Struggle is at the heart of ‘Stronger’

The movie, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, tells the story of Jeff Bauman, who survived the loss of both legs in the Marathon bombing.

Jeff Bauman (L), co-author of the book 'Stronger', and actor Jake Gyllenhaal attend the 'Stronger' New York Premiere at Walter Reade Theater on September 14, 2017 in New York City. / AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCURKENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images

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‘Stronger’ is stronger for sticking to one man’s story: Jeff Bauman

“Chappaquiddick” and “Stronger” are the two Boston movies at the Toronto Film Fest this year.

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman (right) and actor Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays him in the movie “Stronger,” in Boston.


The story behind how Jeff Bauman’s Marathon bombing memoir became a movie

Bauman, who’s played by Jake Gyllenhaal, didn’t want to be part of a two-dimensional tale that glamorized what it was like to lose his legs.

Louis C.K. in a scene from“I Love You, Daddy,” which he wrote and directed.

Ty Burr

Louis C.K.’s new movie has people talking

“I Love You, Daddy” may, or may not, hit close to home.

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A new 3-D film takes a gander at the Gardner Museum

David Wilson, artist-in-residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 2009, took 3-D photographs and video of the galleries, collections, and exhibits and made a film from that material.

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‘Rumble’ looks at the Native American roots of rock ’n’ roll

The documentary presents a lucid analysis of how indigenous music not only influenced rock, but jazz and the blues and even hip-hop.

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Time for the Boston Film Festival

It includes the world premiere of the thriller “Damascus Cover.”

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Jennifer Lawrence is the best thing in dark, uneven ‘mother!’

Darren Aronofsky throws caution to the winds and delivers his most abstract cinematic experience yet.

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Angelina Jolie directs a historical drama about the Khmer Rouge

“First They Killed My Father” revisits the horrors of ‘70s Cambodia.

Fall Arts Preview 2017


// A new ‘Star Wars,’ plus a bevy of real-life heroes on screen

Many of the fall’s biggest films have stories based on fact.

Fall Arts Preview 2017

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A complete guide to movies, music, books, arts, theater, and family events in the Greater Boston area this season.

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These films all earned four-star reviews from Globe critics Ty Burr, Janice Page, and Peter Keough, as well as former Globe critic Wesley Morris.

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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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Dylan O’Brien in a scene from “American Assassin.”

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Doing whatever the circumstances warrant in ‘American Assassin’

Thriller starring Dylan O’Brien and Michael Keaton presents hot-button issues in graphic style.

Nicholas Hoult (right) plays J.D. Salinger and Kevin Spacey is his creative writing professor in “Rebel in the Rye.”

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Nicholas Hoult stars as J.D. Salinger in biopic ‘Rebel in the Rye’

Kevin Spacey plays his creative writing teacher.

Cédric Kahn and Bérénice Bejo in Joachim Lafosse’s “After Love.”

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When Boris met Marie — and wouldn’t leave in ‘After Love’

The French drama, at the MFA, emphasizes the “after.”

argot Robbie, who plays Tonya Harding, before the screening of “I, Tonya’’ at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Surprisingly, the Tonya Harding movie is incredible

Believe me, I didn’t expect it either.

George Clooney, Julianne Moore, and Matt Damon walked the red carpet ahead of the 'Suburbicon' screening during the Venice Film Festival.

George Clooney talks about directing Matt Damon. In short, it was a lot of fun

“Matt is an everyman,” Clooney said in an interview on Friday.

Jude Law and Annabelle Wallis in “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” one of this year’s many box office flops.

Ty Burr

The movie box office this summer was so bad because the movies were

Hollywood execs think that people don’t go to the movies because of bad Rotten Tomatoes reviews. Truth is, mainstream studio films are, by and large, insanely bad.

