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Loro - an uncomfortable view of Silvio Berlusconi’s seedy world


A movie about former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi can be hard to watch—but it exposes a horrible and vulgar system, writes Simon Basketter

The Parisian is a challenging debut novel about identity


Isabella Hammad’s book is an ambituous examination of ideas of identity and colonialism without sacrificing its narrative, writes Gareth Jenkins

The Half-God of Rainfall is inspired by mythology—but it reflects a sexist reality


The Half-God of Rainfall is a contemporary tale of violence, trauma and taking back power

The End of the Myth argues racism in the US is tied up in its ‘frontier’ narrative


For historian Greg Grandin, the story of the frontier is more like Cormac McCarthy’s macabre anti-Western novel Blood Meridian

Dreams and prospects are broken in The Sisters Brothers


There’s bags of atmosphere and mercifully few cliches in this poignant, brutal and sometimes funny film, says?Alistair Farrow

At Eternity’s Gate tells a story of fragility and artistic genius


While this film about Van Gogh’s last years could have approached the writer’s life in more fruitful ways, it remains poignant, writes Ben Windsor

A new African epic, with Afronauts


The Old Drift is an astounding novel about Zambia that is rich in history, politics and extraordinarily fine storytelling.

Home is an empathetic sitcom exploring the refugee crisis


Channel 4’s new six-part sitcom written by and starring Rufus Jones is very promising.

Girl is a powerful film about trans teenager’s struggles


The story is a compelling tale of Tara’s battles at a top ballet school alongside her fight to live an authentic life. It’s a masterful study, argues?Laura Miles

Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez looks at how sexism in society kills women


Sexism pervades every level of society throughout the world—home, work, public spaces, transport, health care and leisure

A marvelous step forward for cinema’s superheroes


There’s some interesting themes in Captain Marvel, and sexists won’t like it. But it failed to live up to its potential

Foxtrot film doesn’t dance to the Israeli state’s rhythm


It was funded and then boycotted by the Israeli government, but Nick Clark argues that it reduces the occupation of Palestine to a story-telling device

And the Rest of Me Floats


This is a bold and vibrant piece of theatre that feels like a celebration of gender fluidity.

Story of race in the US leaves audience floundering


Race and class in Trump’s America form the spine of this well-directed play.

Resist the attempts to turn the screws on drill musicians


The ruling class say violence happens because of music, but they are deflecting blame from themselves, argues?Love Music Hate Racism’s Zak Cochrane

Diane Arbus used her photographs to tell stories


Diane Arbus’s portraits grab your attention and challenge you.

Jeff Koons’s art is glitzy, but does it still have power to shock?


A new exhibition featuring 17 famously grotesque pieces by Jeff Koons jostles with antiquity at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, writes?Kate Douglas

A powerful Don McCullin retrospective on show at Tate Britain


Tate Britain’s Don McCullin retrospective—its first of a living photographer—is a huge collection of 250 of his images

If Beale Street Could Talk—a heartbreaking love story set in a deeply racist society


Director Barry Jenkins’s new film delivers a powerful story about how the results of racism can poison the most beautiful parts of life

Tonight the World—creating a sense of dread using dream diaries and film


Daria Martin brings to life the story of her grandmother, Susi Stiassni who fled the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia

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