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. …

Favorite Flicks for Father’s Day

  Last year at this time, I invited you to sit down with your Dad for a great Father’s Day movie.  Folks seemed to enjoy my list of suggestions (below), but as they say on cable TV, “Wait! There’s More!” In the past year there have been some more-than-worthy additions to your Father’s Day Lineup (click on each title for our Movies for Grownups review): Trouble With the Curve Clint Eastwood seems to get grumpier with each successive movie-but that …

Trivia Countdown! Two Days to Movies for Grownups on Turner Classic Movies

I’m counting down the days until May 15, the night I get to introduce four great Movies for Grownups with Robert Osborne on TCM. Here’s today’s trivia bit about one of the movies we’re showing: Moviegoers who saw the Steve Martin musical Pennies From Heaven were pleasantly surprised by Christopher Walken’s athletic dance to the song “Let’s Misbehave.” But Walken trained as a dancer early in his career, and among his early jobs was a role in the Broadway musical …

Trivia Countdown! Four Days to Movies for Grownups on Turner Classic Movies

I’m counting down the days until May 15, the night I get to introduce  four great Movies for Grownups with Robert Osborne on TCM. Here’s today’s trivia bit about one of the movies we’re showing: Even most rabid Steve Martin fans haven’t seen his 1981 musical Pennies From Heaven-it disappeared from theaters almost as soon as it opened, and it’s not even available on DVD. Here’s a rare chance to catch this dark, brooding tale of false optimism in the …

Sit Down With Dad for These Great Fathers Day Movies

Father’s Day cards always show dads fishing, or boating, or hunting ducks. But really, wouldn’t your dad rather sit down with you for a great movie? Here are my choices:                   Field of Dreams (1989) “Hey dad, ya wanna have a catch?” The day those words don’t reduce any American male to a state of blubbering crybabyhood is the day