Every so often, the stars and release schedules align for a bumper crop of exceptional movies. Ty Burr reviews "Birdman," "Whiplash," and "Dear White People" below.

Art REview

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/22/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/05.%20Dionysos.jpg MFA opens new galleries for its stunning Greek antiquities

The museum’s superb permanent collection will now be displayed in three newly designed galleries that suit its worth.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/23/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/ShakeyGraves_Credit-KirkStewart--90x90.jpg As Shakey Graves, Alejandro Rose-Garcia stirs with rootsy fusion

The Texas singer-songwriter is finally taking his alter ego front and center as a leading light in roots music.

Book Review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/02/04/BostonGlobe.com/Lifestyle/Images/06names4.jpg ‘Possibilities’ by Herbie Hancock with Lisa Dickey

Herbie Hancock’s memoir spans the jazz legend’s life and career from the beginning to the present.

Stage Review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/17/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/15403360315_cbfe5b1bbd_o.jpg A too-tangled medical tale in Huntington’s ‘Ether Dome’

Playwright Elizabeth Egloff ties herself in narrative knots in “Ether Dome,’’ directed by Michael Wilson at Huntington Theatre Company.

Matthew Rhys as Fitzwilliam Darcy in “Death Comes to Pemberley.”

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Book Review

A ‘Pemberley’ that’s less than the sum of its parts

The two-part “Death Comes to Pemberley” is thoroughly and frustratingly middling.

Television Review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/17/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/NUP_163641_1942-001.jpg ‘Constantine’ blazes a tale

NBC’s new supernatural drama is based on the popular DC comic “Hellblazer.”

Fall Arts Preview

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/06/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/fallarts--90x90.jpg Fall arts offerings

Play revisits a polarizing New England figure, Cambridge dance centers go for a spin, plus critics’ picks.

What's on TV tonight

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/22/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/Homeland_405_0813.R.jpg Critic’s corner: What’s on TV this weekend

Matthew Gilbert’s picks for what to watch, including “Homeland” (left) and “The Birds.”


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Where gamers and a Grecian urn might meet

“Elegy for a Dead World” — set to be released early next year — stands out because it breaks most of the rules of what we think of as a “game.”