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 …