Movies / TV

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for April 19-25

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Don’t Miss The Americans — The Cold War-era spy drama closes out an electrifying third season with a finale that finds Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) and daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) in treacherous territory. We have no idea where that might be, but our guess is Walmart on a Black Friday. 10 p.m. Wednesday, FX. Other Bets Sunday: The 50th Academy of Country Music Awards unleashes a golden-anniversary celebration hosted by …

Revolutionary Cinema

Friday, April 17, 2015

You say you want a revolution in the stories you watch or tell onscreen? Let the White River Indie Festival (WRIF) count the ways on the theme of “Revolutionary Cinema!” during the 10th anniversary of its birth. The festival will open in White River Junction on Friday night, with two documentaries at the …

Movie Review: ‘Monkey Kingdom’ Offers a Revolution in Cuteness

Friday, April 17, 2015

Monkey Kingdom, Disneynature’s latest Earth Day offering, is an intriguing peek inside the social structure of macaque monkey society in Sri Lanka. So while it’s got plenty of cute macaque monkeys, playing and cavorting, there’s also a little social commentary in the mirror the monkey movie holds up to us. It’s about Maya, a young female trapped, by birth, among “the low born.” …

‘Theory of Everything’ Returns Before Oscars

Saturday, February 14, 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 …

O’Donnell to Quit ‘The View’

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

When news blew up over the weekend that Rosie O’Donnell planned to quit The View — yes, again — it was reasonable to assume that the panelists, never ones to shy from “hot topics,” would, you know, at least mention it on Monday’s episode. But O’Donnell showed up …

Around the Remote: TV Picks for Feb. 8-14

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Don’t Miss The 57th Annual Grammy Awards — They don’t call it “music’s biggest night” for nothing. Once again, the Grammy stage will be graced by an eclectic lineup of bright stars, including Kanye West, who is set to deliver a solo performance as well as a collaborative …

New on DVD: ‘John Wick,’ ‘Dear White People’ Top DVD Releases

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Keanu Reeves’ comeback and a new twist on an old story are among new DVD releases this week. John Wick, Grade B: Keanu Reeves turns in one of his most intense performances playing the retired contract killer. Once he’s forced back to work, the only thing that can …

‘Seventh Son’ Tells a Mystical Tale

Saturday, February 7, 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 …

‘Chasing Shackleton’: Documentary Follows Explorer’s Route to Safety

Friday, February 6, 2015

In 1914, the Irish explorer Ernest Shackleton and a crew of 27 men sailed from England on the ship Endurance , bound for Antarctica. Their objective was to cross the continent on foot. But things began to go …

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 …