Movies

Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller are not happy about being older

Do you remember seeing “Trainspotting” when it came out in 1996? Then guess what? You are officially old.That’s OK, because the cast of “T2 Trainspotting,” its new, belated sequel, aren’t handling that well either. Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller reprise their roles as Mark Renton and Sick Boy,...

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 1:29pm

See 'The Departed' in 35mm this weekend — like you should

Soothe your St. Patrick’s Day hangover or keep the party going with Saturday’s late night 35mm screening of “The Departed” at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.It might be sacrilegious to point out that the definitive Boston Irish mob movie of our era was made by an Italian from Queens, but then Martin...

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 1:16pm

Terrence Malick's still got it with the intoxicating 'Song to Song'

‘Song to Song’Director: Terrence MalickStars: Rooney Mara, Ryan GoslingRating: R4 (out of 5) GlobesReports of Terrence Malick’s irrelevance have been greatly exaggerated. It’s a tragic irony that the moment the filmmaker went from reclusive to unexpectedly prolific, critics would turn on him and...

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 11:56am

'The Belko Experiment' is a weirdly boring exploding head movie

‘The Belko Experiment’Director: Greg McLeanStars: John Gallagher Jr., Tony GoldwynRating: R2 (out of 5) GlobesThe office drones trapped inside their corporate high-rise in “The Belko Experiment” have no clue why their mystery captors want them to kill each other. But the filmmakers’ motivation isn’...

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 11:01am

Gugu Mbatha-Raw on why 2017's 'Beauty and the Beast' is the best

Call it a cliche, but Disney movies have a certain magic about them. How else do you explain classically trained British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw giggling delightedly when discussing being transformed into the feather duster Plumette for the new live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast”?It’s a...

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 11:00am

Nerding out with John Gallagher Jr. about action movies

The last three movies John Gallagher Jr. have made have been genre. That’s odd for him. Before he co-starred in last year’s “10 Cloverfield Lane,” he was a strictly serious actor. He was on “The Newsroom.” He made indies and dramas like “Margaret” and “Short Term 12.” He did Eugene O’Neill’s “Long...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 4:22pm

'Beauty and the Beast' is a deeply inessential take on a classic

‘Beauty and the Beast’Director: Bill CondonStars: Emma Watson, Dan StevensRating: PG2 (out of 5) GlobesFar as powerfully inessential movies go, the recent live-action Disney remakes have been shockingly watchable. “Cinderella,” “The Jungle Book” and the new “Beauty and the Beast” aren’t wildly...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 1:24pm

What movies to stream during Winter Storm Stella

On the off-chance that meteorology turns out to be a junk science, you probably have a Tuesday off. Thanks, climate change! Alas, because of technology, you may not have the entire day off. You’re probably chained to your laptop, sitting in your jammies doing work you’d ordinarily do in the office...

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 7:00am

'T2 Trainspotting' will make you feel horribly old

‘T2 Trainspotting’Director: Danny BoyleStars: Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee MillerRating: R3 (out of 5) GlobesThere are sequels that cash in on a hit. There’s the more noble breed that continue an ongoing story. Then there’s the third and best kind: The ones that are essentially “time travel movies.”...

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 2:45pm

Samuel L. Jackson on 'Kong' and loving old monster movies

Samuel L. Jackson takes his job very seriously. Even when he’s doing a big monster movie, like “Kong: Skull Island,” he does his research. Jackson plays the villain, or at least the human villain — a deranged colonel in the waning days of the Vietnam War who’s forced to take a platoon out to a...

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 11:42am

Celebrate Bill Paxton by streaming 'Frailty' on Netflix

‘Frailty’Netflix InstantBecause the Internet is terrible, there aren’t a lot of Bill Paxton movies to watch in the wake of his out-of-nowhere death. One of our finest character actors racked up an epic list of movie-stealing credits over the years, only five of which presently live on Netflix. Of...

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 11:05am

Silver screens return to Boston as 4 movie theaters in works

Boston was once aglow from more than a dozen movie marquees, but thanks partly to the popularity of streaming services, only two remain lit today.While the city might not see that many movie theaters again, its current number will soon triple as four cinemas are slated to open, with three already...

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 10:21am

Olivier Assayas on Kristen Stewart and avoiding paparazzi

In 2015 Kristen Stewart won the Cesar — basically the French Oscar — for Olivier Assayas’ “Clouds of Sils Maria,” a European drama where she played the personal assistant to a famous actress (played by Juliette Binoche). It worked out so well, the actress did it again. In “Personal Shopper,” she...

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 1:37pm

See Charlize Theron go 'John Wick' in the trailer for 'Atomic Blonde'

Charlize Theron is an action star in the trailer for this summer’s “Atomic Blonde.” Frankly, do we need to say more? But the ad also confirms that two recent, very, very welcome trends are real. 1) “Mad Max: Fury Road” showed us that Theron kicks ass, more than even nominal star Tom Hardy. And 2) “...

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 1:01pm

'Raw' director Julia Ducournau on how to make a feminist cannibal movie

“Feminist cannibal movie.” That’s the logline on “Raw,” a new French-Belgian shocker that had viewers running for the exits at Cannes last year, hands clutched to mouth. But, as Julia Ducournau, its writer and director, points out it’s really not that gory. And it’s also a character study (and a...

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 10:53am

'Personal Shopper' is the movie that really gets Kristen Stewart

‘Personal Shopper’Director: Olivier AssayasStars: Kristen Stewart, Lars EidingerRating: R3 (out of 5) GlobesIf nothing else — and it has much else to recommend — “Personal Shopper” may be the ideal Kristen Stewart movie. That’s not to say it’s the best, but it is the one that most understands what...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 5:30pm

3 new indies to see this weekend

‘The Sense of an Ending’3 GlobesHow do you film an unfilmable novel? Pack it silly with great English actors! Tackling Julian Barnes’ 2011 award-gobbler is a fool’s errand, with its unreliable narrator and gradually parsed out backstory and flashbacks that may or may not be on the level. Alain...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 3:23pm

Brie Larson: Making 'Kong' made me a stronger person

What a difference a year makes. Last awards season Brie Larson was going from up-and-comer (and former sort-of-teen pop star) to esteemed thespian. Then she won an Oscar for “Room.” She’d done mainstream films before (“21 Jump Street,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”), but nothing of the size of “...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 12:00pm

After $10M lawsuit, Sean Lennon removes tree that damaged Marisa Tomei’s parents’ house

​Back in September, after a 19-month legal battle,John andYokoOno‘s sonSeanwasordered by a Manhattan judge to remove a treeon hisGreenwich Villageproperty at 153 West 13th Street after neighbors Gary and Addie Tomei (parents of actress Marisa Tomei) claimed it spread roots on their property, “...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 7:00am

Feminist cannibal movie 'Raw' will do more than make you puke

‘Raw’Director: Julia DucournauStars: Garance Marillier, Ella RumpfRating: R4 (out of 5) GlobesYou’ve never seen someone eat food with as much love as when the hero of “Raw” gnaws on her sister’s severed finger. This French/Belgian shocker arrives in America riding a wave of superlatives. It’s the...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 3:25am