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

‘Pixels’: Game Over

Slim pickin’s in theaters this weekend; if rain forces you into a multiplex, choose something from our “Still Out There” list, below. Southpaw Southpaw yearns to be On the Waterfront or Raging Bull, but it’s not even a contenduh. Jake Gyllenhaal transforms himself to play Billy “The Great” Hope, but his scarred muscle mass and punch-drunken slurring can’t excuse the predictable script and derivative characters.   Pixels When 1980s video-game characters try to destroy the world, only a team of middle-age former gamers …

Woody, Sherlock, or Ant-Man? The Choice Is Elementary

Woody Allen lets us down, but Ian McKellen and Paul Rudd pick us up as two very different heroes. At home, the second Marigold Hotel entry checks in with its appealing cast…and a classic of world cinema gets a pristine new release.  Designates a Movies for Grownups Critic’s Choice   Irrational Man At the stage where he’s equally likely to produce a modern classic (Midnight in Paris) or a forgettable trifle (Magic in the Moonlight), we never know which Woody Allen will …

The Last Film of Robin Williams (and Ronald Reagan, Too)

Robin Williams left several movies on the shelf when he died last year, and his final dramatic performance highlights this weekend’s theatrical films. At home, catch Helen Mirren tracking down art stolen by Nazis, Kevin Spacey as a U.S. President and Ronald Reagan before he became one.    Designates a Movies for Grownups Critic’s Choice   Boulevard In his final screen role Robin Williams plays a banker, long married to a devoted wife (Kathy Baker), who represses his true sexuality his …

When Judi Dench & Co. Revisited ‘Marigold Hotel’

As The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel comes to DVD and Blu-ray, you’d think making a sequel to the smash 2011 original must have been a foregone conclusion. Not so. In fact, back in 2011 it seemed especially unlikely to director John Madden and his all-star cast as they struggled to film the last scene of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Everyone was gathered in a sun-bleached hotel courtyard that offered nothing but difficult camera angles and tough lighting challenges. One …

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 …