Movies & TV

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

Weekend: Love Behind Locked Doors and the Future Revisited

Arriving in theaters is the powerful but appalling story of a mother’s love for her son, as well as a nonstop Bill Murray romp. At home you can time-travel back to 1985 or a few billion years B.C. Designates a Movies for Grownups Editors’ Choice   Room Bring a hanky. Make that a box of ’em. Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay are extraordinary as a mother and her five-year-old son who escape after being held captive in a single small room …

The Best Movie Weekend of the Year?

  Five compelling new dramas arrive in theaters, joining a full slate of recently opened gems.     Designates a Movies for Grownups Editors’ Choice Bridge of Spies Yes, Steven Spielberg is our latter-day Frank Capra, Tom Hanks is his Jimmy Stewart, and this is their latest triumphant celebration of an Everyman exemplifying everything that makes America great. This time, in a true-life Cold War-era story, Hanks is a modest New York lawyer assigned to negotiate the trade of a Soviet …

Michael Douglas To Receive Career Achievement Award

He’s served as The American President, terrified a generation of men into embracing marital fidelity in Fatal Attraction, and tickled the ivories as Liberace Behind the Candelabra. Now Academy Award winner Michael Douglas is being honored with the 2015 Career Achievement Award from AARP’s Movies for Grownups. “With a career spanning more than 50 years, Michael Douglas is one of the most talented and respected actors and producers of our time,” says Bob Love, editor in chief of AARP The Magazine. “He …

It’s All True: The Best of the New York Film Festival

The New York Film Festival got real this year: Nearly every one of its most anxiously awaited entries explored true-life stories we thought we knew, but really didn’t.   Bridge of Spies At a panel discussion before the premiere screening of Steven Spielberg’s taut — and true-life — Cold War drama, Tom Hanks recalled how he and costar Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall), who plays accused Russian spy Rudolf Abel, did some impromptu prep work for the New York shoot: “I …

Weekend: Three Stories of Survival

In theaters this weekend: Three people walk their own personal tightropes. At home: Men (and a woman) of action.   Designates a Movies for Grownups Editors’ Choice     The Martian NASA’s announcement this week that there’s flowing water on Mars would have been good news for Mark Watney (Matt Damon), the NASA astronaut stranded on the Red Planet in director Ridley Scott’s instant sci-fi classic. Damon’s as endearing as ever as the guy who coolly MacGyvers his way through one crisis after another. …

Weekend: De Niro Triggers Guffaws; Blunt Grabs Her Gun

In theaters this weekend: A cool workplace comedy; a searing cop drama. At home: a classic cult musical; a timeless story of young love.   Designates a Movies for Grownups Editors’ Choice   The Intern Robert DeNiro is perfect as a 70-year-old retiree who attacks his boredom by enlisting in a “senior intern” program at a hip online-fashion company. The experienced newcomer has a lot to teach the young whippersnappers — especially company founder Anne Hathaway, scrambling to keep her footing in the office and …