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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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Kiri gets rave reviews – but social workers criticise plot

Spoiler alert: Contains plot details Sarah Lancashire’s new drama Kiri has received rave reviews – but some social workers are less impressed about how their profession was portrayed. The four-part Channel 4 series focuses on social worker Miriam Grayson and nine-year-old Kiri, who disappears on an unsupervised visit she arranges. But some said they were “disappointed” at aspects of its plot. Channel 4 said “extensive background research” was carried out and that social workers were consulted. Kiri, written by Jack Thorne – who was also behind Robbie Coltrane’s National Treasure…

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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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'World Class': Thibaut Courtois earns rave reviews for stunning saves against Arsenal

The Belgian was certainly pleased with his efforts on Wednesday night Wednesday, January 3, 2018 Thibaut Courtoius showed the world exactly why he was signed to replace Petr Cech with two world-class saves to deny Arsenal on Wednesday night.  The 25-year-old first somehow deflected Alexis Sanchez’s shot onto the post before superbly keeping out Alexandre Lacazette. The Belgian has come under scrutiny for some of his recent performances, but answered his critics in the perfect way. And Twitter users were quick to praise the Chelsea stalwart for his incredible saves….

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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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Hamilton opens in London to five-star reviews

After a year of expectation and a two-week delay, hip-hop musical Hamilton has finally opened in London to five-star reviews and a standing ovation. A star-studded audience took to its feet to welcome creator Lin-Manuel Miranda as he came on stage at the end of the show to thank its cast and crew. Yet fans hoping to see him appear in the West End will have to wait for it. Speaking before the show, Miranda said he would not consider playing Hamilton in London until 2019 at the earliest. “I’m…

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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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