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Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for Aug.30-Sept. 5

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Don’t Miss 2015 MTV Video Music Awards — Two years ago, Miley Cyrus caused an uproar with her naughty twerking. Now that she’s back to host the 32nd annual bash, will she behave herself — or push the envelope even further? As for the nominations, Taylor Swift leads everyone with nine, including Video of the Year. Somewhere, Kanye West is throwing a tizzy fit. 9 p.m. Sunday, MTV. Other Bets …

Movie Review: ‘Friends’ Lacks the Courage of Its Convictions

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The style of music known as EDM, short for electronic dance music, can sometimes be made by someone alone on a laptop with a pair of headphones, then played at throbbing volume for enormous high-energy crowds. That tension between intimacy and boisterousness motivates a lot of the movie We Are Your Friends, which …

Movie Review: Flee From ‘No Escape’

Saturday, August 29, 2015

If you’ve really been wanting to see endless shots of Owen Wilson running, sometimes while carrying a medium-sized child, the thriller No Escape might be just for you. Those looking for nuanced screenplays, believable characters, and movies that don’t feature the offhand dismissal of hundreds of people being brutally killed, might want to …

TCM Host Ben Mankiewicz Comes From Hollywood Royalty

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Ben Mankiewicz got off to a bit of a rocky start when he was hired as a host on Turner Classic Movies in 2003. The vintage movie channel’s loyalists complained that he was disrespectful in his introductions to the films. And probably for good reason. “I am a …

Film Notes: Documentary Focuses on Endangered Predators

Friday, August 7, 2015

Before following Alan Rabinowitz into the vast mangrove swamps straddling India and Bangladesh to shoot Tiger Tiger, documentarian George Butler filmed 10 hours of conversations in New York City with the celebrated expert on big cats. “At the …

The Upper Valley Had an Influence on the Director of ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’

Friday, August 7, 2015

If not for the constraints of time and financing, a corner of the Upper Valley could have found its way into the new movie, Infinitely Polar Bear, starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana. In the film, director and screenwriter Maya Forbes dramatizes her father Donald Cameron Forbes’ struggles …

‘Wet Hot Summer ’ Cast and Crew Reflect on Path to Cult Classic

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

When Wet Hot American Summer was released in theaters in July of 2001, the oddball comedy brought in just $295,000 at the box office — barely enough to buy a house in the suburbs, much less recoup its …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for Aug. 2-8

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Don’t Miss The Daily Show With Jon Stewart — This certainly doesn’t feel like a Moment of Zen. After 16 years, 19 Emmy Awards and more blistering one-liners than we can count, Stewart bids farewell to the fake newscast that gleefully skewered blowhards in the media and politics, …

Movie Review: Get Away From This ‘Vacation’

Saturday, August 1, 2015

There must be a way to pay tribute to ’80s comedy classics like National Lampoon’s Vacation without using the opportunity to traffic in archaic sexism, gender panic and off-color racial jokes. The reboot of the franchise, Vacation, does …

‘Ant-Man’ Is a Light-on-Its-Feet Superhero Film

Saturday, August 1, 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 July 26-Aug. 1

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Don’t Miss I Am Cait — Fresh off her stirring speech at the Espy Awards, Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner) invites viewers into her life via this eight-part reality series. The show promises to tell her “intimate story” as she seeks out her “new normal” as perhaps the …

Movie Review: Gyllenhaal Rises Above Rote Script in ‘Southpaw’

Friday, July 24, 2015

Jake Gyllenhaal undergoes yet another startling physical transformation in Southpaw, a by-the-numbers boxing picture that benefits considerably from its star’s tenacious commitment. No one will accuse Gyllenhaal of phoning it in on Southpaw, in which he plays a down-on-his-luck fighter struggling to make his big comeback. He grunts …

Summer for ‘Winter Light’

Friday, July 24, 2015

Hanover — Julian Higgins could just email or text the link for his new short film, Winter Light, to his friends and former teachers. So why is the 2004 graduate of Hanover High School encouraging them — and …