Wonder Woman’s Boston roots show on the big screen

Director Patty Jenkins found what she was looking for in an unlikely place: the rich colors and textures in the works of John Singer Sargent.

Johnny Depp in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”


The Weekender: ‘Pirates,’ knights, and Boston Calling

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

Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow in “Pirates ot the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”

Movie Review

Bardem joins Depp, enlivening fifth ‘Pirates’ movie

The franchise sails along with returnees Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, and Keira Knightley.

Sir Roger Moore during a press conference for UNICEF at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Boston in 1997.

Sir Roger Moore dies at 89

Moore was the longest-serving movie star to play iconic British spy James Bond in the famed film series.

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Who is Demetri Martin? Comic, actor, filmmaker . . . Oh, and he likes to draw.

On a visit to promote “Dean,” the semi-autobiographical film that he wrote, directed, and stars in, Martin talked about comedy, creativity, and Harvard vs. Yale.

doc talk | Loren King

Films offer journeys from Syria to Walla Walla

Documentaries range from street protests in ‘The War Show’ to a promising school model in “Paper Tigers.”

Scene here | local films, festivals, and faces

This double feature has strong local ties

A pair of small-budget projects to premiere in Millbury.

Movie Review

‘Paris Can Wait’ is quel fromage

In Eleanor Coppola’s feature solo writing-directing debut, Diane Lane stars as a neglected Hollywood wife on a road trip through France.

Movie REview

‘Baywatch’ is back — and on the big screen

Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron bring “Baywatch” to the big screen.

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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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Cruise in Australia on Tuesday.

Tom Cruise reveals ‘Top Gun 2’ to start filming soon

The Danger Zone may have gotten old and dusty, but Tom Cruise says he’s about to fly back in.

Zack Snyder in 2013.

Zack Snyder turns over ‘Justice League’ to Joss Whedon after daughter’s suicide

Snyder directed “Justice League,” but Whedon will finish production after Snyder’s daughter’s death.

A portrait of Roger Moore in 1968.

Celebrities react to the death of Roger Moore

“He taught me about work ethic and humility,” wrote Jane Seymour

Stephen King.


Stephen King calls Islamic State ‘rogue cult’ on Twitter

Horror author Stephen King says Islamic State is a “rogue cult” and that the group’s bombings will eventually lead to its undoing.

Adam Sandler (right) with Dustin Hoffman at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday.


Adam Sandler earns raves at Cannes

The actor is the toast of the Cannes Film Festival. Yes, you read that right.

Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal posed for a photograph at the Cannes Film Fesitval in southern France.

Cannes apologizes for projection snafu with Netflix’s ‘Okja’

As if Netflix’s entry hadn’t prompted enough drama, the festival had to promise that the technical glitch was not anti-Netflix sabotage.

Jean-Pierre Léaud plays the title role in “The Death of Louis XIV.”

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The sun sets on Louis XIV

True to its title, Albert Serra’s docu-drama depicts the final days of the Sun King as he lay in bed festering from the gangrene that would kill him.

Jimmy Stewart as Jefferson Smith in Frank Capra’s “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”

Ty Burr

In era of a President Trump, we need a Mr. Smith

There’s an opening for a hero here and no one seems interested in the job.

A scene from Amir Bar-Lev’s “Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead.”

Doc Talk | Peter Keough

Tales of Deadheads, division, bad rap, dictators, and ‘Monsters’

From “Long Strange Trip” to “Bannon’s War,” “Bad Rap” to “They Call Us Monsters.”

Micaela Spina, Juan Cupini, and band member Julio Dominguez in “Arrabal.”


The Weekender: ‘Alien’ invaders, resurgent Pixies, Agent Cooper

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

Ronny Merhavi, Noa Koler, and Dafi Alteron in “The Wedding Plan.”

movie review

Here comes the Hasidic ‘Bridesmaids’

One of the unique talents in contemporary cinema, Israeli director Rama Burshtein sets her parables of faith and love in a Hasidic community in Tel Aviv.

Katherine Waterston in a scene from “Alien Covenant.”

