The new ‘X-Men’ movie is apocalypse ow

“X-Men: Apocalypse” is the poster child for superhero-franchise overkill — a noisy, over-crowded, over-digitized bore.

Anthony Weiner in “Weiner.”

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‘Weiner’ offers gleeful notes on a scandal

Two filmmakers were invited to document Anthony Weiner’s 2013 run for mayor of New York City. What they captured is a tragicomedy of 21st-century schadenfreude.

Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska in “Alice Through the Looking Glass.”

Movie Review | ★ ½

‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ is no wonderland

Lewis Carroll’s literary universe has become just another theme park ride in our CGI franchise machinery.

Yorgos Pirpassopoulos (left) and Makis Papadimitriou in “Chevalier.”

Movie Review | ★ ★ ★ ½

In ‘Chevalier,’ male egos face stiff competition

Six men on a yacht compete in amorphous arbitrary categories of one-upmanship for a meaningless prize.

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‘Dark Horse’ is a sure bet

This documentary tells the true story of a championship-caliber race horse bred and trained by members of a poor Welsh mining community.

Burt Kwouk, 85; was manservant/foil Cato in ‘Pink Panther’

Mr. Kwouk was indelibly remembered for his work springing comic traps on the bumbling detective Jacques Clouseau.

Should Elsa get a girlfriend? Idina Menzel weighs in

In “Frozen,” the ice queen didn’t have a love interest. But for the sequel, what about writing her a girlfriend?

Cats in Space brings glowing sword battle to Boston Common

A huge all-ages melee with light-up swords hits Boston this weekend.


Anthony Weiner’s story is a cautionary tale of self destruction

The documentary of Weiner and his 2013 run for mayor of New York encountered a twist that changed the trajectory of the story.

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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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“The Nice Guys” stars Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as a mismatched pair on the trail of a missing person in 1977 Los Angeles.

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Sleaze and slapstick aplenty in ‘The Nice Guys’

Featuring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, “The Nice Guys” plays like a coarser, brawnier retread of 2005’s “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.”

“Ghostbusters” castmates (from left) Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Kate McKinnon.

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Would there be less backlash if the new ‘Ghostbusters’ were all men?

If the “Ghostbusters” movie was starring Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen, Jack Black, and Kevin Hart it wouldn’t be getting anywhere near the same amount of heat.

Kate Beckinsale and Tom Bennett in “Love & Friendship.”

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In ‘Love & Friendship,’ Jane Austen powers are on display

Whit Stillman’s new film is based on an early, lesser-known novella by Austen, and it shines.

Angela Boatwright’s documentary “Los Punks: We Are All We Have.”

Doc talk

Honoring father and country

A look at Kenneth Eng’s “My Life in China” and Soren Sorensen’s “My Father’s Vietnam.”

Denali Tiller’s “Sons and Daughters of the Incarcerated.”

In focus

Doling out dollars to local filmmakers

Which local filmmakers are getting grants from the LEF New England Moving Image Fund?

Casey Affleck in “The Finest Hours.”

DVD Releases

‘Finest Hours,’ ‘Zoolander 2,’ and ‘Manhunter’ arrive on disc

Capsule reviews of three of this week’s new releases.

A Boxing Day trip to a London racetrack made on a lark a few years ago by Louise Osmond inspired her documentary “Dark Horse.”

Recalling when a Welsh mining town hitched its wagon to a star racehorse

An interview with British filmmaker Louise Osmond, whose newest documentary, “Dark Horse,” opens in Boston on Friday.

Ms. LeBeau later played a temperamental French actress in filmmaker Federico Fellini’s Oscar-winning ‘‘8½’’ (1963).

Madeleine LeBeau, French actress who appeared in ‘Casablanca’

Ms. LeBeau made the best of a small role as the scorned girlfriend of Humphrey Bogart’s Rick Blaine in the classic film.

Demi Remick danced during Somerville Porchfest 2011.

