The best and worst Oscar hosts over the last 10 years

There’s no host this year — which means no one will be as good as Chris Rock or as bad as Seth MacFarlane.

Jack Nicholson (left) and Matt Damon in “The Departed.”

Ty Burr

Erase the rat in ‘The Departed’? Don’t get me started

Our movie critic has been thinking about starting a campaign to improve the endings of some classic movies — because, good or bad, art really needs to be crowdsourced.

book review

A seductive, steamy novel of Tennessee Williams and his lover

Christopher Castellani’s new book is “Leading Men.’’

24support SUPPORT THE GIRLS Regina Hall in SUPPORT THE GIRLS, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures Written & Directed by Andrew Bujalski

‘And the winner isn’t . . . ’

Here are six of this year’s biggest Oscar snubs.

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John Krasinski is not staying quiet about ‘A Quiet Place’ part two news

“...time to go back,” the Newton native wrote on social media.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do in and around Boston, Feb. 25-March 3

A contemporary twist on “Romeo and Juliet,” a discussion with the author of “Cat Person,” celebrating Maple Magic, and more.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Wrestlers, dragons, dancers, and Oscars

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

In Focus

In Focus: Betting on Bunji in ‘Turtle Odyssey’

The film gives a hatchling’s struggle to survive the IMAX treatment at New England Aquarium.

Doc Talk | Peter Keough

Doc Talk: Behind bars, out of the past, in the wrong, a fad from China

Previews of four current or upcoming documentaries.

Winter arts guide 2019

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Upcoming concerts, shows, performances in theater, music, dance, art, and television.

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// Four-star movie reviews by the Globe

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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Writer-director Stephen Merchant talks about ‘Fighting With My Family’

It’s based on a true-life WWE story.

Jay Baruchel is the voice of Hiccup.

Movie REview

‘Dragon’ series still has a fire in its belly

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is go-round number three.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 19: (L-R) Ruth E. Carter accepts the Career Achievement Award from Halle Berry and Danai Gurira onstage during The 21st CDGA (Costume Designers Guild Awards) at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 19, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)


Ahead of Oscars, Ruth E. Carter honored for ‘Black Panther,’ decades of costume design

Carter, who grew up in Springfield, may be receiving Oscar recognition for her costume designer work on “Black Panther,” but she told a packed room at the Costume Guild Awards on Tuesday night that she has created wardrobes for other superheroes throughout her illustrious career.

Alice Dwyer portrays Hanni Lévy, whose story of avoiding Nazi capture is one of four told in “The Invisibles.”

★ ★ ½ | Movie REview

Hiding in plain sight in Berlin from the Nazis during WWII

“The Invisibles” tells its story with a hybrid of documentary and dramatization.

“Fighting With My Family” stars Jack Lowden and Florence Pugh.

★ ★ ★ | Movie Review

It’s sibling wrestling rivalry in ‘Fighting With My Family’

“Rocky” meets World Wrestling Entertainment in this comedy-drama biopic.

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2016, file photo, Gwyneth Paltrow poses for photographers before Chanel's Spring-Summer 2016 Haute Couture fashion collection in Paris. A Utah man filed a lawsuit Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, accusing Paltrow of causing him brain injuries and broken ribs when she crashed into him at the Deer Valley Ski Resort in Park City, Utah in 2016. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)


Gwyneth Paltrow denies causing Utah ski crash

The actress denied Wednesday that she skied into a man who accused her in a lawsuit of seriously injuring him at a Utah ski resort.

This combination photo shows, top row from left, Helen Mirren, Tyler Perry, Michelle Yeoh, Michael B. Jordan and bottom row from left, Paul Rudd, Brian Tyree Henry, Danai Gurira and Michael Keaton, who will serve as presenters at the 91st Annual Academy Awards on Sunday. (AP Photo)


Michael B. Jordan, Michelle Yeoh, John Mulaney added to Oscars presenters

More boldface names get added to the lineup ahead of the Feb. 24 awards show.

Cooking | Magazine

Four Oscar-worthy cocktail recipes from Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street

Fun twists on classic drinks make for a festive evening.

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‘The Secret Life of Muslims’ to celebrate season two with NYC launch party

Tufts alum Joshua Seftel created the series.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 1, 2018 Oscars statuettes stand on display during a preview for the Governors Ball during the 90th annual Academy Awards week in Hollywood, California. - Will

Inside the scramble to make the Oscars shorter

Three hours of watching Hollywood celebrate itself — last year’s show was nearly four, not counting red-carpet coverage — seems to be most people’s limit.

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.

From left, Actor Matt Damon, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel and actor Ben Affleck watch Game 5 of the World Series baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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.

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

Get ready for even more John Krasinski.

US actor Chris Evans poses on the red carpet arriving for the European Premiere of the film Captain America: Civil War in London on April 26, 2016 / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images


What did Chris Evans do to Canada?

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

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

Ty Burr and Janice Page offer their Oscar picks.

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

Things to do

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

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

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.

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem in “Everybody Knows.”

Movie REview

Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem team up for enjoyably melodramatic effect

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

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

Ty Burr

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.

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.

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

Movie Review | ★ ★

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.”

Movie Review | ★ ★ ½

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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Globe Magazine

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.

Things to Do

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.

Ty Burr

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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Movie Review

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

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