A crowded ‘Avengers’ ends up making the villain the central figure

This is what Marvel’s superhero movies have been leading to. But there’s a reason the best recipes don’t call for every ingredient in the pantry.

Brady Jandreau in “The Rider.”

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‘The Rider’: What cinema is capable of at its best

Chloé Zhao’s film finds the universal in a story of male identity in the Badlands.

Chris Evans.

Talking with Chris Evans about Captain America

The Sudbury native is back as the shield-wielding superhero in “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Tig Notaro (pictured in Beverly Hills in January) headlines the Women in Comedy Festival show at the Chevalier in Medford Saturday.

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The Weekender: Women in comedy, ‘Top Girls,’ and really long guitar solos

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

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Where to catch this summer’s film festivals

Save the dates for these summer film festivals, series, and special events coming to screens in our area.

A hot summer for actresses

Counterprogramming the testosterone isn’t Mission: Impossible.

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The Weekender: ‘Avengers’ heroes, fierce queens, and They Might Be Giants

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

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At Boston Cyberarts Gallery, it’s augmented reality on exhibit

“Now You See It . . .” looks at AR as art.

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

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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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Martin Freeman stars as an ex-banker at home in “Ghost Stories.”

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Clever and surreal, ‘Ghost Stories’ evokes tongue-in-cheek ancestors

“Ghost Stories,” as such, feels like a throwback, orchestrated by two students enamored of multiple horror masters, from Kubrick to King.

Louis Garrel and Stacy Martin as Jean-Luc Godard and Anne Wiazemsky in “Godard Mon Amour.”

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Godardian pretensions in ‘Godard Mon Amour’

Writer-director Michael Hazanavicius looks at a different sort of artist in the film.

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Chris Evans and brother Scott quizzed by Seth Meyers on ‘Late Night’

The two appeared together on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” and played a game Meyers calls “How Well Do You Know Your Brother?”

John Krasinski (left) and Noah Jupe in a scene from “A Quiet Place.”

At the box office

‘A Quiet Place’ again dominates at the theaters

John Krasinski’s nearly dialogue-free horror film pulled in another $22 million over the weekend.

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In ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ 23’s a crowd

It’s all hands on deck in the latest Marvel extravaganza.

im Kalkhof in the 2017 film “The Cakemaker.”

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The National Center for Jewish Film festival turns 21

The NCJF celebrates with movies from the past and present.

A scene from “Dark Money.”

IFFBoston documentaries feature conspiracies and compassion

The Independent Film Festival Boston begins April 25.

Elsie Fisher in Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade.”

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What to watch at the IFFBoston

The Independent Film Festival Boston opens April 25.

Yasujirô Ozu in a scene from Daniel Raim’s “In Search of Ozu.”

In Focus

‘In Search of Ozu’ ponders a great director’s being and ‘nothingness’

Daniel Raim’s quirky but insightful documentary analyzes the significance Yasujirô Ozu found in things.

Scenes from “Hobbyhorse Revolution.”

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Doc Talk: Tennis teacher, hobbyhorse riders, music makers

A roundup of upcoming documentary screenings and events.

Milos Forman at his home in Warren, Conn., in 2009. The filmmaker died April 13 at 86.

Appreciation

Milos Forman: poet of the human face

The Oscar-winning director of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Amadeus” died last week.

Amy Schumer stars as a woman with body and self-esteem issues in “I Feel Pretty.”

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Amy Schumer’s comedy ‘I Feel Pretty’ is half daring, half a neurotic mess

Are we supposed to laugh with Schumer’s protagonist or at her? The movie wants it both ways at different times.

Ed Harris (left), Elizabeth Olsen, and Jason Sudeikis in “Kodachrome.”

Movie Review

Ed Harris and Jason Sudeikis clash as father and son in ‘Kodachrome’

The road trip movie gets an unfiltered tone and a uniquely anachronistic destination in this weighty portrait.

A scene from “Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami,” Sophie Fiennes’s documentary on the singer, style icon, and actress.

Movie Review

Grace Jones is back on the big screen, as exultant, funny, and fierce as ever

A new documentary explores the life of the singer and style icon, now nearly 70, and it is a bracing experience.

Actor and former Marine Corps drill instructor R. Lee Ermey in 2014.

‘Full Metal Jacket’ sergeant R. Lee Ermey dies at 74

The former Marine made a career in Hollywood playing hard-nosed military men.

Dwayne Johnson in a scene from “Rampage,” which finished the weekend atop the US box office.

In a close race, ‘Rampage’ takes No. 1 from ‘A Quiet Place’

After a wobbly start, Dwayne Johnson muscled his way to a No. 1 opening for “Rampage” — but just barely.

Joaquin Phoenix in “You Were Never Really Here.”

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The Weekender: A marathon pre-Marathon weekend

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

Director Brad Anderson (center) with stars Rosamund Pike and Jon Hamm on the set of “Beirut.”

With ‘Beirut,’ Brad Anderson once again shows his versatility

The director spoke by phone about “Beirut,” independent filmmaking, and his on-going love affair with Boston.

