‘Downton Abbey’ Goes Out in Style

Downton Countdown With just a few episodes left to hobnob amongst our favorite ladies and gentlemen of post-Victorian Britain, here’s your chance to become a walking spoiler alert: The complete sixth season of Downton Abbey comes to DVD Jan. 26, more than three weeks before the broadcast finale. For those of us who’ve always thought Downton Abbey is all about the fashions, PBS Distribution has given us this flashy and fun look at the show’s high-couture highlights.     When David Bowie Met a Real Starman Astronaut Jim …

This Weekend: Ruffalo and the Stones

It won’t put a dent in the long-awaited return of Seth MacFarlane’s famously foul-mouthed teddy bear, but Infinitely Polar Bear — the quirky, warm-hearted story of a family coping with mental illness — is this week’s best grownup bet in theaters. At home, the Rolling Stones party like it’s 1971.   Signifies a Movies for Grownups Critic’s Pick    Infinitely Polar Bear Mark Ruffalo is irresistible as a Boston father struggling with bipolar disorder while raising two spirited daughters. Writer-director Maya Forbes based the …

Lots More to See Than ‘The Avengers’ This Weekend

Avengers: Age of Ultron isn’t just this weekend’s splashiest movie; it’s expected to be one of the biggest spring/summer blockbusters of all time. But don’t let the studio’s high hopes overshadow these worthy alternatives, both in theaters and in your living room.   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 …

Shades of Grey or Gray Romance: Your Choice

Pick your Valentine’s Day poison: An edgy tale of sexual domination, a warm and fuzzy rom-com with the ever-charming Hugh Grant, or an explosion-packed secret-agent spectacle. Choose wisely; the ultimate outcome of your romantic dinner-and-a-movie date depends upon it.   50 Shades of Grey We’re not supposed to laugh out loud at a movie that features beautiful young people having kinky sex, right? Yet that’s precisely what happens almost from the moment we’re introduced to billionaire bondage boy Christian Grey …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview April 4

Superhero adventure goes head-to-head with the real-life brand this weekend, and both films get much of their mileage through the talents of veteran stars.     Captain America: The Winter Soldier The good news: in this latest piece of Marvel superhero bombast, Robert Redford and Samuel L. Jackson are on hand. The bad news: There’s not enough of them. Chris Evans is the titular hero and Scarlett Johansson is his kick-butt sidekick, but after the last bad guy has been …