Henry Gauthier-Villars, a notoriously decadent Parisian author, music critic and bon vivant was Colette’s Svengali, locking her in a room and forcing her to write. His greatest commercial successes were the first four of her novels, the Claudine series, based on reminiscences of her girlhood but touted as his own writing. Only after their divorce was the actual author able to reclaim them under her own name.
Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is pretty much the perfect specimen of the frothy teen rom-com. It may give you a sugar headache, but it sure is sweet.
The heroine teaches Economics at NYU (specializing, significantly to the plot, in Game Theory).
During our era of big budget spectacles and artificially heightened Oscar-bait biopics, Puzzle is a rare and reassuring specimen: a simple tale, told with grace.
The film gets the job done — transporting kids to the lovely Hundred Acre Wood and taking their parents along for a pleasant nostalgia trip. There are worse ways to spend a rainy afternoon.
What is this strange creature called Tom Cruise? Who can explain why a 56-year-old man with a half-billion-dollar net worth insists on putting himself through hell doing outlandish stunts to amuse the masses every few years? Why are the results so entertaining?
If you’ve been there, you’ll be grateful to see the postpartum ordeal depicted so grittily and grungily. The film still manages to qualify as a comedy, but without glossing anything over with unearned cuteness.
Watching Isle of Dogs is a delightful experience from beginning to end. They might as well inscribe the name plaque for the 2018 Best Animated Feature Oscar right away.
Love, Simon may be the closest thing we’ve seen yet to a contemporary spin on the John Hughes oeuvre.
It’s based on a memoir written by an Olympic-caliber skier sidelined by a serious injury who makes a shady new career running high-stakes poker games, then refuses to name names once her operation is busted.