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Around the Remote: TV Picks for the Week of Oct. 11

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Don’t Miss The Walking Dead — So much for the Alexandria “Safe Zone” being an oasis of tranquility amid the zombie apocalypse. That all fell apart during last season’s traumatic finale when Rick (Andrew Lincoln) killed Pete in the middle of a town meeting that went horribly awry. Now, as Season 6 gets underway, Rick has a lot of wary eyes looking his way, including those of old pal Morgan …

Movie Review: ‘The Walk’ Is a Bit Too Pedestrian

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Before New York’s World Trade Center and the date 9/11 walked lock-step into eternity, those enormous twin towers were best known for something else entirely, something joyous and a little bit insane. That would be the 45 minutes that a 24-year-old French aerialist named Philippe Petit spent on Aug. 7, 1974, walking back …

Christian Movie Fans Exert Influence, but Aren’t a Monolith

Friday, October 9, 2015

David Oyelowo, star of Selma and a born-again Christian, recently had an argument about Kate Mara’s nipples. Mara is Oyelowo’s co-star in the new film Captive, the true-life story of escaped murderer Brian Nichols and his hostage, Ashley Smith, who persuades him to release her using the power of faith and a dog-eared copy of Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life. Though Captive …

‘Ant-Man’ Is a Light-on-Its-Feet Superhero Film

Saturday, August 1, 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Emmy Nominations Reflect Television’s Push for Diversity

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Los Angeles — There won’t be any need for an EmmysSoWhite hashtag. The 67th Emmy Awards nominations announced Thursday underscored TV’s push into diversity over the last year, with nods for minority lead actors such as Viola Davis …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for July 19-25

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Don’t Miss Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! — Just when you thought it was safe to go outside, scary flying sharks once again are filling the summer skies. This time, the forecast calls for even more madcap zaniness as a massive Sharknado wreaks havoc along the Eastern Seaboard, …

Movie Review: ‘Amy’ Tracks How Its Subject Soared, and Fell

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Before she won six Grammys (including a trio for her massive breakout hit Rehab ), before she descended into a morass of addiction and public humiliation, before she died of alcohol poisoning at age 27, bravura British songwriter …

MTV Causes Stir With Film About White People

Saturday, July 18, 2015

New York — One of the challenges for makers of the MTV documentary White People was getting folks to talk about race when they didn’t feel the issue concerned them — like those quoted as saying they consider …

George Lucas, Rita Moreno Chosen for Kennedy Center Honors

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Washington — Filmmaker George Lucas, singer-songwriter Carole King and legendary dancer-actress Rita Moreno are among the artists to be saluted at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors. Seventies rockers the Eagles, actress Cicely Tyson and conductor Seiji Ozawa will also be honored at the Dec. 6 event, Kennedy Center …

‘Minions’ Tops Box Office

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Los Angeles — Minions took over the box office this weekend, launching with an estimated $115.2 million in the U.S. and Canada. Overseas, the film collected $280.5 million, for a global total that neared $400 million. It opened at No. 1 in 54 of its 56 international markets. …