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Ruby Dee, left, with Sidney Poitier in a still from the 1961 film "A Raisin in The Sun." The image is part of the documentary "Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee," by her grandson Muta'Ali Mohammed. It is to be shown at the Freight House in White River Junction, Vt., on Oct. 29, 2014. (Courtesy photograph)

A Film and Concert to Honor Ruby Dee

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The actors Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis were married for 57 years, and in that time they forged an extraordinary union that fused both art and activism. From the 1950s through the 1970s they made their mark on stage, film and television, in a time when parts for black actors were few and far between, and consisted often of racial …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Oct. 19-25

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Don’t Miss Private Violence — This timely, highly important 90-minute documentary examines the horrors of domestic abuse through the eyes of two female survivors. Presented during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the film sheds light on the complex, frustrating realities of the abuse women suffer every day at the hands of intimate partners, as well as the difficulties of prosecuting the cases and why …

‘Best of Me’ — More Treacle From Nicholas Sparks

Saturday, October 18, 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 17 and younger admitted. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, …

‘The Boxtrolls’ Tells an Animated Orphan’s Tale

Saturday, September 27, 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 …

Clooney and Fiancee Arrive in Venice to Prepare for Wedding

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Venice, Italy — George Clooney vowed he would never marry again, giving hope to millions of women that they one day might get their chance at romance with Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor. And for more than two decades, …

‘Tombstones’ Stars Liam Neeson

Saturday, September 20, 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 …

No Clear Oscar Film Favorite Emerges From Toronto and Telluride Festivals

Friday, September 19, 2014

Two years ago, Toronto International Film Festival audiences fell in love with Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook and loudly cheered all the Canadian references (natives don’t pronounce the second T in Toronto) in Ben Affleck’s crowd-pleasing Argo. …

Ghosts Haunt Fall Movies

Friday, September 19, 2014

When you go to a film festival, cramming down four movies a day can make it easier to spot patterns than it is when you watch at a more leisurely pace. I will be reporting on some of the trends from the Toronto International Film Festival over the …

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 …

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 …

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 …

At 40, ‘Young Frankenstein’ Lives On

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Beverly Hills, Calif. (ap) — Young Frankenstein is pushing 40, but is by no means over the hill. The film’s writer-director Mel Brooks and actresses Cloris Leachman and Teri Garr gathered at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Sept. 7-13

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Don’t Miss Boardwalk Empire — The superlative drama series enters its fifth and final season, and we don’t expect it to go quietly. As the first of eight remaining episodes unfolds, the country is struggling with the Great Depression, and the end of Prohibition looms. Nucky Thompson (Steve …