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Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview: Oct. 4

Posted on 10/3/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentFrom disaster in Earth orbit to death in the Himalayas, to gunshots in Dallas, this week’s top new movies serve up some pretty tough meat. Luckily there’s at least one new comedy to lighten things up. The New Stuff: Gravity Stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are fine and the film’s visual recreation of a space voyage is breathtaking (especially in 3-D), but co-writer/director Alfonso Cuaron should have launched with a decent script. FULL REVIEW   Save $3 off any size popcorn …

Oscar Night: Grownups Get to Stay Up Late

Posted on 02/21/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentRemember when the movie musical was dead? Well, Sunday night’s Academy Awards telecast will be a resounding reminder that, in the immortal words of Dr. Frankenstein, “It’s ALIVE!!” Most important for grownup movie lovers, this year’s Oscar production numbers will recognize that for the past decade musicals have aimed themselves squarely at us: Les Miserables, Chicago, Hairspray, and Mama Mia! were all a far cry from the kid-centric days of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Barney’s Great Adventure. Not all …

Dustin Hoffman: I’d Rather Play Jazz, But This Is Nice, Too!

Posted on 02/13/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

Entertainment  Dustin Hoffman once told our West Coast Editor Meg Grant that he would give up acting in a minute if he could only become a jazz musician. That switcheroo doesn’t appear imminent, but last year at age 75 Hoffman did direct his first movie — the funny, warm Quartet. That breakthrough achievement was among the reasons AARP toasted Hoffman Tuesday at the annual Movies for Grownups celebration in Beverly Hills. “This is an impactful moment in movies,” Hoffman told …

Oscar Nominees Luncheon Could Make Irresistible TV

Posted on 02/5/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentOf all the awards season events, the annual Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon stands out because it is a comparatively relaxed, familial affair; plus, it’s not televised. In fact, it has become a welcome respite for the anointed ones, a place where they can bond as a class while out of sight of the viewing audience (though it certainly could make an irresistible show.) Yesterday’s luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel had enough star power to light up the Superdome. Denzel …

Hey Oscar, You Forgot Something!

Posted on 01/10/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

Entertainment  I’m confused. This was a great year for Movies for Grownups. Some of them even made a ton of money. So why is the  85th annual Oscar nominations list such a mixed bag for grownup movie lovers? On one hand, it’s nice to see Amour—a powerful French film about the undying love of an 80-something couple—nominated for Best Picture (and also Foreign Film, which may be a first). And Argo, Les Misérables, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark …