EXCLUSIVE CLIP: Two Sutherlands for the Price of One!
Can this be right? Golden Globe winners Donald Sutherland and son Kiefer have never costarred before? With this week’s opening of their new film, Forsaken, that cosmic injustice is finally redressed. Kiefer plays a burned-out gunslinger, while Donald is his preacher-man pop. In this clip exclusive to AARP, they encounter a gang of land-grabbing bad guys.
The Stuff That Dreams are Made Of This year marks the 75th anniversary of John Huston’s classic film noir, The Maltese Falcon. No need to keep your Bogart impression under wraps, though: Turner Classic Movies is presenting the masterpiece on big screens across the country February 21 and 24. “I love these types of screenings,” longtime TCM host Robert Osborne tells us. “It gets people back to that original communal experience of watching something together. It’s what the movies were made for.”
Race 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
Risen 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. Director Kevin Reynolds’ version honors the tradition of grand old Hollywood epics such as Ben-Hur and The Greatest Story Ever Told, but it was also clearly influenced by gritty latter-day retellings, specifically The Gospel According to St. Matthew. As our first-century investigator approaches his task with CSI-style detachment, I dare you to shake off his resemblance to a young Charlton Heston.
Forsaken In this brooding, atmospheric western, Kiefer Sutherland is a middle-aged (!) gunslinger and Donald Sutherland plays his estranged father, a devout minister. Both run afoul of some bad guys who don’t mind getting blood on their hands. There are film echoes of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven, and seeing the Sutherland boys in the same frame for the first time in their long careers is exhilarating. Rather than bemoaning that unpardonable delay, let’s rejoice that their initial pairing has yielded such thoughtfully nuanced performances.
Black Mass Johnny Depp re-emerges as one of our best actors with his exquisitely calibrated channeling of James “Whitey” Bulger, the small-time Boston hood who became a big deal with the unwitting help of the FBI. FULL REVIEW
Steve Jobs At times as infuriating as the angry, selfish, abusive and brilliant figure at its center, Aaron Sorkin’s script visits the Apple founder (Michael Fassbender) at three pivotal moments in his life and career. FULL REVIEW
Trumbo Bryan Cranston is galvanizing as Dalton Trumbo, a screenwriter jailed and blacklisted during the Red Scare of the 1940s. The film shows demagoguery forcing good people to make devastating choices. A tale for our times? FULL REVIEW
The Wrong Man (1956) Alfred Hitchcock’s one and only docudrama was the story of a mild-mannered musician (Henry Fonda) wrongly accused of a series of robberies. Hitch filmed on the same New York streets, and sometimes even in the same rooms, where the real-life drama had unfolded.
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45 Years With an intimacy verging on voyeurism, this portrait of a long-married couple ( Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay) confronting an issue they thought was buried in the past is one of the most finely realized visions of marriage ever put on screen.
The Big Short Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell and Brad Pitt star in this account of the kooky-canny investors who saw the 2007 financial crash coming — and cashed in while everyone else lost their shirts. Director Adam McCary literally stops the action to put the likes of chef Anthony Bourdain and Selena Gomez before the camera to explain the mechanics of ARMageddon.
Carol Cate Blanchett will break your heart as a 1950s wife and mother falling in love with a young shopgirl (Rooney Mara). The actresses’ total commitment to their roles — along with Kyle Chandler’s sensitive turn as Carol’s husband — lifts the story blessedly clear of its sudsy premise.
EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: RISEN Joseph Fiennes — who will play Michael Jackson in the upcoming TV movie Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon — stars in Risen (opening this weekend) as a Roman officer assigned to discover where followers of Jesus of Nazareth have hidden his body. Fiennes talks about the film, which he characterizes as an “extraordinary murder mystery,” in this video exclusive to AARP.
Hail, Caesar! 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
Joy A snappy script and energetic performances by Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen and Isabella Rossellini keep things popping in this fact-based story of the woman whose Miracle Mop became a QVC sensation. FULL REVIEW
WALK THE RED CARPET WITH MOVIES FOR GROWNUPS Join us for this exclusive look at the stars who came out to shine at the Movies for Grownups Awards in Beverly Hills February 8. Those walking the red carpet included Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta Jones, Dick Van Dyke, Lily Tomlin, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman and Kathy Griffin.
Zoolander 2 Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson return as the world’s ghastliest supermodels, this time entering a web of international intrigue. Will Ferrell is back as an arch-villain, but the subversive hilarity of the original has gone AWOL. FULL REVIEW