Weekend: Pacino Gets Humbled; Costner Gets Grampy

Two new films really work out their stars: Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer get into a tug of war over a little girl, while Al Pacino wrestles with reality. Beyond that, it’s time to catch up on your Oscar hopefuls in anticipation of the February 22 Academy Awards.   Black or White In this corner, ladies and gentlemen, it’s Kevin Costner as an L.A. lawyer fighting to keep custody of the mixed-race granddaughter he has raised from infancy. And in …

Where Will Hollywood’s Hottest Be Monday? With AARP

Oscar winners and hopefuls as well as some of 2014’s most delightful performers will collect their Movies for Grownups awards Monday at AARP The Magazine’s annual gala in Beverly Hills, Calif. With Chef star John Leguizamo as host and Kevin Costner as recipient of the Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award, the gala celebrates the best of films with special relevance and appeal to the 50+ audience. Expected among the stars on the red carpet at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel are two performers who won Screen Actors Guild awards last weekend and are considered …

Is Kevin Costner Having a Midlife Action Crisis?

Kevin 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

Out 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

  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

The 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 …