Film critic and columnist

Ty Burr

Ty Burr is the Boston Globe’s film critic and cultural columnist. He has been at the paper since 2002. Prior to that, he wrote for Entertainment Weekly and programmed movies for Home Box Office.

Burr is the author of “Gods Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame” (2012), “The Best Old Movies for Families” (2007), and the e-book “The 50 Movie Starter Kit: What You Need to Know if You Want to Know What You’re Talking About” (2012). He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics and the Boston Society of Film Critics. In 2017, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism. He lives in Newton, MA.

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Movie Review

‘Filmworker’ pays attention to the man behind the curtain

By , Globe staff

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.

Movie review | ★ ★ ½

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

By , Globe staff

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

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

By , Globe staff

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

Movie Review

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

By , Globe staff

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