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Published September 23rd 2017
A good selection to choose from here
This list has been selected as suitable for the older generation of movie goers. I regularly chat to older people at the cinema when I go and they tell me they do not like to watch violence anymore. Generally, seniors like something they can relate to and real life stories or historical films are popular. As is a comedy and foreign films with magnificent scenery of lands afar. Producers are finally starting to see that making films for older people will sell and are using older actors more, which is great. With reduced ticket prices at cinemas these days, it is an outing we all can afford. I do hope you get out to see and enjoy some of the selection on this list. Please click a LIKE if you enjoyed the list.
THE ZOOKEEPERS WIFE This movie has been out for some months but is still showing at some local cinemas in the daytime. It is set WW2 in Warsaw, Poland. It is based on the true story of the owners of the Warsaw Zoo who did their best to save the animals. They secretly hid and relocated many Jews during the war. This is a confronting film, but a heart warming story and has a good story line. There are some violent scenes, but overall the film spanning the length of the war has some positive outcomes. I really enjoyed this movie.
THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES
Two great female actors, hilarious Pauline Collins from the UK and sultry Joan Collins from the USA, join up to star in this humorous seniors flick. A woman aids her friends escape from a nursing home and they flee to Europe, meeting a handsome man along the way. A story of friendship, they end up having the time of their lives. Sounds fun. Although this film has received some negative reviews it would appeal to older people.
Two great female actors star in this comedy. Image from wikiedia.com
HAMPSTEAD You are sure to enjoy a seniors romance film if it stars Dianne Keaton. I'm pleased to see her still making movies, even though the roles seem to be similar. This time she is living in London on the edge of Hampstead Heath, a natural bushland park. She meets a recluse living in a ramshackle dwelling he made for himself in the heath. An unlikely friendship develops between the two. She helps him when developers want to evict him from his home.
VICTORIA AND ABDUL This film is being given top billing and even has some evening timeslots at time of writing. Starring Dame Judy Dench who plays Queen Victoria in her later years, during the late 1800s. The Queen is old and lonely when an unlikely friendship develops with an Indian servant who is selected to go to England for the Queens Jubilee celebrations. He gives her renewed strength to carry out her duties as sovereign leader in her old age. This is an interesting true story, untold until now.
VICEROY'S HOUSE. Lord Louis Mountbatten was the last British viceroy to India. This film covers the tumultuous time of India's history during the final months of British rule and the people who had to implement these changes. With such a title I was hoping to see more of the house, being the home that represented the Queen in India, it would have been quite grand. The country was divided. The religious refugees who left India for the newly made State of Pakistan was the biggest and devastating refugee walk ever in history. An interesting film and a must see. It is still showing at some regional cinemas. This was the best film I have seen this year.
GIFTED A lovely film of an uncle who is raising his niece. Two relatives soon learn the girl is gifted and highly intelligent. One wants her to be raised with a quiet ordinary childhood life at home and school with the other kids. The other relative wants her to reach her true potential and send her to receive special education. Ensuing arguments develop in this story with the notion of a gifted child and what was is extraordinary.
CHURCHILL The story of Great Britain's Prime Minister Winston Churchill has been told in many films and books. He was in his 70s when he became leader. This movie focuses on the final years of the second world war in which Churchill needs to make crucial decisions which bring a great deal of stress to himself and his marriage. His wife was his rock and confidant. Some good acting here in this important part of history.
I have seen this film and overall I didn't like it much, although when I sat there I did want to know what was going to happen next. This is a fictional tale of a small private finishing school for upper class young adolescent girls in the Deep South during the American Civil War. The teachers, Nicole Kidman and Kirstin Dunst, take in a wounded enemy soldier. They should turn him in, but selfishly decide to keep him, for a while at least. The result is a house of stifled sexual frustrations as the soldier's presence affects them all in one way or another. This is a deep dark story and who would think what these genteel women of the 1860s were capable of.
MADAME Go see this if you want a light hearted film and have a laugh. A dinner party goes wrong when the lady of the house asks her maid to make up the table numbers for a society dinner. After making up a host of lies is the truth revealed? You will only find this film at a few independent cinemas now as it was released some months ago. Do a search of the name and the town you live in and you may locate it.
PARIS CAN WAIT Diane Lane seems to get desirable roles of gallivanting around Europe and we sit there in the cinema longing for a vacation. Under the Tuscan Sun was brilliant, so that I had to go there to see Tuscany for myself! In this movie, she plays a middle-aged American woman who is uninspired by life and in a marriage with an uninterested husband. He suggests she get a ride with a business associate for a 7-hour drive to Paris, but it turns into a road trip with a difference with so much fun along the way. Go see it for the superb scenery, the gourmet food and dream a little. Then stop by the travel agent for brochures on the way home. I know I will. Vive la France.
THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US
Release Date October 12
The scene is a plane crash in the snow-capped mountains and the last two survivors need to join forces to survive and find a way out in a very harsh climate and terrain. This is a dramatic suspense movie.
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
Release Date November 9
The famous Agatha Christie story has now been made into a remake of exceptional class. Go see it again and decide if you like the old one better. Alternatively, go if you cannot remember the story at all!
And that is your lot. I do hope you get out to enjoy the good selection of current movies for seniors around now and until the end of 2017. If you miss them get them on DVD when they are released.