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The best Boston accents in movies, according to Ben Affleck

“Mine, in ‘Good Will Hunting,’ ” Affleck jokingly said. “Way better than Matt’s.”


Ben Affleck’s ‘Live by Night’ flops on opening weekend

‘‘Hidden Figures,’’ about African-American mathematicians in the 1960s space race, was the top grossing film at domestic cinemas.

William Peter Blatty, 89, author of ‘The Exorcist’

Mr. Blatty’s book spent more than a year on The New York Times fiction bestseller list and later inspired the popular movie.

‘Exorcist’ author William Peter Blatty dead at 89

William Peter Blatty was a former Jesuit school valedictorian who conjured a tale of demonic possession and gave millions the fright of their lives.

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Politics and America: Where we’ve been and where we are headed

Documentaries assess Obama’s legacy and our role in history.

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These films all earned four-star reviews from Globe critics Ty Burr, Janice Page, and Peter Keough, as well as former Globe critic Wesley Morris.

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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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Jonas Mekas at the HFA: diary of a sane man

The Harvard Film Archive series “Scenes From the Life of a Happy Man . . . The Films of Jonas Mekas” presents a retrospective of his film work.

Taraneh Alidoosti and Shahab Hosseini in “The Salesman.”


Boston Festival of Films From Iran pays tribute to Abbas Kiarostami

Among the many extraordinary artists lost in 2016, “The Taste of Cherry” director was one of the greatest filmmakers in the world.

Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy in “Jackie.”

Could ‘Jackie’ win the Best Picture Oscar?

A Cambridge company claims that by analyzing the language moviegoers use in IMBD reviews, they can determine who the winner will be.

Lucas Till drives his altered pickup truck up a wall in “Monster Trucks.”

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‘Monster Trucks’ is not much of a rally

What sounds like it should be a little kid’s dream is a generic live-action muddle.

From left: Adriana Ugarte, Priscilla Delgado, and Susi Sanchez in “Julieta.”

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Recaptured by the past in ‘Julieta’

Pedro Almodóvar’s muted, mythic melodrama ponders sin, guilt, and repressed memory, adapting three interlinked stories by Nobel Prize-winning author Alice Munro.

Douglas Smith stars in “The Bye Bye Man.”

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‘The Bye Bye Man’ won’t be staying with you

College kids rent a spooky house and find out about a wraith whose name, when uttered, causes people to do terrible things, like write the screenplay for this film.


‘Sunset Boulevard’ to hit Arlington big screen

The movie is a prelude to a production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, which is based on the film.

A scene from “La La Land.”

“La La Land” leads race for British Academy Film Awards

The perky, pastel-hued jazz musical ‘‘La La Land’’ quick-stepped into an awards-season lead Tuesday, gaining 11 nominations at the U.K. equivalent of the Oscars.


Ben Affleck jokingly complains about Casey not thanking him at Golden Globes

Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel’s show Monday, Ben, in mock outrage, said he was “a little taken aback” that Casey didn’t give him a shout-out from the stage.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Meryl Streep accepts Cecil B. DeMille Award during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by  via Getty Images)

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Will Meryl Streep’s speech embolden more Trump protests at awards?

With her Golden Globe Awards speech, Streep mounted a defense of Trumplandia’s chief troika of boogeymen: Hollywood. Foreign. Press.

A plug from Meryl Streep on Sunday’s Golden Globes telecast sparked a surge in contributions to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Committee to Protect Journalists boosted by Meryl Streep’s appeal

By mid-afternoon Monday, a day after Streep plugged the CPJ, the organization had received about 700 online donations totaling $60,000.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Actress Meryl Streep, recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award, poses in the press room during the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Meryl Streep gets political in her Golden Globes speech

“When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose,” Streep said as she railed against the president-elect.

This image released by NBC shows Meryl Streep accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (Paul Drinkwater/NBC via AP)

Read: Meryl Streep blasts Donald Trump in Golden Globes speech

Without saying the president-elect’s name, the acclaimed actress took aim at the Republican.

Felicity Jones and “Rogue One” again topped the box office rankings.

Once again, ‘Rogue One’ is tops at the box office

The “Star Wars” film pulled in the most revenue for a fourth consecutive week.

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Full list of Golden Globe winners

“La La Land,” “Moonlight,” and “The Crown” were among the big winners at this year’s Golden Globe Awards.

Golden Globes honor Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

The ceremony included a brief video montage of the mother-daughter duo, and Meryl Streep shared some of Fisher’s words while on stage.

Ryan Seacrest at the Golden Globes.

Will 2017 be the dawning of nameless fashion?

We all know a new era dawns in Washington on Jan. 20, but why should Hollywood wait?

Jimmy Fallon hosted Sunday’s Golden Globes.

No joke, Jimmy Fallon’s teleprompter fail was real

Jimmy Fallon had his own technical meltdown at the Golden Globes, quickly turning it into a joke about Mariah Carey’s New Year’s fiasco.

From left: Meryl Streep, “La La Land” stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, and “Atlanta creator and star Donald Glover.

