A Thanksgiving media binge

Tired of endless football games? Sample and savor these movie, TV, and podcast offerings with family and friends.

Demonstrators participated in the #MeToo Survivors' March on Sunday in response to the recent high-profile sexual abuse cases.

Nestor Ramos

Would any sexual abuse revelation be surprising anymore?

The avalanche of credible allegations dating back decades makes it clear that many of us have been too willing to ignore what women endure on a regular basis.

Richard Linklater’s new film takes stock of lasting scars suffered by Vietnam vets.


Richard Linklater talks ‘Last Flag Flying’

The director discusses the film’s examination of the long-term effects of war — and its ties to “The Last Detail.”

The Harvard Film Archive’s David Pendleton died Nov. 6, at 53, of colon cancer.

Ty Burr

Goodbye to David Pendleton, a champion of film

A tribute to the face of the Harvard Film Archive, who died on Monday at 53.

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Women are in spotlight on the big screen in an African-American series at the Brattle Theatre and a film about the suffragist movement in Switzerland.

In Focus

Roots of the French New Wave are evident in ‘Eight Films by Jean Rouch’

Box set connects film movements to the Ivory Coast, Niger, and Ghana.

The MFA celebrates the centenary of Jean-Pierre Melville

The French director made gangster movies that were like the working out of existenial theorems.

Doc Talk | Peter keough

Punk, rock, opera screenings — and ‘Jesus’ revisited

Documentary subjects this week include Jimi Hendrix and Mario Lanza.

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘Coco,’ Clara, Jay-Z, and Spike

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

Fall Arts Preview 2017


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Many of the fall’s biggest films have stories based on fact.

Fall Arts Preview 2017

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A complete guide to movies, music, books, arts, theater, and family events in the Greater Boston area this season.

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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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James Franco on the set of “The Disaster Artist.”


James Franco decides to slow it down

The actor/director known for his manic juggling of multiple projects decided it was time to stop running and focus on his love of the work — like his latest project, “The Disaster Artist.”

The character Parvana in a scene from director Nora Twomey’s “The Breadwinner.”

Movie REview

Best-selling novel ‘The Breadwinner’ comes to the screen

Deborah Ellis’s tale of an Afghan girl posing as a boy is now an animated feature.

Miguel and his great-grandmother figure prominently in “Coco.”

Movie Review

Afterlife lessons in ‘Coco’

The new Pixar film journeys south of the border and into a fluorescent Day of the Dead setting.

Denzel Washington in “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Movie Review

In ‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ the one name that matters is Denzel

The film is mostly a character study in search of a plot, but since it’s Denzel Washington playing the character, you don’t much mind.

Dan Stevens (left, as Charles Dickens) and Christopher Plummer (right, as Ebenezer Scrooge) in “The Man Who Invented Christmas.”

Movie Review

‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ shows how ‘A Christmas Carol’ came to be written

The PG-rated biopic — starring Dan Stevens of “Downton Abbey” — is sufficiently heavy on whimsy, yet there’s also a fair amount of darker material.

(L to R) Margo (MIRANDA COSGROVE), Edith (DANA GAIER) and Agnes (NEV SCHARREL) in the 2017 animated film DESPICABLE ME 3, directed by Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda.


DVDs: Minions. Wonder Woman. What more do you want?

What fantabulous gifts will the elf on your DVD shelf be bringing your loved ones this year?

“Coco” animator Dean Kelly is a Chelmsford native.

Capturing Mexican culture is at the heart of Pixar’s ‘Coco’

Animator Dean Kelly’s latest passion project draws on influences from Chelmsford to Oaxaca.

Miriam Rocek as Emma Goldman in Abigail Child’s “Acts and Intermissions: Emma Goldman in America.”

In Focus

Emma Goldman story to screen at Brattle as part of the DocYard series

Abigail Child’s film is a stylized visual and aural meditation on the social activist and anarchist whom the FBI once termed “the most dangerous woman alive.”

Denzel Washington and Colin Farrell in “Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Director Dan Gilroy takes on social justice in ‘Roman J. Israel’

His latest film stars Denzel Washington as a contemporary lawyer whose mind-set and idealistic pursuits are stuck in the 1970s.

