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Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for July 26-Aug. 1

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Don’t Miss I Am Cait — Fresh off her stirring speech at the Espy Awards, Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner) invites viewers into her life via this eight-part reality series. The show promises to tell her “intimate story” as she seeks out her “new normal” as perhaps the most famous transgender woman in the world. It also will explore what Cait’s transition means for the people in her life and …

Movie Review: Gyllenhaal Rises Above Rote Script in ‘Southpaw’

Friday, July 24, 2015

Jake Gyllenhaal undergoes yet another startling physical transformation in Southpaw, a by-the-numbers boxing picture that benefits considerably from its star’s tenacious commitment. No one will accuse Gyllenhaal of phoning it in on Southpaw, in which he plays a down-on-his-luck fighter struggling to make his big comeback. He grunts and punches and scratches and glares it in, bleeding copiously in set pieces that thud …

Summer for ‘Winter Light’

Friday, July 24, 2015

Hanover — Julian Higgins could just email or text the link for his new short film, Winter Light, to his friends and former teachers. So why is the 2004 graduate of Hanover High School encouraging them — and you — to see his 29-minute adaptation of James Lee Burke’s short story, shot on …

‘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 …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’sTV Picks for April 26-May 2

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Don’t Miss Last Days in Vietnam — The American Experience series brings this gripping, Oscar-nominated documentary to television. Directed by Rory Kennedy, the film marks the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon. Via powerful interviews and wrenching footage, it recalls how, with the clock ticking and the …

Richard Corliss, 71, Was Longtime ‘Time’ Film Critic

Sunday, April 26, 2015

New York — Richard Corliss, the longtime film critic for Time magazine, has died after suffering a major stroke last week, the magazine said Friday. He was 71. “He conveyed nothing so much as the sheer joy of watching movies — and writing about them,” Time theater critic …

‘Adaline’ Is a Love Story for the Ages

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Hollywood long ago ceded “love that stands the test of time” to the realm of science fiction and fantasy, so The Age of Adaline falls neatly into a genre that includes The Time Traveler’s Wife, About Time, and …