Movies / TV

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for May 17-23

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Don’t Miss Mad Men series finale — One of television’s most acclaimed dramas wraps up its mesmerizing run and we’re worried. After watching Betty (January Jones) receive some devastating news last week, we just can’t handle another emotional gut punch along those lines. As for Don Draper (Jon Hamm), we’re hoping his spur-of-the-moment road trip doesn’t result in a dead end. 10 p.m. Sunday, AMC. Other Bets Sunday: For those …

Capsule Reviews of Films in Upper Valley Theaters

Saturday, May 16, 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. The Age of Adaline This …

Corinth Resident Steps In to Lead Vermont PBS at a Pivotal Time

Friday, May 15, 2015

When Holly Groschner took on the job of president and CEO of Vermont PBS in February, she couldn’t have predicted the position the station would find itself in just a few months later, when the state’s budget woes led the House Appropriations Committee to halve the state’s contribution to Vermont PBS. Vermont PBS, …

‘Red Army’ Tells a Secret Soviet History

Friday, March 20, 2015

Los Angeles — Gabe Polsky wouldn’t stop pestering him, so Slava Fetisov grudgingly promised 15 minutes to the American making a documentary about the Soviet Union as reflected through its dominant Red Army hockey team. When the Hall …

‘GoodFellas’ Cast to Reunite

Thursday, March 19, 2015

New York — The cast of Martin Scorsese’s GoodFellas will reunite for the film’s 25th anniversary at the Tribeca Film Festival. A re-mastered version of the gangster film classic will close the 14th annual Tribeca Film Festival on April 25. Following the screening, Jon Stewart will host a …

Around the Remote: TV Picks for March 15-21

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Don’t Miss Glee series finale — OK, so this sixth season has been one brutally hot mess. But we’ll still pay our respects to a groundbreaking series that not only brought song and dance to prime time, but gave a shout out to arts in our schools and …

Cine Salon to Feature a Starlet From a Bygone Hollywood

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Roberta Haynes is Old Hollywood. Not a big star, she wasn’t just an extra, either. Haynes had substantive roles in pictures with Gary Cooper and Lee J. Cobb and rubbed elbows with Lee Marvin, Marlon Brando and Yul …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for March 8-14

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Don’t Miss Bates Motel — The frightfully addictive Psycho prequel returns for more thrills, chills and mommy issues. As we check in for Season 3, Norma (Vera Farmiga) finally must confront the truth about Norman’s (Freddie Highmore) mental fragility, and she fears the havoc it could wreak. Meanwhile, …

Documentary Filmmaker Albert Maysles Dies at 88

Sunday, March 8, 2015

New York — Albert Maysles, the revolutionary documentary filmmaker who helped pioneer nonfiction movies by turning a keenly observant eye on both the famous and the ordinary in films like Gimme Shelter and Grey Gardens, has died. He …

Trip to Europe Goes Awry in ‘Unfinished Business’

Saturday, March 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 …

‘Chappie’ Is a Childish Mess

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Wrongheaded in conception, eye-rolling in execution, Chappie is a childish blend of the cute robot goofiness of Short Circuit and the bloody-minded mayhem of RoboCop. It never finds its sweet spot and never, for one moment, works. Neill …

‘Focus’ Filmmakers Upend Expectations

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Movies don’t have to be an either/or proposition. They can be both smart and fun, a pleasure without guilt and self-aware without being snobby. The writing and directing team of Glenn Ficarra and John Requa specialize in something all too rare in contemporary Hollywood, movies that are entertaining …

‘Guardians of The Galaxy’ Tops MTV Movie Awards Nominations

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Los Angeles — And you thought Hollywood’s award season was over. A teenage tearjerker, a foul-mouthed coed comedy and a raucous space adventure featuring a talking tree lead the nominees for the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, airing live on April 12 from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. …