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In ‘Moxie,’ on Netflix, trying to make school cool — or at least less toxic

Directed by Amy Poehler from a young adult novel, the movie’s an empowerment lesson for young women where sometimes all you see is the lesson rather than the story in which it’s embedded.

MATTHEW GILBERT

Turning on the TV doesn’t mean turning off your brain

To the Globe commenter who exclaims "go read a book": It's time to turn the page.

TELEVISION

Next up on the series revival list: ‘Party Down’

Starz is developing a revival of the show, in the form of a six-part limited series.

A.Z. MADONNA

For NEC students, it’s been a year of improvising

There’s music in the halls again. But it’s not the experience anyone signed up for.

What’s happening in the arts world

This week's picks from Globe critics.

CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK

For a housebound nation, foreign-language TV shows offer escape and connection

For many viewers, the search for something good to watch no longer stops at the water’s edge.

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Eddie Murphy is back, and back up to speed, in ‘Coming 2 America’

After 33 years, the belated sequel to Eddie Murphy’s most congenial hit lands on Amazon Prime largely in possession of the first film’s better qualities.

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BOOKS

Human nature and ‘Beloved Beasts’

Michelle Nijhuis’s spirited and engaging book tracks the not always predictable course of species protection from the flora and fauna classification system developed in the 18th century by the Swede Carl Linnaeus to the present day.

BOOKS

Environmental warfare in ‘How Beautiful We Were’

Written in a no-frills yet piercing prose style, Imbolo Mbue’s novel is an account — tragic, wrenching, and at times exasperatingly documentary-like — of one village’s struggle against the rapacity of an American oil company.

BOOKS

Anne Lamott ponders life’s third act in ‘Dusk, Night, Dawn’

The book (Lamott’s 19th) is digestible and uplifting, conceived and packaged for the chaotic times we are facing. Although touching on a few broadly exterior topics (climate change), it mainly focuses on the human interior.

BOOKS

Ijeoma Oluo on laughing and crying while reading

In her newest book, “Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America,” Oluo recounts and examines how the idea that white men deserve power is perpetuated and its effects on everyone. The Seattle native is also the author of the best-selling “So You Want to Talk About Race.”

MURRAY WHYTE

The world is still a wonder, and this Peabody Essex show won’t let you forget it

“Where the Questions Live” is part wormhole, part paean to nature's everlasting beauty and mystery.

BOOKS

Black feminism meets physics in Chanda Prescod-Weinstein’s ‘The Disordered Cosmos’

Writing the book was a way for the University of New Hampshire professor to make sense of all her interests.

Virtual author readings Mar. 7-13

All events take place online; visit the venue website for more information.