It’s an All-Owen-Wilson Weekend

This weekend’s theater news: Meet three global survivors…two very different Owen Wilsons…and one exasperated housekeeper. …and in home-viewing news: Steve McQueen trades his race cars for a jalopy…and a ripped-from-the-headlines documentary drives home some controversial points.   She’s Funny That Way Peter Bogdanovich returns to form in this frothy tale of a playwright (Owen Wilson) caught in a love triangle with his wife, her old flame and a heart-of-gold hooker. Jennifer Aniston is funny as a shrink entangled in the mess (“You don’t joke …

Stars in Cars: Lily Tomlin and Ben Kingsley

Star power fuels this weekend’s theatrical grownup movies: Lily Tomlin, Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley and Pierce Brosnan all headline new films. At home, nostalgia rules: Check out vintage films from Truffaut, the Disney studios…and one of Hollywood’s most beloved bad directors, William “One Shot” Beaudine.   Grandma Lily Tomlin stars as a grandmother trying to help her teenage granddaughter (Julia Garner) pay for an abortion. Crass, combative and vulnerable, Tomlin gives the performance of a lifetime in a film that suggests …

Pierce Brosnan: Back in Bond-age

Why is Labor Day at the movies such a cinematic Sahara? Because the movie studios clearly expect you to be out grillin’, not inside chillin’, all weekend long. Despite the slim pickings, you’ll still find an action flick that stars a familiar face and a film bio of the biggest movie star you’ve never heard of.   Cantinflas There’s no more beloved figure in the history of Latin American cinema than the Mexican comedian Cantinflas – known to U.S. audiences, …

Weekend Movie Choices Include New ‘Planet of the Apes’

Chimps will be champs at the box office this weekend. But a vengeful dad and four damaged friends are also vying for their share of summer moviegoers.   Dawn of the Planet of the Apes It’s been a decade or so since apes and humans reached a fragile peace. But the winds of war are whipping across San Francisco Bay, and despite the best efforts of a human-loving chimp named Caesar (Andy Serkis), a band of urban gorillas may be …