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"What Happened, Miss Simone?" follows the life of jazz artist and civil rights radical Nina Simone. (Photo courtesy Sundance Institute/TNS)

Little-Understood Nina Simone Focus of New Documentary

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Kanye West sampled her, Chanel made her into a jingle and President Obama called her song Sinnerman one of his 10 favorites. But for a woman whose music is so widely admired, Nina Simone has long been little understood. Even many fans of the jazz artist and civil rights radical don’t know what fueled the passion and anger that became …

‘San Andreas’: Go for The Rock, Stay for the Special Effects

Saturday, June 27, 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. Jurassic World This revisiting of …

Film About Norwich’s One-Room Schools Raises Money to Save One

Friday, June 26, 2015

The former Root District School in Norwich is tucked off to the side of Union Village Road near the junction of Goodrich Four Corners Road. Built in 1937, it hasn’t been used as a school since 1945, but the black slate board is still at the front of the room, and sun still …

Capsule Reviews of Films in Upper Valley Theaters

Saturday, May 16, 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 …

Corinth Resident Steps In to Lead Vermont PBS at a Pivotal Time

Friday, May 15, 2015

When Holly Groschner took on the job of president and CEO of Vermont PBS in February, she couldn’t have predicted the position the station would find itself in just a few months later, when the state’s budget woes …

Cannes 2015 Again Blends High and Low

Friday, May 15, 2015

Jewel thieves lurking along the French Riviera: what a glamorous, movie-friendly cliche. It’s a bit of a shock when millions of dollars in diamonds are swiped, at gunpoint, for real. Earlier this month, armed thieves made off with …

‘Avengers’ Sequel Stays Atop Box Office

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Los Angeles — It was a cold weekend for the comedy Hot Pursuit as the superhero sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron maintained its mighty grip on the box office, adding an estimated $77.2 million in the U.S. and Canada for one of the highest second-weekend grosses of all …

A Rough Start for a Great Star

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Los Angeles — Before she became royalty Queen Latifah was a troubled teen far from the kingdom she dreamed of. At 17 she found herself stranded one night in New York, with no money to get home to …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for May 10-16

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Don’t Miss Bessie — Queen Latifah makes a royal impression in this portrait of the legendary Roaring ’20s blues singer Bessie Smith. Directed by Dee Rees, the film offers an intimate look at the tenacious woman whose powerful voice took her from anonymity in the rough-and-tumble world of …

‘Adaline’ Tops Current Romances

Saturday, May 9, 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 …

Remembering Legendary Filmmaker Orson Welles at 100

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The second child of inventor Richard and opera singer Beatrice Welles was born 100 years ago today in Kenosha, Wis. They named him George Orson Welles, but it didn’t take long before he shed George and Kenosha to …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for May 3-9

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Don’t Miss Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck — Both thrilling and devastating, this remarkable new documentary from director Brett Morgen explores the indelible life and legacy of the late, Nirvana rocker. Morgen gained unprecedented access to Cobain’s personal archives, and relies on that material to offer an unflinchingly …

Movie Review: ‘Ex Machina’ Is a Stylish, Unsettling Parable

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Alex Garland is best known as the novelist behind The Beach and the screenwriter behind 28 Days Later and Never Let Me Go. With Ex Machina, Garland makes an impressive debut as a director, spinning an unsettling futuristic …