Steve Carell, America’s new crush?

Steve Carell has silver hair now, and people are noticing — and approving.

15 ways Harry Potter has changed culture since the first book was published 20 years ago

On June 26, 1997, Bloomsbury Children’s Books published a book by an unknown single mother from Edinburgh. And it took off.

Author John Green


Want a copy of the new John Green? You have 1.5m chances.

“Turtles All the Way Down” will be Green’s first book since 2012’s wildly-popular “The Fault in Our Stars.”

Sofia Coppola

Sofia Coppola set out not to just redo ‘The Beguiled’ but to reinvent it

When the 46-year-old filmmaker saw the 1971 film starring Clint Eastwood she couldn’t get the tale out of her mind.

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‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ debuts to a franchise low

The hulking machines are no longer box-office behemoths in North America, but they’re still big in China.

In Focus

Gambling with lives in ‘Vegas Baby’

Morgan Spurlock-produced documentary examines the lucrative business of in vitro fertilization.

Ty Burr

Daniel Day-Lewis isn’t the first actor to retire, and likely won’t be the last

The actor’s retirement, if he goes through with it, may become like those mysterious vanishing acts that periodically stud the arts and popular culture.

scene here | local films, festivals and faces

Al fresco menu, with spaghetti

Two Boston film series will unspool movies in the great outdoors.


What happens when your love story includes a coma and Judd Apatow?

The endearing film from Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon is based on their real-life struggles.

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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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“Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton” screens Sunday, the closing day of the Nantucket Film Festival.

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‘Hired Gun’ puts unknown musical sidemen in the spotlight

Fran Strine’s documentary profiles outstanding talents who perform in anonymity.

U2 (pictured performing in Tennessee earlier this month) plays Gillette Stadium Sunday.


The Weekender: Bono, Wilco, Mario, and Jacob’s Pillow

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

Lucasfilm announced replacement director Ron Howard on Thursday, two days after its co-direcctors left the project over creative differences.

Ron Howard climbs into cockpit to finish directing Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ film

Ron Howard is taking over the spinoff after the surprise departure of directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

Suki Waterhouse in “The Bad Batch.”

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A cannibal love story that pushes the limits of taste

Writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour’s follow-up to “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” is striking but a disappointment.

Colm Meaney (left) as Martin McGuinness and Timothy Spall as Ian Paisley in “The Journey.”

Movie Review

‘The Journey’ doesn’t go far enough

Not even a trademark dyspeptic performance by Timothy Spall can save Nick Hamm’s historical drama. It is a contrived, bombastic, well-intended failure.

Ana Lily Amirpour


Ana Lily Amirpour is comfortable out on a limb

The director of “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” indulges a long-marinating cannibal fantasy in “The Bad Batch.”

Christopher Plummer stars in “The Exception.”

Movie Review

Christopher Plummer is exceptional in ‘The Exception’

In the wartime thriller, he plays Kaiser Wilhelm with a panache the monarch lacked.

Yes, George Clooney accidentally cofounded a tequila company — and it just sold for $1b

George Clooney never meant to go into the tequila business. But he did — and now a company is willing to pay handsomely to buy the Casamigos brand.

Actor Jon Hamm and comedian Jenny Slate attend Audible Launch Event for Dr. Katz: The Audio Files at The CineFamily on June 6  in Los Angeles.


Jon Hamm and Jenny Slate spending some quality time together

They’re both smart, funny, and single. But just because they went to the movies doesn’t mean they’re dating. Or does it?

Megatron (voiced by Frank Welker) and Josh Duhamel in “Transformers: The Last Knight.”

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‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ turns into a whole lot of nothing

The new “Transformers” sequel is very, very long and when it ends you are just glad the torture is over.

Sam Elliott posed for a portrait at a press event for “The Hero.”

This cowboy was the only one who could play ‘The Hero’

Sam Elliott was the one and only choice to play the laconic cowboy lead in Brett Haley’s latest film.

Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher had cocaine, heroin, ecstasy in her system, autopsy shows

The actress had a number of drugs in her system when she became ill on a flight last year and later died.

(left to righth) Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo in the 2015 film SPOTLIGHT, directed by Tom McCarthy. Photo credit: Kerry Hayes / Distributor: Open Road Films. 13fallmoviesintro 13fallmoviessquibs

‘Spotlight’ director: Boston Globe building was one of movie’s stars

As the paper prepares to leave Morrissey Boulevard, who better to write about the venerable structure, immortalized by his cinematic vision?

John Lithgow (above) and Salma Hayek (top, with Jay Duplass) in “Beatriz at Dinner.”

Movie Review

‘Beatriz at Dinner’ is judgment of the 1 percent, served cold

The film starring Salma Hayek and John Lithgow is a fable that’s fit for the age of Trump.

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Fun things to do around Boston this summer

Your calendar of events, music, theater, and more for the season.

The Oscar-winning director of ‘Spotlight’ is still a believer in journalism

We caught up with McCarthy to ask him about journalism and Nantucket, where he’s headed to pick up the Screenwriters Tribute Award.

Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967.

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The great outdoors and a concert to remember

Documentaries celebrate birds and other creatures, plus the Monterey Pop Festival of 1967.

It’s time to put on shorts, and other things

The 19th annual Roxbury International Film Festival runs June 22 to July 1.

Iraq and Afghanistan veteran and filmmaker David Crowley is the focus of “A Gray State.”

