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

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John Lithgow, Bruce Willis Anchor a Men’s Movie Weekend

Posted on 08/21/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentIs this a trend? Last week’s movies were mostly guy-oriented, and this week’s top films follow suit: There’s a tale of modern love featuring two beloved male stars, a real-life story of true football greatness and a testosterone-laden action spectacle. Shall we chalk it up to male pattern boldness?   Love Is Strange Two of the screen’s finest actors, John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, bring warmth and humor to a modern yet timeless love story. They play a couple who’ve …

Stallone’s in ‘Expendables’; Bridges is ‘The Giver’

Posted on 08/14/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentIt’s a man’s world this weekend: Jeff Bridges tries to save it, Sly Stallone tries to blow it up, and two very funny friends try to eat their way through it.   The Giver Stern elder Meryl Streep runs a future where older folks and undersized babies get “released” to “Elsewhere” (which is supposed to sound warm and reassuring, but not to those of us who’ve seen Logan’s Run or Soylent Green). Also, the world’s painful history has been erased …

Hollywood Legend Lauren Bacall Dies at 89

Posted on 08/13/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

LegacyHer résumé read “actress,” but Lauren Bacall was first and foremost a Hollywood movie star. Arriving in L.A. with her mother in 1942 and before speaking a line on film, the young New York model perfected the smoky, sexy voice that would become her trademark. On her own, Bacall, who died Aug. 12, figured out how to plant her chin against her long neck, look upward into the camera with those heavy-lidded eyes, and give what became known simply as “The Look.” …

Robin Williams: Our Funny, Troubled Cousin

Posted on 08/12/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

Entertainment | LegacyThe report that Robin Williams had died on Aug. 11 of an apparent suicide by asphyxiation came like that dreaded phone call, the bad news regarding a friend or relative about whom you’ve long feared the worst. >> Robin Williams’ 10 Unforgettable Roles If celebrities have become something of an extended family to us, Robin was the cousin we instinctively worried about. We knew of his cocaine addiction in the 1980s; about his hospitalization for alcoholism in 2006. And although we never heard much …

Weekend Preview: Helen Mirren, Twisters and Ninja Turtles

Posted on 08/6/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentThank goodness for Helen Mirren; without her there’d be almost nothing new for grown-up movie lovers to see this weekend. Besides Dame Helen’s latest offering (The Hundred-Foot Journey), this looks like a good time to catch up on summer’s best offerings, including Get on Up, Calvary and Boyhood.   The Hundred-Foot Journey Helen Mirren is a snooty French chef; veteran Indian star Om Puri (East Is East) is the immigrant who opens an authentic Mumbai-style restaurant, replete with secret spices …

What to See This Weekend: Guardians Rule, Funk King Boogies

Posted on 07/30/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentThe best movie weekend of the summer is upon us! So buy yourself a day pass to the multiplex and relish the rousing biography of a music legend, a new sci-fi classic and an intimately focused drama with a devastating punch.   Get on Up Chadwick Boseman (Jackie Robinson in 42) makes playing The Hardest-Working Man in Show Business seem easy in this spectacular, funk-driven biography of James Brown. The soundtrack is the genuine Brown, but Boseman nails his Mashed …