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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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Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview March 28

Posted on 03/27/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentPick your movie hero this weekend: A real-life social crusader; a Biblical shipbuilder; or a DEA agent with forearms like telephone poles. Also see what’s new on DVD and on demand down below. Cesar Chavez Michael Pena stars as the legendary farm workers’ union leader, and despite the inspiring lessons of the man’s life, director Diego Luna’s films is oddly dispassionate. The film falls victim to the fate that swallows too many film biographies: It’s so in love with the …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview March 21

Posted on 03/21/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentWhen we say there’s something for everyone this weekend, we’re not kidding: You’ve got the world’s most beloved puppets, a mob crime drama, and an explicit exploration of the life of a sex addict.   Muppets Most Wanted The Muppets were born smack dab in the middle of the 1950s, and their fellow Boomers have grown to know exactly what to expect from the felt-skinned crew: Smart send-ups of pop culture, outrageous wordplay, and a safe sort of anarchism that …

5 questions for Resurrection’s Frances Fisher

Posted on 03/7/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentFrances Fisher is all over the place these days; besides her new ABC TV series Resurrection, premiering Sunday March 7, she was a recent guest star on the network’s popular Castle, and next month she costars in a movie, The M Word. Already, Resurrection—the story of some long-dead people from a small Missouri town who have apparently returned—is getting Lost-like buzz. Fisher plays a 60-something mother whose 8-year-old son drowned 30 years before (her husband is played by That 70s Show veteran …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview March 7

Posted on 03/6/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentWes Anderson devotees are rewarded with the director’s most fully realized film The Grand Budapest Hotel and boomer cartoon buffs get a surprisingly satisfying update of a ’60 TV classic in Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Also, it’s the last week to catch many of the Oscar winners in theaters before they go to home video—and you owe it to yourself to see them on a big screen if possible.   The Grand Budapest Hotel No filmmaker has a more fierce …

Why Watch the Oscars? For the Boomer Stars, Of Course!

Posted on 02/28/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentThe diamonds may blind you, the designer fashions may dazzle you, and the collective cosmetic surgery bill would probably buy health care for the entire nation of Rwanda. But when it comes to the movies being honored at the Oscars Sunday night, one thing is refreshingly true: It’s not about the money. Seldom has such a grown-up batch of films been nominated for Best Picture without regard for box office performance. In fact, the total take for the lower two-thirds of …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview: Feb. 28

Posted on 02/27/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentFor movie lovers, Oscar Weekend is better than the Super Bowl. Few television events draw an international audience in real time anymore but Oscars is expected to bring some 40 million viewers.  Of course being up to speed on all the movies is part of the fun. Throw in a matinee or two and you  can still see most of this year’s top nominees in theaters before the ceremony Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC. If you’d rather see …