Why Oscar Nominee ‘Nebraska’ Has Already Won

I saw Nebraska over the holidays with my boyfriend and his mom and my mom. It was a rather odd double date, come to think of it, but this isn’t about that. The movie just got me to thinking. There’s an important message in Nebraska, particularly in the relationship between David (Will Forte) and his father Woody (Oscar contender Bruce Dern). When Woody says he won a million dollars and has to travel 800+ miles to collect the prize, his …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview: Dec. 13

Just wait ’til next week, when Santa drops a sackfull of blockbusters on your local multiplex. In the meantime, the wonderful Inside Llewyn Davis (reviewed last week) moves from just a handful of theaters to a whole bunch of them…and one gritty new family/crime drama showcases some of the year’s finest performances.  The New Stuff: Out of the Furnace Christian Bale and Casey Affleck duke it out for acting Oscar nominations in this flint-edged story of two brothers raised in …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview Nov. 8

We’re way late for Father’s Day-or maybe way early-but this week’s top movies offer two great stars playing a pair of unforgettable dads. The New Stuff… About Time We’d watch Bill Nighy (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) if he were handing out food samples at Costco. Here he is quirkily delightful as ever, as a loving dad who has to break some earth-shattering news to his son (Domhnall Gleeson): The men in the family can travel through time. With Nighy …

“The Counselor”: Big Stars, Low Appeal

The Counselor is a mess of a movie. That’s surprising, given the talent in this modern noir - Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt - and a screenplay (his first) by Cormac McCarthy, the esteemed author who has won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. As a screenwriter, the 80-year-old turns out to be a great novelist. Get entertainment and dining discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. Fassbender is the title character, called only “Counselor.” We never …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview: Oct. 4

From disaster in Earth orbit to death in the Himalayas, to gunshots in Dallas, this week’s top new movies serve up some pretty tough meat. Luckily there’s at least one new comedy to lighten things up. The New Stuff: Gravity Stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are fine and the film’s visual recreation of a space voyage is breathtaking (especially in 3-D), but co-writer/director Alfonso Cuaron should have launched with a decent script. FULL REVIEW   Save $3 off any size popcorn …

Rita Moreno Adds Life Achievement To Award List

As movie awards season draws a little closer, it’s worth noting that the Screen Actors Guild will give its Life Achievement Award of 2014 to the inimitable Rita Moreno, who turns 82 in December. She’ll add the SAG statue to a shelf of many others, an Emmy, two Grammys, an Oscar and a Tony (she is one of only 11 artists in entertainment history to have won that grand slam), not to mention a Presidential Medal of Freedom and a …