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

Weekend: Rambling with Redford; Downloading Steve Jobs

Too much Labor Day sun is bad for your skin, so seek refuge in a nice, dark theater: You’ll be in good company with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, or get a kick out of watching what made Steve Jobs tick.   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 …

Thompson to Redford: “Work with Me Again — Or Else!”

Oscar winner Emma Thompson costars as Robert Redford’s wife in A Walk in the Woods. It’s the screen version of the wildly popular 1998 book of the same name, in which Bill Bryson recounted his failed attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail in its entirety (2,168 miles). We talked to Thompson about her role in the film, her dreams of adventure and why — if Redford knows what’s good for him — he’ll will make another movie with her soon. …

It’s an All-Owen-Wilson Weekend

This weekend’s theater news: Meet three global survivors…two very different Owen Wilsons…and one exasperated housekeeper. …and in home-viewing news: Steve McQueen trades his race cars for a jalopy…and a ripped-from-the-headlines documentary drives home some controversial points.   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 (“You don’t joke …

Stars in Cars: Lily Tomlin and Ben Kingsley

Star power fuels this weekend’s theatrical grownup movies: Lily Tomlin, Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley and Pierce Brosnan all headline new films. At home, nostalgia rules: Check out vintage films from Truffaut, the Disney studios…and one of Hollywood’s most beloved bad directors, William “One Shot” Beaudine.   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 …

‘U.N.C.L.E.’ Is Hip; ‘Compton’ Hops

In theaters, revisit ’60s glitz and ’80s grit. At home, get the inside story of two TV legends.   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. 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.   Straight Outta Compton Director F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job) chronicles …

Meryl’s a Rocker; Bacon’s a Bad Copper

In theaters, Meryl Streep rocks out in a family dramedy and Kevin Bacon sizzles as a bad cop. At home, imagine the chances of this: Two new DVDs debut a moody film starring Tom Hardy…and a period piece based on a novel by Thomas Hardy. Hardy har-har!     Designates a Movies for Grownups Critic’s Choice   Ricki and the Flash Meryl Streep stars as a third-tier rocker who returns for a visit with her ex-hubby (Kevin Kline) and grown …