25 lucky people are going to win a free pass to the new animated family film from the people behind “The LEGO Movie.” “The Mitchells vs. the Machines,” stars Maya Rudolph, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Olivia Colman, Fred Armisen, Beck Bennett, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, Charlyne Yi, Conan O’Brien, Sasheer Zamata, Elle Mills, and Jay Pharoah in the story of an ordinary family who find themselves saving the world from the robot apocalypse.

It all starts when creative outsider Katie Mitchell is accepted into the film school of her dreams and is eager to leave home and find “her people.”…

“The Best Man,” written and directed by Malcolm Lee and released in 1999, is the story of a group of college friends getting together for a wedding. As is typical in Hollywood films, the cast is talented, attractive, and charismatic, and the storyline, involving past and current conflicts between romantic partners and friends, is an engaging mixture of drama and romance. What made the film a cultural touchstone, though, was the setting, with Black characters who were confident, successful, and glamorous. A sequel, “The Best Man Holiday,” was released in 2013. And now Nischelle Turner (Entertainment Tonight) will be hosting…

Adam Bryant’s Corner Office interviews with CEOs included some of the most innovative, practical, and often surprising insights into the challenges and strategies of leaders I have ever read. So it is not surprising that his latest book, The CEO Test: Master the Challenges That Make or Break All Leaders, co-written with former Amgen CEO Kevin Sharer, has great advice for anyone who wants to accomplish anything, whether it’s running a big public company or working with other people on any significant project. The book’s excellent advice about making and communicating goals and about making sure the people around you…

Hysterical “ is a new documentary about female stand-up comics premiering April 2, 2021 on FX. Director Andrea Nevins (Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie), journeys backstage and on the road with veteran comedians, rising stars and novices to discover how an intrepid group of boundary-breaking females are changing the game and exploring what it takes to become the voices of their generation and their gender, featuring Kelly Bachman, Margaret Cho, Fortune Feimster, Rachel Feinstein, Marina Franklin, Nikki Glaser, Judy Gold, Kathy Griffin, Jessica Kirson, Lisa Lampanelli, Wendy Liebman, Carmen Lynch, Bonnie McFarlane, Sherri Shepherd and Iliza Shlesinger.

I was lucky…

The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board is often described as “ultra-right.” If only that were true. Instead, they are “ultra-CEO entrenching.” While they claim to support robust free markets, when it comes time for actual market tests, they always cry out for protection from big, scary providers of capital, even the massive financial institutions they otherwise obsequiously praise.

Their recent editorial is titled The Securities and Politics Commission. They clutch their pearls over what they call a newly “woke” SEC. What is particularly outrageous about this is that apparently without a blush they have switched to the opposite of the…

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“I’m afraid you’re stuck with boring old me for six weeks, but we’ll have fun,” Sue Bagnold says with gentle cheeriness. Her 15-year-old son Daniel (do not call him Danny) is as irritated by her cheeriness as he is by his situation. His parents are divorced and he was supposed to visit his father in Florida for summer vacation. But his father’s new wife is expecting a baby and they have canceled the visit. Daniel is stuck in his house in an English suburb, expressing his extreme dissatisfaction with the world by wearing Metallica t-shirts and ignoring, blaming, or insulting…

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Ross Ulbricht was a libertarian, a follower of Austrian school economist Ludwig von Mises who believed that “every action we take outside of government control strengthens the market and weakens the state.” He wanted to change the world. And so he created a website that was like Amazon or eBay except that it operated in the dark web and instead of being a place to buy consumer goods with credit cards it was a place to buy illegal goods, primarily drugs, with untraceable crypto-currency. The website was named for the ancient trading route linking China, India, and Rome. Ulbricht’s screen…

B+

We’ve had a feature film about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s early years (“On the Basis of Sex”) and an excellent documentary already (“RBG”). But if the late Justice Ginsburg were here today, she might prefer this documentary, featuring, as its title indicates, her own words, as she spoke them.

A few other people get to speak as well, including a colleague who worked with then-Professor Ginsburg on her ground-breaking briefs for her Supreme Court challenges to laws because they denied vital civil rights on the basis of gender. She says their goal was to see if they could get the…

The Washington Area Film Critics Association has announced our awards for 2020, with Nomadland taking Best Picture, Director, and Actress, the late Chadwick Boseman as Best Actor (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), and One Night in Miami taking Best Supporting Actor (Leslie Odom, Jr.) and Best Ensemble.

One special award I look forward to every year is the Best Portrayal of Washington in a movie. This year’s awardee: Wonder Woman 1984, with Wonder Woman working for the Smithsonian.

Best Film: Nomadland

Best Director:
Chloé Zhao (Nomadland)

Best Actor:
Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom)

Best Actress:
Frances McDormand (Nomadland)

Best Supporting…

Who’s ready for some football? Who would like to see football in the context of stories, maybe with some crying? Whether you’re a fan or not, these movies set in the world of football are worth seeing.

Burt Reynolds, who played college football, stars in The Longest Yard as former pro player who puts together a team in prison. (Ignore the Adam Sandler remake, please.)

North Dallas Forty is a darkly comic look at the game with Nick Nolte as an aging player who clashes with the coach.

Remember the Titans is inspired by the true story of…

Nell Minow

Movie critic, corporate critic and shareholder advocate, critic/editor at @ebertvoices @moviemom, and #corpgov #movies and editor at @miniverpress

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