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Summer 2013 Has Plenty of Movies for Grownups

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

There are lots of choices for grownup moviegoers this season in both the blockbuster "tentpoles" like June's Man of Steel, designed to appeal to a mass market and make lots of money, and in the smaller "tadpoles," like Woody Allen's latest, Blue Jasmine, focused on a more targeted movie fan.

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So don't surrender the theater to youngsters for the next three months. If you're selective about which blockbusters you choose and discerning about the small films, you may just have a lot of fun. Here, by release date, a look at those in both categories we think have special appeal to the 50-plus audience.

(When an AARP critic sees any of these releases we'll provide a link to the film's review.)


The 'Tentpoles' (aka: The Big Flicks and Blockbusters)


Morgan Freeman in Now You See Me (Courtesy Steve Dietl/Summit Entertainment)

Morgan Freeman plays cards. — Summit Entertainment

Now You See Me

Stars: Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, Jesse Eisenberg
Opened: May 31     Read the review

Do you feel bad when you root for the "crooks" in caper movies? In this one Harrelson and a young crew play Vegas magicians who steal from big, bad banks and shower the proceeds on their audiences. In other words, this time it's hard to tell who the real crooks are. We also get incomparable actors Freeman and Caine in this how-did-they-do-it?


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Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. — Twentieth Century Fox and Regency Enterprises

The Internship

Stars: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, John Goodman
Opened: June 7     Read the review

Downsized by the economy, Vaughn and Wilson are two middle-age guys who have to reimagine themselves. It's an unfortunately resonant theme. But when these two turn up as interns at Google, and with the whole Wedding Crashers team back, the result should be both hilarious and poignant.


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Henry Cavill dons Superman's cape. — Clay Enos

Man of Steel

Stars: Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne
Opened: June 14     Read the review

Those of us who remember 1950s Superman George Reeves in tights basically own this franchise. It's up to us to judge whether the next generation is doing Superman justice with this remake. It's a different telling of Clark Kent's story, that's for sure, but from what we've seen, we can say at least they've got the flying stuff right.


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Sulley (the tall blue guy) and Mike (the green fellow with one head, one eye) return. — Disney/Pixar

Monsters University

Starring: John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina, Bonnie Hunt
Opened: June 21     Read the review

The smartest 'toons come from Disney/Pixar and with a great returning veteran voice cast this third film in the Monsters franchise is a slam-dunk favorite flick to catch with the kids in your life.


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Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock. — Twentieth Century Fox Films

The Heat

Stars: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy
Opened: June 28

Nothing makes us feel better about being in our 50s than knowing that, come next year, Sandra Bullock will be, too. She’s paired in this buddy cop movie with the funniest woman on screen today. (If you don’t believe us, check out McCarthy’s improvised riff during the closing credits of This is 40.)


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Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. — Disney

The Lone Ranger

Stars: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer
Opened: July 3     Read the review

Like Superman, boomers own The Lone Ranger, and no one messes with him without our tacit approval. Frankly, the idea of freshly minted 50-year-old Johnny Depp playing Tonto is pretty irresistible, with apologies to Jay Silverheels, who played him in the long-running TV series.


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Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds. — Universal Pictures

R.I.P.D.

Stars: Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker
Opened:
July 19

Here's a case of blind trust in a grownup star's choices: The concept of dead cops who staff a police force from the Hereafter (the Rest In Peace Department) sounds infinitely skippable, but the presence of Jeff Bridges has us giving this movie the benefit of the doubt. Don't let us down, dude.


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Mary-Louise Parker, Bruce Willis and John Malkovich. — Summit Entertainment

Red 2

Stars: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren
Opened: July 19     Read the review

The original Red two years ago sparked a Hollywood revolution: Studios discovered that an action flick featuring older stars could kick butt at the box office with both kids and grownups. Willis and his friends are back for another pull of the trigger. Go get 'em, guys.


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Gary Oldman, Liam Hemsworth and Harrison Ford. — Peter Iovino, Paranoia Acquisitions

Paranoia

Stars: Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman
Opens:
August 16

Ford and Oldman last tangled onscreen in 1997 in Air Force One ("Get off of my plane!!!"). Now they play rivals in a tale of corporate corruption. It's directed by Robert Luketic, who made two of our favorite films you've never seen, 21 (with Kevin Spacey) and Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!

 

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

Summer movies for grownups aarp premiere preview 2013 bill newcott familiar 50 faces Shadow Dancer

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.


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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

Byzantium

Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton
Opened:
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.


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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
Opened:
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.


The Hot Flashes con Brooke Shields, Wanda Sykes, Virginia Madsen y Camryn Manheim - Películas para este verano

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.


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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.


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

Lovelace

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

Austenland

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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