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Jason Schwartzman (top and far left with Josephine de la Baume) and Elisabeth Moss (left).

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Jason Schwartzman.

‘Listen Up Philip’ has something to say

In making the film, Alex Ross Perry says he tinkered with the idea of a character who keeps getting away with his bad behavior. By Christopher Wallenberg

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.

Movie Review

‘Whiplash’ creates a relentless tempo

The spectacular film takes us to the edge of creative expression and then it sails right off, into the place where the monsters are.

Movie Review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/23/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/4_stars.jpg Keaton reclaims his inner demon in ‘Birdman’

“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” is a jaw-dropping stylistic wow that miraculously stays aloft for two hours.

Movie REview

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/24/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/3-3544.jpg ‘Dear White People’ addresses race with humor

The ragged-but-right debut of writer-director Justin Simien welcomes a fresh sensibility into the conversation.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/22/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/S991_1978ClassWomenPortraitwithAstronautSuit_2_28_1979_NASA-s79-29596_viaMediaOffice_hiM-001.jpg PBS ‘Makers’ film looks at women in space

Michael Epstein’s “Makers: Women in Space” is one of six documentaries in the PBS “Makers” series about pioneering women.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/16/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/JW_11934_R.jpg Keanu Reeves roars back in as ‘John Wick’

The audience gets a great, unadvertised tour through a criminal shadow world that’s got its own hint of neo-trippiness.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/20/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/McCarthy_sFethard.jpg A spirited look at ‘The Irish Pub’

Though some might point to more elevated achievements, documentarian Alex Fegan says the essence of Ireland is the pub.

Movie REview

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/14/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/DarmasFourWivesattheBeach.jpg ‘Bitter Honey’ leaves an unsettling taste

The documentary from Robert Lemelson, who spent seven years studying polygamous households on Bali, demonstrates the evils of misogyny.

Four stars go to...

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/01/16/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/17kapps1--90x90.jpg Four-star reviews by the Globe

Films given four-star reviews by Globe critics Ty Burr and Janice Page, and the former Globe critic Wesley Morris since 2012.

Fall Movies Preview

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/05/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/previewmoviefrontillo.jpg Fall movies aim high

In this season’s films, directors and actors have stories to tell and something to prove.

Movie capsules

Movie StaRS

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/10/25/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/x011_BM_00505--90x90.jpg Short reviews of what’s in theaters

A snapshot of recent Globe reviews of movies in the theaters.

Toronto Film Festival

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/09/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/JeremyJordanandAnnaKendrickinTHELASTFIVEYEARS.jpg In Toronto, what they’re talking about at the festival

Upcoming films that have had the film festival abuzz include “The Last Five Years.”