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 …

A Movie Lover Comes to Grips With Television’s Superiority

Monday, January 26, 2015

Someday, when the dust settles on the turbulent, game-changing history of early 21st-century media — at that far-off point when the use of jargon like “game-changing” is met swiftly, and by decree, with a light prison sentence — let’s hope this small, tossed-off moment is not forgotten: On …

Around the Remote: TV Picks for Jan. 25-31

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Don’t Miss The Americans — The suspenseful adventures of Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell) resume as this Cold War-era thriller launches its third season. Now, the undercover Russian spies have differing opinions on how to handle orders from their bosses regarding their teenage daughter. The …

The Coast Is Not Clear: Hanover Native’s Film Weighs Cost of Oceanfront Life

Friday, January 23, 2015

Even if he could afford a dream house by the sea on the fruits of documentary film making, Ben Kalina can no longer imagine buying or building one. Kalina’s recent film, Shored Up , explores the risks of …

‘American Sniper’ Posts Record Weekend of $105.3Million

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New York — Clint Eastwood’s R-rated Iraq War drama American Sniper opened in January like a superhero movie in July, taking in a record $105.3 million over the Martin Luther King Jr. four-day weekend. The film’s success obliterated …

Guilty Pleasure to Emmy Awards: A H istory of Lifetime Movies

Monday, January 19, 2015

For many people, the phrase “Lifetime movie” is synonymous with curling up on a lazy weekend afternoon in front of the TV, trying but thoroughly unable to tear yourself away from a movie called My Stepson, My Lover. Okay, maybe the film is called Mother, May I Sleep …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Jan. 18-24

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Don’t Miss: The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore — Stephen Colbert has moved on, but Larry Wilmore — a comedian, actor, writer and former “senior black correspondent” — is ready to step into the late-night void with this new program. Produced by Jon Stewart, the show opens with …

‘Big Eyes’ Shows Burton’s Flaws

Saturday, January 17, 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 …

Oscar Nominations 2015 — Hollywood Is Strangely Absent

Friday, January 16, 2015

If Thursday’s Oscar nominations are any indication, the best Hollywood movies aren’t being made by Hollywood anymore. Following the lead of many major industries, the movie business has in effect outsourced what used to be its bread and butter. For if the Academy Awards have traditionally represented anything, …

‘Boyhood’ Leads Golden Globes, ‘Grand Budapest’ Upsets

Monday, January 12, 2015

Richard Linklater’s 12-years-in-the-making Boyhood was right on time at the Golden Globes, winning the night’s top honor, best drama, as well as best director for Linklater and best supporting actress for Patricia Arquette. The sweetly humanist film had …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Jan. 11-17

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Don’t Miss The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards — Yes, the Oscars are more prestigious, but the Globes, which honor achievement in both film and television, are much more fun, thanks to the event’s laid-back (and booze-fueled) attitude. It also helps that we’ve got funny ladies Tina Fey …