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Around the Remote: Television Picks for Oct. 19-25

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Don’t Miss Private Violence — This timely, highly important 90-minute documentary examines the horrors of domestic abuse through the eyes of two female survivors. Presented during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the film sheds light on the complex, frustrating realities of the abuse women suffer every day at the hands of intimate partners, as well as the difficulties of prosecuting the cases and why it isn’t always easy for victims to …

‘Best of Me’ — More Treacle From Nicholas Sparks

Saturday, October 18, 2014

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 or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one 17 and younger admitted. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, …

A Perfect Kindness

Friday, October 17, 2014

E ldonna Edwards , the protagonist of the documentary Perfect Strangers , lives in San Luis Obispo, California, which is not only the happiest town in the U.S., but one of the friendliest — at least according to news reports that pick up on this kind of state-of-the-nation data. In her 50s, Edwards, …

Latest Film From Lynn Shelton Opens At Hopkins Center

Friday, October 17, 2014

It’s not often that a film with such stars as Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz and Sam Rockwell opens simultaneously in New York, Los Angeles and ... Hanover. But moviegoers will have the chance next Friday to check …

Reality Television Has a Ripple Effect for ‘Pond Stars’

Monday, October 13, 2014

The title of the new series Pond Stars may just sound like an easy play on the already running Pawn Stars, but it is very serious about the pond part of its name. The Nat Geo Wild channel …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Oct. 12-18

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Don’t Miss The Walking Dead — What the heck is going on in Terminus? That’s the mysterious outpost where Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and some of his fellow survivors thought they might find “sanctuary.” Instead they found themselves locked up in a dark train boxcar during last March’s …

‘Dracula Untold’ Reveals the Origin of the Fangs

Saturday, October 11, 2014

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 …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Oct. 5-Oct. 11

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Don’t Miss Homeland — OK, so Season 3 of this intense political thriller was kind of a mess. But the show hits the “reset” button while it delves into life after Brody. Can it regain its mojo? As Season 4 begins, Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is riding high …

Coogan and Brydon Take Another ‘Trip’

Saturday, October 4, 2014

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 …

A Lost Documentary Restored

Friday, October 3, 2014

In 1922 , Robert Flaherty, considered the first documentary filmmaker, had a huge success with his first feature-length film , Nanook of the North , which followed the lives of an Inuit family on Hudson Bay at the …

But ‘Dangerous’ Directors Take Edgy to New Levels

Friday, October 3, 2014

It’s a word that began popping into my head as I was seeing films at the beginning of the year, and it has returned to my mind repeatedly ever since. Despite dispiriting signs pointing to decline in the industry and drift to other platforms, there has also been …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Sept. 28-Oct. 4

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Don’t Miss The zany cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine is back on the case. The Season 2 opener picks up six months after Detective Jake Peralta ( Saturday Night Live veteran Andy Samberg) admitted that he had a crush on squadmate Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero). Sunday, 8:30 p.m., Fox. …

‘The Boxtrolls’ Tells an Animated Orphan’s Tale

Saturday, September 27, 2014

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 …