movies opening this week.  If you haven’t heard about the best-selling “Divergent” series of books, think “Hunger Games” (dystopian YA trilogy with a plucky female heroine) and read this […]

Opening This Week: Labor Day and That Awkward Moment

posted by Nell Minow

The movie doldrums of January are lifting and this week we’re getting two films that show some promise. Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin star in “Labor Day,” based on Joyce Maynard’s novel about a single mother struggling with depression and […]

Opening This Week: World War Z and Monsters University

posted by Nell Minow

It’s one of the biggest weeks of the year at the movies with two huge openings.  It’s the zombie apocalypse vs. monsters, Brad Pitt vs. Mike and Sully. Pitt stars in a movie based on World War Z, a book […]

Opening This Week: Three Big Movies for a Three-Day Weekend

posted by Nell Minow

Three big movies are opening up this week to make sure there’s something for everyone this holiday weekend. “Hangover III” is the final chapter in the saga of the Wolf Pack, with Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, and Zach Galifianakis making […]

Opening this Week: Valentine’s Day Romance With “Safe Haven,” “Beautiful Creatures,” and…”Die Hard 5″

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s releases are opening a day early for your Valentine’s Day enjoyment.  Those looking for a date night movie  on February 14 have two choices, both based on popular books.  Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven is the story of a woman running […]

Opening This Week: “The Guilt Trip,” “This is 40,” “Jack Reacher,” “Monsters Inc.,”

posted by Nell Minow

This is one of the biggest weeks of the year for movies, as families come together to celebrate the holidays and studios release some of their most highly anticipated films.  Get ready for: “Monsters, Inc. 3D” Preparing us for next […]

Opening This Week: Three Movies Based on Best-Sellers and a DisneyNature Documentary About Chimps

posted by Nell Minow

A sheltered Christian student finds himself at a notoriously free-thinking college, women learn to play the game of romance a man’s way, and a former Marine finds the woman whose photograph was his lucky talisman in this week’s feature films, […]

Opening this Week: Two Remakes and a Bird-Watching Competition

posted by Nell Minow

Opening this week, we have two remakes and a movie about birding. The original Footloose came out in 1984, starring Kevin Bacon, Lori Singer, and John Lithgow. This remake has Dennis Quaid as the minister in a town so shattered […]

Opening This Week: ‘Knight and Day’ and ‘Grown-Ups

posted by Nell Minow

Just to make things confusing, the short film that precedes “Toy Story 3″ is called “Day & Night” and the big summer movie opening up on Wednesday is called “Knight and Day.” One is a 3D animated short (more about […]

Opening this Week: Toy Story 3 (in 3D!) and Jonah Hex

posted by Nell Minow

Can it really be only 15 years since Pixar first introduced us to Woody and Buzz Lightyear and the world of computer animation? The 1995 release of Toy Story didn’t seem revolutionary at the time. But its impact on not […]

Opening this Week: ‘The Back-Up Plan’ and ‘The Losers’

posted by Nell Minow

It’s Mars and Venus time this week with a romantic comedy that brings Jennifer Lopez back to the screen for the first time since “Bordertown” and “El Cantante” in 2006 with “The Back-Up Plan” and the first big guns and […]

Opening this Week: Avatar, Young Victoria, and Did You Hear About the Morgans?

posted by Nell Minow

This week, I’ll be reviewing “Young Victoria,” with Emily Blunt as the teenager whose reign as queen of England defined an era. It is produced by Sarah Ferguson, former daughter-in-law of Queen Victoria’s great-great-great-granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II. And there’s also […]

Opening December 11, 2009

posted by Nell Minow

This week, I’ll be reviewing: “The Princess and the Frog,” “The Lovely Bones,” “Up in the Air,” and “Invictus.”

Previous Posts

Who is Surprised that a Faith-Based Film Beat Zac Efron and Owen Wilson?
The end of August is traditionally one of the year's low points when it comes to Hollywood releases. So it was not surprising that the powerhouse "Straight Outta Compton" lead the box office, far ahead of the two new releases, the Owen ...

posted 5:00:55pm Aug. 31, 2015 | read full post »

Interview: Alex Sheremet on Woody Allen (Part 1)
Alex Sheremet is the author of Woody Allen: Reel to Real, an in-depth exploration of the work of one of the most prolific and singular ...

posted 3:33:45pm Aug. 31, 2015 | read full post »

Opening this Week: A Walk in the Woods and Learning to Drive
This week, two movies are based on first-person accounts by writers telling their own real-life stories. In The New Yorker, Katha ...

posted 3:15:50pm Aug. 31, 2015 | read full post »

Tribute: Wes Craven
We mourn the loss of director Wes Craven, who knew what scared us and knew how much we loved being scared.  His series films included "Scream," "Nightmare on Elm Street," and "The Hills Have Eyes." My friend Simon Abrams interviewed Craven for ...

posted 10:53:30am Aug. 31, 2015 | read full post »

Interview: Rachel Hendrix of "77 Chances"
Rachel Hendrix plays Mac in the faith-based romantic film "77 Chances." It's a "Groundhog Day"-style story about a young man who feels lost ...

posted 3:39:15pm Aug. 30, 2015 | read full post »

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