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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

Time to slay J.K. Rowling’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’

Let’s hope the latest film in the series is the last

By Alexander Larman

Television

‘Slow Horses’ is thriller television at its best

It’s not funny, but it’s terrific

By Alexander Larman

Film

The bitter irony of Bruce Willis bowing out

Wealth and success don’t make one immune to aging

By Alexander Larman

Film

Will Smith’s slap saved a poor Oscars

It will define this year’s Academy Awards forever

By Alexander Larman

Books

Waugh in Hollywood

Seventy-five years ago, Evelyn Waugh headed to Hollywood to sell Brideshead Revisited

By Alexander Larman

Television

Volodymyr Zelensky’s sitcom is now as sad as it is funny

Future generations will view it as a historical artifact

By Alexander Larman

Film

William Hurt — a life in two acts

His life and work were more than Marvel movies

By Alexander Larman

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

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