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Movies / TV

‘Tombstones’ Stars Liam Neeson

Saturday, September 20, 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 or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one younger than 17 admitted. Calvary Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh, Calvary reveals itself over …

No Clear Oscar Film Favorite Emerges From Toronto and Telluride Festivals

Friday, September 19, 2014

Two years ago, Toronto International Film Festival audiences fell in love with Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook and loudly cheered all the Canadian references (natives don’t pronounce the second T in Toronto) in Ben Affleck’s crowd-pleasing Argo. Then last year, Gravity dropped jaws and 12 Years a Slave had its gala audience …

Ghosts Haunt Fall Movies

Friday, September 19, 2014

When you go to a film festival, cramming down four movies a day can make it easier to spot patterns than it is when you watch at a more leisurely pace. I will be reporting on some of the trends from the Toronto International Film Festival over the next week or so, starting with the most unexpected: a fifth of the films I …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Aug. 31-Sept. 6

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Don’t Miss Houdini — “Fear is how I know I’m alive,” the title character of this two-part miniseries says as he explains what motivated him to spend his life defying death. Oscar winner Adrien Brody stars as the escape artist who rose from humble circus sideshows to become …

‘Boyhood’ Has Little Action, But Offers Deep Storytelling

Saturday, August 30, 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 …

Jolie, Pitt Make It Official

Friday, August 29, 2014

New York — The wait is finally over: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Hollywood’s reigning royal couple, have tied the knot. Despite two years of feverish scrutiny, the pair managed to keep one of the world’s most anticipated …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Aug. 24-30

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Don’t Miss The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards — Welcome to television’s game of thrones — minus the gruesome carnage. Late-night funny guy Seth Meyers is our host for the annual gala that celebrates the medium’s artistic achievements while conveniently overlooking the awful fare like Naked Dating. He promises …

Hard-Boiled Vigilantes in ‘Sin City’

Saturday, August 23, 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 …

Heat Got Ya Beat? Tune in to These Chilly Ideas for Summer

Saturday, August 23, 2014

For most of the summer, the shifting polar vortex slid down on the East Coast like an oversized beret. This made for some unusually pleasant summer evenings in a place known for regularly serving up the kind of …

Quiet on the Set

Friday, August 22, 2014

O nly 11 years old and acting in his second short film, Danny Davis is already a pro. Waiting to go on camera, Davis, wearing an adult black leather jacket that swamps his frame, is having a liberal …

In ‘Sin City,’ Rodriguez, Miller Talk Noir Yarns, Not Social Commentary

Friday, August 22, 2014

When director Robert Rodriguez and legendary comic-book author Frank Miller released their movie Sin City in 2005, they had few expectations they’d ever make the sequel, opening today at the Nugget in Hanover and at other theaters. In fact, they weren’t sure audiences would turn up for the …

Matthew Weiner on Reworking ‘Are You Here,’ Ending ‘Mad Men’

Friday, August 22, 2014

One of the key shows people point to when discussing the relatively recent surge in quality on television is Mad Men. Thematically rich, visually stylized and emotionally evocative, the show uses what creator Matthew Weiner describes as “the …

Moss Is More Than Peggy Olson, As ‘The One I Love’ Shows

Monday, August 18, 2014

New Y ork — Elisabeth Moss, best known as Peggy Olson, Mad Men’s buttoned-up but ambitious secretary-turned-copywriter, smiles with her whole face while talking about her latest project, The One I Love . The film, written and directed by newcomers Justin Lader and Charlie McDowell, respectively, centers on …