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Misty Copeland speaks to reporters during a news conference, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in New York. The Missouri-born dancer who has become a forceful voice for diversity in ballet and a rare celebrity in that field, was named principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre on Tuesday — the first African-American ballerina to achieve that status in the company's 75-year history. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

ABT Names First Black Female Principal Dancer

Thursday, July 2, 2015

New York — Misty Copeland, the Missouri-born ballerina who’s become a forceful voice for diversity in ballet and achieved a celebrity that far transcends that rarified world, was named principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre on Tuesday — the first African-American woman to reach that status in the company’s 75-year history. Copeland, 32, fought tears as she spoke about her …

Little-Understood Nina Simone Focus of New Documentary

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Kanye West sampled her, Chanel made her into a jingle and President Obama called her song Sinnerman one of his 10 favorites. But for a woman whose music is so widely admired, Nina Simone has long been little understood. Even many fans of the jazz artist and civil rights radical don’t know what …

‘San Andreas’: Go for The Rock, Stay for the Special Effects

Saturday, June 27, 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. Jurassic World This revisiting of …

Movie Review: ‘Ex Machina’ Is a Stylish, Unsettling Parable

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Alex Garland is best known as the novelist behind The Beach and the screenwriter behind 28 Days Later and Never Let Me Go. With Ex Machina, Garland makes an impressive debut as a director, spinning an unsettling futuristic …

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 …

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 …

‘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 …

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

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Don’t Miss The Americans — The Cold War-era spy drama closes out an electrifying third season with a finale that finds Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) and daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) in treacherous territory. We have no idea where that might be, but our guess is Walmart on a …

Revolutionary Cinema

Friday, April 17, 2015

You say you want a revolution in the stories you watch or tell onscreen? Let the White River Indie Festival (WRIF) count the ways on the theme of “Revolutionary Cinema!” during the 10th anniversary of its birth. The …

Movie Review: ‘Monkey Kingdom’ Offers a Revolution in Cuteness

Friday, April 17, 2015

Monkey Kingdom, Disneynature’s latest Earth Day offering, is an intriguing peek inside the social structure of macaque monkey society in Sri Lanka. So while it’s got plenty of cute macaque monkeys, playing and cavorting, there’s also a little social commentary in the mirror the monkey movie holds up …

‘Child 44’ Delves Into Soviet Darkness

Friday, April 17, 2015

Child 44 is involving despite itself. At times awkward and self-conscious, this despairing police tale starring Tom Hardy and set in the USSR during the last days of dictator Josef Stalin, manages to muster enough punch to hold …

‘The Hunting Ground’ Plays Out Like a Campus Horror Movie

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Hunting Ground , a documentary about sexual assault on American college campuses that will be screened Saturday at 7 p.m. in Spaulding Auditorium at Dartmouth College, looks and sounds like a horror film. There are scenes of …

Art Against Extremism: Abderrahmane Sissako to Receive Dartmouth Film Award

Friday, April 17, 2015

The presentation of the Dartmouth Film Award to Mauritanian-born director Abderrahmane Sissako on Tuesday is timely. The award acknowledges the rise to artistic prominence of film directors from Africa, which is a little like saying the rise to …