Movies / TV

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 still in the editing room,” Tarantino said. Even so, he thought that the honor could prove helpful in winning arguments with his …

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” — dwells almost exclusively on the night of the bonfire, when Annalise’s (Viola Davis) cheating …

‘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 screened to five sellout audiences over Labor Day weekend. An adaptation of Bahari’s 2011 memoir …

Coogan and Brydon Take Another ‘Trip’

Saturday, October 4, 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 …

A Lost Documentary Restored

Friday, October 3, 2014

In 1922 , Robert Flaherty, considered the first documentary filmmaker, had a huge success with his first feature-length film , Nanook of the North , which followed the lives of an Inuit family on Hudson Bay at the …

But ‘Dangerous’ Directors Take Edgy to New Levels

Friday, October 3, 2014

It’s a word that began popping into my head as I was seeing films at the beginning of the year, and it has returned to my mind repeatedly ever since. Despite dispiriting signs pointing to decline in the industry and drift to other platforms, there has also been …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Sept. 28-Oct. 4

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Don’t Miss The zany cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine is back on the case. The Season 2 opener picks up six months after Detective Jake Peralta ( Saturday Night Live veteran Andy Samberg) admitted that he had a crush on squadmate Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero). Sunday, 8:30 p.m., Fox. …

‘The Boxtrolls’ Tells an Animated Orphan’s Tale

Saturday, September 27, 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 …

Clooney and Fiancee Arrive in Venice to Prepare for Wedding

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Venice, Italy — George Clooney vowed he would never marry again, giving hope to millions of women that they one day might get their chance at romance with Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor. And for more than two decades, …

‘Tombstones’ Stars Liam Neeson

Saturday, September 20, 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 …

No Clear Oscar Film Favorite Emerges From Toronto and Telluride Festivals

Friday, September 19, 2014

Two years ago, Toronto International Film Festival audiences fell in love with Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook and loudly cheered all the Canadian references (natives don’t pronounce the second T in Toronto) in Ben Affleck’s crowd-pleasing Argo. …

Ghosts Haunt Fall Movies

Friday, September 19, 2014

When you go to a film festival, cramming down four movies a day can make it easier to spot patterns than it is when you watch at a more leisurely pace. I will be reporting on some of the trends from the Toronto International Film Festival over the …

Brian Wilson Biopic Steals the Show at Toronto Film Festival

Monday, September 15, 2014

Toronto — In recent years, the Toronto International Film Festival has become reliable one-stop shopping for critics, distributors and movie fans eager to sample the year’s best films: Toronto, after all, is where a little Iraq war movie called The Hurt Locker got its start; so did The …