articles by Rohini Nair

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Them review: Amazon Studios' new anthology is a brutal, unrelenting American horror story

Through its 10-episode run, the series — about 10 days in the life of a Black family who have just moved into the white neighbourhood of East Compton in 1950s California — keeps the horror at fever pitch.

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Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult compellingly explores mechanics of brainwashing and foregrounds survivors' stories

Over the course of four hour-long episodes, the docuseries delves into the trafficking and psychological and physical abuse of women that occurred at NXIVM, not just at the hands of its founder Keith Raniere, but also his most devoted acolytes, like Smallville actress Allison Mack.

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Framing Britney Spears: The New York Times' documentary underscores the star's essential unknowability

"Lolita" or "trainwreck", "victim" or "survivor" — easy labels can't capture the truth of Britney Spears.

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Murder Among the Mormons: True crime docuseries on Netflix probes a case that rocked a church

Murder Among the Mormons delves — ostensibly — into three bombings that took place in Utah in 1985, killing two and seriously injuring one.

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Mark Haddon tells it like it is | Highlights from Curious Incident author's session at Jaipur Literature Festival 2021

“The novel is a vehicle which can go so many places…so why not stretch it, why not take it to those places?” Haddon notes.

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Beyond Crazy Rich Asians: Kevin Kwan on writing, remembering and being an observer, at Jaipur Literature Festival 2021

Kevin Kwan seems like the kind of writer you’d want to call on the phone; he’s a good conversationalist, talking about his work and life experiences and family and current events and themes like diversity and representation with great ease and charm.

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Allen V Farrow: HBO docuseries on sexual abuse allegations against Woody Allen is a portrait of a family in distress

The first episode of Allen V Farrow covers a wide narrative arc, including Mia Farrow and Woody Allen's relationship, their unconventional family and living arrangements, the discovery of his affair with Mia's adopted daughter Soon-Yi, and the allegations of Allen's sexual abuse of Dylan Farrow, then aged seven.

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Jaipur Literature Festival 2021: Douglas Stuart on how he shaped the world of his Booker-winning novel Shuggie Bain

Booker Prize winner Douglas Stuart's conversation with writer Paul McVeigh on Day 3 of the Jaipur Literature Festival, encapsulated what this virtual edition gets right.

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News of the World movie review: Tom Hanks' post-Civil War drama is the reaffirming story we need in a time of crisis

Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel's pairing lifts News of the World beyond the ordinary into something far sweeter and sublime.

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Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel — Netflix's well-intentioned Elisa Lam docu makes some missteps

Netflix's Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel, about the Elisa Lam case, is not the story you think it is. It's a human tragedy, not a paranormal mystery.

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Snowpiercer season 2: An uneven premiere sets up Sean Bean's Mr Wilford as the new Big Bad

The citizens of Snowpiercer have been to the brink: An all-out civil war led by the "tailies" against the oppressive caste system on the train has led to a fragile and inchoate democracy, but barely is the new system in force than there's a new threat to contend with.

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Friday Night Frights: Red, Shiny, and Ripe | A short story

No tomatoes were harmed in the retelling of this story.

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His Dark Materials season 2 primer: Your guide to the characters, locations and artefacts that drive the BBC-HBO epic

Season 2 of His Dark Materials brings 'The Subtle Knife', the second book from Philip Pullman's trilogy, to glorious onscreen life.

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10 things about... Ian McEwan: The Booker Prize-winning author on how he writes

'I only feel as good as the last page I've written,' says Ian McEwan at Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest.

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The Undoing: Episode 2 introduces key departures from HBO series' source, and not entirely for the better

In Episode 2 of HBO's The Undoing, shocking revelations about her husband Jonathan (Hugh Grant) keep piling up for a stunned Grace (Nicole Kidman) over the course of a day.

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The Undoing episode 1 recap: HBO's Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant thriller sets up murder mystery amid NYC's elite

The Undoing's episode 1 only just takes us to the cusp of its central mystery, but Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant's pairing works, as a comfortable, affectionate couple with their gentle grumblings and easy connection.