Movies for Grownups

Movies for Grownups


  • iPods + Alzheimer’s = Miracle

    Aug 26, 2014 | 2 min
    Since 2006, Long Island social worker and technology expert Dan Cohen has been bringing iPods to nursing homes, using music therapy to help patients break through the bonds of Alzheimer’s. A new documentary, Alive Inside, tells his inspiring story—a story director Michael Rossatto-Bennett tells Bill Newcott he wasn’t sure he wanted to film.
  • After 25 Years, Poirot Solves His Last Case

    Aug 26, 2014 | 3 min
    It’s hard to imagine anyone holding onto the same job for 25 years these days, but British actor David Suchet has played Agatha Christie’s legendary detective Hercule Poirot since 1989, filming screen versions of every one of Christie’s 70 Poirot mysteries. As his final episodes come to Acorn.TV, PBS, and DVD, Suchet tells Bill Newcott he has, oddly enough, been prepared for this day from year one.
  • How Will Robin Williams Be Remembered?

    Aug 19, 2014 | 3 min
    Sitcom star? Oscar-winning actor? Hollywood cautionary tale? Bill Newcott looks back on the late star’s career and weighs the laughter and the tears.
  • 50 Years of Hard Day’s Night

    Aug 12, 2014 | 3 min
    Before The Beatles seized center stage for their first movie, rock bands on film were usually used to provide background music for the real actors. That all changed with the triumphant opening chord of A Hard Day’s Night, now celebrating its 50th anniversary. A new Criterion Collection set presents a restored version of A Hard Day’ Night, and audio supervisor Giles Martin (the son of George Martin, who produced nearly all of the Fab Four’s albums) tells Bill Newcott how he struck a balance between pleasing movie audiences and pleasing the Beatles themselves.
  • Calvary: The Passion of a Good Priest

    Aug 5, 2014 | 3 min
    The mesmerizing new drama Calvary opens with a quietly shocking confessional scene that resonates until the film’s final frame. Star Brendan Gleeson and writer/director John Michael McDonaugh tell Bill Newcott why you don’t need a fiery car crash to get your audience’s attention.
  • Get on Up

    Jul 29, 2014 | 3 min
    Actor Chadwick Boseman played Jackie Robinson in 42 and a young football star in Draft Day—but he confesses to Bill Newcott that neither role prepared him for the sheer physical stamina he’d need to play James Brown in Get on Up.
  • A movie script twelve years in the filming

    Jul 15, 2014 | 3 min
    Two-time Oscar nominee Richard Linklater wrote a script about a boy’s childhood—then spent 12 years filming it. He tells Bill Newcott why the idea was “insane”…and why it was also the only way to tell the story.
  • Begin Again

    Jul 15, 2014 | 3 min
    With his Oscar-winning film Once, writer/director John Carney made us all want to be street singers in Dublin. Now the Irish-born director’s new film, Begin Again, works the same magic for Manhattan. Carney tells Bill Newcott why he loves filming in New York…and why Kiera Knightly is a better singer than Marlon Brando (no surprise).
  • The Greatest Movie Music…Live!

    Jul 8, 2014 | 3 min
    Symphony orchestras across the country are performing classic music scores live—with the films showing on huge screens above them. National Symphony Orchestra conductor Emil de Cou tells Bill Newcott why directing an orchestra while watching a movie is a lot like juggling chainsaws.
  • Rob Reiner: The Incurable Romantic

    Jul 8, 2014 | 3 min
    Twenty five years ago he captured the essence of modern love in When Harry Met Sally—now Rob Reiner explores romance after 50 in his new film, And So It Goes. He tells Bill Newcott that although the ages may change, the essential boy-and-girl dynamic never does.
  • Roger Ebert: A Life in the Movies

    Jul 1, 2014 | 3 min
    While making a documentary based on the autobiography of legendary film critic Roger Ebert, Oscar-nominated director Steve James spent months capturing intimate details of Ebert’s final year. As his film, Life Itself, hits theaters, James tells Movies For Grownups’ Meg Guroff the experience was unexpectedly exhilarating.
  • New York, New Yorker

    Jun 24, 2014 | 3 min
    Three new documentaries recall two New York Cities that no longer exist: The anything-goes 20s that gave birth to The New Yorker…and the 1950 creative hotbed that made Manhattan the center of countercultural art and music.
  • The Lone Survivor Tells His Own Story

    Jun 17, 2014 | 3 min
    Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrel was awarded the Navy Cross and a Purple Heart for his heroism, depicted in the Oscar-winning film Lone Survivor. But he tells Bill Newcott he wanted to be sure any movie based on his experience honored his fallen comrades.
  • Bob Newhart’s Terrible, Great Decision

    Jun 10, 2014 | 3 min
    In 1970, standup comic Bob Newhart had to choose between two movie projects. He tells Bill Newcott he picked the wrong one, but chances are it led to his subsequent sitcom stardom.
  • Words and Pictures

    Jun 3, 2014 | 3 min
    Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche star in the new romantic comedy Words and Pictures—and directorFred Schipisi tells Bill Newcott why they are just the type of veteran actors he loves to work with.
  • Cold in July

