Movies / TV

"What Happened, Miss Simone?" follows the life of jazz artist and civil rights radical Nina Simone. (Photo courtesy Sundance Institute/TNS)

Little-Understood Nina Simone Focus of New Documentary

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Kanye West sampled her, Chanel made her into a jingle and President Obama called her song Sinnerman one of his 10 favorites. But for a woman whose music is so widely admired, Nina Simone has long been little understood. Even many fans of the jazz artist and civil rights radical don’t know what fueled the passion and anger that became …

‘San Andreas’: Go for The Rock, Stay for the Special Effects

Saturday, June 27, 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. Jurassic World This revisiting of …

Film About Norwich’s One-Room Schools Raises Money to Save One

Friday, June 26, 2015

The former Root District School in Norwich is tucked off to the side of Union Village Road near the junction of Goodrich Four Corners Road. Built in 1937, it hasn’t been used as a school since 1945, but the black slate board is still at the front of the room, and sun still …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for April 12-18

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Don’t Miss Game of Thrones — The bloody power plays resume as George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy returns for what should be a raucous fifth season. In the opener, Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) adjust to life without their father, while the new boy king, …

‘Longest’ Is Latest From Sparks

Saturday, April 11, 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 …

Busy Time for TV Watchers as Multiple New Seasons Start

Saturday, April 11, 2015

There are times when you look at the television schedule — especially during shows’ long hiatuses — and wonder how there can be so many hours of TV and so little that’s worth watching. Then there are times like the days ahead, when you have to consider how …

Boston Opposes Plan for Marathon Attack Movie

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Boston — Two words: too soon. That’s the overwhelming reaction to actor Mark Wahlberg’s plans to produce Patriots’ Day, a feature film about the deadly bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Columnists, pundits and others say that the pain and suffering caused by the attack is still too …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for April 5-11

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Don’t Miss Mad Men — Peggy Lee’s haunting cover of Is That All There Is? gets prominent play in the first of seven final episodes, as one of television’s greatest shows goes into the stretch drive. It’s a fitting lament for damaged ad man Don Draper (Jon Hamm), …

Fast and Furious Juggernaut Returns to Theaters

Saturday, April 4, 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 …

The Fastest, Most Furious of Franchises

Friday, April 3, 2015

Los Angeles — Neither Vin Diesel nor producer Neal Moritz wanted a sequel to The Fast and the Furious. The 2001 film about a group of East Los Angeles street racers and the FBI agent (Paul Walker) who …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for March 29-April 4

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Don’t Miss Outlander — Finally, it’s time to get back to the gorgeous Scottish Highlands and the second half of Season 1 of this lavish drama that spans the genres of science fiction, history and adventure. Over the next eight episodes, expect more moody intrigue and, of course, …

‘Chappie’: Artificial Intelligence Made Stupid

Saturday, March 28, 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 …

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,” …