What’s in a list of great movies? And who decides?

Lists are ridiculous necessities that attempt to forge consensus out of unique and personal passions.

Leslie Jones at a “Ghostbusters” event.

Is it enough to tweet that you #StandbyLeslieJones?

That’s the question after this latest incident of online harassment against Leslie Jones.

Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers in “Southside With You.”

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The movie about Barack and Michelle’s first date is good. Too bad it was released now.

“Southside With You” comes at a time when so many people will not be able to enjoy it because of our polarized politics.

The Allston Podcast Garage is a space created by the Public Radio Exchange where people can use the studios to produce high-quality audio work.

In Allston, a glimpse of podcast nation

Millennials are podcast aficionados. Now, in Allston, they’re gathering to learn how to produce their own.

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What it’s like to be in a cult

A man who spent 20 years in a cult, and as their unofficial videographer, presents his experience in the documentary “Holy Hell.”

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Time for this year’s Massachusetts Independent Film Festival

Loren King looks at film events throughout New England.

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Reconsidering the Kitty Genovese case

A documentary ponders whether the key elements of the Genovese case are even true.

Director Joshua Marston examines the urge to start over

In “Complete Unknown,” the allure of the fresh beginning is on display.

Ira Sachs: making the old new

That’s what the director does again in his latest feature, “Little Men.”

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The summer movie season is upon us again.

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From dance to music, TV to art, there’s a lot going on in Boston and beyond.

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

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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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Dancers at the 2015 Boston Caribbean Carnival Parade

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Everything fun to do this weekend around Boston.

Katy Perry tweets support for Leslie Jones — and introduces ‘misogynoir’ to white mainstream America

Katy Perry used the term in a tweet that supported Leslie Jones after the SNL star was the victim of another vicious online attack.

Jane Levy in the horror flick “Don’t Breathe.”

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In ‘Don’t Breathe,’ breaking in and not getting out

In this gory thriller, messing with a blind veteran is not a good idea.

Robert De Niro and Edgar Ramirez in “Hands of Stone.”

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In Duran biopic, fighting the good fight

“Hands of Stone” shows the boxing champion inside the ring and out.

Gilad Kahana (left), Natalie Portman, and Amir Tessler in “A Tale of Love and Darkness.”

Movie Review

Portman directs ‘Tale’ with love and darkness

The Oscar-winning actress makes her directorial debut with adaptation of Amos Oz’s memoir.

Leslie Jones at the premiere of “Ghostbusters.”

Leslie Jones’ website reportedly hacked to show nude photos

The website was reportedly hacked to display images of her driver’s license and other private documents, including nude photographs.

Watch the trailer for ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ starring Casey Affleck

The first trailer for the critically acclaimed “Manchester by the Sea” was released on Wednesday.

Sharon Jones in Barbara Kopple’s documentary “Miss Sharon Jones!”

Movie Review

Heart and soul aplenty in ‘Miss Sharon Jones!’

Barbara Kopple’s terrific documentary follows the Dap-Kings frontwoman after she has been diagnosed with stage 2 pancreatic cancer.

Recent movie reviews

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

‘Ben-Hur’ crashes, ‘Suicide Squad’ remains on top

The big-budget remake was trampled under a herd of holdovers and new releases at the box office, the latest casualty in a bruising summer for Hollywood.

Recent movie reviews

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

Natalie Portman at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in 2015.


Natalie Portman did not mess around when choosing her first movie to direct

The Oscar-winning actress adopts Amos Oz’s novel “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” a 600-page tome. Oh, and the movie’s in Hebrew.

10 boxing movies to check out

With “Hands of Stone” released next Friday, here are nine other boxing biopics that are worth watching.

A scene from Roberto Minervini’s documentary “The Other Side.”


‘The Other Side’ reveals an America rarely seen by the mainstream

These people epitomize the rage, need, fear, and hope that roils deep within the national psyche. You should pay attention.

Gennadiy Mokhnenko is the activist and preacher highlighted in Steve Hoover’s “Almost Holy.”

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Learning in Iran about Anne Frank

New documentary subjects include documentary filmmakers and a Soviet view of ’70s Boston.

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Recent movie reviews

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

Jessica Marie Palazzolo was cheered during the Fisherman’s Feast in 2012.

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The Weekender: Arms-dealing bros and the Queen of Soul

Everything fun to do this weekend around Boston.

Jack Huston plays Judah Ben-Hur in “Ben-Hur.”

★★ | Movie Review

Friends, Romans, CGI: ‘Ben-Hur’ is back

That most epic of movie epics hitches up the chariot again.

Jonah Hill (center) and Miles Teller (right) in “War Dogs.”

**1/2 | Movie Review

‘War Dogs’ enters a different kind of Green Zone

Jonah Hill leads the way as “The Hangover” meets the military-industrial complex.

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‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ is top-notch animation

“Kubo and the Two Strings” is the latest animation feature from Laika, of “Coraline” fame.

