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Will Gompertz reviews Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ★★★★★

Will Gompertz reviews Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ★★★★★

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Cast your mind forward a few weeks to the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard at around 8pm (PST), Sunday 4 March. Somebody, probably dressed in black with very good teeth, will be opening a golden envelope while simultaneously saying these words: "The Oscar for best actress in a leading role goes to…" He or she will then pause for dramatic effect, pull out the card and say…"Frances McDormand! - for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."This will happen. Her only serious competition comes from Sally Hawkins as the amphibian-loving janitor in Guillermo del Torro's fabulous film The Shape of Water, but McDormand edges it for giving life to the remarkable Mildred Hayes; a kick-ass, boiler-suited, bandana-wearing working class woman with a broken heart and a raging soul. Mildred is an u
Reputation: Will Gompertz reviews Taylor Swift's new album ★★★☆☆

Reputation: Will Gompertz reviews Taylor Swift's new album ★★★☆☆

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After months of build-up and publicity, Taylor Swift's sixth studio album finally arrived on Friday. Will Gompertz was Ready For It.We know Taylor Swift is shamelessly light-fingered when it comes to appropriating her musical influences. It's one of her gifts, to take the best of the rest and make it her own. She's at it again on Reputation, so much so you could turn the listening of it into a parlour game this Christmas, playing spot the riff or reference.The sharp-eared might think they can discern a Madonna inflection, a Lorde chord, or a Lily Allen phrase. Maybe even a Yazoo beat, a Billy Joel build, or Eminem's syntax. Right Said Fred is in there for sure, as is - possibly - a nod to Laurie Anderson's O Superman.There are literary references too. Charles Dickens, F Scott Fitzgerald an...