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Movies / TV

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Oct. 19-25

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Don’t Miss Private Violence — This timely, highly important 90-minute documentary examines the horrors of domestic abuse through the eyes of two female survivors. Presented during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the film sheds light on the complex, frustrating realities of the abuse women suffer every day at the hands of intimate partners, as well as the difficulties of prosecuting the cases and why it isn’t always easy for victims to …

‘Best of Me’ — More Treacle From Nicholas Sparks

Saturday, October 18, 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 or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one 17 and younger admitted. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, …

A Perfect Kindness

Friday, October 17, 2014

E ldonna Edwards , the protagonist of the documentary Perfect Strangers , lives in San Luis Obispo, California, which is not only the happiest town in the U.S., but one of the friendliest — at least according to news reports that pick up on this kind of state-of-the-nation data. In her 50s, Edwards, …

Quiet on the Set

Friday, August 22, 2014

O nly 11 years old and acting in his second short film, Danny Davis is already a pro. Waiting to go on camera, Davis, wearing an adult black leather jacket that swamps his frame, is having a liberal …

In ‘Sin City,’ Rodriguez, Miller Talk Noir Yarns, Not Social Commentary

Friday, August 22, 2014

When director Robert Rodriguez and legendary comic-book author Frank Miller released their movie Sin City in 2005, they had few expectations they’d ever make the sequel, opening today at the Nugget in Hanover and at other theaters. In fact, they weren’t sure audiences would turn up for the …

Matthew Weiner on Reworking ‘Are You Here,’ Ending ‘Mad Men’

Friday, August 22, 2014

One of the key shows people point to when discussing the relatively recent surge in quality on television is Mad Men. Thematically rich, visually stylized and emotionally evocative, the show uses what creator Matthew Weiner describes as “the …

Moss Is More Than Peggy Olson, As ‘The One I Love’ Shows

Monday, August 18, 2014

New Y ork — Elisabeth Moss, best known as Peggy Olson, Mad Men’s buttoned-up but ambitious secretary-turned-copywriter, smiles with her whole face while talking about her latest project, The One I Love . The film, written and directed by newcomers Justin Lader and Charlie McDowell, respectively, centers on …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for the Week of Aug. 17-23

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Don’t Miss Doctor Who — Regeneration happens. And so it is that Peter Capaldi finally gets the keys to the TARDIS this week. Capaldi, a 56-year-old Scottish actor and lifelong Who fan, becomes the 12th Time Lord in the wildly popular franchise and he appears poised to battle …

Hoffman’s Last Role Is Taut Thriller

Saturday, August 16, 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 …

‘Boyhood’ Is an Experimental Film at Its Very Best

Saturday, August 16, 2014

In the movie Boyhood, we watch as a kid named Mason (Ellar Coltrane) grows up from a little boy into a nearly grown young man, living with his mom and sister in a series of Texas towns, solidifying …

TV’s New Microaudiences Are Beginning to Shake Up the Business

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The business end of show business is made up of numbers. It’s a thing of charts and tallies, receipts and ratings. There are counters on everything nowadays, toting up the hits, keeping track of followers. In television, which I write about, there are the famous Nielsen ratings, by …

Star of Stage, Screen Lauren Bacall Dies

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New York — Lauren Bacall was a movie star from almost her first moment on the silver screen. A fashion model and bit-part New York actress before moving to Hollywood at 19, Bacall achieved immediate fame in 1944 …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Aug. 10-16

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Don’t Miss Shark Week — Sharknados, thankfully, come and go. But summer is not complete without this long-running celebration of our favorite toothy, ocean-dwelling predators. The event turns 27 this year and kicks off with Air Jaws: Fin of Fury. It’s a special that deploys new super cameras …