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

This Weekend: Get Away With Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton

Rob Reiner returns with a warm-hearted grownup romance; Woody Allen introduces us to a beautiful seer who might be a fake; and Morgan Freeman frets as Scarlett Johansson kicks some serious bad-guy butt.     And So It Goes Twenty-five years after he arranged for Harry to meet Sally, director Rob Reiner proves that his take on grownup love has grown richer with time. A sharp comedy with an ear tuned to the bittersweet cadences of mature romance, And So …

‘Alive Inside’: Music + Alzheimer’s = Miracle

  When you speak, you’re mainly using the left hemisphere of your brain. When you look at a painting, it’s the rear of your brain that perceives what you’re seeing. But the brain has no precise center for music. When you listen to music you love, all your gray matter gets into the act: Do a scan of a brain listening to music and virtually the entire thing starts to glow, like embers in a warm hearth. That brain-wide embrace of music …

Zach Braff and ‘Boyhood’ Top This Weekend’s Movies

Parents and children do their eternal dance of mutual misunderstanding in two of this week’s best films; the rest range from a gentle romantic fantasy to a cautionary apocalyptic tale.     Boyhood In 2002, writer-director Richard Linklater wrote a script about a young boy’s life from age 6 to his late teens. He filmed it over the ensuing 12 years, letting his actors literally grow into their parts. Sure, the nearly three-hour Boyhood could stand some trimming, but it’s …

“Boyhood”: A Film 12 Years in the Making

There’s never been a movie quite like Boyhood, writer-director Richard Linklater’s intimate epic about a boy’s life from ages 6 to 18. Linklater started filming in 2002, having hired a young actor named Ellar Coltrane for the lead role and veteran stars Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke to play his parents. Once every year or so, they’d all get together in Texas to film a few scenes, chronicling another chapter in the characters’ lives. The kid goes to school, encounters …

Weekend Movie Choices Include New ‘Planet of the Apes’

Chimps will be champs at the box office this weekend. But a vengeful dad and four damaged friends are also vying for their share of summer moviegoers.   Dawn of the Planet of the Apes It’s been a decade or so since apes and humans reached a fragile peace. But the winds of war are whipping across San Francisco Bay, and despite the best efforts of a human-loving chimp named Caesar (Andy Serkis), a band of urban gorillas may be …

IPod + Alzheimer’s = Miracle! (Plus More New Documentaries)

  Alive Inside (Theaters, July 18) Can music do more to help Alzheimer’s patients than any medication? Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit Music & Memory, makes his case for the affirmative in this deeply moving film in which  patients-some of them unresponsive for years-flicker to life (and sometimes explode into song) the moment they hear music from their past. You’ll rush from the theater to buy an iPod for someone you know.     Life Itself (Theaters, July 4) …