Weekend: Richard Gere, Homeless; Angie Dickinson, Hot

In theaters, one of our biggest stars plays a homeless man…at home, a fantasy with an intriguing twist on the notion of growing older.

 

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Time Out of Mind
Richard Gere is easily recognizable (and that’s the problem) in this drama about a homeless man trying to restore his relationship with his daughter (Jena Malone). With Ben Vereen, Steve Buscemi and Kyra Sedgwick.

 

checkComing Home
From China comes this searing story of a man (Daoming Chen) who returns from a Cultural Revolution-era prison camp only to find that his wife (Li Gong) no longer remembers him.

 

Sleeping with Other People
Jake (Rob Delaney lookalike Jason Sudeikis) is a hopeless womanizer; Lainey (Alison Brie from Community) is a serial adulterer. The unlikely pair become platonic friends in hopes of straightening themselves out, but mutual attraction intervenes.

 

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Age of Adaline
Never aging a day past 29 sounds sweet — at first. But Blake Lively’s titular character learns it also means watching everyone you love grow old, including your 80-something daughter (a radiant Ellen Burstyn) and your old beau (the ever-dashing Harrison Ford).

Dressed to Kill, 1980 (Criterion Collection)
Brian De Palma goes full-Hitchcock in this stylish, sexy thriller about a shrink (Michael Caine) on the trail of a murderous patient. As a sex-seeking art lover, the 48-year-old Angie Dickinson proved she could moisten any man’s brow with a glance.

Hee Haw Collection
What’s the longest-running comedy-variety show in TV history? This a-pickin’ an’ a-grinnin’ series — inspired by Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, of all things — kept up the banjo licks and corny shtick from 1969 to 1992.

Jeff Lynne’s ELO Live at Hyde Park
Diehard fans of the original symphonic rock band will eat up this concert, in which the Electric Light Orchestra’s founding genius, Jeff Lynne, belts out the group’s greatest hits, among them Telephone Line, Can’t Get It Out of My Head and Evil Woman.

checkGood Kill
Criminally overlooked in theaters, this haunting drama about a drone pilot fighting the Afghan war from a Las Vegas trailer is one of the year’s most important films. EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Ethan Hawke and Andrew Niccol on the Future of War

 

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check The End of the Tour
One-time bad boy Jason Segel is a delightful revelation in this meaty true story of the five-day interview that Infinite Jest author David Foster Wallace gave Rolling Stone writer David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) in 1996. Do not miss it.

Grandma
Lily Tomlin stars as a grandmother trying to help her teenage granddaughter (Julia Garner) pay for an abortion. Crass, combative and vulnerable, Tomlin gives the performance of a lifetime in a film that suggests the planet might improve if all males were abducted by aliens. (FULL REVIEW)Robert Redford and Emma Thompson star as Bill and Cynthia Bryson in Broad Green Pictures upcoming release, A WALK IN THE WOODS.

 

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check  Mr. Holmes
Now 93, a retired Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellen) reopens the one case he could never solve, at the same time befriending the young son of his housekeeper (Laura Linney). McKellen is fun as a man abashed by the legend that has grown up around him. (FULL REVIEW)

check Learning to Drive
She’s an elitist Manhattan literary critic. He’s an Indian cab driver. Together, Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley make a charmingly odd couple in a film about perfect strangers who discover they’re just what the other one needs. (FULL REVIEW)

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Director Guy Ritchie’s fond reimagining of the classic 1960s spy series is set smack in the Cold War. While Henry Cavill channels his inner George Hamilton as dapper Napoleon Solo, Armie Hammer plays Russian spy Illya Kuryakin just the way we envisioned Russkies back then: humorless and musclebound. (FULL REVIEW)

Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation
After parsing the title’s tricky punctuation, taking down an international terror cell should be easy for Tom Cruise & Co. We’ve seen this nonstop whirl of double agents, impossible stunts and breathtaking challenges before, but nobody does it like Tom and the IMF. (FULL REVIEW)

No Escape
Transforming from middle-aged actor to action star, Luke Wilson plays a devoted dad who must rescue his wife (Lake Bell) and two daughters from a machete-wielding horde in an unnamed Asian nation. (With Pierce Brosnan as a hard-drinking, womanizing ex-pat.)

The Second Mother
Brazilian star Regina Casé is brilliant as a housekeeper whose modern-minded daughter comes to stay at the home where she works in São Paulo, only to scandalize Mom and her employers with her disregard for class boundaries.Karen Abercrombie and Priscilla Shirer in War Room.

 

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She’s Funny That Way
Peter Bogdanovich returns to form in this frothy tale of a playwright (Owen Wilson) caught in a love triangle with his wife, her old flame and a heart-of-gold hooker. Jennifer Aniston is funny as a shrink entangled in the mess. And look who else pops up: PB’s old gal pal Cybill Shepherd! (FULL REVIEW)

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine
How inscrutable was Steve Jobs? Even after interviews with some of his closest associates — not to mention the mother of his daughter — documentarian Alex Gibney (Going Clear) can’t quite suss out what made the man at the core of Apple tick.

Straight Outta Compton
Director F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job) chronicles the 1980s growth of hip-hop in this splendidly gritty story of the rise of rap group NWA. The ensemble playing Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, MC Ren and company is perfect, while Paul Giamatti shines as Jerry Heller, the producer who saw artistry in the group’s anger.

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A Walk in the Woods
Robert Redford and Nick Nolte make endearingly quirky hiking companions in this comedy based on Bill Bryson’s 1998 account of his failed quest to walk the Appalachian Trail. (The script and direction, by contrast, feel aimless.) Emma Thompson is so darling as Bryson’s wife, it’s clear he was a nut not to take her along.

War Room
The latest faith-inspired film from the producing/directing team of Alex and Stephen Kendrick (FireproofFacing the Giants) focuses on a family’s efforts to resolve their problems through prayer.

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