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Trailer: Ashby with Mickey Rourke, Emma Roberts, and Nat Wolff

posted by Nell Minow

Sara Silverman as the mother of a high school student? Even by Hollywood traditions of actresses being cast as mothers when they are barely older than the actors playing their children, that seems jarring. But Nat Wolff and Mickey Rourke […]

Trailer: Nick Nolte and Robert Redford Hike the Appalachian Trail in “A Walk in the Woods”

posted by Nell Minow

Writer Bill Bryson came back to the US after 20 years in Great Britain and decided to reacquaint himself with his home country by walking the Appalachian Trail. And he took along a friend, or maybe a friend-ish, a cranky […]

Trailer: Slow Learners

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: Trumbo with Bryan Cranston

posted by Nell Minow

Bryan Cranston plays Dalton Trumbo, the brilliant screenwriter whose experiences during the McCarthy era inspired some of the greatest movies ever made about freedom. Trumbo was blacklisted but continued to write screenplays by having them attributed to “fronts,” men who […]

Trailer: The Dressmaker with Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth

posted by Nell Minow

Kate Winslet plays a glamorous woman who returns to her small town in rural Australia. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.

Trailer: A Brilliant Young Mind with Asa Butterfield

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: The Squeeze

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: Meet the Patels

posted by Nell Minow

The brother and sister team of Geeta V. Patel and Ravi V. Patel made this documentary romantic comedy about a 21st century Indian-American man facing some 16th century ideas about arranged marriages.

Trailer: On Beauty

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: Mockingjay 2, the Last Chapter of The Hunger Games

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: Goosebumps with Jack Black

posted by Nell Minow

The wildly popular Goosebumps horror-comedy series for kids by R.L. Stine is now a movie!

Trailer: Mistress America with Greta Gerwig

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: “Creed,” a New Chapter in the “Rocky” Saga

posted by Nell Minow

In Rocky, Sylvester Stallone played the title character, who got a one-in-a-million chance to fight the heavyweight champion, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). In this film, Rocky is training the son of Apollo Creed, played by one of my favorite young […]

Why Are There Scenes in the Trailer That Aren’t In the Movie? Again!

posted by Nell Minow

Both of the big nationwide releases this week have widely distributed trailers that include scenes that are not actually in the movie.  I’ve written about this before.  Sometimes the movie is still being edited as the trailer is being prepared. […]

Trailer: Secret in Their Eyes with Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, and Chiwetel Ejiofor

posted by Nell Minow

The Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film in 2010 was The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos), an Argentinian film that is part cold-case detective story about a missing, perhaps murdered, girl, part love story. The […]

Trailer: The Good Dinosaur

posted by Nell Minow

Coming in summer 2016 from Pixar.

Trailer: Bill Murray in “Rock the Kasbah”

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: “The Program” — The Lance Armstrong Story, Starring Ben Foster and Chris O’Dowd

posted by Nell Minow

Ben Foster plays Lance Armstrong and Chris O’Dowd plays David Walsh, the Irish journalist who uncovered the story about Armstrong’s use of dope and his lies. Walsh’s book is Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong.

Trailer: Pass the Light

posted by Nell Minow

“Pass the Light” follows 17-year-old high school student Steve Bellafiore (Cameron Palatas) as he decides to stand up against a congressional candidate’s use of religion to spread hatred and intolerance.  Steve runs for Congress on a campaign of uniting the […]

Opening This Month: June 2015

posted by Nell Minow

Summer movies are here! Raunchy comedies, blockbuster sequels, and even some documentaries and indie gems. Here’s what’s ahead this month. June 3 Entourage: Vince and his pals are back as the hit HBO series about a Hollywood star and his friends, and […]

Trailer: Jem and the Holograms

posted by Nell Minow

The 1980’s cartoon series “Jem and the Holograms” is now a movie! It stars that Aubrey Peeples as Jem, Stefanie Scott as Kimber, Hayley Kiyoko as Aja, Aurora Perrineau as Shana, and Ryan Guzman as Rio, and it is scheduled […]

Trailer: Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro in “The Intern”

posted by Nell Minow

This new film from Nancy Meyers (“It’s Complicated,” “Something’s Got to Give”) stars Anne Hathaway as a young executive with a new intern played by Robert De Niro.

Exclusive Clip: Wish You Well

posted by Sharon Kirk

Ellen Burstyn, Mackenzie Foy, and Josh Lucas star in Wish You Well, a coming-of-age tale based on the best-selling novel by David Baldacci, who also wrote the screenplay. Foy plays 12-year-old Louisa, who moves with her brother from New York […]

Trailer: Unexpected with Cobie Smulders

posted by Nell Minow

Samantha Abbott (“How I Met Your Mother’s” Cobie Smulders) is a dedicated and passionate teacher at an inner-city Chicago high school. Just as she is coming to terms with her school closing, Samantha faces some life-changing and unexpected news: she […]

Trailer: We Are Your Friends

posted by Nell Minow

Zac Efron stars in “We Are Your Friends,” opening in August 2015.

