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Why Watch the Oscars? For the Boomer Stars, Of Course!

Posted on 02/28/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentThe diamonds may blind you, the designer fashions may dazzle you, and the collective cosmetic surgery bill would probably buy health care for the entire nation of Rwanda. But when it comes to the movies being honored at the Oscars Sunday night, one thing is refreshingly true: It’s not about the money. Seldom has such a grown-up batch of films been nominated for Best Picture without regard for box office performance. In fact, the total take for the lower two-thirds of …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview

Posted on 08/15/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentWhat’s good and grown up in theaters this weekend. The newest: Lee Daniels’ The Butler Litigation resulted in a title change to feature the name of the film’s director; it might have worked better as Forest Whitaker is the Butler. Or maybe Oprah Winfrey is the Wife of the Butler. No matter; this is worth seeing for Whitaker as White House butler Cecil Gaines, Robin Williams as President Eisenhower and Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan.   Paranoia Few actors command the …