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Widows is a heist film that pushes at the genre’s limits


Steve McQueen’s new film couldn’t be more different to his past work. It’s strength is in nuanced, powerful points about US society, says?Julia Ryder

The workers who sabotaged Pinochet’s murder machine


A new film tells how engineers in East Kilbride refused to work on the Chilean regime’s jet engines. Dave Sherry spoke to one of those workers, John Keenan

Death of a Salesman - chasing dreams in a society that produces nightmares


Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller has always been a very popular play.

Peterloo film brings a class revolt to life


Watching Mike Leigh's film makes you feel like you were actually there on the day the massacre took place in Manchester in 1819.

History of making things skips over some inconvenient truths


A new six-part series on the BBC looks at the history of manufacturing in Britain. It glosses over the crucial dynamic—class, argues?Blythe Taylor

Courageous production of Brecht’s anti-war classic Mother Courage and her children


Red Ladder Theatre Company, with the support of Leeds Playhouse, are putting on a new production of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children

First Man puts humanity at centre of the space race


The new biopic of Neil Armstrong is about much more than a tense marriage and celestial exploration

Black 47's Western genre does justice to the horror of Ireland’s famine


Black 47 is a familiar tale of righteous violent revenge. But its subject matter sees it stand alone from other classics of the genre

Reviews round-up: The Burning Tower


Burning Tower makes a case for investment in social housing.

The Captain film points a finger at trappings of authority


It’s two weeks before the end of the Second World War and the German army is disintegrating.

Shakespearean roles turned on head in Queen Margaret


Gender roles and how they shape society are explored in an innovative new play set in the world of William Shakespeare’s plays, says Pat Clinton

Playwright David Edgar—can the left turn the tide against the right?


Was a rightward shift was inevitable for the generation that rose up against the Vietnam War?

Michael Inside—an honest account of life in prison


Director Frank Berry challenges the concept of prison reform in his new drama Michael Inside

Faces and Places is a nice telling of ordinary lives—but does it marginalise black people?


Director Agnes Varda and photographer JR travel around France and put up huge photographs of the people they meet

Towering architectural feats? Piano fails to hit the right note


Architect Renzo Piano has made a successful career out of designing buildings that ordinary people are largely excluded from using

Inspiring anti-racist message from 1978


The Northern Carnival against the Nazis—a rally and concert held on 15 July 1978 in Moss Side, Manchester—was a defining moment in establishing anti-racism in the city and beyond.

Dissent reinterpreted in new exhibition curated by Hislop


Powerful pieces are on display at British Museum’s latest big show but its eclecticism means their context is lacking, argues Hassan Mahamdallie

Music plays on in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, in documentary One Note At A Time


This is the story of struggling artists in New Orleans and their resilience

A hot romance for Cold War musicians in new Polish epic


Captivating performances and musical talent in a context of peasants and modernisation makes for interesting viewing

Idles’ new album is a lightning bolt against reaction


If someone forced you at gun point to describe Idles’ latest album in two words, you could do a lot worse than “angry” and “loud”.

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