Movies / TV

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for March 29-April 4

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Don’t Miss Outlander — Finally, it’s time to get back to the gorgeous Scottish Highlands and the second half of Season 1 of this lavish drama that spans the genres of science fiction, history and adventure. Over the next eight episodes, expect more moody intrigue and, of course, some steamy love scenes between time-traveling World War II battlefield nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) and her new husband, 18th-century Scottish warrior …

‘Chappie’: Artificial Intelligence Made Stupid

Saturday, March 28, 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. Chappie A movie about the …

Around the Remote: TV Picks for March 22-28

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Don’t Miss The Late Late Show With James Corden — We really don’t know what to expect from Corden, a U.K. native who takes over for Craig Ferguson. But “warmth” is what he’s striving for. “So much of what you see and read is not pleasant right now,” he says. “I (want) a show that reaches out to people and reminds them that …

‘Fifty Shades’ Set For Big Weekend

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Los Angeles — Despite an anticipated drop in ticket sales, Fifty Shades of Grey is poised to dominate the box office for a second weekend. The Universal Pictures film is likely to add $30 million this weekend to its robust domestic debut haul thus far of $102.7 million, …

In ‘The Duff,’ a High School Senior Strives to Reinvent Herself

Saturday, February 21, 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 …

Hoping for an Oscars Moment

Friday, February 20, 2015

Los Angeles — The day after the Oscars last year, the show’s producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron received a call from John Travolta apologizing for fumbling the name of singer Idina Menzel. Travolta’s mispronunciation — Adele Dazeem …

Movie Review: ‘Goodbye to Language 3D’ Speaks to a New Way of Seeing Cinema

Friday, February 20, 2015

Disclaimer: Do not let reviews, including this one, discourage you in any way from seeing Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language 3D. Yes, there is an air of forbidding obscurity to it, especially for anyone looking for more conventional …

‘Fifty Shades’ Of Green At Box Office

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Los Angeles — Fifty Shades of Grey dominated the box office and set Presidents Day weekend records, opening at No. 1 with an estimated $81.7 million through Sunday. Universal Pictures’ adaptation of E.L. James’ erotic novel is on track to pull in an estimated $90.7 million through the …

Around the Remote: TV Picks for Feb. 15-21

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Don’t Miss SNL 40th Anniversary Special — Party on, Garth! The sketch show that introduced us to so many future comedy stars and memorable catchphrases, celebrates four decades of hilarity. Many of the brightest Saturday Night Live alums are on the guest list, including Mike Myers, Tina Fey, …

‘Theory of Everything’ Returns Before Oscars

Saturday, February 14, 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 …

O’Donnell to Quit ‘The View’

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

When news blew up over the weekend that Rosie O’Donnell planned to quit The View — yes, again — it was reasonable to assume that the panelists, never ones to shy from “hot topics,” would, you know, at least mention it on Monday’s episode. But O’Donnell showed up …

Around the Remote: TV Picks for Feb. 8-14

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Don’t Miss The 57th Annual Grammy Awards — They don’t call it “music’s biggest night” for nothing. Once again, the Grammy stage will be graced by an eclectic lineup of bright stars, including Kanye West, who is set to deliver a solo performance as well as a collaborative …

New on DVD: ‘John Wick,’ ‘Dear White People’ Top DVD Releases

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Keanu Reeves’ comeback and a new twist on an old story are among new DVD releases this week. John Wick, Grade B: Keanu Reeves turns in one of his most intense performances playing the retired contract killer. Once he’s forced back to work, the only thing that can …