It’s a battle of the sexes in Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’

Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell star in this remake of the 1971 Clint Eastwood film.

Steve Carell provides the voices of Gru (left) and Dru in “Despicable Me 3.”

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‘Despicable Me 3’ keeps it all in the family

Steve Carell’s voice does double duty in latest go-round for animated series.

Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan in “The Big Sick.”

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In ‘Big Sick,’ cultures clash — and love conquers all?

Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan star in a comedy that’s about more than just romance.

Actor Ansel Elgort in New York City in June.


‘Fault in Our Stars’ actor Ansel Elgort to play JFK

The star of the new film “Baby Driver” is about to join the fraternity of actors who’ve portrayed John F. Kennedy on screen.

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Biopic of folk artist paints a memorable portrait

Director Aisling Walsh’s “Maudie,” starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke, celebrates the life of Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis.

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‘Okja’: a not-so-little piggy goes to Netflix

Bong Joon Ho’s jaw-dropping new film goes straight to streaming (almost).


Film academy invites Leslie Jones, Dwayne Johnson, Riz Ahmed

The film academy is inviting 774 new members to join, including actors Leslie Jones, Dwayne Johnson, Riz Ahmed, Chris Pratt and Anna Faris.


Michael Nyqvist, who appeared in ‘John Wick,’ ‘Dragon Tattoo,’ dies at 56

Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, who starred in the original “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” films and often played villains in Hollywood movies like “John Wick,” died of lung cancer.


Documentary about Curious George creators honored twice at Nantucket film fest

Director Ema Ryan Yamazaki’s “Monkey Business” tells the story of Hans and Margret Rey.

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// Launch of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ takes the faithful full circle

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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From left: Jon Hamm, Eiza González, Ansel Elgort, and Jamie Foxx in Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver.”

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It’s pedal to the metal in heist comedy ‘Baby Driver’

Getting laughs and thrills both, Edgar Wright directs a high-powered cast.

Actor Steve Carell attends the premiere of


Steve Carell, America’s new crush?

Steve Carell has silver hair now, and people are noticing — and approving.

Mark Wahlberg stars in “Transformers: The Last Knight.”


‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ debuts to a franchise low

The hulking machines are no longer box-office behemoths in North America, but they’re still big in China.

15 ways Harry Potter has changed culture since the first book was published 20 years ago

On June 26, 1997, Bloomsbury Children’s Books published a book by an unknown single mother from Edinburgh. And it took off.

Author John Green


Want a copy of the new John Green? You have 1.5m chances.

“Turtles All the Way Down” will be Green’s first book since 2012’s wildly-popular “The Fault in Our Stars.”

A scene from the documentary “Vegas Baby.”

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Gambling with lives in ‘Vegas Baby’

Morgan Spurlock-produced documentary examines the lucrative business of in vitro fertilization.

Daniel Day-Lewis after winning an Academy Award in 2013 for “Lincoln,” one of a record three best actor Oscars the actor earned over his career.

Ty Burr

Daniel Day-Lewis isn’t the first actor to retire, and likely won’t be the last

The actor’s retirement, if he goes through with it, may become like those mysterious vanishing acts that periodically stud the arts and popular culture.

The Coolidge at the Greenway film series will feature “Twister.”

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Al fresco menu, with spaghetti

Two Boston film series will unspool movies in the great outdoors.

Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani visited Boston recently to discuss the long road to getting “The Big Sick” made.


What happens when your love story includes a coma and Judd Apatow?

The endearing film from Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon is based on their real-life struggles.

Sofia Coppola

Sofia Coppola set out not to just redo ‘The Beguiled’ but to reinvent it

When the 46-year-old filmmaker saw the 1971 film starring Clint Eastwood she couldn’t get the tale out of her mind.

“Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton” screens Sunday, the closing day of the Nantucket Film Festival.

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‘Hired Gun’ puts unknown musical sidemen in the spotlight

Fran Strine’s documentary profiles outstanding talents who perform in anonymity.

U2 (pictured performing in Tennessee earlier this month) plays Gillette Stadium Sunday.


The Weekender: Bono, Wilco, Mario, and Jacob’s Pillow

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

Lucasfilm announced replacement director Ron Howard on Thursday, two days after its co-direcctors left the project over creative differences.

Ron Howard climbs into cockpit to finish directing Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ film

Ron Howard is taking over the spinoff after the surprise departure of directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

Suki Waterhouse in “The Bad Batch.”

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A cannibal love story that pushes the limits of taste

Writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour’s follow-up to “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” is striking but a disappointment.

Colm Meaney (left) as Martin McGuinness and Timothy Spall as Ian Paisley in “The Journey.”

Movie Review

‘The Journey’ doesn’t go far enough

Not even a trademark dyspeptic performance by Timothy Spall can save Nick Hamm’s historical drama. It is a contrived, bombastic, well-intended failure.

Ana Lily Amirpour


Ana Lily Amirpour is comfortable out on a limb

The director of “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” indulges a long-marinating cannibal fantasy in “The Bad Batch.”

Christopher Plummer stars in “The Exception.”

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Christopher Plummer is exceptional in ‘The Exception’

In the wartime thriller, he plays Kaiser Wilhelm with a panache the monarch lacked.

Yes, George Clooney accidentally cofounded a tequila company — and it just sold for $1b

George Clooney never meant to go into the tequila business. But he did — and now a company is willing to pay handsomely to buy the Casamigos brand.

