TV owners unite: Stop the Soap Opera Effect!

Many TVs have a setting that may be hazardous to movie watching.

Matthew McConaughey plays a Detroit gun dealer and Richie Merritt portrays his son, the youngest informant in FBI history, in “White Boy Rick.”

Movie Review

In ‘White Boy Rick,’ a real-life FBI informant at 14

Matthew McConaughey stars as the father of the title character in this based-on-fact story.

Actor Mark Wahlberg is man on a schedule.

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Mark Wahlberg’s daily schedule is just like mine — with a couple of small fixes

I mean, you don’t work out twice a day while devoting one hour to actual work?

Legendary folk music artist Joan Baez, at her northern California home, is on her final tour. MUST CREDIT: Photo for The Washington Post by Ramona Rosales

Things to Do

The Weekender: Folk heroes, good dogs, and ‘SNL’ stars’ reunion

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

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Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Sept. 24-30

Family-friendly BostonFIG Fest, Cemetery Cinema at Mount Auburn, free Boston Pops concert, and more.

★ ½ | Movie Review

Michael Moore takes on Donald Trump in incendiary film

“Fahrenheit 11/9” is Michael Moore’s latest polemical documentary, and it’s pretty awful.

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‘Life’ and death (lots and lots of death)

“Life Itself” takes romance in an unexpected direction.

Remembering one of the great ’70s directors, Hal Ashby

Amy Scott’s documentary about Ashby, “Hal,” serves as a welcome reminder for filmgoers of a certain age — and revelation for younger ones.

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘Hamilton,’ ‘Lizzie,’ Bobby, and Chick

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Fall Arts Preview 2018

Fall arts preview 2018

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Your must-see guide to arts and entertainment this season, from Boston to the Berkshires and beyond.

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These films all earned four-star reviews from Globe critics Ty Burr, Janice Page, and Peter Keough, as well as former Globe critic Wesley Morris.

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The new “Star Wars” is great fun, if not a great film. It consciously embraces the funky, handmade garage aesthetic of the 1977 original.

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Top: An image from “Do It Man.” Above: Johnny Rotten in “The Public Image Is Rotten.”

Doc Talk | Peter Keough

Celebrity Club remembered, Johnny Rotten celebrated

A festival in Southbridge, a documentary in Arlington. 

Kim Chambers in Kate Webber’s “Kim Swims.”

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Creative resistance at the Boston Women’s Film Festival

The festival includes several documentary standouts.

A scene from “Free Solo”

Put these standout documentaries from the Toronto film festival on your to-watch list

Look for “The Biggest Little Farm,” “Free Solo,” and “Maiden.”

Gilda Radner in “Love, Gilda.”

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‘Love, Gilda’ celebrates Gilda Radner

“Love, Gilda” celebrates Gilda Radner.

Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci in “The Children Act.”

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Emma Thompson offers judgment in ‘The Children Act’

Playing a judge, she walks an emotional tightrope in an adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel “The Children Act.”

Kristen Stewart (left) and Chloe Sevigny in “Lizzie.”

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Lizzie Borden, and her ax, come to the big screen

The movie makes an empathetic case for Borden as an intelligent, passionate woman so stifled by her father that she lashed out (and then some).

Owen Vaccaro, Jack Black, and Cate Blanchett in “The House With a Clock in Its Walls.”

Movie Review

In ‘The House With a Clock in Its Walls,’ learning what makes this house tick

Jack Black and Cate Blanchett star in “The House With a Clock in Its Walls.”

Ben Dickey as Blaze Foley, and Charlie Sexton as Townes Van Zant in Ethan Hawke’s Blaze.”

Movie Review

In ‘Blaze,’ a winning view of a beautiful loser

“Blaze” is Ethan Hawke’s fourth and best feature as a director; it’s immensely touching, and only deceptively shapeless.

06/22/2017 BOSTON, MA Eliza Dushku (cq) (right) sits with her fiancé Peter Palandjian (cq) during The Roast of David Ortiz at the House of Blues in Boston. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)

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Actress Eliza Dushku posts photos from her Boston Public Library wedding

On Sunday, the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” actress posted a picture of herself wearing a long, lacy wedding gown and leaning into Peter Palandjian’s arms.

