The Oscars: Who’ll win, who should win, who shouldn’t

Ty Burr and Janice Page offer their Oscar picks.

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem in “Everybody Knows.”

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Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem team up for enjoyably melodramatic effect

It’s the Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi’s first Spanish-language film.

LeAnne Parks and Merritt David Janes in “School of Rock.”

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The Weekender: ‘School of Rock,’ ‘Spamilton,’ beards, and banjos

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

Clockwise (from top left): Emily Blunt, Rihanna, Emma Stone, Lupita Nyong’o, Nicole Kidman, Amber Heard, Constance Wu, Kacey Musgraves, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Julia Roberts.


Ahead of the Oscars, People magazine names the most stylish stars

They are the A-listers who wow on the red carpet.

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Academy reverses plans, will air all awards live at Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had planned to present four awards during commercial breaks.

Academy reverses plans, will air all awards live at Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had planned to present four awards during commercial breaks.

Ben Affleck says his son doesn’t share his love for Boston sports teams

Affleck told Jimmy Kimmel about how he is proudly trying to force Boston fandom on the 6-year-old — and is being rebuffed: “Dad, you’re from Boston. I’m from LA.”


Spielberg, Gaga, sign get-well card for Ruth Bader Ginsburg

An array of Hollywood heavyweights have a message for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Get well soon.


Film academy issues statement amid backlash to changes

After news came out that four Oscars would be presented during commercials, the academy said all winners will still be included in the Feb. 24 broadcast.

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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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Amazon renews ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’ for a third season

Get ready for even more John Krasinski.

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What did Chris Evans do to Canada?

An unflattering photo of the “Captain America” actor triggered a (good-natured) social media exchange.

Lenny Bruce in an undated photo.

Lenny Bruce film acquired by Brandeis is its own mystery

The university, which maintains a Lenny Bruce archive, bought the 12½-minute silent film at an auction, but details about its origin are sketchy.

Andre Holland as Ray Burke in High Flying Bird, directed by Steven Soderbergh. Photo by Peter Andrews

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What’s worth streaming right now? Here are 10 suggestions.

Titles range from the brand-new “High Flying Bird” to vintage African-American films.

New England Conservatory’s CI Department performs at last year’s Film Noir concert, “Brando Noir.”

Scene Here | Local films, festivals, and faces

Keeping score, with ‘Diva’ and ‘Metropolis

Classics with live musical accompaniment are in the offing.

A scene from the documentary film “Balnearios,” directed by Mariano Llinas.

On the beach

A preview of Argentinian director Mariano Llinás’s unconventional documentary “Balnearios.”

A scene from “United Stakes.”

Doc Talk

Will, Sammy, roller skates, skateboards, swamp

A compilation of previews of upcoming and currently available documentaries.

Tom Schilling as Kurt Barnert, Paula Beer as Ellie Seeband in the film

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Art and history clash in Oscar nominee ‘Never Look Away’

It’s a suspense drama of former Nazis hiding in plain sight, a romance that has difficulty keeping its clothes on, a mystery that drops one shoe and never quite the other.

Keean Johnson (left) and Rosa Salazar (center) star in “Alita: Battle Angel.”

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It’s cyborg central in Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Alita: Battle Angel’

James Cameron, of “Avatar” fame, began the project, which is based on a Japanese manga.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 10: Chris Hemsworth and Matt Damon sit ringside during UFC234 at Rod Laver Arena on February 10, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)


Matt Damon and Chris Hemsworth sit ringside at UFC bout

“Imagine Thor and Jason Bourne in the octagon,” the official UFC Europe account tweeted.

Actor Henry Golding poses on the red carpet at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Feb. 10, 2019.


Who should replace Ben Affleck as Batman? We have thoughts

Director Matt Reeves is seeking a new star for “The Batman,” set to hit theaters in 2021. So we came up with a short list.

Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron poses with the awards for a Director and for Best Film for 'Roma' at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London on February 10, 2019 (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

‘The Favourite,’ ‘Roma’ win big at BAFTAs

The British film honors were the last major awards show ahead of Hollywood’s Academy Awards on Feb. 24.

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Things to do in Greater Boston this winter

Your seasonal calendar of events, music, theater, and more.

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The New England-born co-writer of ‘Shallow’ on why the ‘Star Is Born’ song is deeply personal

“I had to get myself help because I wasn’t really showing up for my life,” said Anthony Rossomando, founder of former Boston band the Damn Personals and co-writer of the Oscar-nominated song.

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So what exactly is a ‘magical negro’?

Morgan Parker’s new poetry collection is titled “Magical Negro.’’

Stephen King’s ‘Pet Sematary’ to rise again at SXSW

This is the second film adaptation of the horror story, published in 1983.

A scene from the film THE LEGO MOVIE 2.

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The Weekender: Legos, Beatles, Grammys, and eye-catching shorts

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

Steven Braun (left) and Matthew McDonald, both of Northeastern University, created a website dedicated to the Coen brothers’ cult classic “The Big Lebowski.”

