Megan Basham

Megan is a senior writer for WORLD Magazine based in Charlotte, N.C. She is the author of Beside Every Successful Man: A Woman's Guide to Having It All.

Universal Studios

Dolittle does little that’s new

Movie | We already had a crass version of the classic children's stories
by Megan Basham
Posted 1/16/20, 09:07 am

Dolittle, based on Hugh Lofting’s classic children’s stories, feels like two different movies. The first third embodies all the prickly, off-kilter charm an Anglophile’s heart could desire. It opens, as all English children’s stories should, in a wild wood hiding a mysterious, crumbling manor.

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Visual poetry

Movie | 1917 helps a World War I operation live in our imagination
by Megan Basham
Posted 1/10/20, 03:52 pm

On the eve of its nationwide release, surprise wins at the Golden Globes catapulted war drama 1917 to the front of the Oscar race for best picture. 

Rated R for realistic violence and a fair amount of bad language, it tells the harrowing tale of two British soldiers in World War I. Writer/director Sam Mendes, best known for the recent Bond movies, based the script on a family legend and dedicates the film to his grandfather, who was a veteran. 

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Amazon Studios

A beautiful world to see

Movie | The Aeronauts does well—while working with stereotypes and tropes
by Megan Basham
Posted 1/02/20, 04:52 pm

If you’re a parent of school-aged children and anything like me, you’re just coming out of a Christmas season of too many sweet treats and too much syrupy family entertainment. To wake up those sugar-shocked brains for a new semester, Amazon’s The Aeronauts (rated PG-13 for realistic peril) offers a pleasing mental palate cleanser.

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