Movies for Grownups Gala: A Very Starry Night

It was a night for classic Hollywood star power to blend with the youthful glow of filmmaking’s future as the 13th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards Gala unfolded in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Monday. Nine Oscar hopefuls and a parade of entertainment legends took the stage at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel to celebrate Susan Sarandon, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and other winners of this year’s awards, announced in the February/March issue of AARP The Magazine. Along with celebrating movies made …

Movies For Grownups Christmas Weekend Preview

Two new family-friendly stocking stuffers-plus one over-the-top lump of white-hot coal from Martin Scorsese-provide perfect reasons to get out of the house this Holiday season.  The New Stuff:   Saving Mr. Banks Tom Hanks is Walt Disney and Emma Thompson is Mary Poppins creator P.L. Travers in this magical (and allegedly true) story of how Uncle Walt convinced P.L. to let him bring her creation to the screen. If Thompson lays the prim-and-proper schtick on a bit thick, and if Hanks plays Disney …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview Oct. 18

Is this the biggest movie weekend of the year? Possibly! You’ll never get to all these openings in a couple of days, but two sure-fire Oscar contenders - All is Lost and 12 Years a Slave - should be at the top of your must-see list. 12 Years a Slave Chiwetel Ejiofor as a free black man kidnapped and sold into slavery leads a powerful cast. Movies from Roots to Django Unchained have shown us the evils of slavery: 12 Years a Slave makes …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview Sept. 27

Pornography and cannibalism are the subjects of two interesting new movies this week, but it may be time to see a true classic: The Wizard of Oz is in IMAX3-D theaters through this weekend; it was in the top ten moneymakers last weekend. Go see it for the popping poppies and flying monkeys. The New Stuff:  Don Jon This is a tour-de-force for actor, writer, director Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but see the story of Jon, a guy whose addiction to online porn …

At Last, a Lyrical Look at Latino Life

Miriam Colon isn’t just the star of Bless Me, Ultima, a gentle soul of a film set in a New Mexico Latino community during World War II. She’s also something of a prophet on its behalf, urging more films like this one that, quite literally, calls from the wilderness with a story of America’s rich Latino culture. While there’s no shortage of movies that examine the Latino experience in America, they tend to unfold as urban gangster films (Scarface), along …

Rocky the Squirrel’s Voice, Soaring at 95

You may not know the face of June Foray, nor even her name. But the voice sure is familiar. Foray, who’s about to turn 96, has been the voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel (and his Russian nemesis Natasha Fatale), Hazel the Witch (Bugs Bunny’s broom-flying foil), Cindy Lou Who (The Grinch’s pint-sized conscience) and Granny (Tweety Bird’s protector), not to mention dozens of other characters, in hundreds of theatrical and TV cartoons since 1943. Last year, Foray won her …