Stan Lee helped trap us in eternal adolescence

Thanks in part to the Marvel Comics legend, Hollywood makes ridiculous money convincing audiences never to grow up. And why would we when the real world is such a disastrous mess?

BOSTON, 11/14/2018 - Mark Walhberg poses with


Mark Wahlberg: ‘It’s tough being a parent, but it’s extremely rewarding’

The Dorchester native talked about how his new film “Instant Family” was partially inspired by his own family.

Amy Schumer


Amy Schumer cancels Dallas show, is hospitalized for nausea

The comedian-actress says she’s been hospitalized for severe second-trimester nausea and apologized to fans in Dallas for canceling a stand-up show.

Actor Matt Damon waits for Game 5 of the World Series baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers last month in Los Angeles.


Matt Damon talks about getting teary over the Red Sox

In a recent episode of “Off Camera with Sam Jones,” Matt Damon recalled how emotional he got when the Sox won the 2004 World Series — and what it was like watching them play the Dodgers.

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The Weekender: Wizards, womanizers, welterweights, and Welles

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

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Deck the halls with discs so jolly

A roundup of DVDs and Blu-rays suitable for giving this holiday season.

From one painter to another: Julian Schnabel puts viewers in van Gogh’s footsteps

In “At Eternity’s Gate,” Willem Dafoe stars as Vincent van Gogh.

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Remembering the name and face and fate of Sandra Bland

Its directors discuss a new documentary about Bland, who died mysteriously in a Texas jail.

It’s the underdog all over again in ‘Creed II’

The latest from Sylvester Stallone is very much in the ‘Rocky’ tradition.

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Your must-see guide to arts and entertainment this season, from Boston to the Berkshires and beyond.

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// 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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On the West Bank, on the water, on the beat

A roundup of documentary news of local interest.

Hugh Jackman is Gary Hart in “The Front Runner.”

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In ‘The Front Runner,’ sex scandal meets presidential campaign

Hugh Jackman stars as presidential candidate Gary Hart in a 1980s political tale that feels very prophetic.

Ralph Ineson in “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.”

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The Coen brothers head out West with ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’

James Franco, Tom Waits, Zoe Kazan, and Liam Neeson are among the stars in this film anthology, whose tales range from the brutally funny to the merely brutal.

Image of a fateful traffic stop from “Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland.”

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Three years later, the mysteries — and anger — remain

“Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland” examines a shocking injustice.

Yoo Ah-in in “Burning.”

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‘Burning’ questions, mysterious answers, from South Korea

It’s the kind of film where you obsess over what it means, the better to avoid thinking about how it makes you feel.

Viggo Mortensen is a driver for Mahershala Ali in “Green Book.”

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Going for a different sort of ride in the civil rights-era South

Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali star in “Green Book,” a look at racism and friendship in the early 1960s.

Liam Neeson and Viola Davis in the heist movie “Widows.”

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In ‘Widows,’ an all-star cast finds trouble in Chicago

Viola Davis and Liam Neeson head the cast in this twisty, overstuffed film directed by Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”).

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Harvard Crimson names Kristine Guillaume first black woman president in paper’s 145-year history

Guillaume will serve as a liaison between the editorial and business departments of the organization and focus on the long-term direction of the publication, which boasts approximately 320 staffers.

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President Trump, first lady again opt out of Kennedy Center Honors

For the second year in a row, President Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not be at the Kennedy Center Honors gala, which will be held Dec. 2.

Dedham 11/089/18-New England Patriots Kyle Van Noy escorted dozens of youth from Massachusetts Wonderfund to the screening of the new movie, Instant Family at the Dedham Showcase Cinema. They sit behind him and his wife Marissa as the movie is about to start. Photo for the Boston Globe by Debee Tlumacki (lifestyle)

Kyle and Marissa Van Noy took dozens of teens to see ‘Instant Family’ before it was even released

“I grew up in a culture where you give everything you have, and I’m just trying to pass that along to somebody else,” Kyle Van Noy said.

Timothee Chalamet at Kendall Square for a Q&A screening of

Timothée Chalamet attended a ‘Beautiful Boy’ screening in Cambridge, and it was a mob scene

Chalamet took a break from filming scenes for “Little Women” for the event, where he received the kind of ecstatic welcome usually reserved for visiting pop star royalty.

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Wakefield man’s college paper on young boxers evolves into a TV documentary

Michael Minahan discovered the Lyfe Style boxing program in Washington, D.C., while a student at Georgetown University.

Matthew Broderick and Geza Rohrig in


How the Boston Jewish Film Festival can be a place for healing amid tragedy

“I really do believe film is an empathy tool that gives a window into other people’s lives,” said festival artistic director Ariana Cohen-Halberstam.

Leavens her list with something spiritual

Lisa Genova’s latest novel is “Every Note Played’’ about a pianist with Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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Steve Carell to host ‘Saturday Night Live’

The actor will return as host on Nov. 17, the official “SNL” Twitter account announced on Wednesday.

Jason Reitman, in the Four Seasons Hotel, during a recent visit to Boston.


Director Jason Reitman talks about Gary Hart and ‘The Front-Runner’

The new film looks back at the 1987 sex scandal that ended a presidential campaign.

Lisbeth Salander (Claire Foy) in Columbia Pictures' THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB.

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

An image from “John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection.”

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Documentary looks at tennis great John McEnroe

Julien Faurat’s “John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection” is an unusual and absorbing film.

Bob Random and Oja Kodar in “The Other Side of the Wind.”

