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‘Meru’ offers a mountain high

Above: co-director and climber Jimmy Chin during the attempt to climb Mount Meru, in the Himalayas.

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The movie is filmed with such grandeur and intimacy that attempting to figure out how they made the incredible shots almost spoils them.

Zac Efron stars as an EDM DJ in “We Are Your Friends.”

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‘We Are Your Friends’ joins Efron with electronic dance music

The movie is a well-intentioned, formulaic “Saturday Night Fever” knock-off that only occasionally conveys the dance floor’s heady intoxication.

Julius Rosenwald (left) and Booker T. Washington at Tuskegee Institute

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‘Rosenwald’ offers timely lessons in wealth management

As unassuming as its subject, this documentary about the philanthropy of the little known Sears, Roebuck & Co. owner is a lesson in responsibility.

Jake Johnson in “Diggingfor Fire.”

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‘Digging for Fire’ depicts new parents doubting it all

Indie whirlwind Joe Swanberg shows hipsters quietly freaking out as they confront compromise, loss of individual freedom, and death.

From left: Chris Pine, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Margot Robbie in “Z for Zachariah.”

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Three’s a crowd in ‘Z for Zachariah’

High-mindedness absorbingly clashes with baser impulse and reason grapples with faith in a three-character apocalyptic tale.

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‘Friends’ offers a crash course on the Sudan

“We Come as Friends” is an astonishing and often profound documentary.

Karen Abercrombie (left) and Priscilla Shirer in “War Room.”

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In ‘War Room,’ message gets lost in pulpit pounding

In this marital drama about a put-together wife and mom whose life is secretly a shambles, authenticity comes late in the movie.

Jennifer Lawrence at the

Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer working on new screenplay

According to Lawrence, the two funny women will play sisters in an original screenplay that they’ve written.

Owen Wilson stars in the thriller “No Escape.”

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‘No Escape’ is all escapist thrills

“No Escape,” starring Owen Wilson, is a tense but utterly predictable exercise in Western xenophobic paranoia and guilt.

Filmmaker on the fly

Hubert Sauper’s three documentaries have been a challenge. In his newest, “We Come as Friends,” he shows a more playful side.

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Cameron Crowe’s ‘Aloha’ arrives on disc

“Aloha” is a fairly preoccupied bit of filmmaking.

doc talk

The rewards of competition

Screenings of the documentaries “9-Man: A Streetball Battle in the Heart of Chinatown” and “Harry & Snowman.”

Paul Rodriguez talks ‘We Are Blood’

Ty Evans’s new skate documentary featuring Rodriguez has its one-night-only Boston premiere at the Simons Imax Theatre at The New England Aquarium on Monday.


Notes from underground

Favorites from Chris Hallock, a programmer for the Boston Underground Film Festival, the Massachusetts Independent Film Festival, and the Somerville Theatre.

Looking back at the movies of 1975

Forty years later, 1975 continues to exert an influence on the movies.

Kristen Wiig (left), Bel Powley, and Alexander Skarsgard in Marielle Heller’s “The Diary of a Teenage Girl.”

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Exploring lust and love in ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’

This raunchy, wrenching, funny, and moving coming of age story is adapted from a 2002 graphic novel.

Greta Gerwig (left) and Lola Kirke in Noah Baumbach’s “Mistress America.”

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Gerwig and Baumbach up the ante with ‘Mistress America’

“Mistress America” review: A brittle and funny Manhattan fable about the friendship between a college girl (Lola Kirke) and her free-spirited soon-to-be stepsister (Greta Gerwig).

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summer arts preview

// The best of upcoming arts events

Critics suggest where you should go, what you should see, who you should hear, and what you should be reading this summer.

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// Four-star reviews by the Globe

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