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On Assume Form, it’s love through the eyes of James Blake: EW review

James Blake’s 10-year résumé of emotionally vulnerable songwriting has garnered critical acclaim, famous fans, and a depressive reputation — that of the oft-repeated “sad boy.” Blake has often held himself at arm’s distance from the descriptor. But last May, in the aftermath of the release of his single “Don’t Miss It,” the British singer and…

The Other Two is a sweet, funny showbiz satire: EW review

We gave it an A- It would have been easy to make The Other Two — about a pair of adult siblings whose little brother becomes a viral superstar — a spoof fueled by bitterness and snark. Instead, former SNL head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider have created something completely unexpected: An endearing family comedy…

M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass is half empty: EW review

Regarded as a commercial come-down after the blockbuster success of The Sixth Sense, M. Night Shyamalan’s supernatural puzzle-box Unbreakable was unquestionably the work of a man ahead of the moment. Arriving in 2000, a comic-book movie fallow period between Tim Burton’s Batman films and the rise of the Marvel juggernaut, it was a new kind of…

Looker is a sharp, heart-racing thriller about celebrity obsession: EW review

“She belongs to us,” an unnamed woman narrates in the opening paragraph of Looker. “To our block, I mean.” Our narrator isn’t speaking about any ordinary neighbor, though — she’s claiming a kind of possession of the actress, a movie star whose mythic existence in her ritzy New York community puts her on par with…

Holmes & Watson wastes its cast in a brain-dead caper: EW review

We gave it a D+ Between Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Step Brothers, Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly have established themselves as a comedic pairing to be reckoned with, brimming with innate comedy and an uncanny ability to deftly straddle the delicate line between silly and stupid. Holmes & Watson, by contrast, finds that line,…

Stan & Ollie traces the last days of a legendary Hollywood comedy duo: EW...

At the opening of Stan & Ollie, a charming, bittersweet snapshot of the final days of the Hollywood slapstick duo Laurel & Hardy, the two comedy legends are in their dressing room complaining about being overworked and underpaid. It’s 1937, and the pair are at the height of their box office popularity. As they’re called…

Shakespeare is a family man in the scenic but meandering All is True: EW...

We gave it a B In “Hamlet,” a son is haunted by the ghost of his dead father. In All is True, a partially fictionalized biopic of William Shakespeare late in his life, it’s the other way around: The father is haunted by his dead son. After the Globe Theater burned to the ground in 1613, William…

Gotham just goes for it in a madcap final season: EW review

I’m so happy Fox was insane enough to bring back Gotham. The garish supersoap wrapped last year with an apocalyptic finale that demolished every bridge out of crazy town. Now the final season starts with poor Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) holed up in police headquarters, which has become a resource-depleted green zone in a city of…

Doomed love story Cold War is a strong contender for Best Foreign Film: EW review

Shot in the same inky black-and-white as his haunting, Oscar-winning 2014 import Ida, director Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War resembles a waking dream. And a ravishingly romantic one at that. The film opens in 1949, when a beautiful provincial girl named Zula (the mesmerizing Joanna Kulig) meets a pianist named Wiktor (Tomasz Kot). Zula is auditioning…

Dick Cheney biopic Vice is fun, clever, and a little bit hollow: EW review

There’s a moment about midway through Vice where a diffident Dick Cheney (Christian Bale), still some years away from the full flowering of self-regard, haltingly asks his White House boss Donald Rumsfeld (Steve Carell), “What do we…believe in?” There’s a long pause, and then Rumsfeld explodes into laughter, a barking-hyena chortle that carries down the hallway…

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Simone Biles: Speaking about Larry Nassar abuse empowered me

Biles hopes sharing abuse story will encourage others to speak outSimone Biles says it was a "relief" and "empowering" to speak out about being the victim of sexual abuse by jailed US Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. In January 2018 Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years after nearly 160 women accused him of…

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