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Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for Aug.30-Sept. 5

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Don’t Miss 2015 MTV Video Music Awards — Two years ago, Miley Cyrus caused an uproar with her naughty twerking. Now that she’s back to host the 32nd annual bash, will she behave herself — or push the envelope even further? As for the nominations, Taylor Swift leads everyone with nine, including Video of the Year. Somewhere, Kanye West is throwing a tizzy fit. 9 p.m. Sunday, MTV. Other Bets …

Movie Review: ‘Friends’ Lacks the Courage of Its Convictions

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The style of music known as EDM, short for electronic dance music, can sometimes be made by someone alone on a laptop with a pair of headphones, then played at throbbing volume for enormous high-energy crowds. That tension between intimacy and boisterousness motivates a lot of the movie We Are Your Friends, which …

Movie Review: Flee From ‘No Escape’

Saturday, August 29, 2015

If you’ve really been wanting to see endless shots of Owen Wilson running, sometimes while carrying a medium-sized child, the thriller No Escape might be just for you. Those looking for nuanced screenplays, believable characters, and movies that don’t feature the offhand dismissal of hundreds of people being brutally killed, might want to …

Emmy Nominations Reflect Television’s Push for Diversity

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Los Angeles — There won’t be any need for an EmmysSoWhite hashtag. The 67th Emmy Awards nominations announced Thursday underscored TV’s push into diversity over the last year, with nods for minority lead actors such as Viola Davis …

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

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Don’t Miss Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! — Just when you thought it was safe to go outside, scary flying sharks once again are filling the summer skies. This time, the forecast calls for even more madcap zaniness as a massive Sharknado wreaks havoc along the Eastern Seaboard, …

Movie Review: ‘Amy’ Tracks How Its Subject Soared, and Fell

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Before she won six Grammys (including a trio for her massive breakout hit Rehab ), before she descended into a morass of addiction and public humiliation, before she died of alcohol poisoning at age 27, bravura British songwriter …

MTV Causes Stir With Film About White People

Saturday, July 18, 2015

New York — One of the challenges for makers of the MTV documentary White People was getting folks to talk about race when they didn’t feel the issue concerned them — like those quoted as saying they consider …

George Lucas, Rita Moreno Chosen for Kennedy Center Honors

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Washington — Filmmaker George Lucas, singer-songwriter Carole King and legendary dancer-actress Rita Moreno are among the artists to be saluted at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors. Seventies rockers the Eagles, actress Cicely Tyson and conductor Seiji Ozawa will also be honored at the Dec. 6 event, Kennedy Center …

‘Minions’ Tops Box Office

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Los Angeles — Minions took over the box office this weekend, launching with an estimated $115.2 million in the U.S. and Canada. Overseas, the film collected $280.5 million, for a global total that neared $400 million. It opened at No. 1 in 54 of its 56 international markets. …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for July 12-18

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Don’t Miss Masters of Sex — It’s time again for making whoopee as the steamy drama kicks off its third season by jumping ahead four years. Now it’s 1965 and Masters (Michael Sheen) and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) are about to become major celebrities as their groundbreaking study goes …

Movie Review: ‘The Gallows’ Can’t Get the Hang of Storytelling or Character Development

Saturday, July 11, 2015

At the end of the last century, The Blair Witch Project popularized the notion of idiots in horror movies filming every second of their own imminent demise. A deliberately unpolished subgenre was born: found-footage horror, cheap to make (with some higher-budget exceptions, Cloverfield among them), profitable in a …

‘Testament’ Tells a Complex Tale

Saturday, July 11, 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 …

Free Screenings Have Become an Upper Valley Rite of Summer

Friday, July 10, 2015

Summertime, and the viewing is … free? Well, not for the blockbusters, of course. But if you’ve already seen — or want to avoid — the likes of Jurassic World and Inside Out and the Terminator reboot and …