Hot Pursuit

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sexual content, violence, language and some drug material
Movie Release Date:May 8, 2015
DVD Release Date:August 10, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content, violence, language and some drug material
Movie Release Date: May 8, 2015
DVD Release Date: August 10, 2015

Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon are both talented, beautiful actresses with savvy business acumen and strong entrepreneurial energy. Witherspoon’s accolades in 2014 included more than a Best Actress Oscar nomination for “Wild.” She also produced it, and another Oscar-nominated film, […]

Trailer: Woody Allen’s “Irrational Man”

posted by Nell Minow

Woody Allen’s new movie has Joaquin Phoenix as a depressed middle-aged professor who finds new joy and meaning in the love a beautiful young student. This is a recurring theme in Allen’s films, but this trailer suggests that it may […]

Trailer: Samuel L. Jackson is the President in “Big Game”

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: Misery Loves Comedy

posted by Nell Minow

I love comedy and stand-up and can’t wait to see this documentary. Jimmy Fallon, Tom Hanks, Amy Schumer, Jim Gaffigan, Judd Apatow, Lisa Kudrow, Larry David, and Jon Favreau are among over 60 famous funny people featured in this hilarious […]

Trailer — Hillsong: Let Hope Rise

posted by Nell Minow

“Hillsong: Let Hope Rise” chronicles the Australia-based Christian band, Hillsong UNITED. Directed by Michael John Warren, the film follows the band as they record their next album and explores the history of Hillsong, a 30-year journey from a tiny church […]

Trailer: Paper Towns with Nat Wolff

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer — Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: Ride with Helen Hunt and Luke Wilson

posted by Nell Minow

It kind of looks like a reverse “Gidget,” but with Helen Hunt writing and directing as well as starring, there’s reason to hope that it will be pretty good.

Trailer: Where Hope Grows

posted by Nell Minow

Where Hope Grows is the story of a former professional baseball player sent to an early retirement due to his panic attacks at the plate. Even though he had all the talent for the big leagues, he struggles with the curveballs life […]

Trailer: Mr. Holmes

posted by Nell Minow

Do you know which character has been most often portrayed in movies? Hint: there are now two different but both very popular television series about this character as well. Of course it is Sherlock Holmes. Yet another Sherlock Holmes movie […]

Trailer: Little Boy — WWII Story of a Boy and His Dad

posted by Nell Minow

In “Little Boy,” Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson, and Kevin James star in the story of a child who is willing to do whatever it takes to bring his dad home from World War II alive. It was written directed by […]

Coming Attractions: A History of American Movie Trailers

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: The Man from UNCLE

posted by Nell Minow

Oh, how I loved The Man from U.N.C.L.E. when I was a kid. And this trailer for the new Guy Ritchie movie with “Superman’s” Henry Cavill and “The Social Network’s” Armie Hammer (plus Hugh Grant in the Leo G. Carroll […]

Trailer: “Spy” from “Bridesmaid’s” Paul Feig, Melissa McCarthy, and Rose Byrne

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer — The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

posted by Nell Minow

This looks adorable.  In theaters February 6, 2015.

Trailer: Ex Machina

posted by Nell Minow

Imagine they were beta-testing Samantha in “Her,” or one of the replicants in “Blade Runner” and you were brought in to try out the latest model. That’s the idea behind “Ex Machina,” with two of today’s most fascinating actors, Oscar […]

Trailer: “Comet” with Justin Long and Emmy Rossum

posted by Nell Minow

I love this trailer for “Comet,” an intriguing romance with a fantasy/sci-fi element, starring Justin Long and Emmy Rossum.

Trailer — Mad Max: Fury Road

posted by Nell Minow

This is absolutely stunning.  Can’t wait to see it.

Trailer: Pixar’s Inside Out

posted by Nell Minow

Remember the old scary movie line, “The call is coming from inside the house?”  There’s nothing more terrifying than discovering that a place or a person you were certain was safe has all of a sudden become completely unpredictable and […]

Trailer: Al Pacino as an Aging Rock Star in “Danny Collins”

posted by Nell Minow

Al Pacino plays a rock star whose life is changed when he finds a letter John Lennon wrote him decades before.

Trailer: Star Wars — The Force Awakens

posted by Nell Minow

This is AWESOME!

Trailer: Jurassic World with Christ Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: Pitch Perfect 2 — The Pitch is Back!!

posted by Nell Minow

Acca-can’t wait.

Trailer: Song One with Anne Hathaway

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: Minions

posted by Nell Minow

Did you ever wonder where Gru’s minions came from?

Trailer: Old-Fashioned, A Faith-Based Romance

posted by Nell Minow

“Old-Fashioned” will be in theater for Valentine’s Day 2015.

