Weekend: Blythe Danner in Love; Ethan Hawke at War

A splendid love story for grownups and a gripping vision of modern warfare make this an excellent weekend to duck into a mutiplex.

I’ll See You in My Dreams
The latest star in a welcome string of grownup-movie love stories, Blythe Danner shines as a long-widowed woman who finds herself in an unexpected late-life romance with a charming, wealthy retiree ( Sam Elliott).

 

 

Good Kill
Ethan Hawke stars as a U.S. Air Force drone pilot in one of the year’s most important films. (It’s also among the most dramatically engaging.) He tracks down and exterminates Afghan enemies from the comfort of a Las Vegas control room by day, then attempts to maintain a normal family life by night. Writer-director Andrew Niccol ( Gattaca) ingeniously explores the face of modern war without passing judgment on it.

 

 

Mad Max: Fury Road
Is this reboot of the original “Road Warrior” series any good? That’s for those of us who recall the original Mel Gibson classic to decide. Tom Hardy stars as the hero this time around.

 

 

Every Secret Thing
Nicole Holofcener ( Enough Said, Friends with Money) wrote this adaptation of Laura Lippman’s novel, the story of a detective (Elizabeth Banks) racing the clock to save a missing child who may or may not have been kidnapped by two disturbed girls (Danielle Macdonald and Dakota Fanning). Diane Lane costars as Macdonald’s equally troubled mother.

 

New on DVD and Home Video

Still Alice
Julianne Moore delivers a performance that sweeps us up, then blows us away, as a 50-year-old college professor coming to terms with her early-onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Her ability to convey the horror and tragedy of such an experience should yield that long-overdue Oscar. Based on Lisa Genova’s best-selling novel.

 


Make Way for Tomorrow
It’s 1937, and an elderly couple (Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi) announce to their four grown children that the bank has foreclosed on their home. No one will take them both, however, so the long-married pair must split up for the first time in decades. Leo McCarey’s heartwrenching drama plucks our heartstrings with poignant observations about love and family.

 


Supercar
If you don’t remember Mike Mercury and his flying car, your TV was off in the early 1960s. Here are all 39 episodes, in all their Supermarionation glory.

 

Still out there in theaters:

5 Flights Up
Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman are the year’s most adorable screen couple. They star as a long-married pair who must decide whether or not to relinquish the fifth-floor Brooklyn walkup apartment they’ve shared for four decades. The film addresses some serious issues, notably “aging in place,” and has some insightful lessons to impart about planning for the future versus constantly fretting about it.  FULL REVIEW

CLICK HERE to see an exclusive interview with Diane Keaton talking about what happened when she asked Morgan Freeman out on a date.

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 Ford).

Avengers: Age of Ultron
Captain America (Chris Evans) has been around since World War II. Tony “Iron Man” Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is well into middle age. Those facts give an AARP-ish tinge to the latest all-star Marvel comics screen epic as the heroes battle a disagreeable robot voiced with trademark spookiness by James Spader.

 

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Far from the Madding Crowd
Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel about a plucky farmer (adorable Carey Mulligan) and the three men who woo her (a sheep farmer, a military man and a rich bachelor) gets its fourth screen incarnation. We’ll always be partial to John Schelsinger’s 1967 version , however, with Julie Christie in the lead role.

Iris
This final film from legendary documentary maker Albert Maysles ( Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens) is a love letter to style icon Iris Apfel, who at 93 still wows the fashion world with her distinctive looks. “Life is gray and dull and you might as well have a little fun when you dress,” says Apfel.

Little Boy
An appealing cast — including Tom Wilkinson, Kevin James and Emily Watson — enlivens this heartfelt story of a World War II-era child convinced he can magically bring his beloved dad back from the battlefield.

Maggie
Arnold Schwarzenegger will never make us forget Sir Laurence Olivier, but he's not bad as the tragically conflicted father of a young woman (Abigail Breslin) who is slowly succumbing to a zombie virus, Ah-nult convinces as a powerful man traversing the unfamiliar terrain of incapacity.

The Water Diviner
First-time director Russell Crowe tackles one of World War I’s most consequential events: the Battle of Gallipoli in Turkey. Crowe also stars as an Australian farmer who travels to Turkey after the war to learn what became of his three sons, reportedly among the battle’s 150,000 casualties.

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