In ‘Chi-raq,’ Spike Lee aims for satire

“I don’t know what it is about satire, but people don’t understand,” says “Chi-raq” director

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A number of roadblocks stood between Spike Lee’s home turf of Brooklyn and a creative new movie he wanted to shoot in Chicago.

Laurie Anderson talks about new ‘Heart of a Dog’

Anderson’s new movie is ostensibly about her dog Lolabelle, but also about the death of a friend, her mother, and husband, Lou Reed.

Helen McGonigle in “Who Takes Away the Sins. . .: Witnesses to Clergy Abuse.”


No resolutions when it comes to clergy abuse

Documentaries by the husband and wife team of John and Susan Michalczyk shows that the abuse goes on and lives are still shattered.

Doc Talk | Peter Keough

Brand identity onscreen in Bright Lights series

Screenings of documentaries on Russell Brand, Matt Shepard,“To Kill a Mockingbird,” and more.

An apatosaurus named Arlo and his human companion, Spot, in “The Good Dinosaur.”

Movie Review

Pixar’s ‘The Good Dinosaur’ lives in a Disney world

Pixar has never released an outright mediocre feature—until now.

Tom Hardy stars as the Kray twins, Ronnie (far left) and Reggie, in “Legend.”

Movie Review

Seeing double Tom Hardy makes ‘Legend’ worthwhile

Tom Hardy is the main reason — make that the main two reasons — to see this entertaining but unfocused and overlong gangster epic.

Sylvester Stallone returns as Rocky Balboa and Michael B. Jordan plays Adonis Johnson, Apollo Creed’s illegitimate son, in “Creed.”

Movie review

‘Rocky’ franchise gets new life with ‘Creed’

Michael B. Jordan brings emotional breadth to his legacy-freighted character, making Adonis a convincing jumble of youthful drive.

Daniel Radcliffe (left) and James McAvoy in “Victor Frankenstein.”

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‘Victor Frankenstein’ experiments, but with ghastly consequences

“You know this story,” Igor says at the beginning of “Victor Frankenstein,” and, boy, do we ever.

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‘A Christmas Carol’ meets ‘The Hangover’ in ‘The Night Before’

The holiday season, otherwise known as Hollywood’s make-or-break year-end box office finale, begins with this raunchy comedy.

// Middling opening weekend for last ‘Hunger Games’ film

‘‘Mockingjay — Part 2’’ earned $101 million in its first weekend in theaters, a new low for the four-film franchise.


Holiday screenings bring traditional and offbeat fare

The holiday season offers a bonanza for movie lovers, with traditional and oddball fare ranging from “The Nutcracker” to “Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead.”

Bryan Cranston and Diane Lane in “Trumbo.”

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Bryan Cranston puts the swagger in ‘Trumbo’

Cranston plays Dalton Trumbo, who was as big a legend in the film industry as he was in his own mind.

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// Peggy Guggenheim: giving her heart to art

The documentary “Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict” looks at the famous heiress and art patron.

Movie Review

// With strong cast, this ‘Secret’ is absorbing but slack

“Secret in Their Eyes” is a provocative thriller follows FBI investigators (Chiwetel Ejiofor and Julia Roberts) and the torturous impact of a teenager savagely murdered.

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// ‘Creeping Garden’ breaks the mold

The subject is slime mold, which lends musty magic to this documentary featuring fascinating photography, creepy music, and unsettling animation.

Jennifer Lawrence in “Mockingjay — Part 2.”

Movie REview

‘Hunger Games’ series comes to violent end

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” brings the story to a brutal but satisfying conclusion.

Special section

// 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.