From left: Howard “Sandman” Sims, Chuck Green, and Bunny Briggs in “No Maps on My Taps.”

Doc Talk | Peter Keough

Area films include ‘About Tap,’ ‘BANG! The Bert Berns Story,’ ‘Riverblue,’ ‘Shadow World’

Topics range from song and dance to arms and pollutants.

Frances McDormand plays a murdered teen’s mother in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Movie Review

In ‘Three Billboards,’ all signs point to quintessential Frances McDormand

The actress hits a career peak as a small-town avenging angel, the mother of a murdered teenager who won’t let the local cops off the hook.

Jacob Tremblay plays Auggie Pullman in “Wonder.”

Movie REview

‘Wonder’ comes to the screen, with Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson

The best-selling children’s novel looks at a fifth-grader facing a special challenge.

Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman, Ben Affleck is Batman, and Ezra Miller is The Flash in “Justice League.”

Movie Review | ★ ★

A dull villain imperils ‘Justice League’

“Justice League” is an improvement over 2016’s “Batman v Superman,” but only in the sense that a sinus headache is preferable to a migraine.

Josh O’Connor and Alec Secareanu in “God’s Own Country.”

Movie Review | ★ ★ ★ ½

‘God’s Own Country’ is a tale of windswept souls on the moors

Josh O’Connor and Alec Secareanu give such aching performances that their romance feels real.

Jason Mitchell and Garrett Hedlund in “Mudbound.”

Movie Review

Brooding ‘Mudbound’ a triumph for filmmaker Dee Rees

The tale of Southern prejudice and interracial brotherhood stars Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, and Jason Mitchell.

From left: Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell, and Laurence Fishburne in Richard Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying.”

Movie Review | ★ ★ ½

‘Last Flag Flying’ is a eulogy for two generations of warriors

Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, and Steve Carell play three Vietnam vets escorting a body to a military burial in Richard Linklater’s latest film.

Tom Sizemore (left) and Rebekah Chaney during a 2012 appearance in Boston.

Report: Tom Sizemore was booted from movie set for assaulting girl, 11

Sizemore is the latest Hollywood figure accused of sexual assault.

Dina Bruno and Scott Levin in Antonio Santini and Daniel Sickles’s documentary “Dina.”

Movie Review

‘Dina’ is indomitable

The title subject is 49 and lives in a small apartment on disability. She’s on the autism spectrum. She’s also staunchly independent and has found her soulmate.

“There’s the reality of what Treacher Collins syndrome is,” said “Wonder” director Stephen Chbosky, “and then there’s the reality of what you can put a 9-year-old actor through to achieve it.”

A sense of ‘Wonder’: What it took to bring the best-selling book to the big screen

The story of how filmmaker Stephen Chbosky and novelist R.J. Palacio came to collaborate.

Steve Ross speaks with Boston high school students in the documentary “Etched in Glass: The Legacy of Steve Ross.”

Scene Here | Local Films, festivals, and faces

Legacies of courage, song, and craft

Screenings of “Etched in Glass: The Legacy of Steve Ross,” “Festival — Newport: 1963-1966,” “Coyote: The Mike Plant Story,” and “Casablanca.”

From left: Mel Gibson, Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, and John Lithgow in “Daddy's Home 2.”

Movie Review

Twice the dads, not twice the fun

“Daddy’s Home 2” adds Mel Gibson and John Lithgow to Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell.

Saoirse Ronan in “Lady Bird.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: Crazy trains, dope queens, con men, and Taylor Swift

What to see and do between now and Monday.

“Novitiate” explores the world of young women entering a religious order to become nuns in the 1960s.

Movie Review

A crisis of faith takes an original turn in ‘Novitiate’

Margaret Betts’s stylish drama is sympathetic to the trials of a young Catholic nun (Margaret Qualley of “The Leftovers”) in the early 1960s.

Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf in Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird.”

Movie Review

‘Lady Bird’ a wise, funny, empathetic tale from Greta Gerwig

The indie actress’s directorial debut follows a Sacramento teenager (Saoirse Ronan) launching herself at life headfirst.

Harvey Weinstein reportedly hired ex-Mossad agents to block a negative story about him.

