‘Star Trek Beyond’ is good summer fun

“Star Trek Beyond” plays like an episode of the old “Star Trek” TV series. This, Ty Burr submits, is what’s enjoyable about it.

Boston, Massachusetts -- 08/12/2014-- Jan Richards, of Boston, (R) places a star next to a bench in the Public Garden in honor of Robin Williams where a scene from the movie

Robin Williams’ daughter posts heartfelt message on his birthday

Thursday would have been Robin Williams’ 65th birthday and his daughter, Zelda, took to Instagram to honor and grieve the beloved actor-comedian.

From left: Chris Pine, Sofia Boutella, and Anton Yelchin in “Star Trek Beyond.”

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘Star Trek,’ ’80s rock, and a dancing pilot

Everything fun to do this weekend in Boston and beyond.

From left: Lauren Gibson, Royalty Hightower, and Alexis Neblett in “The Fits.”

★ ★ ★ ★ | Movie Review

‘The Fits’ is a nearly perfect movie

“The Fits” is what independent moviemaking should be and can be in this country.

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‘Star Trek Beyond’ wins at box office

Paramount’s latest “Star Trek” film took in about $59.6 million at domestic theaters over the weekend.

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

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Recent movie reviews

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

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‘Lights Out’ makes you really afraid of the dark

The new horror movie “Lights Out” is good -- and scary.

Looking back at the ‘Bourne’ movies

A look back at the previous four movies in the Bourne franchise.

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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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A scene from Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel’s “Leviathan.”

Doc talk

At sea, on stage, in training, at Shea

Documentaries to watch: “Leviathan,” “Straight into the Storm,” “Community Doctors,” “Doc & Darryl.”

Chris Cooper in “Coming Through the Rye.”

Previewing the Woods Hole Film Festival at 25

A rundown of some of the highlights of this year’s screenings.

John Romulus Brinkley is the subject of ”Nuts!”

In Focus

Documentary looks at eccentric doctor

John R. Brinkley, the subject of “Nuts!,” was an American original.

Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

DVD Releases

‘Batman v Superman,’ ‘Elvis & Nixon,’ ‘Miles Ahead’

Mini reviews of new releases on disc.

Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart star in Woody Allen’s “Café Society.”

★ ★ Movie Review

Great to look at, Woody Allen’s latest, “Cafe Society,” isn’t much to watch

This movie is not about characters or chemistry or anything much resembling emotion.

Scrit (voiced by Chris Wedge) in “Ice Age: Collision Course.”

Movie REview

In ‘Ice Age: Collision Course,’ watch out for that asteroid

An asteroid is heading for Earth in “Ice Age: Collision Course.”

Joanna Lumley as Patsy (left) and Jennifer Saunders as Edina.

Movie Review

Edina and Patsy are back

“Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie” is a champagne-bubbly continuation of their cult-fave TV Britcom.

Théophile Baquet and Ange Dargent.

Movie Review

‘Microbe & Gasoline’ is a French road trip

Adolescent misfits go on a journey in a jerry-built car in Michel Gondry’s latest film.

Matt Damon as Jason Bourne.


Matt Damon talks Ben Affleck, acting, and tacos on Reddit AMA

Taking the “ask me anything” nature of the post to heart, Damon covered a lot of ground.

Garry Marshall at an event in April. Marshall, who influenced numerous hit TV shows and movies, died Tuesday. He was 81.

Garry Marshall, 81; acclaimed television and film figure

Mr. Marshall created “Happy Days” and “Laverne & Shirley,” and also directed “Pretty Woman.”

The “Star Trek” cast, circa 1968: (front, from left) DeForest Kelley, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy; (back, from left) James Doohan, Walter Koenig, Majel Barrett, Nichelle Nichols, and George Takei.

‘Star Trek’ boldly went where no show had gone before

To “Star Trek,” and its fans, may you live long and prosper, for another 50 years.

Five breakthroughs ‘Star Trek’ brought to Planet Earth

Five prescient things that Star Trek, the TV show, introduced.

Woody Allen faces the press at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

Ty Burr

Here’s why Woody Allen is overrated

Whether he is the devil incarnate off screen I simply don’t feel I can say. But I can say this: He’s likely the most overrated film director working.

From left: John Leguizamo, Ruben Ochandiano, and Bryan Cranston in “The Infiltrator.”

★ ★ ½ Movie Review

‘The Infiltrator’ follows dirty money trail in war on drugs

Unlike Walter White, this time Bryan Cranston plays someone doggedly determined to not only resist corruption but to stamp it out.

Owen Suskind in a scene from “Life, Animated.”

★ ★ ★ Movie Review

How Disney rescued an autistic boy from isolation

The documentary “Life. Animated” looks at Disney animation’s power to be Owen Suskind’s communication conduit.


Banksy coming to Cambridge? Don’t hold your breath.

Oddly, there’s a screening of a 2012 Banksy documentary that is not listed on the Brattle’s website, but it does show up on a site called SecretBanksy.com.

Community Bulletin Board

Upcoming events in the communities south of Boston.

