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Writing the modern rom-com: How the creators of ‘Isn’t It Romantic’ twisted tropes to both satirize and satisfy

When Ariana Grande dropped the music video for her single "Thank U, Next" in November, it broke the YouTube record for most views in 24 hours. Sure, the musician made gossipy references to her ex-boyfriends in the song, but what really made the video so popular was its cheeky homages to the romantic comedies Grande grew up loving – films like "13 Going on 30" and "Legally Blonde."

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Movie review: ‘Close’ full of cheap thrills

Noomi Rapace is the original girl with the dragon tattoo, having originated the role in the Swedish film trilogy. She balances a Scandinavian steeliness with savage grace, and her lithe, compact physicality makes her one of the most naturalistic contemporary female action performers. She should be a massive star. But lately, she's applied her talents to generic B-movie action flicks that are otherwise unremarkable, though her presence always elevates the proceedings. The new Netflix film "Close," directed by Vicky Jewson, is no different.

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‘Cold War’ review: In postwar Europe, a sexy, doomed affair to remember

At one point in the gorgeously fatalistic love story "Cold War," pianist and composer Wiktor and vocalist Zula are alone in a 1957 Paris nightclub, dancing to the old Louis Jordan tune "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby." That very question hangs over these two Polish exiles long after the music stops. Their ill-starred affair spans 15 years and several countries across postwar Europe, and "Cold War" is fueled by their connection as well as by all the missed connections snaking through their shared history.

Top actor insults Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell on national award show

After winning a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Dick Cheney in "Vice, "actor Christian Bale asks if Republican Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, should be next.