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February Vacation Week has arrived and, as a parent, you have two goals: To keep the kids entertained — and flu free. So pack some hand sanitizer and head out.

Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa in “Black Panther.”

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‘Black Panther’ is a triumph, and a breakthrough superhero movie

The action fantasy stars a hero of color leading a strong nation of color, and it reenergizes the superhero genre for viewers hungry to dream in their own skin.

Rita Hayek and Adel Karam in “The Insult.”

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Tiff turns to crisis in ‘The Insult’

Nominated for a foreign language Oscar, the film is a Middle Eastern allegory.

Cavemen compete against a superior civilization’s elite soccer squad in the claymation comedy “Early Man.”

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‘Early Man’ is smart, silly, stop-motion family fun

The claymation comedy isn’t top-drawer Nick Park, but the next drawer down is a pretty good place to be.

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‘Black Panther’ blows away box office with $192m weekend

The Marvel film was the fifth-highest-grossing debut ever, not adjusting for inflation.

‘Black Panther’ blows away box office with $192m weekend

The Marvel film was the fifth-highest-grossing debut ever, not adjusting for inflation.

At screening, moviegoers praise “Black Panther”

Among the eager moviegoers were Marvel fans and comic book enthusiasts, and those who have never opened a comic book — but the bulk of the audience were people of color.

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The Weekender: The protector of Wakanda, god of funk, and king of England

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

In ‘Annihilation,’ Alex Garland strives to speak proper alien

Get ready for the “Ex Machina” writer-director to show you that you don’t even know what you don’t know when it comes to movie aliens invading.

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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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Attorney Gloria Allred has faced detractors for decades.

Gloria Allred has been endlessly parodied, but a new documentary celebrates her

‘‘Seeing Allred,’’ now on Netflix, makes a case that the flashbulb-ready attorney was simply ahead of her time, and now the world is catching up.

A scene from Werner Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams.”

Herzog is true to his nature in Coolidge documentaries

A preview of three documentaries by Werner Herzog at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier in 1958’s “The Defiant Ones.”

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Somerville’s Poitier series includes rarely seen films

Somerville Theatre’s “Something of Value: Sidney Poitier on Screen” spans the breadth of Poitier’s career with particular emphasis on neglected titles and rarities.

“Faces Places” (with Agnès Varda and JR) will screen at the Harvard Film Archive.

Doc Talk | Peter Keough

DocTalk: Varda, Wiseman, and Nye

Previews of three documentaries screening this week

Director Ryan Coogler (left) and star Chadwick Boseman during filming of “Black Panther.”

‘Black Panther’s’ Ryan Coogler has always been searching for superheroes who look like him

Coogler’s dreams and Marvel’s aspirations would eventually meet, helping to bring the greatest black superhero to film.

“Fifty Shades Freed,” starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, finished at the top spot at the box office this weekend.

‘Fifty Shades Freed’ commands $38.8 million to top box office

“Freed” and fellow newcomers “Peter Rabbit” and “The 15:17 to Paris” breathed fresh life into the movie marketplace.

Actor Timothee Chalamet (right) said he will donate his salary for an upcoming film by Woody Allen (left) to three charities fighting sexual harassment and abuse.

A growing number of actors distance themselves from Woody Allen

The steps heighten questions about the future of the prolific 82-year-old filmmaker in a Hollywood newly sensitive to allegations of sexual misconduct.

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Jennifer Garner heads to HBO to work with ‘Girls’ creator Lena Dunham

The actress — and Ben Affleck ex — will return to TV for “Camping,” an eight-episode HBO comedy.

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Ideas for fun things to do around Boston

Your calendar of events, music, theater, and more for the late winter and early spring.


A comic book store, a documentary, and a Black History Month event

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

A scene from Craig Atkinson’s “Do Not Resist.”

Doc Talk | Peter Keough

From police upgrades to pairing off

A collection of items on documentaries available for viewing this week.

Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Soest’s “For Ahkeem” follows Daje Shelton of North St. Louis as she attends the court-supervised Innovative Concept Academy.

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In ‘For Ahkeem,’ being young, at risk, and black

A preview of the documentary in light of “Quest” and “Step.”

Chadwick Boseman as the title character in “Black Panther.”

Black Panther may be the first African-American superhero, but he’s not the only one

He’s only the best known of several costumed icons of color.

Dakota Johnson in “Fifty Shades Freed.”

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The Weekender: ‘Shades,’ shorts, and shows – a pre-Valentine preparedness kit

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

From left: Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone in “The 15:17 to Paris.”

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Clint Eastwood directs three real-life heroes

“The 15:17 to Paris” recounts a foiled terrorist attack in 2015.

James Corden voices the title character in “Peter Rabbit.”

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Director Nick Park, whose new animated film “Early Man” opens Friday, was inspired to use stop-motion animation by the Ray Harryhausen classic  “One Million Years B.C.”


In ‘Early Man,’ Nick Park goes all caveman

The Wallace & Grommit creator returns to feature animation.

