Movies / TV

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 there are still wonderful things. I’d love …

‘Lazarus’ Is a Cut-Rate ‘Flatliners’

Saturday, March 21, 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 An experimental humanoid robot …

‘Way Down East’ Revisited: Hartford Historical Society to Screen 1920 Film Shot in Town

Friday, March 20, 2015

Vermont has never figured much in Hollywood filmmaking, with a few notable exceptions. A lfred Hitchcock’s 1956 film The Trouble with Harry and Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice were both shot in East Corinth. Less well-known are the 1987 film Baby Boom , in which harried corporate executive Diane Keaton moves to Vermont and discovers …

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 …

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 …

Capsule Reviews: ‘Strange Magic’ Adapts Shakespeare

Monday, January 26, 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 …