‘Filmworker’ pays attention to the man behind the curtain

A welcome documentary about an invisible assistant to genius: Leon Vitali, who gave up an acting career to serve as director Stanley Kubrick’s personal assistant.

Ryan Reynolds in “Deadpool 2.”

Movie review | ★ ★ ½

Biting one-liners are a hallmark of Deadpool’s return

The wise-cracking, low-rent superhero of the Marvel universe is back, played again by Ryan Reynolds with all the snark at his disposal.

Adria Arjona (left) and Melissa McCarthy (center) in “Life of the Party,”

Movie Review | ★ ★

‘Life of the Party’ is old school, not ‘Old School’

Melissa McCarthy and her director husband, Ben Falcone, deliver a thoroughly vanilla comedy, a movie jammed with well-meaning girl power messages but surprisingly little edge.

Theater produces student’s play on Hitler’s young soldiers

The Company Theatre’s student program presents an original play “The Werewolves,” written by academy student Alex Moon of Scituate.

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9th annual Bike Travel film festival rolls into Arlington

You’ll screen an array of emotional cycling-themed stories at the Ciclismo Classico festival.

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Punk rocking on both sides of the pond in ‘Boys From Nowhere’ and ‘Here to Be Heard’

Two new documentaries tell the tale of Boston’s Boys From Nowhere and London’s the Slits.

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‘First Reformed’ is more dark musings from Schrader

If you’ve seen “Taxi Driver,” then you know the profoundly depraved sense of alienation that the writer and sometime director is capable of bringing to a screenplay.

How the Duplass brothers have worked together for almost 40 years without killing each other

After becoming stars of the festival circuit with so-called mumblecore films, Mark and Jay Duplass are now two of TV’s biggest impresarios through distribution deals with HBO and Netflix, all the while piling acting, writing, and directing projects on top of one another to form careers unlike anyone else’s. Their new book, “Like Brothers,” explores their lifelong partnership.

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Peak excitement pondered in ‘Mountain’

Jen Peedom’s by-the-numbers climbing documentary has all the usual highs and lows.

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Your must-see guide to arts and entertainment this season, from Boston to the Berkshires and beyond.

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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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Boston Calling returns to the Harvard Athletic Complex this weekend.

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The Weekender: Boston calls, ‘Solo’ stalls, ‘Fall’ spills, everyone grills

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

André Leon Talley in the documentary “The Gospel According to André,” directed by Kate Novack.

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Style is substance in ‘The Gospel According to André’

André Leon Talley is known for his ebullient personality, flamboyant style, and incisive and witty commentary and this illuminating profile reflects those qualities.

“Hairspray” will screen in June at Somerville Theatre.

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A summer of midnight movies at Somerville Theatre

Camp, cult, and classic films — from John Waters’s “Hairspray” to Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Boogie Nights” to the ebullient “Car Wash” — take over the big screen.

Director Kate Novack explores fabulousness, outside the box

The director talks about André Leon Talley, the subject of her new documentary, “The Gospel According to André.”

From left: Brian Dennehy, Saoirse Ronan, Jon Tenney, Glenn Fleshler, Barbara Tirrell, and Mare Winningham in “The Seagull.”

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The Seagull’ has great performances but never takes wing

This fussy, over-directed adaptation of the Anton Chekhov play about lost souls at a country estate at least has an excellent cast.

Billy Howle and Saoirse Ronan in “On Chesil Beach.”

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A love letter that’s written in the sand

In “On Chesil Beach, “ repression never hurt so good as it does in the indie drama casting Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle as dewy honeymooners in 1962 England.

Alden Ehrenreich is Han Solo and Joonas Suotamo is Chewbacca in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,

Movie review | ★ ★ ½

‘Solo’ turns an iconic character’s backstory into a decent B-movie

Alden Ehrenreich has the swagger and the sarcasm; he rents the role nicely from the man who still owns it.

Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool in a scene from the newly released “Deadpool 2.”

‘Deadpool 2’ ends Avengers’ box-office reign

Deadpool and his foul-mouthed crew of misfits and malcontents have taken down the Avengers.

Alden Ehrenreich takes on a role made famous by Harrison Ford in the prequel “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”

Han Solo isn’t the only movie character to get the young/old treatment

In “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” Alden Ehrenreich tackles the part Harrison Ford made famous.

Ryan Reynolds stars in “Deadpool 2.”

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The Weekender: A snarky hero, a rebel pope, and royal to-dos

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

Still images from “Scream for Me Sarajevo”: the 1994 concert (left) and heavy metal rocker Bruce Dickinson’s return (right) 20 years later.


A heavy metal mission of mercy

Upcoming documentary screenings, events, and news.

Director Paul Schrader is in Boston for the area premiere of his new movie “First Reformed.”

Paul Schrader’s long road from ‘Taxi Driver’ to ‘First Reformed

Paul Schrader’s movies can seem like amalgams of influence, filtered through his own Calvinist upbringing in Grand Rapids, Mich.

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Stars — and audience — deserve better than ‘Book Club’

The legendary talents of Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen go to waste in a feeble, plastic romantic comedy.

The pontiff is shown in a still image from the documentary “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word.”

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Documentary about Pope Francis is enriching viewing

Wim Wenders’s laudatory documentary “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word” is an essay in radical humility capable of moving a viewer regardless of his or her religious persuasions, or lack thereof.

A scene from João Moreira Salles’s documentary “In the Intense Now.”

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Looking back on the upheaval of the ’60s

João Moreira Salles’s “In the Intense Now” focuses on China, France, and Czechoslovakia.

