Movies / TV

Walt Cunningham leads a performance of the Dartmouth College Gospel Choir in New York in 2013. A film class at the college has made a short documentary about Cunningham, which will screen this evening in Dartmouth's Loew Auditorium. (Michael Dames photograph)

Doing Justice to the Subject

Friday, May 29, 2015

Walt Cunningham, the artistic director of the Dartmouth College Gospel Choir, has the distinction of having been accepted to study as an undergraduate at both Juilliard and West Point, not a combination you see often. He is also the subject of Introducing ... Walt Cunningham , a 30-minute documentary made by Dartmouth College students that premieres this evening at Loew …

Bethel Drive-In Theater To Reopen Tonight

Friday, May 29, 2015

Bethel — Technology permitting, the former Randall Drive-In will open for the 2015 season tonight, Saturday and Sunday as the Bethel Drive-In. “At this point, we’re a go,” new co-manager David Tomaszewski, who also co-runs the Playhouse Theatre in downtown Randolph, said on Thursday. “Cinderella (the live-action version from Disney) is the early show after sunset and Avengers: Age of Ultron will come …

Even at 84, William Shatner Still Boldly Goes Where Excitement Calls

Friday, May 29, 2015

Whether by horsepower or quarter horse, William Shatner, this force of nature, continues to go where relatively few octogenarian performers have gone before. Just glance, for example, at random log-date entries on his appointment schedule. Next month, he’ll embark on a Chicago-to-Los Angeles road trip, piloting a three-wheeled motorcycle dragster built specifically for him by American Wrench. Later this summer, he’ll head to …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for March 8-14

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Don’t Miss Bates Motel — The frightfully addictive Psycho prequel returns for more thrills, chills and mommy issues. As we check in for Season 3, Norma (Vera Farmiga) finally must confront the truth about Norman’s (Freddie Highmore) mental fragility, and she fears the havoc it could wreak. Meanwhile, …

Documentary Filmmaker Albert Maysles Dies at 88

Sunday, March 8, 2015

New York — Albert Maysles, the revolutionary documentary filmmaker who helped pioneer nonfiction movies by turning a keenly observant eye on both the famous and the ordinary in films like Gimme Shelter and Grey Gardens, has died. He …

Trip to Europe Goes Awry in ‘Unfinished Business’

Saturday, March 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 …

‘Chappie’ Is a Childish Mess

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Wrongheaded in conception, eye-rolling in execution, Chappie is a childish blend of the cute robot goofiness of Short Circuit and the bloody-minded mayhem of RoboCop. It never finds its sweet spot and never, for one moment, works. Neill …

‘Focus’ Filmmakers Upend Expectations

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Movies don’t have to be an either/or proposition. They can be both smart and fun, a pleasure without guilt and self-aware without being snobby. The writing and directing team of Glenn Ficarra and John Requa specialize in something all too rare in contemporary Hollywood, movies that are entertaining …

‘Guardians of The Galaxy’ Tops MTV Movie Awards Nominations

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Los Angeles — And you thought Hollywood’s award season was over. A teenage tearjerker, a foul-mouthed coed comedy and a raucous space adventure featuring a talking tree lead the nominees for the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, airing live on April 12 from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. …

Around the Remote: TV Picks for March 1-7

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Don’t Miss Downton Abbey — It’s the holiday-themed Season 5 finale of this still-addictive period drama and we have lots of questions: Why won’t the cops leave Anna (Joanne Froggatt) alone? Will Tom (Allen Leech) stay or go? Is poor Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) finally in her happy …

TV Technology Gives Viewers Content Control

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Long derided as the boob tube, television has entered an unprecedented era when people want to watch it everywhere at their own pace. Technological breakthroughs, time-shifted viewing and increased competition have pushed content to new levels of quality. As the movies saluted themselves with the Oscars, the small …

Movie Review: Smith and Robbie Deliver a Blurred ‘Focus’

Saturday, February 28, 2015

The trouble with movies about “The Big Con” is that they condition us to not believe anything we see up on screen — relationships, who is conning whom, deaths, etc. Focus one-ups that by pushing a romance to …

‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ Reworks the Old Spy Genre

Saturday, February 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 …