Trailer: Home from Dreamworks

posted by Nell Minow

An overly optimistic, yet inept, alien race named Boov, led by Captain Smek, invades Earth to hide from their mortal enemy and make it a new home.Convinced they are doing a favour, they begin to relocate the human race, but […]

Upcoming Documentary: Meet the Mormons

posted by Nell Minow

Meet the Mormons is a feature-length documentary that tells the stories of six members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from around the world. The film will appear in theaters across the United States beginning on October […]

Trailer: Inherent Vice

posted by Nell Minow

P.T. Anderson is one of the most fascinating filmmakers of all time, writing and producing brilliant movies like “Boogie Nights” to “Magnolia,” “There Will Be Blood,” and “The Master.” His latest film looks like an Elmore Leonard-style story of low-down […]

Trailer — Exodus: Gods and Kings, The Story of Moses with Christian Bale

posted by Nell Minow

Christian Bale and Sir Ben Kingsley star in “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” the story of Moses and the exodus of the Jews from Egypt. It opens this December.

Trailer: Big Hero 6 from Disney

posted by Nell Minow

Coming November 7, 2014: Disney’s newest animated feature, “Big Hero Six,” about a loveable robot and the nerdy kids who have to save the day. If you want to get to know the characters better, read the graphic novels or […]

The Boxtrolls

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for action, some peril and mild rude humor
Movie Release Date:September 26, 2014
DVD Release Date:January 19, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for action, some peril and mild rude humor
Movie Release Date: September 26, 2014
DVD Release Date: January 19, 2015

LAIKA Studios (Paranorman and Coraline) has created another  loveably crooked world, this time inspired by Alan Snow’s Here Be Monsters! (The Ratbridge Chronicles).  It’s their first period setting, a sort of slightly bent Edwardian with a touch of steampunk, in the […]

Trailer: Effie Gray, Starring Dakota Fanning and Emma Thompson

posted by Nell Minow

Emma Thompson won an Oscar for her “Sense and Sensibility” screenplay. She wrote and stars in “Effie Gray,” with Dakota Fanning, the real-life story of the Victorian art critic, John Ruskin (David Suchet), and his much-younger bride, Effie Gray. Tom […]

Trailer: Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in “Serena”

posted by Nell Minow

Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence re-team in “Serena,” which looks very intriguing but does not yet have a US release date. Stay tuned.

Trailer: The Song

posted by Nell Minow

“The Song” follows aspiring singer-songwriter Jed King (Alan Powell) as he struggles to catch a break and escape the long shadow of his father, a country music legend. After reluctantly accepting a gig at a local vineyard harvest festival, Jed […]

Trailer: The Rewrite with Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei

posted by Nell Minow

Can’t help it — I’m looking forward to this.

Trailer: Mortdecai with Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow

posted by Nell Minow

This looks like fun!

Trailer: Pride — Based on the True Story of LGBT Activists Who Aided Mineworkers

posted by Nell Minow

Bill Nighy, Dominic West, and Imelda Staunton star in “Pride,” based on the true story of LGBT activists who came to the aid of striking mineworkers in Wales during the Thatcher era.  Opening September 19, 2014.

Trailer: Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar”

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: Unbroken

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most anticipated films of the year is “Unbroken,” directed by Angelina Jolie, and based on Laura Hillenbrand’s best-seller, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.  It is the story of Louis Zamperini, who died […]

Trailer: A New Documentary About George Takei

posted by Nell Minow

I’m looking forward to this upcoming documentary about original “Star Trek” cast member George Takei, who is also a leader in LGBT rights and a pioneer in social media.

Trailer: Postman Pat

posted by Nell Minow

The beloved television series Postman Pat is now a feature film! The animated story about the friendly postman has voices from Stephen Mangan (“Episodes”) as Postman Pat; recording star Ronan Keating, who provides the singing voice for Postman Pat; Academy […]

Trailer: Robert Downey Jr. in “The Judge”

posted by Nell Minow

In “The Judge,” Downey stars as big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father, the town’s judge (Duvall), is suspected of murder. He sets out to discover the truth and along the way […]

Trailer: Spooky “The Congress” With Robin Wright

posted by Nell Minow

Robin Wright stars as..Robin Wright, well, a version of herself anyway, in this futuristic thriller about an actress who agrees to turn over her cyber-persona to a movie studio so she can get the money she needs to care for […]

Yes, Trailers Get Awards, Too

posted by Nell Minow

It’s a different kind of artistry and it is a lot of fun to check out the winners of the 15th annual Golden Trailer Awards.  After all, who can resist a selection that includes an award for “Trashiest Trailer?”

Trailer: Earth to Echo

posted by Nell Minow

It looks pretty “ET”-ish, but I’m still intrigued.

Trailer: “Lullabye” With Garrett Hedlund, Amy Adams, and Richard Jenkins

posted by Nell Minow

Once you’ve dried your tears from this week’s “Fault in Our Stars,” keep a little extra Kleenex around for “Lullabye,” starring Garrett Hedlund, Richard Jenkins, Anne Archer, Amy Adams, Terrence Howard, and Jennifer Hudson.