Josh Duhamel portrays former Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee in “Spaceman.”

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Josh Duhamel puts pitcher Bill Lee into orbit in amiable ‘Spaceman’

In a new sort-of biopic, the free-thinking, dope-smoking, junk-throwing former Red Sox lefthander never has to answer to ground control.

Victória Guerra and Jonathan Genet in “Cosmos.”

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‘Cosmos’ is an absurdist comedy

“Cosmos” is a wild and crazy comedy from Poland and France.

In “Lo and Behold,” filmmaker Werner Herzog explores humans’ connection to the digital world.

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In fascinating ‘Lo and Behold,’ Werner Herzog tackles the Internet

In his new documentary, the director recoils from the digital world, yet he marvels at it, too.

Nate Parker at an event this month.

1999 rape case swirls around Nate Parker and his film

A rape case involving the writer and star of the indie darling “The Birth of a Nation,” is getting attention as he enters the limelight.

Irmena Chichikova and Daria Vitkova in “Viktoria.”

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A Bulgarian New Wave may have arrived with ‘Viktoria’

Maya Vitkova’s debut feature combines stylistic features of some auteurs from the Eastern European film movements that precede it.

Leslie Jones quit Twitter briefly because of harassment.

From Justin Bieber to Leslie Jones: A month of leaving social media

A roundup of some of the big names who have quit social media lately.

Chris Evans (here at the Teen choice Awards) participated in a social media campaign that’s raising awareness about the alarming rate of suicide among military veterans.


Krasinski, Evans taking the 22 Pushup Challenge

Newton native John Krasinski and Sudbury native Chris Evans are among the stars to flex their muscles for the social media campaign.

In her new book, Amy Schumer talks about how hard it was to tour promoting “Trainwreck.”

Amy Schumer’s terrible ‘Trainwreck’ press tour

In her new book, Schumer said “the slut-shaming was off the charts” while promoting her latest movie.

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp in January, before they split.


Johnny Depp, Amber Heard settle divorce case

The two released a joint statement in which they say their relationship was volatile and neither intended the other any physical or emotional harm.


Tom Brady will not be on Daniel Radcliffe’s fantasy football team

It’s well known that “Harry Potter” actor has a man crush on Brady, but he still doesn’t want him on his fantasy team.

“Sausage Party” took in $33.6 million at the weekend box office, about $10 million behind “Suicide Squad.”

‘Suicide Squad,’ ‘Sausage Party’ tops at the box office

“Sausage,” the raunchy R-rated comedy, debuted in second place.

Even though R2-D2’s dialogue amounted only to beeps and whistles, the droid, played by Kenny Baker, and his lanky friend C-3PO became two of the series’ most beloved characters.

Kenny Baker, 81; played R2-D2 in ‘Star Wars’

Mr. Baker achieved cult status and fans’ adulation without showing his face or speaking any lines.

John Waters, whose early film “Multiple Maniacs” is being re-released.

John Waters celebrates the re-release of ‘one of my most hideous movies’

The director talks about a restored version of his 1970 proto-trash film forerunner “Multiple Maniacs,” being released on DVD and screened at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

Byong-man Jo and Gye-Yeul Kang in “My Love, Don’t Cross That River.”

At the MFA, documentary portrait of a marriage

The Korean documentary “My Love, Don’t Cross That River” celebrates a very-long-wed couple.

Toby Kebbell plays Messala Severus and Jack Huston plays Judah Ben-Hur in the 2016 film “Ben-Hur,” directed by Timur Bekmambetov.

‘Ben-Hur’ is set to roll back into theaters

First a silent movie, then an Oscar winner in 1959, the story of the title Jewish prince returns to the arena.

Will Smith and Margot Robbie in “Suicide Squad.”


The Weekender: Bowie, Buress, and the Olympic Games

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From left: Pat Covey, Lindsay Aries, Bethany Maddock, Brian Anderson, and Ryuu Lavitz at Boston Comic Con Night at Fenway Park on July 30, 2015.


The Weekender: Cosplay, dirty dogs, and the return of Tracy Morgan

Everything fun to do in Boston and beyond this weekend.

A scene from 1984’s “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.”


New on disc, “Buckaroo Banzai” and “Raiders!”

“Buckaroo Banzai,” “Raiders!,” and “Batman: The Killing Joke” arrive on disc.

Mary Pickford and Conway Tearle in a scene from the 1918 silent film “Stella Maris.”

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Making it up, musically, as he goes along

New Hampshire’s Jeff Rapsis improvises scores for silent films — live.

A scene from “Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words.”

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New Hulu series aims to shine a light on a pair of pop-cultural icons

Doc Talk looks at a wide variety of documentary films.

Oakes Fegley and his CGI friend in “Pete’s Dragon.”

Movie review

‘Pete’s Dragon’ is one of the summer’s nicer surprises

“Pete’s Dragon” is a magical reworking of the 1973 original, and this version is a polished and even affecting drama.