Alexander Larman

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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

Friday, 27 September 2019

Woke Blake blockbuster doesn't work

Visitors to the new William Blake exhibition at Tate Britain – a show that we are contractually obliged to refer …

By Alexander Larman

Friday, 20 September 2019

Ad Astra review - cinematic voyages like this do not come along too often

Amid the myriad comic-book sci-fi films of the past few years, there has been another genre existing alongside, catering to …

By Alexander Larman

Friday, 13 September 2019

The decline of Downton

This weekend, the cinematic event of the year is released. Ad Astra? Joker? Little Women? Wrong on all counts, alas. …

By Alexander Larman

Friday, 6 September 2019

Hansard at the National review - thought-provoking theatre

In the largely disappointing Rufus Norris regime at the National, the premiere of Hansard was unexpected. A one-act, 90-minute play, …

By Alexander Larman

Friday, 23 August 2019

Will the Matrix remake be more than a lazy cash in?

There is an old dictum in Hollywood, especially relevant in our cheapened times, that franchises never end, but only remain …

By Alexander Larman

Friday, 16 August 2019

TV spin-off cannot hope to recreate the success of Four Weddings

One of the most unexpected resurrections of an existing film has recently occurred in the US, in the form of …

By Alexander Larman

Friday, 9 August 2019

Sitcom remakes show a lack of adventure in modern entertainment

The front cover of this week’s Radio Times has an unlikely trio of cover stars: Captain Mainwaring, Sergeant Wilson and …

By Alexander Larman