★ ★ ★ | Movie Review

Ridley Scott puts the scare back in the ‘Alien’ franchise

Ridley Scott has recaptured an element that was largely missing from “Prometheus,” his 2012 reboot of his 1979 classic “Alien” — the new movie’s scary.

From left: Charlie Wright, Jason Drucker, Alicia Silverstone, and Tom Everett Scott in “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.”

Movie Review

Focus is on new faces and places in ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul’

A recast Greg Heffley and family aren’t the only things that are different about the latest adaptation of Jeff Kinney’s kid-lit phenomenon.

Amandla Stenberg plays a teen with a deadly immune deficiency in Stella Meghie’s “Everything, Everything.”

Movie Review

The girl in the bubble falls in love in ‘Everything, Everything’

The teen romance transcends its gimmick on the strength of leads Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson and sensitive direction by Stella Meghie.

Obituary writer Bruce Weber in the documentary “Obit.”

Movie review

Deadlines and dead subjects in ‘Obit’

Vanessa Gould’s charming and soulful documentary is a tour through the minds and workdays of New York Times obituary writers.

Jimmy Kimmel (right, with Jordan Horowitz and Warren Beatty) at February’s Oscars.

TV Critic’s Corner

Make no mistake, Kimmel will return to host the Oscars

Do you think we can expect a few jokes about this year’s best picture debacle?

This combination photo shows President Donald Trump, left, at the White House in Washington on March 13, 2017 and filmmaker Michael Moore at the 20th Annual Webby Awards in New York on May 16, 2016. Moore has been secretly making a Trump documentary that he has dubbed “Fahrenheit 11/9,” titling it after the day Trump became president-elect. Harvey and Bob Weinstein announced Tuesday, May 16, 2017, that they have secured worldwide rights to the film. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, left, and Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

Michael Moore preps surprise documentary for Donald Trump

Michael Moore is making a documentary about Donald Trump, and he says the president should be worried.

Psychedelic surf-rock band The Growlers headlines two nights of groovy fun at The Sinclair.

Your week ahead

Five things to do, May 15-21

The Growlers at the Sinclair, ‘The Princess Bride’: An Evening with Cary Elwes, Boston Handbell Festival, and more.

Julian Assange in a scene from “Risk.”

Movie Review

‘Risk’ — the Julian Assange doc — is a dance with the devil

Documentarian Laura Poitras trained her camera on WikiLeaks founder Assange over seven years of filming and disillusionment.

From far left: Charlie Wright, Jason Drucker, Alicia Silverstone, and Tom Everett Scott in “The Long Haul.”


‘Wimpy Kid’ gets a facelift

Jeff Kinney has now been making movies long enough that he and the franchise’s producers had to move on to a new cast.

Jean-Pierre Léaud (left) in François Truffaut’s “The 400 Blows,” which screens at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on May 30.

scene here | local films, festivals, and faces

Learn French (film) at the Coolidge

The theater offers a steady stream of impressive film courses, the latest of which is “French Connections: The New Wave.”

Jeff Kinney discusses ‘Wimpy’ actors, then and now

Want the skinny on the Heffley family overhaul for “The Long Haul”? The “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” author offers a few words about the new cast and those who originated the roles.

Meroitic pyramids at the ruins of Meroë, near Shendi, Sudan, in “Africa’s Great Civilizations.”

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Lessons of history and loss

Films include “American Patriot,” “Unbroken Glass,” “Africa’s Great Civilizations,” “Warning: This Drug May Kill You,” “Birth of a Nation.”

Gypsy Rose Blanchard (pictured) is the subject of the new documentary, “Mommy Dead and Dearest,” by Erin Lee Carr.

Mother’s daze: A case of abuse and murder in ‘Mommy Dead and Dearest’

Like life, the best documentaries offer no clear resolution.

Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn star in “Snatched.”


The Weekender: WikiLeaks, New Kids, and the great Goldie Hawn

The Globe’s picks for everything fun this weekend.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson plays an American sniper on duty in Iraq.

