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Neighbors

posted by Nell Minow

I admit it.  My always-thin ability to finds humor in movies about irresponsible jerks who won’t grow up has long since evaporated, and if I ever found irresponsibility entertaining, I can no longer remember why.  Though I suspect this development […]

That Awkward Moment

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for sexual content and language throughout
Movie Release Date:January 31, 2014
DVD Release Date:May 13, 2014

A cast of exceptionally appealing performers and some very funny lines are not enough to make this raunchy comedy overcome its essential charmlessness.  At its heart, it wants to be a romantic comedy, a chick flick from the perspective of […]

The Lucky One

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some sexuality and violence
Movie Release Date:April 20, 2012
DVD Release Date:August 29, 2012

Director Scott Hicks pours enough syrup over this film to supply an IHOP.  Every shot of the golden sunlight on the Louisiana bayou or the perfectly tousled angelic curls of the perfectly precocious angelic boy or the perfect smile of the […]

Contest: Nicholas Sparks’ The Lucky One

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of this week’s release of “The Lucky One,” I am giving away a copy of the Nicholas Sparks novel it is based on.  Zac Efron stars as a U.S. Marine who finds a photograph of a beautiful woman. […]

Previous Posts

Who Should Play Non-White Characters?
Amanda Scherker has an excellent piece in the Huffington Post about "whitewashing" in films -- ethnically white actors playing non-white characters. We understand now how absurd it was to have John Wayne play Genghis Khan or Katharine Hepburn play "Dragon Seed's" Chinese peasant. Scherker's article

posted 8:00:25am Jul. 13, 2014 | read full post »

Contest: A GoPro Video Camera from "Earth to Echo"
The kids in Earth to Echo use a snazzy GoPro Hero3 to record their adventures.  Now you can win GoPro and record your own!  Many thanks to "Earth to Echo" for making it possible for me to share this extraordinary prize. To enter: Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with GoPro in the s

posted 7:00:47am Jul. 13, 2014 | read full post »

John Legend Thinks All Women and Girls Are Beautiful
Colbie Caillat is not the only one paying tribute to the full range of female beauty with a new video. John Legend's "You & I" is a deeply moving tribute to the woman he loves, who appears in the video along with a heartwarming array of beautiful girls and women. [youtube]https://www.youtube

posted 10:22:54pm Jul. 12, 2014 | read full post »

Colbie Caillat's Wonderful New Video
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXoZLPSw8U8[/youtube] The video for Colbie Caillat's new song, "Try," from Gypsy Heart Side A, shows her struggle to be true to herself in a world that expects women, especially performers, to conform to a narrow and highly polished idea of beauty. Watch i

posted 4:43:41pm Jul. 12, 2014 | read full post »

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 »


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