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Armie Hammer is in ‘Crisis’ and they can’t hide it

Trailers for the opioid epidemic thriller were already in the can when allegations of abuse surfaced online.

A.Z. MADONNA

When Beethoven resonates in a crisis

For many BSO fans, the composer's music conjures happy memories. But it can also carry our grief.

MOVIES

Some sequels take longer (a lot longer) to arrive than others

"Coming 2 America" comes from a long line of long-in-the-making part twos.

MATTHEW GILBERT

10 things TV should stop doing right now

Golden Globes? Gone! Reboots and spinoffs? See ya! More streaming services? Enough already!

TELEVISION

‘Ray Donovan’ will get a feature-length finale

Showrunner David Hollander will direct and co-write the movie with star Liev Schreiber, and Jon Voight (Ray’s father) and Kerris Dorsey (Ray’s daughter) have already signed on to reprise their roles along with Schreiber.

MURRAY WHYTE

W.E.B. Du Bois showed us the power of data viz more than a century ago

The Great Barrington-born thinker created a set of gorgeous graphics for the 1900 Paris Exposition.

BOOKS

Crime and damages in ‘The Lowering Days’

Gregory Brown’s graceful and compassionate debut novel ponders right and wrong in a Maine mill town.

BALLET REVIEW

Boston Ballet celebrates Jorma Elo in a rich program of new work and past highlights

The ballet's resident choreographer of 18 years, Elo has a unique style that's on full display in this generous virtual program.

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BOOKS

A fictional retrospective of a filmmaker’s life in ‘Foregone’

Depending on how you slice acclaimed author Russell Banks’s 13th novel, you might find a book about a temperamental, privileged, cishet white male artist, a book about capturing art, a book about dying, a book about personal truth, or even a book about how the spotlight lies to us.

BOOKS

Glenn Adamson on the perfect reading chair and books organized by color

In his new book, “Craft: An American History” Adamson chronicles how “makers” and “making,” long before they became buzz words, contributed to the story of our country, from Jamestown until today.

A complicated patrimony in ‘Endpapers’

The child of an immigrant often bears witness to startling moments of intercedence, where their parent’s long-buried past suddenly ruptures the present. Alexander Wolff knows these occurrences; he writes of them in “Endpapers: A Family Story of Books, War, Escape and Home.”

BOOKS

Author Larry Olmsted on the massive benefits of sports fandom

In "Fans," Olmstead details how rooting for the home team can affect the human psyche.

Local bestsellers for the week ending February 21

Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound.

Virtual author readings Feb. 28-Mar. 6

All events take place online; visit the venue website for more information.

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Imagination rules the ruthless in ‘Night of the Kings’

Philippe Lacôte's prison thriller is an “Arabian Nights” revamp with gang warfare.