‘Eighth Grade’ is a middle school marvel

Writer-director Bo Burnham’s film breaks your heart and makes it soar.

Joaquin Phoenix portrays cartoonist John Callahan.

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Joaquin Phoenix and Jonah Hill are excellent in ‘Don’t Worry,’ but the film doesn’t quite hold together

Gus Van Sant’s “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot” is about the famously transgressive quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan.

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Novelist and New Hampshire native John Irving earns lifetime achievement award

Irving, 76, the author of “The World According to Garp,” “The Cider House Rules,” and “In One Person,’’ among others, has won the Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award.

(l to r.) Lakeith Stanfield as Cassius Green and Danny Glover as Langston star in Boots Riley's SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, an Annapurna Pictures release.

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Why we should be thankful for ‘Sorry to Bother You’

Boots Riley’s “Sorry to Bother You” is the story of how the leading character struggles at his job until he discovers his “white voice,” at which point his phone sales take off.

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Take a chance on ‘Mamma Mia!’ sequel

“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” is great summer fun.

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‘Love, Cecil’ looks back at the fabulous career of Cecil Beaton

The documentary is very well done, quite enjoyably swanning around its subject, the famed photographer and designer. Yet like his handiwork, Beaton comes across as cold and calculating, superficial and overdone.

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Guy Maddin reimagines ‘Vertigo’ in ‘The Green Fog’

His reconstruction of the 1958 suspense classic replicates the original using only clips from other movies shot in and around San Francisco.

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Denzel Washington is back for more in ‘The Equalizer 2’

Save for a couple of crisp standalone segments incorporated as tone-setters, the star’s first-ever sequel is a narratively and visually muddled disappointment.

Alan Johnson, 81, choreographer for Broadway and Mel Brooks

Mr. Johnson choreographed solo shows and revues for performers including Ann-Margret, Bernadette Peters, Tommy Tune, and Shirley MacLaine.

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Your must-see guide to arts and entertainment this season, from Boston to the Berkshires and beyond.

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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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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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In a statement to Out.com on Friday, Scarlett Johansson says she’s withdrawing from the project ‘‘in light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting.’’

Scarlett Johansson pulls out of trans drama after backlash

Scarlett Johansson has pulled out of the film “Rub & Tug” after her plans to portray a transgender man prompted a backlash.

Ron Campbell helped animate 12 collective minutes of the 87-minute “Yellow Submarine.”

Animator: ‘Yellow Submarine’ captures essence of an era

Animator Ron Campbell discusses the iconic Beatles film 50 years later.

Scarlett Johansson has been cast as a transgender man in the upcoming movie “Rub & Tug.”

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Who gets to play transgender roles?

It’s a question Hollywood is having to confront about transgender roles.

Joaquin Phoenix (left) and Gus Van Sant in June at a Seat-tle screening of “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot.”

Joaquin Phoenix and Gus Van Sant discuss ‘Far on Foot’

Joaquin Phoenix and Gus Van Sant discuss “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot.”

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The Weekender: Casanova, Beck, Dwayne, and Jason

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

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars as a security expert battling an Uzi-wielding crew in a Hong Kong super-building.

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Dwayne Johnson goes high, very high, in ‘Skyscraper’

The Rock is up to his usual heroics in the action film.

Ingmar Bergman as seen in the documentary “Bergman Island.”

Death becomes him: A documentary observes the centennial of Ingmar Bergman

Ingmar Bergman, who died in 2007 at 89, would have been 100 on July 14.

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Elsie Fisher helps Hamilton’s Bo Burnham pass ‘Eighth Grade’

YouTube icon and comedy special star Burnham’s feature debut as writer-director opens in Boston on July 20.

From top: Robin Williams in “Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind”

Doc Talk: A sad clown and a happy collector

A preview of two new documentaries.

Jorma Kaukonen of the Jefferson Airplane confronts members of the Hells Angels at Altamont.

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Recalling Altamont as a crime story

“Just a Shot Away” tells the true story of the free concert that turned into a psychotic nightmare.

Part of the rescue operation that freed 13 people from a flooded cave.

Filmmakers see ‘incredibly inspiring movie’ in saga of Thai soccer team

Pure Flix Entertainment cofounder Michael Scott believes that the story of the 12 boys and their 25-year-old coach is ripe for film adaptation.

Elvis’s Rolls-Royce is the centerpiece of Eugene Jarecki’s “The King.”

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‘The King’ takes Elvis’s Rolls-Royce for a ride

Eugene Jarecki’s nonfiction film “The King” offers a singular view of America and Elvis Presley.

Whitney Houston’s mom expresses ‘shock’ over abuse claims

Whitney Houston’s mother says allegations that her superstar daughter and her son were molested by her niece are “unfathomable.”

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Despite tweet, LeBron James a no-show at pizza party celebrating LA arrival

Hundreds of fans hoping to see the new Los Angeles Laker star on Tuesday had to make do with free pizza instead.

Ben Affleck, a cast member in


Ben Affleck joins Anne Hathaway and Willem Dafoe in Netflix political thriller

The Cambridge native joins the cast of “The Last Thing He Wanted,” a political thriller from “Mudbound” director Dee Rees.

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2016 file photo, Harrison Ford arrives at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday announced that the planned fifth installment in the “Indiana Jones” franchise will be released in July 2021 instead of July 2020. The film was originally scheduled for release in the summer of 2019. Steven Spielberg is set to direct the latest film, with Ford also reprising his role. Ford will turn 79 years old in July 2021. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)


Release of 5th ‘Indiana Jones’ movie pushed to 2021

Indiana Jones won’t be swinging back into movie theaters until at least 2021.