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are back together one last time as Ana and Christian in “Fifty Shades Freed.”

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Ana and Christian may not be done, but we are

“Fifty Shades Freed” concludes the sexy trilogy — and it’s not nearly as fun as it should be.

Donald Glover is Lando Calrissian in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” directed by Ron Howard.

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The Force is with them, and with them, and with them

The number of upcoming “Star Wars” movies just keeps on growing.

Casey Affleck, right, a cast member in


Afflecks’ father says Hollywood ‘has taken a toll on both of my sons’

“Hollywood is a disgusting place. I think that’s been a major factor in Ben’s drinking,” said Timothy Affleck.

“My Nephew Emmett,” an Oscar-nominated live action short.

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Oscar-nominated shorts are long on talent

The Kendall is showing both animated and live-action programs.

Mopsy (Elizabeth Debicki), Cottontail (Daisy Ridley), Peter Rabbit (James Corden), Benjamin (Colin Moody) and Flopsy (Margot Robbie) in Will Gluck’s “Peter Rabbit.”

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‘Peter Rabbit’ updates everyone’s favorite bunny

In the new animated feature, James Corden provides the voice of Beatrix Potter’s hippity-hop hero.

A scene from Laura Checkoway’s Oscar-nominated “Edith+Eddie.”

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Looking at this year’s Oscar-nominated short documentaries

Focusing on social ills, they also offer remarkable personal stories.

Rachel Morrison poses for a portrait at the 90th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Monday in Beverly Hills, Calif.


Cambridge native Rachel Morrison celebrated at Oscar nominee event

The Oscars are approaching, which means the star-studded events leading up to the awards are shifting into high gear.

MoviePass still works at the Brattle Theatre and several other cinemas in the Boston area.

MoviePass: Just the ticket — or is it?

MoviePass recently sparked a hullabaloo when it pulled out of 10 high-traffic AMC theaters in cities including Boston.

The ongoing Facebook Watch series “Tom vs Time” offers a look at what Tom Brady is like when he’s off the field.

Ty Burr

In ‘Tom vs Time,’ Tom Brady is who he is

The Facebook Watch documentary series shows the Patriots quarterback up close and personal.

Werner Herzog is getting the Coolidge Award

The legendary director talks about the award, his career, and wanting to go to Mars.

Jack Nicholson and Leonardo DiCaprio in the Boston-based gangster film “The Departed.”

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Which city has the better movies, Boston or Philadelphia?

Movies about this year’s two Super Bowl-contending cities offer lessons about Boston and Philadelphia.

“Junk Head” will screen during the Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival.

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Scene Here: Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival returns to Somerville Theatre

The much-loved event celebrates its 43d anniversary with a wide array of speculative films.

Compagnie Accrorap presents Kader Attou’s “The Roots” at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Big games, French kicks, and pop smarts

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

A scene from “Winnie.”

Doc Talk | Peter Keough

Doc Talk: avarice, terrorism, aviation, apartheid, clothes

A preview of several documentaries available in the coming weeks.

A scene from the provocative documentary “Tokyo Idols.”

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At the MFA, documentaries show an unsettling present and shameful past

A preview of two offerings at the Museum of Fine Arts’ Festival of Films From Japan.

Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill in the


Gary Oldman is the sum of his parts

Winston Churchill isn’t the first famous role the Oscar-nominated actor has taken on.

Nahuel Perez Biscayart in “BPM (Beats per Minute).”

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‘BPM (Beats per Minute)’ is a social history, a love story, a call to arms

Robin Campillo’s film looks at the AIDS crisis in Paris during the early ’90s.

Annette Bening stars as actress Gloria Grahame in “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.”

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Is there anything Annette Bening can’t do?

In “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” she plays the real-life actress Gloria Grahame.

A scene from the 2017 film “Blade of the Immortal,” directed by Takashi Miike.

Celebrating Japanese film at the MFA

A preview of the museum’s Boston Festival of Films from Japan.

Haneefah Wood stars in Huntington Theatre Company’s production of “Bad Dates.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘Bad Dates,’ loud guitars, and android art

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

Casey Affleck poses in the press room with the award for best actor in a leading role for

Casey Affleck will not present ‘Best Actress’ at this year’s Oscars

In another apparent consequence of the #MeToo movement, last year’s best actor Oscar winner will not be presenting at or attending the show.

Robin Campillo’s “BPM (“Beats Per Minute)” mixes scenes of ACT UP demonstrations with a love story between activists.

Feeling the political heat of the beat

French writer-director Robin Campillo’s “BPM (“Beats Per Minute)” came to life when he realized he wanted to tell the story of AIDS as a movement and not just a disease.

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Frederick Wiseman talks about his process

The legendary documentary filmmaker will deliver Norton Lectures at Harvard.

Agnès Varda, whose “The Beaches of Agnès” screens Friday at the Harvard Film Archive.

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Doc Talk: On the beach and in the gym in films by Agnès Varda, Frederick Wiseman

Four documentaries screening or streaming this week.