From left: Viggo Mortensen, director Peter Farrelly, Octavia Spencer, and Mahershala Ali before the screening of “Green Book” at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Peter Farrelly’s new movie wins People’s Choice Award at Toronto film festival

The film follows an Italian-American bouncer who is hired to chauffeur a black classical pianist though the racially segregated South in the 1960s.

Executive producer Kris Meyer (left), director Lisa Aimola, and star Steve Sweeney.

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‘Sweeney Killing Sweeney’ premieres in Somerville

A big crowd turned out for the red carpet premiere of Steve Sweeney’s new movie on Tuesday night.

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic opens at the MFA on Saturday.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston the week of Sept. 17-23

Winnie-the-Pooh at the MFA, Champions of Magic, the Boston Film Festival, and more.

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Novel rooted in a 1970s screenplay

William Martin’s 11th novel, “Bound for Gold,” began its life as a screenplay.

Boston Women’s Film Festival screenings include “What They Had,” starring with Blythe Danner and Hilary Swank.

Scene here | local films, festivals, and faces

Inaugural Boston Women’s Film Festival arrives soon

A look at local film events.

Ben Dickey portrays Blaze Foley and Charlie Sexton is Townes Van Zant in “Blaze,” a film directed by Ethan Hawke.

Ethan Hawke directs C&W biopic ‘Blaze’

His latest film is about singer-songwriter Blaze Foley.

A still image from Sandi Tan’s “Shirkers,” which will be screened locally three times this month.

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Searching for lost illusions in ‘Shirkers’

A preview of Sandi Tan’s documentary.

A still image from “Bisbee ’17.”

Doc Talk

Deportees, exiles, and an invasive species

What’s new in documentaries.

Christopher Wheeldon directed and choreographed the 2015 Broadway musical “An American in Paris,” which he has helped make into a film.

‘An American in Paris’ dances onto the screen

Director/choreographer Christopher Wheeldon discusses the genesis of the new film, which will be screened at Boston area theaters on Sept. 20 and 23.

Robert Pattinson in “High Life.”

Ty Burr

At TIFF this year, stars and outer space

Festival standouts included “First Man,” “High Life,” “A Star Is Born,” and “Vox Lux.”

Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively in “A Simple Favor.”

Movie Review

Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively encounter trouble in ‘A Simple Favor’

Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively play young mothers in Paul Feig’s thriller, “A Simple Favor.”

Helena Howard stars in “Madeline’s Madeline.”

Movie Review

★ ★ ★ ★ ‘Madeline’s Madeline’ is a stunning, one-of-a-kind movie

Josephine Decker’s edgy, borderline-experimental drama is about a mentally ill teenage girl, her fraught mother, and a theater coach with exploitive tendencies.

Josephine Decker, director and writer of

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‘Madeline’s Madeline’ writer-director Josephine Decker on her experimental portrait of a young actress

The filmmaker is slated to discuss her much-anticipated new film at the Brattle Theatre this Saturday.

Phil as a guide dog for the blind in “Pick of the Litter.”

Movie Review

‘Pick of the Litter’ is the ultimate Lab test

The documentary follows the training of service dogs.

“Lizzie” costars Kristen Stewart (left) and Chloe Sevigny.

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Chloe Sevigny on her new Lizzie Borden film and teaming up with Kristen Stewart

After years of false starts, ‘‘Lizzie,’’ a tense psychological thriller, is finally making it to theaters.

Filmmaker Frederick Wiseman arrives for the premiere of the restored movie “L'annee derniere a Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad)” at the 75th annual Venice International Film Festival, in Venice, Italy, on September 5, 2018.

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Latest Frederick Wiseman doc screens at Toronto International Film Festival

“Monrovia, Indiana,” the 88-year-old’s detailed portrait of life in a small rural town, will be released in major cities Oct. 26.

FILe - In this Jan. 27, 2018 file photo, Olivia Newton-John attends the 2018 G'Day USA Los Angeles Gala at the InterContinental Hotel Los Angeles. Newton-John says she has been diagnosed with cancer for the third time in three decades. The four-time Grammy winner, who will turn 70 on Sept. 26, told Australian news program “Sunday Night” doctors found a tumor in her lower back in 2017. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

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Olivia Newton-John diagnosed with cancer for 3rd time

The four-time Grammy winner, who will turn 70 on Sept. 26, told Australian news program ‘‘Sunday Night’’ doctors found a tumor in her lower back in 2017.

