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Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview Feb. 7

Posted on 02/8/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentGeorge Clooney and an all-star cast go in search of stolen art and a bunch of blockheads turn up in the year’s most surprising comedy. Both are fun in their own ways.   The Monuments Men George Clooney enlists Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bob Balaban and Cate Blanchett to help him patrol Nazi-occupied Europe in search of stolen art works. A greater sense of urgency would have helped push the plot along, but what’s more fun than hanging out with …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Update: Dec. 6

Posted on 12/5/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentJust one bona fide grownup movie opening this weekend, but it’s a doozey: The return of the Coen Brothers and their favorite cameo star, John Goodman.  The New Stuff:     Inside Llewyn Davis Filmmaker brothers Joel and Ethan Coen made their name as outrageous geniuses (Raising Arizona; O, Brother Where Art Thou?; No Country for Old Men), but this time they’ve dampened their quirky tendencies—and created what may be their most balanced movie ever. Inside Llewyn Davis is a …

‘Alpha House’: Early Results Are Strong

Posted on 11/15/2013 by |Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentAlpha House is a very funny show, certainly the best of this fall’s new TV comedies. But you won’t find it on any broadcast or cable network. This half-hour comedy, about four Republican senators who share a Capitol Hill brownstone as their home-away-from-home-district, is the first original production from Amazon Studios. It begins streaming at Amazon on Friday, Nov. 15: The first three episodes will be available, free, to all customers at the online retail giant. Thereafter, Amazon Prime subscribers will …

New Starz Miniseries Brings Jazz Center Stage

Posted on 10/19/2013 by |Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentIt’s the jazz that pulls you in to the mystery at the center of Dancing on the Edge, the new Starz miniseries that begins Saturday night at 10 before settling into the 9 p.m. timeslot on the pay-cable network for a five-week run. Set in London in the early 1930s, DOTE follows a group of black jazz musicians, the Louis Lester Band, as they rise to fame playing for the city’s upper crust. From the start, as a camera follows a …

At Last, It’s Safe to Sit in a Movie Theater Again!

Posted on 11/14/2011 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentOur long national movie nightmare is over: the Grownup Movies Season is in full swing. I do hope you’ve been saving your pennies since last January to take advantage of November and December, when Hollywood studio execs wake up, look in a mirror and declare, “Wait a minute—we’ve been releasing crap all year! How in the world will we win any Oscars for that tripe?” So they run out and track down Clint Eastwood on the golf course and say, …