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Movies / TV

Brian Wilson Biopic Steals the Show at Toronto Film Festival

Monday, September 15, 2014

Toronto — In recent years, the Toronto International Film Festival has become reliable one-stop shopping for critics, distributors and movie fans eager to sample the year’s best films: Toronto, after all, is where a little Iraq war movie called The Hurt Locker got its start; so did The Wrestler, Black Swan, Gravity and 12 Years a Slave. Excellence was just as much on display in the 39th edition of TIFF, …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Sept. 14-20

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Don’t Miss The Roosevelts: An Intimate History — The political dynasty that produced two substantial presidents and one extraordinary first lady gets the Ken Burns treatment, and you know what that means: lots of old-time photographs, Meryl Streep voice-overs, and enough George Will to last a lifetime. It’s all lathered over an illuminating 14-hour, seven-part film that not only explores the political imprint …

Serious-Minded ‘Calvary’ Sneaks Up on Viewers

Saturday, September 13, 2014

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 younger than 17 admitted. Calvary Written and directed by …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Aug. 24-30

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Don’t Miss The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards — Welcome to television’s game of thrones — minus the gruesome carnage. Late-night funny guy Seth Meyers is our host for the annual gala that celebrates the medium’s artistic achievements while conveniently overlooking the awful fare like Naked Dating. He promises …

Hard-Boiled Vigilantes in ‘Sin City’

Saturday, August 23, 2014

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 …

Heat Got Ya Beat? Tune in to These Chilly Ideas for Summer

Saturday, August 23, 2014

For most of the summer, the shifting polar vortex slid down on the East Coast like an oversized beret. This made for some unusually pleasant summer evenings in a place known for regularly serving up the kind of …

Quiet on the Set

Friday, August 22, 2014

O nly 11 years old and acting in his second short film, Danny Davis is already a pro. Waiting to go on camera, Davis, wearing an adult black leather jacket that swamps his frame, is having a liberal …

In ‘Sin City,’ Rodriguez, Miller Talk Noir Yarns, Not Social Commentary

Friday, August 22, 2014

When director Robert Rodriguez and legendary comic-book author Frank Miller released their movie Sin City in 2005, they had few expectations they’d ever make the sequel, opening today at the Nugget in Hanover and at other theaters. In fact, they weren’t sure audiences would turn up for the …

Matthew Weiner on Reworking ‘Are You Here,’ Ending ‘Mad Men’

Friday, August 22, 2014

One of the key shows people point to when discussing the relatively recent surge in quality on television is Mad Men. Thematically rich, visually stylized and emotionally evocative, the show uses what creator Matthew Weiner describes as “the …

Moss Is More Than Peggy Olson, As ‘The One I Love’ Shows

Monday, August 18, 2014

New Y ork — Elisabeth Moss, best known as Peggy Olson, Mad Men’s buttoned-up but ambitious secretary-turned-copywriter, smiles with her whole face while talking about her latest project, The One I Love . The film, written and directed by newcomers Justin Lader and Charlie McDowell, respectively, centers on …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for the Week of Aug. 17-23

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Don’t Miss Doctor Who — Regeneration happens. And so it is that Peter Capaldi finally gets the keys to the TARDIS this week. Capaldi, a 56-year-old Scottish actor and lifelong Who fan, becomes the 12th Time Lord in the wildly popular franchise and he appears poised to battle …

Hoffman’s Last Role Is Taut Thriller

Saturday, August 16, 2014

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 …

‘Boyhood’ Is an Experimental Film at Its Very Best

Saturday, August 16, 2014

In the movie Boyhood, we watch as a kid named Mason (Ellar Coltrane) grows up from a little boy into a nearly grown young man, living with his mom and sister in a series of Texas towns, solidifying …