Movies / TV

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for Aug.30-Sept. 5

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Don’t Miss 2015 MTV Video Music Awards — Two years ago, Miley Cyrus caused an uproar with her naughty twerking. Now that she’s back to host the 32nd annual bash, will she behave herself — or push the envelope even further? As for the nominations, Taylor Swift leads everyone with nine, including Video of the Year. Somewhere, Kanye West is throwing a tizzy fit. 9 p.m. Sunday, MTV. Other Bets …

Movie Review: ‘Friends’ Lacks the Courage of Its Convictions

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The style of music known as EDM, short for electronic dance music, can sometimes be made by someone alone on a laptop with a pair of headphones, then played at throbbing volume for enormous high-energy crowds. That tension between intimacy and boisterousness motivates a lot of the movie We Are Your Friends, which …

Movie Review: Flee From ‘No Escape’

Saturday, August 29, 2015

If you’ve really been wanting to see endless shots of Owen Wilson running, sometimes while carrying a medium-sized child, the thriller No Escape might be just for you. Those looking for nuanced screenplays, believable characters, and movies that don’t feature the offhand dismissal of hundreds of people being brutally killed, might want to …

Movie Review: ‘Inside Out’ Is an Animated Masterpiece

Saturday, June 20, 2015

After the premiere of Up at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, Pixar chief John Lasseter explained the studio’s nearly foolproof approach to creating animated stories that both enchant and endure: Whenever possible, he said, he and his colleagues …

In ‘Mad Max,’ Director Is the Star

Saturday, June 20, 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 …

‘Jurassic World’ Slays Box Office Records

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Los Angeles — Dinosaurs are anything but extinct at the box office. Jurassic World, the fourth film in the series, became the highest global opener of all time with a staggering $511.8 million in its first days in …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for June 14-20

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Don’t Miss Game of Thrones — Season 5 of the epic fantasy has been the bloodiest and most controversial thus far. This week, it comes to an end as we wonder just how high the body count will go. Meanwhile, if you were Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), wouldn’t you …

Amy Schumer: A Comedian Who Lays Waste to Tired Sexist Stereotypes

Friday, June 12, 2015

Amy Schumer, yo u rock my world! For those who haven’t heard about or watched Schumer’s sketches on her show Inside Amy Schumer on the Comedy Central cable network , or on Youtube, she’s a New York comedian …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for June 7-13

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Don’t Miss 69th annual Tony Awards — Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming team up to host the glitzy trophy-fest honoring the best of Broadway. Among the stage productions vying for glory at Radio City Music Hall are An American in Paris and Fun Home, both nominated for 12 …

Martin Receives Career Award

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Los Angeles — Since his breakout role as the sweetly naive Navin Johnson in director Carl Reiner’s 1979 hit The Jerk and the three Reiner collaborations that followed — Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, The Man With Two …

Crowe Apologizes for Casting of Emma Stone

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Aloha director Cameron Crowe has issued an apology for casting Emma Stone, who is white, to play a character who is part Native Hawaiian and part Chinese. Crowe was slammed by many for the casting choice. In a Daily Beast review entitled “The Unbearable Whiteness of Cameron Crowe’s …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for May 31-June 6

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Don’t Miss Hannibal — As the critically beloved serial-killer drama opens its third season, our titular cannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) is on the lam in Europe. He’s accompanied by his psychiatrist and colleague Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson), who will play a much bigger role on the show this …

Capsule Reviews: ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Is More Absurd and Low-Brow

Friday, May 29, 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 …