Trailer: This Is Where I Leave You

posted by Nell Minow

I just finished reading Jonathan Tropper’s This Is Where I Leave You, the story of adult siblings sitting shiva following the death of their father. So I am really looking forward to the upcoming film starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, […]

Trailer: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day

posted by Nell Minow

Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner star in this new Disney film based on one of my favorite books by one of my favorite people. The book has already been filmed twice, once as an animated musical with songs by “Annie’s” […]

Trailer: Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas in “And So It Goes”

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: If I Stay with Chloe Grace Moretz

posted by Nell Minow

Get out your handkerchiefs. If I Stay, based on the book by Gayle Forman, stars Chloë Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley.

Trailer: Chef

posted by Nell Minow

Jon Favreau follows his big-budget special effects movies (“Iron Man,” “Cowboys and Aliens”) with a return to his small, indie roots (“Swingers”) as director/writer/star of the scrumptious-looking “Chef.”  (WARNING: Some strong language)

Trailer #2: The Box Trolls

posted by Nell Minow

Did I mention how excited I am about this?  Coming in September, from the people who did “Coraline” and “ParaNorman.”

Trailer: Dolphin Tale 2

posted by Nell Minow

Dolphin Tale 2” is the sequel to the successful 2011 family film “Dolphin Tale.”  Inspirational professional surfer Bethany Hamilton (the subject of the feature “Soul Surfer”) will join returning cast members Harry Connick, Jr., Morgan Freeman, Kris Kristofferson, Ashley Judd, […]

Trailer: Decoding Annie Parker

posted by Nell Minow

Helen Hunt, Samantha Morton, Aaron Paul, Rashida Jones, and Corey Stoll star in this fact-based story of two women, one with breast cancer and one trying to solve the genetic link in families with high incidence, research that led to […]

The History of the Movie Trailer

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to my friend Michael Mirasol for sharing this great look at the history of movie trailers.  

Trailer: Mila Kunis in “Jupiter Ascending”

posted by Nell Minow

Cannot wait for this one, from the Wachowskis and Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow Pictures.

Trailer: Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche Fall in Love in “Words and Pictures”

posted by Nell Minow

A smart, touching romance for grown-ups — hurray!

New Trailer: Amazing Spider-Man 2

posted by Nell Minow

The new trailer for “Spider-Man 2″ is all kinds of awesomesause!

Trailer: Transcendence

posted by Nell Minow

I keep wanting to call this movie “Her 2: The Revenge of Him.”

Trailer: Guardians of the Galaxy

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most anticipated releases of the year is Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” starring Chris Pratt (“The LEGO Movie”), Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, and Lee Pace.  The trailer looks amazing. I love the use of the […]

Trailer: The Love Punch

posted by Nell Minow

Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan star as ex-spouses turned thieves in “The Love Punch.”

Adorable “Sweded” Trailers for “The Lego Movie”

posted by Nell Minow

The delightful Be Kind Rewind introduced the concept of “sweding” a film — remaking it with whatever low-tech, analog materials are on hand.  The makers of next week’s “Lego Movie” asked fans to “swede” their trailer and you must see the […]

Trailer: The Fault In Our Stars

posted by Nell Minow

Get out your handkerchiefs for one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year, based on John Green’s book about the teenagers who meet in a cancer support group.

Trailer: Mr. Peabody and Sherman

posted by Nell Minow

I got to get an early glimpse of a couple of scenes from this reboot of the classic cartoon, and it looks like a lot of fun.  Recognize the voices?  The brilliant scientist and adoptive father who happens to be […]

Trailer: Summer in February

posted by Nell Minow

If you miss seeing Dan Stevens in “Downton Abbey,” here’s a chance to see him back in pre-WWI England again, here’s your chance, in “Summer in February,” based on the true story of painter A.J. Munnings (Dominic Cooper), known for […]

Trailer: The Pretty One with Zoe Kazan as Twins

posted by Nell Minow

The trailer for Zoe Kazan’s new film “The Pretty One” has her playing a pair of identical twins. The storyline reminds me of the classic Bette Davis film, “A Stolen Life.” (Davis also played identical twins in another film, “Dead […]

Trailer: Life of a King

posted by Nell Minow

Cuba Gooding, Jr. stars in this fact-based story about Washington D.C.’s Big Chair Chess Club. Here’s an interview with the real Eugene Brown.

Trailer: Million Dollar Arm

posted by Nell Minow

A sports agent goes to India to recruit cricket players for major league baseball in “Million Dollar Arm,” starring Jon Hamm, Lake Bell, Aasif Mandvi, and Alan Arkin.

The “Veronica Mars” Movie Trailer Looks Great!

posted by Nell Minow

The Kickstarter-financed update to the beloved television series looks wonderful — a great combination of letting the main character grow up (she’s a lawyer now) but giving her a reason to go home and interact with the characters from her […]

Trailer: How to Train Your Dragon 2

posted by Nell Minow

This is one of the movies I am most looking forward to in 2014.  I met with the director and had glimpses of some of it and it looks sensational!

