Finally, a film festival for the over-50 crowd.
AARP's Movies For Grownups Film Festival, opening Nov. 14 and continuing through Nov. 17 at Regal Cinemas in L.A. Live, will feature nine films with appeal to the 50-plus moviegoer that are being considered for the organization's annual Movies For Grownups Awards.
The majority of the films are likely Oscar contenders, and there will be Q&As with cast and filmmakers after the screenings.
"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," said AARP editorial director Myrna Blyth in a statement. "Now AARP is bringing our festival to Los Angeles in an effort to continue to spotlight this important demographic and celebrate Hollywood's renewed commitment to mature audiences."
The festival opens Nov. 14 with Stephen Frears' new film, "Philomena," starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. Coogan and the real-life Philomena Lee will participate in a Q&A after the screening.
Screening Nov. 15 is Alexander Payne's "Nebraska." Stars Bruce Dern, June Squibb and Stacy Keach and will be on hand along with Payne to discuss the drama.
Scheduled for the morning of Nov. 16 is Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave." McQueen and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong'o will participate in a post-screening discussion.
Nicole Holofcener's "Enough Said," will follow later that afternoon with a chat featuring the director and star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Jason Reitman's new film "Labor Day" is scheduled for early evening. The writer/director and author Joyce Maynard will participate in a Q&A. The evening concludes with the documentary "20 Feet From Stardom."
Ben Stiller will be on hand for the Nov. 17 screening of his new film, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," which is based on the James Thurber story.
"Mitty" will be followed by the ensemble drama "August: Osage County," starring Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep. Stars Margo Martindale and Chris Cooper will participate in post-screening discussion.
The festival concludes the evening of Nov. 17 with "Saving Mr. Banks," starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson. Director John Lee Hancock will be on hand to discuss the Disney film.
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