Emily Blunt delivers Julie Andrews Redux in ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

It’s as much franchise extension as sequel.

Netflix’s movie blitz takes aim at Hollywood’s heart

Moviegoers may not know Scott Stuber, but he is fast becoming one of the most important — and disruptive — people in the film business.

From left: Teyonah Parris, KiKi Layne, and Regina King in “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

Boston Society of Film Critics announces winners

“If Beale Street Could Talk” takes best picture of the year.

‘‘Into the Spider-Verse’’ earned an estimated $35.4 million over the weekend from 3,813 theaters, according to Sony Pictures.

‘Spider-Verse’ swings to the top of the box office

The latest installment in the “Spider-Man” franchise was the top film at movie theaters in its opening weekend.

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‘Aquaman’ makes a splash, but a small one

“Aquaman” casts its hero as an outsider of two worlds, the love child of Atlantis’s runaway queen and a rugged New England lighthouse keeper.

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Five things to do in and around Boston, Dec. 17-30

Take in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” or the MatzoBall, Jimmy Tingle Standup, and more.

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In ‘The Mule,’ Clint Eastwood delivers

The actor, now 88, directed and has his first starring role in six years. It isn’t top-drawer Eastwood, but there’s more going on under its hood than almost anyone wants to admit.

Chris Pratt shared a heartfelt birthday message for Katherine Schwarzenegger

“Your smile lights up the room. I’ve cherished our time together. Thrilled God put you in my life,” the actor wrote.

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Emma Watson posted a really sweet ‘Little Women’ cast photo

"I could never love anyone as I love my sisters," she captioned it. (But don't worry, Timothée Chalamet is in it too.)

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Holiday arts preview 2018

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From dancing sugarplums to a musical “Grinch,” there’s a bounty of theater, music, TV, and other attractions to enjoy.

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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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Fernando Grediaga and Marina de Tavira in “Roma.”

‘Roma’ and ‘Cold War’ as double feature

These two new and much-acclaimed foreign-language films have a lot in common.

Christian Bale stars as Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s “Vice.”

‘Vice’ reimagines the political movie

Christian Bale stars as Dick Cheney, and Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld.

Peter Parker (Jake Johnson) and Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) in Sony Pictures Animation's SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE.

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The Weekender: Holiday gift guide edition!

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

Director Peter Berg at the Massachusetts Production Coalition's Holiday Meeting at District Hall.

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‘Mark is family’: Peter Berg talks about buddy Wahlberg, ‘Wonderland’

Berg, in town directing “Wonderland” for Netflix, was the featured speaker at the Massachusetts Production Coalition’s holiday event.

Humza Deas, as seen in the documentary “Social Animals.”

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A tragic martyr, surfer dudes, a blues legend, Instagram stars

Four items about current documentaries

Ingmar Bergman (right) and Kabi Laretei with their son, Daniel, as seen in the new documentary “Searching for Ingmar Bergman.”

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A film giant proves elusive in ‘Searching for Ingmar Bergman’

Margarethe von Trotta’s documentary celebrates the director in his centennial year.

The best books of 2018

Our critics share their favorites in fiction, general nonfiction, mystery, sports, and graphic novels.

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BU dean objects to portrayal in Gary Hart movie ‘The Front Runner’

Tom Fiedler, who wrote the story that effectively ended Hart’s presidential bid, sent the film’s creators a letter requesting that they “acknowledge that the film’s depiction of me is essentially a fiction.”

Julia Roberts plays the mother of a drug addict, portrayed by Lucas Hedges, in “Ben Is Back.”

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Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges face a fraught mother and child reunion in ‘Ben Is Back’

Emotions are high in this family drama.

Hugh Jackman as Gary Hart in “The Front Runner.”

BU dean asks ‘The Front Runner’ filmmakers to declare his portrayal is fiction

As a reporter, Tom Fiedler — who is now a Boston University dean — broke the story that Gary Hart was seen with a woman who wasn’t his wife.

Natalie Portman (left and right, centerstage) in “Vox Lux.”

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‘Vox Lux’ goes over the top — does it hit the right note?

In “Vox Lux,” Natalie Portman is a pop star with a difference.

Nancy Carell, left, and Steve Carell arrive at the premiere of

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One of Steve Carell’s fans accidentally hit him with her car

Luckily the Acton native was completely fine.

Shameik Moore provides the voice of Miles Morales, Jake Johnson is Peter Parker/Spider-Man, and Hailee Steinfeld is Gwen Stacy in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”

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Spider-Man as an animated feature? Yes, and it’s terrific

The new flick is one of the wittiest and most creatively exuberant movies of the year.

This image released by Warner Bros. shows Bradley Cooper, left, and Lady Gaga in a scene from the latest reboot of the film,

‘A Star Is Born’ tops SAG Awards nominations, snubs abound

“A Star Is Born” received four nods including best ensemble, firmly establishing Bradley Cooper’s romantic revival as this year’s Academy Awards front runner.

Cartoonist Alison Bechdel sits for a portrait at her home in Jericho, Vermont on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. (Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist for the Boston Globe)

Study finds female-led films outperform male ones

A study organized by Time’s Up, the organization formed to promote gender equality, has found that female-led films consistently outperform male-led movies at the box office.

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‘Wonderland’ director Peter Berg to speak at MPC holiday meeting

Held at District Hall, the festive meet-up for the Massachusetts Production Coalition kicks off with a cocktail hour, or two.

Kirk (right) and Michael Douglas at a Nov. 6 ceremony where Michael Douglas received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Kirk Douglas celebrates 102nd birthday

The actor got to celebrate his birthday with a special video message from his daughter-in-law.

