Fall Arts Preview 2017

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A look at The Boston Globe’s coverage of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and the movie “Spotlight,” which is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation.

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Karen Allen plays a woman who leaves her husband and moves to Cape Cod to rediscover life.

Movie Review

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.

Tom Hanks talks about his collection of 250 typewriters in a scene from the documentary “California Typewriter.”

Movie REview

‘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..

Brandon Flowers (right) and Dave Keuning of the Killers.

Album review

From the Killers, some kind of ‘Wonderful’

The new album, with a batch of strong singles and less filler than past records, may be their best yet.

Rising Nation is scheduled to perform at the Rock Off Main Street show.

Free concert celebrates a program that gives young bands an all-ages audience

For 20 years, Rock Off Main Street in Natick has been promoting music by and for teens.

Sean Penn’s first-ever television series, “The First,” is due next year.

TV Critic’s Corner

Sean Penn signs on to star in Hulu sci-fi series

The streaming service that gave us “The Handmaid’s Tale” is stepping up its original content.

Furen Dai’s “The Language-Producing Factory” is about a language used solely by women.

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

Furen Dai’s installation looks at the intersection of language and power

Her show is at Gallery@Spencer Lofts, in Chelsea.

Classical Notes | David Weininger

From a piano triumph to orchestral eloquence, three standout albums

Delights abound in recordings with Boston-area connections by Marc-André Hamelin, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and Either/Or.

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.

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

Movie Review

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.

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

Movie Review

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.

Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana listened at a news conference about the health care plan he and three other Republican senators are pushing to upend major elements of the Affordable Care Act.

Trump: GOP health bill short of votes before deadline

President Trump said Wednesday the Republicans’ last-resort “Obamacare” repeal effort remains two or three votes short.

Visionary British theater director Peter Hall dies at 86

Peter Hall was a visionary theater director and impresario who founded the Royal Shakespeare Company and helped build Britain’s National Theatre into a producing powerhouse.

The Berkshire Museum plans to sell 40 works of art, including two by Normal Rockwell, from its collection.

Massachusetts Cultural Council blasts Berkshire Museum over decision to sell art

The MCC called the plan “a violation of the Museum’s public trust” and has put “a hold” on a $22,000 grant to the museum.

Shag owner Sandy Poirier is ready for his close-up

He’s on the new season of “American Beauty Star”

Jen Kirkman


Jen Kirkman is ready to be in a Boston movie

She can do the accent, so why not? The comedian plays the Wilbur Wednesday night.


Mike Birbiglia coming to the Wilbur for five-night run

Four of the six are already sold out.

Matt Damon and his wife, Luciana, at the premiere of “Suburbicon” at the Venice Film Festival earlier this month.

Brits to bestow honor on Matt Damon

It’s not quite a knighthood, but close.

Director Antoine Fuqua and actor Denzel Washington at a promotional event for “The Equalizer” in Berlin in 2014.


What movie is filming in the South End?

Goodbye Amy Schumer. Hello Denzel Washington.

GOP senator defends health bill against Jimmy Kimmel’s attacks

‘‘I am sorry he does not understand,’’ Bill Cassidy said on CNN, arguing that his bill would in fact protect people with pre-existing conditions

Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal (left) with Amanda Altree at the “Gemini” screening at the Artists for Humanity EpiCenter in South Boston.


In Boston, Maggie Gyllenhaal talks about HBO’s ‘The Deuce’

The actress says the series deals with a delicate issue.

Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton book has sold more than 300,000 copies

The book’s hardcover sales of 168,000 was the highest opening for any nonfiction release in five years.

French President Emmanuel Macron greets Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen at the United Nations Tuesday.


Gisele Bundchen was also at the UN Tuesday

The Brazilian supermodel was there for a conference about the environment.

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2016 file photo, Leonardo DiCaprio accepts the Hollywood documentary award for


Leonardo DiCaprio foundation awards $20M in eco-grants

The actor announced Tuesday that his eco-focused foundation has given more than $20 million this year in fresh grants to more than 100 organizations around the world.

Ms. Pat is one of the performers in the Boston Comedy Festival.

Ms. Pat learned it’s no crime to be funny

A former drug dealer and convicted felon, she turned a corner after a caseworker encouraged her to get onstage and tell jokes.

