Movies for Grown Ups – the AARP Film Festival

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Movie studies tend to target a younger audience – after all this is the demographic that goes to movies and buys tickets. So it was a joy and a delight to see a change this year.

“It’s clear that Hollywood is paying attention to the tastes of the 50-plus moviegoer, as films for grownup audiences dominate the box office this year,” says AARP editorial director Myrna Blyth. “Now, AARP is bringing our film festival – Movies for Grownups Film Festival – to Los Angeles in an effort to continue to spotlight this important demographic and celebrate Hollywood’s renewed commitment to mature audiences.”

Besides screenings of such already-acclaimed films as 12 Years a Slave and Nebraska, the festival will feature advance screenings of eagerly awaited late-year entries, including Saving Mr. Banks, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and August: Osage County — all opening in December.

One of the featured films is Philomena, starring Judy Dench and Steve Coogan. It’s based on the trued story of a woman in her 70s who tells her story to an investigative reporter who helps her track down the son taken from her when she was an unmarried teenager. The film brings to light some disturbing information about how unmarried mothers and adoptions were handled at an Irish Catholic institution.

Dench gives the performance of a lifetime as Philomena, a woman who kept a secret for 50 years because she was torn by love, faith, fear and guilt. She is funny, tragic and very real. What happened to those young girls affected them for the rest of their lives. This is a wonderful film- don’t miss it.

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