The Martian in Me

Today’s high-tech beauty world was 50 years in the future when model Jean Shrimpton (right) peered from a pink space helmet for the April 1965 cover of Harper’s Bazaar. Now it’s 2015, and as I watched Matt Damon plot a strategy to survive being marooned on the Red Planet in The Martian, I felt a kindred spirit: We’re both charting a course for self-preservation — though my scheme unfolds on Earth and involves neither poo nor potatoes. And unlike the …

Weekend: Three Stories of Survival

In theaters this weekend: Three people walk their own personal tightropes. At home: Men (and a woman) of action.   Designates a Movies for Grownups Editors’ Choice     The Martian NASA’s announcement this week that there’s flowing water on Mars would have been good news for Mark Watney (Matt Damon), the NASA astronaut stranded on the Red Planet in director Ridley Scott’s instant sci-fi classic. Damon’s as endearing as ever as the guy who coolly MacGyvers his way through one crisis after another. …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview Feb. 7

George 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 …

10 Things to Know Before Watching Michael Douglas Dazzle in ‘Behind the Candelabra’

At last – Michael Douglas as Liberace, on HBO. The highly touted, much-anticipated Behind the Candelabra, from filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, with Matt Damon as Liberace’s 40-years-younger lover, Scott Thorson, is clearly the TV event of the week.  In fact, it will air for weeks and be available on demand. Here are 10 points to enhance your viewing experience. 1.  Emmy time! Critics are almost universally calling Douglas’ performance a tour de force. Kudos are being heaped upon Damon as well, …