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

Arnold’s Back — and So Is Jack Nicholson

Arnold Schwarzenegger is back in theaters in full-on android mode, but your best bets this weekend may be three fine films on home video — two from this year, the other a golden oldie.  Signifies a Movies for Grownups Critic’s Pick   Terminator Genisys When Arnold Schwarzenegger said “I’ll be back!” in The Terminator in 1984, no one thought he meant, “in 31 years or so!” Yet here Der Groovenator is again, trying to prove he’s not obsolete while battling a new …

This Weekend: Ruffalo and the Stones

It won’t put a dent in the long-awaited return of Seth MacFarlane’s famously foul-mouthed teddy bear, but Infinitely Polar Bear — the quirky, warm-hearted story of a family coping with mental illness — is this week’s best grownup bet in theaters. At home, the Rolling Stones party like it’s 1971.   Signifies a Movies for Grownups Critic’s Pick    Infinitely Polar Bear Mark Ruffalo is irresistible as a Boston father struggling with bipolar disorder while raising two spirited daughters. Writer-director Maya Forbes based the …

Glen Campbell’s Memorable Film Comes to CNN

When country-music legend Glen Campbell and his wife, Kim, revealed in 2011 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he was hailed as a man of courage and a role model for everyone living under the shadow of the memory-robbing condition. Campbell’s follow-up, a poignant 2012 farewell tour that ended only when he could no longer perform, became a critically acclaimed documentary, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me. CNN will broadcast the film — twice — on Sunday, starting at 9 …

Weekend: Emotions Run High; Liam Runs All Night

An Oscar-worthy animated film for grownups dominates theaters this weekend, while a tuneful documentary about the 1960s’ most successful (yet unknown) band will have you dancing in your TV room. Inside Out A monumental triumph for Disney/Pixar, this animated film burrows into the mind of a tween girl named Riley, where we meet her emotions: perky Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), trembling Fear (Bill Hader), eye-rolling Disgust (Mindy Kaling), fiery Anger (Lewis Black) and short, misfit Sadness (Phyllis Smith). Part adventure story, …

Weekend: Dinos Dash, Garbo Laughs

Sprawling dino disasters and finely observed teen friendships give moviegoers a fun choice in theaters this weekend. At home, meanwhile, spies, golfers and a classic 1930s romance all provide excellent excuses to stay in (and out of the heat!).   Jurassic World Twenty-two years have passed since the unfortunate events on Isla Nublar, and a new generation has finally opened a brand-new theme park there, featuring genetically cloned dinosaurs. Humanity’s hubris, by contrast, has changed not one bit in the intervening decades, so …

Beach Boys and Bad Boys Heat Up the Weekend

One of the best movies of the year brings the Beach Boys to theaters this week, while those bad boys from Queens are back in Tinseltown. At home, a classic musical is restored to its full length for the first time.     Love & Mercy Paul Dano and John Cusack both star as Beach Boy Brian Wilson — at different stages of his troubled life — in this heartfelt and tuneful biopic. The actors have very different takes on their …