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Looking for a gray area in ‘Black or White’

Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer.

Tracey Bennett

Mike Binder’s melodrama-with-an-agenda confronts our culture’s intensifying polarization and blind insistence on the either/or fallacy that ends all dialogue.

Chinese filmmaker Hu Wei’s “Butter Lamp.”

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Oscar-nominated shorts mind the gaps

Live-action and animated shorts that are probably better than most of the features that will win on Oscar night 2015.

The short “Joanna” follows a woman with blood cancer.

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Oscar-nominated short subjects look at life and death

This year’s Oscar nominees for documentary short subjects offer subjects of life and death with poetic intensity.

Jude Law (above) leads a search for a sunken U-boat and gold bullion in the depths of the Black Sea.

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In ‘Black Sea,’ there’s gold beneath the waves

“Black Sea,” starring Jude Law, is a contemporary submarine thriller that serves the genre well.

From left: Sam Lerner, Jonny Weston, Allen Evangelista, and Virginia Gardner in the time-travel movie “Project Almanac.”

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‘Project Almanac’ reinvents the ‘date movie’

“Almanac” applies the gimmick that reached its peak with “The Blair Witch Project” on to a time-travel movie and the result could have been a lot worse.

Sidse Babett Knudsen  (standing) and Chiara D’Anna in a scene from “The Duke of Burgundy.”

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Butterflies and 50 shades of ‘Burgundy’

“The Duke of Burgundy” offers an erotic nightmare, full of enticement and dread.

Miles Teller and Nate Lang  in “Whiplash.”

Scene here | Loren King

Nate Lang’s master class

New Bedford native Nate Lang talks about acting in the Oscar-nominated “Whiplash.”

Ahearn screens breakthough hip-hop film at Brattle

Charlie Ahearn’s “Wild Style” is the 1982 hip-hop movie that introduced a new culture to the world.

Maura Johnston

// ‘Ted 2’ trailer is released

Mark Wahlberg and his teddy-bear buddy are ready to take over movie screens again.

// ‘Ghostbusters’ all-female cast to include Wiig, McCarthy

Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy will star as two of the new ghostbusters, said director Paul Feig.

Ty Burr

// Sundance Day 6: Quick takes on eight films

Ty Burr shares his quick takes – loglines, really — on what he’s seen in the past few days at the Sundance Film Festival.


// At Sundance this year, women loom large

This year’s festival seems more focused than usual on what women are doing behind the camera and in front of it.

// The films of Ruben Östlund screen at the MFA

Few filmmakers can depict awkward social occasions with the excruciating accuracy of the Swedish director Ruben Östlund.


New film tells Barry Crimmins’s story of survival

Crimmins’s lifelong efforts to come to terms with the psychological impact of a terrible trauma form the spine of the documentary “Call Me Lucky.”

SAG Awards win sends ‘Birdman’ Oscar hopes soaring

Oscar hopes for ‘‘Birdman’’ got an enormous updraft over the weekend with big wins from the acting and producing guilds.

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// A George Lucas story goes the animation route in ‘Strange Magic’

This ersatz kiddie fodder might dismay cranks who bewail the numbing repetitiousness, mediocrity, and moralism that has paralyzed animated films.

ty burr

// Many miss the point of Eastwood’s ‘American Sniper’

So many audiences are coming to this movie to have their beliefs mirrored and reconfirmed. Is that Eastwood’s fault or is it ours?

Four stars go to...

// 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.

The Year in Arts

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// 2014: The Year in Arts

2014 was all about the music sneak attack, twentysomethings energizing stages, fresh late-night personalities, and more.

Movie capsules

Movie Stars

// Short reviews of what’s in theaters

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