clint eastwood in 'gran torino'In an industry that is geared mainly to audiences under 40 (and in many cases under 25), movies that feature seniors in more than peripheral grandma/pa roles are a relative rarity. Which is unfortunate for many reasons, not least because veteran actors have been honing their craft for decades and can often deliver sublime performances.

Luckily, there are filmmakers who recognize the value of these roles and actors (and in the case of Clint Eastwood, his own talents), producing movies that call for career-defining performances from an old-timer or two. In the next few months, we're looking forward to seeing typically strong work from Michael Caine in 'Harry Brown' (April 30), Vanessa Redgrave in 'Letters to Juliet' (May 14) and Robert Duvall in 'Get Low' (July 30).
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