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Movies / TV

Around the Remote: Television Picks for the Week of Oct. 26-Nov. 1

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Don’t Miss Death Comes to Pemberley — So much for the happily-ever-after that Jane Austen gave us in Pride and Prejudice. In P.D. James’ enticing mash-up of period drama and whodunit, Mr. Darcy (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Anna Maxwell) are six years into their marriage when a murder implicating the caddish Mr. Wickham (Matthew Goode) rocks their palatial country estate. As the thrilling two-parter unfolds, dark secrets are exposed and …

‘Maze Runner’ Meant to Launch Series

Saturday, October 25, 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 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one 17 and younger admitted. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, …

A Film and Concert to Honor Ruby Dee

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The actors Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis were married for 57 years, and in that time they forged an extraordinary union that fused both art and activism. From the 1950s through the 1970s they made their mark on stage, film and television, in a time when parts for black actors were few and …

TV’s New Microaudiences Are Beginning to Shake Up the Business

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The business end of show business is made up of numbers. It’s a thing of charts and tallies, receipts and ratings. There are counters on everything nowadays, toting up the hits, keeping track of followers. In television, which I write about, there are the famous Nielsen ratings, by …

Star of Stage, Screen Lauren Bacall Dies

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New York — Lauren Bacall was a movie star from almost her first moment on the silver screen. A fashion model and bit-part New York actress before moving to Hollywood at 19, Bacall achieved immediate fame in 1944 …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Aug. 10-16

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Don’t Miss Shark Week — Sharknados, thankfully, come and go. But summer is not complete without this long-running celebration of our favorite toothy, ocean-dwelling predators. The event turns 27 this year and kicks off with Air Jaws: Fin of Fury. It’s a special that deploys new super cameras …

‘Wanted Man’ Is a Taut Thriller

Saturday, August 9, 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 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent …

An Inventor’s Unconventional Life

Friday, August 8, 2014

Near the beginning of Paul Lazarus’s feature-length documentary Sling Sh ot , about the inventor Dean Kamen and his quest to bring clean water to parts of the developing world, Kamen invites Lazarus and his film crew into …

Colleagues See ‘A Most Wanted Man’ as the Best Hoffman Tribute of All

Friday, August 8, 2014

There’s something about a good spy novel that says “fall,” and the best films in that genre reflect this. The skies are overcast, a sort of pale gun-metal grey. Everything is rain and shadows, all the better for …

Dispute Over Writing Credit for ‘Belle’ Bubbles Up Again

Monday, August 4, 2014

Los Angeles — It should be one of the unqualified successes of the year — a period drama directed by, written by and starring women of color that found a large audience for a fact-based tale drawn from obscure history that shed light on the beginning of the …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for the Week of Aug. 3-9

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Don’t Miss The Knick — Acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh delivers a medical melodrama that looks nothing like Grey’s Anatomy. Set in 1900 at the struggling Knickerbocker Hospital in New York, this dark and gritty saga follows groundbreaking surgeons and nurses in an era of stunningly high mortality rates …

Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton Spar in ‘And So It Goes’

Saturday, August 2, 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 …

Dwayne Johnson Stars in ‘Hercules’

Monday, July 28, 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 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent …