Movies / TV

This photo provided by Twentieth Century Fox shows, Sam Rockwell, left, as Eric Bowen and Rosemarie DeWitt, center, as wife Amy, desperately trying to hold on to Kennedi Clements, right, their youngest daughter Madison, who’s been targeted by terrifying apparitions in the film, "Poltergeist." (Kerry Hayes/Twentieth Century Fox  via AP)

Movie Review: Even the Cast Isn’t Scared by Retread ‘Poltergeist’

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Well, the little girl gets it. Kennedi Clements plays Maddy Bowen, the child trapped between the real world and the afterlife in the new version of Poltergeist, and gives us wild-eyed terror we can hang onto and a blood-curdling scream that will haunt your nightmares. The rest of the players? They sort of shrug it off. Sam Rockwell, as the …

Sequels and Remakes of Old Films Predominate in Upper Valley Theaters

Saturday, May 23, 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 or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one 17 and younger admitted. The Age of Adaline This …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for May 17-23

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Don’t Miss Mad Men series finale — One of television’s most acclaimed dramas wraps up its mesmerizing run and we’re worried. After watching Betty (January Jones) receive some devastating news last week, we just can’t handle another emotional gut punch along those lines. As for Don Draper (Jon Hamm), we’re hoping his spur-of-the-moment road trip doesn’t result in a dead end. 10 p.m. …

‘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 …

Washington-Raised Actor Has Roles in Top D.C.-Set Series

Monday, February 23, 2015

New York — Kelly AuCoin grew up in Washington, the son of nine-term Oregon congressman Les AuCoin. He campaigned for his father, appearing in a political ad washing the family car (actually a rental, as it was filmed out West) to show that his father was thrifty and …

‘Birdman’ Takes Flight at an Oscars Punctuated by Politics

Monday, February 23, 2015

Los Angeles — The long take of Birdman has stretched all the way to the Academy Awards, where the jazzy, surreal comedy about an actor fleeing his superhero past took Hollywood’s top honor in a ceremony punctuated by …

‘Birth of a Nation’ Debate Endures

Sunday, February 22, 2015

New York — One hundred years ago this spring, Hollywood came of age in a blaze of wonder and fury. D.W. Griffith’s three-hour Civil War epic, The Birth of a Nation, was released in April 1915 after a …

Movie Review: ‘McFarland, USA’ Is Based on a True, if Shopworn, Story

Saturday, February 21, 2015

You’ve seen feel-good football and baseball movies, plus great underdog stories of boxing, basketball, soccer and cycling. So what’s left? The 1980s-set McFarland, USA has the answer: It’s cross-country. The plot, based on a true story, is pretty …