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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 this sets a new low for the four-film franchise. The series starring Jennifer Lawrence kicked off with a bang in March 2012 …

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 Lauer, Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie anchor the broadcast. 9 a.m. Thursday, NBC. Other Bets …

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 had one question: Who in the world is Luke Cage? “Random people would tell me …

Ken Burns’ ‘Civil War’ Returns to PBS in High-Def and as Relevant as Ever

Thursday, September 10, 2015

This summer proved to Americans yet again that the Civil War, which officially ended 150 years ago, has never really gone away. The Charleston, S.C., church shooting that killed nine in June sparked a national debate over racism …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for Sept. 6-12

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Don’t Miss The Late Show With Stephen Colbert — The post-David Letterman era begins as Colbert, the former Comedy Central goofball, makes his high-profile transition. And he can finally be himself as he leaves behind the pompous pundit character he played for nearly a decade. Colbert’s opening night …

Summer Movies Stay Till Bitter End

Saturday, September 5, 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 …

Telluride Films Feature Women’s Voices

Friday, September 4, 2015

Every year a theme of sorts emerges at the Telluride at Dartmouth festival. Sometimes it’s intentional, but just as often the mini-festival of six films happens to pick up on whatever is in the zeitgeist. This year’s leitmotif …

Will ‘A Walk in the Woods’ Spawn a Generation of Thru-Hikers?

Friday, September 4, 2015

The long-awaited film version of Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, the 1998 best-seller about his attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail, has fostered a mix of excitement and dread in the trail’s fans.. Locally, the movie …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for Aug.30-Sept. 5

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Don’t Miss 2015 MTV Video Music Awards — Two years ago, Miley Cyrus caused an uproar with her naughty twerking. Now that she’s back to host the 32nd annual bash, will she behave herself — or push the envelope even further? As for the nominations, Taylor Swift leads …

Movie Review: ‘Friends’ Lacks the Courage of Its Convictions

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The style of music known as EDM, short for electronic dance music, can sometimes be made by someone alone on a laptop with a pair of headphones, then played at throbbing volume for enormous high-energy crowds. That tension …

Movie Review: Flee From ‘No Escape’

Saturday, August 29, 2015

If you’ve really been wanting to see endless shots of Owen Wilson running, sometimes while carrying a medium-sized child, the thriller No Escape might be just for you. Those looking for nuanced screenplays, believable characters, and movies that …

Around the remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for Aug.23-29

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Don’t Miss Fear the Walking Dead — This “companion” series to prime time’s monster hit tells the story of the zombie apocalypse from an entirely different angle. Set in Los Angeles at the brink of the scourge, it follows a dysfunctional blended family, led by a high school …

Movie Review: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Leaves Some Truths on the Cutting Room Floor

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Straight Outta Compton is a musically propulsive mixed blessing of a biopic, made the way these things often get made: with the real-life protagonists breathing down the movie’s neck to make sure nothing too harsh or unflattering gets …