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FILE - This image released by The Weinstein Company shows, clockwise from left, Keira Knightley, Matthew Beard, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech and Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from the film, "The Imitation Game." The film was nominated for an Oscar Award for best feature on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Cumberbatch was also nominated for best actor and Knightley for best supporting actress for their roles in the film. The once-classified home of Britain’s World War II codebreakers is finally coming out of the shadows. Though eclipsed by attractions like the British Museum and Stonehenge, the museum at Bletchley Park expects a surge in visitors as a result of “The Imitation Game,” a movie about Alan Turing, a computer science pioneer and architect of the effort to crack Nazi Germany’s Enigma cipher.  (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Jack English)

Once Given Short Shrift, Biopics Find Favor With Audiences and the Academy

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Looking across the Oscar nominations you’ll see a landscape populated by pictures about real people. Look beyond the Oscars and you’ll see even more. The last 12 months has produced an abundance of biographies. It’s as if film’s current artistic collective decided to figure out what subject matter works for contemporary audiences — whether it spans the years or zeros …

Sundance Sees A Generational Shift in Subject

Monday, January 26, 2015

In its 31-year history, the Sundance Film Festival has often showcased movies by some of the country’s most maverick personalities. But as the prestigious gathering enters its busy opening weekend, there may have never been so many of the iconoclasts themselves up on the screen. What’s more, many of these subjects and themes …

Movie Review: ‘Foxcatcher’ Warns of the Snares of Money and Privilege

Monday, January 26, 2015

A bleak, mid­wintery gloom suffuses Foxcatcher, a dramatized version of the lurid real-life murder of champion wrestler Dave Schultz at the hands of the late John E. du Pont in 1996. As refracted through the chilly, superbly controlled lens of director Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball), the otherwise tawdry tale of ambition, self­deception and …

Capsule Reviews: ‘Strange Magic’ Adapts Shakespeare

Monday, January 26, 2015

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than …

A Movie Lover Comes to Grips With Television’s Superiority

Monday, January 26, 2015

Someday, when the dust settles on the turbulent, game-changing history of early 21st-century media — at that far-off point when the use of jargon like “game-changing” is met swiftly, and by decree, with a light prison sentence — let’s hope this small, tossed-off moment is not forgotten: On …

Around the Remote: TV Picks for Jan. 25-31

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Don’t Miss The Americans — The suspenseful adventures of Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell) resume as this Cold War-era thriller launches its third season. Now, the undercover Russian spies have differing opinions on how to handle orders from their bosses regarding their teenage daughter. The …

The Coast Is Not Clear: Hanover Native’s Film Weighs Cost of Oceanfront Life

Friday, January 23, 2015

Even if he could afford a dream house by the sea on the fruits of documentary film making, Ben Kalina can no longer imagine buying or building one. Kalina’s recent film, Shored Up , explores the risks of …

‘American Sniper’ Posts Record Weekend of $105.3Million

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New York — Clint Eastwood’s R-rated Iraq War drama American Sniper opened in January like a superhero movie in July, taking in a record $105.3 million over the Martin Luther King Jr. four-day weekend. The film’s success obliterated …

Guilty Pleasure to Emmy Awards: A H istory of Lifetime Movies

Monday, January 19, 2015

For many people, the phrase “Lifetime movie” is synonymous with curling up on a lazy weekend afternoon in front of the TV, trying but thoroughly unable to tear yourself away from a movie called My Stepson, My Lover. Okay, maybe the film is called Mother, May I Sleep …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Jan. 18-24

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Don’t Miss: The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore — Stephen Colbert has moved on, but Larry Wilmore — a comedian, actor, writer and former “senior black correspondent” — is ready to step into the late-night void with this new program. Produced by Jon Stewart, the show opens with …

‘Big Eyes’ Shows Burton’s Flaws

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent …

Oscar Nominations 2015 — Hollywood Is Strangely Absent

Friday, January 16, 2015

If Thursday’s Oscar nominations are any indication, the best Hollywood movies aren’t being made by Hollywood anymore. Following the lead of many major industries, the movie business has in effect outsourced what used to be its bread and butter. For if the Academy Awards have traditionally represented anything, …

‘Boyhood’ Leads Golden Globes, ‘Grand Budapest’ Upsets

Monday, January 12, 2015

Richard Linklater’s 12-years-in-the-making Boyhood was right on time at the Golden Globes, winning the night’s top honor, best drama, as well as best director for Linklater and best supporting actress for Patricia Arquette. The sweetly humanist film had …