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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: Jan. 24

Posted on 01/23/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentIt’s the slowest movie weekend of the year, and as the cops like to say at a crime scene, “Nothing to see here, folks.” We will give a little shoutout to I, Frankenstein—in which the studio has so little faith they won’t let critics see it—because it features one of our favorite grownup actors, Bill Nighy. But really, this is the perfect weekend to catch up on the Oscar hopefuls you’ve missed. The New Stuff:  I, Frankenstein Turns out all …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview: Jan. 17

Posted on 01/17/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentOut of the muck of typical January movie studio throwaways rises a first-rate action thriller from director/costar Kenneth Branagh.   The New Stuff:  Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Tom Clancy’s true-blue CIA agent returns to the screen for a fifth go-round, this time starring Chris Pine in the title role (following in the footsteps of Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck). Pine plays a younger version of Ryan, recruited into the spy biz by a charmingly convincing Kevin Costner. Soon …

Veteran Stars Take a Spin with The Golden Globes

Posted on 01/10/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentMy favorite part of award shows is  that moment before the winners are announced, when they show all the nominees on a split screen. You can usually tell the seasoned veterans: While the newbies sweat and tremble, the older stars sit there, totally cool, enjoying that last second or so of being “hopefuls,” ready to spring to the podium … and equally ready not to. That’s because most of them have been through this mill before. And the longer you’re …

Stiff Upper Lips Rejoice: ‘Downton Abbey’ Returns

Posted on 01/3/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentThe holidays are over, but to an awful lot of TV viewers Downton Abbey creator/writer Julian Fellowes is Santa Claus and this weekend’s season premiere is their most anticipated Christmas present of the year. Of course, Fellowes did leave fans with a rather unpleasant lump of coal at the end of last year’s finale.  We’d all been tipped that a major character was going to go to that great Afternoon Tea in the Sky, but virtually no one was prepared …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview: Jan. 3

Posted on 01/3/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentThe movie studios expect you to stay home and watch football this weekend, so there’s not much new out there. But the always-wonderful Geoffrey Rush turns up in a romantic thriller with an intriguing premise, and three terrific holdovers from last weekend should help you start your New Year right.   The New Stuff:   The Best Offer Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech, Shine) stars as an art expert who accepts a job appraising the collection of a reclusive …

Three Classic New Year’s Eve Movies

Posted on 12/31/2013 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentHere’s one of the first Movies for Grownups Radio Shows we ever did—10 years ago in 2003. But the list of my favorite New Year’s Eve movies still stands up!