Movies: Coming Attractions

A burly war epic, a musical that makes fun of the French, a gay TV channel and Walt Whitman in the 22nd century. Next year should be fun

Ridley Scott's 1,001 Arabian Knights

RIDLEY SCOTT HAS A GIFT FOR TAKING old movie ideas and investing them with chic menace--until they not only look new but also upend the whole genre. Alien reinvented the monster movie; Blade Runner set the style for science-fiction dystopia; Thelma & Louise slapped lipstick and a scowl on the face of the buddy movie; Black Hawk Down was a war movie that was all war. Scott doesn't often linger in the same genre; his restless intelligence is ever on the prowl. As he tells TIME, "A friend of mine says, 'Art's like a shark. You've...

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