Who will win an Oscar? Who should?

Will “La La Land” sweep the Academy Awards? Critics Ty Burr and Janice Page discuss the movie’s dominance, and who could spoil it.

Wayne Hayes (center) and Nick Grossi (right) at Pratty’s C.A.V., a bar featured in “Manchester by the Sea.”

What do they think about ‘Manchester by the Sea’ in Manchester-by-the-Sea?

When the Oscars are given out, you can be sure that locals will be rooting for Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, and director Kenneth Lonergan to win.

Michelle Williams and Casey Affleck in a scene from “Manchester by the Sea.”

For this Manchester resident, ‘Manchester by the Sea’ is a ‘soul-sucking letdown’

The Oscar-nominated film should be a movie that speaks to me. Not only am I a film reviewer, I’m also a resident. So why am I feeling so disappointed?

Boston Ballet in “Artifact” at the Boston Opera House.


The Weekender: Giant leaps, political laughs, and Oscars drama

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

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Jordan Peele turns his focus to directing in ‘Get Out’

Jordan Peele is “kind of done” with performing. The good news is that he’s still in the business of entertaining; he’s just taking a seat behind the camera.

In Focus

Salem Film Fest celebrates its 10th anniversary

In only 10 years, the festival has established itself as one of the best curated documentary events on the New England film calendar.

doc talk | Peter keough

Looking forward to a rad week for nonfiction film

From experimental Japanese documentaries to examinations of tickling and the blues, there’s plenty to entertain.


Want to be an extra in ‘Daddy’s Home 2’?

Joining Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell for “Daddy’s Home 2” will be Mel Gibson, Linda Cardellini, and, according to early reports, John Lithgow . . . and maybe you.

Movie Review

A love story set to Stalin in ‘Bitter Harvest’

The film looks for romance in the Soviet-imposed famine that claimed as many as 10 million lives in 1930s Ukraine.

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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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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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Daniel Kaluuya in a scene from “Get Out.”

Movie Review

A comic thriller that’s scary as all ‘Get Out’

Jordan Peele’s debut feature is expertly crafted, devastatingly subversive, and a hilarious commentary on race.

Luke Wilson gives voice to Bodi (left), Eddie Izzard to Angus Scattergood in “Rock Dog.”

Movie Review

★★★ There’s a lot to like about ‘Rock Dog’

In this indie ’toon, Luke Wilson lends his everydude voice to a humble Tibetan mastiff harboring dreams of six-string glory.

A castaway has difficulty attempting to leave an island in “The Red Turtle.”

Movie Review

★★★ ½ Tracing the loneliness of the short-distance rafter in ‘The Red Turtle’

In this luminously animated version of the castaway story, an Everyman finds himself stranded on a deserted island.

A scene from “Kedi,” Ceyda Torun’s documentary about the cats of her native Istanbul.

Movie Review

★★★ Cat lovers will love ‘Kedi’

Ceyda Torun’s documentary is a beautifully shot portrait of the street felines of Istanbul.

Tom Brady (pictured with Bill Belichick at Pebble Beach, Calif., earlier this month) will be the subject of an upcoming film.

Who should play Tom Brady in the movie? Let the casting speculation begin. . .

With a TB12 movie reportedly in the works, the Internet has become a hotbed of casting speculation.


Jimmy Kimmel plans to face off against ‘archenemy’ Matt Damon at the Oscars

“If the Joker and the Batman were face-to-face, there would be some kind of a standoff. And I would imagine that that will be the same for this.”

Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso in a scene from

More women were protagonists in 2016 movies

But the overall number of speaking roles — major and minor characters — declined by a percentage point.

Casey Affleck


Casey Affleck has a message for Boston film critics

The actor appreciates their support.

Meryl Streep at the Golden Globes.

Producers can’t keep politics from edging into Oscar show

Meryl Streep ushered politics into Hollywood’s awards season when she used her Golden Globes acceptance speech to condemn President Donald Trump for what she called his “instinct to humiliate.”

