Movies / TV

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 place? Whatever happens, we just hope everyone gets out of this one alive. 9 p.m. Sunday, PBS. Other Bets Sunday: Former SNL …

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 screen has the more compelling story to tell. “The idea of the ‘vast wasteland’ has …

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 the fore, one that is supposed to be fun, sexy and cute. But when we …

Networks Roll Out New Shows for Midseason; Favorites Return

Monday, December 29, 2014

The year’s not over yet, but TV networks already are looking ahead to 2015 and the January start of midseason. To be sure, this is just what’s been announced so far. Some broadcasters have additional series waiting in …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Dec. 28-Jan. 3

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Don’t Miss: New Years’s Eve celebrations — There’s no shame in staying home and partying in front of your TV set, as long as you’ve got someone to vacuum up the confetti. As usual, the networks will ring in the new year with several festive specials including the …

There Are Three Lessons in ‘Hobbit’ Finale

Saturday, December 27, 2014

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 …

Woodstock Film Series Features ‘Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago’

Saturday, December 27, 2014

One of the world’s most sacred pilgrimage routes is the Camino de Santiago, a roughly 500-mile trek from the French Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela, the cathedral consecrated to St. James in Galicia, near the Spanish Atlantic coast. …

Sony Clears Film for Limited Release

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

New York — The Interview was put back into theaters Tuesday when Sony Pictures Entertainment announced a limited Christmas Day theatrical release for the comedy that provoked an international incident with North Korea and outrage over the movie’s …

Comic Books Tackle Diversity

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Washington — For decades, comic books have been in color, but now they truly reflect all the hues of American society. The new Captain America is black. A Superman who is suspiciously similar to President Obama recently headlined …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Dec. 21-27

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Don’t Miss: Homeland — We were so ready to give up on this spy thriller after a clunky Season 3 in which Brody met his maker. But Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin and company have revived our interest with a turbocharged fourth season that, sadly, comes to an end …

‘Interview’ Deserves To Be Seen

Saturday, December 20, 2014

That I was one of the relative few to see The Interview is not a boast I take any pleasure in. It’s with heavy sadness, not pride, that I review Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s North Korean farce. …

Hacking Has Firms On Alert

Friday, December 19, 2014

Atlanta — Companies across the globe are on high alert to tighten up network security to avoid being the next company brought to its knees by hackers like those that executed the dramatic cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment. …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Dec. 14-20

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Don’t Miss: Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014 — Apparently, Walters isn’t quite done with TV just yet. After “retiring” from on-camera work in May, the 85-year-old journalist returns with the 20th edition of her perennially high-rated special. The guest list includes Taylor Swift, …