Movies / TV

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for March 29-April 4

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Don’t Miss Outlander — Finally, it’s time to get back to the gorgeous Scottish Highlands and the second half of Season 1 of this lavish drama that spans the genres of science fiction, history and adventure. Over the next eight episodes, expect more moody intrigue and, of course, some steamy love scenes between time-traveling World War II battlefield nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) and her new husband, 18th-century Scottish warrior …

‘Chappie’: Artificial Intelligence Made Stupid

Saturday, March 28, 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. Chappie A movie about the …

Around the Remote: TV Picks for March 22-28

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Don’t Miss The Late Late Show With James Corden — We really don’t know what to expect from Corden, a U.K. native who takes over for Craig Ferguson. But “warmth” is what he’s striving for. “So much of what you see and read is not pleasant right now,” he says. “I (want) a show that reaches out to people and reminds them that …

‘Seventh Son’ Tells a Mystical Tale

Saturday, February 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 …

‘Chasing Shackleton’: Documentary Follows Explorer’s Route to Safety

Friday, February 6, 2015

In 1914, the Irish explorer Ernest Shackleton and a crew of 27 men sailed from England on the ship Endurance , bound for Antarctica. Their objective was to cross the continent on foot. But things began to go …

Skywalker In Winter: Mark Hamill Stays Quiet

Friday, February 6, 2015

Mark Hamill is guarded, a little hesitant to talk. “I want to be very careful here, because I have no interest in getting back in the spotlight,” he says. “I’m enjoying my ‘elderly recluse’ years.” He’s joking, of …

Andrew Jarecki’s ‘The Jinx’ Is a Documentary for the Binge-Watching Era

Friday, February 6, 2015

New York — Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki says The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, his story of a New Yorker with privilege who’s free despite suspicions of his involvement in three murders, may be the first …

‘American Sniper’ Sets Super Bowl Record

Monday, February 2, 2015

Los Angeles — American Sniper scored big again at the box office with an estimated $31.9 million — a number that, if it holds up, will set a record for Super Bowl weekend. Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour had held the Super …

Around the Remote: TV Picks for Feb. 1-7

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Don’t Miss Super Bowl XLIX — Break out the hot wings and adult beverages. It’s the one day when millions of gluttonous Americans huddle up on the couch to watch big, beefy men pummel each other. This year, the defending NFL champion Seattle Seahawks take on the New …

The Tyranny Of ‘Awesome’

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Monday in an online chat, a reader sent in a great question that clarified some things I’ve been thinking about lately. “Is it just me, or is the word ‘awesome’ overused?” this person wrote. “When something is described as ‘awesome’ these days, it probably isn’t awesome. Why do …

‘Mortdecai’ Stars a Bumbling Depp

Saturday, January 31, 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 …

Once Given Short Shrift, Biopics Find Favor With Audiences and the Academy

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Looking across the Oscar nominations you’ll see a landscape populated by pictures about real people. Look beyond the Oscars and you’ll see even more. The last 12 months has produced an abundance of biographies. It’s as if film’s …

Sundance Sees A Generational Shift in Subject

Monday, January 26, 2015

In its 31-year history, the Sundance Film Festival has often showcased movies by some of the country’s most maverick personalities. But as the prestigious gathering enters its busy opening weekend, there may have never been so many of …