Every November, the long Thanksgiving weekend brings a plethora of broad-appeal movies from studios that figure everyone will get tired of football, relatives and leftover turkey at some point and, therefore, head to the cinema. This weekend is no different. And, fortunately for post 50 audiences, the year that brought us "Hope Springs" is a year that will keep on giving for older film fans.
Indeed, beyond the "Twilight" saga and "Wreck-It Ralph" is a nice range of films that will appeal to mature moviegoers. Five worth checking out are "Lincoln," "Hitchcock," "Skyfall," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Anna Karenina."
The release of these five films proves -- yet again -- that there is still a place in the multiplex for movies that appeal not only to teenagers, but to their parents and grandparents as well. Don't forget that last year's "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," about a collection of British retirees relocating to India, earned more than $44 million in the United States, or four times its reported budget.
Check out our slideshow for a brief rundown of the five movies that have already become fan favorites, and tell us in comments what movies you'll be seeing this weekend.
Denzel Washington, 58, never ceases to amaze us. In "Flight," he plays Capt. Whip Whitaker, <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/reviews/flight-20121101">a commercial pilot</a> who's also an alcoholic. It's one of his best performances in a film that also features a terrifying crash scene.
"The Sessions" delves into a subject that's not often explored, the tale of a man<a href="http://observer.com/2012/10/rex-reed-helen-hunt-ben-lewin-the-sessions-john-hawkes/"> paralyzed by polio</a> who's determined to lose his virginity before he dies. The film also showcases the talents of Helen Hunt, 49, and William H. Macy, 62.
"The Oranges" didn't get a lot of attention when it was released in the fall of 2012, but it packs an <a href="http://www.boston.com/ae/movies/2012/10/04/oranges-pleasant-but-too-mild-comedy-suburban-infidelity/OX4hfhKFB2HPX599FYcgbP/story.html">incredible ensemble cast</a> that includes Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, Allison Janney and Oliver Platt. And it's a tale of suburban infidelity that might make you look twice at your neighbors.
"Hope Springs" has been held up more times than anyone can remember as the film <a href="http://movies.nytimes.com/2012/08/08/movies/movie-review-hope-springs-with-meryl-streep-and-tommy-lee-jones.html">that brought a new topic</a> -- how a longtime marriage can go stale -- to mainstream audiences. But the truth is that it, well, did exactly that. The film also boasted terrific performances from Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell (playing it straight).
Hard to believe a story about an octogenarian husband and wife facing their mortality could <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/28/movies/amour-by-michael-haneke-wins-palme-dor-at-cannes.html">receive so much attention</a> -- but "Amour," directed by Michael Haneke, has awed audiences around the world.
Although it stars two under-40s, Jude Law and Keira Knightley, post 50 moviegoers will enjoy seeing the latest adaption of the classic Leo Tolstoy novel. The Rolling Stone says that, although the story has been filmed many times before,<a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/reviews/anna-karenina-20121115" target="_hplink"> it's never had the same kind of erotic charge</a> as this latest version. The reviewer calls Knightley "glorious," noting that the entire project casts a "strange and marvelous spell" on the audience.
'Silver Linings Playbook'
The Huffington Post said <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/20/silver-linings-playbook-review_n_2165364.html?utm_hp_ref=entertainment"> "Silver Linings Playbook"defies expectations," </a>with actor Robert De Niro doing some of his best work in recent years as Pat Sr., a hardcore Philadelphia Eagles fan whose game-time superstitions have long since developed into full-blown obsessive-compulsive disorder. Bradley Cooper also turns in an "inspired performance."
The 23rd official James Bond movie is above all else a film about middle-aged job angst -- whether your skills are good enough to compete in the global marketplace, and whether age discrimination will stop you from doing the work you love. Without giving too much away, at least one reviewer described the plot as being driven by the <a href="http://blogs.marketwatch.com/encore/2012/11/19/bond-fights-boomer-job-angst-in-skyfall/" target="_hplink">question of whether Bond's boss</a> -- the steely M played by 77-year-old Judi Dench -- still has what it takes to oversee Britain's intelligence service.
The Associated Press called "Hitchcock"<a href="http://movies.yahoo.com/news/review-hitchcock-lightweight-fun-study-173010959.html" target="_hplink"> a lightweight but fun study </a>of the man behind the movie "Psycho." Starring Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock and Helen Mirren as his wife and collaborator, Alma, "Hitchcock" gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at how the director struggled to make the mother of all slasher films. While Hopkins delivers a sly performance, Scarlett Johansson also is cleverly cast as Janet Leigh, physically resembling the star of the infamous shower scene.
The Los Angeles Times called <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-lincoln-review-20121109,0,7581480.story" target="_hplink">"Lincoln" a "towering achievement."</a> Directed by Steven Spielberg, the movie stars Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th president of the United States in a story that covers the final four months of the chief executive's life. The review described Day-Lewis' Lincoln as a deeply human individual, weary after four years of civil war, but endowed with a palpable greatness of spirit and a real sense of humor. The indomitable <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/07/sally-field-lincoln_n_2088984.html">Sally Field also stars as his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln</a>.
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