Movies / TV

‘Guardians of The Galaxy’ Tops MTV Movie Awards Nominations

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Los Angeles — And you thought Hollywood’s award season was over. A teenage tearjerker, a foul-mouthed coed comedy and a raucous space adventure featuring a talking tree lead the nominees for the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, airing live on April 12 from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. MTV announced Wednesday that The Fault in Our Stars, Neighbors and Guardians of the Galaxy all have seven shots at winning a …

Around the Remote: TV Picks for March 1-7

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Don’t Miss Downton Abbey — It’s the holiday-themed Season 5 finale of this still-addictive period drama and we have lots of questions: Why won’t the cops leave Anna (Joanne Froggatt) alone? Will Tom (Allen Leech) stay or go? Is poor Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) finally in her happy place? Whatever happens, we just hope everyone gets out of this one alive. 9 p.m. …

TV Technology Gives Viewers Content Control

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Long derided as the boob tube, television has entered an unprecedented era when people want to watch it everywhere at their own pace. Technological breakthroughs, time-shifted viewing and increased competition have pushed content to new levels of quality. As the movies saluted themselves with the Oscars, the small screen has the more compelling story to tell. “The idea of the ‘vast wasteland’ has …

Movie Review: Smith and Robbie Deliver a Blurred ‘Focus’

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The trouble with movies about “The Big Con” is that they condition us to not believe anything we see up on screen — relationships, who is conning whom, deaths, etc. Focus one-ups that by pushing a romance to …

‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Reworks the Old Spy Genre

Saturday, February 28, 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 …

Washington-Raised Actor Has Roles in Top D.C.-Set Series

Monday, February 23, 2015

New York — Kelly AuCoin grew up in Washington, the son of nine-term Oregon congressman Les AuCoin. He campaigned for his father, appearing in a political ad washing the family car (actually a rental, as it was filmed out West) to show that his father was thrifty and …

‘Birdman’ Takes Flight at an Oscars Punctuated by Politics

Monday, February 23, 2015

Los Angeles — The long take of Birdman has stretched all the way to the Academy Awards, where the jazzy, surreal comedy about an actor fleeing his superhero past took Hollywood’s top honor in a ceremony punctuated by …

‘Birth of a Nation’ Debate Endures

Sunday, February 22, 2015

New York — One hundred years ago this spring, Hollywood came of age in a blaze of wonder and fury. D.W. Griffith’s three-hour Civil War epic, The Birth of a Nation, was released in April 1915 after a …

Movie Review: ‘McFarland, USA’ Is Based on a True, if Shopworn, Story

Saturday, February 21, 2015

You’ve seen feel-good football and baseball movies, plus great underdog stories of boxing, basketball, soccer and cycling. So what’s left? The 1980s-set McFarland, USA has the answer: It’s cross-country. The plot, based on a true story, is pretty …

‘Fifty Shades’ Set For Big Weekend

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Los Angeles — Despite an anticipated drop in ticket sales, Fifty Shades of Grey is poised to dominate the box office for a second weekend. The Universal Pictures film is likely to add $30 million this weekend to its robust domestic debut haul thus far of $102.7 million, …

In ‘The Duff,’ a High School Senior Strives to Reinvent Herself

Saturday, February 21, 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 …

Hoping for an Oscars Moment

Friday, February 20, 2015

Los Angeles — The day after the Oscars last year, the show’s producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron received a call from John Travolta apologizing for fumbling the name of singer Idina Menzel. Travolta’s mispronunciation — Adele Dazeem …

Movie Review: ‘Goodbye to Language 3D’ Speaks to a New Way of Seeing Cinema

Friday, February 20, 2015

Disclaimer: Do not let reviews, including this one, discourage you in any way from seeing Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language 3D. Yes, there is an air of forbidding obscurity to it, especially for anyone looking for more conventional …