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Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview Oct. 25

Posted on 10/25/2013 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentOur Movies For Grownups choices this week include just one new film and not a favorite, at that.  Still, some would say you could have worse company than Brad Pitt, Cormac McCarthy and Ridley Scott. The New Stuff The Counselor Michael Fassbender is the latest in a long line of movie lawyers who discover representing bad guys isn’t always the best career move. The script is by Cormac McCarthy; the director is Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, American Gangster); and the …

“The Counselor”: Big Stars, Low Appeal

Posted on 10/25/2013 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentThe Counselor is a mess of a movie. That’s surprising, given the talent in this modern noir — Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt — and a screenplay (his first) by Cormac McCarthy, the esteemed author who has won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. As a screenwriter, the 80-year-old turns out to be a great novelist. Get entertainment and dining discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. Fassbender is the title character, called only “Counselor.” We never …

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

Posted on 02/23/2012 by | Movies & TV | Comments

Entertainment            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 …

Forever Young? Balderdash!

Posted on 06/16/2011 by | My Life, Examined | Comments

Your LifeI live in a city where it’s still O.K. to look dowdy, especially if you’re a man. In fact, you can go places in Washington with a good head of grey hair and the Brooks Brothers sport jacket you wore in high school. Sometimes, if you also have a boyish glint in your eye, you can even get the top job in town (see: Clinton, William Jefferson). So I was thrown off guard a few weeks ago when Tommy, a …