The Best Movie Weekend of the Year?

  Five compelling new dramas arrive in theaters, joining a full slate of recently opened gems.     Designates a Movies for Grownups Editors’ Choice Bridge of Spies Yes, Steven Spielberg is our latter-day Frank Capra, Tom Hanks is his Jimmy Stewart, and this is their latest triumphant celebration of an Everyman exemplifying everything that makes America great. This time, in a true-life Cold War-era story, Hanks is a modest New York lawyer assigned to negotiate the trade of a Soviet …

It’s All True: The Best of the New York Film Festival

The New York Film Festival got real this year: Nearly every one of its most anxiously awaited entries explored true-life stories we thought we knew, but really didn’t.   Bridge of Spies At a panel discussion before the premiere screening of Steven Spielberg’s taut — and true-life — Cold War drama, Tom Hanks recalled how he and costar Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall), who plays accused Russian spy Rudolf Abel, did some impromptu prep work for the New York shoot: “I …

Cinderella: This Weekend’s Shoe-In

Two new movies feature characters whose lives change when they try on mysterious shoes. A third film treads a well-worn path to mediocrity.     Cinderella Disney has been translating its animated classics into live-action epics for years, with mixed success. This effort, directed by Kenneth Branagh, is the best update yet. About a Boy screenwriter Chris Weitz has kept the most charming elements of Disney’s 1950s damsel-in-distress scenario and transformed the central character into a strong-willed young woman determined …

Biggest Fashion Statement of 2015 Oscars? Understatement!

Did you notice that the biggest fashion statement at Sunday night’s Oscar ceremony was understatement? No matter her age, almost every woman walking the red carpet looked respectable, not racy. Even Lady Gaga! We may not have been invited to the 87th annual Academy Awards, but we boomerettes still have to attend our fair share of parties, weddings and other celebrations in a typical year. As you plan what to wear to those, consider what I learned during Sunday night’s …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview Feb. 7

George Clooney and an all-star cast go in search of stolen art and a bunch of blockheads turn up in the year’s most surprising comedy. Both are fun in their own ways.   The Monuments Men George Clooney enlists Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bob Balaban and Cate Blanchett to help him patrol Nazi-occupied Europe in search of stolen art works. A greater sense of urgency would have helped push the plot along, but what’s more fun than hanging out with …