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The final frames of Abbas Kiarostami

“24 Frames,” Kiarostami’s final work, was unfinished at his death and completed by his son, Ahmad; it’s somewhere between a film, an art installation, and a series of vaguely unsettling screensavers.

Bethany, a Five Keys Charter School student, is one of the inmates profiled in “The Corridor.”

‘The Corridor’ chronicles a high school behind bars

“The Corridor” chronicles a high school behind bars.

“What Lies Upstream” director Cullen Hoback looks beyond Michigan’s Flint River at the city’s water tower.

Doc Talk

Films about pollution, nature’s beauty, and running for your life

Documentary screenings on a range of topics, including pollution, natural beauty, and the Marathon. 

A scene from the newly restored 1964 animated short “Hangman.”

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The long and short of things

Boston filmmaker Sanja Zdjelar returns to the Boston International Film Festival with her debut feature “The Immigrant.”

Sources of inspiration for “Big Fish & Begonia” range from Hayao Miyazaki to Hans Christian Andersen to thousands of years of Chinese art, culture, history, and philosophy.

‘Big Fish’ in a big pond

Co-director Xuan Liang reveals the depth of meaning and breadth of inspiration in the animated “Big Fish & Begonia.”

Dinner with Cupid

Blind date: ‘He tried to convince me the newest Star Wars movie was bad’

Will a disagreement about a hallowed movie franchise throw them off course?

Joaquim Phoenix in “You Were Never Really Here.”

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Joaquin Phoenix is impressive in ‘You Were Never Really Here’

The tale of an emotionally frail hitman is violent, sad, tender, and alive, and it is as assured a piece of moviemaking as you’ll ever see.

Lucy Hale, Hayden Szeto, Tyler Posey, and Violett Beane in “Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare.”

Movie Review

‘Truth or Dare’? Pass.

Horror-heavy studio Blumhouse, riding an excellent year bookended by “Get Out” and “Happy Death Day,” proves it is fully capable of churning out derivative dreck.

Charlie Plummer plays an Oregon teen who befriends a quarter horse in “Lean on Pete.”

Movie Review

‘Lean on Pete’ is a moving story of a boy and his steed

Writer-director Andrew Haigh’s muted, harsh tale is more Steinbeck than “Seabiscuit.”

Dwayne Johnson stars as a primatologist in “Rampage.”

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A brand of Rock to soothe the savage beast

The engaging dynamic between our hero and his gargantuan, computer-generated pal is the movie’s best surprise.

Dublin-born, Cambridge-based international conflict negotiator Padraig O’Malley is the subject of James Demo’s “The Peacemaker.”

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‘The Peacemaker’ follows a noble wreck as he seeks to resolve conflicts

The sobering, remarkable documentary is about Padraig O’Malley, a Dublin-born Cambridge resident who has helped broker peace deals in Northern Ireland and Iraq.

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Bizarre farce turns tragic in Estonian black comedy ‘November’

A review of the Estonian black comedy “November,” playing at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Meghan Markle, pictured during a March visit to Belfast.

Book Review

Who cares about the royals? But Meghan Markle . . .

In “Meghan: A Hollywood Princess,” celebrity biographer Andrew Morton argues that Markle could be a new kind of royal.

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8 things to know about MIT professor Neri Oxman, who has been linked to Brad Pitt

We don’t know much about the relationship between MIT professor Neri Oxman and Brad Pitt. But here are a few things we do know about Oxman.

A self portrait by Cezanne.

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Painting a portrait of Cézanne as portrait painter

The MFA screens a documentary about the National Gallery exhibition “Cézanne Portraits.”

April 14 is Kite Day at Cogswell’s Grant in Essex.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of April 9-15

Kite Day, the Boston International Film Festival, Native American art at the MFA, and more.

INFORMER

A sports activism panel, virtual reality, and robotic musicians

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs west of Boston.

Joaquin Phoenix plays a psychologically scarred hit man in “You Were Never Really Here,” which was written and directed by Lynne Ramsay.

Lynne Ramsay goes her own way

The director of “You Were Never Really Here” makes movies that make an impression.

The men’s start at the 2014 Marathon as seen in “Boston: The Documentary.”

Ty Burr

In ‘Boston: The Documentary,’ the bombing doesn't overshadow the race itself

“Boston: The Documentary” is a rejuvenating experience: It doesn’t let 2013 define the other 121 years. And it reminds you that this local event is truly a celebration of global endeavor.

Jason Clarke portrays Ted Kennedy and Kate Mara is Mary Jo Kopechne in “Chappaquiddick.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: Kennedys, Wallendas, and Nervous Eaters

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

Brad Pitt (left) has reportedly been spending time with MIT’s Neri Oxman (right).

NAMES

Is Brad Pitt dating an MIT professor?

According to Page Six, Pitt has been spending time with Neri Oxman after meeting her through an MIT architecture project.

Dublin-born Padraig O’Malley (pictured at the Plow and Stars) has been a Cambridge resident since 1968.

Peace is Padraig O’Malley’s profession

A new documentary looks at the Cambridge resident’s 40 years of lessening international conflicts.

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