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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.
The age of Captain Jack Sparrow is over
By Alexander Larman
Viola Davis calls them out for their smugness while sounding a bit vainglorious herself
Science & Tech
The left freaks out as our greatest billionaire supervillain swoops in
As rumors about ‘Wisteria’ swirl, the director is being typically mysterious
A certain sector of the Harry Potter fandom has decided that the author is the devil incarnate
Let’s hope the latest film in the series is the last
It’s not funny, but it’s terrific
Wealth and success don’t make one immune to aging
It will define this year’s Academy Awards forever
Seventy-five years ago, Evelyn Waugh headed to Hollywood to sell Brideshead Revisited
Future generations will view it as a historical artifact
His life and work were more than Marvel movies
An upcoming biopic is more likely to be a deeply embarrassing coda to a great career, rather than a triumphant eulogy
Despite the professions’ similarities, they have a mixed record
The moody actor isn’t an indie innovator or a Hollywood star, but a mix of both
How Meghan Markle wins the White House
The decline of the woke Marvel superhero movie
What’s wrong with Queen Elizabeth?
The Rings of Power just might turn Tolkien in his grave
Stop trying to make Margot Robbie a movie star
Tom Cruise: the last movie star
Thought-provoking commentary and opinion on politics, books and the arts.