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Movies / TV

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Aug. 31-Sept. 6

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Don’t Miss Houdini — “Fear is how I know I’m alive,” the title character of this two-part miniseries says as he explains what motivated him to spend his life defying death. Oscar winner Adrien Brody stars as the escape artist who rose from humble circus sideshows to become America’s first world-renowned superstar. The film traces Houdini’s public stunts as they grow more spectacular and risky, while also trying to delve …

‘Boyhood’ Has Little Action, But Offers Deep Storytelling

Saturday, August 30, 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 or adult guardian; (NC-17) no one younger than 17 admitted. Boyhood Writer-director Richard Linklater couldn’t …

Jolie, Pitt Make It Official

Friday, August 29, 2014

New York — The wait is finally over: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Hollywood’s reigning royal couple, have tied the knot. Despite two years of feverish scrutiny, the pair managed to keep one of the world’s most anticipated weddings shrouded from the media’s glare. When? Where? Why haven’t they yet? Did they already? …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for the Week of June 22-28

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Don’t Miss True Blood — The sexy-scary gorefest this week launches its seventh and final season, and word has it that “nobody’s safe.” Of course, Sookie (Anna Paquin), our beloved leading lady, is accustomed to perilous situations by now, but she has her hands full when a band …

Film Noir Series Starts With a Screening of a Silent ‘Pre-Noir’

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Asphalt , the silent film that opens the Dartmouth Film Society’s tribute to Film Noir at 4 on Sunday afternoon, is really more of a pre-noir. Made in 1929 in Germany, the movie heralds some of the familiar …

‘Jump Street’ Is a Winner if It Can Stop at ‘22’

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Remember that sinking feeling when the realization hit that The Hangover II was just a straight-up shakedown? That it was just a money grab that assaulted and left for dead the audience’s love for the original probably so …

‘22 Jump Street’ Is the Latest Installment in the Cop-Buddy Genre

Friday, June 13, 2014

“There’s only one thing more dangerous than making them mad: Making them partners ...” The situation is as follows: You’re on a quiz show. The category is “Cop-Buddy Movies.” All you have to do to win $350 million …

After Two Decades, Two Emmys

Friday, June 13, 2014

Twenty two years ago, Chris Shepherd graduated on a Saturday from Lyndon State College with a degree in communications and a concentration in video production; on the Monday after graduation he started a job as a videographer at …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for the Week of June 8-14

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Don’t Miss The 68th Annual Tony Awards — Hugh Jackman gives his regards to Broadway by returning to host the celebration of stage excellence from Radio City Music Hall in New York. The nomination list is brimming with performers familiar to TV fans, including Bryan Cranston, Neil Patrick …

Around the Remote: ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ Dramatizes PC Wars

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Don’t Miss Halt and Catch F ire — Set in Texas’s Silicon Prairie during the 1980s, this intriguing new drama series follows a charismatic, hard-driving former IBM sales executive (Lee Pace) who dreams of knocking the computer giant down a peg or two with the help of a …

In ‘Godzilla,’ the Audience Waits for the Monster

Friday, May 30, 2014

Early on in the latest Hollywood reincarnation of Godzilla, a group of puzzled scientists stare at a giant, slimy, yet-to-be-determined thingie in a cave somewhere in the Pacific and confer in whispers. “What is it? Some kind of egg? A dormant spore?” Egg: yes. Like, humungous. Dormant? Not …

Moviemaking at the Drive-in: Documentary Filmmaker Focuses on a Piece of Roadside Americana in Fairlee

Friday, May 30, 2014

Not quite night. Sky between blue and black. Peepers singing close by. Children running across a wide expanse of green lawn. The light from a ticket booth casts an Edward Hopper-like glow into the darkness. A scattering of …

Man Who Rushed Pitt Had Pulled Grammy Prank

Friday, May 30, 2014

Los Angeles — A man who was arrested after police said he rushed and touched Brad Pitt at the premiere of the Angelina Jolie movie Maleficent is a former Ukrainian journalist with a history of getting too close …