This Weekend @ The Movies: A Golden Girl, a Tortured Toon

Helen Mirren reigns onscreen this weekend. That’s the predictable play. If you’re in a more adventurous mood, check out a quirky new cartoon from the legendary Bill Plympton. Otherwise, the post-Oscar parade of big-screen blockbusters hitting home video continues apace. Woman in Gold Helen Mirren is the real golden girl in this true story of Maria Altmann, the woman who sued the Austrian government to recover a painting the Nazis stole from her family. Wide-eyed with exasperation and naïveté, Mirren’s …

“Marigold” Not the Freshest Daisy in the Bunch

The guest register at the Exotic Marigold Hotel gets thicker this week, while several Oscar winners — and Oscar-worthy efforts — arrive on home video. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Turns out chemistry isn’t everything. Alhough this sequel reunites virtually all the original stars (including Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy), and though they prove just as delightful this second time around, the script adds precious little to the first installment. Richard Gere is predictably charming as a …

5 Ways to Get Fit and Fashionable in 2015

The sandwich generation — those of us (usually women over 45) squeezed by the competing demands of kids, aging parents, work, community, romantic partner and so on — rarely have time to think about the things that will make us feel fit and stylish. But we need to make that time, so I’ve listed a few action items designed to boost our health and happiness in the new year. Many of these are trends that came to light in 2014 …

Actresses Need Roles, Not Russell Crowe’s Carping

Russell Crowe, no longer a young man at nearly 51, thinks women around his age should just get over themselves and even at “40, 45, 48” be content to move into their dotage on screen. Tell that to gorgeous new Bond “girl” Monica Belluci, who at 50 will star with four-years-younger Daniel Craig in the upcoming 007 spectacle, SPECTRE. More to the point, Crowe — who, just in time for awards season, shared his uninformed opinion in Australia Women’s Weekly — has the …

Christian Bale and Joaquin Phoenix Stick It to The Man

In Theaters this week: Moses and Pharaoh Ramses get into a smackdown. At Home: A new box set is a bonanza for Grownup Movie lovers.   Exodus: Gods and Kings Once you get past the 3-D plagues, the clashing armies, the towering tidal wave that swallows the Pharaoh’s chariots … hmm, there’s really not much past all that. As Moses and Ramses, Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton do a lot of railing, if only to be heard above the crashing soundtrack. …

Beauty Trends We’d Like to See in 2015

When Kim Kardashian and her sizable assets showed up on the cover of Paper magazine last week, it didn’t quite “break the Internet,” as the publication had promised. But by flipping our current ideal-body imagery from lean to lush, it smashed a beauty mold that hasn’t held water for some years now. Just one look — at the likes of Beyoncé, Christina Hendricks and Sofia Vergara, for starters — was all it took to remind me that a generous booty …