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Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview: Jan. 3

Posted By Bill Newcott On January 3, 2014 @ 10:34 am In Entertainment | Comments Disabled

The movie studios expect you to stay home and watch football this weekend, so there’s not much new out there. But the always-wonderful Geoffrey Rush turns up in a romantic thriller with an intriguing premise, and three terrific holdovers from last weekend should help you start your New Year right.

 

The New Stuff:

 

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The Best Offer
Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech [2], Shine) stars as an art expert who accepts a job appraising the collection of a reclusive woman (Sylvia Hoeks) who refuses to be seen; she speaks with him from behind a closed door in her ornate home. Of course, a woman of mystery like that will always lead you down a dark, dramatic path (at least in the movies), and this one is no exception. Rush is superb as the meticulous eccentric who finds his well-ordered life spiraling out of control, and Donald Sutherland is a welcome presence as an art world colleague. It’s all directed by the great Italian filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore (his first English-language film), whose Cinema Paradisio remains many folks’ favorite film about the magic of the movies.

 

Saving Mr. Banks
Tom Hanks [3] is Walt Disney and Emma Thompson [4] is Mary Poppins creator P.L. Travers in this magical (and allegedly true) story of how Uncle Walt convinced P.L. to let him bring her creation to the screen. If Thompson lays the prim-and-proper schtick on a bit thick, and if Hanks plays Disney as something of a homespun cartoon of the real mogul, it only adds to the film’s mythical quality. They provide just the right dose of sugar to help the historical medicine go down. FULL REVIEW [5]

 

 

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Director/star Ben Stiller [7]celebrates the mystery of imagination, the wonder of real-life, and the point at which they intersect in this spectacular comedy adventure loosely based on the classic James Thurber short story. Kristin Wiig [8] plays the adorable object of Mitty’s affection, Shirley MacLaine [9] cameos as the hero’s loving mom, and Sean Penn [10] pops up in a brief but pivotal role as a globetrotting photographer. FULL REVIEW [11]

 

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The Wolf of Wall Street
Teaming for the fifth time with Leonardo DiCaprio, director Martin Scorsese [13] lets loose a cannonade of  sex, drugs, and no-holds-barred avarice in telling the mostly true story of a New York stockbroker who made an outrageous fortune by swindling investors in the 1980s and ’90s. Like his central character, Scorsese once again proves that nothing succeeds like excess. FULL REVIEW [14]

 

MOVIES FOR GROWNUPS YOU TUBE SHOW

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On this week’s show, preview the latest theatrical, DVD and Video On Demand releases…and as a special bonus see Casey Kasem in his towering movie achievement!

 

 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 [16] to Django Unchained have shown us the evils of slavery; 12 Years a Slave makes us feel the lash. FULL REVIEW [17]

About Time [18]
We’d watch the delightfully quirky Bill Nighy (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel [19]) if he were handing out food samples at Costco. Here he has to tell his son (Domhnall Gleeson)that 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 [20]

All Is Lost [21]
Robert Redford [22] has been a movie star for so long it’s easy to forget he’s also a great screen actor [23]. 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

American Hustle [24]
You won’t have more fun at the movies than you’ll find here with Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Louis C.K [25]. and Jennifer Lawrence as assorted con artists and Feds conspiring to bring down crooked politicians in the 1980s Abscam scandal. “Some of this actually happened,” the title card reads, but we have a feeling writer/director David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook [26]) made up all the more hilarious stuff. FULL REVIEW [27]

Anchorman II
Director Adam McCay and star Will Ferrell  [28]swore that the sequel to their 2004 comedy wouldn’t recycle any old gags; the only problem with that is the two films’ premise IS the gag. Pompous idiot/news anchor Ron Burgundy is the same old blowhard, and his sidekicks are the same old lovable-as-they-are-clueless posse. Go, have fun, but understand this is just a very welcome addendum to the original.

The Book Thief [29]
Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech [2]) and Emilly Watson (War Horse [30]) play the foster parents of a spunky young girl (Sophie Nelisse) who develops a passionate love for books 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 [31]

Captain Phillips [32]
Tom Hanks [33] 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 [3]

Dallas Buyers Club [34]
At the height of the 1980s AIDS epidemic [35], 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 his compelling performance.

Enough Said
We’ll never forget the late James Gandolfini  [36]as the conflicted mobster of The Sopranos, but in this romantic comedy he’s positively cuddly. Julia Louis-Dreyfus [37] plays a woman who discovers that the man of her dreams (Gandolfini) is the ex-hubby of her new close friend.

Frozen [38]
By now the animation wizards at Disney have this spunky-young-woman-defeats-evil thing down pat, but the real reason to duck into this film is the cartoon short that precedes it. Get a Horse!  [39]is a hand-drawn Mickey Mouse cartoon done in the early Disney style circa Steamboat Willie. Director Dorothy McKim even uses archival recordings of Walt Disney [40] himself providing the voice of the world’s favorite rodent.

>> Get entertainment and dining discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. [41]

Gravity [42]
Stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney [43] 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 [44]

Her [45]
What happens if you love your technology just a tad too much? Joaquin Phoenix finds out when he falls hard for the seductive female voice (Scarlett Johansson) in his computer operating system. Writer/director Spike Jonze creates a compelling portrait of a near future when people would rather interact with their machines than each other.

