‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ is a thrill ride with gravitas

The new film is a smartly made, fully felt pop entertainment that brings hope to this cultural moment.

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Southie-set comedy ‘SMILF’ earns two Golden Globe nominations

Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War-era fairy tale “Water” swam away with a leading seven nominations.

Saudi women watched movies at a film festival in Riyadh earlier this year. Saudi Arabia on Monday said it was ending a decades-long ban on cinemas.

Saudi Arabia lifts decades-long ban on movie theaters

Cinemas were shut down in the 1980s during a wave of ultraconservatism in the country.

She was a force: A ‘Star Wars’ fan remembers Leia, and the complicated woman who played her

A “Star Wars” fan gives thanks for the legacy of Leia, and the complicated woman who brought her to life.

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With lightsaber in hand, Daisy Ridley returns to ‘Star Wars’

Daisy Ridley went from obscurity to stardom when J.J. Abrams chose her to play Rey in ‘‘The Force Awakens.” She’s back in her second “Star Wars” film, Rian Johnson’s “The Last Jedi,” out Friday.

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Before there was the Village People, there was Tom of Finland

It’s not often that we get a biopic about a man who drew dirty pictures, and it’s not often that a life story parallels a cultural movement in both tangential and critical ways.

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John Cena takes a cartoon bull by the horns in ‘Ferdinand’

The charming core elements of the classic picture book by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson are given a contemporary luster onscreen.

‘Three Billboards’ tops SAG nominations; ‘Big Sick’ bounces back from Golden Globes

Wednesday’s nominees offered swift redemption for ‘‘The Big Sick,’’ which the Golden Globes completely overlooked on Monday.

Saudi Arabia lifts decades-long ban on movie theaters

Cinemas were shut down in the 1980s during a wave of ultraconservatism in the country.

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Sally Hawkins, left, and Octavia Spencer in a scene from the film “The Shape of Water.”

‘Shape of Water,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ lead Golden Globe nominations

Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War-era fairytale ‘‘The Shape of Water’’ swam away with a leading seven nominations from the Golden Globes.

Two Golden Globes statues flank the podium prior to the nominations for 75th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. The 75th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Golden Globe Award nominations announced

Nominations for the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced Monday morning from Beverly Hills, Calif.

Daniel Day-Lewis stars in “Phantom Thread.”

Boston Society of Film Critics names ‘Phantom Thread’ best movie of 2017

The film, which stars Daniel Day-Lewis and will be released in Boston on Christmas Day, also won awards for director Paul Thomas Anderson and for musical score.

Sally Hawkins with Doug Jones in “The Shape of Water.”

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Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ is a bold, romantic masterpiece

The Guillermo del Toro film stars Sally Hawkins as a mute cleaning lady who falls for an imprisoned creature from the deep.

Hideki Takada lights the Olympic cauldron at the 1972 Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan, in the documentary “Sapporo Winter Olympics.”

A century of Olympic films, all in one box

The ultimate sports binge includes Riefenstahl, Ichikawa, and more.

Chris Cooper and Marianne Leone.

Local films, festivals, and faces

A home for holiday fare, and more, in Gloucester

This month’s programs at the Cape Ann Cinema and Stage and the Gloucester Meetinghouse are particularly noteworthy and they benefit the local community.

A scene from Barbet Schroeder’s documentary “General Idi Amin Dada: A Self-Portrait.”

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An odyssey, some music, and men of war

A roundup of upcoming documentaries and documentary events.

Juno Temple in Woody Allen’s “Wonder Wheel.”

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Woody Allen’s ‘Wonder Wheel’ is a Coney Island dog

The strained 1950s melodrama appears to have been written poorly on purpose.

Sally Hawkins in Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water.”

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The Weekender: Acrobats on ice, rockabilly on speed, and chestnuts on an open fire

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

Kyle MacLachlan in “Twin Peaks: The Return.”

Ty Burr

Does a TV series belong on a year-end best movies list?

As the places we watch shift with technology, so do the shapes and formats of what we watch.

Sherwan Haji in “The Other Side of Hope.”

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‘The Other Side of Hope’ is a refuge from despair

Aki Kaurismäki dark comedy offers a fable about human decency.

Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in Joe Wright’s “Darkest Hour.”

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Gary Oldman’s Winston Churchill roars realistically in ‘Darkest Hour’

Joe Wright directs the biopic, which is set as the great man becomes prime minister against a backdrop of Dunkirk and the Nazi threat, with bravura confidence.

