Who’ll Win the Oscars on Sunday…And Who Ought To

            Every year my extended family and I have a nationwide Academy Awards Pick ‘em. We sit through the ceremony, dutifully checking off actual winners versus our predictions, and then we honor the most accurate prognosticator with congratulatory e-mails. The winner also gets custody, for one year, of a retired version of our Movies for Grownups Chaise d’Or trophy (This one dates from about two incarnations ago, as the MFG Trophy goes through tweaks the way Joan Rivers goes through …

Glenn Close’s ‘Albert Nobbs’ Stands Out in Strong Year for Lead Actresses

If you haven’t seen “Albert Nobbs” yet, Glenn Close’s performance is the reason to do so.  She’s haunting, with the terror and yearning you can see in her eyes, those windows to the poor soul hidden beneath her carefully-controlled mask of a face.  Close’s remarkable achievement in portraying a woman passing as a man in “Albert Nobbs” is absolutely worthy of the Best Actress accolades she’ll receive at AARP’s 11th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards this week.  Even in a …

The Artist: Movies for Grownups 2012

“The Artist” is a nearly silent film that resonates deeply with 50+ viewers who appreciate its classic French cinema feel. Adult viewers will find a visual feast in the film’s pastiche of 1920s Hollywood. Jean Dujardin plays the protagonist, a silent movie star whose fortunes fade with the advent of ‘talkies’, and as demand for silent movies wanes. With a focus on high drama, emotional nuance and human pathos, ‘The Artist’ is a reminder that the past continues to inform …