Movie Review

No spring in the step of ‘The November Man’

Pierce Brosnan plays a former CIA killer who agrees to one last mission in director Roger Donaldson’s “The November Man.”

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This adaptation of an ‘80s spy novel quickly succumbs to cartoonish violence.

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//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/08/14/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/IIS-01741r.jpg Young adult films get a dose of reality

Reaching beyond dystopia and the paranormal, teen films take on real life.

Gordon Willis (above left) and some of the famous films he worked on (clockwise from top right): “Manhattan,” “The Parallax View,” “Klute,” and “The Godfather.”

Brattle series salutes Gordon Willis

Brattle pays tribute to the cinematographer, who shaped the ’70s and beyond.

Clockwise (from top left): “Pinocchio,” “Team America: World Police,” “The Muppets,” Michael Redgrave in “Dead of Night.”

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Film puppets that pulled strings

A list of favorite films featuring puppets, from “Pinocchio” to “The Muppets.”

Clockwise (from far left): Mickey Rourke, Lady Gaga, Jessica Alba, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

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More tales of ‘Sin City’ in ‘A Dame to Kill For’

Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s latest neo-noir anthology has cinematic juice.

Joan Crawford in (from left) “Female on the Beach,” “Trog,” “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane,” and “Strait-Jacket.”

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Joan Crawford goes to Harvard

The Late Joan Crawford, at the Harvard Film Archive, celebrates the later films of a one-of-a-kind star.

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‘Frank’ tries to get inside a singer’s head

The movie with Michael Fassbender in a giant papier-mache head is an entertaining curio with flashes of inspiration.

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Think before you go to ‘If I Stay’

The limbo between life and death plays more like comedy than tragedy in this hackneyed adaptation of Gayle Forman’s popular YA novel.

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‘When the Game Stands Tall’ could stand some dramatic plays

The true story of northern California’s De La Salle Spartans makes for a structurally glitchy inspirational exercise.

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Pros in being conned in ‘Abuse of Weakness’

Catherine Breillat has transformed her worst experiences into one of her best films.

Rating the movies of 2014

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/07/17/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/movies-1-6324--90x90.jpg The best movies of the year so far?

Since 2014 is shaping up to be a strong year, it seems sensible to take a half-time breather and quantify the year’s best films to date.

Four stars go to...

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2014/01/16/BostonGlobe.com/Arts/Images/17kapps1--90x90.jpg 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.

What to see this summer

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The emphasis on comedy in this summer’s offerings is cheering in more ways than one. Here’s hoping this summer delivers.

Movie capsules

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

Movie review archive

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Looking for past movie reviews? This sortable table will help you catch up on Globe reviews not to be missed.