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FILE - This image released by The Weinstein Company shows, clockwise from left, Keira Knightley, Matthew Beard, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech and Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from the film, "The Imitation Game." The film was nominated for an Oscar Award for best feature on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. Cumberbatch was also nominated for best actor and Knightley for best supporting actress for their roles in the film. The once-classified home of Britain’s World War II codebreakers is finally coming out of the shadows. Though eclipsed by attractions like the British Museum and Stonehenge, the museum at Bletchley Park expects a surge in visitors as a result of “The Imitation Game,” a movie about Alan Turing, a computer science pioneer and architect of the effort to crack Nazi Germany’s Enigma cipher.  (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Jack English)

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 current artistic collective decided to figure out what subject matter works for contemporary audiences — whether it spans the years or zeros …

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 the iconoclasts themselves up on the screen. What’s more, many of these subjects and themes …

Movie Review: ‘Foxcatcher’ Warns of the Snares of Money and Privilege

Monday, January 26, 2015

A bleak, mid­wintery gloom suffuses Foxcatcher, a dramatized version of the lurid real-life murder of champion wrestler Dave Schultz at the hands of the late John E. du Pont in 1996. As refracted through the chilly, superbly controlled lens of director Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball), the otherwise tawdry tale of ambition, self­deception and …

Smart Comedy Has Drowned In a Sea Of Raunch

Saturday, December 6, 2014

It would seem beyond argument that Americans are more sophisticated today than they were in the 1930s and ’40s. We travel, communicate and do business across the globe, have access to more information and more types of sensation …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Nov. 30-Dec. 6

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Don’t Miss Peter Pan Live — You’ll want to set your sights on Neverland during this bold new television adaptation of the classic stage musical about a boy who just refuses to grow up. Allison Williams ( Girls ) takes on the high-flying title role, while Christopher Walken …

Holy DVD! It’s ‘Batman’

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Adam West knew going into the 1960s TV series Batman there was a good chance he would be typecast. Once you’ve played a costumed crimefighter on a camp comedy, it’s hard to be taken seriously for dramatic roles. Despite the super efforts West had to make to shake …

Capsule Reviews of Current Releases at Upper Valley Theaters

Saturday, November 29, 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 …

Redmayne Challenged To Portray Hawking

Friday, November 28, 2014

Toronto — At age 32, Eddie Redmayne is still boyish, with freckles not always visible on screen, a generous head of hair, a wardrobe that includes both a black leather jacket and Converse sneakers, and a humility about …

Tracking Sabra Field: Filmmaker Documents East Barnard Artist and Her Work

Friday, November 28, 2014

Hanover — In the upcoming documentary about her life and work, printmaker Sabra Field describes the at-first difficult decision to remove a herd of Angus cattle from one of her iconic scenes of a green Vermont hillside. After …

There’s Nothing Personal, but Katie Holmes Is All Business

Friday, November 28, 2014

“This is going to make us cry, isn’t it?” Katie Holmes asked me. We were sitting in a screening room on the Sony lot, waiting for the movie Foxcatcher to start. She’d rushed into the near-empty theater a few minutes late, an overstuffed purse slung over her shoulder. …

‘Star Wars’ Episode Trailer to Debut Over Holiday Weekend

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Los Angeles — The longest lines outside theaters this Thanksgiving weekend may be for the new Star Wars trailer that exhibitors will show in some locations. Director J.J. Abrams confirmed the Nov. 28 release plans on Twitter Monday. Regal Entertainment Group, AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc., Cinemark Holdings Inc. …

Documentary Explores Life of Kurt Cobain

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

New York — Kurt Cobain is the focus of a new documentary that probes the life and untimely death of the Nirvana singer-guitarist. It will be released in theaters next year and air exclusively on HBO, the network …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Nov. 23-29

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Don’t Miss The 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade — Marching bands, cheerleaders, clowns, celebrities and giant balloons that, thankfully, are way more bloated than our bellies. The holiday spectacle returns in all its festive glory as the three-headed Today show crew — Matt Lauer, Al Roker and …