Singer Lady Gaga attends the press conference for

Lady Gaga says she’s taking a ‘rest’ from music

The pop star was at in Toronto on Friday for a pair of concerts and to premiere a Netflix documentary about herself, ‘‘Gaga: Five Foot Two.’’

10fallpreview Only Lovers Left Alive starring Tilda Swinton (Brattle Theater)


Tilda Swinton, cinema of Resistance, and other fall highlights

As usual, autumn brings a hearty sampling of eclectic film festivals and innovative repertory programming.



Take a tour of other worlds at Camden International Film Fest

Its 37 features are a treasure trove of nonfiction film.

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in the 2017 film THOR: RAGNAROK, directed by Taika Waititi. Ph: Teaser Film Frame..(c)Marvel Studios 2017


A new ‘Star Wars,’ plus a bevy of real-life heroes on screen

Many of the fall’s biggest films have stories based on fact.

ArtsEmerson presents the US premiere of “Reversible,” the new production by circus troupe The 7 Fingers, at the Cutler Majestic Theatre.

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The Weekender: Circus kicks, comics, and Sondheim

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

Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise in “It.”

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Stephen King’s ‘It’ comes to the big screen

Bill Skarsgård plays the evil clown Pennywise, but the monster isn’t the only scary clown here.

Reese Witherspoon and Pico Alexander in “Home Again.”

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You can go ‘Home Again,’ it just isn’t that interesting

Reese Witherspoon plays a 40-year-old, recently separated interior decorator who offers her guest house to a trio of twenty-something showbiz hopefuls.

Léonie Souchaud and Cecile De France (right) star in “Fanny’s Journey.”

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Courage and resourcefulness guide ‘Fanny’s Journey’

The suspenseful, subtle, and moving true story of a teenage girl who led several other children out of Nazi-occupied France to Switzerland.

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In ‘Columbus,’ a film and a town are shaped by great architecture

First-time director Kogonada shows a sure hand and a poetic sensibility in this story about a Korean translator and a local woman stuck in the title town by parental responsibilities.

A protest scene in “Whose Streets?”

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Citizen journalism takes over the conversation in ‘Whose Streets?’

The documentary, filmed by black activists during the events that roiled Ferguson, Mo., in 2014 and 2015, just about bubbles over with anger, resistance, and hope.

Bertrand Tavernier’s “My Journey Through French Cinema” runs for 3 hours and 21 minutes.

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At the MFA, Bertrand Tavernier celebrates French film

“My Journey Through Fench Cinema” goes from the early ’30s t othe late ’70s.

American soldiers near Da Nang in 1965.

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Ken Burns, America’s storyteller, produces an epic on Vietnam

Inside the filmmaker’s New Hampshire production studio, as he prepares to release his documentary about our most bitter war.

A scene from director Miao Wang’s documentary “Maineland,” about two Chinese students at Maine’s Fryeburg Academy.

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Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival drops in on Chinese ‘parachute students’ in Maine

“Maineland” will screen Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. as part of the 12th annual MVIFF, which runs Sept. 5–10.

Samuel L. Jackson (left) and Ryan Reynolds in “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” which topped the box office for a third weekend.

A slow Labor Day weekend caps a down summer at the box office

With no wide releases, Hollywood put an end to what's expected to be the lowest earning summer movie season since 2006.

Matt Damon walks the red carpet with wife Luciana at the premiere of “Suburbicon” at the Venice Film Festival.


Matt Damon: ‘I look kind of like an average American person’

The local actor was in Venice, Italy, promoting George Clooney’s “Suburbicon.’’

ake Gyllenhaal stars as Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Baumann in “Stronger.”


This Toronto film festival has real potential

Bio-pics of survivors, famous Brits, rock stars, tennis battles — and a remake of ‘Papillon.’

Javier Botet has had roles as monsters in horror movies such as “Crimson Peak” and “The Conjuring 2.”

Meet Javier Botet, the ‘It’ boy of scary

The actor, with his 6-foot-7, 120-pound frame, has carved out roles as a non-CGI monster — including in a remake of the Stephen King classic.

