Movies & TV

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

VIDEO BLOG: Pope Pourri — Classic Movie Pontiffs

Can’t engineer a private audience with Pope Francis this week? Schedule a viewing of these movie pontiffs — the quirky, the comical, the heroic. Also of Interest Emmys 2015: Opportunity has no age limit 10 Medical tests to avoid Over 50 and looking for a job? BACK TO WORK 50+ can help. Join AARP: Savings, resources and news for your well-being   See the AARP home page for deals, savings tips, trivia and more. 

This Weekend, a Gallery of Demons at the Movies

In theaters, a criminal sociopath, a paranoid chess champ and a murderous mountain await. At home, two cinematic portraits explore the ups and downs of genius.   Designates a Movies for Grownups Editors’ Choice     Black Mass Johnny Depp re-emerges as one of our best actors with his exquisitely calibrated performance as James “Whitey” Bulger, the small-time Boston hood who became a big deal with the unwitting help of the FBI. As his G-man handler, Joel Edgerton seems too easily corrupted; we wish …

Weekend: Richard Gere, Homeless; Angie Dickinson, Hot

In theaters, one of our biggest stars plays a homeless man…at home, a fantasy with an intriguing twist on the notion of growing older.     Designates a Movies for Grownups Editor’s Choice Time Out of Mind Richard Gere is easily recognizable (and that’s the problem) in this drama about a homeless man trying to restore his relationship with his daughter (Jena Malone). With Ben Vereen, Steve Buscemi and Kyra Sedgwick.   Coming Home From China comes this searing story …

Weekend: Rambling with Redford; Downloading Steve Jobs

Too much Labor Day sun is bad for your skin, so seek refuge in a nice, dark theater: You’ll be in good company with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, or get a kick out of watching what made Steve Jobs tick.   A Walk in the Woods Robert Redford and Nick Nolte make endearingly quirky hiking companions in this comedy based on Bill Bryson’s 1998 account of his failed quest to walk the Appalachian Trail. (The script and direction, by …

Thompson to Redford: “Work with Me Again — Or Else!”

Oscar winner Emma Thompson costars as Robert Redford’s wife in A Walk in the Woods. It’s the screen version of the wildly popular 1998 book of the same name, in which Bill Bryson recounted his failed attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail in its entirety (2,168 miles). We talked to Thompson about her role in the film, her dreams of adventure and why — if Redford knows what’s good for him — he’ll will make another movie with her soon. …

It’s an All-Owen-Wilson Weekend

This weekend’s theater news: Meet three global survivors…two very different Owen Wilsons…and one exasperated housekeeper. …and in home-viewing news: Steve McQueen trades his race cars for a jalopy…and a ripped-from-the-headlines documentary drives home some controversial points.   She’s Funny That Way Peter Bogdanovich returns to form in this frothy tale of a playwright (Owen Wilson) caught in a love triangle with his wife, her old flame and a heart-of-gold hooker. Jennifer Aniston is funny as a shrink entangled in the mess (“You don’t joke …