Alan Rickman’s Soaring Final Role

Saving the Best for Last In the new thriller Eye in the Sky, the late Alan Rickman plays a British military officer with the grim task of approving a drone strike that may kill innocent people. It was the final performance of his life, and it ranks among his best. In a superb cast that includes Oscar winner Helen Mirren and Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), Rickman’s contribution was crucial, says director Gavin Hood (Ender’s Game). “Alan had this ability …

Glam-Ma Tricks and Treats

As little girls, my daughters, now 41 and 31, loved Halloween: It was the one day of the year their black-clad fashion-editor mom didn’t stand out in the burbs. Now it’s 2015, and I’ve been a “Glam-ma” for 11 years, but my style (right) is still a little bewitched — though it’s more Fiona Goode (played by Jessica Lange in American Horror Story: Coven), I’d like to think, than Elphaba Thropp (from Wicked). With your own closet overflowing (my guess) …

Woody, Sherlock, or Ant-Man? The Choice Is Elementary

Woody Allen lets us down, but Ian McKellen and Paul Rudd pick us up as two very different heroes. At home, the second Marigold Hotel entry checks in with its appealing cast…and a classic of world cinema gets a pristine new release.  Designates a Movies for Grownups Critic’s Choice   Irrational Man At the stage where he’s equally likely to produce a modern classic (Midnight in Paris) or a forgettable trifle (Magic in the Moonlight), we never know which Woody Allen will …

The Last Film of Robin Williams (and Ronald Reagan, Too)

Robin Williams left several movies on the shelf when he died last year, and his final dramatic performance highlights this weekend’s theatrical films. At home, catch Helen Mirren tracking down art stolen by Nazis, Kevin Spacey as a U.S. President and Ronald Reagan before he became one.    Designates a Movies for Grownups Critic’s Choice   Boulevard In his final screen role Robin Williams plays a banker, long married to a devoted wife (Kathy Baker), who represses his true sexuality his …

Look Cool and Current This Summer With These 3 Hair Trends

What is it about the top of a woman’s head that can send her into a tailspin? Almost every woman I know feels bad about her locks: They’re too frizzy or too straight — according to her, that is — too thin or too untamed. It’s a fact of female life that a bad hair day can tempt us to cancel appointments or torment us to the point where we’re snapping at our house pets. And I needn’t look far …

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 …