Movies / TV

Blake Lively stars in "The Age of Adaline." (Diyah Pera/Lionsgate)

‘Adaline’ Is a Love Story for the Ages

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Hollywood long ago ceded “love that stands the test of time” to the realm of science fiction and fantasy, so The Age of Adaline falls neatly into a genre that includes The Time Traveler’s Wife, About Time, and even Somewhere in Time. But building this film around all the willowy, world-weary grace that Blake Gossip Girl Lively can muster pays …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for April 19-25

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Don’t Miss The Americans — The Cold War-era spy drama closes out an electrifying third season with a finale that finds Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) and daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) in treacherous territory. We have no idea where that might be, but our guess is Walmart on a Black Friday. 10 p.m. Wednesday, FX. Other Bets Sunday: The 50th Academy of Country Music …

Revolutionary Cinema

Friday, April 17, 2015

You say you want a revolution in the stories you watch or tell onscreen? Let the White River Indie Festival (WRIF) count the ways on the theme of “Revolutionary Cinema!” during the 10th anniversary of its birth. The festival will open in White River Junction on Friday night, with two documentaries at the …

Cine Salon to Feature a Starlet From a Bygone Hollywood

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Roberta Haynes is Old Hollywood. Not a big star, she wasn’t just an extra, either. Haynes had substantive roles in pictures with Gary Cooper and Lee J. Cobb and rubbed elbows with Lee Marvin, Marlon Brando and Yul …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for March 8-14

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Don’t Miss Bates Motel — The frightfully addictive Psycho prequel returns for more thrills, chills and mommy issues. As we check in for Season 3, Norma (Vera Farmiga) finally must confront the truth about Norman’s (Freddie Highmore) mental fragility, and she fears the havoc it could wreak. Meanwhile, …

Documentary Filmmaker Albert Maysles Dies at 88

Sunday, March 8, 2015

New York — Albert Maysles, the revolutionary documentary filmmaker who helped pioneer nonfiction movies by turning a keenly observant eye on both the famous and the ordinary in films like Gimme Shelter and Grey Gardens, has died. He …

Trip to Europe Goes Awry in ‘Unfinished Business’

Saturday, March 7, 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 …

‘Chappie’ Is a Childish Mess

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Wrongheaded in conception, eye-rolling in execution, Chappie is a childish blend of the cute robot goofiness of Short Circuit and the bloody-minded mayhem of RoboCop. It never finds its sweet spot and never, for one moment, works. Neill …

‘Focus’ Filmmakers Upend Expectations

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Movies don’t have to be an either/or proposition. They can be both smart and fun, a pleasure without guilt and self-aware without being snobby. The writing and directing team of Glenn Ficarra and John Requa specialize in something all too rare in contemporary Hollywood, movies that are entertaining …

‘Guardians of The Galaxy’ Tops MTV Movie Awards Nominations

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Los Angeles — And you thought Hollywood’s award season was over. A teenage tearjerker, a foul-mouthed coed comedy and a raucous space adventure featuring a talking tree lead the nominees for the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, airing live on April 12 from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. …

Around the Remote: TV Picks for March 1-7

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Don’t Miss Downton Abbey — It’s the holiday-themed Season 5 finale of this still-addictive period drama and we have lots of questions: Why won’t the cops leave Anna (Joanne Froggatt) alone? Will Tom (Allen Leech) stay or go? Is poor Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) finally in her happy …

TV Technology Gives Viewers Content Control

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Long derided as the boob tube, television has entered an unprecedented era when people want to watch it everywhere at their own pace. Technological breakthroughs, time-shifted viewing and increased competition have pushed content to new levels of quality. As the movies saluted themselves with the Oscars, the small …

Movie Review: Smith and Robbie Deliver a Blurred ‘Focus’

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The trouble with movies about “The Big Con” is that they condition us to not believe anything we see up on screen — relationships, who is conning whom, deaths, etc. Focus one-ups that by pushing a romance to …