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Old superstitions and modern prejudices in Witch Hunt


What if witch trials happened in the 21st century, where magic was real?

Heartbreaking road movie where time is the enemy film


How to say goodbye to your loved one after you’ve discovered your mind is to be ravaged by early onset dementia?

On the frontline in Belarus


Aliaksei Paluyan’s documentary shot in Minsk during the anti government protests captures the horror of living a life under tyranny, writes Julia Ryder

Sweet Tooth adds optimism to apocalyptic science fiction


In a crowded field, the lightness of this new Netflix series helps it to stand out. But themes of scapegoating mean it keeps its dark edge

A Pandemic Poem rehashes a well-worn cliche


Where did the world go? asks poet Simon Armitage in a ponderous voice

Internalised homophobia, sexism, and ‘sounding gay’


David Thorpe’s documentary Do I Sound Gay? follows his journey through speech therapy as he attempts to adjust his voice

A city in revolt, seen through the eyes of its Labour mayor


This BBC documentary follows mayor Marvin Rees as he faces up to the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s interesting—and infuriating

Time—a tense and claustrophobic prison drama


The BBC is making a big deal of this new three-part prison drama—and not just because of its big name actors

After Love—a disturbing yet beautiful film about grief and identity


In After Love, recently bereaved Mary Hussain discovers her husband’s secret life—and what she has in common with his other family, writes Sophie Squire

Mdou Moctar’s Afrique Victime is an exciting and psychedelic album of Desert Blues


From the virtuosic guitarist, singer, and songwriter Mdou Moctar comes this musical and political tour de force

Exterminate All the Brutes—an uncompromising history of colonialism with a flaw


Raoul Peck takes an inventive approach to documentary-making with series Exterminate All the Brutes

Rare Beasts—a chaotic film with a confused message


Billie Piper wanted her first film to say something about sexism, parenthood and relationships—but what that something is isn’t clear

The High House is a vision of a dreadful future after climate catastrophe


It takes courage to write about climate catastrophe as it’s likely to unfold—steadily but also suddenly, and with a huge loss of life, in every sense of the word

BBC documentary Extra Life explores the long history of racism and vaccines


Extra Life explores previous global pandemics to learn lessons in the fight against Covid-19

The End of Men is a pandemic-era novel that cuts very close to the bone


This is a stunning book with an unfortunately horribly familiar theme—how to cope with a deadly pandemic

The Bike Thief tells a story of precarity, poverty and survival


The family of a Romanian delivery driver teeters on the brink when his motorbike goes missing, in The Bike Thief

Beast Beast—growing up and shattered innocence in a US suburb


Beast Beast brings together the lives of three young people in what feels like a long hazy summer, coming-of-age drama.

Cowboys—a Western that’s also a coming out journey


A trans boy and his father go on the run in search of freedom, in this welcome exploration of the tensions that can accompany coming out

Nomadland is a powerful—but drippy—austerity story


This film has won plaudits and awards because it resonates with life after a decade of loss—but it’s all just a bit too sentimental

Alan Partridge returns in familiar blend of satire and slapstick


Norwich’s finest export is back for a second series where he is so desperate to belong—in front of a TV camera

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