Out of ‘Spotlight,’ the movie, comes the Spotlight Fellowship

The producers of “Spotlight” had just won the 2016 Academy Award for best picture, but they wanted to go further: they wanted to support new investigative journalism.

Andrea Riseborough and Emma Stone in the 2017 film BATTLE OF THE SEXES, directed by Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris. Photo by Dale Robinette. © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

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Sometimes it’s reel embarrassment when watching a movie with mom, dad, or the kids

Call it Cineshame — the trauma that happens when an inappropriate scene pops up in the movie you’re watching with a parent or child.

Judi Dench and Ali Fazal in “Victoria and Abdul,” the latest film from Stephen Frears.

A conversation with Stephen Frears

The veteran British director talks about life, filmmaking, and casting Eddie Izzard in “Victoria and Abdul.”

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John Cleese is amused that you’re amused

He’s bringing “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” to the Wang Theatre Saturday for a screening and audience Q&A.

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Power through art at Latino film festival

Among the documentaries in the festival are three outstanding works about how art empowers people, especially women.

Billie Jean is his lover, onscreen

Austin Stowell talks about playing Larry King, the tennis star’s husband, in “Battle of the Sexes.”

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‘Work,’ brains, and faith

Documentaries highlight Folsom Prison inmates, a Rastafarian musician, and a Cambridge church celebrating its 100th year of service.

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Karen Allen is the one true thing in ‘Year by the Sea’

If you have a taste for voyages of personal growth with dialogue written in the style of inspirational greeting cards and for small-town whimsy spread as thick as Marmite . . . this movie is for you.

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‘California Typewriter’ clicks on many levels

Tom Hanks and John Mayer are among those singing the machine’s praises in a new documentary that looks at the history of typewriters..

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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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Ben Stiller stars as the self-centered title character in “Brad’s Status.”

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The face of white privilege is . . . Ben Stiller?

Mike White’s “Brad’s Status” is an illuminating and sometimes annoying anatomy of a narcissistic midlife crisis.

Lloyd (foreground, and hero of “The LEGO Ninjago Movie”) is voiced by Dave Franco.

Movie Review

New LEGO movie doesn’t build toward anything

The franchise’s toy-brick animated aesthetic remains visually addictive, but there’s not much else that stands out in this cheery trifle.

Taron Egerton returns as former delinquent Eggsy in “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.”

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For hip espionage, ‘Kingsman’ sequel takes the crown

With its inventively nutso action, youthful vibe, and subversive topicality, the “Kingsman” franchise feels more relevant than even Daniel Craig’s James Bond.

Gertrude Bell advised Britain’s Foreign Office during WWI and later helped draw Iraq’s boundaries.

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‘Letters From Baghdad,’ at the MFA, shows a woman far ahead of her time

Tilda Swinton reads the words of Gertrude Bell in this unusual documentary.

Boston, MA., 09/12/17, Boston Marathon Bombing survivor Jeff Bauman and actor Jake Gyllenhaal who plays him in the movie, Stronger, were on a press visit at the Four Seasons Hotel in advance of the movie screening in Boston. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

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Struggle at heart of ‘Stronger,’ but some hands are overplayed

In the film, Jeff Bauman’s family becomes a group of two-dimensional beeah-swilling, Sawx-loving, F-bomb dropping “yo, bro” clichés.

Jeff Bauman (L), co-author of the book 'Stronger', and actor Jake Gyllenhaal attend the 'Stronger' New York Premiere at Walter Reade Theater on September 14, 2017 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCURKENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images

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‘Stronger’ is stronger for sticking to one man’s story: Jeff Bauman

“Chappaquiddick” and “Stronger” are the two Boston movies at the Toronto Film Fest this year.

Louis C.K. in a scene from“I Love You, Daddy,” which he wrote and directed.

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Louis C.K.’s new movie has people talking

“I Love You, Daddy” may, or may not, hit close to home.

A still from David Wilson’s “Duerme Mi Niña” (“Mother Don’t Make Me Cry”).