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‘La La Land’ wins big at Golden Globes, but Meryl Streep steals the show

“La La Land” set a record by picking up seven Golden Globes, but Streep’s impassioned speech was the night’s top headline.

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Oops: John Legend gets a misspelled name tag at the Golden Globes

It’s a good thing John Legend is famous and doesn’t really need an introduction.

Evan Rachel Wood smoldered in a fitted tux.

The Golden Globes red carpet had a lot of hits, fewer misses

Deep necklines were the order of the night, with Jessica Biel, Kristen Bell, Mandy Moore, and others taking the plunge.

Mr. Puri at the premiere of “The Hundred-Foot Journey.”

Om Puri, 66, Indian character actor

Mr. Puri worked in critically acclaimed films at home and abroad, collecting a slew of awards.

Ben and Casey Affleck in Beverly Hills in November.


Affleck brothers among presenters at Sunday’s Golden Globe ceremony

And Casey Affleck could win one

From left: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae in “Hidden Figures.”

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The Weekender: Marvelous math, pop heroes, and ‘Bright Lights’

The Globe’s picks for weekend fun in Boston and beyond.

Lights, camera, Affleck!

Comparing “Live by Night,” the actor’s latest directorial effort, with its three predecessors.

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Actor/writer/drummer Nate Lang marches to his own beat

After acting in “Whiplash,” the New Bedford native/actor/screenwriter/drummer returns to hometown with his rock band.

Zoe Saldana and Ben Affleck in “Live by Night.”


Dennis Lehane talks ‘Live by Night’ and Ben Affleck’s adaptation for the screen

The Dorchester native talks about “Live by Night,” the book and the Affleck movie.


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Films about creativity and destruction

Local documentary screenings include “The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch,” “Command and Control,” and “Containment.”

Annette Bening in the 2016 film “20th Century Women.”

Annette Bening carries ‘20th Century Women’

Mike Mills’s new film is about a complex figure who shaped his life dramatically and the actress that plays her is generating awards buzz for the performance.

“Mr. Frog” screens Jan. 15 at Studio Cinema as part of Belmont World Film’s Family Festival.

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Films for kids, and kids at heart, at Family Festival

The Belmont World Film’s 14th annual installment includes an appearance by Merlin Crossingham of Aardman Animation.

Actress Meryl Streep arrives with flowers at a memorial service at the homes of Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher in Los Angeles Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. Reynolds died Dec. 28 at the age of 84, a day after her daughter died at the age of 60. Streep starred in the film,

Celebs visit homes of Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds for reported memorial

Meryl Streep, Meg Ryan, Ellen Barkin, and Ed Begley Jr. were among those entering the properties in the Coldwater Canyon area of Los Angeles.

Lewis MacDougall, as Conor, with The Monster (performed and voiced by Liam Neeson) in “A Monster Calls.”

Movie Review

Rooting about in a grieving ’tween’s subconscious in ‘A Monster Calls’

“A Monster Calls” is a challenging meditation on grief from the perspective of a British ’tween.

Jackie Chan in “Railroad Tigers.”

Movie Review

Jackie Chan on track with ‘Railroad Tigers’

The martial arts legend stars in an action comedy about the Japanese occupation of China in World War II.

Adam Driver (left) and Andrew Garfield in “Silence.’’

Movie Review

Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ is a masterpiece of faith

The adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s 1966 novel is in line with the director’s career-long interest in falls from grace and man’s distance from God.

Janelle Monae (as Mary Jackson) and Olek Krupa (as NASA mission specialist Karl Zielinski) in “Hidden Figures.”

Movie Review

‘Hidden Figures’ is a crowd-pleaser with math appeal

The new film tells the little-known story of an unheralded group of African-American women who crunched numbers for NASA in the early 1960s.

Diego Luna stars in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

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Recent movie reviews

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

George Lucas and his art team will soon decide whether to put the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in San Francisco (rendering above) or Los Angeles.

George Lucas museum cliffhanger: LA or San Francisco?

George Lucas is no stranger to epic struggles on the big screen, but he didn’t expect one off-camera when it came to his art collection.

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John Berger, 90, British critic, novelist, and screenwriter

Mr. Berger was a public intellectual who became a countercultural celebrity in 1970s Britain.

In September, a film crew sets up in Newburyport to shoot scenes for “Chappaquiddick.”

A year in Massachusetts movies

Here’s a look at projects filmed in the state in 2016. Most likely, we’ll see them on big (and small) screens this year.

Mr. Harris had a recurring role in the ‘‘Everybody Hates Chris’’ sitcom.

Ricky Harris, 54, comedian, actor in TV, films

Mr. Harris, a friend of Snoop Dogg, also voiced several characters that appeared in hip-hop albums.

Mr. Wong spent two years painting the illustrations that would inform every aspect of “Bambi.”

Tyrus Wong, 106, ‘Bambi’ artist thwarted by bias

Because of the marginalization to which Asian-Americans were long subject, Mr. Wong passed much of his career unknown to the general public.