Harvey Weinstein arrived to the Criminal Courts Building to be face new charges in State Supreme Court of committing forcible sex on a third woman in New York on Monday.

Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty, released on bail

Harvey Weinstein, who was previously indicted on charges involving two women, was released on bail on Monday while fighting sex crime accusations that now include a third woman.


‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ buzzes to $76 million debut

Despite its heroes’ diminutive size, the Paul Rudd-Evangeline Lilly vehicle opened with typical Marvel might at the box office.

Author Ottessa Moshfegh.

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To sleep, perchance to grow up

Ottessa Moshfegh’s poignant, wise new novel traces a wealthy, if troubled, young woman’s hiberation.

A scene from Raymond Depardon’s “12 Days.”

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The documentary side of MFA French fest

A preview of two documentaries at the Boston French Film Festival.

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Scarlett Johansson’s plan to play trans man spurs backlash

Scarlett Johansson’s plans to portray a transgender man have sparked a backlash from many who object to cisgender actors playing trans roles.

A scene from “Untitled,” compiled from footage by the late Michael Glawogger.

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On the mat, on film, on his way, on the road

A round-up of current and upcoming documentary films and events.

“Ava” screens July 19 during the Boston French Film Festival.

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At the MFA, it’s time for the Boston French Film Festival

Also, an “Apocalypse Now” screening honors Jay Carr.

“Sorry to Bother You” is the feature debut of writer-director Boots Riley.

Boots Riley knows how to ‘Bother’

The activist turned filmmaker explains how breaking reality can help us better understand it.

Whitney Houston in “Whitney,” a documentary from Kevin Macdonald.

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Darkness and light in Whitney Houston documentary

Kevin Macdonald’s film includes numerous interviews that cover mostly familiar terrain, with a few bombshell allegations that expose some of the demons battled by one of pop’s leading lights.

Paul Rudd returns as Ant-Man/Scott Lang in “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”

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‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ is a Marvel marvel

Fast, funny, and full of likable stars and scientific mumbo-jumbo, it may be the Platonic Ideal of the summer air-conditioning movie.

Daniel Giménez Cacho in “Zama.”

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‘Zama’ is Lucrecia Martel’s latest one-of-a-kind offering

Things turn Kafkaesque in 18th-century Paraguay in “Zama.”

From left: Eddy Galland, David Kellman, and Bobby Shafran.

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When triplets are separated — then reunited

Documentary “Three Identical Strangers” tells a harrowing real-life story of nature and nurture.

Christopher Plummer and Lewis MacDougall in “Boundaries.”

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‘Boundaries’ follows three generations, one car, and a lot of pot

Christopher Plummer and Vera Farmiga star as father and daughter.

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 Matt Damon and John Krasinski may team up for a new movie

Damon is in talks to play controversial billionaire Marc Rich in a film by Krasinski's production company.

Chris Pratt arrives for the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards June 2018 and Katherine Schwarzenegger in 2014 photo credit NINA PROMMER/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (Pratt) and Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images


Are Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger an item?

The Internet began speculating about their status after photos emerged last week of duo sharing a picnic together.

Marciano in a 1954 heavyweight bout with Ezzard Charles.

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Pulling no punches on Rocky Marciano

Mike Stanton serves up a portrait of a deeply flawed boxing legend whose only hope for perfection was in the ring

Chloe Sevigny and Charlie Plummer in “Lean on Pete.”


From ‘Black Panther’ to ‘Lean on Pete,’ the best movies of 2018 . . . so far

Here are the top movies of the first half of the year.

Comedian Michael Che performs at the Wilbur Theater in Boston in 2017.

The Weekender: Michael Che, Kyrie Irving, and kittens

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

Jeff Bridges as the Dude in “The Big Lebowski.”


Pot’s legal in Massachusetts, so celebrate with some stoner flicks.

As of July 1 you can spark it up with Ted, Bing and Bob, Spicoli, and, of course, the Dude.

Jiminy Cricket and Pinocchio

Before there was ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ . . .

There are more insect and insect-related movies than you might think.

From left: Josh Brolin, Jeffrey Donovan, and Benicio del Toro in “Sicario: Day of the Soldado.”.

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‘Sicario’ sequel straddles the border

Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro return in “Sicario: Day of the Soldado.”

A scene from the 2016 documentary film “Austerlitz,” directed by Sergei Loznitsa.

Doc Talk

An immigrant story, atrocity tourism, the future of Barbie

A compendium of items about current and documentaries. 

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An unflinching look at ‘The Pain of Others’

Film focuses on three women suffering from disease that feels like parasites under the skin.

Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie and Ben Foster in “Leave No Trace.”

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In ‘Leave No Trace,’ a father and daughter who break your heart

Director Debra Granik returns to the big screen, memorably, with ‘Leagve No Trace.’

LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 26: Head of Marketing & Distribution at Amazon Studios, Bob Berney (L) and actors Steve Carell and Timothee Chalamet, via satelite, speak onstage during CinemaCon 2018- Amazon Studios: An Exciting New Year of Great Product for Cinemas Program at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April 26, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for CinemaCon)


Steve Carell struggles to help drug-addicted son in emotional ‘Beautiful Boy’ trailer

The film also stars Academy Award nominee Timothee Chalamet.