At The Movies: Ben Cumberbatch Has the Nazis’ Number

In Theaters this week, the most unlikely hero of World War II has a head code. At Home, Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas fall in love—and love takes flight in one of the most beautiful animated films ever made.   The Imitation Game Benedict Cumberbatch is brilliant as Alan Turing, the man whose peculiar sort of genius helped the Allies crack the Nazi Enigma Code during War II. His Turig is a humorless, literal-minded university professor who grates on the …

This Week: A Singular Look at Stephen Hawking

In Theaters: A heartfelt look at the burden of genius. At Home: Rob Reiner’s latest. Plus: The first true horror movie looks better than ever.   The Theory of Everything The life of a monumental thinker gets landmark treatment in this superbly acted and lovingly directed biography. Eddie Redmayne plays astrophysicist Stephen Hawking from his carefree college days, through his heartrending descent into Lou Gehrig’s Disease, to his ultimate triumph in the realm of science. Felicity Jones costars as his first …

This Weekend: Get Away With Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton

Rob Reiner returns with a warm-hearted grownup romance; Woody Allen introduces us to a beautiful seer who might be a fake; and Morgan Freeman frets as Scarlett Johansson kicks some serious bad-guy butt.     And So It Goes Twenty-five years after he arranged for Harry to meet Sally, director Rob Reiner proves that his take on grownup love has grown richer with time. A sharp comedy with an ear tuned to the bittersweet cadences of mature romance, And So …

‘Movies for Grownups’ Throws a Film Festival in Boston

Movie fans were drowning in choice at AARP’s Life@50+ event in Boston last week. The twice-yearly get-together of AARP members and partners, held at Boston’s convention center on May 9 and 10, featured a Movies for Grownups film festival that invited attendees to watch four feature films before their wider release to the public. (Admission to the screenings was included in the Life@50+ registration fee.) The lineup included two romantic comedies: 1) And So It Goes, from director Rob Reiner, …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview Nov. 1

Lots to choose from this week: For once, an all-star comedy that’s actually funny … Harrison Ford returns to space … a fast-talking rodeo cowboy tries to rope AIDS … and Diana, Princess of Wales, looks for true love. The New Stuff… Last Vegas This comedy about four old pals reuniting for a bachelor party in Las Vegas gets its laughs from the chemistry of its stars: Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline. The cast also …

Michael Douglas: It Was Tongue Cancer, Not Throat Cancer

Back in June, actor Michael Douglas revealed he had been treated for throat cancer, the type associated with a virus transmitted during oral sex. At the time, Douglas was applauded for shedding light on a little-discussed health issue. The New York Times even compared what he had done for throat cancer with “what Rock Hudson had done for AIDS and Angelina Jolie had done for prophylactic mastectomy.” Just one problem: Douglas fibbed about the type of cancer he actually had. …