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 …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview March 14

The Grand Budapest Hotel gets a wider release this week. We also recommend Le Week-end, a poignant look at a long-married couple, Nick and Meg (Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan), returning to the scene of their Paris honeymoon in a bid to recapture a bit of the magic of their early years together. This small, quiet, lethal film is hardly the lighthearted rom-com its ads dangle before you – it’s much better than that. FULL REVIEW The Grand Budapest Hotel …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview March 7

Wes Anderson devotees are rewarded with the director’s most fully realized film The Grand Budapest Hotel and boomer cartoon buffs get a surprisingly satisfying update of a ’60 TV classic in Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Also, it’s the last week to catch many of the Oscar winners in theaters before they go to home video-and you owe it to yourself to see them on a big screen if possible.   The Grand Budapest Hotel No filmmaker has a more fierce …

On Oscar Night Everyone’s a Grownup!

Even the weather gods know that you don’t mess around with Oscar. A rainy afternoon in Los Angeles gave way to sun in time for the Annual Academy Awards Sunday and the glamour teams who get the stars ready for the glitzy ceremony must have exhaled in unison. Fashion dominated the red carpet conversation and age had nothing to do with the great grownup looks. Here, a few of the best. THE LEGENDARY Liza Minnelli, 67, in cobalt blue matched by …

Why Watch the Oscars? For the Boomer Stars, Of Course!

The diamonds may blind you, the designer fashions may dazzle you, and the collective cosmetic surgery bill would probably buy health care for the entire nation of Rwanda. But when it comes to the movies being honored at the Oscars Sunday night, one thing is refreshingly true: It’s not about the money. Seldom has such a grown-up batch of films been nominated for Best Picture without regard for box office performance. In fact, the total take for the lower two-thirds of …