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Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for the Week of Nov. 29

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Don’t Miss The Wiz Live! — It’s time to ease on down the yellow brick road as another live stage spectacular comes to television. This adaptation of the acclaimed 1975 Broadway musical arrives stuffed with well-known personalities, including Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, David Alan Grier, Common and Amber Riley. But the coveted role of Dorothy went to Shanice Williams, an ultra-talented 19-year-old newcomer. 8 p.m. Thursday, NBC. Other …

Movie Review: ‘Room’ Takes the Parental Bond to a Tender and Harrowing Extreme

Friday, November 27, 2015

From the outset, Room doesn’t look like an easy sit, as critics say in the trade. Adapted from Emma Donoghue’s 2010 novel of the same name, this unsettling captivity narrative about a woman and her young son living in the forced intimacy of a 10-by-10-foot garden shed is no one’s idea of a …

Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors Brace for Movies on Attack

Friday, November 27, 2015

Boston — Less than three years after bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others at the Boston Marathon, two movies, a play and an HBO documentary are in the works, causing decidedly mixed feelings among some of those most touched by the tragedy. News that Boston native Mark Wahlberg planned …

Apu Trilogy Rises From the Ashes

Friday, October 2, 2015

When graphic designer Satyajit Ray began shooting his first feature, a story of village life in his native India called Pather Panchali, his only filmmaking experience was as a location scout. His 21-year-old cinematographer had never before used …

Avant-Garde Films Flicker Across the Big Screen in Hanover

Friday, October 2, 2015

Film is dead. Digital is king. Long live film! Cine Salon, the Upper Valley’s longest-running celebration of the avant-garde, the eccentric, the curious and the new in film, resumes its long-standing engagement at the Howe Library in Hanover …

Trilogy Screens at Dartmouth

Friday, October 2, 2015

The Dartmouth Film Society will screen Satyajit Ray’s Apu Trilogy as part of its fall program. Tickets for individual screenings are $8 for adults, $5 for children or for holders of a Dartmouth ID. All three films, which will screen in chronological order, start at 7 p.m. in …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for Sept. 27-Oct. 3

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Don’t Miss The Daily Show With Trevor Noah — Late-night television’s dramatic makeover continues as Noah, a relatively unknown comedian from South Africa, slips into the fake-news anchor chair. He takes over for Jon Stewart, a beloved icon who held the job for 16 years — not that …

Movie Review: ‘Everest’ Inspires High Anxiety, but Few Other Feelings

Saturday, September 26, 2015

In Everest, climbers are shown trudging past the frozen corpses of the mountain’s previous victims, some 200 of which remain along the route to the top of the world’s highest peak. We also see them walking past fellow climbers who are doubled over in agony as they vomit …

Resurrection of Twin Towers Opens NY Film Festival

Friday, September 25, 2015

In the months and years after Sept. 11, the World Trade Center was swept out of the movies. The Towers were removed from such films as Zoolander and Serendipity that were shot before the tragedy. Since then, the skyline where the Towers once formed the “H” in the …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for Sept. 20-26

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Don’t Miss 67th Emmy Awards — Who will strike gold? Funny man Andy Samberg ( Brooklyn Nine-Nine ) is our host for television’s biggest bash — a night when the industry celebrates its artsy efforts while doing its best to forget horrid stink bombs like Bad Judge and …

Film Lives, Thanks to Its Devotees

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Avery: “I don’t like digital.” Sam: “It’s where film is going.” Avery: “Well then it won’t be film anymore.” From The Flick, by Annie Baker Is it really over? We’ve heard so many stories. They tell of the …

Your Favorite Shows, of 1995

Friday, September 18, 2015

If someone from 1995 accidentally teleported to the fall of 2015, they’d probably be weirded out by selfie sticks and the prices of a one-bedroom condo. But at play in the fields of our TV schedule, they’d feel …

Hollywood Goes for the Grown-Ups

Friday, September 18, 2015

It’s become conventional wisdom in recent years to complain that Hollywood no longer makes movies for adults. Addicted to the rinse-and-repeat viewing habits of teenagers and comic book geeks, increasingly dependent on foreign box office, the studios have …