Movies / TV

Best known for his portrayal of Martin Luther King in "Selma," David Oyelowo stars in HBO's shattering thriller, "Nightingale." (Photo courtesy HBO/TNS)

Actor David Oyelowo Searches for ‘Brave, Meaningful Work’

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Six months before he floored audiences with his thrilling portrait of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, David Oyelowo had another movie, Nightingale, premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival. It’s all Oyelowo, a one-man show about an Army veteran fighting a losing battle with the voices in his head. HBO picked up the film after Plan B, the production company run by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner that co-financed Selma, signed on as a partner. It turned out to be a memorable reunion, as Oyelowo recently said in an interview. Q: What were your expectations for Nightingale after it premiered …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for July 5-11

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Don’t Miss Shark Week — It’s time once again to sink our teeth into television’s longest-running summer event. Now in its 28th year, this fin-tastic celebration of the mysterious creatures of the deep will feature 19 hours of original programming — the most ever. It all kicks off with Shark Trek, a documentary that follows a marine biologist as he tags great whites …

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, …

Remembering Legendary Filmmaker Orson Welles at 100

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The second child of inventor Richard and opera singer Beatrice Welles was born 100 years ago today in Kenosha, Wis. They named him George Orson Welles, but it didn’t take long before he shed George and Kenosha to …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for May 3-9

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Don’t Miss Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck — Both thrilling and devastating, this remarkable new documentary from director Brett Morgen explores the indelible life and legacy of the late, Nirvana rocker. Morgen gained unprecedented access to Cobain’s personal archives, and relies on that material to offer an unflinchingly …

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 …