Audience Learns ‘5 Flights Up’ Back Story at Film Fest

Jill Ciment had one goal in mind when she wrote the novel on which the new movie 5 Flights Up is based. “I wanted to write a story about a happy marriage,” Ciment told AARP’s Meg Grant after a screening of 5 Flights Up at the Movies for Grownups Film Festival in Miami. Ciment’s 2009 novel, Heroic Measures, became a bestseller when it was chosen by Oprah’s Book Club. Little did she know it would become an ideal movie for grownup …

‘Caring for Mom and Dad’: A Movie With Answers

As 75 million boomers march steadily toward old age, a health care problem of monumental proportions awaits. That’s the staggering issue attacked in Caring for Mom and Dad, a new PBS documentary featured at AARP’s Movies for Grownups Film Festival in Miami this week. Sponsored by AARP and Pfizer, the film — now available for viewing online — introduces us to  people who are trying to balance their own lives and careers with caring for aging parents. While the stories are both sobering and inspiring, …

AARP to Host “Still Alice” Screenings Nationwide

  As the Oscar-winning drama Still Alice comes to DVD and Blu-Ray on May 12, AARP’s Movies for Grownups has joined forces with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to host more than 40 screenings of the film nationwide in May and June. Julianne Moore won an Oscar for her poignant and sympathetic portrayal of the title character, Alice Howland, who develops early-onset Alzheimer’s at age 50. In the exclusive video above, Moore discusses the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, while activist Maria Shriver — an executive …

Video: Meryl Streep Rocks Out

There’ll be no shortage of blockbuster movies this summer, but one I’m most looking forward to is Ricki and the Flash, the dramatic comedy starring Meryl Streep as a veteran rocker. If only she’d paid less attention to sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll, she realizes too late, and more to her all-but-abandoned children (one of whom is played by Meryl’s real-life daughter Mamie Gummer). The film doesn’t open until August 7, but Sony Pictures has already released the film’s first trailer …

Exclusive Video: Kevin Costner in ‘Black or White’

One of the highlights of last fall’s Movies for Grownups Film Festival in Los Angeles was Kevin Costner telling us about his passion for his film Black or White, costarring Octavia Spencer. Costner stars as a widowed Los Angeles lawyer locked in a custody battle with the child’s maternal grandmother (Spencer), who insists the young girl would be better off living with her African American relatives. The subject matter easily could have resulted in two hours of nonstop preaching, but …

This Weekend’s Best Movies are In Your Home

Aside from one lighter-than-air romantic comedy that costars two appealing veteran actors in small roles, this might be an ideal weekend to stay home and catch one of the fine films coming to DVD, Blu-ray and Video on Demand (VOD).   Unfriended This thriller about teens stalked by an otherworldly evil unfolds entirely on a desktop computer screen. Hit “delete.”   5 to 7 Embedded in this disarming comedy about a young New York novelist (Star Trek’s Anton Yelchin) having …