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Zach Braff and ‘Boyhood’ Top This Weekend’s Movies

Posted on 07/16/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentParents and children do their eternal dance of mutual misunderstanding in two of this week’s best films; the rest range from a gentle romantic fantasy to a cautionary apocalyptic tale.     Boyhood In 2002, writer-director Richard Linklater wrote a script about a young boy’s life from age 6 to his late teens. He filmed it over the ensuing 12 years, letting his actors literally grow into their parts. Sure, the nearly three-hour Boyhood could stand some trimming, but it’s …

MFG Movie and Video Preview: May 16

Posted on 05/15/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentA rampaging monster, a woman in distress, a visionary sports agent and a crusty cowboy codger make this a something-for-everyone weekend at the movies.   Godzilla Two things this re-re-reboot of the 1954 Japanese classic does not have enough of: Bryan Cranston and Godzilla. Unwisely, the star of TV’s Breaking Bad makes an early exit…and inexplicably the title character doesn’t really show up until the second half. Most of the film focuses on two incredibly ugly prehistoric critters that terrorize …

‘Movies for Grownups’ Throws a Film Festival in Boston

Posted on 05/12/2014 by |West Coast Editor, AARP The Magazine | Comments

EntertainmentMovie fans were drowning in choice at AARP’s Life@50+ event in Boston last week. The twice-yearly get-together of AARP members and partners, held at Boston’s convention center on May 9 and 10, featured a Movies for Grownups film festival that invited attendees to watch four feature films before their wider release to the public. (Admission to the screenings was included in the Life@50+ registration fee.) The lineup included two romantic comedies: 1) And So It Goes, from director Rob Reiner, …

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 …