“This is beloved material . . . you’d better not screw it up,” says Anna Kendrick, about her role in “Into the Woods.”

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“This is beloved material . . . you’d better not screw it up,” says Anna Kendrick, about her role in “Into the Woods.”

Anna Kendrick goes ‘Into the Woods’

How the Maine native came to play Cinderella in the star-studded Disney adaptation of the musical. By Laura Collins-Hughes

DOC TALK

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Two documentaries from PBS profile the life and times of Muhammad Ali and Richard Pryor.

ZOOM

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The movies love the look and texture of snow, as multiple films in 2014 have demonstrated.

@LARGE

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/EditorialOpinion/Images/Was8890045.jpg Reader of the ‘Interview’ hack

We can’t help our curiosity about the Sony e-mails even as we loathe the secrets within.

Ty Burr

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With its decision to not release “The Interview,” Sony may have emboldened other people bent on threats and intimidation.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/20/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/scrooged001-001.jpg Bill Murray twisted Christmas in ‘Scrooged’

Starring Bill Murray as the Ebenezer Scrooge stand-in, “Scrooged” has settled into the Yuletide-movie firmament over the past 26 years.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/19/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/extra-3795.jpg 8 hours as an extra on the new Miles Teller film

A reporter spent a day at the filming of “Bleed For This,” the Martin Scorcese-produced film about Rhode Island-bred boxer Vincent “Vinny Paz” Pazienza.

Movie review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/12/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/annie-dom-DF-09131_rgb.jpg It’s the hard-knock life, retooled, in ‘Annie’

After a bright start, this updated version of the Broadway musical turns into a formulaic drag.

Movie review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/04/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/HTBOTFA-TRLR-0013.jpg The final ‘Hobbit’ marches off a CGI cliff

“The Battle of the Five Armies,” Peter Jackson’s final chapter in his adaptation of the Tolkien classic, is a clanging, overcrowded bore.

Movie review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/18/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/nightatthemuseun.jpg ‘Night at the Museum’ sequel shakes off the dust

For its first hour, this trilogy capper feels awfully dusty. But the movie’s exceptionally clever and fresh final act delivers.

Movie review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/12/12/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/THE_WAY_HE_LOOKS_1.jpg.jpg A different perspective at ‘The Way He Looks’

The much-mined gay coming-of-age drama gets a twist in Brazilian director Daniel Ribeiro’s debut.

Scene here

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Steve Trumble put Maynard’s Fine Arts Theatre Place through a $1 million renovation after purchasing the circa-1949 cinema.

Movie capsules

Movie Stars

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/29/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/penguins-of-madagascar-PEN_sq175_s53_f276_v2_0_CMYK_rgb--90x90.jpg Short reviews of what’s in theaters

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

Four stars go to...

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/29/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/webCITIZENFOUR--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.