Inside Llewyn Davis [46]
Writer/directors Joel and Ethan Coen’s most balanced movie ever is a fond look at the early 1960s Greenwich Villlage folk music scene—a moment or two before Bob Dylan [47] turned up and changed everything with his blend of folk and rock. Oscar Isaac is irresistibly mopey as the title character, a struggling folkie for whom suffering is an end to itself. But the real treat comes about halfway through, when Llewlyn hitches a ride to Chicago with a blustery, bloated blues musician played with great aplomb by John Goodman. FULL REVIEW [48]

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom [49]
In any other year, Idris Elba’s towering performance as Nelson Mandela [50] would land him on anyone’s Best Actor Oscar shortlist. Alas, the dance card is probably already full this time around, but that’s no reason to miss Elba tracing the life of the South African legend from young adulthood through his 27-year imprisonment. Naomie Harris [51] is at times chillingly intense as his wife Winnie, and director Justin Chadwick (The First Grader [52]) continues his love affair with inspiring, true African stories.

Nebraska [53]
In a career-defining performance, Bruce Dern is a slightly befuddled fellow who’s convinced he’s won $1 million in a sweepstakes. Will Forte is the good son who offers to drive him from Montana to Nebraska to claim the dubious prize. Amazing performances all around, directed by Alexander Payne (The Descendants [54], About Schmidt). FULL REVIEW [55]

Out of the Furnace
Christian Bale [56] and Casey Affleck duke it out for acting Oscar nominations in this flint-edged story of two brothers raised in a Pennsylvania steel mill town. When a stab at backwoods boxing goes horribly wrong for one of them, the other stumbles to the rescue, encountering along the way a truly scary hillbilly, played with restrained sociopathic finesse by Woody Harrelson [57].

Philomena [58]
In a season of extraordinary acting accomplishments, Judi Dench [59] gives the performance of a lifetime as the title character, a woman seeking the son she gave up as a child. Steve Coogan, who also wrote the film’s moving and disarmingly funny script, costars as the investigative reporter who helps unravel the tangle of deceit and corruption that very nearly choked off the truth behind Philomena’s quest. Based on a true story. FULL REVIEW [60]


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[1] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCfXq3nFDUM

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

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

[4] Emma Thompson: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-12-2013/emma-thompson-mary-poppins-saving-mr-banks.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[5] FULL REVIEW: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-12-2013/tom-hanks-saving-mr-banks-movie-review.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[6] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTWPbgh5eiA

[7] Ben Stiller : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNhQoyIIZbQ&list=PLNAPiFUA5JtHrVgavU5FWwgC-VpjQYu2l&index=5

[8] Kristin Wiig: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1325419/

[9] Shirley MacLaine: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/books/info-2007/sageing_while_ageing_review.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[10] Sean Penn: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-08-2010/sean-penn-birthday-big-five-oh.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[11] FULL REVIEW: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-12-2013/ben-stiller-the-secret-life-of-walter-mitty-movie-review.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[12] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iszwuX1AK6A

[13] Martin Scorsese: http://photogallery.indiatimes.com/awards/awards-and-honours/grownups-awards-/Grownups-Awards/articleshow/11804224.cms

[14] FULL REVIEW: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-12-2013/leonardo-dicaprio-wolf-wall-street-movie-review.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[15] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCOEKXzITzY

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

[17] 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

[18] About Time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2PUMA6nFWk

[19] The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-05-2012/audio-marigold-hotel-movies-for-grownups.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[20] FULL REVIEW: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-11-2013/rachel-mccadams-about-time-movie-review-trailer.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

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

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

[23] 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

[24] American Hustle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqgjPRNRDSY

[25] Louis C.K: http://blog.aarp.org/2012/09/24/grownup-talent-shines-at-64th-primetime-emmys/

[26] Silver Linings Playbook: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-12-2012/review-silver-linings-playbook-shines.html

[27] FULL REVIEW: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-12-2013/american-hustle-review-movie-trailer.html

[28] Will Ferrell : http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-03-2012/casa-de-mi-padre-movie-review.html

[29] The Book Thief: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMVa2bMhro4

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

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

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

[33] 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

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

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

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

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

[38] Frozen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_qR8YR6WeU

[39] Get a Horse! : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sw965Xye8Rk

[40] Walt Disney: http://blog.aarp.org/2012/06/07/the-day-walt-disney-warned-ray-bradbury-wed-kill-each-other/

[41] >> Get entertainment and dining discounts with your AARP Member Advantages.: http://discounts.aarp.org/savings/discounts/dining-andamp;-entertainment/uSource/HCTN/categoryId/724/subCategoryId/725?intcmp=AE-BL-ENT-DISC

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

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

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

[45] Her: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ne6p6MfLBxc

[46] Inside Llewyn Davis: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmyglO2Zr0E

[47] Bob Dylan: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/music/info-03-2011/bob-dylan-birthday-tribute.html

[48] FULL REVIEW: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-12-2013/coen-brothers-inside-llewyn-davis-movie-review.html

[49] Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-QrbMuDV08

[50] Nelson Mandela: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/11/13/the-men-whove-played-mandela/

[51] Naomie Harris: http://moviesforgrownups.podbean.com/2011/05/31/the-first-grader/

[52] The First Grader: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-05-2011/movies-for-grownups-review-the-first-grader.html

[53] Nebraska: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkdl8QBmoIo

[54] The Descendants: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-11-2011/the-descendants-movie-review.html

[55] FULL REVIEW: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-11-2013/bruce-dern-will-forte-nebraska-movie-review.html

[56] Christian Bale: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-07-2012/the-dark-knight-rises.html

[57] Woody Harrelson: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-10-2012/movie-review-seven-psychopaths.html

[58] Philomena: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFQctZ-Mhc4

[59] Judi Dench: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-02-2013/movies-for-grownups-awards-list.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[60] FULL REVIEW: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-11-2013/judi-dench-review-philomena-movie-trailer.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

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