movies for grownups

Rocky the Squirrel’s Voice, Soaring at 95

Posted on 09/16/2013 by | Movies & TV | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentYou 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

Posted on 09/12/2013 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentAs 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

Posted on 08/29/2013 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentIt’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 …

August is the Sunday of the Months

Posted on 08/27/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeIf you are confused by this blog’s title, it is a phrase I heard recently from my niece. We were talking about vacation and she said, “Yep, August is the Sunday of the months as it is the time to relax.” What do I do to relax? I like to go to movies just like 58% of the 50+ (see our fact sheet below) and Woody Allen’s new movie Blue Jasmine is a must see Movie for Grownups. I love Broadway …

‘Our Nixon’: History in Home Movies

Posted on 08/1/2013 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentNext year marks the 40th anniversary of the culmination of the Watergate scandal, which ended in the summer of 1974 when Richard Nixon defiantly boarded a helicopter on the White House lawn and left his presidency — and the American public’s trust in their government — smoldering on the ground below. Nixon died in 1994 — he would have turned 100 this year — but his legacy remains a living, breathing entity. The latest entry in Nixonography is the documentary Our …

Cromwell, Bujold, and Longtime Love

Posted on 07/12/2013 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentHe’s played memorable supporting roles in more than 160 movies—and was even nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar after costarring with a pig in Babe. Now, in the drama Still Mine, James Cromwell is getting raves, including my review, for his first-ever lead role and he is savoring every moment. “This is my first try at it,”  Cromwell, 71, tells me on this week’s Movies for Grownups radio show. “I don’t know that I’ll ever get another one because …