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Movies / TV

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 to a band of drifters who have come under the sway of Charles Manson (Gethin Anthony). 9 p.m. Thursday, NBC. (All 13 …

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 blood-curdling scream that will haunt your nightmares. The rest of the players? They sort of …

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 or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one 17 and younger admitted. The Age of Adaline This …

Comic Book Heroes Not Hiding in the Shadows Any More

Monday, April 13, 2015

It’s Lex Luthor’s worst nightmare. Television is recruiting more comic-book superheroes than the Justice League of America, from the steely-eyed members of ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., featuring cameos from the blockbuster Avengers films, to The Flash, the highest-rated series in CW’s history. And the squad is expanding. Netflix …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for April 12-18

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Don’t Miss Game of Thrones — The bloody power plays resume as George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy returns for what should be a raucous fifth season. In the opener, Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) adjust to life without their father, while the new boy king, …

‘Longest’ Is Latest From Sparks

Saturday, April 11, 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 …

Busy Time for TV Watchers as Multiple New Seasons Start

Saturday, April 11, 2015

There are times when you look at the television schedule — especially during shows’ long hiatuses — and wonder how there can be so many hours of TV and so little that’s worth watching. Then there are times like the days ahead, when you have to consider how …

Boston Opposes Plan for Marathon Attack Movie

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Boston — Two words: too soon. That’s the overwhelming reaction to actor Mark Wahlberg’s plans to produce Patriots’ Day, a feature film about the deadly bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Columnists, pundits and others say that the pain and suffering caused by the attack is still too …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for April 5-11

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Don’t Miss Mad Men — Peggy Lee’s haunting cover of Is That All There Is? gets prominent play in the first of seven final episodes, as one of television’s greatest shows goes into the stretch drive. It’s a fitting lament for damaged ad man Don Draper (Jon Hamm), …

Fast and Furious Juggernaut Returns to Theaters

Saturday, April 4, 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 …

The Fastest, Most Furious of Franchises

Friday, April 3, 2015

Los Angeles — Neither Vin Diesel nor producer Neal Moritz wanted a sequel to The Fast and the Furious. The 2001 film about a group of East Los Angeles street racers and the FBI agent (Paul Walker) who …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for March 29-April 4

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Don’t Miss Outlander — Finally, it’s time to get back to the gorgeous Scottish Highlands and the second half of Season 1 of this lavish drama that spans the genres of science fiction, history and adventure. Over the next eight episodes, expect more moody intrigue and, of course, …

‘Chappie’: Artificial Intelligence Made Stupid

Saturday, March 28, 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 …