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The Weekender: Buddy movies, thumb wars, and LBJ

The Globe’s top picks for things to do this weekend, in Boston and beyond.


‘Patriots Day’ films at Lasell College

Rosen Auditorium was the setting for a scene involving J.K. Simmons, who plays Watertown Police Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese in the movie.

A scene from the documentary film“I Don’t Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman.”

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No place like home for Chantal Akerman

Two films celebrate the life of the late Belgian auteur.Two films celebrate the life of the late Belgian auteur.

Chloë Grace Moretz and Zac Efron in “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising.”

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There goes the neighborhood, again

There’s surprising cleverness in this parents-versus-partiers sequel. Oh, and weed. Lots of weed.

Buster Keaton in Samuel Beckett’s “Film.’’

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‘Notfilm’ digs into Beckett’s ‘Film’

Ross Lipman’s uneven but insightful documentary examines the only short film ever made by Nobel prize-winning writer Samuel Beckett.

From left: Chuck (voice of Josh Gad) and Red (Jason Sudeikis) in “Angry Birds.”

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‘Angry Birds’ doesn’t quite take flight as a movie

The filmmakers do a creative job of turning the game app into a movie, but hardly enough to make this 3-D animated feature a big deal.

Jessica Barden and Colin Farrell in “The Lobster.”

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Becoming your spirit animal in filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos’s ‘The Lobster’

It takes a touch of audacity and madness to make a film like this, a screwball, absurdist tragedy that might be a little too long and contrived for some viewers’ taste.

“Hockney” David Hockney, as seen in “Hockney.”

Movie Review

David Hockney makes a big splash in documentary

“Hockney” takes a documentary look at the celebrated painter.

Jana Raluy stars in “A Monster With a Thousand Heads,” a thriller from director Rodrigo Plá.

Movie Review

A wife confronts the hydra of health care in Rodrigo Plá’s ‘A Monster With a Thousand Heads’

A mostly masterful thriller about a woman whose husband is denied life-saving care, leading her to a vigilante-style solution.

Agyness Deyn in Terence Davies’s “Sunset Song.”

Movie Review

Terence Davies takes on distant lives in ‘Sunset Song’

A master of mood and period detail when it comes to films about his own life, the writer-director falters in his adaptation of this Scottish novel.

“Ghostbusters” stars Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, and Leslie Jones.


Second ‘Ghostbusters’ trailer released

Perhaps because some people found the first one confusing, a second trailer has come out.

Adam Pally (left) and Yassir Lester in “Making History.”


New Massachusetts-based comedy to debut on Fox

“Making History” is set in 1775 and will premiere in 2017.

Director Errol Morris


New short film by Errol Morris looks at small pox debate

A new film from the Cambridge-based documentarian was posted online as part of The New York Times’s Op-Docs series.

Director Terence Davies on the set of “Sunset Song.”

‘Sunset Song’ director Terence Davies is all about the heroines

Creating memorable women on screen isn’t just an artistic choice for Davies. It’s how he was raised.

“If we do our job right, viewers never even know that we’ve been there,” Zero VFX special effects worker Don Libby said.

On the Job

Creating visual effects that disappear

Don Libby has played a supporting role in enhancing recent films such as “Black Mass,” “American Hustle,” and “Southpaw.”

George Clooney (center) stars in “Money Monster.”


The Weekender: Clooney, kites, and the return of ‘Riverdance’

The Globe’s top picks for what to see and do this weekend, in Boston and beyond.

Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz in “The Lobster.”

‘Lobster’ is a weighty role for Colin Farrell

The actor talks about his extreme weight gain (45 pounds in eight weeks) to play a schlub in “The Lobster,” director Yorgos Lanthimos’s first English-language film.

Director Steve Rivo’s documentary “Carvalho’s Journey” screens as part of the National Center for Jewish Film’s annual festival.

Steve Rivo tracks ‘Carvalho’s Journey’

Boston-bred filmmaker Steve Rivo talks about his documentary tracing painter Solomon Carvalho’s expedition with legendary explorer John Fremont.

