‘13th’ is among the best movies of 2016, and is probably the most important

Director Ava DuVernay presents the case that our current system of mass incarceration is a direct, Constitutionally enabled descendent of slavery.

“A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder” is at the Citi Shubert Theatre.


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Tom Cruise as the military-trained hero Jack Reacher.

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In new Tom Cruise movie, ‘Jack Reacher’ goes ‘Thirtysomething’

The star returns as Lee Childs’s moody Army-vet hero.

Cleavon Little (left) and Gene Wilder in Mel Brooks’s 1974 spoof “Blazing Saddles.”


How well do you know ‘Blazing Saddles’?

John Wayne had a shot at playing the Waco Kid, and nine other fun facts.

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Miley Cyrus forgets lyrics, swears at Bill Murray’s Mark Twain ceremony

Leave it to Miley Cyrus — she of twerking and prominent tongue displays — to bring a bit of blue material to a PBS-produced special.

Ted V. Mikels, 87, master of low-budget cult favorites

Mr. Mikels cranked out an endless stream of bloody shockers, notably the 1960s cult favorites “The Astro-Zombies” and “The Corpse Grinders.”

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The man who gave his name to the car

A new PBS documentary looks at the scientific genius of Nikola Tesla.

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Meeting Salinger then, making a film about him now

Chris Cooper stars as the reclusive novelist in “Coming Through the Rye.”

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Here are the Critics Choice Awards finalists for best nonfiction film.

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A scene from the 2014 documentary film “National Gallery,” directed by Frederick Wiseman.


Lights, camera, art museums (yes, art museums)

There are more movies about them than you might think.

A Dan Brown triple play

Tom Hanks returns for a third go-round as symbologist Robert Langdon.

Michelle Williams stars in director Kelly Reichardt’s “Certain Women.”

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The most under-acknowledged great American director working today?

That would be Kelly Reichardt, and “Certain Women” is her new film.

Sonia Braga stars in “Aquarius.”

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In ‘Aquarius,’ real estate may or may not be destiny

Sonia Braga stars in this spooky/surreal Brazilian drama.

From left: Jon Hamm, Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher, and Gal Gadot in “Keeping Up With the Joneses.”

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Getting more than a cup of sugar from the new neighbors

In the Zach Galifianakis comedy “Keeping Up with the Joneses,” meet the spies next door.

Rebecca Hall stars as a troubled television reporter in “Christine.”

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The worst sort of local TV news blues

In “Christine,” Rebecca Hall plays a real-life news reporter who came to a very bad end.

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Men were seen and heard twice as much as women in 2015’s top films

In films with both male and female co-leads, men still had far more speaking and screen time.

Michael Moore in June.

October surprise! Michael Moore to release Trump documentary

The documentarian announced a new movie, “Michael Moore in TrumpLand,” which will be released Wednesday.

Mr. Etaix, with a bust of one of his idols, Buster Keaton, won an Oscar for best live-action short subject in 1963 with “Happy Anniversary.’’

Pierre Etaix, 87, director and slapstick actor

Mr. Etaix was known for his seamlessly choreographed films, including “Happy Anniversary,” which won an Oscar in 1963.

Ewan McGregor and Uzo Aduba in “American Pastoral.”

How Uzo Aduba went from Medfield to the movies

Uzo Aduba was all set to have a career singing classical music, studying voice performance at BU, when the theater beckoned.

A scene from Brigid McCaffrey’s 2010 film “Paradise Springs.”

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Brigid McCaffrey’s documentary shorts look at man and nature interacting

The filmmaker’s subtle, observational films shown at the Harvard Film Archive.

Father Joseph Philippe in a scene from “Father Joseph.”

Haitian priest stands in the path of the storm

“Father Joseph” looks at the promise and tribulations of Haiti and one man’s battle to make a difference.

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For Braga, it’s the age of ‘Aquarius’

The Brazilian star makes a comeback.

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‘Fantastic Beasts’ grows to a five-film franchise

J.K. Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” set in the same world as the Harry Potter series, is going to be a pentalogy.

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Felicity Jones and Diego Luna in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

‘Rogue One’ trailer captures ‘Star Wars’ rebel spirit

Plots abound in the new trailer for the upcoming film “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” set to release Dec. 16.

Cuban singer and dancer Omara Portuondo in an undated file photo.


Buena Vista star Omara Portuondo is 85. But you wouldn’t know it from her two-hour-long Cambridge concert.

Backed by Anat Cohen, Regina Carter, and her own Cuban band, the lone surviving vocalist from Buena Vista Social Club delivered a star turn at Sanders Theatre.

Rolf Lassgård stars as the title role in “A Man Called Ove.”

