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Woman's Powerful Infertility Illustrations Prove Just How Hurtful the Rest of Us Can Be Without Realizing

Christine McDonough's decision to sketch the raw emotions that have bubbled up during her infertility journey was an impulsive one.<p>"I draw what comes to me in the moment," she told POPSUGAR of the black-and-white cartoons that fill her popular Instagram account, Infertility Illustrated. "Everything …

Women's Health

These Are The 'Most Millennial' Baby Names

Millennials are perhaps the most frequently discussed generation of the moment. While there are many features that define a generation, the folks at Nameberry have focused their energy on the one they know best: the baby names.<p>The popular baby naming website published a list of the “most millennial …

‘They Remain’: The Terrifying New Horror Film That Will Haunt Your Dreams

Director Philip Gelatt’s ‘They Remain’ owes a debt to the work of occult author Laird Barron and godfather of weird H.P. Lovecraft.<p>The mad, …

11 Whimsical Facts About The Phantom Tollbooth

Norton Juster’s 1961 tale of a bored boy who travels to a magical land is more than it seems—as its plot enchants, <i>The Phantom Tollbooth</i> also manages …

Winchester: The True Ghost Story Behind Helen Mirren’s Haunted House Thriller

A Silicon Valley legend is getting a big-screen showcase—and the truth might be even stranger than fiction.<p>In 1924, Harry Houdini visited a rambling architectural oddity in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. Though a magician by trade, Houdini was devoted, at this time in his life, to …

Is the Creepiest Movie of 2018 Already Upon Us?

A24’s latest, Hereditary, freaked out crowds at the Sundance Film Festival. Now it’s ready to scare you.<p>Gird yourself, for the scariest movie of the year may be upon us. A24—the distributor behind recent horror bangers like <i>The Witch</i> and <i>The Killing of a Sacred Deer</i>—has just released a trailer for</i> …

This Year's 6 Best Sundance Movies, Plus A Few Performances We'll Be Talking About

The Sundance Film Festival provides the first snapshot of what Hollywood has in store in any given year. Almost without fail, at least a few gems leave Park City, Utah, to become mainstream smashes. Last year’s slate gave us “Call Me by Your Name,” “Get Out,” “The Big Sick,” “Mudbound” and …

Forget Scandi: the natural home of dark drama is Wales now

A haunting BBC One series is being heralded as the latest evidence of a boom in Welsh drama and television.<p><i>Requiem</i>, which starts early next month, tells the story of a young cellist (Lydia Wilson) who becomes drawn into a decades-old mystery involving a small Welsh community and a missing child. …

Welsh Government

The Tale Review: A Bold, Innovative Memoir of Sexual Abuse

Writer-director Jennifer Fox courageously delves into her own past in search of the truth.<p>I’m not sure I know how to review <i>The Tale,</i> <b>Jennifer Fox’s</b> searing film memoir about her past sexual abuse. Fox is a documentarian, and <i>The Tale,</i> which premiered to a standing ovation at the Sundance Film …

Sundance

21 horror movies you need to see in 2018

Meanwhile, films like <i>mother!</i> and <i>It Comes at Night</i> crawled under the skin and fostered challenging, sometimes contentious discussions about how we define the genre. Horror has always been an under-sung backbone of the industry, but it's rarely become such an overtly influential part of the …

Horror

'If only I'd been warned!' - writers choose books to give to their younger selves

Julian Barnes, Margaret Drabble, Tessa Hadley, David Nicholls and others choose reading matter that would have been useful when young<p>Julian Barnes<p>I don’t regret any of the literary reading I missed out on in my youth. I rather enjoy the chronological hazard of not discovering <i>Huckleberry Finn</i> and <i>The</i> …

Literature

26 of the year's best movies no one saw

High praise, low box office

Film Industry

'The Shape of Water' Review: Guillermo del Toro's Girl-Meets-Monster Romance Is a Gem

The horror auteur's swooning fairy tale of a mute cleaning woman and a Cold War-era creature is one timeless love story<p>If you think it's high time …

Best books of 2017 – part one

‘Funny, outrageous, touching, intimate, gorgeous’ … writers from George Saunders to Ali Smith pick their favourite reads of the past year<p>Part two: Sebastian Barry, Paula Hawkins and others share their favourites Tell us your books of the year in the comments below<p>John Banville<p>The Once and Future …

