The ViewPoint

Capsule reviews of feature films

Capsule reviews of feature films

June 17, 2018


Filed under Books, Entertainment, Fiction, Movies, On Netflix, Television

BEIRUT. 3 stars. Well-acted, well written thriller about a bitter, failed diplomat (Jon Hamm) recalled to Lebanon during its civil war to negotiate a hostage exchange, a dangerous and complex affair involving competing factions within the U.S. contingent (Rosamund Pike, Shea Whigham, Dean Norris), mili...

Christina Aguilera compares her stint on ‘The Voice’ to a ‘churning hamster wheel’

June 12, 2018


Filed under Television

The Voice,” as its title implies, is supposed to be about singing and nothing else. That’s why “blind auditions” are employed with the coaches’ rotating chairs turned away from the stage as contestants are chosen strictly from what the coaches hear. Not so, said former coach Christina Aguilera ...

John Lasseter’s six-month leave of absence is almost up — but return to Pixar not likely

John Lasseter’s six-month leave of absence is almost up — but return to Pixar not likely

June 10, 2018


Filed under Activities, Entertainment, Fiction, Movies, Television, Top Stories

Pixar and Disney animation head John Lasseter’s six-month leave of absence is coming to end as more allegations about inappropriate behavior — including his treatment of women and credit-hogging — have come to light. Longtime colleagues claim in a piece published by The Hollywood Reporter Wedne...

Eve Myles does double duty with ‘Keeping Faith’

Eve Myles does double duty with ‘Keeping Faith’

May 28, 2018


Filed under Television

The latest work for Eve Myles, the series “Keeping Faith” on the streaming service Acorn TV, gave her two opportunities to play the same character. That’s not so odd, as actors do that all the time, whether it is in a series or even a movie sequel. But what made the double duty so interesting for...

Rachel McAdams says ‘Disobedience’ sex scene with Rachel Weisz was better than with any male actor

Rachel McAdams says ‘Disobedience’ sex scene with Rachel Weisz was better than with any male actor

May 26, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Fiction, Movies, National, Television

Rachel McAdams’ sex scene in her new movie was unlike any she’d shot before — and not just because it was a woman. In “Disobedience,” McAdams plays Esti Kuperman, the married Orthodox Jewish woman who falls in love with Ronit Krushka (Rachel Weisz). The movie, based on the novel of the same...

White House Correspondents’ Dinner and the ‘Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump’: What a difference seven years make

White House Correspondents’ Dinner and the ‘Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump’: What a difference seven years make

May 25, 2018


Filed under Television

After another White House Correspondents’ Dinner in which an up-and-coming comic has been criticized for going too far, it’s worth considering what has changed about the lengths a comedian can go in their criticism of the Trump administration, which, as a reflection of its leader, continues to be re...

The Simpsons’ and ‘Silicon Valley’ and when TV showrunners avoid creative challenges

The Simpsons’ and ‘Silicon Valley’ and when TV showrunners avoid creative challenges

May 16, 2018


Filed under Entertainment, Fiction, Television

It's always surprising when you hear people behind successful TV shows confess they're out of ideas. I was thinking about this when the creators of HBO's "Silicon Valley" sheepishly admitted that issues of sexism and harassment in the tech world won't be incorporated into the show this season. "We ...

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ to kick off summer season with a bang

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ to kick off summer season with a bang

May 9, 2018


Filed under Activities, Movies, National, Opinion, Technology, Television

The summer movie season will kick off early this weekend with “Avengers: Infinity War,” the third installment in Disney and Marvel Studios’ sprawling “Avengers” saga that may push the Marvel cinematic universe to new heights. The superhero release is expected to easily conquer the weekend...

‘The Last O.G.’: A little decent, indecent comedy in Tracy Morgan’s return to TV

‘The Last O.G.’: A little decent, indecent comedy in Tracy Morgan’s return to TV

April 3, 2018


Filed under Television

One nice thing — and from a human standpoint perhaps the nicest thing — about “The Last O.G.,” a new TBS sitcom starring Tracy Morgan, is that the fact that the actor nearly died in a 2014 auto accident is not evident on-screen. Morgan is in good form here, funny and odd and as healthy as he...

Television Q&A: When is ‘Supergirl’ coming back?

Television Q&A: When is ‘Supergirl’ coming back?

March 29, 2018


Filed under Television

You have questions. I have some answers. Q: I am a fan of the “Supergirl” series. Is it coming back? If so, when? A: The drama will be back on The CW on April 16. Among other things, look for a guest-starring turn by Laurie Metcalf (“Lady Bird,” “Roseanne”) as Winn’s mother. Q: Is “...

‘Jessica Jones’ regroups for Season 2

‘Jessica Jones’ regroups for Season 2

March 13, 2018


Filed under Television

NEW YORK _ On the Upper East Side of Manhattan last summer, Jessica Jones was doing her thing. The sardonic private detective played by Krysten Ritter was following a lead to a makeshift veterinary clinic and ended up in a verbal tiff with a snotty Goth staffer. The scene, which appears in the seco...

Kevin Hart explains attempt to get on Super Bowl stage: ‘When alcohol is in your system, you do dumb stuff’

Kevin Hart explains attempt to get on Super Bowl stage: ‘When alcohol is in your system, you do dumb stuff’

February 6, 2018


Filed under Television

Kevin Hart’s brazen attempt to celebrate onstage with the Philadelphia Eagles after their Super Bowl victory was motivated by a little liquid confidence. The comedian — who was shut down by a security guard as he approached the stage after Sunday’s game — explained in an Instagram video that ...

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