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What makes a word profane, and how does cursing vary from place to place? James Harbeck explains. Warning: contains very strong language.

The District 9 director returns with another sci-fi film, this time about artificial intelligence. But it’s the film that lacks a brain, says Owen Gleiberman.

We crunched the numbers and used historical data to pit classic groups against each other. Who is the greatest? Let the debate begin.

The musical story of the von Trapp family continues to delight audiences 50 years on. But what makes The Sound of Music endure? Nicholas Barber finds out.

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Ahead of a huge retrospective at MoMA in New York, the exhibition’s curator looks back at the work of a truly unique artist.

A new book offers ways of understanding our era. Its authors list ten terms from their glossary, including ‘de-selfing’, ‘time snack’ and ‘Detroitus’.

Kazuo Ishiguro returns with his first novel in a decade – a fantasy set in Britain after King Arthur’s fall. But is it any good? Lucy Scholes gives her verdict.

The Italian fashion week was full of fresh ideas – and a sense of fun. That makes a refreshing change from previous years, writes Susie Lau.

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