Dear Malia: Welcome to the Boston movie scene

Boston has a deep connection to and affinity for movies, and that’s perfect for Malia Obama, who is said to be interested in film.

Summer movies preview

Coming to a theater near you: sequels, spinoffs, and remakes

The summer movie season is upon us again.

Director Alex Gibney at The Charles Hotel in Cambridge.

Alex Gibney going clear on Scientology and Ron Miscavige’s tell-all book

The Oscar-winning director (“Taxi to the Dark Side”) was in town for a Harvard Kennedy School screening of his documentary.

Joshua Fields Millburn (left) and Ryan Nicodemus founded the multimedia project the Minimalists.

How minimalism teaches you to be happy with less

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus simplified life, which led to them founding the Minimalists and the art of letting go.

Latest Movies headlines

Jewish film fest embraces brave new era of Holocaust movies

The diversity of genres and styles, along with stellar guest speakers, distinguishes this niche festival running May 4-22.

Will Ferrell ‘not pursuing’ Reagan film, says spokesman

Ferrell is not pursuing a film project about the late president, a spokesman for the actor said Friday.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Kittens, Cubans, and a midnight bookstore

What to do in Boston this weekend, from Key and Peele’s big movie to the Boston Ballet’s “Swan Lake.”


Put these film festivals on your calendar

From film events in Boston to destination festivals, the local movie landscape offers plenty of great programming this summer. Here are some worthwhile dates to mark in your calendar.

Doc Talk

In Nantucket, films on Norman Lear, autism and animation, and a 1920s physician

You long to savor the summer season relaxing at a pleasant island getaway. But you want to do it guilt-free. The Nantucket Film Festival offers a solution.

Summer movies preview


// Coming to a theater near you: sequels, spinoffs, and remakes

The summer movie season is upon us again.

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// The story behind the ‘Spotlight’ movie

A look at The Boston Globe’s coverage of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and the movie “Spotlight,” which is based on the stories and the reporters behind the investigation.

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Films given four-star reviews by Globe critics Ty Burr, Janice Page, and Peter Keough and the former Globe critic Wesley Morris.

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Movie Review

// Launch of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ takes the faithful full circle

The new “Star Wars” is great fun, if not a great film. It consciously embraces the funky, handmade garage aesthetic of the 1977 original.

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From left: BARBARA PARKINS, SHARON TATE, and PATTY DUKE in “Valley of the Dolls.”

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John Williams scored ‘Valley of the Dolls.’ It’s true.

On May 5, the Brattle Theatre will screen the 1960s camp-fest “Valley of the Dolls” as part of its John Williams Scores series. Yep, John Williams.

Padraig O'Malley, whose life and career as a conflict negotiator is chronicled in the film “The Peacemaker.”

Padraig O’Malley makes peace for others, finds little for himself

The conflict negotiator, a recovering alcoholic, readily admits that he has substituted one addiction for another.

Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele with the title character in “Keanu.”

Movie Review

Key and Peele play it safe in cat caper film ‘Keanu’

Maybe we should be thankful that the movie works at all, rather than criticize it for being a safe, silly toe in the water.

Mark Wahlberg stars in the “Patriots Day” movie.


‘Patriots Day’ to film at closed Watertown police station

CBS Films is paying the town $60,000 to film there.

Adrian Sparks as Hemingway and Joely Richardson as Mary in “Papa: Hemingway in Cuba.”

Movie REview

In ‘Papa,’ a sentimental recollection of a friendship with Hemingway

A shapeless friendship with Ernest Hemingway during the last years of Hemingway’s life.

Orthodox Jews are shown worshipping in a synagogue in Bnei Brak in the documentary film “Colliding Dreams.”

Movie Review

At the center of ‘Colliding Dreams’

“Colliding Dreams” is an informative, incisive documentary about the history of Israel, directed from the center-left.

Jennifer Aniston stars as a divorced mom in “Mother’s Day.”

Movie Review

This ‘Mother’s Day’ is a celebration of schmaltz

Garry Marshall has taken up the cause of making movies celebrating beloved holidays, and now Mother’s Day have fallen to his schmaltzifying touch.

Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel in “The Man Who Knew Infinity.”