Trailer: Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in “Edge of Tomorrow”

posted by Nell Minow

Coming: Summer 2014

Trailer: Muppets Most Wanted

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: Heaven is for Real

posted by Nell Minow

Coming to theaters for Easter 2014

I Can’t Wait to See this Documentary About Cup Stacking Competitions

posted by Nell Minow

Really!  It looks awesome, doesn’t it?

Trailer Premiere: Coming Home for Christmas

posted by Nell Minow

The Dove-approved Coming Home for Christmas will be available on DVD later this month — here’s an exclusive peek at the trailer.

Trailer: Rio 2

posted by Nell Minow

Can’t wait!

Trailer: The Box Trolls

posted by Nell Minow

Laika, the stop-motion animation studio behind two of my favorite films of the past ten years, “ParaNorman” and “Coraline,” has released the teaser trailer for its 2014 release, “The Box Trolls,” and it looks amazing.  Nice nod to non-traditional families […]

Trailer: “Terms and Conditions May Apply” — a Documentary About What Corporations Know About You and How They Use It

posted by Nell Minow

Are you worried about what the NSA knows about you?  Then this is ten times scarier.

Trailer: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

posted by Nell Minow

Yes, it has nothing whatsoever to do with the classic book, but the original was a lot of fun and this one looks like a blast.

Trailer: Jennifer Hudson in “Black Nativity”

posted by Nell Minow

Oscar winners Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker star in this musical opening in November about a struggling single mother who sends her son to her parents’ home for Christmas. It is adapted from a Langston Hughes story and directed by […]

Trailer: Still Mine

posted by Nell Minow

The wonderful James Cromwell (“Babe”) and Genevieve Bujold star in “Still Mine,” a touching love story, opening July 12.

Trailer: About Time

posted by Nell Minow

I wonder if Rachel McAdams has a sense of deja vu — this feels a lot like “The Time Traveler’s Wife.”  And a lot like “Groundhog Day.”  But, coming from the guy who wrote “Notting Hill” and “Love Actually,” it […]

Trailer: Ender’s Game

posted by Nell Minow

New Trailer: Monsters University

posted by Nell Minow

Let the Scare Games begin!

Trailer: Turbo

posted by Nell Minow

This looks adorable. Did you recognize the voices?  The cast includes Paul Giamatti, Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Peña, Snoop Dogg/Lion, Maya Rudolph, Ken Jeong, and Michelle Rodriguez. But “Push It” is becoming the new “I Feel Good.”  It […]

Trailer: Now You See Me

posted by Nell Minow

This looks amazing!

Trailer: The English Teacher

posted by Nell Minow

Julianne Moore stars in this new film about an English teacher whose former student, a playwright, comes back to town.  Michael Angarano and Lily Collins co-star.  

Trailer: Arthur Newman

posted by Nell Minow

Colin Firth and Emily Blunt star in this story about two dislocated people who assume a series of new identities.

Much Ado about Much Ado: Trailer

posted by Nell Minow

The trailer for Joss Whedon’s new version of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” is spectacular. It will be out in June.  In the meantime, enjoy Kenneth Branagh’s more traditional version, with Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, Kate Beckinsale, and Michael Keaton.

Trailer: Hunky Dory

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

posted by Nell Minow

This one looks every bit as adorable (and as unrelated to the book) as the first one.

Trailer: Now You See Me

posted by Nell Minow

I love heist films, and this one looks amazing!

Oz the Great and Powerful Super Bowl Commercial

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s a sneak peek at the Super Bowl commercial for one of the movies I am most excited about right now:

Trailer: Inside Llewyn Davis from the Coen Brothers

posted by Nell Minow

I always look forward to a new movie from the Coen Brothers (“Fargo,” “No Country for Old Men,” “The Big Lebowski”), but this one has me especially excited because it stars one of my favorite actors, Oscar Isaac, reuniting with […]

Trailer: Upside Down

posted by Nell Minow

Doesn’t this look mind-bendingly amazing?

Trailer: Red 2

posted by Nell Minow

What could be more fun than the first “Red?”  Putting the band back together and adding Sir Anthony Hopkins!

Trailer: “42,” the Story of Jackie Robinson

posted by Nell Minow

This movie about the first black player in major league baseball looks terrific: While you wait for the movie’s 2013 release, take a look at Jackie Robinson playing himself (with Ruby Dee as his wife) in The Jackie Robinson Story

Argo

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language and some violent images
Movie Release Date:October 12, 2012
DVD Release Date:February 18, 2013
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language and some violent images
Movie Release Date: October 12, 2012
DVD Release Date: February 18, 2013

The movie within the movie, an outlandish space fantasy possibly named “Argo” for Jason’s vessel in the ancient Greek myth, may be more believable than the true and recently declassified story that surrounds it.  In 1979, when American State Department […]

Trailer: Yoga Is

posted by Nell Minow

Suzanne Bryant’s new documentary, Yoga Is: A Transformational Journey, will be available tomorrow on DVD.  She thought she had it all until she lost her beloved mother to cancer. Trying to process and understand her profound grief, Suzanne embarked on […]

