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Issue No. 2375

Handbagged by Moira Buffini

This hotly-tipped comedy pits Margaret Thatcher against an unlikely critic—a fancifully anti-Tory version of the queen.

Old and young versions of the pair argue with themselves across time and memory.

Critics of right and left praised the acting—but the Daily Mail also denounced it for “cheap slander” of its hero. Praise indeed, then.

Tricycle Theatre, London, until 16 November


The Great War by Joe Sacco

The popular artist behind the graphic novel Palestine has taken on the First World War. This book is like a tapestry, unfolding into a giant frieze picture of the first day of the bloody battle of the Somme.

Intricately drawn and deeply researched, it’s a great antidote to the already growing chorus of patriotic nonsense.

Jonathan Cape, £20


The Fifth Estate

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Julian Assange in this biopic of the Wikileaks founder.

Cumberbatch has rightly defended Wikileaks and other whistleblowers as “revolutionary journalism”.

But at times the film falls into the trap of seeing state secrecy only in terms of personality—in this case Assange and his ego. And it has little to say about the accusations of rape and sexual assault he faces.

On general release


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Tue 15 Oct 2013, 18:10 BST
Issue No. 2375
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