Casey Affleck has a message for Boston film critics

The actor appreciates their support.

Who will win an Oscar? Who should?

Will “La La Land” sweep the Academy Awards? Critics Ty Burr and Janice Page discuss the movie’s dominance, and who could spoil it.

Emma Stone (left) and Ryan Gosling in “La La Land.”

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New England roots run deep among Oscar nominees

Several movies that are nominated have a New England connection.

“Finding Dory”

The top 6 Oscar snubs

This year’s Academy Awards ballot leaves off some deserving candidates.

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Producers can’t keep politics from edging into Oscar show

Meryl Streep ushered politics into Hollywood’s awards season when she used her Golden Globes acceptance speech to condemn President Donald Trump for what she called his “instinct to humiliate.”

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Even Matt Damon can’t rise above ‘The Great Wall’

Zhang Yimou’s 3-D action fantasy won’t be remembered for whitewashing Chinese history, because it won’t be remembered at all.

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Critics’ choices to screen at the Brattle

Guy Maddin will take center stage when the Boston Society of Film Critics honors its 2106 award winners.

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‘Southwest of Salem’ a tale of scapegoating and hysteria

Deborah Esquenazi’s infuriating and well-crafted documentary, “Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four,” is screening at the Brattle.

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Documentaries explore the animal kingdom

This week offers films about turtles, elephants, chimpanzees, and even some humans.

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// Launch of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ takes the faithful full circle

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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Comedian Louis C.K. is at the Boch Center’s Wang Theatre on Friday.


The Weekender: Big laughs, little trinkets, and starry shows

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

Charlie Day and Ice Cube in “Fist Fight.”

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Comedy and class warfare in ‘Fist Fight’

Charlie Day and Ice Cube’s new movie, “Fist Fight,” has a good time with a schoolyard dustup between teachers.

Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo in a scene from director Amma Asante’s

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‘United’ in love they stood together

“A United Kingdom” tells the true love story of an African prince and a young British office worker who persevere over the objections of family and world powers.

Peter Simonischek and Sandra Hüller in “Toni Erdmann.”

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Oscar nominee ‘Toni Erdmann’ is a shaggy dad story

In this German comedy, the family that’s embarrassed together may or may not stay together.

Dane DeHaan in Gore Verbinski’s “A Cure for Wellness.”

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‘A Cure for Wellness’ is a messy horror story set in the Alps

Director Gore Verbinski lets his mastery of styles and glossary of film influences lead him astray.

Piers Morgan (left) and J.K. Rowling

Everything you need to know about the Piers Morgan-J.K. Rowling Twitter war

If online fights between celebs are your thing, check out what’s been going on between Rowling and Morgan.

Hugh Grant and Martine McCutcheon in a scene at the end of “Love Actually.”

Whatever happened to the characters from ‘Love Actually’? We’re going to find out.

The writer-director of the beloved 2003 feature has created a short reunion film. But it’ll be a little while before we see it.

Chris Evans.


Chris Evans takes on former KKK leader David Duke

On Twitter, the white supremacist Duke said actor Evans hated “the women of his people.” Evans responded.

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Is this the director who could take over for Affleck on the next ‘Batman’?

Matt Reeves is in early talks to direct the first solo Batman film of DC Comics’ Extended Universe era, after star Ben Affleck recently announced that he was ceding the director’s chair.

Rockport, MA: 02-03-2017; Reina Montanez (left) and David Tavico have a late breakfast at the Blue Lobster Grill in Rockport, Mass. February 3, 2017. The couple, who are both from Chelsea, took the MBTA's commuter rail for their daytrip to Rockport. Photo/John Blanding, Boston Globe staff story/NOWK ( )


Cheap but charming dates for the financially challenged

Where do you go in our ‘burbs with your Valentine if you’re a little tight on cash?

Peter Simonischek as Winfried in the 2016 film “Toni Erdmann.”

Father may or may not know best in Oscar-nominated German film ‘Toni Erdmann’

“Toni Erdmann” is an almost three-hour German film about a strained father-daughter relationship that’s being hailed as one of the year’s most sublime comedies.

Charlie Day (left) and Ice Cube in “Fist Fight.”

Actor and Patriots fan Charlie Day tackles bullying in comedy ‘Fist Fight’

“I was a scrappy New England kid. A dirty fighter. I hit a kid with a trombone once,” says the actor, who plays a beleagured high school teacher.

Daryl Davis (left) and Frank Ancona at a KKK event in “Accidental Courtesy.”

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When talking the talk is walking the walk

In “Accidental Courtesy,” Daryl Davis ventures across the racial divide with kindness.

Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo in Amma Asante’s “A United Kingdom.”

A historic interracial marriage is revisited in ‘A United Kingdom’

Director Amma Asante and star David Oyelowo talk about the film, and having “diversity of people telling these stories.”

Filmmaker Ken Carlson visited Nuba in February and March 2014 and 2015 for three weeks each time.

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Dealing with life and death in southern Sudan

Ken Carlson’s documentary “The Heart of Nuba” looks at Dr. Tom Catena.

“The LEGO Batman movie.”


The Weekender: Dark knights, pop stars, and cosmic canvases

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

Henry Hampton recording “Eyes on the Prize’’ vocals in 1986.

Recalling ground-breaking documentary that reframed history of civil rights movement

On the 30th anniversary of “Eyes on the Prize’’ the story behind creator Henry Hampton’s achievement has been preserved in “True South,” a new book by Jon Else.

