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Top 10 Movies for Grownups of 2010

Crowd-pleasers, award magnets are among the picks

En español  |  The King's Speech and Secretariat are among AARP The Magazine's Top 10 Movies for Grownups this year. The rest, in no particular order, are Get Low, RED, Letters to Juliet, The Company Men, The Kids Are All Right, Another Year, City Island and Casino Jack.

"The films featured on our Top 10 list provide a daring group of must-see performances for the grownup audience,” said Meg Grant, West Coast editor of AARP The Magazine.  “From drama and period-pieces, to family comedies and romance, 50-plus actors and filmmakers have provided true entertainment this past year.”

“Our readers rely on us to cut out the kid stuff and put dynamic, character-driven films in their queues,” said Bill Newcott, the magazine’s entertainment editor and host of AARP’s weekly Movies for Grownups® radio show.

AARP The Magazine will spotlight and celebrate movies with relevance to the 50-and-over audience at its annual Movies For Grownups® Awards in early February. The year-end Top 10 list previews the annual awards, which include 16 categories — among them Best Grownup Love Story, Best Buddy Picture and Best Movie. The entire list of awards will be featured in the March/April issue of AARP The Magazine, available in late January 2011.

Begin a look at the Top Ten below.

Get Low

— Sam Emerson/ Sony Pictures Classics

Get Low

Rated PG-13
Runtime: 100 mins

It's wrapped up in engaging performances by Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek, but at its heart this folk fable gets to the deep, dark places of regret, mortality and self-imposed isolation.

The King's Speech

From left: Geoffrey Rush, Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter. — Photo by Weinstein Company/Courtesy Everett Collection

The King's Speech

Rated R
Runtime: 118

King George VI and his speech therapist — Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush — grate, grind and growl at one another until each emerges more completely human.

Secretariat with Diane Lane, Nelsan Ellis, Otto Thorwarth, John Malkovich, 2010.

— Walt Disney Co./Everett Collection


Rated PG
Runtime: 123 mins.

Diane Lane shines as Penny Chenery, the middle-aged housewife who nurtured a horse racing legend; John Malkovich nearly steals the show as her flamboyant-yet-no-nonsense trainer.

The Company Men

Ben Affleck as Bobbie Walker and Tommy Lee Jones as Gene McClary in John Wells's film "The Company Men". — Courtesy The Weinstein Company

The Company Men

Rated R
Runtime: 109 mins.

The downsizing-fed angst of American workers at midlife (or approaching it) is chillingly captured in this story of three men (Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper and Ben Affleck) caught in the corporate vortex. As the carpenter who watches it all from the outside, Kevin Costner seems like the perfect pal.


— Summit Entertainment LLC


Rated PG 13
Runtime: 111 mins.

Hey, it's got Helen Mirren wrestling a machine gun the size of a Buick! Nine-tenths of this action flick's charm comes in its vintage stars (Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Mirren) playing their ages straight, and their action over the top.

Summer Blockbusters: The Kids Are Alright

— Suzanne Tenner/Focus Features

The Kids Are All Right

Rated R
Runtime: 106 mins.

Annette Bening and Julianne Moore are the perfect couple — endearingly affectionate to each other, properly concerned about their kids, fiercely determined to endure life's inevitable betrayals — in this quirky story about a brother and sister who seek out their biological dad (a clueless but well-meaning Mark Ruffalo).

City Island Movie Review

— Anchor Bay Films

City Island

Rated PG 13
Runtime: 104 mins.

In this hidden gem of a family comedy, Andy Garcia and Julianna Margulies co-star as the heads of a working-class family in which everyone seems to have a secret: some big, some small, some earth-shattering.

Casino Jack

Casino Jack

Rated R
Runtime: 108 mins.

Kevin Spacey gives his best performance since The Usual Suspects as über-lobbyist Jack Abramoff — a man whose uncanny knack for rationalization leads him down some very murky side streets.

Letters to Juliet

Letters to Juliet

Rated PG
Runtime: 105 mins.

The kids went to see the young stars Amanda Seyfried and Gael García Bernal, but Vanessa Redgrave is radiant in the film's pivotal role: a woman setting out across the heart of Italy to find the love of her youth (a mighty studly-looking Franco Nero).

Another Year

Another Year

Rated PG 13
Runtime: 129

As the couple who've been married forever and clearly will remain so, Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen are the anchors of this slice-of-life drama — but it's Lesley Manville who's riveting as their aimless friend, who spins through life with a manic, wheels-falling-off frenzy.

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