A New Trailer for “Wreck-It Ralph”

posted by Nell Minow

Bill Murray Plays FDR in “Hyde Park on the Hudson”

posted by Nell Minow

We’ve seen Bill Murray turn in some impressive performances in dramas as well as comedies, but it still seems like quite a challenge for him to take on the part of and icon like patrician four-time President  Franklin Delano Roosevelt. […]

Trailer: “Cloud Atlas”

posted by Nell Minow

Take an early look at what promises to be one of the most intriguing and ambitiously mind-bending movies of the year, “Cloud Atlas,” based on the novel by David Mitchell.  Six interlocking stories follow characters from the mid-19th century to […]

Trailer: “The Life of Pi”

posted by Nell Minow

This looks wonderful.  Have you read the book?  Are you looking forward to the movie?  

Trailer: “Wreck-It Ralph”

posted by Nell Minow

An 8-bit video-game character attempts to shed his bad-guy image by escaping into a popular first-person shooter, but inadvertently wreaks havoc in the video-game universe by freeing a digital villain.  Here’s the first look at Disney’s big end-of-year release, featuring […]

Trailer: “Les Miserables”

posted by Nell Minow

Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway star in the movie version of the international blockbuster musical based on Victor Hugo’s story about Jean Valjean, a prisoner who steals a loaf of bread to feed his sister’s starving children, is sent to […]

Trailer: “Stella Days” with Martin Sheen

posted by Nell Minow

In Martin Sheen’s new film, “Stella Days,” he plays a priest in a small town in rural Ireland of the 1950’s.  It is a story about the excitement of the unknown versus the security of the familiar, as those in […]

The First Glimpse of the New Bond Film: “Skyfall”

posted by Nell Minow

Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in “Skyfall.”

Trailers: “Ruby Sparks” and “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”

posted by Nell Minow

Yes, these trailers look a lot alike and are both stories about people who create imaginary ideals who come to life, but I can’t help it — I want to see them both!  

What a Trailer Tells You

posted by Nell Minow

The job of the people who make trailers is not to convey the real quality of a movie.  It is to get you to buy tickets.  io9 has a funny and astute primer on how to spot tricks in a […]

Trailer: Step Up Revolution

posted by Nell Minow

Step Up gets all Occupy in its next installment and it looks like a blast!

Trailer: “I Know That Voice!”

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I love voice actors and I’m very excited to see what looks like a great documentary.  

Trailer: “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”

posted by Nell Minow

Coming in June — Steve Carell and Kiera Knightly star in “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” about making the most of every day you have.

A Thousand Words

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual situations including dialogue, language, and some drug-related humor
Movie Release Date: March 9, 2012

“A Thousand Words” was filmed four years ago, when George W. Bush was President and a joke about the massive popularity of Hannah Montana was timely.  Four years later, it is being not so much released as exorcised as Dreamworks […]

Trailer: Pixar’s Newest, “Brave”

posted by Nell Minow

“Brave” is Pixar’s first film with a female lead character.  She is a medieval Scottish princess named Meridia, with the voice of Kelly Macdonald of “Boardwalk Empire” and “No Country for Old Men.” The current issue of Time has a […]

Trailer: Darling Companion

posted by Nell Minow

Kevin Kline, Diane Keaton, and Richard Jenkins star in the upcoming “Darling Companion,” about a lost dog, coming in April.  

Trailer: ‘Arthur Christmas’

posted by Nell Minow

I’m really looking forward to Arthur Christmas, the latest stop-motion animated film from the folks behind “Wallace and Gromit” and “Flushed Away.”  This one features the voices of Hugh Laurie (“House”), Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent, and James McAvoy in the […]

What is Left for the Muppets to Parody?

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Do Trailers Spoil Movies?

posted by Nell Minow

My friend and fellow critic Kevin McCarthy has a blog post about a woman who filed a lawsuit accusing the “Drive” trailer of false advertising.  She claims the studio, FilmDistrict, misled her into thinking that it would be a car […]

Trailer: ‘Joyful Noise’

posted by Nell Minow

I am so excited about this new movie about a gospel choir led by Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton!  It co-stars one of my favorite young actresses, Keke Palmer of Akeelah and the Bee.  Can’t wait!

Trailer: ‘The Other F-Word’

posted by Nell Minow

What happens when a rock star whose music and lifestyle are based on anarchy and living for the moment becomes a dad?  That’s the subject of this documentary that presents a slightly more extreme form of what every parent discovers.

Trailer: Oka!

posted by Nell Minow

Louis Sarno was from New Jersey, but he fell in love with the music of the pygmy people of Central Africa.  He went there in the mid-1980’s to record their music and returned because he fell in love with their […]

Trailer: ‘We Bought a Zoo’

posted by Nell Minow

This looks like a perfect holiday release.  I love the idea of 20 seconds of insane courage!  

