The Movies for Grownups Movie Minute
Bill Newcott reviews the weekend’s top theatrical releases in a video for our AARP Now smartphone app. This time, Bill takes a nostalgic look at two Scottish men who invented modern golf, as well as one British man's obsessive search for a lost Amazon city.
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New in Theaters:
Cowriter-director Terry George (Hotel Rwanda) goes full David Lean in this lavish historical drama, set against the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Medical student (Oscar Isaac) flips for classy Armenian woman (Shohreh Aghdashloo) who’s already got a mighty nifty boyfriend, a crusading American journalist (Christian Bale). The three are lovely to look at, but their romantic triangle seems like a pretty appendage on a larger tale of brutal, all-out war.
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New at Home:
Michael Keaton’s from-the-gut performance as McDonald’s honcho Ray Kroc is the marquee attraction here, but get a load of Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch as the McDonald brothers, the guys Kroc first partnered with, then hung out to dry. The two are positively enchanting as the bickering bros from San Bernardino.
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Still in Theaters:
Most of director Walter Hill’s gritty revenge tale of a hit man who awakens to find he’s undergone a sex-change operation (Michelle Rodriguez plays both genders) is a confusing mess of guts and gunplay. But you’ve got to see Sigourney Weaver, stark raving mad as the doctor who performs the operation. Also on Video on Demand.
A black photographer (Daniel Kaluuya) and his white girlfriend (Allison Williams) visit the remote home of her creepy parents (Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener) in this whip-smart horror film that’s also an unsettling meditation on race.
At first blush, writer-director Theodore Melfi’s tale of a trio of retirees (Alan Arkin, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman) pulling off a bank heist is a simple caper comedy. But it also tugs at the scabs left by the late-2000s bank collapse and bailout. Ann-Margret is lovely as Arkin’s “moll.” FULL REVIEW
The dream of finding life on Mars becomes a claustrophobic nightmare for a team of astronauts (including Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson and Ryan Reynolds). Director Daniel Espinosa cribs from a bunch of better flicks.
Richard Gere dazzles in his most intriguing role ever: an enigmatic New York fixer who matches disparate people to make improbable business deals. Gere’s title character, wide-eyed and desperate to please, screws his way into our heart even as he infuriates the high-flying Manhattanites who desperately try to elude him. FULL REVIEW
The haunting tale of a woman (Kristen Stewart) who believes her dead brother is trying to contact her is, in the end, a film about waiting: for happiness, for answers, for the ultimate revelation of what comes after death.
Cynthia Nixon beguiles as Emily Dickinson in Terence Davies’ portrait of the poet, whose steadfast self-assurance utterly scandalized the upper crust of 19th-century Massachusetts.
Jessica Chastain stars with Johan Heldenberg — whose heroic character is shortchanged by the title — as the real-life couple who hid fugitive Jews from the Nazis in their zoo compound in Warsaw, Poland. As the couple make selfless choices that place them in increasing peril, director Niki Caro (Whale Rider) constantly ratchets up the suspense. FULL REVIEW
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