Movies / TV

Around the Remote: Week of Feb. 7-14

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Don’t Miss Super Bowl 50 — Break out the chicken wings and adult beverages. America’s day of gridiron gluttony is finally upon us. The big game pits the Carolina Panthers against the Denver Broncos in Santa Clara, Calif., as about a gazillion TV viewers look on. Oh, but it’s about so much more than football. There’s the totally wacky commercials and, of course, the halftime show, which has Coldplay performing …

Essay: Two Current Films Capture the Nation’s Noisy Outrage and Quiet Competence

Friday, February 5, 2016

In a period of topsy-turvy politics and widespread anxiety about the country’s future, two of the films nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards, Spotlight and The Big Short , speak loudly and carry big sticks, all the better to poke at two institutions that failed — no, betrayed — the …

Documentary On Climate Aims to Make A Difference

Friday, February 5, 2016

Park City, Utah — Josh Fox has gotten bad news. And it’s not that he, like, got a parking ticket or forgot to pay a bill. This is dire stuff: The major cities on the East Coast will likely be underwater in the next few decades. Roughly 40 percent of the planet’s species …

Will Smith Adds His Name to Boycott of the Academy Awards

Friday, January 22, 2016

An Academy Awards boycott that stemmed from a lack of racial diversity among Oscar nominees has grown, with Will Smith saying Thursday that he is joining his wife in skipping this year’s ceremony. “No, my wife is not going; it’d be awkward for me to show up with …

Talk Arises of Skipping Oscar Broadcast as Diversity Protest

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

New York — Calls for a boycott of the Academy Awards are growing over the Oscars’ second straight year of all-white acting nominees, as Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith each said Monday that they will not attend this year’s ceremony. In a lengthy Instagram post, Lee said …

Around the Remote: TV Picks for Week of Jan. 17

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Don’t Miss Mercy Street — Behold a PBS rarity — an American story, made in America. This enticing costume drama, set in Alexandria, Va., in the spring of 1862, follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposite …

Film Industry Faces Questions After All-White Oscar Nominations

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Los Angeles — It’s another embarrassing Hollywood sequel: For the second year in a row, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has nominated an all-white group of acting nominees. This year’s list of Oscar nominees passes …

‘Revenant’ Earns 12 Oscar Bids, Leading ‘Fury Road,’ ‘Martian’

Friday, January 15, 2016

New York — The brutal frontier saga The Revenant landed a leading 12 nominations for the 88th annual Academy Awards, while the acting categories were again filled entirely by white performers. The strong showing Thursday for The Revenant, …

Alan Rickman, ‘Harry Potter’ Star, Dies at 69

Friday, January 15, 2016

London — British actor Alan Rickman, a classically trained stage star and sensual screen villain in the Harry Potter saga and other films, has died. He was 69. Rickman’s family said that the actor died early Thursday in …

‘The Revenant’ Wins Big

Monday, January 11, 2016

Two star-led tales of frontier survival triumphed at the 73rd annual Golden Globes, where Alejandro Inarritu’s bloody 1820s thriller The Revenant swept three of the top honors, and Ridley Scott’s stranded astronaut tale The Martian answered with a …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for Jan. 10-16

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Don’t Miss The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards — It may not be Hollywood’s most prestigious awards show, but this celebration of movies and television is almost always the most fun. Why? Because booze flows freely and the stars tend to be in a loose, let-‘er-rip mood. Returning …

Emily Blunt Leads ‘Sicario’

Sunday, January 10, 2016

If you have any money left from returning all those Christmas gifts, there are several new DVDs that hit stores last Tuesday. Sicario, Grade: 3.5 stars: Idealistic FBI agent finds herself involved in a no-rules war on drugs. Director Denis Villeneuve fashions a film that looks at real …

Vermont Youth Film Contest Seeks Growth in Its Second Year

Friday, January 8, 2016

The Freedom & Unity TV Vermont Youth Film Competition has received a $10,000 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation to help expand its reach, said Nora Jacobson, the Norwich filmmaker who spearheaded the six-part documentary about Vermont’s history …