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3.5Score

Encanto haunts in a happy way

Movie review: Encanto Lin-Manuel Miranda’s music, clever writing and an animation style that reveres racial difference ensure Encanto casts a durable spell with enough power to make you forget it’s Disney formula.  
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The Last Duel is a Ridley Scott victory

Movie Review: The Last Duel Nobody knows how to dissect the alpha male psyche with as much compassion as the director of Gladiator and Blade Runner, which is why Ridley Scott's latest epic about an historic rivalry between two French heroes of yore has as much blood and guts as it does heart.
3.5Score

Eternals goes back to the big bang of Marvel Cinematic Universe with a splatter of matter

Movie Review: Eternals Oscar-winning director Chloe Zhao creates a rich tapestry of stories in this new superhero saga that finds inspiration in ancient myth, yet struggles to bring its epic scope down to Earth.  

THE SICK DAYS

Feeling all pains and needles

The Sick Days: Part 22 After toughing out the chronic pain of inflamed joints and fever flashes, a young reporter hits the wall and lands in the hospital where hiding the truth about her illness is no longer an option By Shelley Page An ...

THE DADDY DIARY

Move over Pinocchio, this new Daddy's got strings

Daddy Diary #8: The Puppetry of Parenting What does a puppet parent looks like? Imagine a new form of entertainment if choreographed by a drunk, one-legged Danny Kaye and a zombie cheerleader. By Chris Lackner “I've got no strings so I have ...

POP CULTURE DECODER

Pop Culture Decoder: Christmas Music

Christmas music is more maligned than soul patches; Misty Harris jumps to its defence By Misty Harris Every holiday season, the masses profess their hatred of Christmas music with a level of zeal normally reserved for discussions about ...

FOOD

Hit your mental reset button with a sweet green smoothie

Recipe: Reset Button Green Smoothie A spritely emerald green, this smoothie is packed with kale and spinach, but sweetened naturally with pear, banana and pineapple, so as good as it is for you, it doesn’t taste like medicine. By Louise ...
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