Emerging indie artist Sidney Gish is juggling classes and her career

Just nominated for a Boston Music Award, the Northeastern student is poised for her biggest gig yet, at The Sinclair Thursday.

Dana Delany at the fund-raiser.


Dana Delany returns for Phillips Academy fund-raiser

The “China Beach” star emceed the kickoff event.

Thing Tank

From Spicer on the Emmys to ‘mother!,’ it’s a thing

A look at the week online.

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

Movie Review

‘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.

Giulia Rozzi

Laugh Lines

Laugh Lines: Giulia Rozzi

A joke from the comic, who cohosts her “Hopefully We Don’t Break Up” podcast Saturday at the Arts at the Armory in Somerville as part of the Boston Comedy Festival.

Sean Spicer at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday.

TV Critic’s Corner

Emmy ratings low, even with Spicer appearance

This year the Emmys on CBS remained at the all-time low hit by last year’s Jimmy Kimmel-hosted event on ABC.


Alison Krauss is a daydream believer

A Q&A with the bluegrass siren, who attributes her best ideas to the pictures she sees in her head.

HBO2 is re-airing “Big Little Lies’’ (with Nicole Kidman) starting Thursday.

TV Critic’s Corner

It won’t cost you to see Emmy’s big winners

Both “Big Little Lies” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” are available during free trials from their respective streaming services.

Tipper Gore speaking at BU during Alumni Weekend.


Tipper Gore’s honored at BU

The former second lady’s done a lot of work on the issue of mental illness.

Devin McCourty spoke with sisters Kim (left) and Judith Carrington at the party at Coppersmith.


Patriots join party for Fresh Truck

The organization was set up to bring affordable, healthy food to Boston communities that need it.

Cars drove past the controversial billboard in Zagreb, Croatia, last week.

Melania Trump threatens lawsuit over English class billboards

The billboards were removed Tuesday from the Croatian capital Zagreb after her lawyer threatened a lawsuit.

Matt Damon


Matt Damon to play a huckster in ‘Charlatan’

The Cambridge actor will star as John R. Brinkley, an early-20th-century doctor who told his patients he’d discovered a cure for impotence.

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal (left) and Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman.


Jeff Bauman gets Jake Gyllenhaal to talk about Taylor Swift — sort of

The actor plays Bauman in “Stronger” and they’ve become buddies.

James Blake watches a return to Mardy Fish on Friday evening, Aug. 25, 2017, in the Men's Legends event at the Connecticut Open tennis tournament in New Haven, Conn. (Catherine Avalone/New Haven Register via AP)

Ex tennis star James Blake testifies about his mistaken arrest

On Tuesday, Blake testified at a police department disciplinary trial in New York that an officer never identified himself before mistakenly throwing him to the ground and handcuffing him.

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci speculated that Gisele Bundchen prevented Tom Brady from attending a Patriots event at the White House because she was jealous of Brady’s relationship with President Trump’s daughter Ivanka.


Scaramucci has an outlandish theory about why Brady skipped the White House visit

Anthony Scaramucci speculated about the reason for Tom Brady’s absence from the Patriots’ visit to the White House.

This Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 photo shows people looking at covers of the Rolling Stone magazines at the

A look back at some of Rolling Stone’s iconic covers

News that Jann Wenner is selling his controlling stake in Rolling Stone marks the end of an era for a magazine that defined the counterculture of its time.

From left: Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon, and Nicole Kidman in “Big Little Lies.”

TV Critic’s Corner

A return to ‘Big Little Lies’? Don’t do it

Let the characters go, I say.

Megan Giller


Q&A with Megan Giller, author of ‘Bean to Bar Chocolate’

In her new book the writer profiles artisanal makers from across the country and includes recipes and tips for chocolate pairing.

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.

Sean Spicer speaks at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Sean Spicer suggests critics of his Emmys appearance should lighten up

Trump critics resented the apparent effort to ‘‘normalize’’ Spicer and make light of the idea of not telling the truth in the White House press room.

Jennifer Garner greeted her audience with open arms when she appeared with Mark Shriver during the Nantucket Project over the weekend.


Nantucket Project brings Chelsea Manning, Jennifer Garner, Cynthia Nixon

The Nantucket Project, a conference featuring “thinkers and creators,” brought a range of personalities to the island over the weekend.

Fall Arts preview

A guide to the best of what to see and do in Boston

A complete guide to movies, music, books, arts, theater, and family events in the Greater Boston area this season.