A new website takes a deep dive into ‘The Big Lebowski’

Northeastern professor Matthew McDonald and Steven Braun pay homage to the Coen brothers’ cult classic.

Christian Bale (left) and Amy Adams are up for Oscars for their respective portrayals of Dick and Lynne Cheney in “Vice.”

You want an Oscar nomination for acting? Keep it real

Actors playing real-life characters have earned a disproportionate share of nods from the Academy.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: When politics meets stardom

The first-term US representative from New York is a pop-cultural phenomenon.

From left: Eddy Galland, David Kellman and Bobby Shafran of “Three Identical Strangers.”

Doc Talk

Family secrets, Oscar oversights, music’s healing power

A round-up of upcoming documentaries and documentary events

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‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’ will leave you feeling blocked

It’s both more of the same — and less.

Among the documentaries being screened are (clockwise, from top left) “End Game,” “Period. End Of Sentence,” “A Night at the Garden,” “Lifeboat,” and “Black Sheep.”

Movie REview

Films that are long on talent, short in length

A review of the 2019 Oscar-nominated short documentaries.

Actor Chris Evans.


What was Chris Evans doing on Capitol Hill?

The Sudbury native visited with several senators and offered the Patriots his congratulations in a photo with Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey.

“Bao” tells of a lonely mama whose pork dumpling comes alive as a child surrogate.

Movie Review

This year’s Oscar nominated animated shorts run from the weird to the surreal

“Bao” is the Pixar entry, and it’s a weird one — it tells of a lonely mama whose pork dumpling comes alive as a child surrogate.

With ‘‘Roma,’’ Netflix has scored its first best picture nomination, something the streaming giant has dearly sought.

‘Roma’ and ‘The Favourite’ lead Oscar nominations with 10 nods

Tracee Ellis Ross and Kumail Nanjiani announced the nominees highlighting everything from the best picture and acting performances to production and costume design.

“Detainment” dramatizes the run-up to and aftermath of the 1993 murder of a 2-year-old by 10-year-olds in Britain.

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This year’s Oscar live-action shorts nominees paint a pretty grim picture

Almost all the candidates deal with very bad things happening to very young boys.

Liam Neeson said his reaction to a friend’s rape was “horrible.”


Liam Neeson said he wanted to kill a black person after his friend was raped

Neeson, who was promoting his new film, said he was ashamed to make the admission.

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The Internet craze behind that brain-tingling Super Bowl beer ad

What was with that commercial featuring oddly relaxing images of actress Zoe Kravitz whispering into a pair of microphones?

“Life After Flash” catches up with “Flash Gordon” actor Sam Jones (left) in the years following the movie’s release.

Scene Here | Local Films, Festivals, and Faces

Sci-fi in Somerville, injustice revisited, a festival debut

The Boston Science Fiction Film Festival enters its 44th year.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Feb. 4-10

Take in a sci-fi film festival, celebrate Black History Month, head to a Rockport Music community concert, and more.

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Mark Wahlberg and his family will not be at the Super Bowl this year

The Dorchester native can’t leave the big game early again if he doesn’t go at all.

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Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year Bryce Dallas Howard braves a deep freeze — and gets roasted

And the actress, producer, and director — known for her roles in “The Help” and “Jurassic World” — proved a good sport throughout, even when battling a “velociraptor.”


Here’s the first trailer for Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s ‘City on a Hill’

The Showtime series is slated to premiere on June 16.

From left: Eddy Galland, David Kellman, and Bobby Shafran are triplets who were separated at birth in “Three Identical Strangers.”

In Focus

Keeping tabs on doc dollars

Here are the top 25 money makers among documentaries in 2018.

Leon Vitali in the documentary “Filmworker.”


When the documentary is documenting other movies

A dozen nonfiction films from 2018 that look at the movies or some aspect of them.

Eric Church brings his “Double Down” tour to TD Garden this weekend.

Things to do

The Weekender: Country stars, diva fever, and Patriot(s) games

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

A scene from the film THE LEGO MOVIE 2.

Time for a block party: ‘Lego Movie 2’

Fans of the anything-goes approach of “The Lego Movie” will be gratified to see that the giddy character-palooza continues in “The Second Part,” opening Friday.

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 10: Will Arnett visits Build at Build Studio on July 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

In ‘The Lego Movie 2,’ a dark Arnett rises — again

The voice of Lego Batman spoofs some more in latest Bat-vehicle.

Sterling K. Brown, from left, Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong'o, Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Michael B. Jordan, and Andy Serkis pose with the award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture for

‘Black Panther’ is back in theaters — and this time, you can see it for free

The world-conquering film, which Box Office Mojo reports has earned more than $1.3 billion worldwide, is returning to theaters Friday for a free limited engagement.

“The Report” stars (from left) Adam Driver, Annette Bening, and Jon Hamm attended the film’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

At Sundance, reporting on ‘The Report’ (among other new movies)

Other much-talked-about films at the festival include “Velvet Buzzsaw” and “Honey Bear.”