Lily Tomlin

Movie review: 'Grandma' is terrific showcase for Tomlin

Don't let that comforting title fool you. "Grandma" is no sugary-sweet smoothie for viewers of a certain AARP age. It would hit that target audience like a hurled brick. Instead, it hands Lily Tomlin the first leading role she has played since the '80s, reveling in every drop of the sharp-tongued sarcasm this consummate comedic actor conveys like no one else. Bland it is not. The word "Grandma" has barely faded from the opening visual when Tomlin's irascible Elle Reid shows she's no fountain of senior citizen wisdom and warm hugs. A retired Los Angeles college professor who embodies the activist feminism of the '60s, she likes her privacy, even...