From left: Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Legend, and Tim Rice joined an elite group of artists Sunday when they won the Emmy Award for outstanding variety special. They’re now in the exclusive EGOT club.

John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Tim Rice join the elite EGOT club

Winning Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony awards is akin to the grand slam of performing arts awards.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, John Legend and Tim Price pose in the press room during the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys at Microsoft Theater on September 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

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John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice now EGOT winners

The Emmy win for “Jesus Chris Superstar” on Sunday united Legend, Lloyd Webber and Rice with Emmys to go with their Tonys, Grammys, and Oscars — the four biggest prizes in show business.

Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong in “First Man.”

Ty Burr

In Toronto, a first look at ‘First Man’

Damien Chazelle screened, and discussed, his film about the Apollo 11 moon landing Sunday at the film festival.

09scenehere The Coolidge Corner Theatre and Mount Auburn Cemetery present ÒCemetery CinemaÓ on Sept. 26 with an outdoor double feature of ÒWild StrawberriesÓ and ÒStand By Me.Ó Image courtesy of the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

Scene here | Local Films, festivals, and faces

Fall festivals and special film occasions

Here’s a roundup.

This image released by Fox Searchlight shows Robert Redford in a scene from the film,

A range of films at Toronto, including Robert Redford’s latest

The Toronto Interational Film Festival features movies from across genres and countries, among them a new film starring Robert Redford.

(L to R, Foreground): Lukas Haas, Ryan Gosling and Corey Stoll in FIRST MAN. On the heels of their six-time Academy Award-winning smash,

A season is born

This fall’s big movies place a premium on high profiles.

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2015 file photo, an Oscar statue appears outside the Dolby Theatre for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. The organization that bestows the Academy Awards says it is suspending plans to award a new Oscar for popular films amid widespread backlash to the idea. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says Thursday that it will study plans for the category further. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

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New ‘popular’ Oscar scrapped by Academy for 2019

One of the most unpopular decisions the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has ever made was reversed Thursday.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 08: Recording artist Drake speaks about Apple Music during the Apple WWDC on June 8, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Apple announced a new OS X, El Capitan, iOS 9 and Apple Music during the keynote at the annual developers conference that runs through June 12. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Things to Do

The Weekender: Drake, Jim Carrey, and podcasts in person

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2015 file photo, an Oscar statue appears outside the Dolby Theatre for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. The organization that bestows the Academy Awards says it is suspending plans to award a new Oscar for popular films amid widespread backlash to the idea. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says Thursday that it will study plans for the category further. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

Oscars backtrack on plan for a popular film award this year

The organization that bestows the Academy Awards is suspending plans to award a new Oscar for popular films amid widespread backlash to the idea.

Jennifer Garner plays a vigilante in “Peppermint.”

Movie Review

Don’t mess with Jennifer Garner in ‘Peppermint’

The actress stars in a a throwback to revenge flicks of the ’80s and ’90s.

Mark Wahlberg arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of

Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne are brand-new foster parents in first trailer for ‘Instant Family’

Wahlberg and “Daddy’s Home” director Sean Anders have reunited for another family-centric comedy. This time, the movie is a bit more personal for Anders.

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2018 file photo, actress Meryl Streep poses for photographers at the premiere of

Here’s how to audition for the star-studded ‘Little Women’ movie filming in Boston

Timothee Chalamet, Laura Dern, Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep, and Emma Watson are all part of the cast.

Max Hubacher (center, with Milan Peschel and Frederick Lau) plays the “Executioner of Emsland” in “The Captain.”

Movie Review

In ‘The Captain,’ seeing the evil men can do

Robert Schwentke’s World War II drama offers lessons amid the horror.

A pair of ruby slippers once worn by actress Judy Garland in the

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Sting operation recovered Dorothy’s stolen ruby slippers

A pair of ruby slippers used in “The Wizard of Oz” and later stolen from a Minnesota museum were recovered after a man approached the shoes’ insurer and said he could help get them back, the FBI said Tuesday.

The chairman of NBC News says he never tried to impede a report about sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein.

NBC says it never tried to block report on Harvey Weinstein accusations

In an e-mail to NBC News employees, executive Andrew Lack defended the news division’s conduct.