Movies / TV

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’sTV Picks for April 26-May 2

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Don’t Miss Last Days in Vietnam — The American Experience series brings this gripping, Oscar-nominated documentary to television. Directed by Rory Kennedy, the film marks the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon. Via powerful interviews and wrenching footage, it recalls how, with the clock ticking and the city under fire, an unlikely group of heroes helped 135,000 South Vietnamese citizens escape. 9 p.m. Tuesday, PBS. Other Bets Sunday: The …

Richard Corliss, 71, Was Longtime ‘Time’ Film Critic

Sunday, April 26, 2015

New York — Richard Corliss, the longtime film critic for Time magazine, has died after suffering a major stroke last week, the magazine said Friday. He was 71. “He conveyed nothing so much as the sheer joy of watching movies — and writing about them,” Time theater critic Richard Zoglin said in an online tribute to Corliss. “He was a perceptive, invaluable guide …

‘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 …

‘GoodFellas’ Cast to Reunite

Thursday, March 19, 2015

New York — The cast of Martin Scorsese’s GoodFellas will reunite for the film’s 25th anniversary at the Tribeca Film Festival. A re-mastered version of the gangster film classic will close the 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival on April 25. Following the screening, Jon Stewart will host a …

Around the Remote: TV Picks for March 15-21

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Don’t Miss Glee series finale — OK, so this sixth season has been one brutally hot mess. But we’ll still pay our respects to a groundbreaking series that not only brought song and dance to prime time, but gave a shout out to arts in our schools and …

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 …