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Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for Aug. 2-8

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Don’t Miss The Daily Show With Jon Stewart — This certainly doesn’t feel like a Moment of Zen. After 16 years, 19 Emmy Awards and more blistering one-liners than we can count, Stewart bids farewell to the fake newscast that gleefully skewered blowhards in the media and politics, and made an indelible mark on late-night television. Memo to Trevor Noah: You have some gigantic shoes to fill. 11 p.m. Thursday, …

Movie Review: Get Away From This ‘Vacation’

Saturday, August 1, 2015

There must be a way to pay tribute to ’80s comedy classics like National Lampoon’s Vacation without using the opportunity to traffic in archaic sexism, gender panic and off-color racial jokes. The reboot of the franchise, Vacation, does not take that chance. Instead, with a script lazily smeared with profanity and bodily fluids, …

‘Ant-Man’ Is a Light-on-Its-Feet Superhero Film

Saturday, August 1, 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. Ant-Man Playful in unexpected ways …

Capsule Reviews of Films in Upper Valley Theaters

Saturday, May 16, 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 …

Corinth Resident Steps In to Lead Vermont PBS at a Pivotal Time

Friday, May 15, 2015

When Holly Groschner took on the job of president and CEO of Vermont PBS in February, she couldn’t have predicted the position the station would find itself in just a few months later, when the state’s budget woes …

Cannes 2015 Again Blends High and Low

Friday, May 15, 2015

Jewel thieves lurking along the French Riviera: what a glamorous, movie-friendly cliche. It’s a bit of a shock when millions of dollars in diamonds are swiped, at gunpoint, for real. Earlier this month, armed thieves made off with …

‘Avengers’ Sequel Stays Atop Box Office

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Los Angeles — It was a cold weekend for the comedy Hot Pursuit as the superhero sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron maintained its mighty grip on the box office, adding an estimated $77.2 million in the U.S. and Canada for one of the highest second-weekend grosses of all …

A Rough Start for a Great Star

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Los Angeles — Before she became royalty Queen Latifah was a troubled teen far from the kingdom she dreamed of. At 17 she found herself stranded one night in New York, with no money to get home to …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for May 10-16

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Don’t Miss Bessie — Queen Latifah makes a royal impression in this portrait of the legendary Roaring ’20s blues singer Bessie Smith. Directed by Dee Rees, the film offers an intimate look at the tenacious woman whose powerful voice took her from anonymity in the rough-and-tumble world of …

‘Adaline’ Tops Current Romances

Saturday, May 9, 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 …

Remembering Legendary Filmmaker Orson Welles at 100

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The second child of inventor Richard and opera singer Beatrice Welles was born 100 years ago today in Kenosha, Wis. They named him George Orson Welles, but it didn’t take long before he shed George and Kenosha to …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s TV Picks for May 3-9

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Don’t Miss Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck — Both thrilling and devastating, this remarkable new documentary from director Brett Morgen explores the indelible life and legacy of the late, Nirvana rocker. Morgen gained unprecedented access to Cobain’s personal archives, and relies on that material to offer an unflinchingly …

Movie Review: ‘Ex Machina’ Is a Stylish, Unsettling Parable

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Alex Garland is best known as the novelist behind The Beach and the screenwriter behind 28 Days Later and Never Let Me Go. With Ex Machina, Garland makes an impressive debut as a director, spinning an unsettling futuristic …