Ty Burr

Burr is a film critic for the Living/Arts section and author of the critically-acclaimed cultural history “Gods Like Us: On Movie Stardom and Modern Fame.” He previously worked as a senior critic for Entertainment Weekly, where he covered film, music, theater, books, and the web. Burr is also the author of “The Best Old Movies for Families” and the e-book “The 50 Movie Starter Kit: What You Need to Know if You Want to Know What You’re Talking About”.

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How the fight for animal rights came to captivate two lauded documentarians

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Should those animals that show higher cognitive autonomy — the great apes, elephants, cetaceans — have the same legal status as human beings.


‘Free State of Jones’ is messy, necessary history

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Matthew McConaughey plays Newt Knight, who led a rebellion of poor Mississippi whites and blacks against the Confederacy during the Civil War and Reconstruction.

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Don’t be afraid that Lin-Manuel Miranda is leaving ‘Hamilton’

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Lots of stars have left bands, TV, and theater, and the shows went on.