Movies / TV

This comic book cover image released by Marvel shows the "All-New Captain America." Marvel Comics and DC Comics are leading a push for diversity in their industry’s mainstream characters. The new black Captain America comic book debuted in November.  (AP Photo/Marvel)

Comic Books Tackle Diversity

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Washington — For decades, comic books have been in color, but now they truly reflect all the hues of American society. The new Captain America is black. A Superman who is suspiciously similar to President Obama recently headlined a comic book. Thor is a woman, Spider-Man is part-Puerto Rican and Ms. Marvel is Muslim. Mainstream comic book superheroes — America’s modern mythology — have been redrawn from the stereotypical brown-haired, blue-eyed white male into a world of multicolored, multireligious and multigendered crusaders to reflect a greater diversity in their audience. Society has changed, so superheroes have to as well, said Axel Alonso, editor in chief …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Dec. 21-27

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Don’t Miss: Homeland — We were so ready to give up on this spy thriller after a clunky Season 3 in which Brody met his maker. But Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin and company have revived our interest with a turbocharged fourth season that, sadly, comes to an end this week. We can only hope our heroes make it out of strife-torn Islamabad alive. …

‘Interview’ Deserves To Be Seen

Saturday, December 20, 2014

That I was one of the relative few to see The Interview is not a boast I take any pleasure in. It’s with heavy sadness, not pride, that I review Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s North Korean farce. As of Thursday morning, the film has been shelved just a week ahead of its …

Hacking Has Firms On Alert

Friday, December 19, 2014

Atlanta — Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Dec. 14-20

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Don’t Miss: Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014 — Apparently, Walters isn’t quite done with TV just yet. After “retiring” from on-camera work in May, the 85-year-old journalist returns with the 20th edition of her perennially high-rated special. The guest list includes Taylor Swift, …

Jackson Leaves Middle Earth Behind With Final ‘Hobbit’ Film

Saturday, December 13, 2014

London — After a long and eventful journey, The Hobbit trilogy has reached its bloody climax. Not a minute too soon for director Peter Jackson, who has been longing to unleash mayhem on Middle Earth. “It’s the first …

A White Christmas Movie

Friday, December 12, 2014

Los Angeles — Put “ancient Egyptian people” into a Google image search, and none of the resulting photos resemble Christian Bale or Joel Edgerton, stars of Ridley Scott’s biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings. The director inflamed calls …

Why Golden Globe Nominations Matter

Thursday, December 11, 2014

At 8:20 EST this morning, Kate Beckinsale, Peter Krause, Paula Patton and Jeremy Piven will announce the nominees for the 2015 Golden Globe Awards. Some of the contenders, voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, will probably elicit a big yawn from viewers. Do the Golden Globes …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Dec. 7-13

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Don’t Miss Sons of Anarchy series finale: Time to put a fork in it. After seven seasons drenched in blood and tears, the savage Shakespearean motorcycle saga takes its final ride with a 90-minute episode written and directed by creator Kurt Sutter. So what will become of Jax …

Helen Mirren Stars in ‘Journey’

Sunday, December 7, 2014

This week’s new DVD releases are full of food, fun and fighting. ∎ The Hundred-Foot Journey : An Indian family launches a restaurant across the street from a popular French restaurant. Helen Mirren stars. Director Lasse Hallstrom has put together his latest cinematic dish as a tasty three-course …

Capsule Reviews: ‘St. Vincent’ Showcases Murray’s Acting Chops

Saturday, December 6, 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 …

Smart Comedy Has Drowned In a Sea Of Raunch

Saturday, December 6, 2014

It would seem beyond argument that Americans are more sophisticated today than they were in the 1930s and ’40s. We travel, communicate and do business across the globe, have access to more information and more types of sensation …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Nov. 30-Dec. 6

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Don’t Miss Peter Pan Live — You’ll want to set your sights on Neverland during this bold new television adaptation of the classic stage musical about a boy who just refuses to grow up. Allison Williams ( Girls ) takes on the high-flying title role, while Christopher Walken …