Kevin Costner

Is Kevin Costner Having a Midlife Action Crisis?

Posted on 02/20/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentKevin Costner has starred in his share of action films — No Way Out and Waterworld come to mind — but there’s this nagging sense that his new shoot-’em-up, 3 Days to Kill, is Costner’s attempt to “pull a Liam Neeson” — that is, to supercharge his career at midlife by starring in an over-the-top chase flick, as Neeson did with Taken in 2008. Like Neeson (an ex-forklift operator), Costner (the son of a ditchdigger) is mostly beloved for his …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview: Jan. 17

Posted on 01/17/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentOut of the muck of typical January movie studio throwaways rises a first-rate action thriller from director/costar Kenneth Branagh.   The New Stuff:  Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Tom Clancy’s true-blue CIA agent returns to the screen for a fifth go-round, this time starring Chris Pine in the title role (following in the footsteps of Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck). Pine plays a younger version of Ryan, recruited into the spy biz by a charmingly convincing Kevin Costner. Soon …

Favorite Flicks for Father’s Day

Posted on 06/12/2013 by | Movies & TV | Comments

Entertainment  Last year at this time, I invited you to sit down with your Dad for a great Father’s Day movie.  Folks seemed to enjoy my list of suggestions (below), but as they say on cable TV, “Wait! There’s More!” In the past year there have been some more-than-worthy additions to your Father’s Day Lineup (click on each title for our Movies for Grownups review): Trouble With the Curve Clint Eastwood seems to get grumpier with each successive movie—but that …

Grownup Talent Shines at 64th Primetime Emmys

Posted on 09/24/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentThe 64th Primetime Emmy Awards proved a great night for mature talent to shine. As double winner Louis C.K., 45, put it, when asked backstage why his show works now while past efforts failed, “because I’m better than I was before. … Older people are smarter and funnier.” In the case of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Julia Louis-Dreyfus, we’d have to say she has always been smart and funny — and continues to be at the top of …

Sit Down With Dad for These Great Fathers Day Movies

Posted on 06/15/2012 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentFather’s Day cards always show dads fishing, or boating, or hunting ducks. But really, wouldn’t your dad rather sit down with you for a great movie? Here are my choices:                   Field of Dreams (1989) “Hey dad, ya wanna have a catch?” The day those words don’t reduce any American male to a state of blubbering crybabyhood is the day