‘Trainspotting’ sequel gets derailed by its plot

Danny Boyle’s “T2” is good, acrid fun when it just wants to be a bleak comedy about high-flying boys falling into compromised middle age.

Woody Harrelson plays the title role in “Wilson,” which opens Friday.


For 30 years now, Woody Harrelson has been reliably unpredictable

Harrelson has come a long way from “Cheers.”

Kristen Stewart in “Personal Shopper.”

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Kristen Stewart adds value to ‘Personal Shopper’

Olivier Assayas’s coolly ambiguous character study is a ghost story, a murder mystery, and a thriller, but mostly it’s about being in the presence of its luminous star.

If ‘CHiPs’ can get a movie, maybe any old TV show can?

Here are some television contenders for feature-film status that Hollywood might, or might not, want to consider.

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Malick in Wonderland

“Song to Song” is a partial return to form for Terrence Malick, an improvement over the legendary director’s last two movies.

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‘Wilson’ hinges on cringes

Woody Harrelson plays the misanthrope to end all misanthropes in the film, which is based on Daniel Clowes’s graphic novel.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ a hit at box office

The Disney movie starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens blew past the previous record-holder for G- or PG-rated releases, according to studio estimates Sunday.


Alas, Red Sox fans won’t get to weigh in on J-Rod

With Alex Rodriguez out of baseball, Sox fans can’t ask him about Jennifer Lopez

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Boston festivals include films from Turkey, Ireland, the underground, and elsewhere

The festivals have something in common: all-important themes.

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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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Michael Fanning’s “Rocky Ros Muc” tells the tale of Irish immigrant and boxer Sean Mannion.

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Filmmakers and subjects focused on the fight

Screenings include documentaries about an Irish boxer, a Marathon hero, and deprogramming cult members.

Heart surgeon/comedian Bassem Youssef.

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Egyptian heart surgeon turned comic wishes he could poke fun without fear

Bassem Youssef dreamed of hosting his own comedy show. The problem wasn’t that he was a doctor; it was that he lived in Egypt.

The Dropkick Murphys at House of Blues.


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John Krasinski and Emily Blunt to make first movie together

The husband and wife duo are working together for the first time.

Gael Garcia Bernal (center) stars as a police prefect in “Neruda.”

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The policeman and the poet in ‘Neruda’

Director Pablo Larrain’s latest film is “Neruda,” a creamy, meta-fictional drama about Chilean poet Pablo Neruda during his 1948 political exile.

Rabah Nait Oufella (left), Garance Marillier (second from right) and Ella Rumpf (right) star in “Raw.”

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‘Raw’ satisfies, even when it’s overdone

The impressive debut feature from French director Julia Ducournau centers on a meek teenage girl who enters a demonic veterinary school.

Emma Watson stars as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast in the 2017 film BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, directed by Bill Condon.

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‘Beauty and the Beast’: Saved by the Belle?

Even with Emma Watson giving it her all, the new, live-action “Beauty and the Beast” struggles to re-create Disney magic.

Jordan Peele.

‘Get Out’ and Jordan Peele make movie history

The film has earned more than $100 million at the box office, making Peele the first African-American writer-director to pass that threshold with a debut.


Environmental film fest coming to Maynard

The 9th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival will be held March 29 at 7 p.m. at the Fine Arts Theatre Place in Maynard.

Ben Affleck.

Ben Affleck completes treatment for alcohol addiction

The Oscar winner said that addiction is something he has “dealt with in the past and will continue to confront.”

These jeans with clear plastic knees take the ’80s trend too far

You thought the future was female? C’mon. The future is bare knees behind clear plastic cutouts — for just $95.

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Five things to do, March 13-19

A St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Sojourn, Redefining Dance & Disability, the Persian New Year Festival, and more.

Actors Laura Elena Harring, right, and Noami Watts, in the film “Mulholland Drive,” directed by David Lynch.

Should IMDb have preserved its comment boards — flame wars and all?

What happens to a virtual community once it ceases to exist? A film critic laments IMDb’s decision to kill off its message boards.

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‘Cries From Syria’ looks inside an inferno

The powerful documentary puts the ongoing suffering and violence in the context of 50 years of the country’s history.

Kristen Stewart in Olivier Assayas’s “Personal Shopper.”

In ‘Personal Shopper,’ Kristen Stewart takes on transformation

In a volatile career that has ranged from “Twilight” fame to indie film accolades, the vehicle that perhaps best explores and exploits her high-glam and casual cool is “Personal Shopper.”

Fareed Zakaria, whose “Fareed Zakaria GPS” on CNN will air “The Most Powerful Man in the World.”

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Documentaries consider the power of Putin, the mind of Monet

Preparing for CNN’s “The Most Powerful Man in the World,” “I, Claude Monet,” at the MFA, and more.

Emma Watson stars as Belle and Dan Stevens is the Beast in the upcoming film “Beauty and the Beast.”

Beauty gets the spotlight, but what of the Beast?

Bill Condon’s live-action adaptation of the popular 1991 Disney animated musical inspires a look back at previous big-screen takes on the French fairy tale.

