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Streaming services ranging from Netflix to Disney+ want us to stop sharing passwords.

Passing on your password? Streaming services are past it

The giants of streaming media are hoping to discourage the common practice of sharing account passwords without alienating subscribers who've grown accustomed to the hack.

Thuso Mbedu as Cora in "The Underground Railroad."

HomeFront: ‘Underground Railroad’ delivers, starring roles for Angelina Jolie and Amy Adams, plus a comic from Dorchester goes big

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

TELEVISION
Thuso Mbedu as Cora in "The Underground Railroad."

‘The Underground Railroad’: a long, fraught journey of a woman, a people, a country

Barry Jenkins turns Colson Whitehead’s prize-winning novel into a 10-part series on Amazon.

Jonathan Katz will appear in a virtual “Dr. Katz Live" on May 16.

What’s happening in the arts world

This week's picks from Globe critics.

MOVIE REVIEW
Amy Adams in "The Woman in the Window."

‘The Woman in the Window’ is an inside job

Amy Adams stars in this Netflix adaptation of A.J. Finn’s best-selling novel

Ellice Patterson in dress rehearsal for Abilities Dance Boston's "The Firebird"

Abilities Dance Boston’s ‘The Firebird’ takes flight

With an original score and an inclusive cast, the show offers a new interpretation of a classic ballet.

TELEVISION
Jana Schmieding (with Ed Helms) as Reagan Wells in "Rutherford Falls."

In ‘Rutherford Falls,’ Jana Schmieding makes most of first major role

A Lakota Sioux woman, Schmieding has her own style of delivery, as well as a clear and confident sense of her character’s strengths and weaknesses.

BOOK REVIEW
Illustration for review of "PROJECT HAIL MARY" by Andy Weir. 16Project; BOOKS; 5-16-21

Science lessons in ‘Project Hail Mary’

Nearly a decade after "The Martian," Andy Weir has stranded another science guy in space and escalated the stakes from rescuing one man to saving an entire planet. But is the new novel too didactic?

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BOOK REVIEW

Burning for freedom

Louis Menand’s intellectual history of the Cold War offers an explanation of the period’s rapidly-shifting, transatlantic, artistic and intellectual styles by “examining the conditions of their production and reception.” Elizabeth Hinton examines African American rebellions during eras of violence and transformation. But both books are about Freedom.

Uzo Aduba as Dr. Brooke Taylor in "In Treatment."

Uzo Aduba takes the lead in a pandemic-era ‘In Treatment’

The Emmy-winning actress offers insights into her complicated starring role in the revival of the HBO drama.

BOOK REVIEW
Aminatta Forna is the author of four novels and a memoir.

Aminatta Forna’s essays about people and place and motion

“The Window Seat” opens with its exhilarating eponymous piece, encompassing her heady childhood experiences of flying internationally as an unaccompanied minor as well as the giddy experience of executing a loop de loop in a light aircraft. Both perceptive and informative, that essay sets the tone for the rest of this collection.

BIBLIOPHILES
Novelist Maggie O'Farrell.

Maggie O’Farrell on reading to ‘fill your soul’

In her award-winning, best-selling novel, “Hamnet,” O’Farrell imagines life in 16th-century England when the Black Plague claims the life of an 11-year-old boy who happens to be the only son of a budding playwright. The Irish-born author grew up in Wales and Scotland, where she now lives in Edinburgh with her family. What does she read for fun?

NEW ENGLAND LITERARY NEWS
826 Boston Youth Literary Advisory Board members (left to right from top row to bottom): Lordorina, Asiyah, Zariah; Berlanda, Djaza; Kevin, Kaylany.

A new book by young writers, the collected poems of Sonia Sanchez, and a brand-new publishing house

News of a bookish bent from around the region.

STORY BEHIND THE BOOK

Why devote a life to treasure hunting? Author Daniel Barbarisi digs in.

“Chasing the Thrill” gets inside a community of searchers in the Rocky Mountains.

BOOKINGS

Virtual author readings for May 16-23

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

Local bestsellers for the week ending May 9

Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound. For an independent bookstore near you, visit IndieBound.org.