Movies / TV

Summer Movies Stay Till Bitter End

Saturday, September 5, 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. American Ultra What starts out as stoner comedy, ends up an action-thriller …

Telluride Films Feature Women’s Voices

Friday, September 4, 2015

Every year a theme of sorts emerges at the Telluride at Dartmouth festival. Sometimes it’s intentional, but just as often the mini-festival of six films happens to pick up on whatever is in the zeitgeist. This year’s leitmotif turned out to be female empowerment, said Bill Pence, a retired director of Telluride and …

Will ‘A Walk in the Woods’ Spawn a Generation of Thru-Hikers?

Friday, September 4, 2015

The long-awaited film version of Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, the 1998 best-seller about his attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail, has fostered a mix of excitement and dread in the trail’s fans.. Locally, the movie has been eagerly looked forward to for years. The trail, after all, has gone through …

David Foster Wallace’s World

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Right after the new road movie The End of the Tour premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, a movie-industry friend texted me her thoughts. Starring Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg, End of the Tour chronicles a …

Silent Movie Buffs Search the Screen for Clues to ‘Mostly Lost’ Films

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Culpeper, Va. — Beneath glimmering chandeliers at an art deco movie house built into the side of a mountain, 150 silent movie buffs sat wide-eyed as snippets from films lost decades ago lighted up the screen. Their quest: …

‘Fantastic Four’ Must Stop a Friend Turned Enemy

Saturday, August 8, 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 …

TCM Host Ben Mankiewicz Comes From Hollywood Royalty

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Ben Mankiewicz got off to a bit of a rocky start when he was hired as a host on Turner Classic Movies in 2003. The vintage movie channel’s loyalists complained that he was disrespectful in his introductions to the films. And probably for good reason. “I am a …

Film Notes: Documentary Focuses on Endangered Predators

Friday, August 7, 2015

Before following Alan Rabinowitz into the vast mangrove swamps straddling India and Bangladesh to shoot Tiger Tiger, documentarian George Butler filmed 10 hours of conversations in New York City with the celebrated expert on big cats. “At the …

The Upper Valley Had an Influence on the Director of ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’

Friday, August 7, 2015

If not for the constraints of time and financing, a corner of the Upper Valley could have found its way into the new movie, Infinitely Polar Bear, starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana. In the film, director and screenwriter Maya Forbes dramatizes her father Donald Cameron Forbes’ struggles …

‘Wet Hot Summer ’ Cast and Crew Reflect on Path to Cult Classic

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

When Wet Hot American Summer was released in theaters in July of 2001, the oddball comedy brought in just $295,000 at the box office — barely enough to buy a house in the suburbs, much less recoup its …

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, …

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 …

‘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 …