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

Weekend: Blythe Danner in Love; Ethan Hawke at War

A splendid love story for grownups and a gripping vision of modern warfare make this an excellent weekend to duck into a mutiplex. I’ll See You in My Dreams The latest star in a welcome string of grownup-movie love stories, Blythe Danner shines as a long-widowed woman who finds herself in an unexpected late-life romance with a charming, wealthy retiree (Sam Elliott).     Good Kill Ethan Hawke stars as a U.S. Air Force drone pilot in one of the …

For ‘AARP Superstars,’ a Moment of Truth

From five distant spots around the country, the finalists in the AARP Superstars Competition are winging their way to Miami with their eyes on the prize: $5,000 and a professional recording session at DMI Music & Media in Pasadena, Calif. At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, there’ll be no turning back. Host Arsenio Hall will take the stage and introduce the competition’s four celebrity judges, then turn the show over to a diverse collection of singers, all 50-plus, who have waited their …

AARP to Host “Still Alice” Screenings Nationwide

  As the Oscar-winning drama Still Alice comes to DVD and Blu-Ray on May 12, AARP’s Movies for Grownups has joined forces with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to host more than 40 screenings of the film nationwide in May and June. Julianne Moore won an Oscar for her poignant and sympathetic portrayal of the title character, Alice Howland, who develops early-onset Alzheimer’s at age 50. In the exclusive video above, Moore discusses the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, while activist Maria Shriver — an executive …

Sam Elliott Rumbles into Miami for MFG Film Fest

Sam Elliott — he of the gravelly drawl and arched eyebrows — will be a special guest at the AARP Life@50+ Movies for Grownups Film Festival in Miami (May 14-16). Elliott and director/cowriter Brett Haley will be on hand for a pre-release screening of I’ll See You in My Dreams, a romantic comedy starring Elliott, Blythe Danner, June Squibb (Nebraska), Rhea Perlman (Cheers) and Mary Kay Place (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman). Elliott plays a wealthy retiree with whom Danner’s long-widowed character …

This Weekend: True Love, Sinatra & Zombies

5 Flights Up Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman are the year’s most adorable screen couple. They star as a long-married pair who must decide whether or not to relinquish the fifth-floor Brooklyn walkup apartment they’ve shared for four decades. The film addresses some serious issues, notably “aging in place,” and has some insightful lessons to impart about planning for the future versus constantly fretting about it. FULL REVIEW CLICK HERE to see an exclusive interview with Diane Keaton talking about what …

Video: Meryl Streep Rocks Out

There’ll be no shortage of blockbuster movies this summer, but one I’m most looking forward to is Ricki and the Flash, the dramatic comedy starring Meryl Streep as a veteran rocker. If only she’d paid less attention to sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll, she realizes too late, and more to her all-but-abandoned children (one of whom is played by Meryl’s real-life daughter Mamie Gummer). The film doesn’t open until August 7, but Sony Pictures has already released the film’s first trailer …