Movies / TV

From left, Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Steele Stebbins and Skyler Gisondo are the Griswold family in "Vacation.” (Hopper Stone/Warner Bros. Pictures)

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 not take that chance. Instead, with a script lazily smeared with profanity and bodily fluids, it feels retro in the bad way. …

‘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 or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one 17 and younger admitted. Ant-Man Playful in unexpected ways …

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 …

‘Testament’ Tells a Complex Tale

Saturday, July 11, 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 …

Free Screenings Have Become an Upper Valley Rite of Summer

Friday, July 10, 2015

Summertime, and the viewing is … free? Well, not for the blockbusters, of course. But if you’ve already seen — or want to avoid — the likes of Jurassic World and Inside Out and the Terminator reboot and …

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 …