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Around the Remote: Week of Feb. 7-14

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Don’t Miss Super Bowl 50 — Break out the chicken wings and adult beverages. America’s day of gridiron gluttony is finally upon us. The big game pits the Carolina Panthers against the Denver Broncos in Santa Clara, Calif., as about a gazillion TV viewers look on. Oh, but it’s about so much more than football. There’s the totally wacky commercials and, of course, the halftime show, which has Coldplay performing …

Essay: Two Current Films Capture the Nation’s Noisy Outrage and Quiet Competence

Friday, February 5, 2016

In a period of topsy-turvy politics and widespread anxiety about the country’s future, two of the films nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards, Spotlight and The Big Short , speak loudly and carry big sticks, all the better to poke at two institutions that failed — no, betrayed — the …

Documentary On Climate Aims to Make A Difference

Friday, February 5, 2016

Park City, Utah — Josh Fox has gotten bad news. And it’s not that he, like, got a parking ticket or forgot to pay a bill. This is dire stuff: The major cities on the East Coast will likely be underwater in the next few decades. Roughly 40 percent of the planet’s species …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for Jan. 3-9

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Don’t Miss Downton Abbey — As the final season of this beloved British soap opens, there’s anxiety in the air. Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) faces a blackmail threat, Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) is nervous about her impending marriage to Carson, and Violet (Maggie Smith) is upset over a …

Two Series Worth Checking Out

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Two very good TV series top the short list of new DVDs released in the days between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Ray Donovan: Season Three : The reason film actors are willing to make the move to television is because of shows like this series. Liev Schreiber …

‘Force Awakens’ Has Raked In $1 Billion in Record Time

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Los Angeles — Moviegoers continued to unwrap Disney’s box-office holdover Star Wars: The Force Awakens over the holiday weekend as the space saga dominated a host of Christmas Day newcomers, including Paramount’s Daddy’s Home and 20th Century Fox’s …

Fine Arts on Television

Monday, December 28, 2015

∎ Tuesday: CBS, 9-11 p.m. Stephen Colbert hosts The 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors. Filmed in Washington on Dec. 6, the event celebrates the artistic contributions of singer-songwriter Carole King, filmmaker George Lucas, actress-singer Rita Moreno, conductor Seiji Ozawa and actress Cicely Tyson. A host of artists and …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for Dec. 27-Jan. 2

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Don’t Miss New Year’s Eve celebrations — There’s no shame in staying home to party in front of your TV, as long as you vacuum up the confetti by February. The networks again have stocked the night with star-studded specials. Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan …

Movie Review: ‘Daddy’s Home’ Is Surprisingly Sweet

Friday, December 25, 2015

It’s OK if you’re skeptical about the Will Ferrell vs. Mark Wahlberg vehicle Daddy’s Home. The trailers have showcased obvious, lowest common denominator humor that doesn’t look too promising. But the film, directed by comedy vet Sean Anders, is much funnier than it appears. Never doubt the powers …

Alternate Universe

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Former Miss Universe Paulina Vega, center, removes the crown from Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez, left, before giving it to Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, right, at the Miss Universe pageant on Sunday in Las Vegas. Gutierrez was incorrectly …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for the Week of Dec. 20

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Don’t Miss It’s a Wonderful Life — Every time you watch this thing, an NBC programmer gets his wings — or something like that. Frank Capra’s 1946 classic returns for its annual Christmas Eve airing with George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) learning life lessons from his guardian angel. All …

‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘Top Gun’ Enter the National Film Registry

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Every year, when the Library of Congress announces the names of the 25 films of “cultural, historic or aesthetic significance” that have been selected for inclusion in the National Film Registry, there are a few no-brainers. L.A. Confidential, …

Sundance to Take on ESPN’s ‘O.J.’ Miniseries

Monday, December 14, 2015

The most ambitious nonfiction project in a newly announced lineup of films at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival — coming in at a whopping 7 1/2 hours — is not a traditional indie film but an ESPN miniseries. The heretofore secretive project focuses on O.J. Simpson, attempting to …