A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)
AARP readers’ favorite movie of 2019 starred Tom Hanks, 63, as the nicest guy in TV history, kids’ show host Fred Rogers. Hanks conveys Mister Rogers’ crinkly-eyed goodness, his gravitas and vulnerability. We could all use a soothing, soulful movie like this right now.
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The Good Liar (2019)
In a wickedly entertaining film about attempted marriage fraud, Ian McKellen plays a super-cool con man and Helen Mirren a gorgeous retired Oxford prof who's saved up $3.6 million but has no clue how to invest money. He thinks he can help. The Times of London called Mirren and McKellen “the new Hepburn and Tracy,” with good reason. They're sexy, witty and a bit unpredictable. Downton Abbey's Jim Carter is great as McKellen's henchman.
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Ford v Ferrari (2019)
It's a racetrack movie that's also an acting competition between Oscar winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale — and everybody wins. Based on a true story, it's about a renegade 1960s car designer (Damon) and crazy British driver (Bale) who want their underdog Ford Motors team to humiliate the snooty Italian Ferrari team at Le Mans. Spoiler: They did it, and you're strapped in for quite a ride. It boasts much of the pedal-to-the-metal appeal of the Fast and Furious films, plus delightful humor, fantastic acting and a ripping story.
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Mamma Mia! (2008)
So you canceled your Mediterranean trip? This smash musical will whisk you to a sun-splashed Greek isle along with Amanda Seyfried, playing a bride who invites her mom's once-wild 1960s lovers (Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan and Stellan Skarsgård) to her wedding to find out which is her dad. Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson (who both tested positive for coronavirus) produced this triple rom-com with the smash-hit ABBA soundtrack.
Watch it on: Amazon, Fandango Now, Google Play, YouTube, iTunes, Vudu, Starz.