Movies / TV

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for Aug. 2-8

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Don’t Miss The Daily Show With Jon Stewart — This certainly doesn’t feel like a Moment of Zen. After 16 years, 19 Emmy Awards and more blistering one-liners than we can count, Stewart bids farewell to the fake newscast that gleefully skewered blowhards in the media and politics, and made an indelible mark on late-night television. Memo to Trevor Noah: You have some gigantic shoes to fill. 11 p.m. Thursday, …

Movie Review: Get Away From This ‘Vacation’

Saturday, August 1, 2015

There must be a way to pay tribute to ’80s comedy classics like National Lampoon’s Vacation without using the opportunity to traffic in archaic sexism, gender panic and off-color racial jokes. The reboot of the franchise, Vacation, does not take that chance. Instead, with a script lazily smeared with profanity and bodily fluids, …

‘Ant-Man’ Is a Light-on-Its-Feet Superhero Film

Saturday, August 1, 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 or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one 17 and younger admitted. Ant-Man Playful in unexpected ways …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for July 26-Aug. 1

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Don’t Miss I Am Cait — Fresh off her stirring speech at the Espy Awards, Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner) invites viewers into her life via this eight-part reality series. The show promises to tell her “intimate story” as she seeks out her “new normal” as perhaps the …

Movie Review: Gyllenhaal Rises Above Rote Script in ‘Southpaw’

Friday, July 24, 2015

Jake Gyllenhaal undergoes yet another startling physical transformation in Southpaw, a by-the-numbers boxing picture that benefits considerably from its star’s tenacious commitment. No one will accuse Gyllenhaal of phoning it in on Southpaw, in which he plays a down-on-his-luck fighter struggling to make his big comeback. He grunts …

Summer for ‘Winter Light’

Friday, July 24, 2015

Hanover — Julian Higgins could just email or text the link for his new short film, Winter Light, to his friends and former teachers. So why is the 2004 graduate of Hanover High School encouraging them — and …

Emmy Nominations Reflect Television’s Push for Diversity

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Los Angeles — There won’t be any need for an EmmysSoWhite hashtag. The 67th Emmy Awards nominations announced Thursday underscored TV’s push into diversity over the last year, with nods for minority lead actors such as Viola Davis …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for July 19-25

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Don’t Miss Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! — Just when you thought it was safe to go outside, scary flying sharks once again are filling the summer skies. This time, the forecast calls for even more madcap zaniness as a massive Sharknado wreaks havoc along the Eastern Seaboard, …

Movie Review: ‘Amy’ Tracks How Its Subject Soared, and Fell

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Before she won six Grammys (including a trio for her massive breakout hit Rehab ), before she descended into a morass of addiction and public humiliation, before she died of alcohol poisoning at age 27, bravura British songwriter …

MTV Causes Stir With Film About White People

Saturday, July 18, 2015

New York — One of the challenges for makers of the MTV documentary White People was getting folks to talk about race when they didn’t feel the issue concerned them — like those quoted as saying they consider …

George Lucas, Rita Moreno Chosen for Kennedy Center Honors

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Washington — Filmmaker George Lucas, singer-songwriter Carole King and legendary dancer-actress Rita Moreno are among the artists to be saluted at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors. Seventies rockers the Eagles, actress Cicely Tyson and conductor Seiji Ozawa will also be honored at the Dec. 6 event, Kennedy Center …

‘Minions’ Tops Box Office

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Los Angeles — Minions took over the box office this weekend, launching with an estimated $115.2 million in the U.S. and Canada. Overseas, the film collected $280.5 million, for a global total that neared $400 million. It opened at No. 1 in 54 of its 56 international markets. …

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

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Don’t Miss Masters of Sex — It’s time again for making whoopee as the steamy drama kicks off its third season by jumping ahead four years. Now it’s 1965 and Masters (Michael Sheen) and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) are about to become major celebrities as their groundbreaking study goes …