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Movies to Reconsider:’s “Unloved” Series

posted by Nell Minow

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan make a great romantic movie team, don’t they? “You’ve Got Mail” and “Sleepless in Seattle” are two of the most popular romantic comedies of the 90’s. But hardly anyone loves — or even remembers — […]

My Interview at

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to for interviewing me in their series on movie critics. Where did you grow up, and what was it like? I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. But when I was in 4th-5th grade, we lived […]

Happy Pi Day: Pie Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Happ Pi day!  (3-14)  And happy Pie Day (for me, that’s every day).  I love the list of pie movies my friend and fellow Ebert-ite Jana Monji brought together and Chaz Ebert published on   Here are two of […] Writers Salute Oscar Favorites

posted by Nell Minow

My friends at wrote brief essays paying tribute to the Oscar nominees selected as the favorites by visitors to the site, continuing Roger’s beloved “If We Picked the Winners” tradition.

Movies for the Year of the Horse

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Jana Monji and for including me in this wonderful round-up (especially apt term) of movies inspired by the Chinese New Year.  This year it is the Year of the Horse, so Jana and some of the […]

Steve James Talks About His Roger Ebert Documentary

posted by Nell Minow editor Matt Zoller Seitz spoke to Steve James, one of Roger Ebert’s favorite filmmakers, and the man behind the crowd-funded documentary about Ebert, based in part on his autobiography, Life Itself: A Memoir.  Seitz writes It seems fitting that […]

Chaz Ebert Carries Roger’s Legacy Forward

posted by Nell Minow

My friend Chaz Ebert is profiled in today’s Chicago Tribune as she prepares to go to the Sundance Film Festival for the first time since Roger’s death last April.  This time, she is not going as the wife of a critic. […] has All Women Writers This Week

posted by Nell Minow

Chaz Ebert has announced that everything posted on this week will be written by a woman.  I’m delighted to kick it off with my tribute to Barbara Stanwyck, inspired by the Pre-Code film series I am co-hosting with Margaret Talbott […]

Movie Music — Alan Zilberman on How Film Scores Tell the Story

posted by Nell Minow has a fascinatng piece by Alan Zilberman about movie scores and the way certain notes, chords, pauses, and instruments affect our feelings and help the film tell the story. He aske Nicholas Britell of “12 Years a Slave” (soon […]

Two Thoughtful Assessments of What’s Wrong With Movies

posted by Nell Minow

I very much enjoyed Scott Nye’s article for about plot holes in movies that are summerily — if not satisfyingly — dealt with via some line of dialogue. If you watch big budget entertainments, there’s no escaping these sorts […]

Roger Ebert’s New Website

posted by Nell Minow

Roger was very excited about his new website and invited me to be a contributor, along with my friends Odie Henderson, Jim Emerson, Michal Oleszczyk, Thomas W Shales, Omer M. Mozaffar, and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky.  We are going forward and will try […]

Previous Posts

Trailer: A Bigger Splash with Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, and Dakota Johnson
[youtube][/youtube] The lives of a famous rock star and a filmmaker, (Tilda Swinton and Matthias Schoenaerts) vacationing on the idyllic sun-drenched and remote Italian island of Pantelleria are ...

posted 8:00:25am Oct. 03, 2015 | read full post »

Interview: Adam LaVorgna of "Masterless"
Adam LaVorgna became an actor very young and was in the cast of the television series "Brooklyn Bridge" and "7th Heaven" before he was out of his teens. He loved the cast but he felt lost. He tried to use drugs to feel better and tried rehab ...

posted 2:58:01pm Oct. 02, 2015 | read full post »

Lauren Bradshaw's "Martian"-inspired Google Searches
I love this wonderful article by my friend and fellow critic, Lauren Bradshaw, about the ten Google searches she made after viewing "The Martian." ...

posted 10:13:33am Oct. 02, 2015 | read full post »

Interview: Goran Visnjic of "The Journey Home"
Goran Visnjic stars in the family movie adventure The Journey Home, with Dakota Goyo as an Canadian boy who is determined to bring a polar bear cub back to its mother. The scenery is spectacular and the story is heartwarming and exciting. I ...

posted 8:17:43am Oct. 02, 2015 | read full post »

Exclusive Clip: Golden Shoes
[jwvideo vid='KiRrH2Wm' pid='GvkPWNBE'] We are delighted to present an exclusive clip from the new family movie about soccer, "Golden Shoes." As long as he could remember, eight-year-old Christian Larou (Christian Koza) dreamed of being a ...

posted 8:00:46am Oct. 02, 2015 | read full post »


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