Movie Review

Math genius biopic ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ has a lot to say

This Dev Patel-Jeremy Irons film traces math genius Srinivasa Ramanujan’s remarkable path from provincial India circa 1913 to Cambridge University distinction.

Jerome Holder (left) and Jonathan Pryce in “Dough.”

Movie Review

‘Dough’ a feel-good drama set at a Jewish bakery

This buddy movie about the unlikely bonding of a Muslim refugee and a tradition-bound Jewish baker is well-intended, overstuffed, and half-baked.

Hediyeh Tehrani in Asghar Farhadi’s “Fireworks Wednesday.”

Movie Review

Domestic tranquillity is hard to find in ‘Fireworks Wednesday’

After his “A Separation” won an Oscar in 2012, previous films by Asghar Farhadi have opened in the US. This one from 2006 is similar in its excellence and themes.

Beyoncé and other performers on the New Orleans set of “Lemonade.” Most of the segments were shot in the area.

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In ‘Lemonade,’ Beyoncé offers a guide to a woman’s inner life

The film, even more than the album, embraces the struggles, trials, and resilience of all women of color, of all generations.

Jerry O'Connell in a scene from Jay Craven's new film,


Jerry O’Connell filming scenes on Nantucket

Director Jay Craven is shooting his new film “Wetware,” and the cast includes O’Connell.

New Edition members, sans Bobby Brown, in a 2014 photo.


Cast is set for New Edition biopic

BET has announced the child and adult actors who’ll portray the members of the Boston-bred group.

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‘Jumanji’ remake gets a star and producer — all in one

The "Jumanji" remake is coming, it’s something we’ve known for a while. He’s promised “not [to] screw the whole damn thing up.”

Guy Hamilton sought to entertain James Bond-loving audiences with ever-more-outrageous stunts and expensive gadgetry such as tricked-out Aston Martins.

Guy Hamilton, 93, director of 4 James Bond films

Mr. Hamilton raised the profile of the Bond movie brand through his work with actors Sean Connery and Roger Moore.


‘Jason Bourne’ trailer is out

The trailer for the latest installment of Matt Damon’s “Bourne” franchise is online, and it looks promising.

Conductor Andris Nelsons with his wife, soprano Kristine Opolais, in 2014.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Elvis, divine neurosis, and frogs who sing

Top choices for things to do this weekend.

Chris Evans, pictured at the Toronto Film Fesival in 2014.

Evans makes (Captain) America great again

There’s nothing hip about Captain America, which initially concerned Evans when he began playing the superhero.

Adam Ezra (left) and Jeff Grace at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 16.


Local musician Adam Ezra enjoys playing ‘Folk Hero’

It helped Adam Ezra that the character he gave voice to in indie comedy “Folk Hero & Funny Guy” was loosely based on himself.

103-year-old Bessie Nolan in “Older Than Ireland.”

Movie Review

These Irish eyes have seen it all

“Older Than Ireland” is Alex Fegan’s portrait of 29 Irish centenarians.

From top: Sienna Miller in “High-Rise.”

10 to see at Independent Film Festival Boston

The Independent Film Festival Boston takes place at the Brattle, Somerville, and Coolidge Corner theaters, where it insists on putting movies, not celebrities, in the spotlight.

Sandro (left) and Erik (right), holding their daughters Eleonora (left) and Rachel Maria, with surrogate Rachel and her husband, Tony.


Cambridge documentarian films gay couple’s journey to parenthood

“The Guys Next Door” will have its New England premiere at the Independent Film Festival Boston on May 1, with directors Amy Geller and Allie Humenuk in attendance.

Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton in “Jane Got a Gun.”

New on disc: ‘Jane,’ ‘Revenant,’ and ‘Lady’

New arrivals on disc include “Jane Got a Gun” and “The Revenant.”

Jeremy Saulnier, director of gory thriller “Green Room.”


‘Green Room’ director out for blood before it’s too late

“I made this for my 19-year-old self,” says Jeremy Saulnier of the blood-soaked thriller.

“Best and Most Beautiful Things” tells the story of Perkins School student Michelle Smith.

