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Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview Nov. 8

Posted By Bill Newcott On November 7, 2013 @ 4:30 pm In Entertainment | Comments Disabled

We’re way late for Father’s Day—or maybe way early—but this week’s top movies offer two great stars playing a pair of unforgettable dads.

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About Time

We’d watch Bill Nighy (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel [2]) if he were handing out food samples at Costco. Here he is quirkily delightful as ever, as a loving dad who has to break some earth-shattering news to his son (Domhnall Gleeson): The men in the family can travel through time. With Nighy on board, what starts out as a silly rom-com blossoms into a tall tale with some very grownup lessons. FULL REVIEW [3]

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The Book Thief
Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech [5]) and Emilly Watson (War Horse [6]) play the foster parents of a spunky young girl (Sophie Nelisse) who develops a passionate love for books—many of which she steals during the dark days of Nazi Germany. The era’s oppressive atmosphere fills the screen like smoke. But it is Rush, in perhaps the most tender performance of his career as the kind-hearted housepainter, who gives this movie its soul. FULL REVIEW [7]

 

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 Still Out There . . .

12 Years a Slave
Chiwetel Ejiofor as a free black man kidnapped and sold into slavery leads a powerful cast. Movies from Roots [10] to Django Unchained have shown us the evils of slavery; 12 Years a Slave makes us feel the lash. FULL REVIEW [11]

All Is Lost [12]
Robert Redford [13] has been a movie star for so long it’s easy to forget he’s also a great screen actor [14]. Here it’s all Redford, all the time, wordlessly battling the elements as a lone sailor on an endless sea. He may well win his first acting Oscar for this one. FULL REVIEW [15]

Birth of the Living Dead [16]
In 1968 George A. Romero made Night of the Living Dead [17], and changed the way movies scare us. This entertaining documentary retraces Romero’s shuffling footsteps to midnight movie immortality.

Blue Jasmine [18]
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. FULL REVIEW [19]

Captain Phillips [20]
Tom Hanks [21] gives his best performance in years as the captain of a cargo ship overrun by Somali pirates—but the real revelation is Somali actor Barkhad Abdi. He stands toe-to-toe with Oscar-winner Hanks, who generously allows his unknown costar to unfold a complex, surprisingly vulnerable character. FULL REVIEW [22]

The Counselor [23]
Michael Fassbender is the latest in a long line of movie lawyers who discover representing bad guys isn’t always the best career move. The script is by Cormac McCarthy; the director is Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, American Gangster); and the cast includes Brad Pitt [24]. Unfortunately, the movie is a bit of a mess.

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Dallas Buyers Club [26]
At the height of the 1980s AIDS epidemic [27], a tough heterosexual Texas electrician (Matthew McConaughey) gets the dread diagnosis — then sets up a lucrative business smuggling alternative anti-AIDS drugs into the state. McConaughey, who has been rising from beefcake idol to accomplished actor, may nab his first Oscar nomination for this.

Diana [28]
Naomi Watts [29] stars as the star-crossed Princess of Wales [30]. Here Diana is divorced and has taken up with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan (played by Sayid Jarrah, best known as the Iraqi torture expert on Lost, but cleaned up considerably here). Now the lovers must somehow find happiness while eluding the paparazzi’s eye. Wonder how that’ll turn out.  A Princess Grace movie is coming next year; our look at the two princesses America loved [29]

Ender’s Game [31]
If you have kids, they’ve probably read this 1991 sci-fi neoclassic, which despite its interplanetary war setting is considered must-reading for U.S. Marine Corps trainees (really!). The film, starring Asa Butterfield as a fighting child prodigy, offers Harrison Ford [32] both as the kid’s mentor and a reminder of how much the science fiction movie genre still owes to Star Wars.

Enough Said [33]
We’ll never forget the late James Gandolfini [34]as the conflicted mobster of The Sopranos, but in this romantic comedy he’s positively cuddly. Julia Louis-Dreyfus [35] plays a woman who discovers that the man of her dreams (Gandolfini) is the ex-hubby of her new close friend.