Movie Review

Iraq war drama ‘The Wall’ often battles with itself

Doug Liman’s latest action movie stars John Cena and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as American snipers in Iraq circa 2007.

Amy Schumer (left) and Goldie Hawn star as a daughter and mother, respectively, on a vacation gone wrong in “Snatched.”

Movie Review

A mash-up of Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn? It works.

Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn star as daughter and mother in the tourists-in-jeopardy comedy “Snatched.”

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber in a scene from “Chuck,” the story of boxer Chuck Wepner, the inspiration for “Rocky.”

movie review

‘Chuck’ pulls no punches, but doesn’t connect with them all

Liev Schreiber plays the forgotten New Jersey boxer whose gimmicky title shot against Muhammad Ali was the inspiration for “Rocky.”

Jude Law and Annabelle Wallis in director Guy Ritchie’s “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.”

Movie Review

Guy Ritchie makes a medieval mess of ‘King Arthur’

The director’s flatulent attempt to pump up a new Camelot movie franchise is $100 million worth of 3-D junk.

Debra Winger and Tracy Letts star in “The Lovers.”

Movie review

Scenes from a marriage rekindled in ‘The Lovers’

“The Lovers” is a sly, low-budget suburban tragicomedy about a loveless married couple (Debra Winger and Tracy Letts) who find the fires inexplicably burning again.

Don Gordon, 90, McQueen’s sidekick on and off set

Mr. Gordon found steady work in the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s as a supporting actor, often playing tough guys.

Adam Devine

MTV celebrates summer viewing season with Movie & TV Awards

Hosted by actor Adam Devine, the MTV Movie & TV Awards will also feature sneak peeks of anticipated films including ‘‘Transformers: The Last Knight’’ and ‘‘Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Peter O’Toole and Ms. Lavi appeared together in 1965’s “Lord Jim.”

Daliah Lavi, 74, actress in both dramas and spoofs

Ms. Lavi, who spoke several languages, became an actress as a teenager while studying ballet in Sweden.

Thomas Bena’s documentary “One Big Home” is about the trend toward oversize summer residences that the filmmaker believes was threatening the bucolic character of Martha’s Vineyard.


‘One Big Home,’ the film about Vineyard ‘starter castles,’ to premiere . . . in the Hamptons

The documentary is about behemoth houses being built on Martha’s Vineyard.

John Travolta in “Saturday Night Fever,” which came out in 1977.

Ty Burr

‘Saturday Night Fever’ still walks the walk

It’s the film’s 40th anniversary, meaning that we’re getting a digital 4K restoration and a director’s cut, and also that we’re old.

David Lynch talks about his life and craft in “The Art of Life.”

Movie Review

The dark heart of David Lynch bared in ‘The Art Life’

The director discusses his craft and more in the documentary.

David Ben-Gurion on the set of the 1968 interview that led to “Ben-Gurion, Epilogue.”

Doc Talk | Peter Keough

Lost and found: Film details discovery of interview with Israel’s first prime minister

“Ben-Gurion, Epilogue” highlights the National Center for Jewish Film’s 20th festival.

Zoe Saldana as Gamora in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”


The Weekender: Goofy ‘Guardians,’ greaser goddesses, and a Boss bassist

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

Rami Malek plays Jonah in Sarah Adina Smith’s “Buster’s Mal Heart.”

Movie Review

Complication is at the heart of this tale

“Buster’s Mal Heart” is about a feral mountain man who is really Jonah, and his story will take you into the belly of the whale, as well as to dreary Montana hotel.

Director Lydia Tenaglia focuses on chef Jeremiah Tower.

Movie REview

Despite artificial ingredients, ‘Jeremiah Tower’ tantalizes

A huge celebrity chef in the 1970s, Jeremiah Tower disappeared into self-exile, then returned as chef for New York’s Tavern on the Green. This film should renew interest in his legend.

From left: Yondu (Michael Rooker), Nebula (Karen Gillan), Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Mantis (Pom Klementieff), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2.”

Movie REview

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ returns, but it’s less of a blast

Now we have a second “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and — surprise — it’s not as good.