Movies / TV

Jim Brown's "Free to Rock," a film about the influence of Western music on the Soviet bloc, is showing at the Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon, N.H., on April 27, 2015, as part of the closing event of the White River Indie Films festival. (Courtesy photograph)

Revolutionary Cinema

Friday, April 17, 2015

You say you want a revolution in the stories you watch or tell onscreen? Let the White River Indie Festival (WRIF) count the ways on the theme of “Revolutionary Cinema!” during the 10th anniversary of its birth. The festival will open in White River Junction on Friday night, with two documentaries at the Hotel Coolidge, and will wrap up the …

Movie Review: ‘Monkey Kingdom’ Offers a Revolution in Cuteness

Friday, April 17, 2015

Monkey Kingdom, Disneynature’s latest Earth Day offering, is an intriguing peek inside the social structure of macaque monkey society in Sri Lanka. So while it’s got plenty of cute macaque monkeys, playing and cavorting, there’s also a little social commentary in the mirror the monkey movie holds up to us. It’s about Maya, a young female trapped, by birth, among “the low born.” …

‘Child 44’ Delves Into Soviet Darkness

Friday, April 17, 2015

Child 44 is involving despite itself. At times awkward and self-conscious, this despairing police tale starring Tom Hardy and set in the USSR during the last days of dictator Josef Stalin, manages to muster enough punch to hold our interest. As readers of literary thrillers will remember, Child 44 is based on a …

‘The Hunting Ground’ Plays Out Like a Campus Horror Movie

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Hunting Ground , a documentary about sexual assault on American college campuses that will be screened Saturday at 7 p.m. in Spaulding Auditorium at Dartmouth College, looks and sounds like a horror film. There are scenes of …

Art Against Extremism: Abderrahmane Sissako to Receive Dartmouth Film Award

Friday, April 17, 2015

The presentation of the Dartmouth Film Award to Mauritanian-born director Abderrahmane Sissako on Tuesday is timely. The award acknowledges the rise to artistic prominence of film directors from Africa, which is a little like saying the rise to …

Comic Book Heroes Not Hiding in the Shadows Any More

Monday, April 13, 2015

It’s Lex Luthor’s worst nightmare. Television is recruiting more comic-book superheroes than the Justice League of America, from the steely-eyed members of ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., featuring cameos from the blockbuster Avengers films, to The Flash, the highest-rated series in CW’s history. And the squad is expanding. Netflix …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for April 12-18

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Don’t Miss Game of Thrones — The bloody power plays resume as George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy returns for what should be a raucous fifth season. In the opener, Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) adjust to life without their father, while the new boy king, …

‘Longest’ Is Latest From Sparks

Saturday, April 11, 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 …

Busy Time for TV Watchers as Multiple New Seasons Start

Saturday, April 11, 2015

There are times when you look at the television schedule — especially during shows’ long hiatuses — and wonder how there can be so many hours of TV and so little that’s worth watching. Then there are times like the days ahead, when you have to consider how …

Boston Opposes Plan for Marathon Attack Movie

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Boston — Two words: too soon. That’s the overwhelming reaction to actor Mark Wahlberg’s plans to produce Patriots’ Day, a feature film about the deadly bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Columnists, pundits and others say that the pain and suffering caused by the attack is still too …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for April 5-11

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Don’t Miss Mad Men — Peggy Lee’s haunting cover of Is That All There Is? gets prominent play in the first of seven final episodes, as one of television’s greatest shows goes into the stretch drive. It’s a fitting lament for damaged ad man Don Draper (Jon Hamm), …

Fast and Furious Juggernaut Returns to Theaters

Saturday, April 4, 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 …

The Fastest, Most Furious of Franchises

Friday, April 3, 2015

Los Angeles — Neither Vin Diesel nor producer Neal Moritz wanted a sequel to The Fast and the Furious. The 2001 film about a group of East Los Angeles street racers and the FBI agent (Paul Walker) who …