Movies & TV

Bill Newcott is host of AARP's Movies for Grownups. He blogs about movies, television and all things entertainment.

This Week: A Singular Look at Stephen Hawking

In Theaters: A heartfelt look at the burden of genius. At Home: Rob Reiner’s latest. Plus: The first true horror movie looks better than ever.   The Theory of Everything The life of a monumental thinker gets landmark treatment in this superbly acted and lovingly directed biography. Eddie Redmayne plays astrophysicist Stephen Hawking from his carefree college days, through his heartrending descent into Lou Gehrig’s Disease, to his ultimate triumph in the realm of science. Felicity Jones costars as his first …

This Weekend: Steve Carell Wrestles Demons; Jim Carrey Fights Stupidity

In theaters: From a grim drama to some defiantly dumb comedy, we’ve got you covered. At home: Jack Webb gets jazzy; Muhammad Ali plucks our heartstrings. Foxcatcher The true story of two Olympic-wrestler brothers (Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo) who settled into a tragic relationship with a wealthy benefactor (Steve Carell, barely recognizable behind that understated performance and prosthetic nose) should have been a perfect match for director Bennett Miller (Moneyball, Capote). But his two-and-a-half-hour telling drags like a grappler stalling …

This Weekend: Take Up Space with Matthew McConaughey

This week in theaters: A dazzling (if derivative) journey into deep space. At home: A visionary director’s whimsical look at love…Clint Eastwood gets musical…Weird Al breaks through. Interstellar As he transports his intrepid crew of space explorers (including Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway) to a distant black hole, writer-director Christopher Nolan (Inception) nods to sci-fi classics from 2001 to Ziggy Stardust. The results are spectacular, but we’ve grown to expect more originality from this screen visionary.   Elsa & Fred …

Actresses Rule at Morelia Film Fest

It hasn’t been the best year for older actresses in Hollywood, where good roles for 50+ players are as rare as Hyundais on Rodeo Drive. A few hundred miles to the south, however, different story: In the realm of Spanish-language films, older women aren’t just tolerated — they’re celebrated. The beautiful little city of Morelia (the “City of Pink Stones”) lies between Mexico City and the Pacific Coast. It’s a miraculously well-preserved colonial capital with broad avenues, tree-shaded cafés and …

This Weekend: Jake Gyllenhaal Prowls; ‘WKRP’ Sings

In Theaters This Weekend: Just one film to mention, but it’s a doozy: Nightcrawler, a frenetic tale of ambition, greed and the seamy underbelly of TV news. At Home: Finally, the classic sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati arrives with its glorious rock ’n’ roll soul restored.   Nightcrawler Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a wild-eyed go-getter who discovers a local TV producer (Rene Russo) will pay him big bucks for video footage of accidents and crime scenes. When his ambition drives him …

This Weekend: Birdman, Bill Murray, Late-Life Love

In Theaters This Weekend: Bill Murray is an artful codger; Michael Keaton wings his way to Broadway; Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer discover it’s never too late to find love. At Home: Billy Crystal and Pee-wee Herman remember when. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Did Michael Keaton quit the Batman series 22 years ago just so he could one day make this dreamlike film about an actor who walked away from a smash superhero franchise? In the performance …