Snipers, Bears and Robots (Not All in One Movie, Alas!)

The heart of awards season makes this weekend the perfect time to catch up on Oscar-nominated films and actors. Many of these happen to be Movies for Grownups award winners as well!   American Sniper Director Clint Eastwood’s film about Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, barrels along like a Humvee across the desert, hitting its targets with deadly accuracy before exploding with unexpected emotional force. As Kyle, Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) is a revelation, portraying …

The Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview: Dec. 20

Three blasts from the past and one wry look at our not-too-distant-future make this a particularly rich grownup movie weekend.    The New Stuff:   American Hustle You won’t have more fun at the movies than you’ll find here with Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Louis C.K. and Jennifer Lawrence as assorted con artists and Feds conspiring to bring down crooked politicians in the 1980s Abscam scandal. “Some of this actually happened,” the title card reads, but we have …

‘Homeland’ Finale – Mental Illness as Superpower

The season finale Sunday of Homeland marks the climax of a trifecta of sorts. The Showtime spy thriller is joined by a nearly surefire Oscar nominee for Best Picture (Silver Linings Playbook) and one of the best-reviewed Broadway musicals of recent years (Next to Normal) – completing a trio of powerful genre-busting works of art in which bipolar disorder drives the plot and is at the heart of the main character’s identity. So what does this mean for the rest …