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Life@50+ Movies for Grownups
Life@50+ rolled out the red carpet in Beantown!
AARP Movies for Grownups® offered a stellar lineup in Boston. The film festival ran Friday and Saturday, May 9 and 10. The films included Words and Pictures starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche, Million Dollar Arm with Jon Hamm and Alan Arkin, And So It Goes with Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton and A Night in Old Mexico starring Robert Duvall.
Thursday, May 8
Directed by Saffron Cassaday
This film is not rated
A humorous and heartwarming documentary feature, Cyber-Seniors chronicles the extraordinary journey of a group of senior citizens as they discover the world of the Internet through the guidance of teenage mentors. Their exploration of cyberspace is catapulted to another level when 89-year-old Shura decides to create a YouTube cooking video, inspiring her fellow cyber-seniors to do the same. A spirited competition for video “views" evolves as hidden talents and competitive spirits are revealed. This charming film provides insight into the wonderful things that can happen when generation gaps are bridged and proves you are never too old to get “connected.”
The Age of Love
Directed by Steven Loring
This film is not rated
The announcement of a first-of-its-kind speed dating event for 70- to 90-year-olds spurs a diverse group of seniors to take stock of aging bodies and still-hopeful hearts. Over one summer, we meet 10 senior daters — recently widowed, long-divorced or never married — as they prepare for the big day, endure a rush of encounters, then anxiously receive their results. Along the way, candid confessions reveal the unexpected emotions of this often-stereotyped generation. And, as three lucky couples head out on comic and poignant first dates, it's soon clear how insecurity, desire, the fear of rejection and dreams of companionship endure, from first love to the far reaches of life.
Directed by Stu Maddox
This film is not rated
What would you do to survive if you were old, disabled and ill — and afraid of discrimination or abuse? Gen Silent is the lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) documentary from award-winning director and documentary filmmaker Stu Maddux (Bob and Jack’s 52-Year Adventure, Trip to Hell and Back) that asks six LGBT seniors if they will hide their lives to survive.
They put a face on what experts in the film call an epidemic: gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender seniors so afraid of discrimination, or worse, in long-term health care that many go back into the closet. Their surprising decisions are captured through intimate access to their day-to-day lives over the course of a year in Boston.
After the screening, Stu Maddux, director and producer of Gen Silent; Michael Adams, executive director of Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), and Lisa Krinsky, executive director of the LGBT Aging Projects, sat down for a discussion on the changing landscape of aging in the LGBT community. A community reception will followed.
Thursday, May 8
Directed by Paul Greengrass
Starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi
Captain Phillips is a multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is – through director Paul Greengrass’s distinctive lens – simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award®-winner Tom Hanks), and the Somali pirate captain, Muse (Barkhad Abdi), who takes him hostage. Phillips and Muse are
set on an unstoppable collision course when Muse and his crew target Phillips’ unarmed ship. In the ensuing standoff, 145 miles off the
Somali coast, both men will find themselves at the mercy of forces beyond their control.
Friday, May 9
Words and Pictures
Directed by Fred Schepisi
Starring Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche and Keegan Connor Tracy
Rated PG-13 | In select cities May 23, 2014, nationwide June 6, 2014
In this witty romantic drama, starring the engaging duo of Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen working together on-screen for the first time, Owen plays prep school English teacher Jack Marcus, who laments his students' obsession with social media and good grades rather than engaging with the power of the written word. A one-time literary star, Jack has not published in years, filling his spare time with drink rather than the art of language. He meets his match in Binoche’s character, Dina Delsanto, an abstract painter and new teacher on campus, who was once celebrated for her art. From the start, the two flirt and provoke each other with equal relish. With a performance review looming and his teaching job on the line, Jack hatches an inspired plan for galvanizing student interest in their studies — he declares a war between words and pictures, confident that the former can convey greater meaning than the latter. Dina and her art students accept the challenge from Jack and his English students and the battle lines are drawn.
Million Dollar Arm
Directed by Craig Gillespie
Starring Jon Hamm, Madhur Mittal, Suraj Sharma and Pitobash
Rated PG | In theatres May 16, 2014
Based on a true story, sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) finds that business has changed and things aren’t going well for his career. In a last-ditch effort to save his livelihood, he concocts a scheme to find baseball’s next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a major league baseball star, JB travels to India to produce a reality show competition called “The Million Dollar Arm.” With the help of cantankerous but eagle-eyed retired baseball scout Ray Poitevint (Alan Arkin), he discovers Dinesh (played by Madhur Mittal from “Slumdog Millionaire”) and Rinku (played by Suraj Sharma from “Life of Pi”), two 18-year-old boys who have no idea about playing baseball, yet have a knack for throwing a fastball. Hoping to sign them to major league contracts and make a quick buck, JB brings the boys home to America to train. While the Americans are definitely out of their element in India, the boys, who have never left their rural villages, are equally challenged when they come to the States. As the boys learn the finer points of baseball, JB, with the help of his charming friend Brenda (Lake Bell), learns valuable life lessons about teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family.
Saturday, May 10
And So It Goes
Directed by Rob Reiner
Starring Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton and Sterling Jerins
Rated PG-13 | In theatres July 11, 2014
There are a million reasons not to like realtor Oren Little (Michael Douglas) and that's just the way he likes it. Willfully obnoxious to anyone who might cross his path, he wants nothing more than to sell one last house and retire in peace and quiet until his estranged son suddenly drops off a granddaughter (Sterling Jerins) he never knew existed and turns his life upside-down. Clueless about how to care for a sweet, abandoned 9-year-old, he pawns her off on his determined and lovable neighbor Leah (Diane Keaton) and tries to resume his life uninterrupted. But little by little, Oren stubbornly learns to open his heart — to his family, to Leah and to life itself — in this uplifting comedy from acclaimed director Rob Reiner.
A Night in Old Mexico
Directed by Emilio Aragón
Starring Robert Duvall, Jeremy Irvine and Angie Cepeda
This film is not yet rated | In theatres May 16, 2014
Forced to give up his land and home, Texas rancher Red Bovie (Robert Duvall) is not about to retire quietly in a trailer park. Instead he jumps in his Cadillac and hits the road with his grandson (Jeremy Irvine) for one last wild adventure filled with guns, women and booze. It’s just another night in Old Mexico.
AARP Movies for Grownups
Throughout the year, AARP celebrates winning movies through our multimedia channels: AARP The Magazine, online, radio, events, and more. Movies for Grownups® is a high-impact multimedia franchise started in 2002 by AARP The Magazine editors to spotlight and celebrate movies with storylines, performances and filmmaking that have distinct relevance to the 50-plus audience.
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