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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.

Law

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard: a battle with no winner

The age of Captain Jack Sparrow is over

By Alexander Larman

Television

Are critics useless?

Viola Davis calls them out for their smugness while sounding a bit vainglorious herself

By Alexander Larman

Science & Tech

The perverse joys of Elon Musk buying Twitter

The left freaks out as our greatest billionaire supervillain swoops in

By Alexander Larman

Film

What is David Lynch up to now?

As rumors about ‘Wisteria’ swirl, the director is being typically mysterious

By Alexander Larman

Books

Standing with J.K. Rowling

A certain sector of the Harry Potter fandom has decided that the author is the devil incarnate

By Alexander Larman

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

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