AARP Movies for Grownups

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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Tim Appelo Despite some fictionalization, it's a vivid you-are-there experience. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
4/5 Us (2019) Tim Appelo [Lupita Nyong'o]'s dual performance is so impressive, she powers us right through plot revelations that don't make total sense. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
3/5 Never Grow Old (2019) Tim Appelo The plot is predictable, but the acting holds you, especially Cusack's scary, icy, purring growl of menace. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 The Hummingbird Project (2018) Tim Appelo The script is incompetent. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
4/5 The Highwaymen (2019) Thelma Adams Age hasn't dimmed Costner's leading-man charisma. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
4/5 The Mustang (2019) Austin O'Connor Stunning mountain vistas and first-rate performances... make The Mustang worth the ride. EDIT
Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 I'm Not Here (2017) Tim Appelo The dialogue is too pat and his plight formulaic, but the acting is aces. EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2019
3/5 Gloria Bell (2018) Thelma Adams Moore channels her inner awkwardness and vulnerability. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/5 Greta (2018) Tim Appelo You can't stop watching the fun Huppert has playing a faux Parisian. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
5/5 The Hours and Times (1991) Tim Appelo It's short (57 minutes) and sweet. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
5/5 Apollo 11 (2019) Austin O'Connor Miller's documentary is a giant leap forward for the craft, not to mention for historical preservation. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz (2018) Tim Appelo Sharp... tells amazing tales in this absorbing, low-budget documentary. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
5/5 Pájaros de verano (2018) Tim Appelo Birds of Passage glorifies violence less than any narco movie ever made, and in a way, that makes it scarier. EDIT
Posted Feb 21, 2019
4/5 What Men Want (2019) Lisa Kennedy Doesn't quite evade the by-the-numbers rhythms reboots so often have. Yet Henson and her castmates have the chemistry to make it, if not riotous, definitely amusing and more than a little heartfelt. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
4/5 Everybody Knows (2018) Thelma Adams The movie's chief delights are the Cruz-Bardem pairing and Farhadi's generosity toward all the characters as he veers from joy to terror. EDIT
Posted Feb 8, 2019
Ray Romano: Right Here, Around the Corner (2019) Tim Appelo He's as funny as ever but with new grownup wisdom. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
5/5 The Invisibles (2017) Tim Appelo An unfamiliar part of a story you thought you knew all about, and a must-see. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
5/5 They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) Tim Appelo For the casualties of World War I - more than 50 million if you count the victims of the flu pandemic the trenches spawned - Jackson has done a comparable service, preserving them forever. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2019
3/5 Serenity (2019) Tim Appelo It will test your suspension of disbelief. But it could deeply please your inner male teenager. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
3/5 King of Thieves (2018) Tim Appelo The characters are well worth spending time with as they amble toward disaster. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2019
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017) Tim Appelo A must-see for any grownup who calls himself or herself a rock fan. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
Brexit: The Uncivil War (2019) Tim Appelo Inspired by the irreverent style of Aaron Sorkin's Moneyball. EDIT
Posted Jan 23, 2019
3/5 Glass (2019) Thelma Adams Is the Glass half-empty or half-full? Just let it break, suspend disbelief and let the M. Night rise with three actors who always entertain. EDIT
Posted Jan 17, 2019
The Last Laugh (2019) Tim Appelo Despite the film's flaws, you can't help rooting for Dreyfuss and Chase. EDIT
Posted Jan 11, 2019
3/5 The Aspern Papers (2018) Thelma Adams The drama features opulent production design (the floral arrangements!), providing ample eye candy for fans of period movies. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
The Upside (2018) Thelma Adams Hart seems to be desperately underwater for most of the movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2019
3/5 American Hangman (2019) Tim Appelo The script isn't up to Sutherland's talent, but his superbly intelligent acting is a joy to watch. EDIT
Posted Jan 3, 2019
4/5 Destroyer (2018) Tim Appelo What really works like gangbusters is Kidman's transformation, as startlingly accomplished as Charlize Theron's in Monster. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
4/5 Stan & Ollie (2018) Tim Appelo Distinguished by the superb skills of Steve Coogan as the skinny one, Laurel, and John C. Reilly (who's on a huge 2018 career roll) in excellent plump prosthetics as the rotund Hardy. EDIT
Posted Dec 28, 2018
4/5 On the Basis of Sex (2018) Tim Appelo If you want one that makes you feel good... this workmanlike, old-fashioned biopic about the future Ruth "Kiki" Bader Ginsburg should hit the spot. EDIT
Posted Dec 26, 2018
4/5 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Tim Appelo Emily Blunt makes a magical airborne nanny. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
4/5 The Mule (2018) Tim Appelo Eastwood directs the heck out of it, and it's gratifying to see him outwit the young by exploiting their condescending prejudices about oldsters. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
3/5 Vice (2018) Tim Appelo You can't believe it's Bale. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
Welcome to Marwen (2018) Tim Appelo Hogancamp's story is oddly inspiring even in this flawed film, but watch the documentary instead. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
5/5 Cold War (2018) Tim Appelo The film is on a par with that other black-and-white foreign Oscar contender Roma, only more exciting. EDIT
Posted Dec 20, 2018
Springsteen on Broadway (2018) Tim Appelo Face it: this show is born to run (at least on TV) forever. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
3/5 The Second Time Around (2016) Tim Appelo The script isn't as good as they are, but they're very good indeed. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
5/5 If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) Tim Appelo The performances, excellent throughout, are capped by the diamond-like perfection that is Regina King. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2018
3/5 Revival! The Experience (2018) Tim Appelo If you liked the John Legend-starring Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert and The Wiz, check out this black-cast musical. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
3/5 Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Tim Appelo It's intermittently terrific. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2018
Dumplin' (2018) Austin O'Connor The movie's real draw may well be the six new Dolly Parton-penned tunes featured on its soundtrack. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2018
5/5 Never Look Away (2018) Tim Appelo As the oddly meditative, high-IQ melodrama unfolds, you scarcely notice the movie is over three hours long (though your bladder may). EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2018
5/5 The Favourite (2018) Tim Appelo [A] faster, funnier, infinitely nastier best picture Oscar contender. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
5/5 Roma (2018) Thelma Adams Cuarón has made his most personal film and his most universal, a modern masterpiece. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) Tim Appelo Any full-length Coen brothers' movie beats these six shorts, but they're all gorgeous, original and often funny. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2018
5/5 Green Book (2018) Tim Appelo Calculated to soothe your fears and make you feel good about America (and yourself!), you can't stop from leaping to your feet to applaud. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
At Eternity's Gate (2018) Tim Appelo It's the best Van Gogh biopic ever, and among the most artful films about an artist. EDIT
Posted Nov 15, 2018
5/5 They'll Love Me When I'm Dead (2018) Tim Appelo A window into Welles' hall-of-mirrors mind. EDIT
Posted Nov 8, 2018
John Leguizamo's Latin History For Morons (2018) Tim Appelo It's certainly the least boring chalk talk in the history of U.S. history classes... EDIT
Posted Nov 5, 2018
3/5 Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) Tim Appelo Glorifying and sanitizing. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2018