Matt Damon stars in Zhang Yimou’s “The Great Wall.”

Movie Review

Even Matt Damon can’t rise above ‘The Great Wall’

Zhang Yimou’s 3-D action fantasy won’t be remembered for whitewashing Chinese history, because it won’t be remembered at all.

Emma Stone (left) and Ryan Gosling in “La La Land.”

ty burr

New England roots run deep among Oscar nominees

Several movies that are nominated have a New England connection.

Filmmaker Peter Flynn.

scene here | local films, festivals, and faces

Critics’ choices to screen at the Brattle

Guy Maddin will take center stage when the Boston Society of Film Critics honors its 2106 award winners.

“Finding Dory”

The top 6 Oscar snubs

This year’s Academy Awards ballot leaves off some deserving candidates.

Mug shots of the San Antonio Four in “Southwest of Salem.”

In Focus

‘Southwest of Salem’ a tale of scapegoating and hysteria

Deborah Esquenazi’s infuriating and well-crafted documentary, “Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four,” is screening at the Brattle.

Doc Talk | Peter keough

Documentaries explore the animal kingdom

This week offers films about turtles, elephants, chimpanzees, and even some humans.

Comedian Louis C.K. is at the Boch Center’s Wang Theatre on Friday.


The Weekender: Big laughs, little trinkets, and starry shows

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Charlie Day and Ice Cube in “Fist Fight.”

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Comedy and class warfare in ‘Fist Fight’

Charlie Day and Ice Cube’s new movie, “Fist Fight,” has a good time with a schoolyard dustup between teachers.

Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo in a scene from director Amma Asante’s

Movie REview

‘United’ in love they stood together

“A United Kingdom” tells the true love story of an African prince and a young British office worker who persevere over the objections of family and world powers.

Peter Simonischek and Sandra Hüller in “Toni Erdmann.”

Movie Review

Oscar nominee ‘Toni Erdmann’ is a shaggy dad story

In this German comedy, the family that’s embarrassed together may or may not stay together.

Dane DeHaan in Gore Verbinski’s “A Cure for Wellness.”

Movie Review

‘A Cure for Wellness’ is a messy horror story set in the Alps

Director Gore Verbinski lets his mastery of styles and glossary of film influences lead him astray.

Piers Morgan (left) and J.K. Rowling

Everything you need to know about the Piers Morgan-J.K. Rowling Twitter war

If online fights between celebs are your thing, check out what’s been going on between Rowling and Morgan.

Hugh Grant and Martine McCutcheon in a scene at the end of “Love Actually.”

Whatever happened to the characters from ‘Love Actually’? We’re going to find out.

The writer-director of the beloved 2003 feature has created a short reunion film. But it’ll be a little while before we see it.

Chris Evans.


Chris Evans takes on former KKK leader David Duke

On Twitter, the white supremacist Duke said actor Evans hated “the women of his people.” Evans responded.

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Is this the director who could take over for Affleck on the next ‘Batman’?

Matt Reeves is in early talks to direct the first solo Batman film of DC Comics’ Extended Universe era, after star Ben Affleck recently announced that he was ceding the director’s chair.

Rockport, MA: 02-03-2017; Reina Montanez (left) and David Tavico have a late breakfast at the Blue Lobster Grill in Rockport, Mass. February 3, 2017. The couple, who are both from Chelsea, took the MBTA's commuter rail for their daytrip to Rockport. Photo/John Blanding, Boston Globe staff story/NOWK ( )


Cheap but charming dates for the financially challenged

Where do you go in our ‘burbs with your Valentine if you’re a little tight on cash?

Peter Simonischek as Winfried in the 2016 film “Toni Erdmann.”

Father may or may not know best in Oscar-nominated German film ‘Toni Erdmann’

“Toni Erdmann” is an almost three-hour German film about a strained father-daughter relationship that’s being hailed as one of the year’s most sublime comedies.