Doc talk | peter keough

A new 3-D film takes a gander at the Gardner Museum

David Wilson, artist-in-residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 2009, took 3-D photographs and video of the galleries, collections, and exhibits and made a film from that material.

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman (right) and actor Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays him in the movie “Stronger,” in Boston.


The story behind how Jeff Bauman’s Marathon bombing memoir became a movie

Bauman, who’s played by Jake Gyllenhaal, didn’t want to be part of a two-dimensional tale that glamorized what it was like to lose his legs.

Link Wray (performing in London in 1979) was a Native American of the Shawnee tribe.

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‘Rumble’ looks at the Native American roots of rock ’n’ roll

The documentary presents a lucid analysis of how indigenous music not only influenced rock, but jazz and the blues and even hip-hop.

Olivia Thirlby and Jonathan Rhys Meyers star in “Damascus Cover.”

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Time for the Boston Film Festival

It includes the world premiere of the thriller “Damascus Cover.”

Jennifer Lawrence stars with Javier Bardem  in

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Jennifer Lawrence is the best thing in dark, uneven ‘mother!’

Darren Aronofsky throws caution to the winds and delivers his most abstract cinematic experience yet.

A scene from “First They Killed My Father,” directed by Angelina Jolie.

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Angelina Jolie directs a historical drama about the Khmer Rouge

“First They Killed My Father” revisits the horrors of ‘70s Cambodia.

Dylan O’Brien in a scene from “American Assassin.”

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Doing whatever the circumstances warrant in ‘American Assassin’

Thriller starring Dylan O’Brien and Michael Keaton presents hot-button issues in graphic style.

Nicholas Hoult (right) plays J.D. Salinger and Kevin Spacey is his creative writing professor in “Rebel in the Rye.”

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Nicholas Hoult stars as J.D. Salinger in biopic ‘Rebel in the Rye’

Kevin Spacey plays his creative writing teacher.

Cédric Kahn and Bérénice Bejo in Joachim Lafosse’s “After Love.”

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When Boris met Marie — and wouldn’t leave in ‘After Love’

The French drama, at the MFA, emphasizes the “after.”

argot Robbie, who plays Tonya Harding, before the screening of “I, Tonya’’ at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Surprisingly, the Tonya Harding movie is incredible

Believe me, I didn’t expect it either.

George Clooney, Julianne Moore, and Matt Damon walked the red carpet ahead of the 'Suburbicon' screening during the Venice Film Festival.

George Clooney talks about directing Matt Damon. In short, it was a lot of fun

“Matt is an everyman,” Clooney said in an interview on Friday.

Jude Law and Annabelle Wallis in “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” one of this year’s many box office flops.

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The movie box office this summer was so bad because the movies were

Hollywood execs think that people don’t go to the movies because of bad Rotten Tomatoes reviews. Truth is, mainstream studio films are, by and large, insanely bad.

Singer Lady Gaga attends the press conference for

Lady Gaga says she’s taking a ‘rest’ from music

The pop star was at in Toronto on Friday for a pair of concerts and to premiere a Netflix documentary about herself, ‘‘Gaga: Five Foot Two.’’

10fallpreview Only Lovers Left Alive starring Tilda Swinton (Brattle Theater)


Tilda Swinton, cinema of Resistance, and other fall highlights

As usual, autumn brings a hearty sampling of eclectic film festivals and innovative repertory programming.

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in the 2017 film THOR: RAGNAROK, directed by Taika Waititi. Ph: Teaser Film Frame..(c)Marvel Studios 2017


A new ‘Star Wars,’ plus a bevy of real-life heroes on screen

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



Take a tour of other worlds at Camden International Film Fest

Its 37 features are a treasure trove of nonfiction film.

ArtsEmerson presents the US premiere of “Reversible,” the new production by circus troupe The 7 Fingers, at the Cutler Majestic Theatre.

Things to do

The Weekender: Circus kicks, comics, and Sondheim

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

Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise in “It.”

Movie Review

Stephen King’s ‘It’ comes to the big screen

Bill Skarsgård plays the evil clown Pennywise, but the monster isn’t the only scary clown here.

