AARP Movies for Grownups

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Rating Title/Year Author
5/5 Blinded by the Light (2019) Tim Appelo You're apt to be swept away by its kindhearted high spirits and tributes to all-American virtues - hard work, inclusiveness, big ambitions, hungry hearts, titanic choruses that make Phil Spector sound like a harpsichord plinker. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
4/5 After the Wedding (2019) Bruce Fretts Seek out this sleeper in theaters, where it deserves to be seen. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
4/5 Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Thelma Adams She's very guarded, but a friend, director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, got her to open up in a fascinating way. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
5/5 David Crosby: Remember My Name (2019) Thelma Adams A.J. Eaton's moving-and-grooving documentary among this summer's most delightful and insightful films. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
3/5 Astronaut (2019) Tim Appelo Mainly, Dreyfuss' acting genius is what makes this movie take off. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
4/5 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Tim Appelo This movie is total fun, the most over-the-top entry in the series. EDIT
Posted Aug 1, 2019
5/5 Luce (2019) Bruce Fretts It is, in a word, brilliant. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
5/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Tim Appelo The ending will be controversial. But for this grownup who was 13 in 1969, it cast an irresistible spell. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
3/5 The Lion King (2019) Lisa Kennedy For grownups - as opposed to the happy cubs who will adore them for taking them to The Lion King - this remake doesn't feel like visionary storytelling so much as a proving ground for newer technologies: virtual reality and other immersive techniques. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2019
3/5 The Quiet One (2019) Tim Appelo He's too murmurously quiet and utterly unforthcoming to make a great cinema subject, but his life of sex and rock 'n' roll (no drugs for him) is quite a trip, and you may find some surprises... EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
5/5 Wild Rose (2018) Bruce Fretts Oscar nominee Walters (Billy Elliot, Educating Rita) could be a 2019 contender for this feel-great charmer. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
4/5 Echo in the Canyon (2018) Tim Appelo Bob Dylan's son Jakob Dylan, 49, is the star performer in Andrew Slater's delightful movie... EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
5/5 Maiden (2018) Thelma Adams A thrilling, often weepy tale of female empowerment. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
5/5 Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love (2019) Tim Appelo This brilliant film will make you wish you were 20 on a Greek beach in 1968, living on $83 a month, reading by moonlight, devoting sunny days to swimming, lovemaking and art that knew no limits - not yet. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
4/5 Sword of Trust (2019) Tim Appelo The shaggy-dog story about the sword's sale, which loses momentum toward the end, matters less than the incomparable, semi-improvised ensemble acting. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
4/5 The Farewell (2019) Thelma Adams The action might take place largely in a distant country, but there's nothing foreign about the emotions. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
3/5 Phil (2019) Tim Appelo Mazur's gimmicky script isn't up to the level of the acting, which carries the picture despite the wobbly comedy-tragedy tightrope Mazur makes the talented cast walk. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Yesterday (2019) Bruce Fretts If you don't think about it too much, there's much to be enjoyed here... EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
4/5 Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019) Tim Appelo If you want to know about the life and mind of the woman who is arguably the greatest living American novelist, with an influential life that makes Faulkner's look dull, this is the movie for you. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
Wine Country (2019) Shelley Emling The stars' second-nature chemistry is appealing, and an encounter with an artist who paints scenes from the old TV sitcom The Nanny is pretty darn funny. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
Ask Dr. Ruth (2019) Tim Appelo America's favorite nonagenarian sex therapist, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, entertains and educates America in this delightful documentary. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
Always Be My Maybe (2019) Tim Appelo Even better than Crazy Rich Asians (and more highly rated by audiences as well as critics), this delightful Asian American rom-com is more like real life... EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2019
4/5 Shaft (2019) Tim Appelo Shaft 2019 is silly entertainment, light and savory as cineplex popcorn. EDIT
Posted Jun 13, 2019
Late Night (2019) Thelma Adams By crafting complex yet comic characters, Kaling creates an entertaining and engaging balance between humor and pathos. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2019
3/5 Red Joan (2018) Tim Appelo It plays like a pale imitation of The Imitation Game. Still, it's a handsome period piece, and Dench knocks her part out of the park. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
4/5 Trial by Fire (2018) Bruce Fretts The actress (Dern) brings her trademark intelligence and tenacity to the character, and the film also features strong supporting performances. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
5/5 Booksmart (2019) Tim Appelo It's a comedy with smarts and heart... EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
3/5 Ma (2019) Tim Appelo The kids are generic, but the grownups are interesting... EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2019
5/5 Rocketman (2019) Dana Kennedy In a pop landscape littered with tragic early deaths, Egerton captures the spirit behind the still-standing star, and leaves you with an optimism that lingers a long, long time. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
4/5 The Tomorrow Man (2019) Thelma Adams Debut writer-director Noble Lincoln Jones' dramedy is a delightful oddity in our superhero era. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
5/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Tim Appelo This one is big, loud, fast, fun and silly - though it has more narrative integrity than most blockbuster movies today. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2019
What's My Name: Muhammad Ali (2019) Ken Tucker What's My Name: Muhammad Ali, comes as close as any film yet made to capturing that vast complexity of the man. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2019
4/5 All Is True (2018) Nichol Hlinka In the end, All Is True is worthy but uneven: great moments among long stretches of exposition, but lifted to the heights by performances of three of the best actors working today. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
4/5 Double Lives (2018) Tim Appelo For a chatty, frothy, funny French sex comedy, Non-Fiction has an important issue on its mind... EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
5/5 The White Crow (2018) Nichol Hlinka Even if dance is not your cup of tea, The White Crow is an inspiringly beautiful biographical film... EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
3/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Thelma Adams It's fun to see all these character threads unravel, and knit up, as the movie waddles toward its big but indifferent climax of Avengers versus Thanos. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
5/5 Amazing Grace (2018) Tim Appelo You've heard the late Aretha Franklin sing "I Say a Little Prayer," but you've never seen her command a churchful of praying people as she does in this remarkable concert film. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
4/5 The Chaperone (2018) Thelma Adams The focus isn't on the bratty flapper but McGovern's character's hesitant, poignant attempt to find out what she wants to be when she grows up, in a time and place where nobody wants her to be much of anything at all. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/5 The Public (2018) Thelma Adams The story's moral has obviousness problems, the plot's predictable, and its sweetness will annoy as many as it pleases. But it's still warm, winsome and droll, and the spectacular cast fills underwritten roles with radiant star power. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
4/5 Wild Nights With Emily (2018) Tim Appelo Even though it sometimes plays like a lively episode of Drunk History, it's a poignant story, and highly intelligent. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
3/5 The Best of Enemies (2019) Tim Appelo The friendship of Atwater and C.P. and what they accomplished sounds too pat to be real. But it plays as real, and if you want a film with a satisfyingly happy ending, this one is for you. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
3/5 Dumbo (2019) Tim Appelo The CGI elephant aeronaut is cute. EDIT
Posted Apr 1, 2019
3/5 Burlesque (2010) Meg Grant Still, this isn't a movie about plot, or subtlety. I found simple pleasure sitting in the theater watching it. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/5 Diane (2018) Thelma Adams Mary Kay Place... gets the role of a lifetime in Diane. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) Tim Appelo Astounding as it is entertaining. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019
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