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Ben Affleck, left, in "The Tender Bar."

Ben Affleck talks about ‘The Tender Bar,’ sobriety, and what it’s like being ‘the guy from Boston’

With “The Tender Bar” starting to stream on Amazon Prime Jan. 7 — it opened in theaters last month — we asked the Cambridge native if he had a few minutes to chat. He said sure.

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Getting that oceanic feeling in "Aware: Glimpses of Consciousness."

Looking for intimations of immortality

Two new documentaries ponder some eternal questions about eternity.

MOVIE REVIEW | ★★★½
Amir Jadidi in "A Hero."

‘A Hero’: when the arc of a fable takes on the weight of a tragedy

Asghar Farhadi’s drama is on the shortlist for the Oscar for best international feature.

Malcolm McDowell as Alex the Droog in "A Clockwork Orange."

Like ‘Clockwork’; revisiting January 6; help for New England filmmakers

A look at “Still Tickin’: The Return of a Clockwork Orange” and the updated “American Insurrection,” plus a reminder about LEF grants.

MOVIE REVIEW | ★★
From left: Penélope Cruz, Jessica Chastain, Diane Kruger, and Lupita Nyong'o in "The 355."

In ‘The 355,’ spy sisterhood is powerful (even if the movie it’s in isn’t)

The twist to this just-OK international spy thriller is that the spies are female. Diane Kruger, Lupita Nyong’o, and Penélope Cruz come through the silliness with honor intact. Jessica Chastain, one of the producers, does not.

Delbert Ward, in "Brother's Keeper."

True crime; doubtful solutions

A look at ‘Brother’s Keeper’ and ‘Finding Kendrick Johnson.’

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Charlton Heston in "Soylent Green."

‘Green’ technology of a different sort

"Soylent Green" is set in 2022. How much did the 1973 sci-fi movie get right?

From "Crime Scene: The Times Square Killer."

They called him ‘The Torso Killer’

A Netflix docuseries looks at a trail of brutal slayings in and around Times Square.