Sly: Stand-Up Guy
We’re guessing Sylvester Stallone was as shocked as anybody when Bridge of Spies costar Mark Rylance edged him out for that Best Supporting Actor award at the Oscars (“Guessing,” but not exactly surprised: Rylance was our Movies for Grownups Awards honoree.) Ever the good sport, Sly tweeted: “Could not go to a more consummate actor and gentleman. It was a privilege. Keep punching, Mark!”
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: George Kennedy: One Great Character
A fond farewell to George Kennedy, who died this week at 91. He won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Cool Hand Luke in 1967, then went on to create one great character role after another for nearly 50 years. Here’s George in 2011, giving us his perspective on getting older…and reminiscing about that time he “had to” slip his hand under Victoria Principal’s jacket.
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Grownups Only!
Why should celebs have all the fun? This dazzling sizzle reel captures all the excitement and glamour of our 15th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards in Beverly Hills February 8.
This Weekend at the Movies
New in Theaters
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Based on a memoir by reporter Kim Barker, this action comedy stars Tina Fey as a cable-news producer who leaves her cushy lifestyle behind to cover the war in Afghanistan. Billy Bob Thornton is a no-nonsense commanding officer, while in true Hollywood fashion, British-born Italian-Spanish actor Alfred Molina plays a Middle Eastern power broker.
London Has Fallen
More than London Bridge is falling down in this action spectacle: Terrorists are bombing everything in sight during a summit of world leaders. The bad guys aspire to podcast their execution of the U.S. President (Aaron Eckhart), but his Secret Service buddy (Gerard Butler) and vice-president (Morgan Freeman) have other ideas.
New at Home
Bring a hanky. Better yet, a box of ’em. Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay are extraordinary as a mother and her 5-year-old son who escape after being held captive in a single small room for the youngster’s entire life. With Joan Allen and William H. Macy. FULL REVIEW
And the seventh (Rocky film, that is) shall be the best: Creator Sylvester Stallone turned the writing and directing duties over to Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station), who cast the wonderful Michael B. Jordan as a young boxer who asks Rocky to mentor him. A Golden Globe ensued for Sly. FULL REVIEW
The Danish Girl
We love this shoulder tap from director Tom Hooper and star Eddie Redmayne: Uh, you do realize boomers didn’t invent transgender identity, right? Set in the 1920s and ’30s, it tells the true story of Lili Elbe, a Danish man who underwent numerous surgeries en route to becoming a woman.
Still Out There
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (IMAX and Netflix)
Your choice: Find a giant screen showing this sequel to the 2000 classic, or watch it on your TV. Already a runaway hit in China, the fantasy action flick brings back Michelle Yeoh as the warrior who must prevent a powerful sword from falling into the hands of an evil warlord.
Eddie the Eagle
Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) brings an earnest naïveté to the role of ungainly Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards — Britain’s first Olympic ski jumper in 50 years , who was the sensation of the 1988 Calgary games. Hugh Jackman is a cranky delight as his coach, a washed-up former ski champ. FULL REVIEW
EXCLUSIVE CLIP: Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau in Remember
The two Oscar-winning stars team up for the first time in a searing drama about two Holocaust survivors with one last chance to bring a war criminal to justice. In this exclusive clip for AARP Movies for Grownups, the two men hatch their plan in secret.
In this brooding, atmospheric western, Kiefer Sutherland is a middle-aged (!) gunslinger and Donald Sutherland plays his estranged father, a devout minister. Rather than bemoaning that unpardonable delay, let’s rejoice that their initial pairing has yielded such thoughtfully nuanced performances.
Those crazy Coen brothers (Fargo) plunge us into a fantasized version of 1950s Hollywood with this delightful ensemble piece about a studio head (Josh Brolin) dealing with the kidnapping of his biggest star (George Clooney). Making high-wattage cameos are Ralph Fiennes, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill and Wayne Knight. FULL REVIEW
The Last Man on the Moon
This thrilling, inspiring, beautiful documentary about Apollo 17 commander Eugene Cernan deftly evokes America’s decade-long commitment to landing a man on the moon in 1969. Part of the joy comes from reveling in a time when the nation could agree on a common goal.
A fond farewell to legendary cinematographer Douglas Slocombe, who’s died at 103. You may not know his name, but as you’ll see in this wrap-up of his best films, you’ve certainly shared his vision.
The story of Olympic champion Jesse Owens — the African American runner who exploded Hitler’s myth of Aryan superiority — is faithfully captured in this often-thrilling biopic starring Stephan James (Selma) as Owens and SNL alumnus Jason Sudeikis as his coach. FULL REVIEW
The story of Easter retold as a detective yarn? Yes, you heard that right. This unusual faith-based film stars Joseph Fiennes as a Roman officer charged with finding where the Jews have hidden the crucified body of Jesus of Nazareth.
“999” is police-band radio code for “Officer down!” In this case that would be Officer Casey Affleck, who’s been shot by a group of crooked Atlanta cops trying to create a distraction so they can pull off a heist across town. The bad news — for them — is that the targeted cop doesn’t die.
Photos: Cool Hand Luke: Warner Home Video; Michael Douglas: Bill Newcott; Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan: Warner Bros
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