What’s good and grown up in theaters this weekend. The newest:
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Litigation resulted in a title change to feature the name of the film’s director; it might have worked better as Forest Whitaker is the Butler. Or maybe Oprah Winfrey is the Wife of the Butler. No matter; this is worth seeing for Whitaker as White House butler Cecil Gaines, Robin Williams as President Eisenhower and Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan.
There’s something intriguing about a big screen bio on Steve Jobs, even if he is played by Ashton Kutcher. This may be no Social Network, but it is about an icon of our era who, through sheer power of will, changed our entire culture.
One of the great truisms about grownup movie lovers, at least of the female persuasion, is that they’re nuts for all things Jane Austen. Here, Keri Russell plays a modern woman who, in search of her own personal Mr. Darcy, visits a Jane Austen theme park.
Still in theaters and worth watching:
Amanda Seyfried is powerful in this biopic of 1970s porn star Linda Lovelace — but Sharon Stone steals the show as her working-class mom.
Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg see to it that you have as much fun as they do in this dusty, firepower-happy buddy cop flick.
Brad Pitt stars in a classy, nerve-jangling thriller about a virus that’s turning the world’s population into an army of flesh-eating fiends. In concept and execution, the most grownup horror flick of the summer.
It’s a coming-of-age comedy starring Liam James as a confused 14-year-old kid, but he’s surrounded by one of the great grownup casts of the year: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell.
If you’re an actress, get yourself directed by Woody Allen: Here he casts Cate Blanchett as a latter-day Blanche Dubois, depending on the kindness of strangers in San Francisco. Smart, tragic and funny, it’s Woody and Cate at their best.
A stand-up-and-cheer documentary about the backup singers who make music’s biggest stars sound their best.
James Cromwell (Babe, L.A. Confidential) gives the performance of a lifetime as an 87-year-old man who builds a small house for his ailing wife (a radiant Genevieve Bujold) with his own two hands. That is, until local bureaucrats come calling.
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