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Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for the Week of Nov. 29

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Don’t Miss The Wiz Live! — It’s time to ease on down the yellow brick road as another live stage spectacular comes to television. This adaptation of the acclaimed 1975 Broadway musical arrives stuffed with well-known personalities, including Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, David Alan Grier, Common and Amber Riley. But the coveted role of Dorothy went to Shanice Williams, an ultra-talented 19-year-old newcomer. 8 p.m. Thursday, NBC. Other …

Movie Review: ‘Room’ Takes the Parental Bond to a Tender and Harrowing Extreme

Friday, November 27, 2015

From the outset, Room doesn’t look like an easy sit, as critics say in the trade. Adapted from Emma Donoghue’s 2010 novel of the same name, this unsettling captivity narrative about a woman and her young son living in the forced intimacy of a 10-by-10-foot garden shed is no one’s idea of a …

Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors Brace for Movies on Attack

Friday, November 27, 2015

Boston — Less than three years after bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others at the Boston Marathon, two movies, a play and an HBO documentary are in the works, causing decidedly mixed feelings among some of those most touched by the tragedy. News that Boston native Mark Wahlberg planned …

Media Companies Reverse Course and Start Cutting Ad Time

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Hate commercials? Good news: You might see fewer of them. Media companies, including Time Warner Inc., 21st Century Fox Inc. and Viacom Inc., have started cutting back on commercials after years of squeezing in as many ads as possible. The new strategy is an attempt to appeal to …

Around the Remote: Picks for the Week Of Nov. 8

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Don’t Miss Getting On — This deliriously offbeat comedy about the ragtag staff of a beleaguered hospital’s extended care unit launches its final season with the first of six fresh episodes. Deftly blending humor and heartbreak, the show follows the chaotic lives of nurses and doctors as they …

Movie Review: Adaptation Stays True to Charlie Brown and Co.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

If the idea of a computer-animated, 3-D version of the Peanuts gang has you sighing “good grief” to your 5-cent therapist, fear not. While plenty of other childhood treasures have been atrociously adapted for the big screen, The Peanuts Movie is a sweet little gift for fans of …

Michael Moore Takes on Movie Ratings, Again

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Gadfly documentarian Michael Moore has chased down the chief executive of General Motors, annoyed President George W. Bush and stormed Wall Street. And now — as he has done in the past — Moore is taking on the MPAA, who just gave his new film an ‘R’ rating …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for Nov. 1-7

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Don’t Miss Mom — The Season 3 opener of this hilariously irreverent sitcom tears open some old wounds for Bonnie (Emmy winner Allison Janney), who gets an unexpected visit from her estranged birth mother (Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn). It turns out that mommy dearest, who gave Bonnie up …

Commentary: If You’re Looking for Truth, Give ‘Truth’ a Pass

Saturday, October 31, 2015

There is a reason that so few great movies have been made about journalism. Journalists, sure — if the screenwriter sends them off as quickly as possible to get kidnapped, shot at or acrimoniously divorced. Most actual journalism …

Good Films Arriving in Small Packages

Friday, October 30, 2015

This past summer Bill Pence, director of film at the Hopkins Center, and two Dartmouth College interns, spent hours and hours going through 1,600 short films from around the world that would eventually be whittled down to 80 …

New Movies Reflect Journalism’s Glories and Modern-Day Angst

Friday, October 30, 2015

Growing up, James Vanderbilt was a news junkie. The 39-year-old writer-director used to run outside his Connecticut home in the morning to pick up the newspaper and divvy up the pages with his parents over breakfast. At night, …

Movie Review: ‘Jem and the Holograms’ Is in Tune With Girl Power

Saturday, October 24, 2015

It’s a compliment to director Jon M. Chu that I walked out of Jem and the Holograms wanting to dot my review with a few pink heart emojis, because I walked into the theater with a giant chip …

‘Crimson Peak’ Is a Genuinely Spooky Film

Saturday, October 24, 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 …