    May 27, 2014 | 3 min
    Sam Shepard and Don Johnson play two old friends trying to untangle a web or murder and deceit in Cold in July—and director Jim Mickle tells Bill Newcott why he loves movies that feature older characters.
  • After 30 Years, Still Proud to be a Nerd

    May 20, 2014 | 3 min
    Actor Curtis Armstrong has been in 140 movies and TV shows, but after 30 years he’s still best known for playing “Booger” in Revenge of the Nerds. He tells Bill Newcott why that’s just fine with him.
  • A Top Film Critic’s “Desert Island” Movie List

    May 20, 2014 | 3 min
    He’s been one of America’s leading film critics for decades, but even Peter Rainer has his list of cinematic guilty pleasures. The author of Rainer on Film shares it with Bill Newcott.
  • Now - Kevin Spacey

    May 13, 2014 | 3 min
    As his new movie Now opens in theaters and video on demand, Kevin Spacey tells how his House of Cards character Francis Underwood is based on the Bard’s scheming, murderous king, Richard III.
  • Patricia Heaton: Why Everybody Loves Mom

    May 6, 2014 | 3 min
    She’s played two of TV’s most iconic mothers, and now Patricia Heaton stars in the big screen comedy Moms’ Night Out. She tells Bill Newcott how each of those roles has echoed her own life.
  • Hill Street Blues Hits The Streets Again

    Apr 29, 2014 | 3 min
    As the complete classic 1980s TV series comes to DVD for the first time, star James B. Sikking recalls the show’s rocky start. [...]
  • Henry Jaglom and the M Word

    Apr 29, 2014 | 3 min
    For more than 25 years, independent filmmaker Henry Jaglom has been making movies that thoughtfully explore the secret lives of women. In his newest, The M Word, he tackles the ways menopause affects both women and men. [...]
  • The Family Behind Heaven is for Real

    Apr 22, 2014 | 3 min
    Meet the Real Family of Heaven is for Real Bill Newcott sat down with Todd and Sonja Burpo at their Nebraska home to chat about the new movie based on Heaven is for Real, Todd’s book about their son’s amazing supernatural experience as he lay near death in a hospital. [...]
  • Woody Allen Dabbles in the World’s Oldest Profession

    Apr 15, 2014 | 3 min
    For a rare acting role in someone else’s movie, Woody Allen plays a retired bookseller who turns to part-time pimping in Fading Gigolo. Writer/director/costar John Turturro tells Bill Newcott what it was like to write for and direct one of cinema’s most honored filmmakers. [...]
  • The Velocity of Autumn

    Apr 8, 2014 | 3 min
    She won an Oscar for Bonnie and Clyde and has starred in hundreds of movies and TV shows, but as she prepares to star in a new Broadway play, 86-year-old Estelle Parsons tells Bill Newcott Hollywood still doesn’t have much use for actresses who happen to be 50-plus. [...]
  • Best Baseball Movies of all Time

    Apr 1, 2014 | 3 min
    Bill Newcott talks some of the best baseball movies of all time. From Kill the Umpire through The Natural. [...]
  • Cesar Chavez: An American Hero

    Mar 25, 2014 | 3 min
    John Malkovich plays a California vineyard owner who is faced with a changing world—in which his workers are organizing for higher wages and better working conditions—in Cesar Chavez: An American Hero. Michael Penya stars as Cesar Chavez, a field worker who in the 1960s became co-founder of the United Farm Workers. Directed by Diego Luna, whose friendship with Malkovich drew the star into making the film. Bill Newcott has the story. [...]
  • A Forgotten Classic Sets Sail Again

    Mar 18, 2014 | 3 min
    The 1936 screen version of the musical Show Boat is considered a Hollywood landmark, but for various reasons it has only now become available on DVD. In this music-filled appreciation, Bill Newcott celebrates Show Boat and its legendary star Paul Robeson. [...]
  • Colliding With History

    Mar 11, 2014 | 3 min
    Who knew a documentary about particle physics and the people who love it would be one of the most entertaining films of the year? Bill Newcott chats with the director of the new film, Particle Fever. [...]
  • Elaine Stricht and the Stages of Life

    Mar 4, 2014 | 3 min
    In the new documentary Elaine Stricht: Shoot Me, the 88-year-old Emmy-winner defies age—and maybe good sense—to stage a one-woman cabaret show singing the brilliant-but-difficult songs of Stephen Sondheim. It wasn’t easy, she tells Bill Newcott, but a lifetime of experience prepared her for that moment of on-stage truth. [...]
  • The 13th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards Gala

    Feb 25, 2014 | 3 min
    Bill Newcott runs down the big winners of this year’ s Movies for Grownups Awards from LA and talks to some of the A-lister attendees. [...]
  • Making a Man from a Monster

    Feb 18, 2014 | 3 min
    Will Rothhaar had the unenviable task of making Lee Harvey Oswald a sympathetic character in National Geographic’s Killing Kennedy. He tells Bill Newcott how he pulled it off. [...]
  • Hank: Five Years from the Brink

