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Resplendent in a cream-colored Panama hat, the velvet-voiced Freeman travels the globe from Egypt to India to Guatemala, searching for answers to cosmic questions as old as humanity.
“I’d like to say it was fun,” Freeman tells Movies for Grownups, “but that would trivialize the experience too much. I had never been to Israel or India — and I’d never climbed a pyramid in Guatemala before! And let me tell you, even though they’re both spiritual places, the Vatican in Rome and Varanasi in India are two very different places. The Vatican is pristine; Varanasi is dirt! You’ve got some grit there. Cremations on the Ganges, people bathing in there. That is dramatic.”
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British star Tom Hiddleston sees nothing odd about playing country legend Hank Williams in the new biopic I Saw the Light. The long, lanky London-born owner of a fine singing voice also pulls off a convincing Southern accent.
The fact is, Hiddleston tells Movies for Grownups, the British love Dixie.
“For us, it’s exotic,” he says. “It feels authentically American, like an ancient aspect of American culture. The Beatles loved it; the Rolling Stones loved it. They were listening to the blues. They were listening to Hank.
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: A fond farewell to Patty Duke, 69, an early friend of Movies for Grownups. For our radio show in 2004, the Oscar winner and former president of the Screen Actors Guild told us this sobering story of Hollywood ageism.
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Producer-director-writer-star Don Cheadle does everything but run the catering truck for this heartfelt bio of Miles Davis, told through flashbacks as the drug-addled genius spends a long night tracking down a stolen session tape. It’s a jumble out there, but Cheadle is brilliant as the troubled trumpeter.
Everybody Wants Some!!
In the “spiritual sequel” to his 1993 high school comedy, Dazed and Confused, writer-director Richard Linklater (Boyhood) presents an aimless weekend in the life of some circa-1980 college students. Sadly, it turns out a lot of those kids are as insufferable as you remember them.
Ethan Hawke is tragically endearing as 1950s jazz legend Chet Baker, in a biopic that riffs freely ’twixt fact and fiction.
Still Out There
* Designates a Movies for Grownups Editors’ Choice
The first two hours are spent setting up the unique conditions under which Superman and Batman can fight on equal terms. By that time, they (and we) have forgotten what they were mad about. FULL REVIEW
Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) brings an earnest naiveté to the role of ungainly British ski jumper Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards. Hugh Jackman is a cranky delight as his coach, a washed-up former ski champ. FULL REVIEW
Helen Mirren stars as a British commander who must decide whether to risk killing an innocent girl in a drone strike on a terrorist training camp. The performances are universally excellent — especially that of the late Alan Rickman, in his final film role. FULL REVIEW
British actor Tom Hiddleston (Thor) effects a surprisingly authentic twang as Hank Williams, the self-destructive star who defined country music in the 1950s.
This thrilling, inspiring, beautiful documentary about Apollo 17 commander Eugene Cernan revels in a time when the nation could agree on a common goal.
Miracles From Heaven
Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah costar in this faith-based film about a mother whose daughter not only survives a terrifying accident but finds herself miraculously cured of a “fatal” digestive disorder.
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 that, because of a clerical error, their 50-year marriage is not legit. FULL REVIEW
Ben Foster stars as disgraced cycling champ Lance Armstrong in this biopic from director Stephen Frears (Philomena, The Queen).
This adaptation of Anne Rice’s 2005 novel, which speculated on the childhood of Jesus Christ, was directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh (The Stoning of Soraya M.).