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Movies / TV

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 most famous transgender woman in the world. It also will explore what Cait’s transition means for the people in her life and …

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 and punches and scratches and glares it in, bleeding copiously in set pieces that thud …

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 you — to see his 29-minute adaptation of James Lee Burke’s short story, shot on …

Can One Film Bridge U.S.-China Gap?

Friday, July 10, 2015

Beijing — More than four years ago, just as China’s movie market was starting to boom, the producer behind blockbusters The Dark Knight, The Hangover and Man of Steel was casting about for a concept that might particularly …

Actor David Oyelowo Searches for ‘Brave, Meaningful Work’

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Six months before he floored audiences with his thrilling portrait of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, David Oyelowo had another movie, Nightingale, premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival. It’s all Oyelowo, a one-man show …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for July 5-11

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Don’t Miss Shark Week — It’s time once again to sink our teeth into television’s longest-running summer event. Now in its 28th year, this fin-tastic celebration of the mysterious creatures of the deep will feature 19 hours of original programming — the most ever. It all kicks off …

ABT Names First Black Female Principal Dancer

Thursday, July 2, 2015

New York — Misty Copeland, the Missouri-born ballerina who’s become a forceful voice for diversity in ballet and achieved a celebrity that far transcends that rarified world, was named principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre on Tuesday — …

Little-Understood Nina Simone Focus of New Documentary

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Kanye West sampled her, Chanel made her into a jingle and President Obama called her song Sinnerman one of his 10 favorites. But for a woman whose music is so widely admired, Nina Simone has long been little …

‘San Andreas’: Go for The Rock, Stay for the Special Effects

Saturday, June 27, 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 …

Film About Norwich’s One-Room Schools Raises Money to Save One

Friday, June 26, 2015

The former Root District School in Norwich is tucked off to the side of Union Village Road near the junction of Goodrich Four Corners Road. Built in 1937, it hasn’t been used as a school since 1945, but …

‘Titanic’ Composer Horner Dead at 61

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Los Angeles — From the swelling-sea songs of Titanic to the space symphonies of Apollo 13 to the bagpipes of Braveheart, James Horner’s singular sound graced some of the biggest moments in the history of movies. It showed in the two Oscars he won and the 10 he …

Around the Remote: Picks for June 21-27

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Don’t Miss True Detective — Talk about a wildly difficult task: How do you deliver a fresh crime mystery that can live up to last year’s sensational saga? A new cast, which includes Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch, will give it a go as …

‘Still Dreaming’

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Charlotte Fairchild was a razzle-dazzle entertainer, ready to break into song and dance at the drop of a hat, not surprising given her appearances o n Broadway in the original productions of Damn Yankees , 42nd Street and …