Pacho Velez and Sierra Pettengill, co-directors of “The Reagan Show.”

In Focus

Backstage at ‘The Reagan Show’

The winner of the 2014 Camden International Film Festival Points North Pitch Contest, will screen as part of the DocYard series on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Brattle Theatre.

Paul Farmer in a scene from Pedro Kos’s “Bending the Arc.”

DocTalk | Peter Keough

A look at GlobeDocs and more

The film festival, now in its third year, recently announced an impressive lineup of 14 nonfiction features and a collection of shorts.

Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie in “The Hunger.”


Harvard Film Archive to host vampire movie marathon over Labor Day weekend

The HFA chose films that people likely haven’t seen before, such as 1983’s “The Hunger,” which stars David Bowie.

Lady Gaga (pictured in Inglewood, Calif., Aug. 8) plays Fenway Park Friday and Saturday.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Going Gaga, riding the rails, and cat tricks

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

There’s an all-girl remake of ‘Lord of the Flies’ in the works, and it’s already being mocked online

How would things have turned out for the kids depicted in “Lord of the Flies” if the stranded children were girls? Probably a lot better, according to Twitter.

Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in “Bringing Up Baby.”

Ty Burr’s Top 10 comedies ballot

From “Bringing Up Baby” to “Tootsie.”

Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe in “Some Like It Hot.”

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What are the funniest films of all time?

The Globe’s film critic picks his all-time list as part of a new BBC Culture poll. Did he get it right? How many of your favorite comedies made it?

Ed Helms and Lake Bell in “I Do . . . Until I Don’t,” which was written and directed by Bell.

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Marriage on trial in ‘I Do . . . Until I Don’t’

Lake Bell again demonstrates originality and comic talent in this elaborate romantic comedy in which a documentarian tries to prove her treatise against marriage.

The film tracks passengers aboard Amtrak’s busiest long-distance train.

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Riding the rails on Amtrak’s busiest long-distance route

“In Transit” is the last documentary from legendary director Albert Maysles.

Agustina Muñoz in “Hermia & Helena.”

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A midsummer night’s buoyancy in ‘Hermia & Helena’

Matias Piñeiro offers a loose, loving, and idiosyncratic version of Shakespeare’s comedy.

Lakeith Stanfield in “Crown Heights.”

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‘Crown Heights’ recounts a real-life tale of injustice

Matt Ruskin’s drama follows the wrongful conviction of Colin Warner.

Robert Pattinson in “Good Time.”

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Robert Pattinson is at his best in gritty, powerful ‘Good Time’

“Good Time” re-establishes Pattinson as one of the most charismatic actors of his generation.

Robert Pattinson stars in “Good Time,” a new film from Ben and Joshua Safdie.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Scrappy rappers, ragin’ Cajuns, and Broken Toys

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

Sunny Donepudi (left) and Srinath Gaddi at Regal Cinemas in Westborough.

That Bollywood ‘Toilet’ movie you heard about? It’s playing in Westborough.

As Massachusetts’ Indian population increases, more theaters in the state are showcasing films from India.

Dennis Lehane

Dennis Lehane takes the wheel of Stephen King’s ‘Mercedes’ and has a blast

In a Q&A, the Boston native explains how writing a novel and adapting someone else’s for TV are two very different animals.

An image from “Michelangelo: Love and Death.”

Doc Talk

Maine attractions, climate matters, and Michelangelo

Once again the Camden International Film Festival proves itself to be one of the best programmed documentary events in New England.

Bertrand Tavernier is both subject and guide of “My Journey Through French Cinema.”

Touring French cinema with a master

Filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier shares his insights and memories in his latest documentary, “My Journey Through French Cinema.”

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Lottery mistake joins the ranks of public flubs

The Internet never forgets, especially when the winner is . . . a gaffe.