Spend the Holidays with Hollywood’s Best

In Theaters: Hollywood’s taking a breather before launching its Great Christmas Day Movie Blast, but there are still plenty of Oscar hopefuls to catch on the big screen. At Home: Woody Allen, Jane Fonda and Helen Mirren are all vying to keep you company while you’re wrapping presents. Mr. Turner Grunting and lurching through the streets of Victorian England, Timothy Spall brings uncanny life to the role of J.M.W. Turner, the eccentric painter whose dreamy, misty landscapes pointed the way …

Christian Bale and Joaquin Phoenix Stick It to The Man

In Theaters this week: Moses and Pharaoh Ramses get into a smackdown. At Home: A new box set is a bonanza for Grownup Movie lovers.   Exodus: Gods and Kings Once you get past the 3-D plagues, the clashing armies, the towering tidal wave that swallows the Pharaoh’s chariots … hmm, there’s really not much past all that. As Moses and Ramses, Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton do a lot of railing, if only to be heard above the crashing soundtrack. …

‘Marco Polo’, Netflix’s Next Big Thing, Debuts Friday

Marco Polo, the next big thing from Netflix, will land at last on Friday after being buffeted for weeks in a media storm of questions, among them: Will the lavish limited series help Netflix in its quest to capture ground in the international marketplace? Will the $90 million production, filmed in Italy, Kazakhstan and Malaysia, top the streaming company’s stellar successes with House of Cards and Orange is the New Black? Will the release designed for binge-watching (all 10 hours of the first season …

Throw Down Moses: Christian Bale vs. Charlton Heston

Ridley Scott’s spectacular retelling of the story of Moses, Exodus: Gods and Kings, opens just as Running Press is releasing a lavish new book about the man who single-handedly created the Hollywood Biblical Epic, Cecil B. DeMille. Here’s our exclusive Movies for Grownups video comparison of Exodus: Gods and Kings with DeMille’s crowning achievement, The Ten Commandments (1956) — along with some exclusive images from the new book, Cecil B. DeMille: The Art of the Hollywood Epic.     Photos: …

Reese Witherspoon and Chris Rock Walk on the Wild Side

In Theaters this week: Reese Witherspoon takes to the hills, while Chris Rock takes to the director’s chair. At Home: Helen Mirren cooks up an ageless love story.   Wild Jettisoning her perky Legally Blonde persona like a pair of too-tight hiking boots, Reese Witherspoon gets down and dirty as Cheryl Strayed, the troubled young woman whose solo 1,100-mile trek along the Pacific Crest Trail became the subject of her bestselling memoir. Director Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club) follows Strayed’s …

At 50, Monica Bellucci Is the Newest Bond “Girl”

In a year when meaty movie roles for women 50-plus were as rare as crow’s feet on Rodeo Drive, it’s gratifying to see the news from London that Monica Bellucci, at 50, is about to become the oldest Bond “Girl” ever. Bellucci will costar with Daniel Craig, 42, in SPECTRE, the 24th James Bond movie, slated for release a bit less than a year from now. The Italian actress is best known for her steamy scenes opposite Keanu Reeves in …