    Feb 11, 2014 | 3 min
    Hank Paulson gives his side of the story about the economic bubble of 2008 in a new documentary. Bill Newcott discusses the documentary with Paulson. [...]
  • Monuments Men

    Feb 4, 2014 | 3 min
    Bill Newcott Talks Monuments Men. In theaters now. [...]
  • Your All-Time Favorite Movies

    Jan 28, 2014 | 3 min
    Movie experts are always holding forth about the best movies ever made, but what to real moviegoers think? We asked readers to name their faves, and the results might surprise you.  [...]
  • Enough Said

    Jan 21, 2014 | 3 min
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini find mid-life love in Enough Said, the warm and wonderful romantic comedy now available on Blu-Ray and DVD. Writer/director Nicole Holofcener has built an entire love story around two characters who are in middle age.   [...]
  • Warner Movie Archive

    Jan 14, 2014 | 3 min
    Thousands of classic movies are available on home video, but there are thousands more sitting unseen in Hollywood’s vaults—the potential audience is too small to justify the expense of marketing them. Now Warner Brothers is doing something about that with an innovative new program: film buffs select from a list of obscure movies online, and Warner’s burns a DVD of each film just for them.  [...]
  • August Osage County

    Jan 7, 2014 | 3 min
    August Osage County explores the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family. Their life’s roads have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house of their childhood, and to the woman who raised them. [...]
  • Ben Stiller’s Secret Ambition

    Dec 31, 2013 | 3 min
    He stars in and directs the new film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty—but at the Movies for Grownups Film Festival in Los Angeles, Ben Stiller confessed he sees his show biz future going in a slightly different direction.  [...]
  • When Walt Met Pam

    Dec 24, 2013 | 3 min
    Saving Mr. Banks director John Lee Hancock thought the folks at Disney would give him a tough time over his film that depicts Walt Disney, warts and all—but he tells Bill Newcott he was pleasantly surprised.  [...]
  • Madea’s Family Christmas

    Dec 17, 2013 | 3 min
    Writer/Director Tyler Perry has been playing the outspoken Southern matriarch Madea for 15 years now, and in his latest outing he unleashes her on the Christmas Season. A Madea Christmas finds her spending the holidays way out in the country with a cast that includes, of all people, Larry the Cable Guy.  [...]
  • Tunes of Christmas Past

    Dec 10, 2013 | 3 min
    There have been more movie Ebeneezer Scrooges than you can shake a humbug at, but Bill Newcott has a sentimental favorite. And if you think about it, it just might be yours, too. [...]
  • John Goodman: The Reluctant Movie Star

    Dec 3, 2013 | 3 min
    The beloved actor tells Bill Newcott why he stays out of the spotlight—except for when he’s not. [...]
  • Philomena

    Nov 26, 2013 | 3 min
    Writer/costar Steve Coogan tells Bill Newcott why he wanted to make Philomena—and also why Judi Dench clobbered him with her handbag [...]
  • The Truth About Fatty

    Nov 19, 2013 | 3 min
    More than 90 years after scandal destroyed his Hollywood career, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle still serves as a cautionary figure for modern-day celebrities.  [...]
  • Oliver Stone: The Lingering Mystery of JFK

    Nov 12, 2013 | 3 min
    The Oscar-winning director tells Bill Newcott why questions raised by his 1991 film still stand up…and recalls getting the city of Dallas to shut down Dealy Plaza for days.  [...]
  • Mariel Hemingway, Running from Crazy

    Nov 5, 2013 | 3 min
    “I come from seven suicides; maybe more,” says the Oscar-nominated actress—and in the new documentary Running From Crazy she talks candidly about her lifelong efforts to overcome a long history of Hemingway family mental illness. Hemingway’s family was so closed off from each other that no one ever even told her in which room of their Idaho retreat Ernest Hemingway killed himself; but she tells Bill Newcott that somehow, even as a young child, she knew.  [...]
  • Branca’s Pitch

    Oct 29, 2013 | 3 min
    Russ Hodge called the the game in which Bobby Thompson’s miracle home run sealed the pennant for the New York Giants in 1951. Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca was on the mound that day, and for 62 years he has carried the weight of that fateful pitch. Now 87, Branca is the subject of a new documentary, Branca’s Pitch. Utterly dejected after the game, Branca told me, he and his wife Ann were consoled by their friend, a Catholic priest. [...]
  • All is Lost

    Oct 22, 2013 | 3 min
    Robert Redford delivers one of the few lines he has in the new adventure movie, All is Lost. After that, Redford has no one to talk to—he’s adrift on a crippled boat, battling storms and sharks. It’s perhaps the crowning dramatic achievement of 77-year-old Redford’s career, and he was guided through it by a relative newcomer: writer/director J.C. Chandor. [...]
  • 12 Years a Slave; One Memorable Movie

    Oct 15, 2013 | 3 min
    Hollywood has come a long way when it comes to depicting the horrors of slavery—but 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen tells Bill Newcott he relied on an unusual source to help tell his story: Walt Disney’s animated classic Pinocchio. [...]

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