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Barry Keoghan and Jacob Elordi in Saltburn

Saltburn: another horrible man wins everything

Saltburn is a morality tale, or perhaps a parable. It doesn’t end with a lesson, but a warning. It’s the story of Oliver Quick (Barry Keoghan), a scholarship student at Oxford who presents himself as poor and orphaned. He pretends […]

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Dakota Johnson in Persuasion

Persuasion, modern sense and sensibility applied to Austen

Persuasion, based on the 1818 novel by Jane Austen, is a treatment of this tale made modern with techniques such as Bridgerton style characters of color, Fleabag style breaking of the fourth wall, and dialog straight out of pop culture.

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Max Harwood in Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Review: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a musical fantasy based on a true story. It was first a stage play, now adapted for film. The story is about a young English lad who dreamed of becoming a drag queen. It’s streaming

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Romola Garai and Isla Watt in silouette in The Crimson Petal and the White

The Crimson Petal and the White shows the horrors of 1870s London

The Crimson Petal and the White is a four part mini series from 2011, now streaming on Acorn TV. It’s set in 1870s London at a time when women, whether prostitutes or well-married ladies, had few options and fewer freedoms.

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