Report: Harvey Weinstein tried to stop publication of sex allegations

The disgraced movie mogul used detectives, lawyers, and undercover former Mossad agents in an attempt to dissuade two news outlets.

ty burr

Why Disney’s attempt to ban film critics mattered

At issue: the principle of a free press, and the proper ways to interact with it.

Ty Burr

Why the Globe, other critics’ groups are denouncing Disney’s LA Times blackout

Four eminent film critics’ groups, including one in Boston, say films from the Walt Disney Company won’t be eligible for awards until the company lifts a blackout against the Los Angeles Times.

Russian commentator Dmitry Kiselyov says Americans are now a bunch of uptight prigs. “The sexual revolution is a thing of the past. Now everything can be seen as dirty harassment.’’

Putin associate sides with Harvey Weinstein and says America is too uptight

The whole controversy, Russian commentator Dmitry Kiselyov argued, has drained sex out of American life, turning the country into a bunch of uptight prigs.

Chris Hemsworth stars in “Thor: Ragnarok.”

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ tops box office with $121 million

The robust debut for the series’ third film was a welcome shot in the arm for Hollywood and theater owners.

Elisabeth Moss and Claes Bang in “The Square.”

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Art-world satire ventures out of the box in ‘The Square’

“The Square” suggests a culture obsessed with avant-garde fiddling while civilization burns.

Actor Casey Affleck prior to a baseball game in Boston in August.

Tens of thousands sign petitions seeking to bar Casey Affleck from presenting at the Oscars

A pair of petitions seek to prevent Affleck from presenting the award for best actress because of prior allegations of sexual harassment against him.

Greta Gerwig (right) with star Saoirse Ronan on the set of “Lady Bird.”

Greta Gerwig takes flight with directorial debut, ‘Lady Bird’

Lauded on the festival circuit, the film, which opens here on Friday, is considered a front-runner in many categories this awards season.

From left: Morgan Saylor, Liana Liberato, and Eline Powell in “Novitiate.”

Director’s mission included updating the classic ‘Nun’s Story’

For her debut feature “Novitiate,” writer-director Maggie Betts aimed for a truthful, original depiction of the inner lives of nuns.

Chris Hemsworth in “Thor: Ragnarok.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: Hunky vikings, new wavers, and Ms. Jackson (if you’re nasty)

The Globe’s guide to the best things to do this weekend.

An undated photo of Jane Goodall in the Gombe jungle in Tanzania, with an infant chimp she named Flint, from Brett Morgen’s film “Jane.”

In Focus

‘Jane’ looks at the life and loves of conservationist Goodall

Director Brett Morgen combed through more than 100 hours of previously unseen 16mm footage of Goodall’s early-’60s expedition to the Gombe jungle in Tanzania to study chimpanzees.

A scene from the 2017 documentary film “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story.”

Doc Talk

Women are empowered in Boston Jewish Film Festival line-up

Women are empowered in this festival line-up.

Chris Hemsworth (seated) returns as the god of thunder in “Thor: Ragnarok.”

Movie Review

‘Thor’ sequel hammers home the wackiness

Chris Hemsworth’s hunky thunder god does battle with his villainous big sis Hela, the Hulk, and epic expectations.

Jane Goodall (pictured with Hugo van Lawick in Gombe, Tanzania) is the subject of Brett Morgen’s documentary.

movie review

‘Jane’ observes and extols nature

A review of Brett Morgen’s documentary “Jane,” about the famous primatologist and environmentalist Jane Goodall.

JR and Agnès Varda in the documentary “Faces Places.”

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Agnès Varda goes in search of the soul of France

It’s a sociopolitical cri de coeur disguised as a vacation.

Richard Jenkins (left) and Woody Harrelson in “LBJ.”

movie review

This time it’s LBJ Woody Harrelson’s way

In their efforts to make over the strapping Harrelson into the aging plug-ugly Texas politician, though, the make-up technicians have buried the actor under a bushel of prosthetics, wattles, and liver-spots.

Disney on Wednesday confirmed the months-old rumor that the pop superstar would be lending her voice to the project.

Beyonce to play Nala in Disney’s ‘The Lion King’

The Walt Disney Studios revealed the main cast for its upcoming live-action and CG adaptation of its 1994 animated classic Wednesday.