News & Opinion
How 2022’s regency-inspired romances are shaking up Jane Austen
Persuasion, Fire Island, and Mr Malcolm’s List all reinvigorate Austen, with mixed yet fascinating results.
Seen That? Watch This: Netflix’s Persuasion is far from the best adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel
Try these other versions of the regency romance, without so much pesky, distracting fourth-wall breaking.
Gothic romance slithers onto Apple TV+ with thorny mystery The Essex Serpent
Despite labelling itself as “prestige TV”, there’s more pure period romanticism under this series’ petticoats than expected.
Spotlight on Elisabeth Moss: the ferocious face of peak TV for a reason
The Mad Men actress brings a sense of modernity to any time period in which she appears.
It can’t commit to a tone, but lush musical Cyrano has its heart in the right place
Peter Dinklage sing-speaks his feelings to us, in Joe Wright’s epic imagining of the 19th century play.
The dramatically engaging Munich: The Edge of War is *another* war film about upper-class white men
Far from a dry history lesson, Munich: The Edge of War depicts complex wartime issues in dramatically interesting ways.
Downton Abbey creator’s The Gilded Age lingers in the glamour and spectacle of its era
Few periods in US history have been as rife with scandal, corruption and upheaval as the late 1800s – and it makes for great TV.
Implausible biopic Spencer reduces royal history to a princess-in-a-tower fairytale
The Diana biopic is so removed from reality that it resembles ‘an extended commercial for Chanel skirts’.
Retrospective: The Curious Case of David Fincher’s oddest (and most oddly affecting) film
With M. Night Shyamalan’s Old hitting home release, we look back at a misunderstood meditation on time, loss, and love.
It’s convoluted and overly long, but The Last Duel is a compelling examination of female victimhood
Ridley Scott’s medieval drama uses a compelling ‘he said, he said, she said’ structure to tell its (exhaustive) tale.