Movies / TV

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 place? Whatever happens, we just hope everyone gets out of this one alive. 9 p.m. Sunday, PBS. Other Bets Sunday: Former SNL …

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 screen has the more compelling story to tell. “The idea of the ‘vast wasteland’ has …

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 the fore, one that is supposed to be fun, sexy and cute. But when we …

Around the Remote: TV Picks for Feb. 15-21

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Don’t Miss SNL 40th Anniversary Special — Party on, Garth! The sketch show that introduced us to so many future comedy stars and memorable catchphrases, celebrates four decades of hilarity. Many of the brightest Saturday Night Live alums are on the guest list, including Mike Myers, Tina Fey, …

‘Theory of Everything’ Returns Before Oscars

Saturday, February 14, 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 …

O’Donnell to Quit ‘The View’

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

When news blew up over the weekend that Rosie O’Donnell planned to quit The View — yes, again — it was reasonable to assume that the panelists, never ones to shy from “hot topics,” would, you know, at least mention it on Monday’s episode. But O’Donnell showed up …

Around the Remote: TV Picks for Feb. 8-14

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Don’t Miss The 57th Annual Grammy Awards — They don’t call it “music’s biggest night” for nothing. Once again, the Grammy stage will be graced by an eclectic lineup of bright stars, including Kanye West, who is set to deliver a solo performance as well as a collaborative …

New on DVD: ‘John Wick,’ ‘Dear White People’ Top DVD Releases

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Keanu Reeves’ comeback and a new twist on an old story are among new DVD releases this week. John Wick, Grade B: Keanu Reeves turns in one of his most intense performances playing the retired contract killer. Once he’s forced back to work, the only thing that can …

‘Seventh Son’ Tells a Mystical Tale

Saturday, February 7, 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 …

‘Chasing Shackleton’: Documentary Follows Explorer’s Route to Safety

Friday, February 6, 2015

In 1914, the Irish explorer Ernest Shackleton and a crew of 27 men sailed from England on the ship Endurance , bound for Antarctica. Their objective was to cross the continent on foot. But things began to go …

Skywalker In Winter: Mark Hamill Stays Quiet

Friday, February 6, 2015

Mark Hamill is guarded, a little hesitant to talk. “I want to be very careful here, because I have no interest in getting back in the spotlight,” he says. “I’m enjoying my ‘elderly recluse’ years.” He’s joking, of …

Andrew Jarecki’s ‘The Jinx’ Is a Documentary for the Binge-Watching Era

Friday, February 6, 2015

New York — Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki says The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, his story of a New Yorker with privilege who’s free despite suspicions of his involvement in three murders, may be the first …

‘American Sniper’ Sets Super Bowl Record

Monday, February 2, 2015

Los Angeles — American Sniper scored big again at the box office with an estimated $31.9 million — a number that, if it holds up, will set a record for Super Bowl weekend. Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour had held the Super …