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Orson Welles’s final film finally arrives

The auteur’s “The Other Side of the Wind” can be seen on Netflix.

Jude Law stars as Albus Dumbledore, the future headmaster of Hogwarts, in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.”

Latest ‘Fantastic Beasts’ offers a young Dumbledore

Jude Law stars as the wizard, in the second installment of the J.K. Rowling series.

Sam Elliott (left), star of “The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot,” with director Robert D. Krzykowski. The film has its New England premiere Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. at the Somerville Theatre.

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What does Bigfoot have to do with Turners Falls?

A look at local film events.

Lucas Hedges (left), Russell Crowe, and Nicole Kidman in “Boy Erased.”

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When a family turns itself inside out

Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, and Russell Crowe star in “Boy Erased.”

Claire Foy stars in “The Girl in the Spider’s Web.”

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In ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web,’ some webs are less tangled than others

The movie exists almost solely to drive a stake in the ground for the further franchising of author Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”

Rosamund Pike in “A Private War.”

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‘A Private War’ tells Marie Colvin’s story

In portraying the war correspondent, Rosamund Pike matches the look and the clothes before diving under Colvin’s skin.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 7: Actress Emma Thompson leaves Buckingham Palace after receiving her damehood at an Investiture ceremony on November 7, 2018 in London, England. Ms Thompson, 59, received the accolade in recognition of her services to drama. (Photo by Steve Parsons - WPA Pool/Getty Images)


Call her a dame: Emma Thompson gets top British award

Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson has received one of Britain’s highest awards from Prince William — and thought about giving him a kiss at the Buckingham Palace ceremony.

Benedict Cumberbatch voices the Grinch in “The Grinch.”

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Now he’s not quite such a mean one, that Mr. Grinch

Benedict Cumberbatch provides the voice of the Dr. Seuss villain in a new animated version.

Chris Pine stars as Robert the Bruce in “Outlaw King.”

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In ‘Outlaw King,’ gore and glory in 14th-century Scotland

The movie takes a ruggedly somber approach to conveying the struggle involved in rallying Scotland’s disparate clans against English oppression.

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Denis Leary added viral obituary for Boston sports fan to Comics Come Home set

“The obituary not only made me laugh out loud but really struck me as a celebration of someone who absolutely lived her life to the fullest,” the comedian said.

Emma Watson, Eliza Scanlen, Saoirse Ronan, and Florence Pugh on the set of “Little Women.”

Emma Watson braved ‘snow’ while filming ‘Little Women’ in Harvard

The shoot took place in front of the Harvard General Store, which was transformed into the Concord General Store to match the setting of the novel.

Idris Elba on being named the “sexiest man alive” by People magazine: ”It was just a nice feeling. It was a nice surprise — an ego boost for sure.”


Idris Elba named ‘sexiest man alive’ by People magazine

The British actor said the award “was a nice surprise.”

Actor Mark Wahlberg poses during the photo call for “Mile 22” earlier this year.


Mark Wahlberg talks Marky Mark, his new film, and how long he actually spends in the shower

While the actor is in Dorchester shooting a new movie, “Wonderland,” he’s also promoting his new comedy, “Instant Family,” opening Nov. 16.


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10-28-2018 Natick, Mass 800 guests attended 34th annual Joey Fund Film Premiere for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation held in the Neiman Marcus Court at the Natick Mall. Joe and Kathy O’Donnell serve as the evening hosts. Since the event inception, supporters of the O’Donnells have contributed 100 million over the past three decades through the film premiere and other Joey Fund events. L. to are Kathy and Joe O’Donnell of Belmont and Anne Finucane of Lincoln. Globe photo by Bill Brett


Annual Joey Fund film premiere raises $1.1 million

The event, hosted by Joe O’Donnell and his wife, Kathy, kicked off with a cocktail reception before a screening of Peter Farrelly’s new film, “Green Book.”

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Meryl Streep and Timothée Chalamet filmed ‘Little Women’ scenes in Boston on Wednesday

As the city of Boston cheered on the Sox at the World Series parade, the cast of “Little Women” quietly filmed scenes a few miles south in Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum.

A tractor in a field in documentary, “Monrovia, Indiana,

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Frederick Wiseman’s latest documentary screens at the MFA

The legendary documentary filmmaker looks at rural life in the Midwest.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: Jodie Foster speaks during the 56th New York Film Festival


Jodie Foster, Laverne Cox, Ellen Pompeo among celebs teaming up to encourage voting

Michael Bloomberg partnered with RadicalMedia and a number of female celebrities in a new video, “Because It Matters,” encouraging women to vote in the upcoming midterm elections.

This combination photo shows Neil Young posing for a portrait in Calabasas, Calif. on May 18, 2016, left, and actress Daryl Hannah at the Netflix


Neil Young acknowledges he and Daryl Hannah are married

Hey hey, my my, Neil Young is calling Daryl Hannah his wife.

Cate Blanchett plays myriad roles in “Manifesto.”

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Doc Talk: Turkish treats, a Vineyard landmark, and a foray into the history of ideas

A roundup of upcoming documentaries and documentary events.

The African-American and Jewish entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. is the subject of Samuel D. Pollard’s “Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me.”

Highlighting the documentaries at this year’s BJFF

It’s the 30th anniversary of the Boston Jewish Film Festival.

Adrien Brody (center) in “The Pianist.”

The Boston Jewish Film Festival turns 30

This year’s Boston Jewish Film Festival runs Nov. 7-19.