Reese Witherspoon and Pico Alexander in “Home Again.”

Movie Review

You can go ‘Home Again,’ it just isn’t that interesting

Reese Witherspoon plays a 40-year-old, recently separated interior decorator who offers her guest house to a trio of twenty-something showbiz hopefuls.

Léonie Souchaud and Cecile De France (right) star in “Fanny’s Journey.”

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Courage and resourcefulness guide ‘Fanny’s Journey’

The suspenseful, subtle, and moving true story of a teenage girl who led several other children out of Nazi-occupied France to Switzerland.

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In ‘Columbus,’ a film and a town are shaped by great architecture

First-time director Kogonada shows a sure hand and a poetic sensibility in this story about a Korean translator and a local woman stuck in the title town by parental responsibilities.

A protest scene in “Whose Streets?”

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Citizen journalism takes over the conversation in ‘Whose Streets?’

The documentary, filmed by black activists during the events that roiled Ferguson, Mo., in 2014 and 2015, just about bubbles over with anger, resistance, and hope.

Bertrand Tavernier’s “My Journey Through French Cinema” runs for 3 hours and 21 minutes.

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At the MFA, Bertrand Tavernier celebrates French film

“My Journey Through Fench Cinema” goes from the early ’30s t othe late ’70s.

American soldiers near Da Nang in 1965.

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Ken Burns, America’s storyteller, produces an epic on Vietnam

Inside the filmmaker’s New Hampshire production studio, as he prepares to release his documentary about our most bitter war.

A scene from director Miao Wang’s documentary “Maineland,” about two Chinese students at Maine’s Fryeburg Academy.

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Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival drops in on Chinese ‘parachute students’ in Maine

“Maineland” will screen Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. as part of the 12th annual MVIFF, which runs Sept. 5–10.

Samuel L. Jackson (left) and Ryan Reynolds in “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” which topped the box office for a third weekend.

A slow Labor Day weekend caps a down summer at the box office

With no wide releases, Hollywood put an end to what's expected to be the lowest earning summer movie season since 2006.

Matt Damon walks the red carpet with wife Luciana at the premiere of “Suburbicon” at the Venice Film Festival.


Matt Damon: ‘I look kind of like an average American person’

The local actor was in Venice, Italy, promoting George Clooney’s “Suburbicon.’’

ake Gyllenhaal stars as Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Baumann in “Stronger.”


This Toronto film festival has real potential

Bio-pics of survivors, famous Brits, rock stars, tennis battles — and a remake of ‘Papillon.’

Javier Botet has had roles as monsters in horror movies such as “Crimson Peak” and “The Conjuring 2.”

Meet Javier Botet, the ‘It’ boy of scary

The actor, with his 6-foot-7, 120-pound frame, has carved out roles as a non-CGI monster — including in a remake of the Stephen King classic.

Pacho Velez and Sierra Pettengill, co-directors of “The Reagan Show.”

In Focus

Backstage at ‘The Reagan Show’

The winner of the 2014 Camden International Film Festival Points North Pitch Contest, will screen as part of the DocYard series on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Brattle Theatre.

Paul Farmer in a scene from Pedro Kos’s “Bending the Arc.”

DocTalk | Peter Keough

A look at GlobeDocs and more

The film festival, now in its third year, recently announced an impressive lineup of 14 nonfiction features and a collection of shorts.

Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie in “The Hunger.”


Harvard Film Archive to host vampire movie marathon over Labor Day weekend

The HFA chose films that people likely haven’t seen before, such as 1983’s “The Hunger,” which stars David Bowie.

Lady Gaga (pictured in Inglewood, Calif., Aug. 8) plays Fenway Park Friday and Saturday.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Going Gaga, riding the rails, and cat tricks

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

There’s an all-girl remake of ‘Lord of the Flies’ in the works, and it’s already being mocked online

How would things have turned out for the kids depicted in “Lord of the Flies” if the stranded children were girls? Probably a lot better, according to Twitter.