Author Archives: Roger Catlin

Sunday TV: Oscars and Surrounding Hype

The practically unflappable Jimmy Kimmel hosts The 89th Academy Awards (ABC 8:30 p.m.) and he’ll probably do a pretty good job. “La La Land” leads all films with 14 nominations, tying a record But “Moonlight” has been coming on strong, especially at the Independent Spirit Award Saturday. Among those singing the best song nominations will be [...]

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Saturday TV: Independent Spirit Awards

The best thing about Oscar weekend for true film buffs is the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards (IFC, 5 p.m.), shining a line on less well known films of the year, (“American Honey,” which got six nominations) although some of them have turned up amid Academy Awards nominees as well (“Moonlight” also got six). Other [...]

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The Last Playlist? 2/24/17

Friday Night Rock coincided with the last moments of Radio CPR — in its current location. Forced out of the place that has been its studio for many years, the station is still in the middle of finding its next home. Optimistic that will happen, I tried not to dwell on the goodbye forever theme. [...]

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Friday TV: Quirky New ‘Patriot’

The appealing new “Patriot” (Amazon, streaming) takes a quirky road to spy thriller as an intelligence officer played by Michael Dorman goes undercover, just barely makes his assignment to pose as an employee in a Milwaukee pipe company in order to stop Iranian nuke building. One of his weaknesses seems to be in confessing all [...]

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Thursday TV: ‘Sun Records’ Gets a Spin

I was the worst audience for the hit musical “Million Dollar Quartet” despite my love for the music, because I had serious issues with all its changed details about the rise of rock ’n’ roll in Memphis. But the spin-off TV series “Sun Records” (CMT, 10 p.m.) has plenty of time to sort out those [...]

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John Doe Stands Alone at Jammin Java

It’s a long road from the throbbing epicenter of Los Angeles punk origins to an acoustic Tuesday night gig at a suburban Northern Virginia strip mall. But John Doe has made that road work for him, turning his fame in the occasionally revived X to a solid solo career of dusty, windswept Americana. Those songs [...]

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Wednesday TV: Black Film, BRIT Awards

Never mind that #OscarsSoWhite is slightly less so this year. But before that all gets on display Sunday, here’s the 2017 American Black Film Honors (BET, Centric, 8 p.m.) taped last weekend from Los Angeles. Regina Hall hosts the event, which will present special awards to Denzel Washington, Issa Rae, Queen Latifah, Terrence Howard and [...]

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Tuesday TV: Maya Angelou’s Long Life

More than a year after it premiered at Sundance, “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” gets a Black History Month showcase on “American Masters” (PBS, 8 p.m., check local listings). The two hour film by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack includes Angelou’s work as a calypso singer of some note, her work with Malcolm [...]

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Review: Lee Fields & the Expressions

Round about showtime Saturday night, as the backing band the Expressions were churning out the cool and lightly funky sounds of the past, the way serious students from Greenpoint, Brooklyn could do, in their matching paisley tux jackets, out came the front man in his sparkly blue tux jacket. Lee Fields was taking that long [...]

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Monday TV: ‘The Talk’ and ‘The Breaks’

Most black and Latino parents have to, at some point, sit down their children, especially their sons, and have “the talk.” That is to say, how to behave when stopped by the police. The sensitivity and importance of this conversation is the basis of the two hour documentary “The Talk — Race in America” (PBS, [...]

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