Mary Steenburgen costars in the upcoming rom-com “Book Club.”

Mary Steenburgen has fun in ‘Book Club’

The actress talks about her new film and her costars-turned-friends Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Diane Keaton.

“Always at the Carlyle” features interviews with celebrities such as George Clooney and Naomi Campell as well as hotel employees.

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Class counts at the Carlyle

Matthew Miele’s documentary “Always at the Carlyle” offers a look behind the scenes at the tony Manhattan hotel.

Mentors and mentees in the Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship’s Diversity in the Edit Room program.

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DocTalk: Danger and diversity in the spotlight

Liz Garbus screens her newest film on HBO.

Natalie Portman has curated the first-ever Boston Calling Film Festival.

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Calling all movie lovers, Natalie Portman has something to show you

The Oscar winner and Harvard graduate has curated the first-ever Boston Calling Film Festival with the series “The Female Gaze” at the Brattle Theatre, May 22-24.

Stanley Kubrick in 1950, as seen in a picture the then-photojournalist took of actress Faye Emerson looking in a mirror and fixing her hair.

‘2001’ is a space odyssey, but 2018 is a Kubrick moment

The filmmaker is all over as his sci-fi masterpiece celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Lise Leplat Prudhomme stars as 13-year-old Joan in “Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc

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Before she was Joan of Arc

Bruno Dumont’s portrait of the saint as a young zealot has genuine oddball pleasures amid stretches of real tedium.


What does it mean to be intelligent?

“Intelligent Lives,” a documentary by N.H. filmmaker Dan Habib, redefines what it means to be intelligent.

Adele Exarchopoulos and Matthias Schoenaerts in “Racer and the Jailbird.”

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Genres crash and burn in ‘Racer and the Jailbird’

A review of the Belgian heist film “Racer and the Jailbird.”

Juliette Binoche and Nicolas Duvauchelle in “Let the Sunshine In.”

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‘Let the Sunshine In’ traces a search for romantic salvation

It’s a dry, lightly sad, and very French comedy, with two great artists behind it — director Claire Denis and star Juliette Binoche.

Lizzie Olsen (left) and Paul Bettany in a scene from


‘Avengers: Infinity War’ dominates at cinemas

Alternative programming like the romantic comedy ‘‘Overboard’’ also found an audience.

Bill Murray in “Caddyshack.”

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So what are the best sports movies?

“Caddyshack” is on the list. So are “Raging Bull” and “Eight Men Out.”

One of the couples in Henry Horenstein’s documentary “Partners.”

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Unconventional relationships are at the heart of ‘Partners’

Henry Horenstein’s documentary is screening at the MFA.

“All crime films, for me, are about the desire for absolute love. But this film is also about my love for cinema,” says director Michael Roskam.

Michael Roskam creates ‘melo-noir’ with ‘Racer and the Jailbird’

The director says, “All crime films, for me, are about the desire for absolute love. But this film is also about my love for cinema.”

“Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels”

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This week’s nonfiction films take on art, war, forgiveness, and more

A round-up of several upcoming documentary screenings and events.

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Making music with Laurel and Hardy

Organist Clark Wilson talks about accompanying silent films, including the five shorts he’ll perform along with on Sunday at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester.

Eugenio Derbez and Anna Faris star in “Overboard.”

Movie Review

‘Overboard’ still doesn’t make splash

Reboot of the 1987 Goldie Hawn-Kurt Russell film is inane, silly, pointless, harmless.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is shown in a still image from the documentary “RBG.”

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You down with ‘RBG’? Documentary presents its case

Yeah, you know Ruth Bader Ginsburg. But there’s value in a documentary that dives deep into her ongoing legacy.

“Tully” stars Charlize Theron as a New Jersey wife and mother expecting her third child.

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In ‘Tully,’ she is messy, but she’s Charlize

Writer Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman deliver a strange, touching comedy-drama.

Rachel Weisz in Sebastián Lelio’s “Disobedience.”

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Rachel Weisz empowers ‘Disobedience’

The film is Sebastián Lelio’s follow-up to the Oscar-winning “A Fantastic Woman.”

Catherine Keener stars in “Little Pink House.”

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It’s David vs. Goliath in ‘Little Pink House’

The film tells the fact-based story of a Connecticut woman’s fight to stop a corporate development project from forcing her out of her home.

Right on time for the warmer weather, Lawn on D is swinging open its gates for a fifth season today.

Lawn on D swings into spring with a packed lineup

Right on time for the warmer weather, Lawn on D is swinging open its gates for a fifth season today.

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There are a lot of good movies coming out this summer. See the full list of movies coming out summer 2018.

“Shakedown” is one of the films in the Brattle Theatre’s “Noir City: Boston.”

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Where to catch this summer’s film festivals

Save the dates for these summer film festivals, series, and special events coming to screens in our area.

“Ocean’s 8” is a spinoff of a sequel of a remake that trades in the guys of the earlier heist films for Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, and more.

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It’s shaping up to be a hot summer for actresses

Yes, there are the usual sequels and remakes, many of them featuring male characters. This year, though, there’s an incoming tide of counteractive female stars.

From lef: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Dave Bautista, Chris Pratt, and Pom Klementieff in “Avengers: Infinity War.

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The Weekender: ‘Avengers’ heroes, fierce queens, and They Might Be Giants

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

From left: Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Dave Bautista, Chris Pratt, and Pom Klementieff in “Avengers: Infinity War.”

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