Charlie Day (left) and Ice Cube in “Fist Fight.”

Actor and Patriots fan Charlie Day tackles bullying in comedy ‘Fist Fight’

“I was a scrappy New England kid. A dirty fighter. I hit a kid with a trombone once,” says the actor, who plays a beleagured high school teacher.

Daryl Davis (left) and Frank Ancona at a KKK event in “Accidental Courtesy.”

Doc Talk

When talking the talk is walking the walk

In “Accidental Courtesy,” Daryl Davis ventures across the racial divide with kindness.

Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo in Amma Asante’s “A United Kingdom.”

A historic interracial marriage is revisited in ‘A United Kingdom’

Director Amma Asante and star David Oyelowo talk about the film, and having “diversity of people telling these stories.”

Filmmaker Ken Carlson visited Nuba in February and March 2014 and 2015 for three weeks each time.

In Focus

Dealing with life and death in southern Sudan

Ken Carlson’s documentary “The Heart of Nuba” looks at Dr. Tom Catena.

“The LEGO Batman movie.”


The Weekender: Dark knights, pop stars, and cosmic canvases

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Henry Hampton recording “Eyes on the Prize’’ vocals in 1986.

Recalling ground-breaking documentary that reframed history of civil rights movement

On the 30th anniversary of “Eyes on the Prize’’ the story behind creator Henry Hampton’s achievement has been preserved in “True South,” a new book by Jon Else.

Jamie Dornan (left) and Dakota Johnson in “Fifty Shades Darker.”

Movie Review

‘Grey’ gets ‘Darker’: Ana and Christian are back

Ana and Christian return to the screen, in “Fifty Shades Darker”

Zsofia Szamosi in a scene from “Sing.”

Movie REview

Keeping it short — and live

This year’s program of Oscar-nominated animated shorts has everything from youth choirs to police interrogations.

Will Arnett reprises his growly Dark Knight character in the animated follow-up to “The LEGO Movie.”

Movie Review

Anything goes in the entertaining ‘LEGO Batman Movie’

Will Arnett reprises his growly Dark Knight character in this goofy animated follow-up to “The LEGO Movie.”

Keanu Reeves returns to play the reluctant hit man of the title in “John Wick: Chapter 2.”

Movie Review

The Keanuverse is undergoing expansion

“John Wick: Chapter 2” brings back Keanu Reeves’s reluctant hit man.

Shahab Hosseini and Taraneh Alidoosti in Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman,” a best foreign language film Oscar nominee.

Movie review

Finding Willy Loman in Tehran in ‘The Salesman’

The Oscar-nominated film from Asghar Farhadi — who has vowed not to attend the awards ceremony — is a brooding, revelatory exploration of life imitating art.

A scene from “Piper,” one of five films in “Oscar Nominated Short Films 2017: Animation” at Kendall Square.

Movie Review

Keeping it short — and animated

This year’s program of Oscar-nominated animated shorts has everything from gorgeous sunsets to sandpipers.

Erin Hurley and Jeff Bauman at the 2016 Boston Marathon finish line.


Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman and wife Erin Hurley to divorce

“Jeff and Erin have decided that it is best to move forward as friends,” a family spokesperson said.

Martin Luther King Jr. in St. Augustine, Fla., as seen in the documentary “Passage at St. Augustine: The 1964 Black Lives Matter Movement That Transformed America.”

A fresh look at a key civil rights battle — and its New England connections

Clennon L. King’s documentary “Passage at St. Augustine: The 1964 Black Lives Matter Movement That Transformed America” includes ewly discovered historical footage.

Cambridge MA 2/3/17 Ryan Reynolds after receiving the Hasty Pudding Award gives it a kiss at Farkas Hall. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:


Ryan Reynolds: Hasty Pudding 2017 Man of the Year

Fresh from a Golden Globe nomination for his record-breaking film “Deadpool,” Reynolds collected the coveted pudding pot at Farkas Hall.