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Ty Burr

Burr is a film critic for the Living/Arts section and author of the critically-acclaimed cultural history “Gods Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame.” He previously worked as a senior critic for Entertainment Weekly, where he covered film, music, theater, books, and the web. Burr is also the author of “The Best Old Movies for Families” and the e-book “The 50 Movie Starter Kit: What You Need to Know if You Want to Know What You’re Talking About”.

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CRITIC’s NOTEBOOK

Re-creating Jacques Demy’s universe in a box

By Ty Burr , Globe Staff

The Criterion Collection’s recently released “The Essential Jacques Demy” reclaims the work and reputation of one of the cinema’s most daring dreamers.

Movie Review

Three faces of poverty in ‘Rich Hill’

By Ty Burr , Globe Staff

A non-fiction portrait, set in a tiny Missouri town, follows three random boys for a few years, fretting at their chances.

Movie Review

Sampling Kuti in ‘Finding Fela!’

By Ty Burr , Globe Staff

A fine documentary about Fela Kuti, the outrageously charismatic Nigerian pop star who lived a life of high drama until his 1997 death.

Movie Review

‘The Giver’ repackages a classic

By Ty Burr , Globe Staff

The market-driven retrofit almost but doesn’t quite kill what makes the story special.