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MOVIES
Kelvin Harrison Jr. in "Monster."

In ‘Monster,’ on Netflix: when matters of innocence and guilt get complicated

This adaptation of the Walter Dean Myers young adult novel, starring Kelvin Harrison Jr. as a 17-year-old boy accused of being accessory to a murder, is solid, well-acted, and thought-provoking.

Giovanni Battista Pittoni the younger's circa 1720s painting "Hannibal Swearing Revenge against the Romans" is among the works displayed in "What the Nazis Stole from Richard Neumann (and the Search to Get It Back)" at the Worcester Art Museum.

What’s happening in the arts world

This week's picks from Globe critics.

MOVIE
Jason Statham, left, and Josh Hartnett in "Wrath of Man."

In ‘Wrath of Man,’ Jason Statham works for an armored car company. Now there’s trouble.

It's a propulsive but wearily routine revenge thriller directed by Guy Ritchie with none of the Ritchie hallmarks (wit, surprises, oddball supporting characters played by slumming name stars).

BOOK REVIEW
Illustration for review of "The Rock Eaters: Stories" by Brenda Paynado. 09RockEaters; BOOKS; 5-9-21

Mining the magical and marvelous in ‘The Rock Eaters’

The 16 stories in “The Rock Eaters,” Dominican American author Brenda Peynado’s debut collection of fiction, traffic in science fiction, fantasy, fabulism, or the surreal, even as they retain an edge of cutting satire or searing insight.

BOOK REVIEW
Author Joan Silber.

Joan Silber explores family secrets in new novel-in-stories

“Secrets of Happiness” is told in seven first-person stories narrated by characters whose lives intersect in surprising and enriching ways.

BIBLIOPHILES
Alison Bechdel is the creator of the comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For,” and her graphic memoir “Fun Home” was a bestseller that was adapted into a Tony Award-winning musical.

Alison Bechdel on reading biographies and self-help books

In her new memoir, “The Secret to Superhuman Strength,” writer and graphic artist Alison Bechdel delves into her long-time obsession with fitness crazes, an often-comic self-examination that leads from spin classes eventually, somehow, to Eastern philosophy.

BOOK REVIEW
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In Chris Bohjalian’s latest, accusations of witchcraft

In Boston in 1622, it was safest to fit in. To buck the strictures of the Puritan elders was to court death in this life and possibly damnation in the next, as the young woman at the center of “Hour of the Witch” comes to know.

NEW ENGLAND LITERARY NEWS
Karl Stevens's new graphic memoir is told from the perspective of a philosophical, dream-traveling cat named Penny.

From the mind of a cat; the return of the Mass. Poetry Festival; a look at some upcoming titles

News of a bookish bent from all over the region.

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STORY BEHIND THE BOOK
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How the séance gave voice to real, live Victorian women

Author Emily Midorikawa remembers six 19th-century women whose clairvoyance brought celebrity and influence.

BOOKINGS

Virtual author readings for May 9-15

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

Local bestsellers for the week ending May 2

Based on reporting from the independent booksellers of the New England Independent Booksellers Association and IndieBound. For an independent bookstore near you, visit IndieBound.org.

OMNIPOP
Miranda Lambert with Jon Randall (left) and Jack Ingram, her collaborators on "The Marfa Tapes."

Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe are two Pistol Annies whose aim is true

Their new albums are stylistic opposites, but each defies country radio airplay expectations while showcasing the artists' songwriting bona fides.

TELEVISION
Dick Wolf's next legal drama will focus on defense attorneys.

Playing defense: ‘Law & Order’ creator Dick Wolf switches focus

It’s notable that the multitasking maestro of the “Law & Order” franchise of scripted crime procedurals is creating a show about the defense side of the courtroom.

A.Z. MADONNA
Boston Symphony Orchestra violinist Ala Jojatu (left) and her daughter Maria will perform Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins for an online Mother's Day concert.

For mother-daughter violinists, Boston Pops concert is a pandemic high note

An online Mother's Day program features Ala and Maria Jojatu performing Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins.

Dionne Warwick is planning two Mother's Day concerts online.

Dionne Warwick knows the way to San Jose, and she’s quite familiar with Twitter, too

A conversation with the hit-maker, now 80, about "Bridgerton," Burt Bacharach, and finding a new audience on social media.

FILM FESTIVALS
Jesmark Scicluna in "Luzzu" by Alex Camilleri, one of notable award-winning films from Sundance being screened at the 2021 Nantucket Film Festival.

See the complete lineups for the 2021 Provincetown and Nantucket film festivals

In-person events are making a comeback this summer. Here’s what else to expect.