Movies worth finding on Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes

Since it’s a slow week, and a hot one, here’s Ty Burr’s latest rundown of what he’s been finding interesting on the various streaming menus lately.

“Dunkirk” recalls a World War II mission in which hundreds of civilian craft crossed the English Channel to the French locality of the title to rescue nearly 350,000 members of the British Expeditionary Forces trapped by the German army.

Movie Review

‘Dunkirk’ is a towering achievement, made with craft, sinew, and honesty

Christopher Nolan’s re-creation of the World War II evacuation mission is sweeping, spare, and sentimental in the best possible way.

Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne in “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.”

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‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ is eye candy from Luc Besson

The film is wonderful, dopey, high-summer space nonsense from the madman behind “The Fifth Element” and “Lucy.”

Florence Pugh stars in “Lady Macbeth.”

Movie Review

A very different sort of ‘Lady Macbeth’

She’s living in 19th-century England, but just as ruthless as her Scottish namesake.

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Don't mess with Sam, Agnès, or especially Chuck

Peckinpah, Varda, and Berry are all screening in Greater Boston this week.

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Drama, comedy, and shorts round out offerings on the Cape

The Woods Hole Film Festival celebrates its 26th year with an ambitious slate of indie features, documentaries, and shorts screened at various locations around town, as well as panels, workshops, and parties.

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People on the edge dominate docs at Woods Hole Film Festival

They feature outsiders and nonconformists who deviate from the norm or are marginalized but who nonetheless prevail.

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Love is all around, along with great music

Documentary offerings include a look at Clive Davis, the birthplace of the blues, and the Summer of Love.

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Alejandro Jodorowsky returns to his life story in ‘Endless Poetry’

It’s cinematic surrealism of a sort only the director of “El Topo” can provide.

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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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A scene from Christopher Nolan’s ”Dunkirk.”

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

From left: Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish, and Regina Hall star in “Girls Trip.”

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In ‘Girls Trip,’ black girl magic reigns supreme

Regina Hall and Queen Latifah star in the latest girlfriends gone wild (and raunchy) comedy.

Aziz leads a group of Syrian citizen journalists in “City of Ghosts.”

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Documentary follows ISIS opponents in Syria

“City of Ghosts” looks at the organization Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently.

Director George Romero in 2009.

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How George Romero, the original zombie hunter, helped reshape popular culture

The director of the landmark movie “Night of the Living Dead” died on Sunday at age 77.

‘War for Planet of the Apes’ bests ‘Spider-Man’ at box office

Director Matt Reeves’s ‘‘War for the Planet of the Apes’’ pulled away thanks to strong reviews for the third installment of the rebooted ‘‘Apes’’ franchise.

Is an immersive ‘Star Wars’ hotel coming to Disney World?

“There’s no virtual-reality experience in the world that’s going to replicate what you get” at a Star Wars ”theme land,” a top Disney official said.

Actor Andy Serkis in front of an image from “War for the Planet Of The Apes.”

How Andy Serkis became Caesar in ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’

The master of motion capture also played Gollum and King Kong.

Rooney Mara plays a grieving widow in “A Ghost Story.”

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In ‘A Ghost Story,’ Casey Affleck does the haunting

David Lowery wrote and directed, and Rooney Mara plays a grieving widow.

A scene from “Dunkirk,” Christopher Nolan’s film about the 1940 evacuation of 330,000 Allied soldiers after the fall of France.

Why ‘Dark Knight’ director enlisted Harry Styles for ‘Dunkirk’

Christopher Nolan set out to make “an intimate epic” with his latest film.

Tony Conrad is shown in Tyler Hubby’s documentary, “Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present.”

In Focus

Tony Conrad tested boundaries in both film and music

His experimental film “The Flicker” and a documentary about him screen July 23 in Cambridge.

In “Blackout,” “American Experience” revisits a New York power outage from 40 years ago.

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A Pennebaker one-two rock-doc punch

“Monterey Pop” and “Blackout” are back.

A scene from “The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography.”

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Errol Morris documentary celebrates photographer Elsa Dorfman

The friends and fellow Cambridge residents join forces for “The B-Side.”

“War for the Planet of the Apes” opens Friday.

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The Weekender: ‘Apes,’ crooks, and dragons

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

Andy Serkis as Caesar (with Devyn Dalton as Cornelius) in “War for the Planet of the Apes.”

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In powerful ‘War for the Planet of the Apes,’ the battle begins

Andy Serkis returns as the ape leader Caesar in this ambitious and often thrilling film.

In this Sept. 11, 2015 file photo, Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, left, U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, center, and Anthony Sadler attend a parade held to honor the three Americans who stopped a gunman on a Paris-bound passenger train, in Sacramento, Calif. The three Sacramento-area men who thwarted a terror attack on a French train in 2015 will play themselves in a Clint Eastwood-directed film about their heroic feat. Sadler, Skarlatos, and Stone will star in


Men who stopped train attack to star in Clint Eastwood film

The three California men who thwarted a terror attack on a French train in 2015 will make the rare move of playing themselves in a new movie.

Fredo Corleone and Donald Trump Jr.


Is Donald Trump Jr. our era’s Fredo Corleone?

Many see parallels between the president’s son and “The Godfather: Part II” character.

Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in a scene from

Vivien Leigh’s ‘Gone With the Wind’ script up for auction

The actress played Scarlett O’Hara in the 1939 film, which won eight Oscars.