Actor Jon Hamm and comedian Jenny Slate attend Audible Launch Event for Dr. Katz: The Audio Files at The CineFamily on June 6  in Los Angeles.


Jon Hamm and Jenny Slate spending some quality time together

They’re both smart, funny, and single. But just because they went to the movies doesn’t mean they’re dating. Or does it?

Megatron (voiced by Frank Welker) and Josh Duhamel in “Transformers: The Last Knight.”

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‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ turns into a whole lot of nothing

The new “Transformers” sequel is very, very long and when it ends you are just glad the torture is over.

Sam Elliott posed for a portrait at a press event for “The Hero.”

This cowboy was the only one who could play ‘The Hero’

Sam Elliott was the one and only choice to play the laconic cowboy lead in Brett Haley’s latest film.

Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher had cocaine, heroin, ecstasy in her system, autopsy shows

The actress had a number of drugs in her system when she became ill on a flight last year and later died.

(left to righth) Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo in the 2015 film SPOTLIGHT, directed by Tom McCarthy. Photo credit: Kerry Hayes / Distributor: Open Road Films. 13fallmoviesintro 13fallmoviessquibs

‘Spotlight’ director: Boston Globe building was one of movie’s stars

As the paper prepares to leave Morrissey Boulevard, who better to write about the venerable structure, immortalized by his cinematic vision?

John Lithgow (above) and Salma Hayek (top, with Jay Duplass) in “Beatriz at Dinner.”

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‘Beatriz at Dinner’ is judgment of the 1 percent, served cold

The film starring Salma Hayek and John Lithgow is a fable that’s fit for the age of Trump.

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Fun things to do around Boston this summer

Your calendar of events, music, theater, and more for the season.

The Oscar-winning director of ‘Spotlight’ is still a believer in journalism

We caught up with McCarthy to ask him about journalism and Nantucket, where he’s headed to pick up the Screenwriters Tribute Award.

Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967.

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The great outdoors and a concert to remember

Documentaries celebrate birds and other creatures, plus the Monterey Pop Festival of 1967.

It’s time to put on shorts, and other things

The 19th annual Roxbury International Film Festival runs June 22 to July 1.

Iraq and Afghanistan veteran and filmmaker David Crowley is the focus of “A Gray State.”

Docs at Nantucket deal with dystopia

The realities inscribed in some of the documentaries are grim indeed:conspiracy, tyranny, oppression, and the dystopic collapse of civilization.

Demetrius Shipp Jr. portrays Tupac Shakur in a new biopic.


Is there a trick to casting the biopic?

“All Eyez on Me” stars a newcomer who certainly looks the part of Tupac Shakur. Does it matter? Not always.

Kate McKinnon (left) and Scarlett Johansson in “Rough Night.”

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‘Rough Night’ is ‘Bridesmaids’ revisited, with a dead male stripper

If you’re up for lowering the bar, “Rough Night” has some good dopey laughs.

John Mayer at a Dead & Company show in Worcester in 2015, with drummer Bill Kreutzmann.


The Weekender: Tall ships, short films, and dad jokes

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

Miss Fritter (voiced by Lea DeLaria) chases Lightning McQueen in “Cars 3.”

Movie Review

Pixar revs its engines for latest ‘Cars’ sequel

A fair warning to parents: the car crash and demolition-derby sequence early in the film may be too intense for children under 6.

Jaeden Lieberher stars as Henry in “The Book of Henry.”

Movie Review

‘The Book of Henry’ is a work of unreal genius

“The Book of Henry” tugs on your heartstrings like a cable technician yanking a stubborn wire through a wall.

Claire Holt and Mandy Moore star in the shark thriller “47 Meters Down.”

Movie Review

Shark thriller shreds Mandy Moore’s acting resume

In the trite drama “47 Meters Down,” her performance sinks far below “This Is Us.”

From left: Vera Sung, Jill Sung, and Thomas Sung.

Movie Review

When Goliath indicts David

Steve James’s documentary “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” looks at a complicated banking trial.

Laura Prepon and Sam Elliott in “The Hero.”

Movie Review

In ‘The Hero,’ Sam Elliott is himself

The film is a love letter to an actor that reminds us of why we ought to love him, too.

An image from “The Freedom to Marry,” a documentary directed by Eddie Rosenstein.

DocTalk | Peter Keough

A few good movies to celebrate LGBTQ Pride month

There’s Eddie Rosenstein’s documentary “The Freedom to Marry” and Katie Couric’s “Gender Revolution.” But that’s just for starters.

From left: William Tracy, Jimmy Stewart, Joseph Schildkraut, and Sara Haden in “The Shop Around the Corner.”

Ty Burr

Harvard Film Archive shines a spotlight on Ernst Lubitsch

The pantheon director gets his due in a series called “That Certain Feeling. . . The Touch of Ernst Lubitsch.”

Sebastian Junger

Star searching at the Provincetown International Film Festival

PIFF Executive Director Christine Walker says it’s easy to hobnob at the festival, whether you’re a filmmaker or simply a fan of cinema.

John Lithgow, shown in New York earlier this month, says his character in “Beatriz at Dinner” is “delicious.”


At 71, John Lithgow still chews on unsettling roles

Lithgow describes his ruthless real estate mogul in the indie drama “Beatriz at Dinner” as “so obtuse, yet so self-satisfied.”