Two big-studio misfires take up theater space this weekend. What to do? Catch a surprisingly charming documentary about a 1950s screen icon, or catch up on some Oscar hopefuls still out there.
Too much Labor Day sun is bad for your skin, so seek refuge in a nice, dark theater: You’ll be in good company with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, or get a kick out of watching what made Steve Jobs tick.
Oscar winner Emma Thompson costars as Robert Redford’s wife in A Walk in the Woods. It’s the screen version of the wildly popular 1998 book of the same name, in which Bill Bryson recounted his failed attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail in its entirety (2,168 miles).
This year’s Emmy nominations are dotted with actors age 50 and up who brought powerful performances to some of the best shows on television and continue to work at the top of their game. Among the trends:
Helen Mirren reigns onscreen this weekend. That’s the predictable play. If you’re in a more adventurous mood, check out a quirky new cartoon from the legendary Bill Plympton. Otherwise, the post-Oscar parade of big-screen blockbusters hitting home video continues apace.
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