Weekend: De Niro Triggers Guffaws; Blunt Grabs Her Gun

In theaters this weekend: A cool workplace comedy; a searing cop drama. At home: a classic cult musical; a timeless story of young love.   Designates a Movies for Grownups Editors’ Choice   The Intern Robert DeNiro is perfect as a 70-year-old retiree who attacks his boredom by enlisting in a “senior intern” program at a hip online-fashion company. The experienced newcomer has a lot to teach the young whippersnappers — especially company founder Anne Hathaway, scrambling to keep her footing in the office and …

VIDEO BLOG: Pope Pourri — Classic Movie Pontiffs

Can’t engineer a private audience with Pope Francis this week? Schedule a viewing of these movie pontiffs — the quirky, the comical, the heroic. Also of Interest Emmys 2015: Opportunity has no age limit 10 Medical tests to avoid Over 50 and looking for a job? BACK TO WORK 50+ can help. Join AARP: Savings, resources and news for your well-being   See the AARP home page for deals, savings tips, trivia and more. 

What ‘Godzilla’ Is Really Trying to Say

With the new 3-D version starring Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston, Godzilla is bigger, badder and louder than ever. From a technical standpoint, there’s no sense in even comparing director Gareth Edwards’ computer-generated monster of today with the Japanese original of 60 years ago –  a lumbering creature that practically screams, “I’m a man in a rubber dragon suit!” Still, like others who have tried to resurrect the monster, Edwards and his writers make a common error:  They mistake the monster …

Tsunamis, Nuclear Meltdowns, and the Godzilla Effect

The destroyer rises from the ocean, utterly unexpected, leaves untold destruction in its wake; and gives rise to the threat of nuclear destruction. If the themes of the 1954 Japanese monster flick Gojira (Godzilla to us here in the U.S.) eerily echo the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear meltdown nightmare unfolding in Japan, the similarities are not completely coincidental. The fact is, while we consider Godzilla to be a cheapo thriller starring a guy in a lizard suit, for Japanese filmgoers less than a …