Jamie Dornan (left) and Dakota Johnson in “Fifty Shades Darker.”

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‘Grey’ gets ‘Darker’: Ana and Christian are back

Ana and Christian return to the screen, in “Fifty Shades Darker”

Zsofia Szamosi in a scene from “Sing.”

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Keeping it short — and live

This year’s program of Oscar-nominated animated shorts has everything from youth choirs to police interrogations.

Will Arnett reprises his growly Dark Knight character in the animated follow-up to “The LEGO Movie.”

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Anything goes in the entertaining ‘LEGO Batman Movie’

Will Arnett reprises his growly Dark Knight character in this goofy animated follow-up to “The LEGO Movie.”

Keanu Reeves returns to play the reluctant hit man of the title in “John Wick: Chapter 2.”

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The Keanuverse is undergoing expansion

“John Wick: Chapter 2” brings back Keanu Reeves’s reluctant hit man.

Shahab Hosseini and Taraneh Alidoosti in Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman,” a best foreign language film Oscar nominee.

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Finding Willy Loman in Tehran in ‘The Salesman’

The Oscar-nominated film from Asghar Farhadi — who has vowed not to attend the awards ceremony — is a brooding, revelatory exploration of life imitating art.

A scene from “Piper,” one of five films in “Oscar Nominated Short Films 2017: Animation” at Kendall Square.

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Keeping it short — and animated

This year’s program of Oscar-nominated animated shorts has everything from gorgeous sunsets to sandpipers.

Erin Hurley and Jeff Bauman at the 2016 Boston Marathon finish line.


Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman and wife Erin Hurley to divorce

“Jeff and Erin have decided that it is best to move forward as friends,” a family spokesperson said.

Martin Luther King Jr. in St. Augustine, Fla., as seen in the documentary “Passage at St. Augustine: The 1964 Black Lives Matter Movement That Transformed America.”

A fresh look at a key civil rights battle — and its New England connections

Clennon L. King’s documentary “Passage at St. Augustine: The 1964 Black Lives Matter Movement That Transformed America” includes ewly discovered historical footage.

Cambridge MA 2/3/17 Ryan Reynolds after receiving the Hasty Pudding Award gives it a kiss at Farkas Hall. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:


Ryan Reynolds: Hasty Pudding 2017 Man of the Year

Fresh from a Golden Globe nomination for his record-breaking film “Deadpool,” Reynolds collected the coveted pudding pot at Farkas Hall.

In Dan Krauss’s “Extremis,” patients and their families face life-and-death decisions at Highland Hospital in Oakland, Calif.

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Coolidge to screen Oscar-nominated documentaries, with human drama from Syria and beyond

Starting Friday, Feb. 10, the Coolidge screens a program of Oscar-nominated documentary shorts.

The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City after the 1995 bombing.

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Revisiting that terrible day in Oklahoma City

PBS’s “American Experience” looks at the 1995 bombing of the Murrah federal building.

Director Asghar Farhadi (right) with Shahab Hosseini on the set of “The Salesman.”

A view into Iran by way of Arthur Miller

Asghar Farhadi’s new film, “The Salesman,” draws on Arthur Miller’s most famous play.

“The Creature From the Black Lagoon” is among the movies featured in the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival and Marathon.

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Galaxies far, far away come to Somerville

Starting Feb. 10, the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival and Marathon returns.

Lego: a love story

Yes, there’s a new Lego movie about to open. But that’s the least of it.

Randy Harrison as the Emcee in “Cabaret.”


The Weekender: Kickoff, ‘Cabaret,’ and funny cannibals

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

An anti-integration rally in Raoul Peck’s documentary “I Am Not Your Negro.”

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Powerful documentary ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ speaks to current moment

There may be no moment in American history to which James Baldwin’s voice does not speak.

Robert De Niro in “The Comedian.”

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A real stand-up guy

Robert De Niro plays the laugh-seeking title character in “The Comedian.”

Britt Robertson and Asa Butterfield star in “The Space Between Us.”

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The boy who fell to Earth

“The Space Between Us” offers a YA look at interplanetary love.

Brian Cox, Olwen Kelly, and Emile Hirsch in “The Autopsy of Jane Doe.”

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The body in question

Forensics? Crime? “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” goes way beyond “CSI.”

 “Sara,” in silhouette, says her daughter’s horrific ordeal happened  on what  had been  an ordinary  day for  the family.

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Her 15-year-old daughter fell prey to a sex trafficker

When the teen didn’t come home from the mall one night, a mother followed text message records to a horrible discovery.

James Baldwin (center) in “I Am Not Your Negro.”

James Baldwin’s vision comes to the screen in Oscar-nominated film

The documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” draws on the great African-American author’s unfinished history of the civil rights movement.

Ben Affleck, left, and Henry Cavill in a scene from,

Now that Ben Affleck won’t direct himself as Batman, who will?

Affleck will still star as the Caped Crusader, but he has stepped out of the director’s chair for the next solo Batman film.

Actress Taraji P. Henson (C) and other cast members accept the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for 'Hidden Figures' during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at The Shrine Auditorium on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECKROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

‘Hidden Figures’ shocks Screen Actors Guild Awards

The cast rocketed to the Screen Actors Guild top award at a fiery, protest-laden ceremony.

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Iranian director to boycott Oscars over immigration order

Asghar Farhadi said he wouldn’t attend the ceremony, even if he were granted an exception to President Trump’s order.