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His life as a dogged old man

‘A Man Called Ove,’ starring Rolf Lassgård, is Sweden’s candidate for this year’s best foreign language Oscar.

Stand-up comic Kevin Hart in “Kevin Hart: What Now?”

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‘What Now?’ How about 50,000 people laughing?

Comic Kevin Hart’s concert movie has plenty of funny moments — and it set a record for largest stand-up audience.

Anna Kendrick and Ben Affleck in “The Accountant.”

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Insulting or irresistible? On balance, ‘The Accountant’ is preposterous fun.

The Ben Affleck thriller works its way from a state of enjoyable popcorn suspense to a pitch of ridiculous — but still pretty enjoyable — nonsense.

Professor Kenneth Greenberg (above) has devoted his career to studying US slavery and the rebellion led by Nat Turner, played by Nate Parker (left) in the new film “The Birth of a Nation.”

The Boston professor on trail of the real Nat Turner

Suffolk University’s Kenneth Greenberg has been fascinated by the slave rebellion leader.

Trump on the campaign trail.


Celebrities react to Trump comments

From John Legend to Stephen King, many celebrities are speaking out against Trump’s comments. Scott Baio, however, is still supporting the Republican candidate.

Film director Gavin O'Connor is the director of the film

Meet the guy who directed Ben Affleck in ‘The Accountant’

Did Gavin O’Connor have a hard time directing Affleck, who’s becoming a pretty good director himself?

Tufts graduates Joshua Seftel (left) and Phil Toledano, who teamed for the documentary film about aging, “The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano.”

Two Tufts grads decided to make a documentary. Then things got weird.

When Phil Toledano and Joshua Seftel ran into each other on a New York City street a few years back, their conversation eventually turned to death.

Gustav Leonhardt as Johann Sebastian Bach in the film “Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach.”


A view of Bach, unfiltered by fantasy

“Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach,” a striking biography of composer Johann Sebastian Bach, is on view at the Harvard Film Archive.

Kevin Hart.

Kevin Hart live (but not quite in person)!

Kevin Hart’s latest concert movie continues a tradition of stand-up comics putting their acts on album, television, and film.

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Her name? Hillary. His name? Donald.

“Frontline” documentary ‘The Choice 2016’ offers surprising similarities as well differences.

Maisa Abd Elhadi plays a jailed schoolteaeher in “3,000 Nights,” which opens the Boston Palestine Film Festival.

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From Palestine to Boston: the BPFF celebrates its 10th

The festival returns with its usual wide array of documentaries, narrative features, and shorts.

(From L-R:) Colman Domingo as

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‘Birth of a Nation’ is powerful, but not perfect

Nate Parker’s film offers both a meaningful dramatization of overlooked history and a clichéd gloss on it.

A band takes part in the Honk! parade in 2015.


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A scene from Leila Sansour’s “Open Bethlehem.”

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Middle Eastern realities on the screen

Boston Palestine Film Festival documentaries take different approaches.

Griffin Gluck (standing) in “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life.”

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Just can’t wait to get out of ‘Middle School’

The adaptation of James Patterson’s kid-lit novel fails to make the most of a list of comic opportunities.

Emily Blunt stars in “The Girl on the Train.”

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‘The Girl on the Train’ goes entertainingly off the rails

The movie is a classic marital suspense drama that doesn’t get crazy until almost too late.

Bethany Whitmore in “Girl Asleep.”

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A teenage Alice in Down Under-land in ‘Girl Asleep’

“Girl Asleep” is a coming-of-age comedy-fantasy-drama and as awkward as that sounds

Sasha Lane in “American Honey.”

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Hitting the road with Generation Why?

Andrea Arnold’s latest film depicts teenagers with a poetic curiosity and a sense of what it’s like to be young, poor, and rootless — both future-less and free.

Timothy Spall plays David Irving in “Denial.”

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Being tried in the court of history

“Denial” dramatizes a lawsuit brought by a Holocaust denier.


‘Patriots Day’ trailer strikes a somber tone

The film about the Boston Marathon bombings opens Dec. 21.

Lindsay Lohan.

Lindsay Lohan says she lost part of finger in boat accident

The actress had surgery to reattach part of her digit.

‘Star Wars’ creator donates $1.5 million to Norman Rockwell Museum

The Norman Rockwell Museum is moving into the digital age, thanks to “Star Wars” creator George Lucas.

‘Miss Peregrine’ bests ‘Deepwater Horizon’ at box office

In a box-office rarity, three acclaimed, original films from studios opened in theaters over the weekend.

From left: Eva Green, Georgia Pemberton,

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Odd doings in Wales? It’s Tim Burton, for certain.

The title of “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” speaks for itself.