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Will Gompertz reviews Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ★★★★★

Cast your mind forward a few weeks to the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard at around 8pm (PST), Sunday 4 March. Somebody, probably dressed in black with very good teeth, will be opening a golden envelope while simultaneously saying these words: “The Oscar for best actress in a leading role goes to…” He or she will then pause for dramatic effect, pull out the card and say… “Frances McDormand! – for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” This will happen. Her only serious competition comes from Sally Hawkins as the amphibian-loving…

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Will Gompertz reviews All The Money In The World ★★★☆☆

It doesn’t matter how many awards Ridley Scott’s film about the famous kidnap of the oil tycoon John Paul Getty’s grandson picks up, it is destined to be remembered for only one thing: the movie star who didn’t appear in it. It is called All The Money In The World, but you can’t help feeling you’re watching another picture, Kevin Spacey’s Ghost. The disgraced actor’s presence is palpable, even though every shred of visual evidence he ever existed in the film, lays crumpled up on the cutting room floor. He…

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Will Gompertz reviews Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical Hamilton ★★★★★

What’s all the fuss about? Hamilton is rubbish. It’s full of synthetic hip-hop music and naff choreography. There’s nothing to it. You’d be better off spending the evening in the pub. You will know by now this is not a commonly held view of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s all-conquering musical about America’s all-conquering Founding Fathers. But it is valid. It is the opinion of a rock musician, who saw the show on Wednesday night. The fella loathed it so much he left at half-time, and sat the evening out on his own…

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Will Gompertz reviews Star Wars: The Last Jedi ★★★★☆

Star Wars fans, relax. Rian Johnson, the writer-director of the latest instalment, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, has not ruined your Christmas with a turkey. His gift to you is a cracker, a blockbuster movie packed with invention, wit, and action galore. It starts with several bangs. General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson in full pantomime villain mode) is standing on the bridge of the First Order’s mighty intergalactic spacecraft watching the Resistance’s maverick top gun, Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), cause havoc at close quarters. There are bombers, battles and banter a-plenty,…

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Will Gompertz reviews Charles II: Art & Power ★★★★☆

There is something hauntingly contemporary about this exhibition. It starts with a disgruntled England, which has made a cataclysmic decision to break with an imperfect but effective Europe-entwined institution that has been the basis for the country’s social, economic, and political life. We’d be better off without ’em, is the feeling. The Irish and Scots are not so sure, but the will of a group of charismatic and self-righteous metropolitan politicians prevails, and people are warily readying themselves for a collective leap into the dark. The population is divided on…

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Will Gompertz reviews season two of Netflix's The Crown ★★★★☆

The Crown is back. The second season of the royal drama, which is released on Netflix next weekend, consists of 10 one-hour episodes covering Queen Elizabeth II’s life between 1956 and 1963. It does, on occasion, shift back and forth a bit more than that, but then what would you expect when you have an ex-Time Lord playing Prince Philip? You’re in for a treat if you like your period drama served with lashings of schoolboy history, a few large dollops of poetic licence, and tastefully presented by someone wearing…

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Review: Will Gompertz on George Clooney's Suburbicon ★★☆☆☆

Matt Damon’s latest film opens with an in-movie advert selling the virtues of living the American dream in a post-war new town. It promises a nice house, a nice neighbourhood, and a nice life. “The only thing missing in Suburbicon,” it declares, “is you!” It makes for a good start. And so it should. George Clooney, the film’s director, knows a thing or two about advertising. The set-up, the 1950s aesthetic, and tongue-in-cheek irony are all convincing. But, like lots of adverts, it’s not telling the whole truth. There is…

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