Movies / TV

The Tyranny Of ‘Awesome’

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Monday in an online chat, a reader sent in a great question that clarified some things I’ve been thinking about lately. “Is it just me, or is the word ‘awesome’ overused?” this person wrote. “When something is described as ‘awesome’ these days, it probably isn’t awesome. Why do you think this word has become so popular?” The rise of “awesome” seems to me to be related to something else: “I …

‘Mortdecai’ Stars a Bumbling Depp

Saturday, January 31, 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. American Sniper Director Clint Eastwood …

Once Given Short Shrift, Biopics Find Favor With Audiences and the Academy

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Looking across the Oscar nominations you’ll see a landscape populated by pictures about real people. Look beyond the Oscars and you’ll see even more. The last 12 months has produced an abundance of biographies. It’s as if film’s current artistic collective decided to figure out what subject matter works for contemporary audiences — …

Sony Clears Film for Limited Release

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

New York — The Interview was put back into theaters Tuesday when Sony Pictures Entertainment announced a limited Christmas Day theatrical release for the comedy that provoked an international incident with North Korea and outrage over the movie’s …

Comic Books Tackle Diversity

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Washington — For decades, comic books have been in color, but now they truly reflect all the hues of American society. The new Captain America is black. A Superman who is suspiciously similar to President Obama recently headlined …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Dec. 21-27

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Don’t Miss: Homeland — We were so ready to give up on this spy thriller after a clunky Season 3 in which Brody met his maker. But Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin and company have revived our interest with a turbocharged fourth season that, sadly, comes to an end …

‘Interview’ Deserves To Be Seen

Saturday, December 20, 2014

That I was one of the relative few to see The Interview is not a boast I take any pleasure in. It’s with heavy sadness, not pride, that I review Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s North Korean farce. …

Hacking Has Firms On Alert

Friday, December 19, 2014

Atlanta — Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Dec. 14-20

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Don’t Miss: Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014 — Apparently, Walters isn’t quite done with TV just yet. After “retiring” from on-camera work in May, the 85-year-old journalist returns with the 20th edition of her perennially high-rated special. The guest list includes Taylor Swift, …

Jackson Leaves Middle Earth Behind With Final ‘Hobbit’ Film

Saturday, December 13, 2014

London — After a long and eventful journey, The Hobbit trilogy has reached its bloody climax. Not a minute too soon for director Peter Jackson, who has been longing to unleash mayhem on Middle Earth. “It’s the first …

A White Christmas Movie

Friday, December 12, 2014

Los Angeles — Put “ancient Egyptian people” into a Google image search, and none of the resulting photos resemble Christian Bale or Joel Edgerton, stars of Ridley Scott’s biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings. The director inflamed calls …

Why Golden Globe Nominations Matter

Thursday, December 11, 2014

At 8:20 EST this morning, Kate Beckinsale, Peter Krause, Paula Patton and Jeremy Piven will announce the nominees for the 2015 Golden Globe Awards. Some of the contenders, voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, will probably elicit a big yawn from viewers. Do the Golden Globes …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Dec. 7-13

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Don’t Miss Sons of Anarchy series finale: Time to put a fork in it. After seven seasons drenched in blood and tears, the savage Shakespearean motorcycle saga takes its final ride with a 90-minute episode written and directed by creator Kurt Sutter. So what will become of Jax …