Smile of the Week: The Latest ‘Muppet Movie’ Parody Trailer

posted by Nell Minow

This makes me very, very happy.  For more, check it out on Facebook.

George Lucas’ New Film About the Tuskegee Airmen: Red Tails

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s a glimpse of next year’s upcoming film co-written by George Lucas about the Tuskegee Airmen, “Red Tails.”  It stars Terrence Howard, Nate Parker, Byran Cranston, and Brandon T. Jackson. It looks great.  Everyone should learn about these great heroes, […]

First ‘Hunger Games’ Footage on the VMAs

posted by Nell Minow

Did you see the first glimpse of “The Hunger Games” on the VMAs?  What do you think?

Trailer: ‘Raw Faith’

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A Unitarian minister must find a way to bring to her own life what she has encouraged in others in this moving documentary, Raw Faith.

Watch This Trailer!

posted by Nell Minow

It would spoil the surprise to let you know what movie this is for.  Just trust me and watch it!     And it has The New Radicals.  I am so happy.

You and Your Friends in the ‘Bridesmaids’ Trailer

posted by Nell Minow

Do you want to appear in the trailer for “Bridesmaids?”  Upload photos of you and your friends or celebrities from your computer or Facebook to make your own version of the “Bridesmaids” trailer and see what you’d look like getting […]

Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs. Evil

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for some mild action and thematic elements
Movie Release Date:April 29, 2011
DVD Release Date:August 16, 2011
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some mild action and thematic elements
Movie Release Date: April 29, 2011
DVD Release Date: August 16, 2011

The Weinstein Company may be nowhere near the gold standard set by Pixar in the imagination and technical ability of its animation, but it beats all ten of the champion’s justifiably lauded classics in one category. Pixar has yet to […]

Prom

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for mild language and a brief fight
Movie Release Date:April 29, 2011
DVD Release Date:August 30, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild language and a brief fight
Movie Release Date: April 29, 2011
DVD Release Date: August 30, 2011

Less engrossing than a Clearasil commercial and more synthetic than a Rebecca Black video, “Prom” is Disney’s attempt to launch a new generation of tween idols with a wholesome confection about a high school dance. But the buoyant energy of […]

A Peek at ‘Prom’

posted by Nell Minow

For more information, friend Prom on Facebook.

Trailer: Everything Must Go

posted by Nell Minow

I’ve been looking forward to this ever since I heard about it from Mark Erlbaum.  Can’t wait!  

Sucker Punch

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving sexuality, violence and combat sequences, and for language
Movie Release Date:March 25, 2011
DVD Release Date:June 28, 2011
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving sexuality, violence and combat sequences, and for language
Movie Release Date: March 25, 2011
DVD Release Date: June 28, 2011

Girls in thigh-hi stockings and tiny spangled miniskirts take on steam-powered corpses, WWI bi-planes, samurai robots, and an angry dragon, along with a series of odiously predatory men in the latest film from Zack Snyder. His versions of “300” and […]

Trailer: ‘The Grace Card’

posted by Nell Minow

The Grace Card is the story of a policeman who must find his way through bitterness and despair after the death of his son. When he is assigned a new partner, a part-time pastor, they find a way to help […]

Sneak Peek: ‘Gnomeo & Juliet’

posted by Nell Minow

I’m looking forward to Gnomeo & Juliet.  It’s Shakespeare’s story of star-crossed love — with garden gnomes — and an all-star voice cast of classically-trained British acting royalty including James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Dame Maggie Smith, Patrick Stewart, and….Dolly Parton, […]

Trailer: ‘Born to be Wild’

posted by Nell Minow

“Born to be Wild” is a new 3D IMAX documentary about orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them – saving endangered species one life at a time. It opens April 8.

Tribute: Blake Edwards

posted by Nell Minow

I was very sad to hear that writer/director Blake Edwards died yesterday at age 88. He leaves behind his wife, Julie Andrews, and an extraordinary varied body of work. Even his sharpest satires had a glossy sheen of elegance and […]

Fangirl Delight: ‘Green Lantern’ and ‘Cowboys and Aliens’

posted by Nell Minow

Coming next summer and I am SO THERE!

Holiday Movie Highlights 2010

posted by Nell Minow

The holiday movie season kicks off this week with one of the biggest movies of the year, the second-to-last in the Harry Potter series. Here are some of the movies I am most looking forward to for the rest of […]

Exclusive Clip from ‘There Be Dragons’

posted by Nell Minow

“There Be Dragons” is an epic film about war, tragedy, love, and redemption, from acclaimed director Roland Joffé of “The Mission” and “The Killing Fields.”   It is the story of two childhood friends who find themselves on opposite sides […]

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 […]

Why Does Every Trailer Use the Same Songs?

posted by Nell Minow

Ranker has a great list of the most over-used songs in movie trailers. I’d add “Bad to the Bone” and “Carmina Burana.” If you ever get stuck trying to identify a naggingly familiar song in a movie trailer, check Soundtrack.net, […]

Mars vs. Venus at the Box Office Next Week

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to my son, Ben for suggesting this fan-made trailer for “The Expendables” that challenges all those XY chromosome types out there to make sure the Stallone/Li/Statham/Austin/Crews/Willis/etc. stunts and explosions movie opens up a can of whup-ass on the Oprah-approved, […]

Trailer: ‘RED’ with Helen Mirren, Bruce Willis, and Morgan Freeman

posted by Nell Minow

Two things I can’t resist — Helen Mirren taking down bad guys and movies where someone says, “We’re getting the band back together.”

