Movies & TV

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

Weekend: Pacino Gets Humbled; Costner Gets Grampy

Two new films really work out their stars: Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer get into a tug of war over a little girl, while Al Pacino wrestles with reality. Beyond that, it’s time to catch up on your Oscar hopefuls in anticipation of the February 22 Academy Awards.   Black or White In this corner, ladies and gentlemen, it’s Kevin Costner as an L.A. lawyer fighting to keep custody of the mixed-race granddaughter he has raised from infancy. And in …

Where Will Hollywood’s Hottest Be Monday? With AARP

Oscar winners and hopefuls as well as some of 2014’s most delightful performers will collect their Movies for Grownups awards Monday at AARP The Magazine’s annual gala in Beverly Hills, Calif. With Chef star John Leguizamo as host and Kevin Costner as recipient of the Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award, the gala celebrates the best of films with special relevance and appeal to the 50+ audience. Expected among the stars on the red carpet at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel are two performers who won Screen Actors Guild awards last weekend and are considered …

Snipers, Bears and Robots (Not All in One Movie, Alas!)

The heart of awards season makes this weekend the perfect time to catch up on Oscar-nominated films and actors. Many of these happen to be Movies for Grownups award winners as well!   American Sniper Director Clint Eastwood’s film about Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, barrels along like a Humvee across the desert, hitting its targets with deadly accuracy before exploding with unexpected emotional force. As Kyle, Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) is a revelation, portraying …

This Weekend: Oprah Winfrey Gives a History Lesson

In Theaters: A stirring new film explores the searing emotions—and cold-blooded politics—that surrounded Rev. Martin Luther King’s 1965 Selma march. Selma Focusing on a pjvotal three-month period in 1965, this stirring historical drama follows Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) as he lays the groundwork for his epic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Oyelowo uncannily channels King’s appearance, manner of speech and quiet charisma. As his wife, Coretta, Carmen Ejogo evokes a woman watching the bonds …

Best New Year’s Eve Movies

For our third Movies for Grownups Radio Show, back in 2003, we celebrated the arrival of 2004 with this rundown of our favorite New Year’s Eve movies. Still a pretty good list. What would you add? Featured image: MGM         Also of Interest Christian Bale and Joaquin Phoenix Stick It to The Man Famous Child Stars — Where Are They Now? Get free assistance with tax-return preparation from Tax-Aide Join AARP: savings, resources and news for your well-being …

Spend the Holidays with Hollywood’s Best

In Theaters: Hollywood’s taking a breather before launching its Great Christmas Day Movie Blast, but there are still plenty of Oscar hopefuls to catch on the big screen. At Home: Woody Allen, Jane Fonda and Helen Mirren are all vying to keep you company while you’re wrapping presents. Mr. Turner Grunting and lurching through the streets of Victorian England, Timothy Spall brings uncanny life to the role of J.M.W. Turner, the eccentric painter whose dreamy, misty landscapes pointed the way …