Jon Rafman’s “View of Harbor, 2017” will be part of “Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today” at the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Boston arts groups team up for sprawling look at art, technology

Twelve organizations will get together in February for a rare cross-institutional collaboration that includes painting, film, and Web-based art, among others.

Claire Danes and Jim Parsons star in “A Kid Like Jake.”

Massachusetts will be well-represented at 2018 Sundance Film Festival

A wide array of films with Massachusetts ties will screen at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Angie Thomas (center) with Richard Peck and Nikki Grimes at the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards in October.

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‘The Hate U Give’ pulled from Texas school district’s shelves

The story of a black high school student who witnesses the police shooting of her unarmed friend won a 2017 Boston Globe Horn Book Award.

Salam Kahil during filming of “The Sandwich Nazi.”

Doc talk | Peter keough

Documentary fare includes ‘The Sandwich Nazi’

Other films available for viewing this week include “The Newspaperman” and “Boston.”

Michael Shannon in (from top) “The Shape of Water,” “Take Shelter,” and “Nocturnal Animals.”

Michael Shannon, the meltdown maestro

Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” which opens here next Friday, puts the actor’s trademark tension onscreen once more.

Harry Dean Stanton in “Lucky.”

MFA presents monthlong tribute to Harry Dean Stanton

Screenings include “Lucky,” the eccentric little movie that premiered in September, just after the actor’s death at 91.

Nori Sharif in Zaradasht Ahmed’s “Nowhere to Hide.”

Movie Review

The Iraq conflict gets personal in ‘Nowhere to Hide’

Zaradasht Ahmed’s slow-burning documentary is roughly shot and edited, but that just adds to the rawness and immediacy.

James Franco directed and stars in “The Disaster Artist.”

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James Franco delivers extreme entertainment in ‘The Disaster Artist’

The film tells the story of how a bizarre no-talent named Tommy Wiseau made “The Room,” a 2003 misfire now celebrated as “the worst movie of all time.”

Armie Hammer at the BFI London Film Festival in October.

Ty Burr

Does Armie Hammer need our permission to quit social media?

To whom does the fame of the famous belong? Them or us?

James Franco directed and stars in “The Disaster Artist.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: French kicks, fiery solos, and irreverent holiday fare

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

Matt Lauer, co-anchor for the “Today” show, met with the show's producers in the control room in New York.

Ty Burr

What the daily assault revelations say about them and us

When we place trust in a public figure, we’re projecting it onto a façade.

Marie Leuenberger in “The Divine Order.”

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‘Divine Order’ is a Swiss tale of suffrage

Petra Volpe’s period parable is about a timid hausfrau who bucks the traditions of her backward village to campaign for female suffrage in 1971.

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Bill Nye is still the science guy you want to watch

The host of the 1990s series that inspired generations of kids remains popular enough to warrant his own documentary. And his conclusions are more relevant than ever.

Sam Drazin talks with students about empathy and acceptance of others during a Changing Perspectives visit.

The lessons of ‘Wonder’

Vermont educator Sam Drazin, who has the same rare genetic disorder as the main character in the book and movie, uses his life to talk about embracing differences.

Wellesley native Ari Graynor (left) has a role in James Franco’s upcoming movie.  She plays Cassie in Showtime’s “I’m Dying Up Here” (top right), and had a role in “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist” (bottom right).

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It takes talent to play a no-talent actress in James Franco’s ‘The Disaster Artist’

Wellesley native Ari Graynor has been at the brink of stardom before. Now she’s focusing on picking projects that matter to her.

One of the movie’s few sour notes was Robin Williams’s awful Boston accent, but his performance was touching.

Ty Burr | Critic’s Notebook

‘Good Will Hunting’ gave us the modern Boston movie

Twenty years after its release, “Good Will Hunting,” which launched the careers of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, holds up well, although it’s now also a look at what has changed in that time.

Celebrating women who overcome adversity and challenge the status quo

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.

A scene from Jean Rouch’s “Jaguar.”

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.

“Bob le Flambeur” is among the films in The MFA’s Jean-Pierre Melville Centennial.

The MFA celebrates the centenary of Jean-Pierre Melville

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

A scene from Lech Kowalski’s 1980 documentary, “D.O.A.: A Rite of Passage.”

Doc Talk | Peter keough

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

Documentary subjects this week include Jimi Hendrix and Mario Lanza.

Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” runs Nov. 24-Dec. 31 at the Opera House.

Things to Do

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

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

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

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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.”

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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.

A Thanksgiving media binge

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

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.”

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‘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.

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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.