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Ben Affleck in his newest role: ‘You cannot go back to your normal life after tonight’

The Cambridge native plays the lead in Netflix action-drama “Triple Frontier.”

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Watch the first trailer for ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Sudbury native Chris Evans gets tearful as Captain America in what may be his last film in the role.

Old, homophobic tweets by Kevin Hart (above) have drawn scrutiny.

Kevin Hart steps down as Oscars host after old homophobic tweets surface

Hart told critics that they should ‘‘stop being negative’’ after the years-old tweets were uncovered.

Clint Eastwood, 88, stars in “The Mule,” which opens Dec. 14.

At 88, Clint Eastwood steps onscreen again in ‘The Mule’

In his first leading role in six years, Eastwood plays an octogenarian World War II veteran who becomes a courier for a Mexican drug cartel.

Brooklyn, NY - 28 July 2017. A crowd estimated at 9,000 filled the Prospect Park Bandshell, with an estimated 3,000 outside the fence, for a concert by Esperanza Spalding and Andrew Bird at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. Esperanza Spalding on stage. (Photo by: Ed Lefkowicz /VW Pics/UIG via Getty Images)

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The Weekender: Visionary singers, stirring stories, and RuPaul’s ‘Holi-slay Spectacular’

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

A scene from “People’s Republic of Desire”

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Virtual fame, mystery island, Nazi matinees

A look at three new documentaries.

A scene from Dava Whisenant’s “Bathtubs Over Broadway.”

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In Focus: Appliances take center stage in ‘Bathtubs Over Broadway’

A documentary about the strange and hidden world of industrial musicals.

Steve Carell (with Maura Tierney) in “Beautiful Boy.”

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What takes Steve Carell from Brick Tamland in ‘Anchorman’ to ‘Beautiful Boy’?

What’s so sad about being funny? Alternately: Why do people who are so good at being funny (Carell) want to make us sad?

Jean Harlow in “Bombshell,” which will screen Dec. 17 at the Brattle Theatre.

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Scene Here: Howard Hughes on the prowl, World War I revisited

Karina Longworth comes to the Brattle, and a Peter Jackson documentary comes to the states.

“Mary Queen of Scots” stars Saoirse Ronan.

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Heads will roll — one of them, anyway — in ‘Mary, Queen of Scots’

Saoirse Ronan plays the title role; Margot Robbie plays her cousin and rival, Elizabeth I.

Christian Bale (left) as Dick Cheney and Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney in a scene from “Vice.”

‘Vice’ leads Golden Globe nominees with six nods

Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic narrowly edged Bradley Cooper’s tear-jerking revival ‘‘A Star Is Born,’’ the interracial drama ‘‘Green Book’’ and the period romp ‘‘The Favourite.’’

Leslie Mann, Terry Crews, Danai Gurira, and Christian Slater were tapped to announce the Golden Globe nominees Thursday morning.

Here’s a list of the nominees for the 76th Golden Globe Awards

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees Thursday morning in Beverly Hills, California.

Marco Graf, Daniela Demesa, Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey, and Carlos Peralta Jacobson in “Roma.”

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Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’ is a masterpiece of memory and emotion

The Oscar-winning director of “Gravity” revisits his Mexico City youth.

Roger Ailes (center right) with Richard Nixon in 1968 in a scene from “Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes.”

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Roger Ailes: the man who created Fox News

A new documentary looks at a very influential career.

The US Army command of Colonel Summers marching to battle at Maasin (Moasin) in southern Leyte in the Philippines during the Philippine-American War in May 1899.

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A trippy, cinematic novel of American atrocity in the Philippines

“Insurrecto” gives a rich, textured sense of history through the integration of its many fragments.

Comedian Kevin Hart in Los Angeles in 2017.

Actor-comedian Kevin Hart will host 2019 Oscars

Kevin Hart will be the host of the 2019 Academy Awards, fulfilling a lifelong dream for the actor-comedian.

Bernardo Berolucci checked a scene during the filming of “The Last Emperor” in 1987.

Oscar-winning director Bernardo Bertolucci dies at 77

The Italian filmmaker won Oscars with “The Last Emperor” and the erotic drama “Last Tango in Paris.”

Sylvester Stallone stars as Rocky Balboa and Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed in “Creed II”.

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If boxing’s popularity is waning in the US, why are movies about it so popular?

Boxing movies are still popular in Hollywood. Could a flurry of recent broadcasting deals revive the sport?

Mahershala Ali as Dr. Donald Shirley and Viggo Mortensen as Tony Vallelonga in “Green Book,” directed by Peter Farrelly.

A little coffee talk put ‘Green Book’ on a path to the big screen

The film tells the true story of a Bronx bouncer and the famed jazz pianist he is hired to drive and safeguard during a 1962 tour of racially segregated cities in the South. That unlikely friendship would never have made it to the big screen were it not for another, according to Currie.

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Mindy Kaling’s new film starring Emma Thompson is headed to Sundance

The Cambridge native shared the news on social media, along with a first official look.

Actor Matt Damon (2nd L) and his wife Luciana Bozan Barroso (L) pose with actress Emily Blunt (2nd R) and actor John Krasinski (R) as they arrive for the 22nd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York November 26, 2012. Damon will be presented with a career tribute at the awards. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

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Matt Damon on what makes John Krasinski and Emily Blunt special

The Cambridge native offered the duo praise for landing on EW’s Entertainers of the Year list.

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When Broadway ruled the top 40 charts

Todd S. Purdum’s latest book, “Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution.”

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New history of the Pats; prowling with owls at Eric Carle Museum

The team history was written by Vermonter Glenn Stout and Braintree resident Richard Johnson.

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Greater Boston author readings Dec. 2-8

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