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List: Family Favorites for Halloween

posted by Nell Minow

Halloween gives kids a thrilling opportunity to act out their dreams and pretend to be characters with great power. But it can also be scary and even overwhelming for the littlest trick-or-treaters. An introduction to the holiday with videos from […]

The Washington Area Film Critics Awards 2012

posted by Nell Minow

This morning, the Washington, D.C. Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) announced their winners for 2012, honoring a wide sweep of films, from musicals to science fiction. And while only three films garnered more than one award, it was clear that […]

ParaNorman

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for scary action and images, thematic elements, some rude humor, and language
Movie Release Date:August 20, 2012
DVD Release Date:November 26, 2012

While digital animators create algorithms that replicate real life textures and weights and movements so perfectly they can seem real-er than reality, the small but preposterously dedicated stop-motion animators create their own three-dimensional world and invite us inside.  Like its […]

Interview: Writer-Directors of “ParaNorman”

posted by Nell Minow

I loved seeing the “ParaNorman” panel at Comic-Con, so I was especially excited to get a chance for an interview with writer-director Chris Butler and co-director Sam Fell, and I had a blast talking to them about why kids and […]

Previous Posts

Just Announced: Redford as Rather and Another Biblical Epic from Ridley Scott
Two intriguing new announcements about upcoming films: As the first trailer for his Moses epic is released, starring Christian Bale (and a lot of other actors who are not of Middle Eastern ethnicity), Ridley Scott has announced that he will also be making another Biblical epic, this one about Dav

posted 8:00:08am Jul. 12, 2014 | read full post »

A History of Apes In Movies from Michael Marisol
My friend Michael Mirasol has put together another magnificent compilation -- this time it's a history of apes and monkeys in film.  How many can you identify?  He writes: Non-human primates have existed on film from the art form’s inception, primarily as sideshow spectacles, most notably in

posted 3:59:43pm Jul. 11, 2014 | read full post »

Maximum Ride Will Be a YouTube Series
James Patterson's Maximum Ride series of books is going to be filmed -- for YouTube.  Page to Premiere reports that the stories about DNA-enhanced teenagers with wings was unable to get produced for theatrical release despite the interest of several studios. An adaptation of James Patterson’s

posted 8:00:48am Jul. 11, 2014 | read full post »

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
All hail Caesar! The intelligence-enhanced ape from Rise of the Planet of the Apes takes center stage in this sequel, which begins ten years after the last film. The virus we saw infecting the human population has now wiped out almost all human life. The assorted apes, led by Caesar, have asserte

posted 6:00:03pm Jul. 10, 2014 | read full post »

Museum Exhibit Explores Illinois Film Censorship Bureau
Illinois' Lisle Station Museum has an exhibit about the little-known and less-remembered history of film censorship in Chicago under the direction of what was originally called the Police Censor Board, formed in 1907, the first such oversight organization in the country. It remained in force until

posted 2:25:17pm Jul. 10, 2014 | read full post »


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