AARP Movies for Grownups
A Monster Calls (2017)
20th Century Women (2017)
Nocturnal Animals (2016)
La La Land (2016)
Rules Don't Apply (2016)
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
"In the climactic scene, as stadium fireworks spark graphic battlefield memories in our hero's mind, Lee's experimental film is positively transportive. Movies always induce something like a dream state...the effect here is more like a hallucination."
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
"Gibson makes his case that the best humanity can offer often arises amid the worst that humanity can inflict. There's no twisted pleasure in the making (or viewing) of this violence, only a solemn acknowledgment of the awful truth about war and bravery."
American Pastoral (2016)
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)
"Formulaic? Sure, but Cruise is always fun to watch, and there are nice little nods to the star's 50+ status: When he winces on rising from the occasional bed or chair, it's the clear aftermath of one too many dark-alley dustups."
The Accountant (2016)
"The role calls for an actor who can summon affability and piteousness but burnish them with a scary edge, and Affleck lets all three qualities hum quietly just beneath the surface throughout the film."
The Birth of a Nation (2016)
"Depicting brutality without turning the viewer away has dogged artists since humans painted mammoth hunts on cave walls....Nate Parker's remarkable film provides a vision of slavery from which we cannot look away...while forcing us to look at ourselves"
Deepwater Horizon (2016)
The Magnificent Seven (2016)
"In his gushing cinematic tribute to...Edward Snowden, Oliver Stone crouches in his hero's corner, cheering him on as Snowden lands one righteous sucker punch after another on a lumbering and unscrupulous nemesis: the U.S. military-intelligence complex."
Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)
"A film that is much like the man at its center: Lean. Direct. Endlessly inspiring. And in his star, Tom Hanks, Eastwood has found the perfect actor to convey the casual heroism that made the real-life Sully a national icon."
The Light Between Oceans (2016)
"If you love to cry at movies - you know who you are - don't bring a hankie to The Light Between Oceans. Supply yourself instead with a roll of toilet paper, then thread it on a spindle in the drink holder."
Hands of Stone (2016)
"Suffers by comparison with last year's game-changing Creed, whose fight scenes were ingeniously presented in one glorious, uninterrupted shot. The balletic result seemed to justify boxing's sobriquet as "the sweet science.""
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)
"Even... as Streep's face ignites in a glow of deluded rapture, a disquieting sense of guilt creeps over us. We like Florence, and we can't help sharing her husband's dread that some day, somehow, the elaborate jig will be up."
Little Men (2016)
"The film's most dramatic moment is one of its quietest: Dad sits down with Jake in the boy's bedroom...apologizing not so much for his handling of the situation as for the cruel complexities of life itself. "
Suicide Squad (2016)
Jason Bourne (2016)
Café Society (2016)
The Infiltrator (2016)
"A scene in which an Escobar confidant happens upon Mazur and his wife enjoying an anniversary dinner...morphs into the most unnerving restaurant run-in since Joe Pesci asked Ray Liotta, "What do you mean I'm funny?" in Goodfellas."
Captain Fantastic (2016)
The Phenom (2016)
The BFG (2016)
"Movies based on Dahl's books have been a mixed bag, but Spielberg's The BFG may be the best of the lot. It's a visual spectacle of wonder and whimsy, crowned by a warmhearted performance from Oscar winner Mark Rylance in the title role."
Free State of Jones (2016)
Finding Dory (2016)
"DeGeneres has the funny bits down pat...But it's in Dory's quieter moments that (she) breathes a soul into her little blue character: Speaking barely above a whisper, she registers wonder, trepidation and, occasionally, heartbreaking sorrow."
The Descendants (2011)
"Clooney and Payne share an uncanny knack for that wistful smile in the face of havoc; for conveying the peace that comes from having lived a life, from having seen disasters come and go, and from knowing that, one way or another, this too shall pass."
The Expendables 2 (2012)
"Little-known biological phenomenon: When a human body is shot, stabbed or punched really hard, it explodes like a balloon filled with ketchup. Also, heads and limbs detach with the ease of a G.I. Joe doll in the hands of a malevolent 3-year-old. "
Sleepwalk With Me (2012)
Trouble with the Curve (2012)
Seven Psychopaths (2012)
"McDonagh might have had a minor classic in the tradition of Quentin Tarantino...But by the time the characters head to the desert to pitch a tent and contemplate new screenplay concepts, we've nearly forgotten what the movie is supposed to be about."
"Truth is stranger than fiction, it's a fact; but when truth and fiction morph into each other, the strangeness factor increases exponentially. That's what happens in Ben Affleck's ingenious take on the real-life CIA (Iran hostage) mission."
"Not since Paul Greengrass sat us in coach for his 9/11 drama United 93 has a filmmaker so effectively summoned up the primal fears that, for the less air-worthy of us, lurk beneath every lurch, every "fasten your seat belts" warning."
Life of Pi (2012)
"Gerard Depardieu gets the most oversold star billing since Marlon Brando was Superman's absentee father. Depardieu looms over less than a minute of screen time. Not that we miss him when he's gone; we just wonder why he was there in the first place."
Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)
"Murray's FDR dominates the film the way Roosevelt towered over American politics for a decade and a half. That's not always a good thing, because the central character here is supposed to be FDR's sixth cousin Daisy (Laura Linney)."
Les Misérables (2012)
"(Director Tom) Hooper...cribs from musicals ranging from Oliver! to Cabaret to Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He misses the energy of those films, and doesn't accomplish the immediacy of Les Miz's stage incarnation."
"I can't say you'll enjoy Amour. That would be an inappropriate reaction, in fact. Hollywood has conditioned us to expect swelling violins as characters draw close to death. (Here) there's little drama and nothing in the way of ceremony. "
Robot & Frank (2012)
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)