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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 Christmas Weekend Preview

Posted on 12/24/2013 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentTwo new family-friendly stocking stuffers—plus one over-the-top lump of white-hot coal from Martin Scorsese—provide perfect reasons to get out of the house this Holiday season.  The New Stuff:   Saving Mr. Banks Tom Hanks is Walt Disney and Emma Thompson is Mary Poppins creator P.L. Travers in this magical (and allegedly true) story of how Uncle Walt convinced P.L. to let him bring her creation to the screen. If Thompson lays the prim-and-proper schtick on a bit thick, and if Hanks plays Disney …

The Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview: Dec. 20

Posted on 12/20/2013 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentThree blasts from the past and one wry look at our not-too-distant-future make this a particularly rich grownup movie weekend.    The New Stuff:   American Hustle You won’t have more fun at the movies than you’ll find here with Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Louis C.K. and Jennifer Lawrence as assorted con artists and Feds conspiring to bring down crooked politicians in the 1980s Abscam scandal. “Some of this actually happened,” the title card reads, but we have …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview: Dec. 13

Posted on 12/13/2013 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentJust wait ’til next week, when Santa drops a sackfull of blockbusters on your local multiplex. In the meantime, the wonderful Inside Llewyn Davis (reviewed last week) moves from just a handful of theaters to a whole bunch of them…and one gritty new family/crime drama showcases some of the year’s finest performances.  The New Stuff: Out of the Furnace Christian Bale and Casey Affleck duke it out for acting Oscar nominations in this flint-edged story of two brothers raised in …

Tyler Perry Delivers A Christmas Present

Posted on 12/11/2013 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentTyler Perry has known Madea for fifteen years now, but he confesses that she still can surprise him. “There are moments when her jokes come up, and I find myself laughing as I hear them,” says Perry, who created the outspoken southern matriarch in a 1999 play, I Can Do Bad All By Myself. He has since played Madea (pronounded Muh-DEE-uh) in nine plays and seven films—including his newest, A Madea Christmas. Madea is foul-mouthed and ill-tempered—and unrepentant about both. …

2013 Holiday Films: No Classics, But Good Stories

Posted on 12/6/2013 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentRemember when December was the time for Christmas movies? I’m not talking about on TV, where each year the networks re-roast old holiday chestnuts starring Rudolph and Charlie Brown and unwrap new specials they hope (in vain) will become annual traditions. No, I mean in theaters, where you could once find honest-to-goodness big-screen Christmas flicks like White Christmas and A Christmas Story and even National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. I’m told the globalization of the movie industry has helped to put …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Update: Dec. 6

Posted on 12/5/2013 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentJust one bona fide grownup movie opening this weekend, but it’s a doozey: The return of the Coen Brothers and their favorite cameo star, John Goodman.  The New Stuff:     Inside Llewyn Davis Filmmaker brothers Joel and Ethan Coen made their name as outrageous geniuses (Raising Arizona; O, Brother Where Art Thou?; No Country for Old Men), but this time they’ve dampened their quirky tendencies—and created what may be their most balanced movie ever. Inside Llewyn Davis is a …