Christian Bale and Joaquin Phoenix Stick It to The Man

In Theaters this week: Moses and Pharaoh Ramses get into a smackdown. At Home: A new box set is a bonanza for Grownup Movie lovers.   Exodus: Gods and Kings Once you get past the 3-D plagues, the clashing armies, the towering tidal wave that swallows the Pharaoh’s chariots … hmm, there’s really not much past all that. As Moses and Ramses, Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton do a lot of railing, if only to be heard above the crashing soundtrack. …

Throw Down Moses: Christian Bale vs. Charlton Heston

Ridley Scott’s spectacular retelling of the story of Moses, Exodus: Gods and Kings, opens just as Running Press is releasing a lavish new book about the man who single-handedly created the Hollywood Biblical Epic, Cecil B. DeMille. Here’s our exclusive Movies for Grownups video comparison of Exodus: Gods and Kings with DeMille’s crowning achievement, The Ten Commandments (1956) — along with some exclusive images from the new book, Cecil B. DeMille: The Art of the Hollywood Epic.     Photos: …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview Oct. 25

Our Movies For Grownups choices this week include just one new film and not a favorite, at that.  Still, some would say you could have worse company than Brad Pitt, Cormac McCarthy and Ridley Scott. The New Stuff The Counselor Michael Fassbender is the latest in a long line of movie lawyers who discover representing bad guys isn’t always the best career move. The script is by Cormac McCarthy; the director is Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, American Gangster); and the …

“The Counselor”: Big Stars, Low Appeal

The Counselor is a mess of a movie. That’s surprising, given the talent in this modern noir - Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt - and a screenplay (his first) by Cormac McCarthy, the esteemed author who has won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. As a screenwriter, the 80-year-old turns out to be a great novelist. Get entertainment and dining discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. Fassbender is the title character, called only “Counselor.” We never …

Tony Scott: A Gifted Director’s Most Thrilling Movie Moments

Tony Scott directed 16 films, including the Tom Cruise hits Top Gun and Days of Thunder, but he got little of the critical acclaim showered on Hollywood contemporaries such as Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, and Steven Spielberg. Accolade-wise, he even was overshadowed by his older brother Ridley, whose trio of Academy Award nominations in the best director category amounted to three more than Tony ever got. But Scott, who died yesterday at age 68 in an apparent suicide in Los Angeles, had stellar success in …

Carlo Rambaldi: In Motion Pictures, He Put the ‘Special’ in Special Effects

If you were enthralled by the diminutive, charming protagonist of Steven Spielberg’s E.T., the towering ape in the 1976 remake of King Kong,  or the hideous, homicidal beast in Ridley Scott’s Alien, thank Carlo Rambaldi. Rambaldi, a special-effects wizard who died Aug. 10 at age 86  in his native Italy, won Academy Awards for visual effects for all three of those films. Spielberg hailed Rambaldi as “E.T.’s Geppetto,” a reference to the fictional woodcarver who created Pinocchio, but Rambaldi’s skills …