FILE - In this June 20, 2017, file image taken from video, Meredith Salenger, left, and Patton Oswalt arrive at the premiere of AMC's

Patton Oswalt announces his engagement — and strikes back at critics

The comedian, who has publicly wrestled with grief over the sudden death of his wife last year, announced that he’s engaged.

Nitin Nohria, dean of Harvard Business School.


Harvard Business School dean has a cameo in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

Why, yes, that is Nitin Nohria in the summer blockbuster, demonstrating how to tie a Windsor knot.

Tom Holland stars in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

‘Spider-Man’ climbs to top of box office

“Homecoming” had the franchise’s most successful debut since 2007’s ‘‘Spider-Man 3.’’

This image released by Columbia Pictures shows Tom Holland in a scene from

‘Spider-Man’ slings $117 million debut and Sony rejoices

The latest Spider-Man installment allayed film industry fears that moviegoers are sick of sequels and reboots.

Ben Affleck.

Ben Affleck steps out with a new woman

Ben Affleck seems to have a new woman in his life after officially filing for divorce from Jennifer Garner in April.

Tom Holland in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

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Welcome back: Spider-Man comes home

It’s a reboot, and a good one, for everyone’s favorite web master.

A scene from “Last Men in Aleppo.”

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Saving lives, at the risk of their own, in Aleppo

Documentary “Last Men in Aleppo” looks at Syria’s White Helmets.

Olivier Babinet’s “Swagger.”

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Opera, outsiders, and the environment featured in Boston French Film Festival, at MFA

This is the 22nd iteration of the popular celebration of Gallic cinema.

Errol Morris’s “The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography” opens July 14.


Errol Morris’s latest documentary is about portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman

“The B-Side” looks at the woman behind the large-format Polaroid camera.

Paula Beer in “Frantz.”

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Deneuve and Huppert in Boston French Film Festival, at MFA

This is the 22d iteration of the popular celebration of Gallic cinema.

Norman Jewison, director of “In the Heat of the Night.”

Norman Jewison looks back at ‘In the Heat of the Night’

Screening at the Brattle, the director’s most acclaimed movie celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Tom Holland in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

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The Weekender: ‘Spider-Man,’ boy bands, and women roommates

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

Dave Franco and Aubrey Plaza in Jeff Baena’s “The Little Hours.”

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Nothing conventional about this convent

Boccaccio’s “Decameron” gets a saucy spin in “The Little Hours.”

Evelin Hagoel stars in “The Women’s Balcony.”

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Religion and rights clash in Israeli film ‘The Women’s Balcony’

It begins with a bar mitzvah and ends with a wedding.

“Star Wars” droids R2-D2 (center) and C-3PO (right)  will be on stage Tuesday night in Washington, D.C., while the National Symphony Orchestra plays John Williams' music from


‘Star Wars’ droids join lineup for July Fourth concert in Washington, D.C.

The event near the US Capitol will include an appearance by two droids who fought for independence in a galaxy far, far away.

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‘Spotlight’ director: Boston Globe building was one of movie’s stars

As the paper prepares to leave Morrissey Boulevard, who better to write about the venerable structure, immortalized by his cinematic vision?

Oscar winner Olivia de Havilland, shown here in a June 2016 file photo, is suing FX Networks and producer Ryan Murphy's company, alleging unauthorized and false use of her name and invasion of privacy. The suit was filed in Los Angeles on Friday, June 30, 2017, one day before de Havilland turned 101. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)


Olivia de Havilland files lawsuit over ‘Feud’ portrayal

De Havilland, 101, is seeking damages for “emotional harm” and “harm to her reputation,” and is pushing for an injunction.

Jason Mantzoukas (left) with Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler in a scene from “The House.” Mantzoukas grew up in Nahant and did improv at Middlebury College before heading to New York City.

Comic actor Jason Mantzoukas can do much more than play the villain

After stealing scenes for years, the Nahant native has arguably his highest profile part to date in ‘‘The House,’’ with Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler.

Michele Gomes and Jenny Ting’s “Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction” screens at the New England Aquarium.

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When an endangered species is endangered further

“Saving Sea Turtles,” at the New England Aquarium’s Simons IMAX theater, shows rescue operation.

Robert Mitchum (pictured with Jane Greer in “Out of the Past”) would have turned 100 next month.

After nearly 100 years, there’s still been only one Robert Mitchum

Starting July 10, the Brattle will be offering a centennial tribute: double features most Mondays and Tuesdays through Aug. 29.

Barack Obama is one of six presidents to read the Constitution in Alexandra Pelosi’s “The Words That Built America.”

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Just in time for the Fourth: a look at the Constitution and Declaration of Independence

Alexandra Pelosi’s film “The Words That Built America” features readings of the Constitution by all six living presidents.

A display at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood prior to the 89th Academy Awards in February.

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Oscars voters get more diverse, and here’s why that matters

Hundreds of film-industry personnel have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, making the membership 13 percent people of color and 28 percent women.

Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan in “The Big Sick.”

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In ‘Big Sick,’ cultures clash — and love conquers all?

Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan star in a comedy that’s about more than just romance.

Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins in director Aisling Walsh’s “Maudie.”

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Biopic of folk artist paints a memorable portrait

Director Aisling Walsh’s “Maudie,” starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke, celebrates the life of Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis.