Author Archives: Roger Catlin

She & Him Throw a Christmas Party

The first time Zooey Deschanel sang a Christmas song for huge audiences was 16 years ago in the movie “Elf,” crooning “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” in the shower, eventually dueting with an unwelcome Will Ferrell. It was that moment that showed M. Ward that the actress could actually sing, and they eventually got together to form [...]

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Friday TV: ‘Marriage Story’ Now Streaming

For the second week in a row, one of the most acclaimed films of the year and likely Oscar material makes its debut on a streaming service weeks after a limited theatrical run. Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver star as a couple breaking up but trying to keep the family together in “Marriage Story” (Netflix, streaming). [...]

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A Soulful ‘Motown Christmas’ at Signature

Because Christmas is mandatory on entertainment stages all month, it’s no surprise that a cabaret at Signature Theatre is again devoted to the Yuletide songbook. But in a clever and very welcome variation, they’ve approached the holiday through the classic interpretations of one of America’s favorite labels. “A Motown Christmas” brings together enduring holiday originals [...]

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Thursday: Three More Christmas Movies

In yet another sequel to its stab as a holiday romance, “The Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby” (Netflix, streaming) follows the impending birth in Aldovia, a fictional country undergoing a crisis when a 600-year-old treaty disappears and war looms. Rose McIver and Ben Lamb reprise their roles as the royal couple. With three other cable [...]

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Wednesday TV: Three-Night Holiday Series

Here’s something odd for the holidays: A limited three night series about a dysfunctional family at the holidays: “The Moodys” (Fox, 9 p.m.). Based on the Australian “A Moody Christmas,” the U.S. remake stars Denis Leary and Elizabeth Perkins and includes Jay Baruchel, Francois Arnaud and Chelsea Frei as their three grown children, each with [...]

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Tuesday TV: Mazel Tov, Tiffany Haddish

The latest standup special from the busy comic “Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah” (Netflix, streaming) address her Jewish heritage, her career heights and a few stumbles, such as a New Year’s Eve show in Miami that went all wrong. Trisha Yearwood hosts the tenth “CMA Country Special” (ABC, 9 p.m.) concert special with Lady Antebellum, Chris [...]

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Monday TV: Garth Brooks Looks Back

“Garth Brooks: The Road I’m On” (A&E, 9 p.m.) is a biography of the country star so big it’ll take four hours over two nights to tell the story. With Brooks’ participation it looks like an artist-approved project to say the least.  It concludes Tuesday. But it begs the question: where’s the Chris Gaines doc? [...]

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Sunday TV: Another Holiday Competition

Jonathan Bennett hosts another new Christmas cooking competition with “Holiday Wars” (Food, 9 p.m.), which pits bakers and candy makers against each other. It precedes a new season start for “Holiday Gingerbread Showdown” (Food, 10 p.m.). The imported Philippine film “Dead Kids” (Netflix, streaming), , about high schoolers who plot to abduct the school’s arrogant rich kid, [...]

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Saturday: It’s A Wonderful You Know What

One it seemed that every time an angel got its wings, you’d be seeing “It’s a Wonderful Life” (NBC, 8 p.m.) on TV. But with NBC restricting its showings, it makes the first of  only two scheduled seasonal appearances tonight, albeit stretched out over three hours. The next appearance is Christmas Eve. Here is a very [...]

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Friday TV: Kacey Musgraves’ Xmas Special

For her first big holiday special, the Grammy-winning country star goes streaming with “The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show” (Amazon, streaming), with appearances from Lana Del Rey, Dan Levy, Fred Armison, Camila Cabello, Leon Bridges, James Corden, Kendall Jenner, Zooey Deschanel, Troye Sivan and the Radio City Rockettes. “Atlantics” (Netflix, streaming), a Senegal-France-Belgium co-production won the [...]

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