What to See This Weekend: Guardians Rule, Funk King Boogies

The best movie weekend of the summer is upon us! So buy yourself a day pass to the multiplex and relish the rousing biography of a music legend, a new sci-fi classic and an intimately focused drama with a devastating punch.   Get on Up Chadwick Boseman (Jackie Robinson in 42) makes playing The Hardest-Working Man in Show Business seem easy in this spectacular, funk-driven biography of James Brown. The soundtrack is the genuine Brown, but Boseman nails his Mashed …

Tressed to Kill: Is Robin Wright’s Crop Right for You?

The beauty equivalent of the power suit was born the day Robin Wright cut her hair to play Claire Underwood on House of Cards. Now short, sexy crops – think Kris Jenner, Halle Berry or the newly shorn Sharon Stone – are on every woman’s mind. Fed up with “high-maintenance hair,” many of my 50+ girlfriends are also thinking about getting a major chop this summer. But is it a good idea? To answer that question, I turned to top …

Oscars Too Old For You? Grow Up!

Are you as sick and tired as I am of hearing about how this year’s Oscars skewed so old? You know: the host was old, the winners were old, the classic movie were old… The New York Times (that arbiter of all things hip and snappy) opined that the proceedings resembled “an AARP pep rally.” Well, yeah. Sorry, kids, but you’ll just have to get used to the fact that Billy Crystal is funnier than anyone you’ve got; actors, directors, …

Who’ll Win the Oscars on Sunday…And Who Ought To

            Every year my extended family and I have a nationwide Academy Awards Pick ‘em. We sit through the ceremony, dutifully checking off actual winners versus our predictions, and then we honor the most accurate prognosticator with congratulatory e-mails. The winner also gets custody, for one year, of a retired version of our Movies for Grownups Chaise d’Or trophy (This one dates from about two incarnations ago, as the MFG Trophy goes through tweaks the way Joan Rivers goes through …

Glenn Close’s ‘Albert Nobbs’ Stands Out in Strong Year for Lead Actresses

If you haven’t seen “Albert Nobbs” yet, Glenn Close’s performance is the reason to do so.  She’s haunting, with the terror and yearning you can see in her eyes, those windows to the poor soul hidden beneath her carefully-controlled mask of a face.  Close’s remarkable achievement in portraying a woman passing as a man in “Albert Nobbs” is absolutely worthy of the Best Actress accolades she’ll receive at AARP’s 11th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards this week.  Even in a …

The Artist: Movies for Grownups 2012

“The Artist” is a nearly silent film that resonates deeply with 50+ viewers who appreciate its classic French cinema feel. Adult viewers will find a visual feast in the film’s pastiche of 1920s Hollywood. Jean Dujardin plays the protagonist, a silent movie star whose fortunes fade with the advent of ‘talkies’, and as demand for silent movies wanes. With a focus on high drama, emotional nuance and human pathos, ‘The Artist’ is a reminder that the past continues to inform …