Doc Talk

Works of three local documentarians to be screened at IFFBoston

The Independent Film Festival Boston (April 27-May 4) has always championed local documentary filmmakers. This year’s selection is especially impressive.

Michael Shannon as Elvis (left) and Kevin Spacey as Nixon.

Movie Review

A meeting of the minds in ‘Elvis & Nixon’

“Elvis & Nixon” is a fond, small-potatoes telling of the day in 1970 Elvis Presley dropped in to visit the president in the Oval Office.

Chris Hemsworth in “The Huntsman: Winter’s War.”

Movie Review

What’s the back story to ‘Snow White’? Let it go.

“The Huntsman: Winter’s War” review: This sequel wants to convince us that there’s more to the story told in “Snow White & the Huntsman.”

From left: Alia Shawkat, Anton Yelchin, and Callum Turner in “Green Room.”

Movie Review

‘Green Room’ is brutal — and bloody good

Jeremy Saulnier’s gripping film is exploitive but in the most enjoyable way.

Alexander Black and Tom Hanks in Tom Tykwer’s “A Hologram for the King.”

Movie Review

Tom Hanks finds wry humor in ‘A Hologram for the King’

He plays a washed-up sales exec desperate to sell Saudi Arabia’s king on some technology he’s now peddling.

Ferdia Walsh-Peelo and Lucy Boynton in “Sing Street.”

Movie Review

John Carney’s tuneful ‘Sing Street’ is gritty and lyrical

Disaffected Dublin teens put together a band. It’s not “The Commitments,” but something just as committed, a tuneful autobiographical tale by the director of “Once.”

Charlie Harrington checked out spots near Harvard University for an upcoming project.

What are a location scout’s 5 favorite Boston spots?

When scouting New England, Charlie Harrington, a Cape Cod resident and feature-film location manager, has a few favorite spots.

Matt Damon in a scene from

There are new ‘Bourne’ teaser trailers. And they tell us nothing.

Two new mini-trailers for Matt Damon’s upcoming “Jason Bourne” movie were released Tuesday.

“Life, Animated,” by Roger Ross Williams (pictured accepting an award at the Sundace Film Festival), will be at the Nantucket Film Festival.

Nantucket Film Festival announces lineup

Oliver Stone will receive the 2016 Screenwriters Tribute, and Seth Meyers will host.

Johanna Korthals Altes and Vincent Nemeth in “Francofonia.”

Movie Review

Inside the Louvre, a meta-documentary examines art’s significance

Like his “Russian Ark,” a meta-documentary about the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Sokurov’s latest film concerns a world-famous museum –the Louvre.

Director John Carney, pictured during the Sundance Film Festival in January.

John Carney sets his Dublin childhood to music

The “Once” and “Begin Again” director puts a hefty dose of autobiography into his new film, “Sing Street.”

Anna Wintour and Andrew Bolton in director Andrew Rossi’s “The First Monday in May.”

Movie Review

Capturing the Vogue notion of fashion as art

“The First Monday in May” makes pointed observations about the personalities and pressures involved in putting on a blockbuster art/fashion show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Musician Moussa Sidi in “They Will Have to Kill Us First: Malian Music in Exile.”

Doc Talk

Give us music or give us death

Johanna Schwartz’s documentary shows how determined and courageous artists risk their lives and freedom to resist the oppression of a joyless, fanatical tyranny.

Michael Shannon (left) and Kevin Spacey in the upcoming film “Elvis & Nixon.”

Taking on Elvis the Pelvis and Tricky Dick

The occasion of actors portraying the former president and the King has been a constant in film and on TV for decades.

Jacqueline Kennedy and John F. Kennedy in “Primary.”

In Focus

This 1960 film changed political coverage — and more

Robert Drew’s “Primary” is one of four films in Criterion’s “The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates.”

Daisy Ridley stars in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Family Entertainment

New family-worthy movies on DVD

Upcoming discs for kids of all ages.

Jamie M. Perez and Keith Mascoll in Crosby Tatum’s “Confused . . . by Love.”

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‘Confused’ filmmaker headed to France

Crosby Tatum’s romantic comedy is headed to a Cannes film festival, but not the Cannes Film Festival.