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Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview Nov. 15

Posted on 11/15/2013 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentA lull in the end-of-year Grownup Movie frenzy allows us to focus on one of the year’s best performances, plus a look at the enduring popularity of a long-gone comic strip. The New Stuff Nebraska After months of triumphant film festival screenings and a limited release, finally everybody gets to see Bruce Dern in his career-defining performance. He’s a slightly befuddled fellow who’s convinced he’s won $1 million in a sweepstakes; Will Forte is the good son who offers to …

Oscar Gets it Right!

Posted on 01/24/2012 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentAmazing. Absolutely amazing. This year’s list of Oscar nominees is so terrifically, breathtakingly right, I thought I must have been dreaming when they were announced early this morning. I’ve never come away from the Oscars announcement more satisfied that Hollywood really, really gets it—that the best movies really are movies for grownups. Just look at how the winners of this year’s AARP Movies for Grownups Awards—announced last week—dovetail with the Oscar nominations:

At Last, It’s Safe to Sit in a Movie Theater Again!

Posted on 11/14/2011 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentOur long national movie nightmare is over: the Grownup Movies Season is in full swing. I do hope you’ve been saving your pennies since last January to take advantage of November and December, when Hollywood studio execs wake up, look in a mirror and declare, “Wait a minute—we’ve been releasing crap all year! How in the world will we win any Oscars for that tripe?” So they run out and track down Clint Eastwood on the golf course and say, …