Movies & TV

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

MFG Weekend Movie and Video Preview: June 13

Aside from a solemn family drama and a not-all-there sci-fi adventure, this might be the weekend to check out the summer movies you’ve missed in recent weeks.   Lullaby Richard Jenkins stars as a terminal cancer patient who, after 12 years of six-months-to-live prognoses, decides to pull his own plug. Into his hospital room troop his son (Garrett Hedlund), daughter (Jessica Brown Findlay of Downton Abbey) and their mother (Anne Archer) to share regrets and recriminations. Thanks to a terrific …

The Best D-Day Movie You Never Saw

Seventy years ago, 150,000 Allied troops stormed ashore at Normandy. Within hours they had secured a beachhead, and 11 months later Hitler’s Third Reich was in ashes. The largest military operation in history has naturally inspired lots of movies – some classic, some less so. The current edition of AARP The Magazine offers a good list of D-Day movies. It’s headed, of course, by Daryl Zanuck’s 1962 mega-production, The Longest Day. No D-Day movie list I’ve ever seen, though, includes …

MFG Weekend Movie and Video Preview: June 6

Tom Cruise finds himself stuck in a time loop, and a Hollywood agent discovers that time is not on his side. That can mean only one thing… It’s time to check out this week’s new movies! Edge of Tomorrow Tom Cruise stars as a soldier who dies in a battle against space aliens, only to find himself in a time loop that plops him back into that same fateful day over and over again. It’s a Twilight Zone-worthy scenario that …

‘Supermensch’ Starts Off a Summer of Documentaries

  Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (Theaters June 6) Austin Powers star Mike Myers tries documentary filmmaking with a fond look at one of his oldest friends, Hollywood superagent Shep Gordon. Actually, it seems that Gordon is just about everybody‘s oldest friend: He’s the ultimate people person, a guy who got where he is by collecting, repaying and cashing in what he calls “coupons” – favors, acts of kindness and professional courtesies. It’s hard to argue with his results: …

MFG Movie and Video Preview: May 30

Plan to meet for dessert afterward, but this is a weekend for families to split up among the multiplex auditoriums: There’s a 3-D action fantasy for the kids, a rom-com for the ladies, and a gross-out comedy for the guys.    Maleficent Angelina Jolie is the chief attraction here-as the “evil” queen who cast that shuteye curse on Sleeping Beauty, she gives a brainy, heartfelt performance in a movie that mostly sacrifices nuance for bombast. Director Robert Stromberg visually quotes …

Bob Newhart: TV’s Favorite Shrink Returns On DVD

When Bob Newhart decided to do a sitcom after more than a decade of standup comedy, he had one nagging worry: “I didn’t know if people would accept me as a psychologist,” he says. In fact, he adds, he wasn’t sure audiences in 1972 would be comfortable with the whole concept of psychology. “At that time, people didn’t really accept psychologists,” he says “They’d say, ‘Why are you going to talk to a psychologist? Talk to Mrs. Murphy, she knows …