mOVIE rEVIEW

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/25/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/madagascar.jpg ‘Penguins of Madagascar’: big-screen liftoff

Espionage-obsessed “Madagascar” birds Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private get promoted to multiplex-marquee status.

Documania

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/20/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/img_4215.jpg Jesse Moss on his favorite docs & an Orwell book

The documentarian became interested in the art at an early age as this list of favorite films — and one book — testifies.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/19/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/WhtChrstms.jpg A mix of tame and spirited this season

Holiday screenings and events, including “White Christmas,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and “Elf.”

Doc Talk

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/17/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/BLUES1-001.jpg More of Les than meets the eye

Criterion Collection’s “Les Blank: Always for Pleasure” is a new 569-minute anthology of 14 documentaries made between 1968 and 1995.

doc talk

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/17/BostonGlobe.com/ReceivedContent/Images/farmworkerswiththeCIWstageaprotestandhungerstrikenearPublix,askingforfairwagesandsafeworkingconditions,2012_photocourtesyFoodChains.jpg Coolidge screening recalls relevance of ‘Roger & Me’

The Coolidge Corner Theatre is marking the 25th anniversary of Michael Moore’s “Roger & Me.”

Movie Review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/12/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/H-20130409-4096-2.jpg Hilary Swank, Tommy Lee Jones shine in ‘The Homesman’

The odd, ungainly western is harsh in its details, yet increasingly powerful as it wends its way back East toward civilization.

Movie Review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/05/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/005.jpg ‘Point and Shoot’ takes aim at a hero of our time

Marshall Curry’s documentary wanders through a maze of conundrums as it shares Matt VanDyke’s footage of his post-modernist Odyssey.

Ty Burr | Movie Review

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/11/20/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/jlaw150-3470.jpg As appetizer, ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1’ is unsatisfying

This is a cash-grab half-installment that deflates with a loud hiss.

Four stars go to...

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/01/16/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/17kapps1--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.

Fall Movies Preview

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/05/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/previewmoviefrontillo.jpg Fall movies aim high

In this season’s films, directors and actors have stories to tell and something to prove.

Toronto Film Festival

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/09/09/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/JeremyJordanandAnnaKendrickinTHELASTFIVEYEARS.jpg In Toronto, what they’re talking about at the festival

Upcoming films that have had the film festival abuzz include “The Last Five Years.”