Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview Sept. 27

Pornography and cannibalism are the subjects of two interesting new movies this week, but it may be time to see a true classic: The Wizard of Oz is in IMAX3-D theaters through this weekend; it was in the top ten moneymakers last weekend. Go see it for the popping poppies and flying monkeys. The New Stuff:  Don Jon This is a tour-de-force for actor, writer, director Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but see the story of Jon, a guy whose addiction to online porn …

At Last, a Lyrical Look at Latino Life

Miriam Colon isn’t just the star of Bless Me, Ultima, a gentle soul of a film set in a New Mexico Latino community during World War II. She’s also something of a prophet on its behalf, urging more films like this one that, quite literally, calls from the wilderness with a story of America’s rich Latino culture. While there’s no shortage of movies that examine the Latino experience in America, they tend to unfold as urban gangster films (Scarface), along …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview Sept. 20

Let’s see; we’ve got a kidnapping drama, high-speed race cars, and Munchkins in 3-D. Yep, something for everyone in theaters this weekend. The New Stuff . . . Prisoners Boasting more Oscar nominees than a Coppola family reunion, this gritty crime drama stars Hugh Jackman as a distraught Georgia dad who kidnaps the guy he believes kidnapped his 6-year-old daughter. It’s the old vigilante dad story, all right, but get a load of the rest of the cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, …

Rocky the Squirrel’s Voice, Soaring at 95

You may not know the face of June Foray, nor even her name. But the voice sure is familiar. Foray, who’s about to turn 96, has been the voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel (and his Russian nemesis Natasha Fatale), Hazel the Witch (Bugs Bunny’s broom-flying foil), Cindy Lou Who (The Grinch’s pint-sized conscience) and Granny (Tweety Bird’s protector), not to mention dozens of other characters, in hundreds of theatrical and TV cartoons since 1943. Last year, Foray won her …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview Sept. 13

As the September movie doldrums continue, this weekend brings two films about dysfunctional families. But that’s where the similarites end. The New Stuff:   The Family Is it a warmhearted family comedy? Is it a bloodlusting mob flick? Writer/Director Luc Besson tries to have it both ways, and his all-star cast is caught in the crossfire. Robert De Niro plays an ex-mobster who, along with his wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) and their streetwise kids, relocates to rural France as part of …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview Aug. 30

It’s Labor Day Weekend, the unofficial end of the summer movie season. Much of the season’s grownup fare is still in theaters, plus there are four new films that are worthy of your attention this weekend, too. The New Stuff: Closed Circuit A suicide truck bombing in a busy London market leads to a spectacular trial-and ugly revelations about government complicity and surveillance. Briskly paced and smartly directed by John Crowley (Boy A), this political thriller is propelled by its …