Artist/filmmaker Shannon O’Hare in a scene from “Vintage Tomorrows.”

doc talk

In Maine, a premiere festival’s northern exposure grows

The Camden International Film Festival announces a bold expansion: the year-round Points North Institute.

Joanna Lumley as Patsy and Jennifer Saunders as Edina in “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.”

Movie Review

Haute mess: Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley talk ‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’

Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley talk “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.”

By Loren King Globe Correspondent

Cool cats and a camp classic at local theaters

Somerville Theatre’s “Play it Cool” summer series continues July 28 with the Steve McQueen double-feature “Bullitt” and “The Getaway.”

Viggo Mortensen stars in “Captain Fantastic,” written and directed by Matt Ross.

★ ★ Movie Review

Survivalism as family values in ‘Captain Fantastic’

Viggo Mortensen stars in the survivalist-family drama, “Captain Fantastic.”

“The Travelling Players” is commonly regarded as Theo Angelopoulos’s masterpiece.

A modern master at the Harvard Film Archive

A retrospective of Theo Angelopoulos’s films is underway in Cambridge.

A scene from Beth Murphy’s “What Tomorrow Brings.”

In Focus

At Woods Hole film fest, female documentarians are at the fore

The festival’s 25th anniversary showcases women in front of and behind the camera

Frank Zappa in the documentary “Eat that Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words.”

★ ★ ★ ★ | MOVIE REVIEW

A revealing look at Frank Zappa

Get to know the real Zappa in “Eat that Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words.”

Dancers on Boston Common for the opening of the Outside the Box festival.


The Weekender: ‘Ghostbusters,’ McCartney, and back-flipping chefs

Everything fun to do this weekend in Boston and beyond.

In “The Innocents,” Lou de Laâge (center) stars as a doctor who comes to the aid of nuns in Poland in 1945.

★ ★ ★ Movie Review | ty burr

In “The Innocents,” a holy hell is redeemed

In the Polish drama “The Innocents,” the end of World War II doesn’t bring peace.

From left: Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, and Leslie Jones in “Ghostbusters,” directed by Paul Feig.

Movie Review

‘Ghostbusters’ remake conjures fun of original film

The movie is genial, if sloppy, although you sense it aches to be something more.

Robin Hardy, 86, who set ‘The Wicker Man’ cult alight

Mr. Hardy’s “The Wicker Man” lived on, cherished by horror-movie devotees who argued it belonged in the front ranks of the genre.

Rami Malek as Eliot Alderson in “Mr. Robot.”

‘Mr. Robot’ returns — and so does hacktivism

“Mr. Robot,” which returns for its second season, centers on the anxiety-ridden Elliot Alderson and his transformation from cybersecurity worker to politically driven hacker.

An image from the animated feature “The Secret Life of Pets,” which made $103 million in its opening weekend.

At the box office

‘Secret Life of Pets’ fetches $103m in opening weekend

The new film was the latest animated flick to score a huge opening at the box office.

Owen Suskind in the documentary “Life, Animated.”

Overcoming autism with a touch of Disney magic

For the subject of “Life, Animated,” certain films held the key to interpreting the outside world.

Movie Stars

Recent movie reviews from Globe critics

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

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 06: Zac Efron attends the Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates fan premiere at Event Cinemas Parramatta on July 6, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Why stupid bro-comedies might be the best thing for Zac Efron’s career

Throw a rock these days and it’d be hard to miss an Efron role in the latest bro-comedy.

From left: Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Kate McKinnon.

Director of new ‘Ghostbusters’ hopes ‘people go along for the ride’

Everyone, it seems, has already staked out a position on Paul Feig’s reboot of the 1980s classic.

Matt Ross

Matt Ross, actor, is also Matt Ross writer and director

He talks about his new movie, “Captain Fantastic,” and award winner at Cannes.



Openings, closings, and more in the south suburbs

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs south of Boston.

A scene from Laurie Kahn’s documentary “Love Between the Covers.”


Laurie Kahn’s film inspired by the public’s love affair with romance novels

The intimate and inspirational film offers a glimpse into their supportive and creative community.

“Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru” follows Robbins’s six-day Date With Destiny seminar.


In ‘Tony Robbins’ documentary, tears flow

Director Joe Berlinger has made a highly personal documentary about self-help guru Tony Robbins.

An outdoor party at the Institute of Contemporary Art in 2015.


The Weekender: Beach Boys, cyberwar, and swinging tap dancers

Everything fun to do this weekend in Boston and beyond.

From left: Duke (voice of Eric Stonestreet), Katie (Ellie Kemper) and Max (Louis C.K.).

★ ★½ | Movie Review

The fur flies in ‘Secret Life of Pets’

This latest 3-D feature from the team behind the “Despicable Me” franchise mostly plays like a frenetic reworking of the “Homeward Bound” movies.


Marvel’s new Iron Man is a black woman who attends MIT

The person who will take over for Tony Stark in the comic is Riri Williams, a teenager who’s studying in Cambridge.