Movies & TV

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

A Date with Tina Turner and Joan Allen’s Tale of Two Moms

Tina Turner Lends an Ear The Hear the World Foundation, which promotes hearing health around the planet, just let us riffle their 2016 Celebrity Calendar, with photos by singer Bryan Adams. Among the celebs: Rosamund Pike, Naomie Harris, director Wim Wenders…and Miss June, the legendary Tina Turner.   Dorothy’s Dress: We’re Not in K-Mart Any More! A blue gingham dress worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz just sold for $1.56 million at a New York auction. If you’re …

Incoming: Sally Field; Out Now: Julia Roberts

Sally Rides Again Roadside Attractions gave us a sneak peek at the poster for Sally Field’s new movie, Hello, My Name Is Doris, opening in March. Understandably, we love the tag line: “She’s not ready to act her age.” From the looks of the poster and trailer, Doris — with her oversize hair bow and zany outfits — might be a welcome return to the big-hearted characters Field created for classics like Forrest Gump, Steel Magnolias and Norma Rae.   The New …

A Perfect Weekend for Man-Made Disasters

In theaters, two major films continue the season’s flood of true-life stories, while two others explore the dynamics of troubled families. At home, a sitcom classic gets the box-set treatment — and an immortal detective solves one last case.    Designates a Movies for Grownups Editors’ Choice   Trumbo Bryan Cranston is compelling as Dalton Trumbo, a screenwriter jailed and blacklisted during the Red Scare of the 1940s. The film resists demonizing Hollywood commie-hunters in favor of showing how polarizing …

Weekend: Bond, Beatles, Boston — and Charlie Brown

An instant classic, the newest James Bond movie and a visit with favorite old comic-strip pals make this a good weekend to hit the cineplex. You homebodies, meanwhile, can curl up with the Beatles and two of the year’s most memorable films.    Designates a Movies for Grownups Editors’ Choice   Spotlight This is one of the year’s best films. Like the crusading newspapermen and -women it honors, Spotlight doesn’t shut down until it gets the story right. Michael Keaton …

Weekend: Big-Name Bombs and an Indie Gem

Two big-studio misfires take up theater space this weekend. What to do? Catch a surprisingly charming documentary about a 1950s screen icon, or catch up on some Oscar hopefuls still out there. Designates a Movies for Grownups Editors’ Choice   Our Brand Is Crisis Sandra Bullock’s new film about American political strategists helping a Bolivian presidential candidate rebrand himself could have been a funny film that made a serious statement about politics. As it is, Crisis mopes along with a …

Tab Hunter: Confidentially, He’s Still Got It

  The younger cohort could be forgiven if they didn’t recognize the name of the film’s subject at the screening of Tab Hunter Confidential at Virginia’s Middleburg Film Festival. Tab Hunter, Warner Brothers’ biggest box-office star for four straight years in the late 1950s, saw his big-screen career start to sink while JFK was still President. But for those who saw Hunter’s remarkable life story unspool on screen — and especially for those who stuck around while Hunter answered questions …