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This comic book cover image released by Marvel shows the "All-New Captain America." Marvel Comics and DC Comics are leading a push for diversity in their industry’s mainstream characters. The new black Captain America comic book debuted in November.  (AP Photo/Marvel)

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 a comic book. Thor is a woman, Spider-Man is part-Puerto Rican and Ms. Marvel is Muslim. Mainstream comic book superheroes — America’s modern mythology — have been redrawn from the stereotypical brown-haired, blue-eyed white male into a world of multicolored, multireligious and multigendered crusaders to reflect a greater diversity in their audience. Society has changed, so superheroes have to as well, said Axel Alonso, editor in chief …

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 this week. We can only hope our heroes make it out of strife-torn Islamabad alive. …

‘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. As of Thursday morning, the film has been shelved just a week ahead of its …

Hollywood Film Awards, Dubious History Land in Prime Time

Monday, November 17, 2014

Two years ago, Quentin Tarantino sheepishly walked onto the stage of the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s ballroom to collect a Hollywood Film Awards screenplay prize for his gonzo western Django Unchained. The movie wouldn’t arrive in theaters for nine more weeks. “It’s strange to get an award while I’m …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Nov. 16-22

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Don’t Miss How to Get Away With Murder — Fall’s most tantalizing new drama finally gets to the heart of its central mystery by showing us who killed psychology professor Sam Keating (Tom Verica). This week’s intense winter finale — ominously titled “Kill Me, Kill Me, Kill Me” …

‘Rosewater’ Writers Share a Sense of the Absurdity of Authoritarianism

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Telluride, Colo. — It was easy for Maziar Bahari and Jon Stewart to laugh now. They were sharing a table in the shade of oak trees at the annual film festival here, where their movie, Rosewater, had just …

‘Birdman’ Is a Fierce, Fiery Artistic Statement

Saturday, November 15, 2014

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 …

Around the Remote: Television picks for Nov. 9-15

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Don’t Miss NBC’s three-way crossover: It’s November sweeps, and that means it’s time for some wild TV tricks. Get ready to witness the harmonic convergence of Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Law & Order: SVU. The shows, all produced by Dick Wolf, will share a story line about …

Dark Movies Linger Like a Halloween Hangover

Saturday, November 8, 2014

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 …

Capsule Reviews: ‘Before I Go to Sleep’ Is a Formulaic Thriller, With Stars

Monday, November 3, 2014

R atings 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 …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Nov. 2-8

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Don’t Miss Olive Kitteridge — The stern, judgmental title character at the heart of this two-night miniseries isn’t the most likable woman you’ll ever meet. But as played by Oscar winner Frances McDormand, she makes for a compelling character study. Based on Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Olive …

‘Mockumentary’ Pioneer L.M. Kit Carson Dead at 73

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Dallas — L.M. Kit Carson, the Irving, Texas,-raised filmmaker who invented the mockumentary, wrote and starred in acclaimed films, co-founded the USA Film Festival and helped launch director Wes Anderson’s directorial career, has died at the age of 73. As South by Southwest and Texas Hall of Fame …

Cinematographer to Give Talk in Hanover

Friday, October 31, 2014

It’s relatively rare that a major Hollywood talent comes to the Upper Valley to talk about his work, but moviegoers have the chance to hear leading cinematographer John Bailey talk about the art of shooting movies as part …