Movies / TV

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, some steamy love scenes between time-traveling World War II battlefield nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) and her new husband, 18th-century Scottish warrior …

‘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 or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one 17 and younger admitted. Chappie A movie about the …

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,” he says. “I (want) a show that reaches out to people and reminds them that …

‘Focus’ Filmmakers Upend Expectations

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Movies don’t have to be an either/or proposition. They can be both smart and fun, a pleasure without guilt and self-aware without being snobby. The writing and directing team of Glenn Ficarra and John Requa specialize in something all too rare in contemporary Hollywood, movies that are entertaining …

‘Guardians of The Galaxy’ Tops MTV Movie Awards Nominations

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Los Angeles — And you thought Hollywood’s award season was over. A teenage tearjerker, a foul-mouthed coed comedy and a raucous space adventure featuring a talking tree lead the nominees for the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, airing live on April 12 from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. …

Around the Remote: TV Picks for March 1-7

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Don’t Miss Downton Abbey — It’s the holiday-themed Season 5 finale of this still-addictive period drama and we have lots of questions: Why won’t the cops leave Anna (Joanne Froggatt) alone? Will Tom (Allen Leech) stay or go? Is poor Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) finally in her happy …

TV Technology Gives Viewers Content Control

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Long derided as the boob tube, television has entered an unprecedented era when people want to watch it everywhere at their own pace. Technological breakthroughs, time-shifted viewing and increased competition have pushed content to new levels of quality. As the movies saluted themselves with the Oscars, the small …

Movie Review: Smith and Robbie Deliver a Blurred ‘Focus’

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The trouble with movies about “The Big Con” is that they condition us to not believe anything we see up on screen — relationships, who is conning whom, deaths, etc. Focus one-ups that by pushing a romance to …

‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Reworks the Old Spy Genre

Saturday, February 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 …

Washington-Raised Actor Has Roles in Top D.C.-Set Series

Monday, February 23, 2015

New York — Kelly AuCoin grew up in Washington, the son of nine-term Oregon congressman Les AuCoin. He campaigned for his father, appearing in a political ad washing the family car (actually a rental, as it was filmed out West) to show that his father was thrifty and …

‘Birdman’ Takes Flight at an Oscars Punctuated by Politics

Monday, February 23, 2015

Los Angeles — The long take of Birdman has stretched all the way to the Academy Awards, where the jazzy, surreal comedy about an actor fleeing his superhero past took Hollywood’s top honor in a ceremony punctuated by …

‘Birth of a Nation’ Debate Endures

Sunday, February 22, 2015

New York — One hundred years ago this spring, Hollywood came of age in a blaze of wonder and fury. D.W. Griffith’s three-hour Civil War epic, The Birth of a Nation, was released in April 1915 after a …

Movie Review: ‘McFarland, USA’ Is Based on a True, if Shopworn, Story

Saturday, February 21, 2015

You’ve seen feel-good football and baseball movies, plus great underdog stories of boxing, basketball, soccer and cycling. So what’s left? The 1980s-set McFarland, USA has the answer: It’s cross-country. The plot, based on a true story, is pretty …