Books

Yotam Ottolenghi’s lasagne recipes

The word “lasagne” is a bit like “sandwich” or “pie”: as a descriptor, it gets you only so far, because there are so many variables as to what you can put inside. There’s a common misconception that lasagne is a pasta dish layered with meat ragù and béchamel. But that’s lasagne alla bolognese, …

Italian Food

Dina review – a soft-focus study in intimacy

This documentary about a couple on the autism spectrum getting married tells a thought-provoking but sweet love story<p>Dina Buno is pretty much your average, rambling, rainbow sock-wearing fortysomething girlie-girl. She likes the Kardashians (“They’re my guilty pleasure, I can’t help it”), Sex and …

Love Stories

The Secret Netflix Codes That Let You Unlock Hidden TV And Movie Categories

If you were getting bored of the normal Netflix genres -- dramas, comedies, horror movies -- then read on for this life hack.<p>By just tacking a number …

The 20 Best Foreign-Language Horror Films of the 21st Century, From ‘Trouble Every Day’ to ‘Let the Right One In’

There's trouble every day with these terrifying films.<p>Fear doesn’t need subtitles, but some of the best horror films do. J-horror, the New French …

5 things to binge-watch over Columbus Day weekend

It's Columbus Day weekend, and you know what a long weekend means? Time to catch up on all that TV you've been missing.<p>The weather is getting colder and if you're planning on spending the weekend curled up on the couch, we recommend five series that might be worth the binge-watching treatment. Some …

TV

The Deuce recap: episode two – an unadulterated pleasure

David Simon’s drama drills deeper into the world of pornography, laying the land for the sexual boom time to come. And that first shoot sure proves eye-opening<p><i>Spoiler alert: this recap is for people watching The Deuce on Sky Atlantic in the UK. Please do not add spoilers from later episodes.</i><p>There’s …

TV

‘Monogamish’ Trailer: Sex Workers, Philosophers, and Dan Savage Break Down the Myth of Monogamy — Watch

A new documentary asks what happens between falling in love and happily ever after.<p>If 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce, why do we even try? …

14 Fascinating Facts About Foxes

Foxes live on every continent except Antarctica and thrive in cities, towns, and rural settings. But despite being all around us, they’re a bit of a …

People Just Do Nothing: every episode is more hilarious, and more harrowing

The hit BBC mockumentary has stopped playing up Kurupt FM’s ineptitude and swapped it for something far sadder. It’s a brave move – and as Grindah, Chabuddy and co sink to new lows, this show soars ever higher<p>Grindah’s not looking too great. Kurupt FM’s head honcho is crashing with pal Steves after …

TV

See Melissa McCarthy's Slapstick Genius Shine in 'Cook Off!' Trailer

Actress stars in long-gestating mockumentary about cooking competition<p>Melissa McCarthy bumbles through a cooking competition in the wild new trailer …

Listen to a Playlist of New York Fashion Week’s Best Music

While New York Fashion Week is primarily about clothes, as some of the industry’s biggest names reveal their latest collections, but there’s an underlying musicality that sets the mood for the new season on the runway. From soundtracks that feature old classics to designers tapping some of the …

The 28 best films of all time you've probably never seen

In 2017, we had "La La Land" and "Moonlight," while 2016 saw "Deadpool," "Rogue One," and "Finding Dory" take the stage.<p>With so much attention on these superstar blockbusters, it becomes far too easy for a quality movie to fall through the cracks — even with a star-studded cast and reputable …

Jurassic World

14 Must-See Movies Likely To Spark Buzz At The Toronto Film Festival

The start of the Toronto International Film Festival means awards season has begun. Across the next 11 days, the Canadian metropolis will become a make-or-break playground for potential Oscar contenders. Monthslong campaigns are built on the reception that movies receive at TIFF and its …

Box Office

8 Must-Watch Movie Trailers Of The Week [26.08.17]

Things are not what they seem in this week’s trending movie trailers.<p>A man marries the woman of his dreams only to discover his new stepson is …

Rick Deckard

Guillermo Del "Totoro" confirms adorable Pacific Rim anecdote

At the risk of infantilizing one of the more interesting directors of our current generation, there’s something undeniably cute about Guillermo Del …

Construction

‘Suburbicon’ First Look: Coen Brothers and George Clooney Reunite For A Very Dark Oscar Contender

Julianne Moore, Matt Damon and Oscar Isaac lead the cast of George Clooney's sixth directorial effort.<p>Fall film festival season is right around the …