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Alexander Larman

Alexander Larman is the books editor of The Spectator’s World edition and the author of titles including The Crown in Crisis: Countdown to the Abdication and Byron’s Women.

Film

Anyone but Madonna should make the Madonna movie

An upcoming biopic is more likely to be a deeply embarrassing coda to a great career, rather than a triumphant eulogy

By Alexander Larman

Film

When actors become politicians

Despite the professions’ similarities, they have a mixed record

By Alexander Larman

Film

Will the real Robert Pattinson please stand up?

The moody actor isn’t an indie innovator or a Hollywood star, but a mix of both

By Alexander Larman

Film

The last stand for intelligent films?

The Christopher Nolan picture ‘Oppenheimer’ is going to be a big deal. Could it even save the movies?

By Alexander Larman

Television

When did pop culture stop being fun?

From Bel-Air to Frasier, we’re losing our sense of humor in favor of ‘social consciousness’

By Alexander Larman

Film

Ivan Reitman wasn’t afraid of no ghost

The Ghostbusters director’s style effortlessly captured the fun and cheer of life

By Alexander Larman

Film

The Oscar noms are out but does anyone care?

The Academy Awards have come to matter less

By Alexander Larman

Europe

Getting ready for Queen Camilla

The former mistress of Prince Charles has been given a blessing by the current queen

By Alexander Larman

Television

Will the real Pamela Anderson please stand up?

The actress and model has confounded expectations and taken control of her own story

By Alexander Larman

Television

The Gilded Age is a Bridgerton-esque disappointment

Some of the acting has promise but the show is a reminder that Julian Fellowes has passed his prime

By Alexander Larman

Music

Don’t cancel Damon Albarn for attacking Taylor Swift

He was wrong and the Swifties swarmed him, but there’s value yet in his critique

By Alexander Larman

Book Review

Reading gaol

Sentence: Ten Years and a Thousand Books in Prison by Daniel Genis reviewed

By Alexander Larman

Film

Hollywood awards shows have become boring

Let’s just hope Spider-Man doesn’t sweep all the Oscars and Golden Globes — then we’ll know we’re in real trouble.

By Alexander Larman

Music

A fond remembrance of Meat Loaf

The singer once christened ‘the uncoolest man in the universe’ delivered Big Rock Drama in spades

By Alexander Larman

Television

Where does Joss Whedon go now?

The talented writer-director is disgraced but Hollywood loves a penitent comeback

By Alexander Larman

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