This Week: A Singular Look at Stephen Hawking

In Theaters: A heartfelt look at the burden of genius. At Home: Rob Reiner’s latest. Plus: The first true horror movie looks better than ever.   The Theory of Everything The life of a monumental thinker gets landmark treatment in this superbly acted and lovingly directed biography. Eddie Redmayne plays astrophysicist Stephen Hawking from his carefree college days, through his heartrending descent into Lou Gehrig’s Disease, to his ultimate triumph in the realm of science. Felicity Jones costars as his first …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview: Jan. 3

The movie studios expect you to stay home and watch football this weekend, so there’s not much new out there. But the always-wonderful Geoffrey Rush turns up in a romantic thriller with an intriguing premise, and three terrific holdovers from last weekend should help you start your New Year right.   The New Stuff:   The Best Offer Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech, Shine) stars as an art expert who accepts a job appraising the collection of a reclusive …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview Nov. 22

The box office crown will certainly  land on the new Hunger Games installment; but we’re betting the quiet story of a simple woman seeking the fate of her son will ultimately be remembered more fondly. Philomena In a season of extraordinary acting accomplishments, Judi Dench gives the performance of a lifetime as the title character, a woman seeking the son she gave up as a child. Steve Coogan, who also wrote the film’s moving and disarmingly funny script, costars as …

Karen Black: Five Great Movie Appearances

Of all the eras in Hollywood history, the decade that stretched from 1969 to 1979 was perhaps the most daring, a time of experimental masterpieces that shocked audiences into seeing the world in a different way. In the era’s edgy eloquence, Karen Black portrayed quirky women who found themselves in trouble. The Chicago-area native, who passed away on Aug. 8 at age 74 in Los Angeles, appeared in nearly 200 movies and TV shows in a career that stretched from …