AARP Movies for Grownups

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Rating Title/Year Author
4/5 The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) Thelma Adams Imagine if they made a Spy Kids comedy for adults? The answer is Patrick Hughes' rollicking sequel to his 2017 box office hit, The Hitman's Bodyguard. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2021
5/5 A Crime on the Bayou (2020) Thelma Adams The documentary's grace and pacing fit snugly in the writer-director's acclaimed civil rights trilogy EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2021
5/5 Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It (2021) Tim Appelo We're calling it now: This wise, life-affirming movie rises to its subject's heights and will continue Moreno's legacy of winning awards. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2021
4/5 Sublet (2020) Thelma Adams With a light touch and charm to burn, Sublet gently builds to the point where both men experience a deep emotional shift -- and, together, achieve that wonderful exhortation from E. M. Forster's Howards End: "Only connect." EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2021
4/5 Queen Bees (2021) Thelma Adams An ideal date night or friends' group evening out. Love is love and there's no expiration date. Or, as Curtin's bossy biddy says, tongue planted firmly in cheek, "Eighty is the new 18." EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2021
4/5 In the Heights (2021) Thelma Adams While the adaptation doesn't reach Hamilton heights, a movie celebrating communal creativity and joy in adversity is a fine fit for our return to theaters. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2021
3/5 Under the Stadium Lights (2021) Thelma Adams Though this one doesn't equal the genre's gold standard -- Denzel Washington's Remember the Titans -- the audience can rely on multiple adversity-crushing character arcs, the inevitable Gipper speech and the rousing big-game finale. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2021
Undine (2020) Thelma Adams The potency of their passion is short-lived but shimmers with truth and harmony, a feeling that remains like an aftertaste of honey once the final frame fades to black. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2021
3/5 American Traitor: The Trial of Axis Sally (2021) Thelma Adams Michael Polish's post-WWII courtroom drama is a must for Al Pacino completists. EDIT
Posted May 28, 2021
5/5 New Order (2020) Thelma Adams No punches are pulled, no grand statements offered - just a sharp, swift, vibrant vision of an unequal society tilting wildly. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2021
4/5 The Dry (2021) Thelma Adams Deftly told, engrossing, complex... EDIT
Posted May 21, 2021
4/5 When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit (2019) Thelma Adams A moving but unsentimental WWII exodus story... EDIT
Posted May 21, 2021
5/5 Dream Horse (2020) Tim Appelo If you liked The Full Monty and Seabiscuit, you'll cheer for this Sundance festival crowd-pleaser... EDIT
Posted May 21, 2021
3/5 Wrath of Man (2021) Thelma Adams Gritting his teeth, the antihero action star boldly goes where other over-50s like Liam Neeson have gone before, riding the vengeance train in a violent, stunt-filled action thriller that takes no prisoners. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2021
4/5 Here Today (2021) Tim Appelo The jokes aren't very funny, the story is clunky, the directing sketchy, and many scenes fall flat. Yet when it's good, it's absorbing and moving, and Crystal and Haddish are two great tastes that taste great together. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2021
4/5 In Our Mothers' Gardens (2020) Thelma Adams Shantrelle P. Lewis' extraordinary documentary, from Oscar winner Ava DuVernay's Array film collective, is the ideal Mother's Day movie. It proves that sometimes the best stories come from simply listening. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2021
3/5 Four Good Days (2020) Thelma Adams Character actor Stephen Root, 69, plays the largely understanding stepfather in this contemporary tearjerker released in the shadow of the Oscar-nominated Hillbilly Elegy. EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2021
3/5 The Marijuana Conspiracy (2020) Tim Appelo It's amateurishly made, but a fascinating tale that may make you giggle. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2021
3/5 Vanquish (2021) Chris Nashawaty The action scenes are serviceable. If it weren't for a semi-surprising third-act twist, this would feel right at home on Cinemax circa 1992. EDIT
Posted Apr 16, 2021
4/5 Moffie (2019) Tim Appelo Sensitively directed by Oliver Hermanus and beautifully shot, Moffie is a powerful tale of survival in the face of senseless prejudice and agonizing loss. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2021
3/5 Concrete Cowboy (2020) Thelma Adams The film captures a fascinating urban subculture threatened with extinction -- and Elba's fans will follow the Golden-Globe-winning Luther star anywhere, including horseback. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2021
3/5 Nobody (2021) Thelma Adams Christopher Lloyd, 82, is having a moment. After playing wingman to William Shatner's late-life Romeo in Senior Moment, the Back to the Future star gets the film's biggest laughs as Mansell's Pops. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2021
Francesco (2020) Thelma Adams The documentary highlights his environmental activism and his conviction that rather than building walls between different people, we should erect bridges of understanding and amity. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2021
