Hit the Road with Tom Cruise and the Griswolds

This weekend, one of the summer’s best action flicks and a big, loud comedic disappointment share the multiplex with a brilliantly understated study of writers and the perils of genius.    Designates a Movies for Grownups Critic’s Choice   Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation After parsing the title’s tricky punctuation, taking down an international terror group should be easy for Tom Cruise & Co. We’ve seen this nonstop whirl of double agents, impossible stunts and (literally) breathtaking challenges before, but nobody does it like …

Parents, Kids…and Jennifer Aniston in Pain

In theaters, three films take very different views of family bonds, while at home Jennifer Aniston’s breakthrough performance takes the Cake.   The Age of Adaline Never aging a day past 29 sounds like a pretty sweet deal — at first. But as Blake Lively’s titular character discovers, it also means watching everyone you love grow old — including your 80-something daughter (a radiant Ellen Burstyn) and that handsome hunk with whom you once had a thing (the ever-dashing Harrison …

Actresses Need Roles, Not Russell Crowe’s Carping

Russell Crowe, no longer a young man at nearly 51, thinks women around his age should just get over themselves and even at “40, 45, 48” be content to move into their dotage on screen. Tell that to gorgeous new Bond “girl” Monica Belluci, who at 50 will star with four-years-younger Daniel Craig in the upcoming 007 spectacle, SPECTRE. More to the point, Crowe — who, just in time for awards season, shared his uninformed opinion in Australia Women’s Weekly — has the …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview March 28

Pick your movie hero this weekend: A real-life social crusader; a Biblical shipbuilder; or a DEA agent with forearms like telephone poles. Also see what’s new on DVD and on demand down below. Cesar Chavez Michael Pena stars as the legendary farm workers’ union leader, and despite the inspiring lessons of the man’s life, director Diego Luna’s films is oddly dispassionate. The film falls victim to the fate that swallows too many film biographies: It’s so in love with the …