Fred Weintraub, 88, who showcased future greats at the Bitter End

The New York impresario advanced the careers of dozens of fledgling singers and comedians at his coffeehouse.

A scene from the movie “Kong: Skull Island.”


The Weekender: Giant apes, little geniuses, and local folk heroes

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

Kong returns in “Kong: Skull Island.”

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‘Kong: Skull Island’ is big on adventure

“Kong: Skull Island” isn’t a remake or a reboot or a re-anything; it’s just an enjoyable Saturday-matinee creature feature.

Damien Chazelle won the Oscar for best director for “La La Land.”

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Oscar winner Damien Chazelle’s Harvard professors remember him when

What’s so special about the Harvard curriculum, and Damien Chazelle, that accounts for the success of “La La Land”?

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Confusion ruled at the Oscars as “La La Land” was incorrectly announced as the best picture winner.

Michelle Williams and Casey Affleck in a scene from “Manchester by the Sea.”

For this Manchester resident, ‘Manchester by the Sea’ is a ‘soul-sucking letdown’

The Oscar-nominated film should be a movie that speaks to me. Not only am I a film reviewer, I’m also a resident. So why am I feeling so disappointed?


It was OK to play ‘Town’ clip in court, says judge

Prosecutors in New York have alleged that three men charged in a brazen 2012 heist of a Pay-O-Matic store were inspired by “The Town.”

Shirley MacLaine stars in “The Last Word.”

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‘The Last Word’ on bromides

The film winds up being an odd fusion of “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “The Bucket List,” starring Shirley MacLaine.

A scene from Tomer Heymann’s documentary ”Mr. Gaga.”

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‘Mr. Gaga’ takes a fascinating look at dance

A free-form dance language devised by Ohad Naharin, head of the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, takes center stage in the documentary.

Michalina Olszanska in “The Lure.”

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Mermaid tale gets lost in ‘The Lure’

An earnest effort to combine myth, music, and horror topples periodically into an incoherent mess as two carnivorous mermaids play punk rock in a tacky cabaret in 1980s Warsaw.

“Last Night in Edinburgh”

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A festival that promotes crossing borders

Offerings in the Global Cinema Film Festival of Boston examine how political and social conflict clashes with the will to survive.

Going ape: King Kong on the big screen

“Kong: Skull Island” brings the legendary beast back — not that he’s ever gone away.

Mr. Osborne, the public face of Turner Classic Movies, delivered revelatory tidbits before and after each screening.

Robert Osborne, 84, Turner Classic Movies host and film historian

Mr. Osborne was a genial ambassador for an otherwise vanished era in filmmaking.

Internet Movie Database now rates thousands of films ‘F’ for female

“American Psycho,” “Twilight,” “Bridget Jones’ Baby,” and “Frozen” all share a keyword on IMDb.

Patrick Stewart while promoting the newest X-Men movie “Logan.”

Patrick Stewart embarks on US enterprise

The British actor said he’s applying for US citizenship in order to fight and oppose President Trump.

Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams in “Get Out,” the new film from Jordan Peele.


What’s in the basement of ‘Get Out’? A metaphor.

Viewers of this horror movie aren’t just having a good scream, they’re also confronted with a subversive message about race.

“In Exile” is in Global Cinema Film Festival of Boston.

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Global Cinema Film Festival of Boston boasts an outstanding selection

This year’s festival, running March 9-12, screens 28 features, and most are documentaries — including the opening night film, “In Exile,”

Ariana Grande performs during her “Dangerous Woman” tour.


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

A scene from George Gittoes’s “Snow Monkey.”

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‘Snow Monkey’ director talks about filmmaking, and the time the Taliban came calling

Australian filmmaker, artist, and activist George Gittoes’s film is a documentary about street kids in war-torn Afghanistan making a documentary about themselves.

“My Life as a Zucchini” is the animated story of a boy voiced by Gaspard Schlatter.

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‘Zucchini’ lost the Oscar race but remains a winner

Arriving from France and director Claude Barras, “My Life as a Zucchini” is an orphan’s tale done up in stop-motion animation.

Tony Revolori and Anna Kendrick in “Table 19.”

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Hey, ‘Breakfast Club’ fans, your table is ready

The Anna Kendrick-led “Table 19,” a dramedy about a random collection of wedding guests, is one big adult paean to “The Breakfast Club.”

“The Box” is one of the four horror shorts directed by women that make up “XX.”

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‘XX’ shows that women can be scary too

Nightmares might result from this collection of four shorts of uneven quality by female filmmakers, three dealing with themes of motherhood.

Hugh Jackman reprises his Wolverine character in “Logan.”

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Something for Wolverine fans to sink their claws into

Hugh Jackman and X-castmate Patrick Stewart’s riffing provides crackling entertainment in “Logan.”

From left: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Medalion Rahimi, and Cynthy Wu in “Before I Fall.”

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‘Groundhog Day’ goes to high school in ‘Before I Fall’

The film follows a high school student as she finds herself mysteriously reliving “Cupid Day” again. And again.