Whit Stillman

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Whit Stillman discusses Jane Austen, his time at Harvard, and more

A conversation with the director, whose latest film is “Love & Friendship,” an adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Lady Susan.”

Jeanne Moreau and Orson Welles star in “Chimes at Midnight,” which screens Monday at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

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Coolidge to screen an Orson Welles masterwork

For decades after it’s release in 1965, “Chimes at Midnight” was rarely shown in theaters. Now, at last, comes a newly restored version that was 20 years in the making.

Jason Witt, accompanied by Heather Holloman, hauls a cart of recyclables in “Dogtown Redemption.”

Doc Talk | Peter Keough

Redemption and remembrance

Amir Soltani and Chihiro Wimbush’s immersive and wrenching documentary “Dogtown Redemption” looks at the homeless who depend on a recycling center in West Oakland.

A scene from “Carol +2: The Original Queens of Comedy.”


Long-lost Carol Burnett special arrives on disc

New releases on disc this week include “The Witch” and “Cop Rock.”

Y-3 and Virgin Galactic space suit.


Earth-bound problems of stylish spacesuits

It appears couture, rather than courage, is what’s most valued in space.

Elisabeth Moss and Tom Hiddleston in “High-Rise.”

Movie Review

In ‘High-Rise,’ class conflict on every level

“High-Rise” review: J.G. Ballard was a novelist who foresaw today’s tumult and ennui decades ago. Ben Wheatley adapts his brutal allegory of class conflict with inventive zest.

Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton.

Movie Review

‘A Bigger Splash’ delivers style and sin in the sun

Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ralph Fiennes, and Dakota Johnson square off on the Sicilian island of Pantelleria.

Dong Zijian and Zhao Tao in Jia Zhangke’s “Mountains May Depart.”

Movie Review

‘Mountains May Depart’ dramatizes China’s past, present, and future

“Mountains May Depart” review: An epochal melodrama, from the great Jia Zhangke.

Mr. Gutowski (right) and actor Adrien Brody during the production of the Oscar-winning film “The Pianist.” Mr. Gutowski was a frequent collaborator of director Roman Polanski’s.

Gene Gutowski, 90, Polanski producer, Holocaust survivor

Mr. Gutowski produced three films by director Roman Polanski in the 1960s and reunited with him for “The Pianist.”

Woody Allen.

Woody Allen opens Cannes; son resurrects sex abuse questions

As Allen’s new movie premiered, so did a column by Allen’s son Ronan Farrow, in which he reiterated sexual abuse allegations against his father.

Mark Wahlberg, pictured shooting a scene at the finish line of the 2016 Boston Marathon in April, has been spotted around Greater Boston filming for “Patriots Day.”


Mark Wahlberg reportedly spotted in Watertown for ‘Patriots Day’

The Dorchester native was filming a scene for his upcoming movie about the Marathon bombings, according to reports.

Ronald Reagan with famed clown Emmett Kelly in 1967. A film comedy is in the works about President Reagan suffering from Alzheimer’s disease while in the White House.

Reagan Alzheimer’s comedy raises the question: Can illness be funny?

The fierce backlash against the film shows how difficult that is to pull off.

Lisa Genova, author of “Still Alice,” which was made into an Oscar-winning movie.

Author Lisa Genova turns scientific fact into fiction

The best-selling author, a neuroscientist, focuses on ALS in her next novel about diseases of the brain.

Kate Winslet’s “Finding Neverland” gown.

Costumes worn by Kate Winslet, more part of Heritage Museums & Gardens show

The exhibit, which runs through Oct. 10, is located in one of Heritage’s smaller galleries to create an intimate feel.

Alden Ehrenreich on the red carpet for the film “Hail, Caesar!” in Berlin.

Young Han Solo reportedly cast in ‘Star Wars’ standalone film

Don’t tell Jabba the Hutt, but the universe has found a new Han Solo.