Movies / TV

Around the Remote: Week of Feb. 7-14

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Don’t Miss Super Bowl 50 — Break out the chicken wings and adult beverages. America’s day of gridiron gluttony is finally upon us. The big game pits the Carolina Panthers against the Denver Broncos in Santa Clara, Calif., as about a gazillion TV viewers look on. Oh, but it’s about so much more than football. There’s the totally wacky commercials and, of course, the halftime show, which has Coldplay performing …

Essay: Two Current Films Capture the Nation’s Noisy Outrage and Quiet Competence

Friday, February 5, 2016

In a period of topsy-turvy politics and widespread anxiety about the country’s future, two of the films nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards, Spotlight and The Big Short , speak loudly and carry big sticks, all the better to poke at two institutions that failed — no, betrayed — the …

Documentary On Climate Aims to Make A Difference

Friday, February 5, 2016

Park City, Utah — Josh Fox has gotten bad news. And it’s not that he, like, got a parking ticket or forgot to pay a bill. This is dire stuff: The major cities on the East Coast will likely be underwater in the next few decades. Roughly 40 percent of the planet’s species …

Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors Brace for Movies on Attack

Friday, November 27, 2015

Boston — Less than three years after bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others at the Boston Marathon, two movies, a play and an HBO documentary are in the works, causing decidedly mixed feelings among …

Final ‘Hunger Games’ Opens at a Franchise Low

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Los Angeles — Mockingjay - Part 2, the final Hunger Games film, soared to a $101 million opening in its first weekend in theaters, according to Rentrak estimates Sunday. For most films this would be a coup, but The Hunger Games had its own records to beat, and …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for Nov. 22-28

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Don’t Miss 89th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade — Our day of gastronomical gluttony just wouldn’t be the same without marching bands, cheerleaders, clowns, celebrities and giant balloons that, thankfully, are much more bloated than our bellies. The holiday spectacle returns in all its festive glory as Matt …

Actor Joins Marvel Universe on Steep End of Learning Curve

Thursday, November 19, 2015

While growing up in South Carolina, Mike Colter didn’t have much access to comic-book shops. Which is why when people began telling the actor about rumors that Marvel’s next live-action hero would be Luke Cage, and about how he might be a perfect fit for the role, he …

‘Spectre,’ ‘Peanuts’ Remain Atop Weekend Box Office

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Los Angeles — Women owned this past weekend’s theaters as directors of three high-profile premieres opened across the country — Jessie Nelson’s Love the Coopers and Patricia Riggen’s The 33 nationwide and Angelina Jolie Pitt’s By the Sea in limited release. But last week’s powerhouses Spectre and The …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for Nov. 15-21

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Don’t Miss : The Hunting Ground — This chilling feature documentary about the startling number of sexual assaults at U.S. college campuses makes its television debut. Relying on raw, first-person testimonies and expert insights, the film traces the experiences of two survivors and examines why universities generally have …

New ‘Terminator,’ And ‘Star Wars’

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Arnold Schwarzenegger is back for another turn as the Terminator. There’s also been a big DVD release for Star Wars fans. Terminator Genisys : Another attempt is made to stop Sarah Connor. The Terminator — as promised — is back. It is a fun, exciting thrill ride — …

Movie Review: ‘Love the Coopers’ Is a Yuletide Mess

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Love the Coopers is one of the most jumbled, tonally misguided holiday movies in recent memory. It is an insult to tidings of comfort as well as joy, and a complete waste of the time and talents of …

Movie Review: ‘The 33’ Gives the Miners’ Ordeal Short Shrift

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Imagine being trapped 2,300 feet below ground for 69 days. The 33, an account of the internationally infamous 2010 Chilean mining accident, will help viewers only a little to conjure up that dire predicament. The docudrama nicely evokes the havoc of the initial cave-in, but spends too much …

Endurance Town

Friday, November 13, 2015

B arely three weeks ago, Charles Kahn and Aidan Saunders joined fellow Woodstock resident James Sadwith at the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis for a screening of Sadwith’s dramatization of his childhood encounter with author J.D. Salinger. Tonight …