Stallone’s in ‘Expendables;’ Bridges is ‘The Giver’

It’s a man’s world this weekend: Jeff Bridges tries to save it, Sly Stallone tries to blow it up, and two very funny friends try to eat their way through it.   The Giver Stern elder Meryl Streep runs a future where older folks and undersized babies get “released” to “Elsewhere” (which is supposed to sound warm and reassuring, but not to those of us who’ve seen Logan’s Run or Soylent Green). Also, the world’s painful history has been erased …

This Weekend: Get Away With Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton

Rob Reiner returns with a warm-hearted grownup romance; Woody Allen introduces us to a beautiful seer who might be a fake; and Morgan Freeman frets as Scarlett Johansson kicks some serious bad-guy butt.     And So It Goes Twenty-five years after he arranged for Harry to meet Sally, director Rob Reiner proves that his take on grownup love has grown richer with time. A sharp comedy with an ear tuned to the bittersweet cadences of mature romance, And So …

Looking Back on 10th Annual Movies for Grownups, a Night of Royalty and Wit

My first Academy Awards were in 1977, when “Network” won Best Picture.  I’ve been covering Hollywood all this time since, so you can imagine, I’ve been to more than my fair share of awards shows.  Most are fun.  A handful are special, meaningful.  The Movies for Grownups Awards gala is an elegant jewel among Filmland events, as I was delighted to experience for myself last year. The 10th Annual AARP Movies for Grownups were my first, and what a marvelous …