3/5 Senior Moment (2021) Thelma Adams The California city that was a magnet for Hollywood stars of old makes for a beautiful backdrop to a comedy that achieves its modest ambitions fronted by Shatner as a dense, big-bellied but ultimately good-hearted Romeo. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2021
3/5 City of Lies (2018) Thelma Adams The Depp-Whitaker acting duet glues this messy movie together, along with hard-boiled true-crime elements, gritty L.A. backdrops, cherry cars and a propulsive soundtrack that includes Tupac Shakur, N.W.A. and Biggie. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2021
4/5 The Courier (2020) Thelma Adams Cumberbatch returns to fine BBC period form with only a belated scenery chewing outburst. Despite this, and a fleet of disastrous wigs, this is still a heroic story of an ordinary citizen who took extraordinary risks. EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2021
5/5 The Truffle Hunters (2020) Thelma Adams Bracing and joyous, the film unearths complex, canine-loving characters who bicker and haggle their way into the audience's hearts. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2021
3/5 My Salinger Year (2020) Thelma Adams For J. D. Salinger completists, the dramatic adaptation of Joanna Rakoff's memoir may be unmissable. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2021
4/5 Coming 2 America (2021) Thelma Adams Long live the king of Zamunda -- and a beat you can groove to. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2021
5/5 The Father (2020) Tim Appelo It's a head-spinning masterpiece, and Hopkins tops himself as an actor. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
My Zoe (2019) Susan Wloszczyna [Delpy] proves to be a triple threat as the female lead, director and writer. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2021
3/5 Blithe Spirit (2020) Tim Appelo It's dated humor that's not improved by its update, but the acting is aces. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
5/5 Nomadland (2020) Tim Appelo A fiction film, it's inspired by a nonfiction book. But it also plays like an epic myth, set in spectacular landscapes John Ford movies made famous. EDIT
Posted Feb 19, 2021
4/5 Hot Money (2017) Tim Appelo Hot Money is an eye-opening trip to the Wild West of finance - and we could all be goners. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
4/5 The Mauritanian (2021) Tim Appelo The film is dramatically clunky but marvelously acted. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
3/5 French Exit (2020) Tim Appelo The film is quirky and twee, but Pfeiffer gives a convincing inner life to Frances, who's so odd that to get a waiter's attention, she sets fire to the flowers on her table. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
5/5 Minari (2020) Tim Appelo A sweet, funny, poignant tale. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
4/5 Land (2021) Thelma Adams Earnest, forthright and well acted. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
5/5 Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) Lisa Kennedy Stanfield nails the role of the betrayer whose actions are tinged with greed, fear and, yes, love. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2021
4/5 Falling (2020) Thelma Adams Mortensen draws on his experience as a committed, collaborative actor of intense emotional truth and deep research for his powerhouse late-career directing debut. The result is a visceral and urgent drama. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
5/5 Malcolm & Marie (2021) Thelma Adams Sam Levinson's black-and-white quarantine written-and-directed relationship drama packs an electric emotional punch. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2021
3/5 Penguin Bloom (2020) Thelma Adams While it's all a bit on the nose, that nose will be running, and hankies coming. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
5/5 Supernova (2020) Tim Appelo Tucci and Firth are perfectly in sync, sometimes improvising brilliantly. It's a miracle of underacting, and few movies are more effectively moving. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
5/5 The Human Factor (2019) Tim Appelo [About] how the human factor alternatively supported and squelched common interest and common sense, with many eye-opening revelations. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2021
5/5 Promising Young Woman (2020) Tim Appelo The script wobbles at times, but the performances are must-see. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
4/5 Pieces of a Woman (2020) Thelma Adams The first act turns on her extended labor -- a long, sweaty action sequence as breathless as any in The Bourne Identity. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
4/5 One Night in Miami (2020) Thelma Adams Oscar-and-Emmy-winning powerhouse actress Regina Kin, flexes her muscles behind the camera as a feature film director -- and it's clear it will be the first of many. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
5/5 Some Kind of Heaven (2020) Tim Appelo This absorbing doc takes us inside a fascinating parallel universe, as elders golf, dance, swim, flirt, cheerlead, do karate, play tennis and binge movies in the place envisioned as the Disneyland of retirees. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
5/5 MLK/FBI (2020) Thelma Adams Prolific Emmy winner Pollard (who has chronicled Zora Neale Hurston, Sammy Davis Jr., and August Wilson) weaves rich black-and-white archival footage with the shrewd insights of political experts and historians. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2021
5/5 The Dissident (2020) Thelma Adams Bold, brutal and controversial, Fogel's picture may get a deserved Oscar nomination for best documentary. EDIT
Posted Jan 8, 2021