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Movies For Grownups Weekend Preview: First Look at Anthony Hopkins’ New Movie

Plus Kate Beckinsale in 'Love & Friendship'

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen in The Dresser

“I’ve gotten quite good at this acting thing,” Anthony Hopkins told Movies for Grownups a few years ago.

Since then, he has only gotten better.

Witness this clip, exclusive to Movies for Grownups, of Hopkins and Ian McKellen in the new movie version of the award-winning play The Dresser. Set during World War II, the film stars Hopkins as a fading actor who can get through a performance of King Lear only with the emotional support of his wardrobe assistant, played by McKellen. Oscar-winner Ronald Harwood (The Pianist) wrote the script; Richard Eyre (Iris) directs. The Dresser arrives on the STARZ cable channel May 30.

New in Theaters

* Designates a Movies for Grownups Editors’ Choice

* The Nice Guys

This slam-bang buddy-cop flick harks back to the best of them (think Lethal Weapon or 48 Hrs.). In 1977 L.A., Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling are mismatched detectives searching for an MIA porn star. The jokes are just one form of the rapid-fire killers here. FULL REVIEW

* Love & Friendship

Hmm, a laff riot from Jane Austen? Kate Beckinsale stars as a scandalous 1790s British noblewoman who, on a visit to her in-laws, sets out to score a husband for herself — and a rich aristocrat for her simpleminded daughter (Morfydd Clark).

* Maggie’s Plan

Julianne Moore is a hoot in this latter-day screwball comedy. She plays Georgette, the wife of a philanderer (Ethan Hawke) who leaves her for Maggie (Greta Gerwig), a clueless home-wrecker. Fast forward three years, and Maggie wants to give the hubby back. But does Georgette accept returns?

Angry Birds

They’re birds. They are angry. OK, got it!

New at Home

The Finest Hours

A good old-fashioned adventure flick about the crew of a crippled oil tanker and the Coast Guard officer (Chris Pine) who sails to their rescue. Director Craig Gillespie spews neither red blood nor blue language to tell this thrilling true story.

* Risen

The story of Easter retold as a detective yarn. (I know — I had to read that sentence twice myself.) Joseph Fiennes plays a Roman officer who must locate the crucified body of Jesus of Nazareth. As our first-century investigator proceeds with CSI-style detachment, just try to ignore his resemblance to a young Charlton Heston.

Zoolander 2

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson return as the world’s ghastliest supermodels, this time ensnared in a web of international intrigue. The subversive hilarity of the original has gone AWOL. FULL REVIEW

Still Out There

* Designates a Movies for Grownups Editors’ Choice

Being Charlie

Rob Reiner’s latest — written with son Nick — follows a troubled 18-year-old (Nick Robinson) who, while in drug rehab, falls for an equally lost young woman (Morgan Saylor).

* A Bigger Splash

Tilda Swinton plays a rock singer coping with the ripples of certain life decisions in this sensuous mystery set in a lavish Italian seaside villa. Along with beautiful peeps Ralph Fiennes and Dakota Johnson, she encounters passion, jealousy and insecurity. But mostly passion.

Born to Be Blue

In a biopic that skips freely from fact to fiction and back, Ethan Hawke is tragically endearing as 1950s jazz legend Chet Baker. FULL REVIEW

Captain America: Civil War

This duckbilled platypus of a movie is ungainly and slapped together, but giddy good fun to behold. The grownup stars include Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, William Hurt, Hope Davis, Marisa Tomei and Alfre Woodard. FULL REVIEW

* The Congressman

Returning to his district on the Maine coast, a congressman (Treat Williams) gets a rocky reception from his constituents. George Hamilton pops up in a fun supporting role, and Elizabeth Marvel (House of Cards) is a delight as the politico’s refreshingly grownup love interest. Codirected and written by Robert Mrazek — himself a survivor of Congress.


An intense performance by Jake Gyllenhaal nearly saves this convoluted drama about a man oddly unaffected by the sudden death of his wife. FULL REVIEW

* Elvis & Nixon

Michael Shannon is the King; Kevin Spacey is the Prez. Both are pitch perfect in this delightful fly-on-the-wall look at Elvis’ impromptu 1970 Oval Office visit. FULL REVIEW

Eye in the Sky

Helen Mirren stars as a British commander who must decide whether to take an innocent life in a drone strike on a terrorist meeting site. The superb players include the late Alan Rickman in his final film role. FULL REVIEW

* The Family Fang

Director-star Jason Bateman probes the dark corners of family bonds in this story of siblings (Bateman and Nicole Kidman) enduring an uneasy homecoming with their performance-artist parents (Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett). FULL REVIEW

* Hello, My Name Is Doris

Sally Field is magnificent as a 60-something office worker pursuing an unlikely crush on a handsome young coworker (Max Greenfield). FULL REVIEW

* A Hologram for the King

Tom Hanks provides all the fun as a struggling U.S. businessman who travels to Saudi Arabia in a last-ditch bid to sell new technology to an Arab monarch. FULL REVIEW

Last Days in the Desert

Ewan McGregor plays both Jesus and Satan in writer-director Rodrigo Garcia’s speculative account of what happened during The Man from Galilee’s 40-day desert ordeal.

The Lobster

Think it’s tough being single? In this dark futuristic comedy, single folks must find a mate in 45 days — or be turned into animals. Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and John C. Reilly are among those racing the clock.

* The Meddler

Susan Sarandon shines as the overinvolved mother of a TV writer (Rose Byrne). She smothers the poor girl with attention — until she catches the eye of a charming ex-cop (J.K. Simmons) who rides a Harley and raises chickens. FULL REVIEW

Miles Ahead

Producer-director-writer-star Don Cheadle’s heartfelt bio of Miles Davis follows the drug-addled trumpeter through a nightlong quest to recover a stolen session tape. It’s a jumble out there, but Cheadle is brilliant.

* Money Monster

George Clooney is host of a TV financial show, Julia Roberts is his producer — and Jack O’Connell is the desperate viewer who hijacks the show after losing everything by taking their advice. Directed by Jodie Foster. FULL REVIEW

Mothers and Daughters

Susan Sarandon, Sharon Stone, Courtney Cox and Mira Sorvino play moms in this episodic look at mothers’ relationships with their no-longer-so-little girls.

* My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

The cast of the 2002 original is back, as boisterous and big-haired as ever. Michael Constantine and Lainie Kazan shine as 70-somethings who learn their 50-year marriage was never sanctified. Don’t you just hate it when that happens? FULL REVIEW

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