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Is Kevin Costner Having a Midlife Action Crisis?

Posted on 02/20/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentKevin Costner has starred in his share of action films — No Way Out and Waterworld come to mind — but there’s this nagging sense that his new shoot-’em-up, 3 Days to Kill, is Costner’s attempt to “pull a Liam Neeson” — that is, to supercharge his career at midlife by starring in an over-the-top chase flick, as Neeson did with Taken in 2008. Like Neeson (an ex-forklift operator), Costner (the son of a ditchdigger) is mostly beloved for his …

Is ‘Oz’ Really So Wonderful? We’ll Tell You!

Posted on 03/8/2013 by | Movies & TV | Comments

Entertainment  We’re inching closer to the big spring movie season, and the first entry comes this weekend: Oz the Great and Powerful, a prequel to the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz, which became an annual viewing experience in the homes of many a boomer during their growing up years. We’ve got a review of the new movie here and you can see clips from it on my new YouTube Movies for Grownups Show: The weekend’s sleeper selection is Emperor, starring Tommy …

Quartet: A Movies For Grownups Video Review

Posted on 01/25/2013 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentDustin Hoffman steps behind the camera to direct his first movie, the warmly wonderful comedy Quartet. In this week’s video review and clips, Bill Newcott marvels at how Hoffman lets his veteran cast do what they do best.   Photo: Kerry Brown/The Weinstein Company

The Last Stand: A Movies for Grownups Minute Review

Posted on 01/18/2013 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentAfter 10 years in the California governor’s mansion, Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in The Last Stand, his first post-Governator lead role.   In this video review, Movies for Grownups’ Bill Newcott says Arnold is just fine as a small-town Arizona sheriff … so long as you don’t think about it too much.   Read my full review HERE   photo credit: Merrick Morton/LionsGate Entertainment