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

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…

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…

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Memories become a trap on a fleet and bracing Legion

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…