"Transcendence" is a serious science fiction movie filled with big ideas and powerful images, but it never quite coheres, and the end is a copout.
Nell Minow reviews movies and DVDs each week as The Movie Mom for Beliefnet.com and radio stations across the US. She is the author of The Movie Mom's Guide to Family Movies and 101 Must-See Movie Moments.
Her articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Kansas City Star, USA Today, Family Fun, Daughters, Parents, and three editions of The Practical Guide to Practically Everything. She has been profiled in the New York Times, the Economist, Forbes, the Chicago Tribune, Working Woman, CFO Magazine, the Ladies Home Journal, Washingtonian Magazine, and the Chicago Sun Times, and has appeared as The Movie Mom on CBS This Morning, Fox Morning News, NPR, CNN. She is the founder of Miniver Press, a publishing company specializing in non-fiction ebooks and print books about the arts, music, sports, history, and culture. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Chicago Law School and her wonderful husband allows her to have a "10 best movie" list with 20 movies on it.
Jason Bateman talks about directing, working with kids, and shaking up his nice-guy image for an R-rated comedy.
Nell Minow makes the case for Best Original Screenplay for Spike Jonze's "Her."
Nell Minow considers the special place of Barbara Stanwyck among Hollywood's Leading Ladies.
Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt discusses "Don Jon," his first film as a writer-director.
Eric Bana talks about playing a lawyer in "Closed Circuit," finding himself in the midst of another topical film (this one is about terrorism and government secrets) and the pleasures of rowing.
Lee Daniels, the director of "Lee Daniels' The Butler," discusses his personal stakes in the story and working with Forest Whitaker on the way the character grows and changes.
Ryan Amon talks about the YouTube video that led to his first feature film score, in this week's "Elysium," directed by Neill Blomkamp ("District 9") and starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster.
Screenwriter Thunder Levin discusses "Sharknado," the SyFy Channel movie that lit Twitter on fire.
Nell Minow reports from the "Divergent " panel at Comic-Con 2013 in San Diego.
Leonard Maltin talks B-movies on a panel at Comic-Con.