Movies / TV

Jim Brown's "Free to Rock," a film about the influence of Western music on the Soviet bloc, is showing at the Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon, N.H., on April 27, 2015, as part of the closing event of the White River Indie Films festival. (Courtesy photograph)

Revolutionary Cinema

Friday, April 17, 2015

You say you want a revolution in the stories you watch or tell onscreen? Let the White River Indie Festival (WRIF) count the ways on the theme of “Revolutionary Cinema!” during the 10th anniversary of its birth. The festival will open in White River Junction on Friday night, with two documentaries at the Hotel Coolidge, and will wrap up the …

Movie Review: ‘Monkey Kingdom’ Offers a Revolution in Cuteness

Friday, April 17, 2015

Monkey Kingdom, Disneynature’s latest Earth Day offering, is an intriguing peek inside the social structure of macaque monkey society in Sri Lanka. So while it’s got plenty of cute macaque monkeys, playing and cavorting, there’s also a little social commentary in the mirror the monkey movie holds up to us. It’s about Maya, a young female trapped, by birth, among “the low born.” …

‘Child 44’ Delves Into Soviet Darkness

Friday, April 17, 2015

Child 44 is involving despite itself. At times awkward and self-conscious, this despairing police tale starring Tom Hardy and set in the USSR during the last days of dictator Josef Stalin, manages to muster enough punch to hold our interest. As readers of literary thrillers will remember, Child 44 is based on a …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for March 29-April 4

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Don’t Miss Outlander — Finally, it’s time to get back to the gorgeous Scottish Highlands and the second half of Season 1 of this lavish drama that spans the genres of science fiction, history and adventure. Over the next eight episodes, expect more moody intrigue and, of course, …

‘Chappie’: Artificial Intelligence Made Stupid

Saturday, March 28, 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 …

Around the Remote: TV Picks for March 22-28

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Don’t Miss The Late Late Show With James Corden — We really don’t know what to expect from Corden, a U.K. native who takes over for Craig Ferguson. But “warmth” is what he’s striving for. “So much of what you see and read is not pleasant right now,” …

‘Lazarus’ Is a Cut-Rate ‘Flatliners’

Saturday, March 21, 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 …

‘Way Down East’ Revisited: Hartford Historical Society to Screen 1920 Film Shot in Town

Friday, March 20, 2015

Vermont has never figured much in Hollywood filmmaking, with a few notable exceptions. A lfred Hitchcock’s 1956 film The Trouble with Harry and Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice were both shot in East Corinth. Less well-known are the 1987 film …

‘Red Army’ Tells a Secret Soviet History

Friday, March 20, 2015

Los Angeles — Gabe Polsky wouldn’t stop pestering him, so Slava Fetisov grudgingly promised 15 minutes to the American making a documentary about the Soviet Union as reflected through its dominant Red Army hockey team. When the Hall …

‘GoodFellas’ Cast to Reunite

Thursday, March 19, 2015

New York — The cast of Martin Scorsese’s GoodFellas will reunite for the film’s 25th anniversary at the Tribeca Film Festival. A re-mastered version of the gangster film classic will close the 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival on April 25. Following the screening, Jon Stewart will host a …

Around the Remote: TV Picks for March 15-21

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Don’t Miss Glee series finale — OK, so this sixth season has been one brutally hot mess. But we’ll still pay our respects to a groundbreaking series that not only brought song and dance to prime time, but gave a shout out to arts in our schools and …

Cine Salon to Feature a Starlet From a Bygone Hollywood

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Roberta Haynes is Old Hollywood. Not a big star, she wasn’t just an extra, either. Haynes had substantive roles in pictures with Gary Cooper and Lee J. Cobb and rubbed elbows with Lee Marvin, Marlon Brando and Yul …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for March 8-14

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Don’t Miss Bates Motel — The frightfully addictive Psycho prequel returns for more thrills, chills and mommy issues. As we check in for Season 3, Norma (Vera Farmiga) finally must confront the truth about Norman’s (Freddie Highmore) mental fragility, and she fears the havoc it could wreak. Meanwhile, …