Movies / TV

"What Happened, Miss Simone?" follows the life of jazz artist and civil rights radical Nina Simone. (Photo courtesy Sundance Institute/TNS)

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 understood. Even many fans of the jazz artist and civil rights radical don’t know what fueled the passion and anger that became …

‘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 or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one 17 and younger admitted. Jurassic World This revisiting of …

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 the black slate board is still at the front of the room, and sun still …

Crowe Apologizes for Casting of Emma Stone

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Aloha director Cameron Crowe has issued an apology for casting Emma Stone, who is white, to play a character who is part Native Hawaiian and part Chinese. Crowe was slammed by many for the casting choice. In a Daily Beast review entitled “The Unbearable Whiteness of Cameron Crowe’s …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for May 31-June 6

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Don’t Miss Hannibal — As the critically beloved serial-killer drama opens its third season, our titular cannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) is on the lam in Europe. He’s accompanied by his psychiatrist and colleague Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson), who will play a much bigger role on the show this …

Capsule Reviews: ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Is More Absurd and Low-Brow

Friday, May 29, 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 …

Doing Justice to the Subject: Dartmouth Film Class Documents a Man of Many Parts

Friday, May 29, 2015

Walt Cunningham, the artistic director of the Dartmouth College Gospel Choir, has the distinction of having been accepted to study as an undergraduate at both Juilliard and West Point, not a combination you see often. He is also …

Bethel Drive-In Theater To Reopen Tonight

Friday, May 29, 2015

Bethel — Technology permitting, the former Randall Drive-In will open for the 2015 season tonight, Saturday and Sunday as the Bethel Drive-In. “At this point, we’re a go,” new co-manager David Tomaszewski, who also co-runs the Playhouse Theatre in downtown Randolph, said on Thursday. “Cinderella (the live-action version …

Even at 84, William Shatner Still Boldly Goes Where Excitement Calls

Friday, May 29, 2015

Whether by horsepower or quarter horse, William Shatner, this force of nature, continues to go where relatively few octogenarian performers have gone before. Just glance, for example, at random log-date entries on his appointment schedule. Next month, he’ll embark on a Chicago-to-Los Angeles road trip, piloting a three-wheeled …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for May 24-30

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Don’t Miss Aquarius — It’s the dawning of a new age for David Duchovny ( The X-Files ), who returns to network television in this gripping, 13-episode slice of “historical fiction.” He plays an L.A. detective searching for a missing girl in 1967 — a probe that leads …

Movie Review: Even the Cast Isn’t Scared by Retread ‘Poltergeist’

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Well, the little girl gets it. Kennedi Clements plays Maddy Bowen, the child trapped between the real world and the afterlife in the new version of Poltergeist, and gives us wild-eyed terror we can hang onto and a …

Sequels and Remakes of Old Films Predominate in Upper Valley Theaters

Saturday, May 23, 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: Chuck Barney’s Picks for May 17-23

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Don’t Miss Mad Men series finale — One of television’s most acclaimed dramas wraps up its mesmerizing run and we’re worried. After watching Betty (January Jones) receive some devastating news last week, we just can’t handle another emotional gut punch along those lines. As for Don Draper (Jon …