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Movies / TV

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 you think this word has become so popular?” The rise of “awesome” seems to me to be related to something else: “I …

‘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 or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one 17 and younger admitted. American Sniper Director Clint Eastwood …

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 current artistic collective decided to figure out what subject matter works for contemporary audiences — …

Documentary Explores Life of Kurt Cobain

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

New York — Kurt Cobain is the focus of a new documentary that probes the life and untimely death of the Nirvana singer-guitarist. It will be released in theaters next year and air exclusively on HBO, the network …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Nov. 23-29

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Don’t Miss The 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade — Marching bands, cheerleaders, clowns, celebrities and giant balloons that, thankfully, are way more bloated than our bellies. The holiday spectacle returns in all its festive glory as the three-headed Today show crew — Matt Lauer, Al Roker and …

‘Book of Life’ Survives On Valley’s Movie Screens

Friday, November 21, 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 …

Master of All Mediums Mike Nichols Is Dead at 83

Friday, November 21, 2014

New York — A legend of film, theater and comedy in nearly equal measure, Mike Nichols was an unquestioned fixture of smart, urbane American culture across a relentlessly versatile, six-decade career that on stage or screen, reliably coursed with crackling intelligence. Nichols won nine Tonys, an Oscar, several …

Hollywood Film Awards, Dubious History Land in Prime Time

Monday, November 17, 2014

Two years ago, Quentin Tarantino sheepishly walked onto the stage of the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s ballroom to collect a Hollywood Film Awards screenplay prize for his gonzo western Django Unchained. The movie wouldn’t arrive in theaters for nine more weeks. “It’s strange to get an award while I’m …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Nov. 16-22

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Don’t Miss How to Get Away With Murder — Fall’s most tantalizing new drama finally gets to the heart of its central mystery by showing us who killed psychology professor Sam Keating (Tom Verica). This week’s intense winter finale — ominously titled “Kill Me, Kill Me, Kill Me” …

‘Rosewater’ Writers Share a Sense of the Absurdity of Authoritarianism

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Telluride, Colo. — It was easy for Maziar Bahari and Jon Stewart to laugh now. They were sharing a table in the shade of oak trees at the annual film festival here, where their movie, Rosewater, had just …

‘Birdman’ Is a Fierce, Fiery Artistic Statement

Saturday, November 15, 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 …

Around the Remote: Television picks for Nov. 9-15

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Don’t Miss NBC’s three-way crossover: It’s November sweeps, and that means it’s time for some wild TV tricks. Get ready to witness the harmonic convergence of Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Law & Order: SVU. The shows, all produced by Dick Wolf, will share a story line about …

Dark Movies Linger Like a Halloween Hangover

Saturday, November 8, 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 …