Twentieth Century Fox

‘Somebody to love’

Movie | Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody gives an unexpected take on the late rock star’s life
by Bob Brown
Posted 11/07/18, 04:56 pm

Just who was Freddie Mercury? Ask someone old enough to remember the superstar lead singer of the 1970s and 1980s rock band Queen, and you’ll probably get one of two different answers: dynamic singer and songwriter, or flamboyant libertine who died of AIDS.

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Sony Pictures

End of a campaign

Culture | The Front Runner revisits Gary Hart’s 1988 presidential campaign and the reporters who dogged him
by Rikki Elizabeth Stinnette
Posted 11/01/18, 09:15 am

Journalists’ cameras are always watching in The Front Runner, director Jason Reitman’s take on the scandal that ended Gary Hart’s 1988 presidential campaign. 

Rated R for language and thematic situations, the film is a sprawling account of Hart’s political demise. In the end, it focuses as much on journalists’ paparazzi tactics as on Hart’s adultery, which is implied rather than shown.

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A seasonal cash grab

Culture | Muddled plot, fantasyland clichés make The Nutcracker and the Four Realms a big disappointment
by Megan Basham
Posted 11/01/18, 08:50 am

It’s hard to believe that in all these years of turning over every rock for new Christmas entertainment to market, no major American studio had ever released a big-budget film based on the perennially beloved ballet, The Nutcracker. Now that Disney finally has, you may wish they had waited a little longer to come up with something more worthy.

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