Hispanic Entertainment, Music and Culture: Among the Best in America and Abroad

This is the fourth and final in a series celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month 2014 — Monday, September 15th through Wednesday, October 15. Jennifer Lopez, Penélope Cruz, Eva Mendes, Rosie Perez, Sofia Vergara, Marc Anthony, Bruno Mars, Ricardo Montalbán, Andy Garcia and George Lopez. These are just a few of the hottest Latino stars whose names – synonymous with excellence in entertainment — come to mind with much pride as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Hispanic entertainers have wowed us …

What ‘Godzilla’ Is Really Trying to Say

With the new 3-D version starring Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston, Godzilla is bigger, badder and louder than ever. From a technical standpoint, there’s no sense in even comparing director Gareth Edwards’ computer-generated monster of today with the Japanese original of 60 years ago –  a lumbering creature that practically screams, “I’m a man in a rubber dragon suit!” Still, like others who have tried to resurrect the monster, Edwards and his writers make a common error:  They mistake the monster …

‘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, …

A Film That Celebrates Ageless Inner Beauty

The first hint that the just-released documentary film Pretty Old is something special is its title. It’s not Really Old. Or simply Old. It’s Pretty Old, as in, yeah, kinda, sorta old, but so what? And also, the conscious pairing of the two adjectives – pretty, as in beautiful, and old, as in wise. Directed by Walter Matteson (of the Sundance TV series Iconoclasts) and executive produced by, among others, actress Sarah Jessica Parker, Pretty Old chronicles the 30th anniversary of the Ms. …

MFG Weekend Movie, Video Preview: April 11

Heroes come in all shapes and social strata, as this week’s three top movies prove. Draft Day Kevin Costner enlists every ounce of his boyish goodwill to make what might have been a Superbowl-sized snore an enjoyable insider’s look at the NFL college draft. He’s a front-office guy who wants to make his team competitive while preserving his last shred of integrity; no easy task in the cutthroat world of pro sports. The rest of the appealing cast includes Jennifer …

Mickey Rooney: After 93 Years, a Fond Farewell

On the night I got to know Mickey Rooney, I had to keep reminding myself that the little – very little – old man sitting across from me was once the biggest star on Planet Earth. The high-water mark for Rooney, who died yesterday at 93, may well have come in 1939, when the world’s top box-office draw was not Clark Gable but “a rope-haired, kazoo-voiced kid with a comic-strip face,” as Time magazine described him at the time. When …