Charles Dickens gets his own superfluous origin story in The Man Who Invented Christmas

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Movies about writers always struggle with the fact that the writing process is almost unfilmable; the manual work of scribbling and typing letters is only a small, visible part of it. But The Man Who Invented Christmas, which dramatizes the six weeks that it took a cash-strapped Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) to pen A…

Dan Stevens battles a big hole in the sky in the Kill Switch teaser

“This is the opportunity to explore impossible frontiers.” Clearly, the opening line of the teaser trailer for new indie sci-fi actioner Kill Switch doesn’t understand that if you can explore a frontier, then it’s probably possible. Nonetheless, after 20 seconds spent staring at a black cube with a glowing red circle…

Right, because more backstory is really what Beauty And The Beast needed

Disney’s new live-action Beauty And The Beast is just like its classic animated version of Beauty And The Beast, only longer: All the songs, characters, and major plot points have been preserved, but with an extra 45 minutes of new material—including, for some reason, lots of backstory for everyone on screen. On Film…

The Legion team confronts David’s nemesis in a singular showdown

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Stories are more powerful than we give them credit for. We don’t remember sequences of events too well, but assemble those same elements in a particular order, interpret them through the lens of a narrative, and our brains suddenly take notice. It’s not just that stories make things interesting; they quite literally…

Forget about putting your mind back together, because FX has just renewed Legion

Season one of Legion isn’t done fucking with our minds yet, but FX has just green-lit another batch of reality-warping episodes. The network announced via press release that it’s just ordered a second season, thereby affording Noah Hawley several more opportunities to make us as fearful of beagles as we are bedtime…

Memories become a trap on a fleet and bracing Legion

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If Melanie is hiding her true intentions, she’s doing a damn good job of it. Lenny may have been David’s best friend in life, but it’s unclear what role she’s playing now that she’s dead. She tries to warn him off Melanie and her crew—“That bitch’s secrets have secrets”—but it’s harder to take Lenny’s prognostications…