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Tim Grierson

Tim Grierson is a contributing editor at MEL. He writes about film and pop culture for Screen International, Rolling Stone and Vulture.

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Kevin Costner Was the Biggest Star in the World. Then Madonna Cut Him Down to Size.

The ‘Dances With Wolves’ Oscar-winner made the mistake of describing her 1990 concert as “neat” in ‘Truth or Dare.’ That awkward moment came to define a way of seeing his onscreen earnestness.

‘Ava’ and the Silly Trend of Sad Movie Assassins

Are you an expert killer in a high-octane action film? Well, as demonstrated by the new Jessica Chastain thriller, the odds are very good that, deep down, you’re a tormented, miserable cliché.

‘The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius’ Grapples With a Murder Whose Motives Remain Murky

The champion South African paralympian was an international feel-good story. Then in 2013 he shot to death his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Was it premeditated or an accident? A new ESPN documentary argues that, either way, it’s a tragedy.