Movies for Grownups

Summer 2013 Has Plenty of Movies for Grownups

These blockbusters and small films look worthy of your money, experience and time

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The 'Tadpoles' (aka: Little Movies With Big Ideas)

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Clive Owen and Andrea Riseborough. — Magnolia Pictures

Shadow Dancer

Stars: Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough, Gillian Anderson
Opened: May 31

A wonderful cast stars in a story about Belfast and the IRA in the 1990s. Director James Marsh is among our best documentary makers (Man on Wire, Project Nim), and he brings gritty authenticity to his fiction films, as well.

Gemma Arterton plays a choir director, Terence Stamp a grumpy widower. — The Weinstein Company

Unfinished Song

Stars: Terence Stamp
Opened: June 21     Read the review

We loved last year's The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Quartet. This story — about a grumpy widower who, out of respect for his wife's memory, joins a community choir she loved — may be the next hit film in that grownup drama/comedy tradition.

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Saoirse Ronan in "Byzantium." — Patrick Redmond


Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton
June 28

The cast in this fantasy-thriller about a coastal town with a dark secret is quite young, but director Neil Jordan brought us two all-time great grownup movies: Michael Collins and The Crying Game.

Steve Carell and Toni Colette (right side of the table) lead an ensemble cast. — Claire Folger

The Way, Way Back

Stars: Steve Carell, Toni Colette, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Allison Janney
July 5

It's a coming-of-age movie about a young man working at a local pool for the summer — but get a load of the grownups who surround him.

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Camryn Manheim, Wanda Sykes, Brooke Shields and Virginia Madsen. — Corbis

The Hot Flashes

Stars: Brooke Shields, Daryl Hannah, Virginia Madsen, Camryn Manheim, Wanda Sykes
Opened: July 12     Read the review

A terrific cast plays a group of long-ago Texas high school chums who challenge a team of arrogant high school girls to a series of games for charity. You just know these gals are gonna put those upstarts in their place, one way or another.

Summer movies for grownups aarp premiere preview 2013 bill newcott familiar 50 faces blue jasmine (Sony Picture Classics)

Cate Blanchett and Peter Sarsgaard share a kiss. — Sony Picture Classics

Blue Jasmine

Stars: Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins, Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K., Peter Sarsgaard, Andrew Dice Clay
Opens: July 26     Read the review

As usual, Woody Allen keeps the details about his latest film close. We do know this one is set in New York and San Francisco and that we can't wait to see what he'll do with some of the surprising actors — Andrew Dice Clay, Louis C.K. — he has working for him this time.

Amanda Seyfried as porn star Linda Lovelace. — AP Photo/Sundance Institute


Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone, James Franco
Opens: August 16     Read the review

The tragic tale of ’70s porn actress and Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace should be riveting. Amanda Seyfried is Lovelace. Plus, Stone plays her mother and Franco plays Hugh Hefner — who wouldn’t pay to see that?

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Keri Russell (center) plays dress-up with Jane Austen wannabees. — Giles Keyte


Stars: Keri Russell, Jennifer Coolidge
Opens: August 16

A modern-day woman (Russell) visits a Jane Austen theme park, where guests live like they're 18th-century landed gentry, with no regard for sense or sensibility. It's written and directed by Jerusha Hess, who gave us Napoleon Dynamite.

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