Docs at Nantucket deal with dystopia

The realities inscribed in some of the documentaries are grim indeed:conspiracy, tyranny, oppression, and the dystopic collapse of civilization.

Demetrius Shipp Jr. portrays Tupac Shakur in a new biopic.


Is there a trick to casting the biopic?

“All Eyez on Me” stars a newcomer who certainly looks the part of Tupac Shakur. Does it matter? Not always.

Kate McKinnon (left) and Scarlett Johansson in “Rough Night.”

Movie Review

‘Rough Night’ is ‘Bridesmaids’ revisited, with a dead male stripper

If you’re up for lowering the bar, “Rough Night” has some good dopey laughs.

John Mayer at a Dead & Company show in Worcester in 2015, with drummer Bill Kreutzmann.


The Weekender: Tall ships, short films, and dad jokes

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

Miss Fritter (voiced by Lea DeLaria) chases Lightning McQueen in “Cars 3.”

Movie Review

Pixar revs its engines for latest ‘Cars’ sequel

A fair warning to parents: the car crash and demolition-derby sequence early in the film may be too intense for children under 6.

Jaeden Lieberher stars as Henry in “The Book of Henry.”

Movie Review

‘The Book of Henry’ is a work of unreal genius

“The Book of Henry” tugs on your heartstrings like a cable technician yanking a stubborn wire through a wall.

Claire Holt and Mandy Moore star in the shark thriller “47 Meters Down.”

Movie Review

Shark thriller shreds Mandy Moore’s acting resume

In the trite drama “47 Meters Down,” her performance sinks far below “This Is Us.”

From left: Vera Sung, Jill Sung, and Thomas Sung.

Movie Review

When Goliath indicts David

Steve James’s documentary “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” looks at a complicated banking trial.

Laura Prepon and Sam Elliott in “The Hero.”

Movie Review

In ‘The Hero,’ Sam Elliott is himself

The film is a love letter to an actor that reminds us of why we ought to love him, too.

An image from “The Freedom to Marry,” a documentary directed by Eddie Rosenstein.

DocTalk | Peter Keough

A few good movies to celebrate LGBTQ Pride month

There’s Eddie Rosenstein’s documentary “The Freedom to Marry” and Katie Couric’s “Gender Revolution.” But that’s just for starters.

From left: William Tracy, Jimmy Stewart, Joseph Schildkraut, and Sara Haden in “The Shop Around the Corner.”

Ty Burr

Harvard Film Archive shines a spotlight on Ernst Lubitsch

The pantheon director gets his due in a series called “That Certain Feeling. . . The Touch of Ernst Lubitsch.”

Sebastian Junger

Star searching at the Provincetown International Film Festival

PIFF Executive Director Christine Walker says it’s easy to hobnob at the festival, whether you’re a filmmaker or simply a fan of cinema.

John Lithgow, shown in New York earlier this month, says his character in “Beatriz at Dinner” is “delicious.”


At 71, John Lithgow still chews on unsettling roles

Lithgow describes his ruthless real estate mogul in the indie drama “Beatriz at Dinner” as “so obtuse, yet so self-satisfied.”

Thomas Sung in “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail.”

Documentarian Steve James banks on justice in ‘Abacus’

Did a family-run Chinatown business take the fall for the sins of bigger banks? A gripping documentary makes the case for it.

Sofia Boutella in “The Mummy.”


The Weekender: Witches, Warhols, and women in prison

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

Julia Marchese is curator of the Somerville Theatre’s Summer of Love series.

Scene Here | Local Films, festivals, and faces

A big week for dolls and cannibals at area arthouses

Feature screenings include “The Bad Batch” and “Valley of the Dolls.”

Kate Mara in director Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s “Megan Leavey.”

Movie REview

In ‘Meagan Leavey,’ a woman’s best friend is revealed under fire

The Iraq war takes a backseat to emotional bonding between a female soldier and her bomb-detecting dog.

Zoe Lister-Jones and Adam Pally in “Band Aid.”

Movie REview

In ‘Band Aid,’ they’re singing their song

What if a battling married couple started a band and turned its fights into songs? You’d have the movie “Band Aid.”

Rachel Weisz has the title role in “My Cousin Rachel.”

Movie Review

‘My Cousin Rachel’ is handsome but hard to love

Roger Michell’s adaptation of the 1951 Daphne du Maurier bestseller is a well-turned, literate drama that engages the audience less and less as it goes along.

Sofia Boutella has the title role in “The Mummy.”

Movie Review

The makers of ‘The Mummy’ would greatly prefer you leave your brain at home

This revamp is a heavily digitalized extravaganza with so many corporate agendas it collapses into nonsense.

From left: Riley Keough, Christopher Abbott, Joel Edgerton, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Carmen Ejogo in “It Comes at Night.”

Movie review

‘It Comes at Night’ keeps the suspense going

The post-apocalyptic tale is a sometimes frustrating but genuinely unsettling pocket drama.

Gal Gadot in “Wonder Woman,” which topped the weekend box office.

Forget the patriarchy. ‘Wonder Woman’ smashed a box-office record

The movie led the weekend box office and took in $100.5 million in the United States, the most ever for a film by a female director.

“Wonder Woman” opened Thursday night at the AMC Boston Common Theatre. Alan White (left) and Josh Dejesus (right) wore costumes to the theater.

At ‘Wonder Woman’ premiere, feminists and superhero fans

“Wonder Woman,” the first female superhero film directed by an actual real-life woman, hadn’t even opened yet when it sparked controversy.