Transformers and Trains at the Movies This Weekend

It must be sci-fi weekend at the movies: Those presto-chango Transformers are back for a fourth time, but the grownup movie this weekend is from a noted Korean director, who offers his unusual tale of global-warming refugees stuck on the ultimate nonstop train.   Transformers: Age of Extinction Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci and Kelsey Grammer lend grownup presence to the latest toy-inspired Michael Bay heavy-metal fest, but when it comes to this series, there’s nothing more than meets the eye. …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview March 7

Wes Anderson devotees are rewarded with the director’s most fully realized film The Grand Budapest Hotel and boomer cartoon buffs get a surprisingly satisfying update of a ’60 TV classic in Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Also, it’s the last week to catch many of the Oscar winners in theaters before they go to home video-and you owe it to yourself to see them on a big screen if possible.   The Grand Budapest Hotel No filmmaker has a more fierce …

‘Big Brother’ Is One Fat, Juicy Novel

You haven’t seen your beloved older brother in years. Then he shows up at the airport, weighing hundreds of pounds more than the last time you saw him. That’s the premise of Lionel Shriver’s new novel, Big Brother. A touchy topic for our ever-widening times? Oh yeah – and meant to be. “We’ve lost our innocence about food,” the fit-looking Shriver told me over tea and biscotti at Washington’s Dupont Circle Hotel on June 11. “What we use food for …

At Last, It’s Safe to Sit in a Movie Theater Again!

Our long national movie nightmare is over: the Grownup Movies Season is in full swing. I do hope you’ve been saving your pennies since last January to take advantage of November and December, when Hollywood studio execs wake up, look in a mirror and declare, “Wait a minute-we’ve been releasing crap all year! How in the world will we win any Oscars for that tripe?” So they run out and track down Clint Eastwood on the golf course and say, …