Alexander Larman

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Saturday, 7 December 2019

Bowie brought to book

The idea behind John O’Connell’s Bowie’s Books is a truly terrific one; its execution, less so. All the same, there …

By Alexander Larman

Saturday, 30 November 2019

Knives Out review - big laughs and fiendishly sophisticated revelations

The writer-director Rian Johnson recently interrupted a promising career focusing on genre-twisting, intelligent films such as Brick and Looper to …

By Alexander Larman

Saturday, 23 November 2019

The Crown review - Union Jack-waving stuff and none the worse for it

The third series of the jewel in Netflix’s Crown begins economically and wittily. The Queen, formerly played by Claire Foy …

By Alexander Larman

Saturday, 16 November 2019

The Good Liar review - literate and entertaining but too many twists

At a time when jaded cinemagoers are tantalised with all manner of tempting-sounding crossovers between film franchises, there is a …

By Alexander Larman

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Doctor Sleep review - worthy sequel to The Shining lacks Kubrick's genius

In keeping with the current vogue for massively delayed sequels (see also: Blade Runner 2049 and Mary Poppins Returns), Doctor Sleep has arrived. It is …

By Alexander Larman

Saturday, 26 October 2019

The joys of Gladstone's Library

“Can I get a ticket to Hawarden?” The bus driver looked at me in incomprehension. “Where?” “Hawarden. Where Gladstone’s Library …

By Alexander Larman

Saturday, 19 October 2019

El Camino review - the past leaves scars in Breaking Bad sequel

Of all of the major television series made in the past decade that one might have thought would merit one …

By Alexander Larman

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Philip Pullman continues to produce wonderful fantasias of the imagination

There are at least as many tour guides in Oxford as there are colleges. Virtually every kind of introduction to …

By Alexander Larman

Friday, 4 October 2019

Joker review - a smart, dark look at American urban life

It is rare that a mainstream film is released with the intensity of hype employed to promote Joker. There is the …

By Alexander Larman