Trailer: Rango

posted by Nell Minow

That teaser trailer with the plastic wind-up fish floating across a desert road was intriguing, so I was glad to see more about next spring’s release, “Rango,” starring Johnny Depp.

Trailer: Megamind

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s an early peek at “Megamind” an animated superhero (and super-villain) movie featuring the voices of Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, and Brad Pitt. It looks delightful!

Trailer: Morning Glory

posted by Nell Minow

A comedy with Diane Keaton, Harrison Ford, and Rachel McAdams? Oh, yes, please! “Morning Glory,” in theaters this fall, is the story of a harried morning talk show producer who brings in a once-great television journalist to improve ratings. Ford […]

Why Are You Seeing That Trailer Before This Movie?

posted by Nell Minow

I often hear complaints from movie-goers who think that the trailers run before the movies they bought tickets to see are inappropriate. This has become even more important now that the MPAA has made the rules about content in trailers […]

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 […]

Trailer: Hey, Hey, It’s Esther Blueburger

posted by Nell Minow

I am thrilled that this wonderful movie, which I saw at a film festival, will be in theaters this spring. Stay tuned!

List: Spiritual Movie Families

posted by Nell Minow

Beliefnet’s “How Spiritual is Your Family” quiz made me think of these movie families, among the very few on screen who are unabashedly spiritual. 1. The Blind Side Based on a true story, this movie makes it clear that a […]

Cracked’s Parody of Oscar-Bait Trailers

posted by Nell Minow

A Trailer for Every Academy Award Winning Movie Ever — powered by Cracked.com

Trailer: The Secret of Kells

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s the first glimpse of the animated film that came out of nowhere to get an Oscar nomination, The Secret of Kells. The New York Times’ A.O. Scott wrote, “it is only fitting that a movie concerned with the power […]

Red-Band Trailers Reach Underage Audiences

posted by Nell Minow

I am quoted in Brooks Barnes’ New York Times article today about the “red-band” trailer for a new superhero movie called “Kick-Ass.” Red-band trailers contain R-rated material and are supposed to be shown to adults only. In theaters, they are […]

MPAA to Revise Rules

posted by Nell Minow

Following my phone meeting with Joan Graves and Marilyn Gordon of the MPAA and the FTC’s report (citing my article) criticizing the motion picture industry, the MPAA has informed me that it will be making some changes to its rules […]

FTC: Movie Industry Fails at Protecting Kids from Violent Content

posted by Nell Minow

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission issued its seventh report in ten years on the marketing of violent media to children. While the movie industry is doing better at preventing children who are underage from buying tickets to R-rated films […]

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 […]

Trailer #2: ‘Where the Wild Things Are’

posted by Nell Minow

Better and better!

Toy Story 3 (Coming in 2010)

posted by Nell Minow

Oh, boy!

Remakes!

posted by Nell Minow

“Worth a Mention’s” Howie Weed” reports that a number of remakes are in the works. New versions of “Total Recall,” based on a Philip K. Dick story, “Clash of the Titans,” and “The Never-Ending Story” are all in the works. […]

Contest: Win Your Own Space Buddies!

posted by Nell Minow

Adorable Golden Retriever puppies Rosebud, Buddha, Budderball, B-Dawg, and Mudbud return in Space Buddies, an epic adventure that takes them to the moon, to be released on DVD . Moving at warp speed, dodging asteroids and more, the Buddies and […]

2009’s Family Movie Coming Attractions: Harry, Miley, and More

posted by Nell Minow

The movie slate for 2009 has some upcoming family-friendly releases that look very promising. “Inkheart,” based on the book by Cornelia Funke and opening January 23, stars Brendan Fraser as a man who has the power to bring the characters […]

HSM3 Trailer!

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Twilight Trailers

posted by Nell Minow

Two brand-new trailers for one of the most eagerly anticipated movies of the year, “Twilight”

The ‘Traitor’ Commercial Gives Too Much Away

posted by Nell Minow

It infuriates me when trailers and ads give away too much of the movie. This often happens when all the best jokes or special effects are strung together to get you to buy a ticket but once in a while […]

Igor

posted by Nell Minow

In the town of Malaria, anatomy is destiny. Boy babies get their assignments at birth. Those without hunchbacks become evil scientists. Those with hunchbacks become Igors and spend their days saying, “Yes, master,” when ordered to “Throw the switch!” Malaria […]

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