Movies / TV

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for Feb. 14-20

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Don’t Miss The 58th Annual Grammy Awards — LL Cool J returns to host music’s biggest night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. As usual, we expect the performances to overshadow the prizes. Among the stars taking the stage are Adele, Kendrick Lamar, Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber, Little Big Town, The Weeknd and the Broadway cast of Hamilton. Also, Lady Gaga will deliver a tribute to the late David …

Web Trump Parody Goes Viral

Friday, February 12, 2016

If you think you’ve had a lot of Donald J. Trump exposure lately, try being Joe Randazzo. The former editor of the Onion, Randazzo spent months last year immersed in the collected clips and writings of the GOP front-runner, turning it into a 1980s-set parody script for the website Funny or Die. “I …

Around the Remote: Week of Feb. 7-14

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Don’t Miss Super Bowl 50 — Break out the chicken wings and adult beverages. America’s day of gridiron gluttony is finally upon us. The big game pits the Carolina Panthers against the Denver Broncos in Santa Clara, Calif., as about a gazillion TV viewers look on. Oh, but it’s about so much more than football. There’s the totally wacky commercials and, of course, …

Essay: Two Current Films Capture the Nation’s Noisy Outrage and Quiet Competence

Friday, February 5, 2016

In a period of topsy-turvy politics and widespread anxiety about the country’s future, two of the films nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards, Spotlight and The Big Short , speak loudly and carry big sticks, …

Documentary On Climate Aims to Make A Difference

Friday, February 5, 2016

Park City, Utah — Josh Fox has gotten bad news. And it’s not that he, like, got a parking ticket or forgot to pay a bill. This is dire stuff: The major cities on the East Coast will …

Coen Brothers Talk About Diversity and Hollywood Today

Friday, February 5, 2016

In conversation, as in their work, sibling filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen are known for a kind of uncanny symbiosis. Their sentences run together as effortlessly as they divide the writing, directing and producing duties they have shared …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for Jan. 31-Feb. 6

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Don’t Miss Grease: Live — We’ve got chills, and they’re multiplying for this exuberant musical that whisks viewers back to Rydell High and rekindles the romance between Sandy (Julianne Hough) and Danny (Aaron Tveit). With a cast that includes Vanessa Hudgens, Keke Palmer and Carly Rae Jepsen, this …

Movie Review: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ Is a Worthy Sequel

Saturday, January 30, 2016

A third installment in a franchise isn’t always great. But sometimes, it can be a comforting guarantee of a good time at the movies, as is the case with Kung Fu Panda 3. The first two installments have been met with rapturous reception and box office success, and …

Chelsea Handler Pushes More Boundaries on Netflix Series

Monday, January 25, 2016

Los Angeles — All it takes is two sips, and then she’s done. She lies back on a mat and closes her eyes, listening to the shaman’s hypnotic chanting. There’s a bucket next to her, in case she …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for Jan. 24-30

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Don’t Miss The X-Files — Apparently, the truth is still out there. Thirteen years after the original series run, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson return as iconic FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in a six-episode event from series creator/executive producer Chris Carter. Along for the ride …

The Nugget Gives a Nod to Film Classics of Decades Past

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Hanover — Well, here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson. And Dorothy. And Indy. But where’s Bonnie? And Clyde? And Scarlett? And Rhett? And E.T., for heaven’s sake? What particular film best captures, reflects or sums up each of the 10 decades that has passed since the Nugget opened is …

Movie Review: ‘The Danish Girl’ Is Lovely, but Strangely Inert

Saturday, January 23, 2016

With his lush settings, yieldingly gentle tones and exquisite sense of visual design, the director Tom Hooper has developed something of a house style. Having directed The King’s Speech and Les Miserables, the filmmaker has emerged as someone …

Movie Review: ‘The 5th Wave’ Features Some Unsettling Gunplay

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Come the apocalypse, all that’s going to be left for us are the guns. Which might actually be true, but is also the subtext of the dystopian young adult film hitting theaters this weekend, The 5th Wave. The film opens with a winsome blonde teen girl executing a …