Gravity [36]
Stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney [37] are fine and the film’s visual re-creation of a space voyage is breathtaking (especially in 3-D), but cowriter/director Alfonso Cuaron should have launched with a decent script. FULL REVIEW [38]

Last Vegas [39]
This comedy about four old pals reuniting [40] for a bachelor party in Las Vegas gets its laughs from the chemistry of its stars: Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline. [41] The cast also makes the film’s more dramatic moments — dealing with loneliness, loss and the passing of youth — unexpectedly effective. Throw in Mary Steenburgen as a sympathetic saloon singer and you’ve got a movie that’s light years smarter than its stupid trailers would have you think. FULL REVIEW [42]

Rush [43]
Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl are great fun as James Hunt and Niki Lauda, rival kings of Formula 1 racing in the 1970s. Ron Howard [44], who cut his directing teeth with Grand Theft Auto in 1977, seems right at home depicting the brutal beauty of high-octane racing.

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[2] The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-05-2012/audio-marigold-hotel-movies-for-grownups.html

[3] FULL REVIEW: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-11-2013/rachel-mccadams-about-time-movie-review-trailer.html

[4] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMVa2bMhro4

[5] The King’s Speech: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-12-2010/movie-review-kings-speech.html

[6] War Horse: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-12-2011/war-horse-movie-review.html

[7] FULL REVIEW: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-11-2013/review-the-book-thief-movie-trailer.html

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[10] Roots: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/television/info-01-2013/roots-changed-tv-forever.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[11] FULL REVIEW: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-10-2013/12-years-a-slave-movie-review-trailer.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[12] All Is Lost: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cS8SdT9P64o

[13] Robert Redford: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-01-2011/robert-redford-unedited.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[14] great screen actor: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-01-2011/robert-redford-ten-great-roles-movies-for-grownups.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[15] FULL REVIEW: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-10-2013/robert-redford-all-is-lost-movie-review-trailer.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[16] Birth of the Living Dead: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUIsGKyFqtE

[17] Night of the Living Dead: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEZp9fVyWAM

[18] Blue Jasmine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWLtj4LY5CA

[19] FULL REVIEW: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-07-2013/woody-allen-blue-jasmine-movie-review.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[20] Captain Phillips: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y41gcJQGiKE

[21] Tom Hanks: http://blog.aarp.org../2013/10/08/could-tom-hanks-have-avoided-diabetes/http://blog.aarp.org/2013/10/08/could-tom-hanks-have-avoided-diabetes/http://blog.aarp.org/2013/10/08/could-tom-hanks-have-avoided-diabetes/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[22] FULL REVIEW: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-10-2013/tom-hanks-captain-phillips-movie-review-trailer.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[23] The Counselor: http://blog.aarp.orgyoutube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-BWSrFqjMA

[24] Brad Pitt: http://lifereimagined.aarp.org/janepauley/3341-Webcast-with-br-Barbara-Chandler-Allen

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[26] Dallas Buyers Club: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ety5kOjlXoU&list=PLISrtAJ0wX5kROYHjPBL8WEZhBizelLgV

[27] AIDS epidemic: http://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-05-2011/aids-30-years-later.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[28] Diana: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4hVt03vf_s

[29] Naomi Watts: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/style-trends/info-10-2013/diana-princess-grace-movies-star-kidman-watts.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[30] Princess of Wales: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/style-trends/info-06-2013/princess-dianas-lifelong-love-of-children.html#slide1?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[31] Ender’s Game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP0cUBi4hwE

[32] Harrison Ford: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-05-2011/harrison-ford-interview-full-throttle.html

[33] Enough Said: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R09EnVNGnio

[34] James Gandolfini : http://blog.aarp.org/2013/06/21/james-gandolfini-tony-soprano-and-difficult-men/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[35] Julia Louis-Dreyfus: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/television/info-12-2010/big-five-oh-julia-louis-dreyfus.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[36] Gravity: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=OiTiKOy59o4

[37] George Clooney: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-05-2011/george-clooney-turns-50.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[38] FULL REVIEW: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-10-2013/clooney-bullock-gravity-review-video-trailer.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[39] Last Vegas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvK3m0wJutI

[40] four old pals reuniting: http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/reviews/last-vegas-20131031

[41] Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline.: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-10-2013/last-vegas-aarp-magazine-video.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[42] FULL REVIEW: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-10-2013/michael-douglas-last-vegas-movie-review-trailer.html

[43] Rush: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKAr42gxjhM

[44] Ron Howard: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-11-2008/ron_howard_frost_nixon.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

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